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2nd Round Playoff Breakdown

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

In last weeks predictions I correctly picked 7 out of the 8 games. This week might be a little bit tougher as every game seems like a toss-up. Here are my thoughts on this weeks match-ups.

Stephen F. Austin @ (1) Montana

Montana has been one of the most inconsistent teams in FCS football this year. Now that said, they are also the most consistent winners. All year I have said that “good teams win games”. Montana has done that, even if it took a last second FG to beat Idaho State.

Last weekend showed what Montana is capable of. Scoring 40 points to grab a comeback victory is no easy task, especially for a team that has played two QBs for most of the season.

I would argue that Montana is hitting their stride at just the right time, something that seems to be fairly normal for Bobby Hauck led teams. 

Stephen F. Austin has had a great year offensively. The Lumberjacks air attack was complemented by a 100 yard rusher last week. My concern is the Lumberjack defense. I don’t think they are up to the task at hand this weekend.

Montana Grizzlies 45  Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 35


Appalachian State at (4) Richmond

In last weekend’s game, the Spiders held on for the 3 point win over Elon. The win came in spite of Richmond’s 3 turnovers to Elon’s 0.  Richmond is the defending champion who knows what it takes, and is playing good football right now. Richmond will need to keep the turnover margin a little closer against this opponent.

Appalachian State didn’t look like they were in championship form last weekend. While SC State was no pushover, the Mountaineers won the game on a botched special teams play that should have put the Bulldogs in the lead. The App State defense may be on track, but the offense is not clicking. Dropped passes, Armanti’s health, and other factors have me questioning them a bit this week.

Richmond Spiders 24  Appalachian State Mountaineers 17


New Hampshire @ (2) Villanova

This game features a rematch of a great regular season CAA matchup. The Wildcats faced off the first time on October 10th in Durham, NH. Each team finished with 1 turnover and New Hampshire pulled out a 28-24 win to give Villanova their lone loss on the year.

Last weekend Villanova faced a Holy Cross team that liked to air it out. The Wildcat defense gave up 393 yards and allowed 28 points. Luckily the Villanova offense was up to the task and put up 38 points of their own while piling up 537 yards of total offense.  Villanova’s offense has remained balance all season. If they continue to stay balance and keep turnovers to a minimum, they will be in this game until the end. 

For the other Wildcats, last weekend was a little bit different. New Hampshire flew home from Louisiana with a 49-13 win over McNeese State. Despite only having one turnover, the Cowboy offense only managed 13 points on 326 yards of offense. New Hampshire controlled the field position game all day. 

I don’t think either one of these teams holds a real strong home field advantage. I expect a game very similar to the first match-up, and I also expect the same result.

New Hampshire Wildcats 31   Villanova Wildcats 24


William and Mary at (3) Southern Illinois

After watching the 2009 season unfold, I think this is the closest game of the quarterfinals. William and Mary is easily interchangeable with any of the 4 seeds, their only losses in close games to Richmond and Villanova. 

Southern Illinois had it easy last week, pounding on a weak Eastern Illinois team. The Salukis pounded the Panthers 48-7. William and Mary also too it easy last week and humiliated Weber State 38-0. Both of these teams should come into the game well rested.

The story of this game is SIU RB Deji Karim. His success will be a large factor in who wins this game. That said, both teams are very solid on offense and defense.

I think that the little things decide the winner of this game: Specials teams, turnovers, field position, weather. Travel may also come into play for the Tribe.

Southern Illinois Salukis 21  William and Mary Tribe 20


2nd Round picks

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

As an early teaser, here are my 2nd round picks.


Richmond over App St

New Hampshire over Villanova

Southern Illinois over William and Mary

Montana over Stephen F Austin


All games should be close. Home team wins 3 out of 4.

Montana over Richmond

New Hampshire over Southern Illinois


Montana champion.


Oh how things can change in a week. It’s all about matchups.

More thoughts coming in the next few days.


