Archive | October, 2009

Top 25 Predictions Halloween Edition

FCS Update, Rob Weiss

1. Richmond Spiders at Towson Tigers

Richmond continues their undefeated romp towards the playoffs. CAA gets 4 bids easily, maybe 5 or 6. They should win this game easily, which should lock them into the playoffs with 8 D-I wins.

Richmond Spiders 49  Towson Tigers 7

2. Montana Grizzlies vs. 16. Weber State Wildcats

Big Sky game of the week. If the Griz get through this one, they should win the Big Sky autobid. With 3 losses, Weber really needs to win out to keep their playoff hopes alive. Weber State wins in Missoula are extremely rare.

Montana Grizzlies 45  Weber State Wildcats 35

 

3. Southern Illinois Salukis at Indiana State Sycamores

Indiana State may have gotten their first win in forever last week, but that won’t change anything tomorrow.

Southern Illinois Salukis 49  Indiana State Sycamores 10

4. Villanova Wildcats

Bye Week

5. William & Mary Tribe at Rhode Island Rams

The Tribe sits in a good spot with just a few weeks left in the season. Only loss on the road to 4. Villanova. Rhode Island’s struggles continue.

William & Mary Tribe 38   Rhode Island Rams 3

6. Elon Phoenix at Wofford Terriers

Rough year for Wofford. This game could get ugly.

Elon Phoenix 45  Wofford Terriers 17

7. South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Youngstown State Penguins

The Jacks are riding high. Undefeated in MVFC play. Something tells me I should think about the upset, but I’ve seen a few SDSU games and can’t pull the trigger.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits 27  Youngstown State Penguins 21

8. New Hampshire Wildcats vs. Northeastern Huskies

Another snoozer in the CAA. So many big games in the CAA that we tend to forget the bottom dwellers. UNH continues to roll.

New Hampshire Wildcats 35  Northeastern Huskies  7

9. Appalachian State Mountaineers at Furman Paladins

Big game in the SoCon. App State looks to stay perfect in the league, while Furman hope to stay in playoff contention. This game could be like the time the guy fell off the horse.

 Appalachian State Mountaineers  49  Furman Paladins 24

10. Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks at Texas State Bobcats

Game of the Week in the Southland. SFA looks to knock another contender down while TxSU looks for their piece of the pie. The Jacks are almost there.

Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks 45  Texas State Bobcats 27

 

11. Northern Iowa Panthers

Bye Week

12. South Carolina State Bulldogs vs. Delaware State Hornets

The Bulldogs continue their run to repeat as MEAC champs. The Hornets don’t slow them down.

South Carolina State Bulldogs 35   Delaware State Hornets 10

13. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens vs. James Madison Dukes

Based on names alone, you would normally think this would be a good game. Unfortunately JMU has gone winless in the CAA to this point. This is a game that Delaware needs to watch themselves in. JMU has burned me on a few picks, but I still feel like they have something left.

James Madison Dukes 31  Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens 28

14. Central Arkansas Bears at Southeast Louisiana Lions

The Bears continue to be a program to deal with in the SLC.

Central Arkansas Bears 35  Southeast Louisiana Lions 14

15. McNeese State Cowboys at Nicholls State Colonels

Another rough year for the Colonels. Cowboys should have a nice trip home.

McNeese State Cowboys 27  Nicholls State Colonels 7

16. Weber State Wildcats at 2. Montana Grizzlies

See No. 2 Montana Grizzlies

17. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Sacramento State Hornets

The Lumberjacks are looking for an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs. One game at a time, Jacks. NAU wins easy as long as they are focused.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 28  Sacramento State Hornets 10

18. Cal Poly Mustangs at North Dakota Fighting Sioux

Cal Poly needs to win out to make the playoffs. They get the win this weekend.

Cal Poly Mustangs 27  North Dakota Fighting Sioux 14

19. Massachusetts Minutemen at Maine Black Bears

UMass needs the win to continue their playoff hopes. It’s a tossup in my mind.

