I’ve Been Outed

Rob Weiss, FCS Update:

Earlier today another FCS website outed me by associating my real name with my user name. This will not stop me from writing this blog. I will continue writing the most honest and unbiased material in FCS coverage. If knowing where my FCS loyalty lies on Saturday bothers you, shoot me a message or give me a couple reads. You’ll find that my coverage of FCS football is knowledgable, honest, and unbiased.

Thanks for reading!

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10/3 Top 25 Predictions

Rob Weiss, FCS Update:

 

1. Richmond is idle.

 

2. Villanova vs. No. 4 William and Mary

William and Mary 24  Villanova 21

 

3. Northern Iowa  vs. Indiana State

Northern Iowa 52  Indiana State 7

 

5. Montana is idle.

 

6. New Hampshire vs. Towson

New Hampshire 28  Towson 10

 

7. James Madison vs. Hofstra

James Madison 38  Hofstra 7

 

8. Southern Illinois vs. Western Illinois

Southern Illinois 31  Western Illinois 14

 

9. McNeese St is idle

 

10. Appalachian State vs.  The Citadel

Appalachian State 42  The Citadel 24

 

11. Elon vs. No. 21 Furman

Elon 28  Furman 24

 

12. Central Arkansas vs Missouri S&T

Central Arkansas 52 Missouri S&T 10

 

13. Weber St. vs. Montana State

Weber State 31  Montana State 14

 
14. South Dakota State vs. No. 17 Cal Poly

South Dakota State 35  Cal Poly 17

 

15. Massachusetts is idle.

 

16. South Carolina State vs. South Carolina

South Carolina 52  South Carolina State 14

 

18. Eastern Washington vs. Idaho State

Eastern Washington 27  Idaho State 7

 

19. Eastern Kentucky vs. No. 24 Eastern Illinois

Eastern Kentucky 35  Eastern Illinois 10

 

20. Texas State vs. Southern Utah

Southern Utah 24  Texas State 14

 

22. Holy Cross vs. Northeastern

Holy Cross 31  Northeastern 7

 

23. Jacksonville State vs. Tennessee Martin

Jacksonville State 21 Tennessee Martin 10

 

25. Delaware vs. Maine

Delaware 24  Maine 17

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The Rumor Mill is turning: Pioneer League applying for autobid

Rob Weiss, FCS Update:

The end of November is always an exciting time in FCS football.  For 16 teams it means the beginning of a shot at the national championship.  Starting in 2010 that number will jump to 20 with the addition of automatic bids for the Big South and NEC, and 2 more at-large bids.

 

When the playoffs started in 1978 there was only 4 teams involved.  In 1981 the format changed to 8 teams.  One year later the playoffs were expanded to 12 teams, with 4 teams getting a first round bye.  The first 16 team playoff bracket was formed in 1986.

 

With the first change in over 20 years only a season away, another change is already brewing.

 

A little more than a month ago the rumors began spreading that the Pioneer Football League, a non-scholarship football only conference, was applying for an automatic bid.  The league is in its 17th year of operation and it currently ranges from coast to coast.  The ten team conference is composed of Butler, Campbell, Davidson, Dayton, Drake, Jacksonville, Marist, Morehead State, San Diego, and Valparaiso.  Although the Pioneer League has not officially announced it’s intentions, the rumor was confirmed by Morehead State Athletic Director Brian Hutchinson.  ( http://www.wkyt.com/wymtsports/headlines/61520037.html )

 

This announcement has stirred up a lot of arguments in the FCS community.  Here are the two sides to that argument:

 

“The Pioneer League meets all requirements”- This is the positive side of the discussion, and it’s true.  The Pioneer meets all of the requirements set forth by the NCAA for teams who want to apply for an automatic bid.  They are one of three conferences who are eligible to apply for an autobid, but most likely the only one that will apply.

 

I agree with this side of the argument.  There is no reason to keep a league from applying for an automatic bid if they meet all of the requirements put forth by the NCAA.  If the NCAA plans to exclude them, they would have to change the language in the by-laws.  If they Pioneer League is denied, they will be the only qualified applicant who has been denied.  The SWAC and Ivy show no interest in participating at this juncture.

 

“The Pioneer League is not competitive”- The other side of the argument is that the teams in the Pioneer League do not schedule properly and are not competitive when playing against teams from the other auto bid conferences.  Statistically, since 2002 the Pioneer League is 7-25 against teams from auto bid conferences.  They were outscored in these games by a total of 1132-486.  In the 7 games that they won, their opponents combined for a record of 18-54, although one of those wins was against a 2007 Fordham team that won the Patriot League and lost in the first round to Massachusetts.  There are two teams, Butler and Campbell, that did not play teams from automatic bid conferences during this period.  The other issue that makes the Pioneer League appear to be weak is the losses to sub D-I opponents.  The 10 teams in the league have combined for 53 losses to sub D-I opponents since 2002.

