College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Playoff Predictions–FINAL 2019


Using the Sagarin ratings from this week alone to project the FCS playoffs, along with the automatic bid for the conferences that receive a bid, the following would be the playoff teams. These teams are seeded 1 through 24 for the 24 teams that make the FCS playoffs. The seven Division I win criteria was used in the selection.

The following are the 10 automatic bid conferences winners:

Top 24 Rankings with playoff spot with the conference name indicating the automatic spot for its conference and then the 14 at-large spots also listed. The autobids are highlighted in bold.

1North Dakota StateMVFC
2James MadisonCAA
3South Dakota StateAt-Large 1
4MontanaAt-Large 2
5Weber StateBig Sky
6Sacramento StateAt-Large 3
7Montana StateAt-Large 4
8Northern IowaAt-Large 5
10VillanovaAt-Large 6
11TowsonAt-Large 7
12Southern IllinoisAt-Large 8
13SE LouisianaAt-Large 9
14FurmanAt-Large 10
15Illinois StateAt-Large 11
16MonmouthBig South
17Nicholls Southland
18Austin PeayOVC
19AlbanyAt-Large 12
20North DakotaAt-Large 13
21Kennesaw StateAt-Large 14
22C. Connecticut St. NEC
23San DiegoPioneer
24Holy CrossPatriot
The following is the list of all 126 FCS teams per the Sagarin rankings:
Note that the Ivy League, MEAC, and SWAC do not have autobids. The MEAC and SWAC champions play in the Celebration Bowl. The SWAC also plays a championship game so both division champions would not be able to participate but any second place or lower team in either conference would be eligible. And the Ivy League as a whole has elected not to participate in the playoffs.
Eastern Washington had seven wins but one was against a sub-DI opponent so they were left out of the field.

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