Here is this week’s projected field using the Sagarin rankings to fit the bracket. This field is as of today and using the fact that 10 FCS conferences get automatic bids to the field the bracket (highest ranked school in each get the bid in this projection). Then the 14 next highest ranked teams are the at-large teams.
As the season goes on, I will use the six Division I win criteria into account. If there is a team before then cannot possibly get to this total, I will take them out of the projection. I will do a projection each week up until the actual playoff field is announced on Nov. 19th.
This week there were no adjustments but should there be two conference teams paired together, I will take the the playoff committee suggestion where two teams from the same conference cannot meet in the opening round. But one item that I am doing that takes back to the roots of the Division I FCS playoff field is to seed the full group from #1 to #24 and not look at geography to select the field.
I will repeat that this is as the field sits if the rankings were used to select the field today. As this projection shows, there are seven schools from the Missouri Valley Football Conference with six of these schools in the Top 8. This will likely go down as teams from that league knock each other off and when the six Division I criteria is taken into account.
|#1 North Dakota State MVFC|
|#2 James Madison CAA|
|#3 South Dakota State At-Large #1|
|#4 South Dakota At-Large #2|
|#5 Western Illinois At-Large #3|
|#6 Northern Iowa At-Large #4|
|#7 Youngstown State At-Large #5|
|#8 Jacksonville State OVC|
|#9 Illinois State At-Large #6|
|#10 Weber State BSC|
|#11 Central Arkansas Southland|
|#12 Northern Arizona At-Large #7|
|#13 Furman SoCon|
|#14 Samford At-Large #8|
|#15 Sam Houston State At-Large #9|
|#16 Southern Utah At-Large #10|
|#17 Richmond At-Large #11|
|#18 Delaware At-Large #12|
|#19 Stony Brook At-Large #13|
|#20 Wofford At-Large #14|
|#21 Kennesaw State Big South|
|#22 Colgate Patriot|
|#23 Duquesne NEC|
|#24 San Diego Pioneer|
And here are these projections in bracket form.
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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