Massachusetts Minutemen 14  Maine Black Bears 13

20. Eastern Illinois Panthers at Murray State Racers

Eastern Illinois is in the drivers seat to be the OVC playoff rep. They shouldn’t stumble this week.

Eastern Illinois Panthers 24  Murray State Racers 7

21. Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Austin Peay Governors

I have to admit that I didn’t see JSU losing to Eastern Illinois last week. They should have no problem getting back on track.

Jacksonville State Gamecocks 35  Austin Peay Governors 10

22. Eastern Washington Eagles vs. Portland State Vikings

Fresh off their redemption by the NCAA, EWU is now officially in the playoff hunt. Realistically, they need to win out, especially with NAU and Weber St ahead of them in the polls. Shouldn’t be a problem this week.

Eastern Washington Eagles 42  Portland State Vikings 24

23. Holy Cross Crusaders at Fordham Rams

Holy Cross continues their conquest to the 2009 Playoffs.

Holy Cross Crusaders 42   Fordham Rams 14

24. Liberty Flames vs. Presbyterian Blue Hose

Liberty isn’t really in the playoff discussion this year. Playing for pride and to get on a roll as the Big South autobid starts in 2010.

Liberty Flames 24  Presbyterian Blue Hose 9

25. Albany Great Danes at Central Connecticut State

The Battle For Who Should Be In The Bottom of the Poll. Is their a trophy for this game?

Central Connecticut State  35   Albany Great Danes  27

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Playoff predictions: 10/24 weekend

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

Just a few changes this week. also added a last four out section. A few bubble teams in and a few out. The 3 loss teams could move in and out these last few weeks.

 

Autobids:

Big Sky: Montana    CAA: Richmond   MEAC: South Carolina State   MVFC: South Dakota State    OVC: Eastern Illinois   Patriot: Holy Cross  SoCon: Elon  Southland: Stephen F. Austin

At-large bids:

New Hampshire(2nd CAA), Villanova(3rd CAA), William and Mary(4th CAA), Delaware (5th CAA), Appalachian State(2nd SoCon), Southern Illinois(2nd MVFC), McNeese State(2nd Southland), Northern Arizona (2nd Big Sky)

Last Four out:

Northern Iowa, Weber State, Cal Poly, Eastern Washington

Bracket:

South Carolina State @ (1)Richmond
William and Mary @ Appalachian State  

Holy Cross @ Delaware      
Northern Arizona @ (4)South Dakota State

New Hampshire @ McNeese State
Stephen F austin @ (2)Montana

Eastern Illinois @ Southern Illinois
Elon @ (3)Villanova

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Top 25 Summary 10/24

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

1. Richmond Spiders vs. 12. Massachusetts Minutemen     

 My Prediction: Richmond Spiders 27       Massachusetts Minutemen 21     

Reality:        Richmond Spiders 34      Massachusetts Minutemen 12

Richmond shows up ready to play and starts putting the Minutemen to bed. Another UMass loss will seal their playoff fate. Richmond still has to face William and Mary and Villanova before claiming the #1 seed.

2. Montana Grizzlies at Sacramento State Hornets

My Prediction: Montana Grizzlies 38   Sacramento State Hornets 10

Reality: Montana Grizzlies 45   Sacramento State Hornets 30

Montana offense puts up big numbers, but the defense allowed more than I expected. Montana stays undefeated heading into a big Halloween match-up with Weber State.

 
3. Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Youngstown State Penguins

My Prediction: Southern Illinois Salukis 31  Youngstown State Penguins 20

Reality: Southern Illinois Salukis 27  Youngstown State Penguins 8

Salukis stay undefeated in MVFC play, but lose their starting QB for the season.

 
4. VillanovaWildcats vs. Rhode Island Rams

My Prediction: Villanova Wildcats 35  Rhode Island Rams 3

Reality: Villanova Wildcats 36  Rhode Island Rams 7

A good prediction score wise. Not sure anyone thought the Rams would compete. Wildcats are almost locked into a playoff spot.