1st round Recap

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

Holy Cross  28   at (2) Villanova  38

The Holy Cross offense got rolling a little more than I expected in this game. The game went back and forth as the teams traded scores until knotted at 14. At that poitn Villanova took over a bit and drove the score to 28-14. In the 3rd quarter the teams traded TDs. In the 4th quarter the Crusaders comeback bid came up short as the only mustered 7 points to Villanova’s 3. Holy Cross played 2 quarters of even football with Villanova, but the 2nd quarter blanking of the HC offense was too much to overcome. The Crusaders’ QB, Dominic Randolph went 31 of 51 for 347 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 INTs.

South Carolina State  13  @ Appalachian State  20

South Carolina State gave App St a scare for the 2nd year in a row. In a game filled with turnovers, SCSU snapped a FG attempt past the kicker and it was returned for a TD. SCSU had one last chance, but needed to go 93 yards in 53 seconds. both QB’s threw 3 INTs in a game where each team scored a defensive TD off of a turnover.

Weber State 0  @ William and Mary  38

As I predicted, this was a one-sided matchup featuring one of the best teams in the country against the last team in. Cameron Higgins of Weber State was 21/40 with 4 INTs. W&M played a well balanced offensive game in the rout.

Elon 13  @ (4) Richmond 16

Elon was down most of the game, but a late 4th quarter push put a scare into the Spider fans. The Phoenix came up short when a 48 yard game-tying FG attempt was no where near the mark. Interesting stat of the game: Richmond threw 3 INTs, Elon: none. Elon actually finished the game +3 in the turnover margin. Spider QB Eric Ward finished with 276 all purpose yards. Scott Riddle of Elon threw for 307 and 1 TD.

Eastern Illinois 7 @ (3) Southern Illinois 48

 Southern Illinois scored 48 unanswered points in one of SIU’s best first round performances in years.


South Dakota State 48 @ (1) Montana 61

In what could be called the biggest comeback in FCS playoff history the Griz scored 41 unanswered points to beat the Jacks in the first round at Washington-Griz Stadium.


New Hampshire 49  @ McNeese State 13

In one of my more controversial picks, I stated that I felt that New Hampshire was the clear favorite in this game. After following FCS football all across the nation (even the MEAC, haha) this was the result I was expecting. I have no regional biases, just the games I watch and the things I read.

 Eastern Washington 33 at Stephen F. Austin 44

My one flaw for the day. I guess I should’ve referenced the Weber State-EWU game for an idea of how EWU would perform against the SFA passing attack. Lumberjack QB, Jeremy Moses went 43 of 57 for 432 yards and 4 TDs. Only issue was his 3 INTs. But even with 3 INTs SFA was never too nervous. They lead by 11 or more for the entire 2nd half with leads as great as 25. EWU’s Matt Nichols was 43 of 76 for 461 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT. 133 passing attempts kept this game going forever. Both teams had one RB go over 100 yards. EWU’s Taiwan Jones ran for 118 and an average of 7.8 while SFA’s Vincent Pervis ran for 125 and also averaged 7.8 per carry.

So 7-1 on the day. Not too shabby. 🙂


1st Round Playoff Breakdown

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

South Dakota State at (1) Montana

This is a match-up of two teams I’m pretty familiar with. Both teams have played up and down this year.

For Montana the key is going to be QB play. They have switched QBs on and off and need to have the right chemistry on Saturday. I had the opportunity to watch the Griz against UC-Davis, Northern Arizona, Weber State, and Northern Colorado. The offense and defense were both all over the place. The UC-Davis game was a low scoring game that was tied in the 4th quarter, but the NAU game was an OT shootout. The team clicked on both sides of the ball against Weber State.

South Dakota State could’ve helped themselves with a win over Minnesota. The Jacks had the ball in a tie game with 5 minutes left but fumbled it on their own 20 yd line to give the game away.

I’ve seen the Jacks twice this year. Their games against Northern Iowa and Cal Poly were fairly similar with the exception of the result. SDSU should not have lost the Cal Poly game, but injury to a QB can really change your chemistry.

I see this game as a toss-up with the edge to the home team, but if the Griz are clicking, this could be a blow out.

Montana Grizzlies 31  South Dakota State Jackrabbits 27


Eastern Washington @ Stephen F. Austin

I have not had the opportunity to watch either of these teams this year.

Stephen F. Austin saw their offensive success through a huge passing game, while Eastern Washington has been a little more balanced than in the past.

