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Round 3 Predicts(the ecclescestic eight)

Ok boys and girls I was a grand total of 7-1(damn you cal poly) last week we are now in the quarter finals. I will post these with less than three hours before games start to hoepfully spur some conversation. Here are my predicts:
Montana State over Sam Houston State
Georgia Southern over Old Dominion(going with my heart over my head)
NDSU over Wofford-REMEMBER boys and girls you must KNEEL in the end zone to down the ball.
Illinois State over EWU-MVFC homer pick

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Round 2 predicts

Alright here is this bloggers opinion on the second round-
NDSU over SDSU
Wofford over UNH
(This weeks game of the week for FCS)
GA Southern over Cent. Arkansas
ODU over Coastal
EWU over Wagner
Illinois State over App state
Cal poly over Sam Houston State
Montana State over Stony brook(This weeks upset alert)

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Playoff Breakdown

Alright here are my playoff predicts:(top four are seeds-everyone else just who is in)
1.North Dakota State
2.Montana State
3.Old Dominion
4.UNH
5.Eastern Washington
6.Cal Poly
7.Wofford
8.Georgia Southern
9.Lehigh
10.Southern Arkansas
11.Illinois State
12.Richmond
13.Stony Brook
14.App state
15.Northern Arizona
16.Sam Houston State
17.Wagner
18.Eastern Illinois
19.Bethune-cookman
20.Colgate
Discuss

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FCS nation we have a problem……

Well boys and girls we have a problem;I waited a week to see what this produced, but of teams that have been profiled on this blog Citadel since mentioning, 1-3. NDSU 1-1 since mentioning; Samford 0-2; and only cal poly has a winning record at 2-0.Which begs the question has this blog been cursed, and any team that gets mentioned begins a downard slide, or do I just choose to profile teams that really aren’t that great but have their tough games coming up. In any case, if there is a team you want me to profile in the hope that it will help your team beat them let me know and I will certainly do it. On that note-
Illinois State, well I don’t know what illisnois state is this year, and I don’t know what to think or say but this could be a good game. the one good thing about illinois state is isumatt; why is that you ask, check out his avatar, enough said.

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Bison, Bulldogs, Mustangs, OH MY!

Well this is turning out to be an interesting season boys and girls, but I am going to focus on a couple of surprise teams for the year. While a few weeks back I gave the kiss of death to the Citadel bulldogs maybe I can reverse that curse today.
First I have to give a shout out to the bison of NDSU, and as much as it pains me to say they have proven why they are the best team in FCS by absolutly stomping the then-no.3 team Youngstown state in the dome in Fargo, this team seems highly unstoppable at this point, however we are only halfway into the season so you never know.

Now onto the surprises, First the bulldogs of Samford I tread lightly as their only “big” win on the season was against the citadel, and they got stomped by a decent Georgia Southern Team. As long as I am on the SOCON track, these next few weeks in the SOCON will determin ALOT as the top 3 teams(GA southern, Wofford, Samford and a down App State Team, all play basiclly round robin the next few weeks, My guess, Wofford comes out and shows that they are the class of the leage, going on the road to beat GA southern and App State)

Cal Poly-I say they are a surprise because well they have a high chance of ending the season with only one loss (@EWU) but when you compare thier schedule it isn’t all that tough, with no Montana State or Montana. However they could be a dark horse in a Big Sky sans a traditional powerhouse Montana.

Who are your Darkhorses this season.