 
5. Northern Iowa Panthers at 11. South Dakota State Jackrabbits

My Prediction: Northern Iowa Panthers 34  South Dakota State Jackrabbits 24

Reality: South Dakota State Jackrabbits 24 Northern Iowa Panthers 14

Panther offense is shut down, and the Jackrabbits get their biggest win to date. Barring a meltdown we should see the Jacks in the playoffs. UNI is now looking for a lot of help.

 
6. William & Mary Tribe vs. James Madison Dukes

My Prediction: William & Mary Tribe 28  James Madison Dukes 10

Reality: William & Mary Tribe 24  James Madison Dukes 3

Rough year for the Dukes. Reminds me of their 2005 season coming off of their championship.  Tribe looks like they are ready for a playoff run after being left out last year.
7. Elon Phoenix at Chattanooga Mocs

My Prediction: Elon Phoenix 35  Chattanooga Mocs 14

Reality: Elon Phoenix 45  Chattanooga Mocs 10

Elon continues the march towards it’s first FCS playoff bid. Barring a meltdown, their game with App st should decide the SoCon.

 
8. New Hampshire Wildcats at Hofsta Pride

My Prediction: New Hampshire Wildcats 38  Hofsta Pride 7

Reality: New Hampshire Wildcats 18 Hofsta Pride 10

New Hampshire gets a little scare from Hofstra. UNH looks like they will continue their playoff streak.

 
9. Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Georgia Southern Eagles

Prediction: Appalachian State Mountaineers 38 Georgia Southern Eagles  24

Reality: Appalachian State Mountaineers 52 Georgia Southern Eagles  16

A little more lopsided than I expected. Rough year for GSU. App St-Elon for SoCon title.

10. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs. Sam Houston State Bearkats

My Prediction: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 45  Sam Houston State Bearkats 21

Reality: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 42  Sam Houston State Bearkats 3

Wow. Not exactly what I predicted. SFA is looking like they are playoff bound.

 
11. South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs. 5. Northern Iowa Panthers

See 5. Northern Iowa Panthers
12. Massachusetts Minutemen at 1. Richmond Spiders

See 1. Richmond Spiders
13. Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers

My Prediction: Jacksonville State Gamecocks 31   Eastern Illinois Panthers  14

Reality:  Eastern Illinois Panthers  28  Jacksonville State Gamecocks 20

Eastern Illinois takes a big step towards the OVC autobid.

14. South Carolina State Bulldogs at Hampton Pirates

My Prediction: South Carolina State Bulldogs 35  Hampton Pirates 21

Reality: South Carolina State Bulldogs 21  Hampton Pirates 9

The Bulldogs win a lower scoring game than I expected. SCSU is undefeated in FCS play and may have an outside shot at a seed.

 
15. McNeese State Cowboys vs Southeast Louisiana Lions

My Prediction: McNeese State Cowboys 24  Southeast Louisiana Lions 10

Reality: McNeese State Cowboys 36  Southeast Louisiana Lions 35

A 4th quarter comeback keeps the Cowboys playoff plans on track.

 
16. Central Arkansas Bears vs. Nicholls State Colonels

My Prediction: Central Arkansas Bears 38  Nicholls State Colonels 7

Reality: Central Arkansas Bears 42 Nicholls State Colonels 13

About as predicted. The Bears look like they will be a power to be reckoned with once they are playoff eligible.


17. Weber State Wildcats at Northern Colorado Bears

My Prediction: Weber State Wildcats 35  Northern Colorado Bears 7

Reality: Weber State Wildcats 28  Northern Colorado Bears 20

A Win is a win, but those of you who predicted a much better game out of Northern Colorado were right on.  I knew UNC was improved, but didn’t think they’d make a game of it.
18. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens  BYE


19. Cal Poly Mustangs vs. Dixie State (D-II)

My Prediction: Cal Poly Mustangs 28  Dixie State 7

Reality: Cal Poly Mustangs 44 Dixie State 14

Cal Poly picks up the D-II win. The Mustangs need to win out and get a lot of help in order to make the playoffs.

20. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs Idaho State Bengals

My Prediction: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 45  Idaho State Bengals 10

Reality: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 40  Idaho State Bengals 12

Another game where I was almost right on.  Northern Arizona’s playoff hopes look better and better each week, although they do face a tough 3 game stretch at the end of the season. They go to Ole Miss, then to Weber State, and then finish with Eastern Washington at home.


21. Colgate Raiders at Holy Cross Crusaders

My Prediction: Holy Cross Crusaders 35  Colgate Raiders 17

Reality: Holy Cross Crusaders 42  Colgate Raiders 28

Holy Cross establishes themselves as the leader for the Patriot autobid.

 
22. Furman Paladins at The Citadel Bulldogs

My Prediction: Furman Paladins 24  The Citadel Bulldogs 17

Reality: The Citadel Bulldogs 38 Furman Paladins 28 

Furman is on the edge of elimination. It’s not looking good for the Paladins. Big win for the Bulldogs.


23. Eastern Washington Eagles vs. Montana State Bobcats

My Prediction: Eastern Washington Eagles 38 Montana State Bobcats 21

Reality: Eastern Washington Eagles 35 Montana State Bobcats 24

About as close as you can get on the predictions. Keeps EWU’s playoff hopes alive (if they can win their appeal with the NCAA). MSU looks to play spoiler to Montana and NAU.

24. Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Austin Peay Governors

My Prediction: Eastern Kentucky Colonels 35  Austin Peay Governors 7

Reality: Austin Peay Governors 24 Eastern Kentucky Colonels 20

Austin Peay pulls the upset and may have knocked EKU out of the playoffs.
25. Liberty Flames at Charleston Southern Buccaneers

My Prediction: Liberty Flames 28  Charleston Southern Buccaneers 10

Reality: Liberty Flames 20  Charleston Southern Buccaneers 13

 

My record this week: 18-4

On the season: 41-14

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CS: FCS Top 25 Football Poll Week 8 (10/26/09)

Ok, we went to the earlier release of the poll and it seemed to work pretty good.  The calculation system is working very smoothly.  It was another great weekend of football!  Enjoy

Week 8 (10/26/2009)
1. Richmond Spiders
2. Montana Grizzlies
3. Southern Illinois Salukis
4. Villanova Wildcats
5. William & Mary Tribe
6. Elon Phoenix
7. South Dakota State Jackrabbits
8. New Hampshire Wildcats
9. Appalachian State Mountaineers
10. Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks
11. Northern Iowa Panthers
12. South Carolina State Bulldogs
13. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens
14. Central Arkansas Bears
15. McNeese State Cowboys
16. Weber State Wildcats
17. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
18. Cal Poly Mustangs
19. Massachusetts Minutemen
20. Eastern Illinois Panthers
21. Jacksonville State Gamecocks
22. Eastern Washington Eagles
23. Holy Cross Crusaders
24. Liberty Flames
25. Albany Great Danes

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Top 25 Predictions for 10/24

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

1. Richmond Spiders vs. 12. Massachusetts Minutemen     

 Richmond has played quite a few close games this season.  This should be another one. Massachusetts is looking for a big win to guarantee a playoff spot. Close, but no cigar.

Richmond Spiders 27       Massachusetts Minutemen 21            

2. Montana Grizzlies at Sacramento State Hornets

Montana is still undefeated on the season. No reason this should change on Saturday unless The Griz are too busy thinking about their Halloween match-up with Weber State.

Montana Grizzlies 38   Sacramento State Hornets 10
3. Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Youngstown State Penguins

Southern Illinois is riding high from last weeks’ win over UNI. The MVFC is theirs for the taking. SIU stays focused and wins without much of a scare.

Southern Illinois Salukis 31  Youngstown State Penguins 20
4. VillanovaWildcats vs. Rhode Island Rams

Villanova posted a shutout on James Madison last week. I could see a second shutout in a row this weekend.

VillanovaWildcats 35  Rhode Island Rams 3
5. Northern Iowa Panthers at 11. South Dakota State Jackrabbits

The Panthers are reeling after last weeks loss to Southern Illinois. If the Panthers play like they did last week they will lose. I think they right the ship.

