Tag: playoffs

A Wacky Idea for a Wacky Year of 2020 for Division I Football

It has been a wacky 2020, hasn’t it?  The year started out like most years.  The Group of Five played four bowl games in this calendar year, as did the FCS national title game.  All played with fans in the stands and played without any idea of what was to come.  Cincinnati easily won the […]

FCS Playoffs: Barriere, Eastern Washington Rout Maine 50-19 for a Ticket to the National Title Game

CHENEY, Wash.— Eric Barriere threw seven touchdown passes as third seeded Eastern Washington beat seventh seeded Maine 50-19 in the semifinals of the Division I FCS playoffs, to advance to the national title game for the second time in the school’s history. The Eagles broke a three-game losing streak in playoff semifinal games. “We were […]

FCS Playoffs: Stick, North Dakota State Beats South Dakota State, 44-21 to Advance to National Title Game

FARGO, N.D.—Quarterback Easton Stick rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns with another passing touchdown to lead top seeded North Dakota State over fifth seeded South Dakota State 44-21 in the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Football Championship in front of 18,286 was on hand at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. Playing […]

CSJ 2018 Semifinal FCS Playoff Preview: South Dakota State at North Dakota State, How to Watch and Fearless Predictions

South Dakota State is exactly where it was last year in a semifinal round game. This year’s road contest is one that the Jackrabbits know well–just up I-29 to Fargo to play Dakota Marker rival North Dakota State.

FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: The Drama Before The Drama

Though the field for the 2018 FCS Playoffs was clarified a little bit a week before the selection of the field, a chaotic upset-filled week not only thrust an unlikely team to a conference championship at autobid, it sets up a final weekend of the FCS regular season filled with meaningful games. About the only […]

Ethan Radke Is the Toast of Harrisonburg After FG Beats Weber State, 31-28

HARRISONBURG, VA. — James Madison knew the road to the defending its Football Championship Subdivision title would be arduous, but the top-seeded Dukes didn’t just how tough it could be until they survived a quarterfinal test from Weber State Friday at Bridgeforth Stadium for a 31-28 victory. Ethan Radke’s second field goal of the final […]

James Madison’s 2017 FCS National Championship Was Five Years In the Making

FRISCO, TX. — There is little doubt that James Madison University has been one of the special programs through the history of the Football Championship Subdivision. So it was only appropriate that the Dukes’ special teams provided the momentum early to get JMU rolling towards a 28-14 NCAA Division I FCS national title victory Saturday […]

Head Coaches (And Parody Twitter Accounts) Lend Star Power To FCS National Championship Game In Frisco

        FRISCO, TX – Parody twitter accounts are generally a pretty good indicator that you’re a well-known star in your chosen field. In the FCS National Championship game, for the first time ever, both head football coaches have active parody accounts maintained by passionate fans of college football. Though it might feel […]

Five Ways To Improve the FCS Playoffs Immediately

  PHILADELPHIA, PA -There is so much to love about the FCS Playoffs. I know, because I’ve been following and writing about the teams involved with the FCS Playoffs for almost twenty years. The simple premise of getting together the best teams of the subdivision, putting them in a big single-elimination tournament and determining a […]

Instead of Offense, Eastern Washington Wins With Defense, Shuts Out Richmond 38-0

CHENEY, WA – Up 7, with a 4th and 1 at the Eastern Washington 3 yard line, Richmond head coach Danny Rocco, wearing an uncharacteristic hat on a characteristically cold, snowy, and frigid day on the red turf at Roos field, decided to go for it. He knew that his offense was struggling to get […]

Pelini’s Penguins Freeze Out Terriers In Double Overtime Playoff Thriller, 30-23

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In a game between two unseeded teams that had more twists and turns than the blustery wind that howled through the Ice Castle on Saturday afternoon, Youngstown State outlasted Wofford for a 30-23 victory in double overtime that vaulted the Penguins into the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the first time since […]

Roof Caves In On Sam Houston State In 65-7 Playoff Drubbing By James Madison

HARRISONBURG, Va. — For one play, everything seemed to be going Sam Houston State’s way in its quarterfinal-round, Football Championship Subdivision playoff game at James Madison. After tipping a pass and forcing an interception on JMU’s first offensive play, the roof caved in on the previously unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Bearkats in a shocking 65-7 […]

Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Final FCS Playoff Bracket Projections

    To close out the FCS Playoff projection brackets, Kent Schmidt and Chuck Burton will post their final sample brackets. Tune in tomorrow to ESPNU at 11:00AM Eastern to see how close they got! NOTE: Home team in CAPS in the brackets. Conference Champions Autobid Winners: Big Sky: North Dakota Big South: Charleston Southern CAA: […]

North Dakota State QB Brock jensen (George Hammond, Tue, 01/07/2014)

The Real Problem With The FCS Playoffs

FCS fans love the playoffs. So do I. Fans love the idea of organizing a bracket of the 24 best teams, having them play each other, until a true national champion is crowned, proven through the only reliable way to truly determine a champion – head-to-head competition. So do I. But quickly FCS fans realize […]

Sam Houston State receiver Yedidiah Louis (9) is all smiles after Saturday's 48-21 win over Colgate, a game in which he had nine catches for 119 yards and a score. (Joshua Yates, MBR)

Quick Sam Houston State Start, Record Offensive Day, Trips Up Colgate

Special to College Sports Journal Editor’s note: This story is courtesy of Sam Houston State and Colgate athletics. HUNTSVILLE, TX. — Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe passed for 358 yards and four touchdowns and running back Corey Avery rushed 25 times for 197 yards and a score to lead Sam Houston to a 48-21 victory over Colgate […]

Colgate quarterback Jake Melville carries the ball during an FCS playoff game against James Madison on Saturday at Harrisonburg, Va. Colgate won 44-38. (Courtesy of Colgate)

Colgate Starts Strong, Finishes With 44-38 Victory At No. 5 James Madison

By Matthew Dougherty Special to College Sports Journal Editor’s note: This story is courtesy of the Patriot League and Colgate athletics HARRISONBURG, VA. — Colgate found a way to win another close game, continuing its magic late in the season with a 44-38 victory at No. 5 seed James Madison in the second round of […]

Duquesne DB Josh Jordan tackling William and Mary WR Daniel Kuzjak.

William & Mary Hangs On For Wild 52-49 Postseason Win Over Duquesne

Special to College Sports Journal Editor’s note: This story is courtesy of William & Mary and Duquesne athletics. WILLIAMSBURG, VA. — The No. 13 William & Mary football team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Playoffs with a 52-49 victory against Duquesne at Zable Stadium on Saturday evening. Although DU (8-4) jumped out […]

Colgate at New Hampshire, FCS Playoffs, 2015

Colgate Stuns New Hampshire For Playoff Win In Cowell Stadium Finale

Special to College Sports Journal Editor’s note: This story is courtesy of the Patriot League and New Hampshire athletics. DURHAM, N.H. — Patriot League champion Colgate built a 21-point fourth-quarter lead and held on in the final minutes for a 27-20 win at New Hampshire in the first round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship […]

Towson A Step Closer To First Football Championship Trophy After Beating Maine

By David Coulson Executive Editor College Sports Journal   ORONO, ME. — There are no league championship trophies in Towson University’s football awards case.   But after a 40-30 victory over Maine Saturday afternoon at Alfond Stadium in a first-place showdown, the Tigers control their own destiny and can clinch a share of the Colonial […]