Archive | October, 2010

CS: FCS Top 25 Football Poll Week 8 (10/25/2010)

2010 CS Top 25 Football Poll

Week 8 | 10/25/2010
1. Appalachian State Mountaineers 6336.1818
2. William & Mary Tribe 5909.4545
3. Jacksonville State Gamecocks
4. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
5. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens
6. Villanova Wildcats
7. Wofford Terriers 
8. Eastern Washington Eagles
9. Montana Grizzlies
10. Montana State Bobcats
11. Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
12. Chattanooga Mocs
13. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
14. New Hampshire Wildcats
15. Liberty Flames
16. James Madison Dukes
17. Northern Iowa Panthers
18. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
19. Robert Morris Colonials
20. South Carolina State Bulldogs
21. Massachusetts Minutemen
22. Cal Poly Mustangs
23. Western Illinois Leathernecks
24. Richmond Spiders
25. Georgia Southern Eagles

Next 10 receiving points
Furman Paladins, Grambling State Tigers, Pennsylvania Quakers, North Dakota State Bison, South Dakota State Jackrabbits, Harvard Crimson, Jacksonville Dolphins, Sam Houston State Bearkats, Southern Illinois Salukis, Sacramento State Hornets


CS: FCS Top 25 Football Poll Week 7 (10/18/2010)

2010 CS Top 25 Football Poll

Week 7 | 10/18/2010
1. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens
2. Appalachian State Mountaineers
3. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
4. Jacksonville State Gamecocks
5. William & Mary Tribe
6. Villanova Wildcats
7. Eastern Washington Eagles
8. Wofford Terriers
9. Montana Grizzlies
10. Massachusetts Minutemen
11. James Madison Dukes
12. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
13. Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
14. Montana State Bobcats
15. Western Illinois Leathernecks
16. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
17. Chattanooga Mocs
18. Liberty Flames
19. Furman Paladins
20. New Hampshire Wildcats
21. South Carolina State Bulldogs
22. Robert Morris Colonials
23. Northern Iowa Panthers
24. Richmond Spiders
25. Georgia Southern Eagles

Next 10 receiving points
Cal Poly Mustangs, Grambling State Tigers, North Dakota State Bison, Sam Houston State Bearkats, Hampton Pirates, Texas State Bobcats, Pennsylvania Quakers, Elon Phoenix, Sacramento State Hornets, Jacksonville Dolphins


CS: FCS Top 25 Football Poll Week 6 (10/11/2010)

2010 CS Top 25 Football Poll

Week 6 | 10/11/2010
1. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens
2. Appalachian State Mountaineers
3. Jacksonville State Gamecocks
4. Massachusetts Minutemen
5. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
6. William & Mary Tribe
7. James Madison Dukes
8. Villanova Wildcats
9. Montana State Bobcats
10. South Carolina State Bulldogs
11. Eastern Washington Eagles
12. Cal Poly Mustangs
13. Wofford Terriers
14. Montana Grizzlies
15. Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
16. Georgia Southern Eagles
17. Texas State Bobcats
18. North Dakota State Bison
19. Liberty Flames
20. Furman Paladins
21. Western Illinois Leathernecks
22. Southern Illinois Salukis
23. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
24. Robert Morris Colonials
25. New Hampshire Wildcats

Next 10 receiving points
Chattanooga Mocs, Northern Iowa Panthers, Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, Grambling State Tigers, Richmond Spiders, Jacksonville Dolphins, Elon Phoenix, Harvard Crimson, Youngstown State Penguins, North Dakota Fighting Sioux


It’s Been a While: A first look at the playoffs

Five weeks into the 2010 season we’ve seen a lot of surprises. Quite a few regulars have faltered: Montana, Southern Illinois, and New Hampshire to name a few.

Now seems like a good time to take a shot at prognosticating what this years playoff field will look like in the end. Let’s start with the automatic bids:

Big Sky- With the way things have started in the Big Sky, it’s obvious that this could change quite a bit over the next month or two. If I had to pick a winner today (and I do), it would be Montana State.  The Bobcats could easily be at 5-0 right now, and although they faltered a bit this past weekend, their destiny is definitely in their hands.

Big South- As of today, the front runner in the Big South has to be Liberty. Although the loss to Robert Morris looks a little shaky, we may find that the Colonials were a better team than we might have expected. No one else in the conference even deserves a look right now. Gardner-Webb fell apart after the win at Akron.

CAA- Today’s winner of the CAA autobid is Massachusetts. The Minutemen are off to a strong start and if they can avoid a collapse they should be one of several CAA teams in the playoffs this year. Delaware is running neck and neck with them at this point.