Northern Iowa Panthers 34  South Dakota State Jackrabbits 24
6. William & Mary Tribe vs. James Madison Dukes

The Tribe looks to keep the season going in the right direction. The Dukes are looking for anything at this point. The season outlooked changed for James Madison very quickly. William and Mary is too much for the Dukes to handle.

William & Mary Tribe 28  James Madison Dukes 10

7. Elon Phoenix at Chattanooga Mocs

Elon heads to Chatty coming off of a bye week. The Mocs are much better than expected in 2009.  We’ll see how improved Chattanooga is this week.

Elon Phoenix 35  Chattanooga Mocs 14
8. New Hampshire Wildcats at Hofsta Pride

New Hampshire suffered its first loss last week. Won’t be two in a row.

New Hampshire Wildcats 38  Hofsta Pride 7
9. Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Georgia Southern Eagles

Who knows what to expect in this rivalry?

Appalachian State Mountaineers 38 Georgia Southern Eagles  24

10. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs. Sam Houston State Bearkats

Lumberjacks are coming off of a huge win at Central Arkansas. They keep their SLC streak going in this one.

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 45  Sam Houston State Bearkats 21

 
11. South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs. 5. Northern Iowa Panthers

See 5. Northern Iowa Panthers
12. Massachusetts Minutemen at 1. Richmond Spiders

See 1. Richmond Spiders
13. Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers

The Gamecocks aim to prove they are the best OVC team in 2009. I think they do. Unfortunately they are ineligible for the playoffs.

Jacksonville State Gamecocks 31   Eastern Illinois Panthers  14

14. South Carolina State Bulldogs at Hampton Pirates

Current MEAC leader takes on the historical MEAC leader. Should make for a decent game.

South Carolina State Bulldogs 35  Hampton Pirates 21
15. McNeese State Cowboys vs Southeast Louisiana Lions

McNeese looks to improve their resume on the way to a playoff birth.

McNeese State Cowboys 24  Southeast Louisiana Lions 10
16. Central Arkansas Bears vs. Nicholls State Colonels

Nicholls State is having a rough year. It only gets worse as Central Arkansas gets back in a groove after their close loss to SFA.

Central Arkansas Bears 38  Nicholls State Colonels 7
17. Weber State Wildcats at Northern Colorado Bears

The Bears will be lucky to keep it within 3 scores.

Weber State Wildcats 35  Northern Colorado Bears 7
18. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens  BYE
19. Cal Poly Mustangs vs. Dixie State (D-II)

Cal Poly Mustangs 28  Dixie State 7
20. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs Idaho State Bengals

NAU is fighting for a playoff spot. Could get ugly.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 45  Idaho State Bengals 10
21. Colgate Raiders at Holy Cross Crusaders

Patriot playoff bid on the line. Colgate is exposed.

Holy Cross Crusaders 35  Colgate Raiders 17
22. Furman Paladins at The Citadel Bulldogs

Furman needs a win to stay in the playoff hunt.

Furman Paladins 24  The Citadel Bulldogs 17
23. Eastern Washington Eagles vs. Montana State Bobcats

Should be a battle for 2nd place in the Big Sky. This game is part of the battle.

Eastern Washington Eagles 38 Montana State Bobcats 21
24. Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Austin Peay Governors

The Colonels keep fighting for the OVC autobid.

Eastern Kentucky Colonels 35  Austin Peay Governors 7
25. Liberty Flames at Charleston Southern Buccaneers

Liberty Flames 28  Charleston Southern Buccaneers10

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Playoff Predictions 10/21

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

Quite a few upsets this last weekend.

