Using the Sagarin ratings 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 this week. These teams are seeded 1 through 24 for the 24 teams that make the FCS playoffs.
As a reminder, the following conferences receive an automatic bid, while 14 teams are selected as at-large picks.
Big Sky Conference
Big South Conference
Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA)
Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC)
Northeast Conference (NEC)
Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)
Pioneer Football League
Top 25 Rankings with playoff spot with the conference name indicating the automatic spot for its conference and then the 14 at-large spots also listed. See the full Top 25 with the hyperlink.
The number to the left of the school is the overall Sagarin rating.
|1|| 29 North Dakota State||MVFC|
|2|| 57 James Madison||CAA|
|3|| 74 Northern Iowa||At-Large1|
|4|| 75 South Dakota State||At-Large2|
|5|| 77 Illinois State||At-Large3|
|6|| 95 Eastern Washington||Big Sky|
|–||99 Princeton ||x (Ivy)|
|7|| 102 Kennesaw State||Big South|
|8|| 106 UC Davis||At-Large4|
|9|| 111 Delaware||At-Large5|
|10|| 113 Weber State||At-Large6|
|11|| 114 Elon||At-Large7|
|–||116 Dartmouth ||x (Ivy)|
|12|| 119 Samford||At-Large8|
|13|| 120 Colgate||Patriot|
|14|| 122 Stony Brook||At-Large9|
|15|| 124 Jacksonville State||OVC|
|16|| 127 Towson||At-Large10|
|17|| 128 North Dakota||At-Large11|
|18|| 131 Western Illinois||At-Large12|
|19|| 134 South Dakota||At-Large13|
|20|| 136 Wofford||SoCon|
|21|| 137 Idaho State||At-Large14|
|22|| 142 Central Arkansas||Southland|
|23|| 202 San Diego||Pioneer|
|24|| 212 Central Connecticut||NEC|
Note that Central Arkansas, Central Connecticut State, and San Diego are currently leading the Southland, NEC, and Pioneer League and would be the last three schools into the field as those conference champions.
Also 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.
For this week, no MEAC or SWAC schools are in the Top 22 of the standings. But Princeton and Dartmouth from the Ivy League, who are in the this Top 22 are not eligible for the playoffs due to the Ivy League rule of no postseason play so these two were left off.
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football in the western half of the United States– the Big Sky Conference and Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
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