If Eastern Washington can pull off the defensive gameplan that Texas State used against SFA, it could be a long day for the Lumberjacks.

Eastern Washington Eagles 35  Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 28


Elon @ (4) Richmond

Both of these teams have lacked some consistency this year. Richmond struggled in some games they should have won easily and blew their game against Villanova. Elon didn’t show up for their big games against Wake Forest and Appalachian State.

I had the opportunity to watch Richmond a few times this year. They had issues in their game against a poor VMI team.  The team struggled to get any rhythm going. In their game against Villanova they let the Wildcats score with about a minute left, then drove down for a chip shot FG that was wide left from the right hash. Now the team has a path that could run them through Missoula instead of a home path to Chatty. (A semifinal match-up against Montana would make for an interesting game). 

Elon has had a great passing game this year. Their SoS was very poor and their performance against Appalachian State has a lot of people wondering.

Richmond Spiders 24  Elon Phoenix 21


South Carolina State @ (4) Appalachian State

A rematch of last years first round leaves many of us wondering if we’ll see a similar game. The MEAC champ went into Boone last year and really hung around.

I don’t think that will be the case this year. Last year the Mountaineers had an unhealthy Armanti Edwards and were not clicking. This App State team is scary to me. They seem to be clicking at the right time and have great chemistry.

South Carolina State’s only loss is to South Carolina. They won’t be a pushover, but I’m just not sure they have enough.

Appalachian State Mountaineers 38  South Carolina State Bulldogs  28


Eastern Illinois @ (3) Southern Illinois

This will be one of those lopsided first round match-ups.

The Panthers limped their way into the field, needing an EKU loss to get the autobid.

The Salukis have beat every team put in front of them after a near loss to FBS Marshall.

Look for EIU QB Jake Christensen to have a long day. SIU will pound the ball on the EIU offense and waltz into the second round.

Southern Illinois Salukis 38  Eastern Illinois 17


Weber State at William and Mary

This also has the makings of a lopsided match-up. Weber State struggled against tough competition and William and Mary was a FG away from being seeded in this years field.

After seeing William and Mary blow the Villanova game, they have been clicking ever since.

William and Mary Tribe 24   Weber State Wildcats 14


Holy Cross at (2) Villanova

This game is basically over before it begins. As long as the ‘Nova pass defense shows up, this one will be over quickly.

Holy Cross relies on it’s passing attack and struggled against a couple opponents. Villanova played one of the hardest schedules in the country and came through with only one loss.

Villanova Wildcats 31   Holy Cross Crusaders 14


New Hampshire at McNeese State

If New Hampshire had any kind of facilities and home crowd they would be at home. Their team deserves to be at home almost every year but gets stuck taking flights across the country. New Hampshire is the clear favorite in this road match-up.

As one of two upsets I picked, this is the only game I feel will be a clear cut winner. New Hampshire beat some tough opponents and also went on the road to get a FBS win. McNeese has a good team and a great enviroment, but that won’t stop the Wildcats.

New Hampshire Wildcats 24  McNeese State Cowboys 14


With expected 2nd round matchups, my current pick for national champion is Appalachian State. Armanti Edwards is the only QB in FCS football that can single handedly win games. If he is truly healthy, and stays healthy, he’ll get his 3rd national championship.



First draft of final playoff predictions

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

So many bubble teams lost. Here’s the first attempt….may change before selection.

1 Villanova vs. Holy Cross

SC State vs. William and Mary

Appalachian State vs. New Hampshire

4. Richmond vs. Elon

2 . Southern Illinois vs. Eastern Illinois

McNeese State vs. Weber State

South Dakota State vs. Eastern Washington

3. Montana vs. Stephen F Austin


Playoff Predictions 11/18

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

Not much has changed since last week. If the right teams win on Saturday, the bracket should be a pretty easy pick for the committee. The bracket will release at 3pm EST on ESPNNews if my info is correct.


