FCS SEMIFINAL PLAYOFF MATCHUP: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE AT MONTANA STATEWHERE: BOBCAT STADIUM, BOZEMAN, MONT.WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 12:00 PM MSTTV/STREAMING: ESPN2 / WATCHESPN The other semifinal game between James Madison and North Dakota State will rightfully get its attention as those are the top seeds left in the final four but the South Dakota State-Montana State […]
2021 Division I FCS Playoff Semifinal Preview: #3 James Madison at #2 North Dakota State
FCS SEMIFINAL PLAYOFF MATCHUP: JAMES MADISON AT NORTH DAKOTA STATEWHERE: FARGODOME, FARGO, N.D.WHEN: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 8:15 PM CSTTV/STREAMING: ESPN2 / WATCHESPN This JMU-NDSU rivalry has been blooming over the past five seasons but like all good things, they have to come to an end. This will be the last meeting (at least with both at […]
2021 Division I FCS Playoff Quarterfinal Preview: South Dakota State at #5 Villanova
This game will mark the second matchup between SDSU and Villanova on the gridiron. The first meeting also took place in the postseason, with the Jackrabbits pulling out a 10-7 victory on a late field goal in 2016 in a game played at Brookings.
Missouri Valley Football Conference Week 4 Review
The Missouri Valley Football Conference did well in Week 4 in going 6-3 against its non-conference schedule in Week 4. That included going 5-0 against the Big Sky Conference in the MVFC-Big Sky challenge. The league guaranteed a winning mark against the other strong western US conference as it now sits at 6-3 with one […]
College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Game Previews: Week of 9/21/2019
Week 3 saw another good showing for the Missouri Valley Football Conference as a whole (See the recap here). The league went 6-3 as a whole in non-conference action. This week will be the last where the full conference has out-of-conference games with another nine games this week (Youngstown State is the lone conference team […]
Missouri Valley Football Conference Week 3 Review
The Missouri Valley this week had another good week with its nine out-of-conference games. There were nine games with Northern Iowa being off this past week. Overall, the league went 6-3 against its competition. The top game this week as top ranked North Dakota State visiting the CAA’s Delaware, who were also ranked in the […]
College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Game Previews: Week of 9/14/2019
The Missouri Valley Football Conference did well in Week 2 as the league as a whole. The biggest win in the league was Southern Illinois’ 45-20 win at UMass. Te MVFC now has had at least one FBS win in each of the last 10 seasons. The MVFC recorded a 1-7 mark vs. the FBS […]
College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Game Previews: Week of 9/7/2019
On paper, the Missouri Valley Football Conference did not get off to a great start, with only one win in Week 1 (although another was in Week 0). But the conference’s teams’ play was very good, as I explained in the my MVFC recap for Week 1. In Week 2, nine of the ten squads see action with six of the nine games featuring out-of-conference FCS opponents and the other three against FBS foes with one being a Power Five match-up.
College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Game Previews: Week of 8/31/2019
The MVFC Conference has been the top confernce in all of FCS for nearly the last decade. All 10 MVFC teams are in action this week in non-conference games. Four games are against FBS opponents highlight the slate this week, along with two MVFC-Big Sky Challenge match-ups. The other four games have the SIU-SE Missouri State annual rivalry
2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: North Dakota State Bison
NDSU won its seventh national title in the past eight years with its win over Eastern Washington in the National Title Game and did it with its second undefeated record team in that span (15-0, 8-0 MVFC). Coach Chris Klieman coached his last game with the Bison after being named the new head coach at the Big 12’s Kansas State.
2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: South Dakota State Jackrabbits
The Jackrabbits got to the FCS playoffs last year after finishing second in the MVFC and went on a great run before losing to North Dakota State in the playoff semifinals. SDSU finished the season 10-3 overall (6-2 MVFC).
