CSJ Sagarin 2018 NCAA FCS Playoff Projection – Sept. 17

Just as Chuck Burton has done his projections for the FCS playoff, the following are using the Sagarin rankings to fully project the field. Keep in mind that there are automatic bids to the following conference champions so the projects also keep this criteria in mind:

Big Sky Conference
Big South Conference
Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA)
Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC)
Northeast Conference (NEC)
Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)
Patriot League
Pioneer Football League 
Southern Conference
Southland Conference

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:












As noted above, North Carolina A&T and Princeton are in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Ivy League. Those two conferences and along with the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) do not directly participate in the playoffs. The MEAC and SWAC champions play a bowl game (the Celebration Bowl) while the Ivy League does not allow any of its members to participate in the postseason in football.

Any MEAC or SWAC second place or lower team could be selected for an at-large spot provided they do not already have a game scheduled on Thanksgiving weekend. But no such team was in the rankings this week.

Also, the final three conferences of the NEC, Patriot League, and Pioneer League will have their champions also participate and these three teams are shown below and will be the final three teams in terms of overall seeds.

The following are the full rankings for these three conferences with the winner highlighted in yellow:

Ranking 1-24, the following would be the playoff field based on the Sagarin rankings.

1North Dakota State
2South Dakota State
3James Madison
4Northern Iowa
5Illinois State
6Weber State
7Eastern Washington
8Jacksonville State
9Kennesaw State
10South Dakota
15UC Davis
18Missouri State
19Western Illinois
20Sam Houston State
21Youngstown State
23Sacred Heart
24San Diego

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