Big Sky: Montana – locked up            CAA: Villanova – Still have to play Delaware, and will be in the playoffs either way         MEAC: South Carolina State – locked up       MVFC: Southern Illinois– locked up       OVC: Eastern Illinois  – locked up        Patriot: Holy Cross – locked up    SoCon: Appalachian State – locked up       Southland: Stephen F. Austin – locked up with a win over winless Northwestern State

At-large bids:

New Hampshire(2nd CAA) – at 9-2 or 8-3,     Richmond(3rd CAA) – 9-2 at worst,     William and Mary(4th CAA) – 9-2 at worst    , Eastern Washington (2nd Big Sky) in for sure with a win and a loss by Montana State     , Elon(2nd SoCon) – in with a win over Samford,     South Dakota State (2nd MVFC) in with a win over Western Illinois,      Northern Iowa (3rd MVFC) in with a win over Illinois State,  McNeese State(2nd Southland) in with a win over Central Arkansas,

Last Four In:

 Elon, McNeese State, Northern Iowa, Eastern Washington

Last Four out:

Liberty, Weber State, Montana State, Delaware


Eastern Illinois @ (1) Southern Illinois 
Elon @ McNeese State

Eastern Washington @ South Dakota State     
William and Mary @ (4) Appalachian State

New Hampshire @Northern Iowa
Stephen F Austin @ (2)Montana

Richmond @ South Carolina State
Holy Cross @ (3)Villanova


Bracket Analysis:

The bracket gets harder and harder as seeds change and the balance of east to west changes.

Eastern Illinois to Southern Illinois seems like a no brainer. Has happened many times in the past 10 years. 

Elon at McNeese is a bit of a stretch. Might change before my final bracket on Sunday.

Eastern Washington at South Dakota State makes sense to me. 2nd place team from the MVFC with good attendance gets another Western team.

William and Mary to Boone looks doable.

UNH @ UNI? Why not? The two have met in the playoffs 4 out of the last 5 years. Sorry Panther and Wildcat fans.

SFA to Missoula. SLC traditionally gets sent to the Griz. Especially when Cal Poly isn’t in. McNeese would bid more money so the NCAA sticks SFA on the road.

Richmond at SC State? SC State should be at home, whether or not they are remains to be seen. Especially with their AD pushing for the Heritage Bowl.

Holy Cross to Nova should be the matchup.


If this were the bracket, my quarter predictions would be:


Elon @ (1) Southern Illinois

South Dakota State at (4) Appalachian State

New Hampshire @ (2) Montana

Richmond @ (3) Villanova



(4) Appalachian State @ (1) Southern Illinois

New Hampshire @ Richmond



Appalachian State vs. Richmond



Appalachian State


Appalachian State appears to be clicking at just the right time. I feel like Armanti Edwards is one of the few quarterbacks in FCS football that can really take over a game. There are some good quarterbacks, but Armanti may be the only one who can single handedly win games.


The Final Countdown 11/16

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

What a great time to be a FCS football fan, eh?

We’re down to one final week to decide all 16 playoff spots. 

Here’s a breakdown of last weekends action, as well as a look at the week ahead.

1. –  Montana wrapped up the Big Sky autobid with a 38-10 win over Northern Colorado. But that doesn’t mean they’ll be coasting this week. The Griz head to Bozeman to take on in-state rival Montana State. A win should lock up a top 2 seed for the Griz.

2.- Will the Big Sky get 2 teams in? There is a fight for a possible 2nd Big Sky bid into the playoffs Montana State, Weber State, and Eastern Washington are all 5-2 in Big Sky play. Montana State beat Weber State. Weber State beat Eastern Washington, and Eastern Washington beat Montana State.

Montana State and Eastern Washington can each get to 8 wins this weekend, but all three teams can only reach 7 D-I wins. Most prognosticators lean towards Eastern Washington, but realistically any of the three could end up in the field with a win.

3.- Liberty wraps up share of the Big South autobid. Liberty can move their record to 9-2 this weekend and also win the Big South outright with a win over Stony Brook. Will it be enough to get them an at-large bid?

4.- The CAA should end up with 4 playoff bids. Delaware and Massachusetts were for all purposes eliminated this weekend. That leaves Villanova, Richmond, William and Mary, and New Hampshire. 

5.- South Carolina State wrapped up the MEAC this weekend with a 37-13 win over Morgan State. By far the best team in the MEAC, but how will they compare to other playoff teams?  Florida A&M removed themselves from at-large consideration when they were shut out by Hampton 25-0.

