Tag: FCS Playoffs

2019 FCS Second Round Playoff Matchup: Illinois State at Central Arkansas, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

  FCS Second Round Playoff Matchup: Illinois State at Central Arkansas Where: Estes Stadium, Conway, Arkansas When: Saturday, December 7th, 3:00 PM TV/Streaming: ESPN3 (subscription req’d)   Illinois State Redbirds (9-4), Head Coach: Brock Spack Missouri Valley Normal, Illinois In order for Illinois State to come away with a victory in its first-round playoff game […]

2019 FCS Second Round Playoff Matchup: Monmouth at James Madison, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

FCS Second Round Matchup: Monmouth (Big South) at James Madison (Colonial) When: Saturday December 7, 1:00 PM Where: Bridgeforth Stadium, Harrisonburg, Virginia Streaming: ESPN3 Monmouth Hawks (11-2), Head Coach: Kevin Callahan Big South Conference West Long Branch, New Jersey Winners of the Big South Conference, Monmouth is currently riding a nine game winning streak. In […]

2019 FCS Second Round Playoff Matchup: Austin Peay at Sacramento State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Austin Peay and Sacramento State are both in a position that few pundits imagined at the start of the season: in the second round of the FCS national playoffs. The stakes only get higher for the winner of Saturday’s game.

2019 FCS Second Round Playoff Matchup: Kennesaw State at Weber State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Kennesaw State snuck past Wofford with solid team effort, but Weber State is no team to sneak around. The Wildcats had a week to rest and practice while the Owls dealt with Wofford. The Big Sky Conference’s automatic qualifier is battle-tested and ready for a big matchup. Weber State has only lost to FBS Nevada […]

2019 FCS Second Round Playoff Matchup: Northern Iowa at South Dakota State, Predictions, How to Watch

Who: Northern Iowa at South Dakota State When: Saturday, December 7th Time: 1 p.m. CT Location: Brookings, S.D. Stadium:Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium How to Watch: ESPN 3 Northern Iowa Panthers (9-4, 6-2 MVFC) The Panthers used its defense to get by San Diego in the the first round of the playoffs. The Panthers now get a rematch in […]

2019 FCS Second Round Playoff Matchup: Southeastern Louisiana at Montana, Predictions, How to Watch

Who: SLU at Montana When: Saturday, December 7th Time: 1 p.m. MT Location: Missoula, Montana Stadium: WA-Grizzly Stadium How to Watch: ESPN 3  The SLU Lions escaped a nasty first-round playoff game against Villanova. A back-and-forth scoring onslaught that seesawed dramatically from one half to the other. Villanova had a 31-14 halftime lead that might […]

2019 FCS Playoffs, Round 1 Review: CSJ Staff Gives Their Opinions

With the first round of the FCS Playoffs now complete, we give you links to all our recaps and our writers’ impression of the games. Monmouth 44, Holy Cross 27 FCS 1st Round Playoffs: Monmouth Overwhelms Holy Cross 44-27 For Hawks First-Ever Playoff Victory Chuck: Monmouth proved they have a balanced offense that can give […]

FCS 1st Round Playoffs: Backup QB Leads Kennesaw State to Victory over Wofford, 28-21

It’s the nightmare scenario for any playoff team – seeing your starting quarterback go down midway through the second quarter with an injury. That’s exactly the scenario Kennesaw State found themselves in against Wofford, a battle between triple-option teams with hard-running quarterbacks.

To the delight of Owl fans, QB Jonathan Murphy was able to carve his name on the plank of champions as he rallied his team to a thrilling 28-21 win.

FCS 1st Round Playoffs: Southeastern Louisiana Outlasts Villanova 45-44 in Playoff Classic

When the bracket was released last Sunday, many fans pointed to the Villanova/Southeastern Louisiana as the most potentially entertaining game and the one most likely to see a lot of scoring. The two teams did not disappoint, scoring a total of 89 points in a 45-44 Lion win that went down to the very last minutes of the game.

FCS 1st Round Playoffs: Julien Gums Helps Nicholls Run Past North Dakota, 24-6

Julien Gums and Dontrell Taylor combined for 267 yards on the ground and quarterback Chase Fourcade completed all but two of his 16 pass attempts as Nicholls State defeated North Dakota 24-6 on Saturday on Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium.