 

It’s hard to disagree with this side.  If the Pioneer League intends to participate in the playoffs, some changes need to be made in order for them to be competitive. The changes need to start with the schedules.  The teams in the Pioneer League need to schedule less sub D-I teams and more teams from auto-bid conferences.  Hopefully with some changes the Pioneer League will find itself competitive and their playoff match-ups won’t end up like a 1 seed playing a 16 seed in March Madness.

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FCS Update hits the road

Rob Weiss, FCS Update:

FCS Update will make it’s first in-person reporting appearance a week from Saturday in Fargo, ND. Our feature story will be the #1 RB in the country, Pat Paschall of NDSU facing the highly ranked Northern Iowa defense.  

We will feature Paschall and the Panther defense leading up to the game and will follow up with a feature on the game after the weekend.

Also debating a road trip on Halloween weekend. I appear to be freed up and would like to get some suggestions on the best games in the country. If money and time works out, we’ll be there to cover another great game(or two games in the same area if possible).

Give me your suggestions in the comment section, the cs.com board, or email me at (my name with no spaces at cs.com)

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Battle For The CAA : Take 1

Rob Weiss, FCS Update:

The CAA has come out strong. So strong that the top teams in the conference have a combined four FBS wins. Those teams have also combined for a 15-0 record and are receiving at least one vote in one of the three major polls.

This week is the first chance we have to start sorting things out at the top.

Saturday at 3:30pm EST, William and Marywill take the field at Villanova Stadium against the Wildcats.

William and Mary comes into the game with quite the resume.  The Tribe opened the season with a big 26-14 win over in-state FBS rival, Virginia. They have followed that up with three straight FCS wins, including a win over Delaware. Although Delaware isn’t “back”, they appear to be much improved from last year’s miserable 4-8 campaign.

Villanova has continued last year’s success that took them to the quarterfinals in the FCS playoffs. They have rattled off four straight wins, including a last second win over crosstown FBS rival Temple in a game that was played at the Philadelphia Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field.

Both teams come into the game 1-0 in the CAA. The only team with a better record in the CAA is Richmond at 2-0. Richmond has a bye this week.

The big debate in the Northeast is: Should the winner of the Villanova-William and Mary clash overtake Richmond as the number one team in FCS football?

In this writers opinion, yes. Those of you who have read my previous article about the polls have seen my thought process on the polls. I don’t care who last year’s champion was. I am voting for the best teams in 2009. I think that an argument can be made for five or six teams to be number one, but the winner of this game will have the most quality wins of any of the teams involved. No one else would have a FBS win and  FCS Top 5 win.

Villanova follows up this game by heading to New Hampshire and James Madison. William and Mary  plays Northeastern, has a bye week, and then has James Madison at home.

In the end, everything will be sorted out. Most of the top CAA teams face each other this year with a few exceptions. William and Mary  and Villanova avoid Massachusetts, while New Hampshire dodges Richmond and James Madison.

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Polls: Who can you trust?

Rob Weiss, FCS Update: The 2009 season is off to a great start. The debate over who is the best team in the country is heating up more and more each week. Between the 3 major polls (AGS, Coaches, and TSN) there are 6 different teams with first place votes. While Richmond is the consensus […]

2013 CS Top 25 Poll

Week 11 | 11/11/2013 (Points)

1. North Dakota State Bison (300)
2. Eastern Washington Eagles (278)
3. Eastern Illinois Panthers (273)
4. Maine Black Bears (266)
5. Sam Houston State Bearkats (251)
6. Fordham Rams (247)
7. Southeastern Louisiana Lions (216)
8. Montana Grizzlies (208)
9. McNeese Cowboys (195)
10. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (172)
11. Montana State Bobcats (169)
12. Charleston Southern Buccaneers (154)
13. William and Mary Tribe (148)
14. Youngstown State Penguins (143)
15. Towson Tigers (138)
16. Chattanooga Mocs (129)
17. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (116)
18. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens (78)
19. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (71)
20. Jacksonville State Gamecocks (65)
21. Princeton Tigers (54)
22. South Dakota State Jackrabbits (48)
23. Tennessee State Tigers (44)
24. Southern Utah Thunderbirds (33)
25. Lehigh Mountain Hawks (29)

Next 10 receiving votes:
26. New Hampshire Wildcats (10), 27. Samford Bulldogs (5), 28. Jackson State Tigers (4), 29. Harvard Crimson (3), 30. South Carolina State Bulldogs (2), 31. Wofford Terriers (1), 32. James Madison Dukes (1).