MEAC- South Carolina State is the easy pick at this point. They’ve gone undefeated through the conference for quite some time and haven’t shown any intentions of ending that trend.

MVFC- The Valley is almost a pick’em at this point. As of today I would rule out North Dakota State, South Dakota State, and Indiana State. Northern Iowa has one of the best defenses in the nation through four games. If they can get points out of their offense they should come out of the battle as the last one standing.  Any of the top six teams in the league could easily be argued for, but with the exception of going to Southern Illinois this weekend, UNI’s schedule is very favorable. A loss in Carbondale would definitely change my pick.

NEC- You have to go with Robert Morris. The Colonials have been up to snuff so far. Three of the four wins have come on the road. I like that in a team. It’s still early enough for a lot of change, but I really like the Colonials to earn the leagues first automatic bid to the playoffs.

OVC- Every week I keep expecting the top teams of the OVC to fall apart like usual. But so far Southeast Missouri State and Jacksonville State have shown the toughness they need to stay undefeated in conference. The two teams meet in the last game of the season and I expect the home team, Jacksonville State to take home the autobid. If both teams can win out to that point then we should expect the loser to give the OVC a second bid.

Patriot- Until last weekend I think we all thought Georgetown was going to do the unexpected, but after a 31-3 drubbing, the Hoyas expectations have been lowered. We’ve seen very little in league play from the PL, so anything at this point would be pure speculation.  Georgetown may still be in play, but at this point Colgate is my front runner.

Southern- Appalachian State….no devils advocate to play here at this point.

Southland- Stephen F. Austin may be the most disliked team in the nation at this point. While fans of the SLC have disliked them for years, fans from around the country have seen the Texas A&M video or had other complaints of their own. “Just win, baby”: The Jacks do it. Look for them to make a strong post season run….unless the Montana fans get to them on Friday night.

That gives us the ten autobids:

Montana State, Liberty, Massachusetts, South Carolina St, Northern Iowa, Robert Morris, Jacksonville State, Colgate, Appalachian State, and Stephen F Austin.

Now let’s get down to the at-large canidates (teams I put in the bracket in bold) :

Big Sky: Northern Arizona, Eastern Washington, Montana

Big South: none

CAA: Delaware, Villanova, William and Mary, and James Madison

MEAC: none

MVFC: Western Illinois, Illinois State, Youngstown State, and Southern Illinois

NEC: none

OVC: Southeast Missouri State

Patriot: none

Southern: Georgia Southern, Wofford, and Chattanooga

Southland: McNeese State, Central Arkansas, and Texas State

The 5 seeds:

Delaware, Massachusetts, Jacksonville State, Appalachian State, and Stephen F. Austin

Last Four Out:
Western Illinois
Illinois State
Youngstown State

First Round:

Robert Morris

@South Carolina State

Eastern Washington
@Texas State


Second Round:

Robert Morris/Liberty
@ #1 Massachusetts

@ Georgia Southern

Montana State
@ #5 Delaware
@ #4 Stephen F. Austin

Wofford/South Carolina State
@ #2 Appalachian State

Southeast Missouri State
@ William and Mary

James Madison  
@ Northern Iowa

Eastern Washington/Texas State
@ #3 Jacksonville State

(please let me know if you see any errors…..I’m sure you will)


CS: FCS Top 25 Football Poll Week 5 (10/4/2010)

2010 CS Top 25 Football Poll

Week 5 | 10/4/2010
1. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens.
2. Appalachian State Mountaineers.
3. Jacksonville State Gamecocks.
4. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks.
5. Massachusetts Minutemen.
6. James Madison Dukes.
7. William & Mary Tribe.
8. Villanova Wildcats.
9. Montana State Bobcats.
10. Texas State Bobcats.
11. South Carolina State Bulldogs.
12. Georgia Southern Eagles.
13. Cal Poly Mustangs.
14. Northern Iowa Panthers.
15. Richmond Spiders.
16. Eastern Washington Eagles.
17. Western Illinois Leathernecks.
18. Montana Grizzlies.
19. Wofford Terriers.
20. Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.
21. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks.
22. Central Arkansas Bears.
23. Youngstown State Penguins.
24. North Dakota State Bison.
25. Liberty Flames.

Next 10 receiving points
South Dakota Coyotes, Elon Phoenix, Furman Paladins, Robert Morris Colonials, New Hampshire Wildcats, Southern Illinois Salukis, Missouri State Bears, Grambling State Tigers, Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, Illinois State Redbirds.