Autobids:

Big Sky: Montana    CAA: Richmond   MEAC: South Carolina State   MVFC: Southern Illinois   OVC: Eastern Kentucky   Patriot: Holy Cross  SoCon: Elon  Southland: Stephen F. Austin

At-large bids:

New Hampshire(2nd CAA), Villanova(3rd CAA), William and Mary(4th CAA), Appalachian State(2nd SoCon), Northern Iowa(2nd MVFC), South Dakota State(3rd MVFC), McNeese State(2nd Southland), Northern Arizona (2nd Big Sky)

Bracket:

 South Carolina State @ (1)Richmond
Eastern Kentucky@ Appalachian State

Northern Arizona  @ Northern Iowa
 Holy Cross @ (4)Southern Illinois

Stephen F. Austin @ (2)Montana
New Hampshire @ McNeese State

William and Mary  @ South Dakota State
 Elon @ (3)Villanova

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CS: FCS Top 25 Football Poll Week 7 (10/20/09)

Things are pretty much solid with the poll system now after a few weeks in operation and soon will be out earlier in the week that it has been. The poll is looking really good as far as performance of the teams! If you have any thoughts on this poll, please let us know. If you are a member of CS.com and would like to participate, PM me on the forums!

Week 7 (10/20/2009)
1. Richmond Spiders
2. Montana Grizzlies
3. Southern Illinois Salukis
4. Villanova Wildcats
5. Northern Iowa Panthers
6. William & Mary Tribe
7. Elon Phoenix
8. New Hampshire Wildcats
9. Appalachian State Mountaineers
10. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
11. South Dakota State Jackrabbits
12. Massachusetts Minutemen
13. Jacksonville State Gamecocks
14. South Carolina State Bulldogs
15. McNeese State Cowboys
16. Central Arkansas Bears
17. Weber State Wildcats
18. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens
19. Cal Poly Mustangs
20. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
21. Colgate Raiders
22. Furman Paladins
23. Eastern Washington Eagles
24. Eastern Kentucky Colonels
25. Liberty Flames

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Top 25 Summary 10/17

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

1. Richmond Spiders at Maine Black Bears

My Prediction: Richmond 38   Maine 17

Reality: Richmond 38   Maine 21

Pretty close on this prediction. Richmond didn’t show up for the first half but put the Black Bears away in the second half. No one has had an easy time in Orono this season.

 
2. Northern Iowa Panthers vs. 5. Southern Illinois Salukis

My Prediction: Northern Iowa 38  Southern Illinois 35

Reality:   Southern Illinois 27  Northern Iowa 20

Not the offensive shootout I was predicting. This was a typical game in this series, other than the fact that the visiting team won for the first time in 13 games. The Southern Illinois offense was clicking for most of the game and had great special teams. The Panther defense held their own (1 TD was an INT return, and another was after a special teams fumble on the UNI 7). I look for both of these teams to make the quarterfinals this year.

 

3. New Hampshire Wildcats at 20. Massachusetts Minutemen

My Prediction: New Hampshire 27  Massachusetts 21

Reality:   Massachusetts23 New Hampshire 17

What a crazy game?! New Hampshire drove in the last minute to the UMass 13, but couldn’t score. I expected this game to be close, but not come down to the last play. UMass is fighting their way back into playoff contention. 5 CAA teams looks like a lock at this point. 6 might be a possibility.

 
4. Montana Grizzlies vs. 21. Eastern Washington Eagles

My Prediction: Montana 35  Eastern Washington 28

Reality: Montana 41 Eastern Washington 34

Not too far off on this one. Montana pulls off the 7 pt win. Montana faces Weber State on Halloween. Should be a shootout.

 

5. Southern Illinois Salukis at 2. Northern Iowa Panthers

see 2. Northern Iowa Panthers
6. Villanova Wildcats at 19. James Madison Dukes

My Prediction: James Madison 24 Villanova 20

Reality:  Villanova 27 James Madison 0

Way off on this one. Apparently James Madison forgot they had a game today. Very suprising with the way they’ve played everyone else this season. Good bounce back for Villanova.

 

7. William & Mary Tribe    BYE

 
8. Elon Phoenix  BYE

  

9. Central Arkansas Bears  vs. 16. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

My Prediction: Central Arkansas 34   Stephen F. Austin 31

Reality: Stephen F. Austin 33 Central Arkansas 30

Close game as predicted, different winner. Stephen F Austin puts themselves in the driver’s seat for the SLC autobid.