2013 TSN Top 25 Poll

Week 11 |11/11/2013 | (1st place votes)

1. North Dakota State Bison (156)
2. Eastern Illinois Panthers
3. Eastern Washington Eagles
4. Sam Houston State Bearkats
5. Fordham Rams
6. Maine Black Bears
7. Montana Grizzlies
8. Montana State Bobcats
9. McNeese State Cowboys
10. Towson Tigers
11. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
12. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
13. Charleston Southern Buccaneers
14. Southeastern Louisiana Lions
15. Youngstown State Penguins
16. William & Mary Tribe
17. Chattanooga Mocs
18. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
19. South Dakota State Jackrabbits
20. Lehigh Mountain Hawks
21. Delaware Blue Hens
22. Jacksonville State Gamecocks
23. New Hampshire Wildcats
24. Wofford Terriers
25. Princeton Tigers

Others receiving votes (points):
Samford 180, Tennessee State 142, James Madison 140, Southern Utah 133, Villanova 93, South Carolina State 75, Harvard 52, Northern Iowa 35, Central Arkansas 25, Jackson State 20, Eastern Kentucky 19, Georgia Southern 18, Furman 15, Cal Poly 14, Illinois State 14, Sacred Heart 10, Missouri State 7, UT Martin 6, Liberty 4, Southern Illinois 3, Jacksonville 2, San Diego 1, Florida A&M 1, Alcorn State 1.

2013 Coaches Top 25 Poll

Week 11 | 11/11/2013 | (1st place votes)

1. North Dakota State (26) 9-0
2. Eastern Illinois 9-1
3. Eastern Washington 8-2
4. Sam Houston State 8-2
5. Fordham 10-0
6. Maine 9-1
7. Towson 8-2
8. Montana 8-2
9. Coastal Carolina 9-1
10. Montana State 7-3
11. McNeese State 8-2
12. Charleston Southern 10-1
13. Northern Arizona 7-2
14. Southeastern Louisiana 8-2
15. Youngstown State 8-2
16. Bethune-Cookman 8-2
17. Lehigh 7-2
18. Chattanooga 8-2
19. South Dakota State 6-4
20. William & Mary 7-3
21. Wofford 5-4
22. Delaware 7-3
23. Jacksonville State 8-2
24. Princeton 7-1
25. James Madison 6-4

Others receiving votes:
New Hampshire 52, Harvard 26, Samford 24, Tennessee State 19, Southern Utah 16, Jackson State 11, Cal Poly 7, South Carolina State 4, Sacred Heart 4, Central Arkansas 2.

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Welcome to FCS Update with Rob Weiss

Welcome to the first edition of FCS Update. My name is Rob Weiss and I will be your host. As I get going I hope to post new stories at least a couple times a week, so check back often for updates.

I have been watching FCS football since 1989. Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since I attended my first game. Today I watch as many games as I can each and every Saturday. With free internet feeds and sites like channelsurfing I am catching a lot more games these days, but the games I can’t watch I try to follow box scores or game trackers.

I look forward to providing you with the best coverage possible and look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions in the future!

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CS.com Top 25 FCS Poll

We are launching our top 25 FCS Poll and have begun registration for voting.  The rules for registration are below and if you would like to participate, please register!  Enjoy!

1) Must register no later than 12:00 am 09/26/09 to be eligible to vote in 2009 Poll
2) Registrant must have at least 100 posts on the forums prior to 12:00 am 09/26/09.
3) Must declare a home team and cannot change home teams during the season.
4) Must provide a valid email address. Voters providing invalid addresses will have their ballots nullified.
5) Voters found to have registered under two or more names will be ineligible to vote for remainder of season.

Register: http://www.championshipsubdivision.com/poll/poll-registration/

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New Site Launched

We have launched our new website located at ChampionshipSubdivision.com.  For over two years we have been a forum only site. That has now changed as you can all see.  We now have a main content area that contains a stadium database with tons of information and pictures on every stadium in the FCS, we have an FCS links directory that gathers links from all over the nation for each FCS school and much more to come.  Keep checking the blog for the most up to date information on what is happening at ChampionshipSubdivision.com!  While you are at it, become a fan on facebook and get instant updates on new happenings!  Enjoy!

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