6.-  In the MVFC, South Dakota State was in a close game with FBS Minnesota, but fell short, 16-13. The loss moved SDSU to 7-3 on the season. A win over Western Illinois this weekend would put the Jacks in the playoffs. 

7.- Southern Illinois wrapped up the 2009 MVFC title on Saturday with a 44-24 win over Missouri State. A win over Southeast Missouri State this weekend should wrap up a top 2 seed for the Salukis.

8.- Northern Iowa kept it’s playoff hopes alive with a 34-0 win over Western Illinois. The Panthers head to Illinois State this weekend with their playoff chances on the line. A loss would eliminate the Panthers from contention.

9.- Eastern Illinois wrapped up the OVC autobid this past weekend with a 49-13 win over Tennessee-Martin. The Panthers can win the OVC outright with a win over Tennessee State on Saturday.

10.- Holy Cross secured the Patriot League’s autobid with a win over Lafayette in a 28-26 shootout. Lafayette may be an outside bubble team come Sunday.

11.- Appalachian State shut down Elon on Saturday, 27-10. The Mountaineers secured the SoCon autobid with the win. Elon fell to 8-2 and will be in the playoffs with a win this weekend over Samford. A loss would put the Phoenix on the bubble.

12.- The Southland race comes down to the final weekend. Stephen F Austin and McNeese State are deadlocked in the standings, with SFA winning the head to head matchup. Both teams will be in the playoffs with a win this weekend. A loss jumbles the situation. Especially if both teams were to lose, in which case Texas State and Southeast Louisiana could come into play.


Playoff Predictions 11/11

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

Sorry for the lack of writing lately. Things have been pretty busy around here. Anyways, on to the predictions. If the season ended today, this is what I think would go down.


Big Sky: Montana – This seems obvious to me            CAA: Villanova – Still have to play Delaware, and will be in the playoffs either way         MEAC: South Carolina State – Not sure anyone in the MEAC can touch them this year          MVFC: Southern Illinois– This one is all wrapped up       OVC: Eastern Illinois  – Front runners with 2 weeks left        Patriot: Holy Cross – Entirely over-rated in a few polls, but I like HC  to win the Patriot. Game against Lafayette on Saturday could decide it.     SoCon: Appalachian State – The Mountaineers look like the championship teams again       Southland: Stephen F. Austin – This could be debated, but I feel like they are still in control.

At-large bids:

New Hampshire(2nd CAA), Richmond(3rd CAA), William and Mary(4th CAA), Eastern Washington (2nd Big Sky),Elon(2nd SoCon), South Dakota State (2nd MVFC), Northern Iowa (3rd MVFC), McNeese State(2nd Southland),

Last Four In:

 Elon, McNeese State, Northern Iowa, Eastern Washington

Last Four out:

Massachusetts, Weber State, Northern Arizona, Delaware


Stephen F Austin @ (1) Southern Illinois 
Eastern Washington @ McNeese State

Holy Cross @ New Hampshire     
William and Mary @ (4) Appalachian State

Eastern Illinois @Northern Iowa
South Dakota State @ (2)Montana

South Carolina State @ Richmond
Elon @ (3)Villanova


Playoff Predictions: 11/2

Rob Weiss, FCS Update

Things are really confused this week. What on earth happened in the SLC?


Big Sky: Montana – This seems obvious to me            CAA: Richmond – Two tough games left, but they are in control          MEAC: South Carolina State – Not sure anyone in the MEAC can touch them this year          MVFC: South Dakota State – Home field this weekend to decide the conference       OVC: Eastern Illinois  – I didn’t think they were in the Top 2 in the OVC, but it’s theirs to win        Patriot: Holy Cross – A couple teams in the mix, but I like HC       SoCon: Appalachian State – The Mountaineers look like the championship teams again       Southland: Stephen F. Austin – This could be debated, but I feel like they are still in control

At-large bids:

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

Last Four In:

 Elon, McNeese State, Northern Iowa, Delaware

Last Four out:

Massachusetts, Weber State, Northern Arizona, Eastern Washington


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

Holy Cross @ Delaware     
McNeese State @ (4)South Dakota State

New Hampshire @Northern Iowa
Stephen F Austin @ (2)Montana

Eastern Illinois @ Southern Illinois
Elon @ (3)Villanova


Top 25 Summary

FCS Update, Rob Weiss

What a crazy weekend around the FCS world?! I thought that we would see a lot of bubble teams fighting to keep their seasonalive, but instead we saw a lot of them losing to inferior teams.