 

 

10. Appalachian State Mountaineers at Wofford Terriers

My Prediction: Appalachian State 35  Wofford 10

Reality: Appalachian State 44 Wofford 34

Much closer game than predicted. App St stays undefeated in SoCon play.

 
11. South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs. North Dakota State Bison

My Prediction: South Dakota State 35  North Dakota State 17

Reality: South Dakota State 28  North Dakota State 13

North Dakota State continues their slide. Jackrabbits face Northern Iowa in a game that could end the playoff hopes of the loser.

 
12. Jacksonville State Gamecocks  BYE

 

 
13. South Carolina State Bulldogs vs. 22. Florida A&M Rattlers

My Prediction: South Carolina State 24   Florida A&M 14

Reality: South Carolina State 35   Florida A&M 20

Bulldogs are on their way to the playoffs. No one else should stand in their way.

 
14. Weber State Wildcats vs Sacremento State Hornets

My Prediction: Weber State 24  Sacremento State 14

Reality: Weber State 49  Sacremento State 10

The Wildcats win by a much larger margin that I predicted. Montana game is looming large in two weeks. Loss to Montana State could haunt them.

 
15. McNeese State Cowboys vs. Northwestern State Demons

My Prediction: McNeese 38 Northwestern State 7

Reality: McNeese 51 Northwestern State 23

Much higher scoring than I figured. McNeese stays in the playoff hunt.

 
16. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at 9. Central Arkansas Bears

 see 9. Central Arkansas Bears

 
17. Cal Poly Mustangs

My Prediction: Southern Utah 24 Cal Poly 21

Reality:  Cal Poly 24 Southern Utah 23

Great game, came down to the wire. Cal Poly stays on top of the Great West.
18. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens at Towson Tigers

My Prediction: Delaware 35  Towson 13

Reality: Delaware 49 Towson 21

Delaware is really clicking now. Fighting for the 5th CAA bid.
19. James Madison Dukes vs. 6. Villanova Wildcats

See 6. Villanova Wildcats

 
20. Massachusetts Minutemen vs. 3. New Hampshire Wildcats

 See 3. New Hampshire Wildcats
21. Eastern Washington Eagles at 4. Montana Grizzlies

See 4. Montana Grizzlies
22. Florida A&M Rattlers at 13. South Carolina State Bulldogs

See 13. South Carolina State Bulldogs
23. Colgate Raiders vs. Georgetown

My Prediction: Colgate 28  Georgetown 3

Reality: Colgate 31  Georgetown 14

A little bit closer than I thought. Same result.

 
24. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Portland State Vikings

My Prediction: Northern Arizona 38  Portland State 14

Reality: Northern Arizona 44  Portland State 23

The Lumberjacks are in the hunt for a playoff bid. 2nd place in the Big Sky should get them there.

 

25. Furman Paladins vs. Samford Bulldogs

My Prediction: Samford 24  Furman 17

Reality: Furman 26 Samford 24

Furman keeps their playoff hopes alive.

 

My record this week: 10-6

On the season: 23-10

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Top 25 Predictions: Week 7

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

1. Richmond Spiders at Maine Black Bears

Richmond will be too much for an up and down Maine team.The Spiders continue the longest winning streak in FCS football.

Richmond 38   Maine 17
2. Northern Iowa Panthers vs. 5. Southern Illinois Salukis

Another classic MVFC battle in Cedar Falls. Last Saluki win in the UNI-Dome was 1983. I think the streak continues.

Northern Iowa 38  Southern Illinois 35
3. New Hampshire Wildcats at 20. Massachusetts Minutemen

New Hampshire is riding high off of a Homecoming victory over a highly ranked Villanova squad. Massachusetts is on the other end of the spectrum after a blowout loss to Delaware. Massachusetts is looking for a Homecoming win of their own, but they come up just short.

New Hampshire 27  Massachusetts 21
4. Montana Grizzlies vs. 21. Eastern Washington Eagles

The Griz take on their 2nd Top 25 opponent in a row. EWU comes into the game with a high powered offense. The Griz have shown they can win close games and I think they’ll pull out another win.