FCS 1st Round Playoffs: Illinois State Uses James Robinson’s Record Setting Day to Defeat Southeast Missouri State, 24-6

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.– Illinis State RB James Robinson rushed for a career high 297 yards on 41 carries to help defeat Southeast Missouri State 24-6 on Saturday in a first-round FCS playoff game. The 297 yards set a school and Missouri Valley Football Conference record for a playoff performance. Robinson moved past the 4,000-yard mark […]

FCS 1st Round Playoffs: Defense Key to Northern Iowa Defeating San Diego 17-3

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa–With Northern Iowa’s offense struggling to make plays, the Panthers got a defensive touchdown and forced four turnovers to advance to the second round of the FCS playoffs with a 17-3 win over San Diego (9-3) in front of 3,743 in attendence at the UNI-Dome. DE Brawntae Wells returned an interception for a […]

2019 FCS First Round Playoff Matchup: Furman at Austin Peay, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Austin Peay, the winners of the OVC for the first time since 1977, plays Furman in the first round of the FCS playoffs. It is the first playoff appearance in the history of Austin Peay. The winner of Saturday’s game will move on to face No. 4-seed Sacramento State in the second round of the playoffs next weekend.

2019 FCS First Round Playoff Matchup: Villanova at Southeastern Louisiana, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Are the Wildcats just a streaky team? Can they continue their hot streak into the playoffs? A matchup with a strong Southeastern Louisiana Lions team will certainly test Villanova on both sides of the ball.

2019 FCS First Round Playoff Matchup: North Dakota at Nicholls, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Perhaps no other matchup in this year’s opening round of the FCS playoffs pits two teams with such a varying discrepancy in terms of history and achievement in the sport of football. But, in the end, history will be made for one team as the sun sets on the day after North Dakota and Nicholls State meet for the first time in the history of the two schools.

2019 FCS First Round Playoff Matchup: Kennesaw State at Wofford, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

FCS First Round Playoff Matchup: Kennesaw State (Big South) at Wofford (Southern) Where: Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg, South Carolina Saturday, November 30th, 4:00 PM TV/Streaming: ESPN3 (subscription req’d) Kennesaw State Owls (10-2), Head Coach: Brian Bohannon Big South Conference Kennesaw, Georgia The 2019 season for the Owls hasn’t really been that far off their more recent […]

2019 FCS First Round Playoff Matchup: San Diego at Northern Iowa, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

FCS First Round Playoff Matchup: San Diego (Pioneer) at Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley) Where: UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, Iowa When: Saturday, November 30th, 2:00 PM EST TV/Streaming: ESPN3 (subscription req’d) San Diego Toreros (9-2), Head Coach: Dale Lindsey Pioneer Football League San Diego, California The PFL Champion Toreros enter their fourth straight trip to the FCS […]

2019 NCAA FCS Playoffs First Round Matchup: Illinois State at Southeast Missouri State, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Who: Illinois State at SEMO When: Saturday, November 30th Time: 2 pm Location: Cape Girardeau, Missouri How to Watch: ESPN 3 Playoff time is the true holiday for FCS and football fans across the country. There are familiar matchups and first-time meetings to spice up the bracket with old and new opponents. These two teams […]

2019 FCS First Round Playoff Matchup: Holy Cross at Monmouth, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

Though they tripped up against 4-8 Lafayette, behind a strong, young defense the Crusaders pulled off an early upset of New Hampshire early and used their defense to outlast their opponents. If this game is to remain close, Holy Cross will need to make this game a slow-down, field-position battle.

2019 FCS Playoff Bracket Announced: How To Watch, CSJ Staff Impressions

Two-time defending national champion North Dakota State (12-0) tops the bracket as the number one seed after winning the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Bison are making their 10th consecutive and 15th overall appearance in the championship.

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 […]

FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Final Playoff Picks, 11/23/2019

The FCS Playoff Committee has a pretty unenviable job this time around in trying to determine the playoff seeds. With a crazy day of upsets of Montana, South Dakota State, Illinois State and others, teams who looked like certain seeds suddenly look like they are going to be practicing on Thanksgiving Day instead.

College Sports Journal Top 25 11/19/19

Just like that, we are down to the last week of the regular season. Selection Sunday comes to your airwaves thus Sunday November 24th at 11:30 AM on ESPNU. This past week, six of the ten automatic bids were sewn up. Those bids went to Monmouth (Big South), James Madison (CAA), North Dakota State (MVFC), Central Connecticut State (NEC), San Diego (Pioneer), Wofford (Southern). The Southland will be decided on Thursday night, while the Big Sky, Patriot and Ohio Valley will be decided on Saturday. The top 25 this week will look at each team from the prism of the playoffs.

FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Finally, Finally! A Whole Heap of Clarity

I’ve been doing this FCS Playoff field predictions a very long time now, and it’s been a very strange year. It’s not customary for so many autobids to be in doubt this late in the season. But this week, a lot of results came in that clarified five of the autobids.

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Playoff Predictions–Nov. 13

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. As a reminder, the following conferences receive […]

FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Finally, Things Start To Come Into Focus

There are three more football weekends to go before FCS Playoff Selection Sunday, where FCS Nation hopes ESPN pronounces all the schools’ names correctly and don’t forget to specify who is home, and who is away in the first round.

FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: When Last Week’s Bracket Goes Terribly Wrong

Remember when I had Villanova as a seed? Good times. Harken back to when I had Delaware in my field? Yes, way back when – last week. Do you recall the time that I had more than two Southland teams in my bracket? It’s so long ago, why, when it happened, North Dakota State and […]

FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Where Everything Is Made Up And the Picks Don’t Matter

As of right now, the FCS Playoff field feels like the show “Who’s Line Is It Anyway”, where the picks are just random improvisations of things that end up not making any sense. Nonetheless, we’ll keep pressing on, trying to figure out some version of truth.

FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Who Will I Cast Out Of the Projected Bracket This Week? (By Picking Them)

Welcome, America, to the FCSP’TID Cover Photo Curse.

Eastern Washington, UC Davis, Jacksonville State, and, last week, Montana State graced this space as rising teams that were all but guaranteed spots in the FCS playoffs after a particularly impressive win, or a gut-check performance.

FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Your Modestly Improving 2019 FCS Playoff Projection, Week of 10/8/2019

Don’t bother looking at my previous editions of “Playoffs ‘Til I Die” to get a solid playoff bracket. Like the rest of America, I had Eastern Washington and UC Davis in my brackets and now, let’s just say, they are not. As the Big Sky autobid turns, however, we inch ever closer to a better […]

FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Your Somewhat More Relevant 2019 FCS Playoff Projection, Week of 9/21/2019

It would be nice if Eastern Washington would stop making my sample FCS Playoff brackets look so foolish. The first playoff bracket of the season, I had the Eagles in the field as a seed, mostly on the backs of their potential to win the Big Sky. Two losses and a 1-3 record later, I’m […]

FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Your Modestly More Relevant 2019 FCS Playoff Projection, Week of 9/14/2019

Last week, we shook the dust off our first laughable attempt at picking an FCS Playoff field, and this week, we make another laughable attempt at picking an FCS Playoff field, but with a few more data points so that it’s, well, a tiny bit less hilarious. This week, we saw North Dakota State extend […]

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FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Your Near-Meaningless 2019 FCS Playoff Projection, Week of 9/7/2019

There truly is a never-ending search for content, a fact I was reminded of when I was politely and earnestly asked this week about coming up with an FCS playoff projection for the 2019 season.

Gauging The FCS Football Landscape For 2019 – In Which Tier Is Your Favorite Football Program?

It’s May. Spring football is over, and the preseason camps don’t start for a couple months. We are in the doldrums of the FCS offseason. But at this point, everyone is 0-0 and hope springs eternal. 127 schools think they have a shot to make the playoffs and compete for an FCS Championship in Frisco. […]

CSJ 2018 FCS National Championship Preview: Eastern Washington vs. North Dakota State, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

The Eagles key to winning this game is to win the turnover margin. The Eagles also lead the FCS in defensive touchdowns with six (and nearly had a seventh in the playoff win over Maine when CB Josh Lewis returned an interception as close as you can get without scoring to the one-yard line).

CSJ FCS Semifinal FCS Playoff Preview: Maine at Eastern Washington, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

The Black Bears will need a much better offensive game against a tougher Eastern Washington team and they are going to have to match their defensive pressure to keep Eric Barriere uncomfortable and in the pocket.

FCS Playoffs: Barriere, McPherson Combine To Have Eastern Washington Outlast UC Davis, 34-29

Trailing 21-14, Eastern Washington scored twice within a less than three minute span to pull ahead and ultimately prevail 34-29 over Big Sky conferencemate UC Davis in a frenzied fourth quarter of FCS Playoff action.

FCS Playoffs: Christion, Jackrabbits Outlast And Outgrind Kennesaw State, Prevail 27-17

South Dakota State surged to a 20-3 lead, and had to withstand a late Kennesaw State surge behind backup quarterback Daniel David, but late in the fourth quarter the Jackrabbits were able to close out a thrilling semifinal with a 27-17 victory.

FCS Playoffs: Stick, Stout Defense Lead Top Seeded North Dakota State to a Shutout of Colgate, 35-0

Top seeded North Dakota State advanced to their eighth straight Division I FCS semifinals with a 35-0 win over eighth seeded Colgate before 16,404 fans at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

FCS Playoffs: Turnovers and Stingy Defense Lead Maine over Weber State, 23-18

Seventh seeded Maine’s national championship run continued with its Division I FCS quarterfinals win over two-seeded Weber State 23-18 in front of 7,726 in attendance at Stewart Stadium.

CSJ 2018 Quarterfinal FCS Playoff Preview: UC Davis at Eastern Washington, How To Watch and Fearless Predictions

A rematch between Big Sky Conference teams will take place this Saturday when the Eastern Washington University football team hosts UC Davis in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.