2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: Illinois State Redbirds
Illinois State Redbirds Location: Normal, IL Coach: Brock Spack (74-45 @ ISU & overall), 11th season at ISU Stadium: Hancock Stadium (Capacity: 13,391) CSJ Projections: 3rd: MVFC 2nd: Illinois 14th: FCS 99th: Division I 2018 In A Sentence: Illinois State began the season 5-1, including a 35-19 FBS win at Colorado State, but lost their […]
2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: Northern Iowa Panthers
The Panthers finished tied for third in the MVFC and earned its 10th FCS playoff appearance under Coach Farley, but lost in the second round to UC Davis to finish 7-6 overall (5-3 MVFC).
2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: Indiana State Sycamores
The Sycamores were winless (0-11) in Curt Mallory’s first season as head coach in 2017 but improved to 7-4 (5-3 MVFC) in 2018. The turnaround was not quite enough to get Indiana State in the FCS playoffs, however – they were one of the last teams on the outside looking in.
2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: Western Illinois Leathernecks
WIU ended last season with a 5-6 overall record (4-4 MVFC) and finished fifth in the MVFC but twice last season the Leathernecks beat a ranked opponent–against Montana and Northern Iowa.
2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: South Dakota Coyotes
A year after making its first FCS playoff appearance and getting a win in the opening round, South Dakota had a disappointing 2018 campaign that saw a 4-7 overall record and a 3-5 mark in MVFC play.
2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: Youngstown State Penguins
Two years ago, the Penguins made it to the FCS Championship, where they would be runners-up losing to the James Madison Dukes 28-14. Since then, the Penguins have finished 6-5 and 4-7 the last two seasons, including last year just 3-5 in MVFC play.
2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: Missouri State Bears
Missouri State started the season by beating Northern Arizona and Illinois State and also defeated Indiana State, but things went downhill fast from there with the season ending on a five-game losing streak to finish 4-7 overall (2-6 MVFC).
2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: Southern Illinois Salukis
The Salukis are a program that hasn’t had a winning record in five years and last year’s 2-9 (1-7 MVFC) mark was the worst since 2001.
CSJ’s 2018 Week 4 Game Preview: Delaware at North Dakota State
Delaware at North Dakota State When: Saturday, September 22, 1:00 PM CDT Where:Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome, Fargo, N.D. TV/Streaming: NBC North Dakota / ESPN+ (subscription required) Delaware Blue Hens (2-1, 0-1 CAA) The Blue Hens are coming off two straight wins over Cornell and Lafayette but lost its opener against CAA rival Rhode Island. The […]
CSJ’s 2018 Week 2 Game Preview: Montana State @ South Dakota State
Montana State at South Dakota State When: Saturday, September 8th, 6:00 PM CDT Where: Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium, Brookings, S.D. TV/Streaming Coverage:Midco Sports Network | Jackrabbits All-Access (subscription) | ESPN+ (subscription) Montana State (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky, last week W 26-23 vs Western Illinois) Tristen Bailey’s fourth field goal of the game, this time from 25 yards out, gave Montana State a […]
CSJ Missouri Valley Football Conference Power Rankings — Week 4
The Missouri Valley Football Conference has proven itself as the top to bottom FCS league in the country. Right now, the league still has half of its schools with undefeated records and the conference as a whole has two FBS wins (and one its losses was in overtime). Western Illinois and South Dakota—two teams picked […]
CSJ Missouri Valley Football Conference Power Rankings — Week 3
If there was any question what the top FCS league is in the country, last week pretty much sealed the deal that the Missouri Valley is the best league from top to bottom of all conferences. The league went 6-2 in out of conference play and one loss was Indiana State that lost to FBS […]
CSJ Missouri Valley Football Conference Power Rankings — Week 2
In an effort to publicize current match-ups and promote future non-conference scheduling between two of the premier FCS conferences, the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Big Sky Conference have announced a Challenge Series between the two leagues. MVFC schools have a combined 4-1 record after the first five contests. There are two more such […]