Montana 35  Eastern Washington 28
5. Southern Illinois Salukis at 2. Northern Iowa Panthers

see 2. Northern Iowa Panthers
6. Villanova Wildcats at 19. James Madison Dukes

Villanova is on the road against a ranked team for the 2nd week in a row. Last weekend they couldn’t get past an undefeated New Hampshire squad. James Madison almost took down defending champion, Richmond. JMU is at home and due for the big win.

James Madison 24 Villanova 20

7. William & Mary Tribe    BYE
8. Elon Phoenix  BYE

  

9. Central Arkansas Bears  vs. 16. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

Easily the game of the week in the Southland Conference, this game has a lot riding on the line. Central Arkansas looks to continue it’s dominance of the SLC and prove that they deserve a Top 10 ranking, while SFA looks to prove that they are back and plan to contend for the automatic bid to the playoffs. Central Arkansas is too tough at home.

Central Arkansas 34   Stephen F. Austin 31

10. Appalachian State Mountaineers at Wofford Terriers

After an 0-2 start, the Mountaineers have won 3 straight. Wofford is down after a lot of injuries have hurt depth. The hurt continues for Wofford.

Appalachian State 35  Wofford 10
11. South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs. North Dakota State Bison

The Jackrabbits are riding high. Still undefeated in conference play heading into a tough stretch against NDSU and UNI. The Bison are off to one of their worst starts in years. One win on the year, big loss at home to UNI last week, and no Pat Paschall this week for the Bison. Jacks keep the Dakota Marker for the 3rd year in a row.

South Dakota State 35  North Dakota State 17
12. Jacksonville State Gamecocks  BYE
13. South Carolina State Bulldogs vs. 22. Florida A&M Rattlers

Both teams are riding high. Each is 4-1 and 2-0 in the MEAC. Bulldogs have big game experience and homefield advantage. (read the full breakdown of this game on the FCS Update blog)

South Carolina State 24   Florida A&M 14
14. Weber State Wildcats vs Sacremento State Hornets

Weber State bounced back from their first conference loss last week with an 18-point win over Eastern Washington. Sacremento State has won two straight. The Hornets streak comes to an end.

Weber State 24  Sacremento State 14

 
15. McNeese State Cowboys vs. Northwestern State Demons

McNeese State took a hit to their playoff hopes last week, losing their first SLC game of the season to Stephen F Austin. The Cowboys look to roll over winless Northwestern State to get their playoff train back on track.

McNeese 38 Northwestern State 7
16. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at 9. Central Arkansas Bears

 

see 9. Central Arkansas Bears
17. Cal Poly Mustangs

Cal Poly comes home after losing to Montana last week. Southern Utah is much improved with 2 FBS losses and a close loss to 24. Northern Arizona. I think SUU pulls the upset.

Southern Utah 24 Cal Poly 21
18. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens at Towson Tigers

Delaware looks to claw it’s way back into the CAA race, as well as make a case for an at-large bid. Towson’s looking to turn things around. It’ll be a little longer Tiger fans.

Delaware 35  Towson 13
19. James Madison Dukes vs. 6. Villanova Wildcats

See 6. Villanova Wildcats

 
20. Massachusetts Minutemen vs. 3. New Hampshire Wildcats

 

See 3. New Hampshire Wildcats
21. Eastern Washington Eagles at 4. Montana Grizzlies

See 4. Montana Grizzlies
22. Florida A&M Rattlers at 13. South Carolina State Bulldogs

See 13. South Carolina State Bulldogs
23. Colgate Raiders vs. Georgetown

Colgate stays undefeated, Georgetown stays winless.

Colgate 28  Georgetown 3

 
24. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Portland State Vikings

Northern Arizona looks to prove they belong in the Top 25. Portland State looks to get on the winning track. Lumberjacks prove themselves.

Northern Arizona 38  Portland State 14

 

25. Furman Paladins vs. Samford Bulldogs

Samford is on the edge of falling out of the playoff hunt. Furman isn’t too far behind. The Paladins need to win this one. but they won’t.

Samford 24  Furman 17

 

……and hack away at it.

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