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What did we learn? Week 5

Well boys and girls sorry for not writing I know your lives are worse off of because of it, here are my thoughts on the past couple of weeks of FCS football.
Eastern Washington, while I was skeptical at first after their Idaho win, they beat an already reeling Grizz team, which ovbiously puts the eagles in the driver seat for the Big Sky title and top four slot, their only true test yet coming in Bozeman against Montana State on Oct. 13

Despite playing a vanilla schedule the NDSU bison came into the dome and made the Panthers pay for their tough schedule by sending the Panthers to 0-4 in DI compeition. The Bison looked legit on both sides of the ball while the panthers looked tired and made mistakes that cost them the game because of those mistakes. The Bison host the up and rising Youngstown State in the Fargodome for homecoming then the ever dangerous Sycamores also in the dome for the true meat of their schedule.
The Citadel played lke the Citadel of old when they turned out a terrible effort against a Moc team that brought their A game and earned a W against the Bulldogs, leaving Wofford as the only unbeaten in Socon play.
the CAA, what to say just wow, it is all over the place there is a Reason the CAA has been so dominant recently is that any given saturday case in point UNH over UD this weekend.

Sorry for you ECB but it is what it is, sending me your own thoughts and I will use it to exppand the East coast.

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The Citadel?????

Well This years dark horse has got to be the dogs from The Citadel.  No longer able to fly under the radar with their beatdown of App State The citadel has become a tru national contender.

The Citadel has taken on the traditional SOCON powers and has become the team that can in FCS this year. I personally love seeing newer teams trising up to challenge the existing football powers, I mean come on which one of us isn’t, we are for the most part the little guys. Go Citadel you have a fan up here in missouri valley country.

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Now what did we learn? Parts 1 and 2

Hello anyone who reads this, my humblest apologies for failing to write last week, I could afford any number of excuses, but they are just that excuses. So here is a double hit for you this week boys and girls.
1. Week 1 we learned that YSU may be finally putting it all together this year after throttling FBS Pittsburgh.  UNI came out very strong against what was supposed to be a good Wisconsin team.  Bad thing for both UNI and YSU is those games were put into question as both team lost in Week 2(Wisconsin to an average-looking Oregon State team and Pitt to a improving Cincy team)

OK so its late and I haven’t surfed the net in a few days so I am a bit behind, but after looking at some things it is shaping up to be a very interesting year in the FCS.  The MVC looks like it will come down to 5 teams vying for the title with a resurgent Illinois state team coming on strong after last years disappointing season, and of course Indiana State ,UNI, YSU and NDSU looking strong as well.

In the Big Sky the Bobcats of MSU did not look impressive in their win against Drake, however like most teams its the beginning of the year, however the Big Sky will once again be a tight race with the ever present Montana, and Eastern Washington who was only narrowly defeated by FBS Washington State, but did take down FBS/FCS wannabe Idaho. Sacramento State upset Pac-12 Colorado this weekend, which is a huge boost for the Hornets as the only remaining road test for the Hornet will be against EWU on the 20th of October.

The socon to an interesting turn this weekend, App State Went out in the FCS Game of the week and beat a Montana team that looks to continue on the Montana path of always being strong.  However its the surprise upset of Georgia Southern by the Citadel that has GSU and Furman who lost to Samford in week one and Coastal Carolina on the bottom looking up at a Strong looking SOCON.  The eagles are lucky in that they get perennial SOCON powers Wofford and App State at home.  The Eagles visit Furman on Oct 20th.

The Terriers have gotten to take it easy the last two weeks, and have a tough five game stretch starting Oct. 6 hosting Furman, then on the road at APP State and Georgia Southern in consecutive weeks, followed by hosting the Citadel and on the road against Samford.Looking for that to be the decisive stretch for the terriers.

In the Colonial New Hampshire looked down right awful against a so-so Minnesota team(I actually watched that game)  Other than that it seems as though the colonial will be as up for grabs as anyone, as of this point no one setting themselves apart(except for Georgia State)

 

Well there you have it my thoughts on what I have seen and read, see ya later in the week GO FCS!

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And the wait is over

ITs here, or for some of us already gone, It was nice waiting for you, however the bad thing is that all of us begin this year with one dream, one hope and only one team, ends this year realizing that dream, but that’s the best way for it to be. Good luck to all those this year, to all the fans traveling stay safe stay smart, and we’ll see you in Frisco.

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