1. Richmond Spiders at Towson Tigers

My Prediction: Richmond Spiders 49  Towson Tigers 7

Reality: Richmond Spiders 42  Towson Tigers 14

Richmond looks likely to lock up the #1 Seed, but they still have to go through Villanova and William and Mary.


2. Montana Grizzlies vs. 16. Weber State Wildcats

My Prediction: Montana Grizzlies 45  Weber State Wildcats 35

Reality: Montana Grizzlies 31  Weber State Wildcats 10

Much lower scoring and lopsided than I expected. Griz D had a big day and Montana continues their undefeated romp through the Big Sky. 


3. Southern Illinois Salukis at Indiana State Sycamores

My Prediction: Southern Illinois Salukis 49  Indiana State Sycamores 10

Reality: Southern Illinois Salukis 33  Indiana State Sycamores 0

The Salukis take care of business. They head to South Dakota State on Saturday. Should be epic.

4. Villanova Wildcats

Bye Week


5. William & Mary Tribe at Rhode Island Rams

My Prediction: William & Mary Tribe 38   Rhode Island Rams 3

Reality: William & Mary Tribe 39   Rhode Island Rams 14

Business as planned for the Tribe. Still in control of their playoff destiny. Season ending match-up with Richmond should be huge.


6. Elon Phoenix at Wofford Terriers

My Prediction: Elon Phoenix 45  Wofford Terriers 17

Reality: Elon Phoenix 34 Wofford Terriers 6

Elon continues to win setting up a great game with App St in 2 weeks.


7. South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Youngstown State Penguins

My Prediction: South Dakota State Jackrabbits 27  Youngstown State Penguins 21

Reality: South Dakota State Jackrabbits 17  Youngstown State Penguins 3

Jacks have a slow day, but keep focused on the task at hand. Now they can look to SIU.


8. New Hampshire Wildcats vs. Northeastern Huskies

My prediction: New Hampshire Wildcats 35  Northeastern Huskies  7

Reality: New Hampshire Wildcats 48 Northeastern Huskies  21

Not much more intersting than predicted.


9. Appalachian State Mountaineers at Furman Paladins

My Prediction: Appalachian State Mountaineers  49  Furman Paladins 24

Reality: Appalachian State Mountaineers  52  Furman Paladins 27

Nailed the spread. App State is playing high quality football and Furman continues to struggle.


10. Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks at Texas State Bobcats

My Prediction: Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks 45  Texas State Bobcats 27

Reality: Texas State Bobcats 28 Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks 7

The Bobcats shut down the SFA offense and throw the SLC race into chaos.


11. Northern Iowa Panthers

Bye Week


12. South Carolina State Bulldogs vs. Delaware State Hornets

My Prediction: South Carolina State Bulldogs 35   Delaware State Hornets 10

Reality: South Carolina State Bulldogs 52   Delaware State Hornets 10

We’re getting to the point where we know the Bulldogs are the best in the MEAC. The question now is how high should they be ranked? We won’t find any answers until Thanksgiving weekend.


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

My Prediction: James Madison Dukes 31  Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens 28

Reality: James Madison Dukes 20  Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens 8

James Madison finally makes me look good. Delaware is skating on thin ice.


14. Central Arkansas Bears at Southeast Louisiana Lions

My Prediction: Central Arkansas Bears 35  Southeast Louisiana Lions 14

Reality: Southeast Louisiana Lions 25 Central Arkansas Bears 21  

Another game that turns the SLC upside down. Not that UCA could take the autobid, but they seemed to be a player again.


15. McNeese State Cowboys at Nicholls State Colonels

My Prediction: McNeese State Cowboys 27  Nicholls State Colonels 7

Reality: McNeese State Cowboys 38 Nicholls State Colonels 17

McNeese is the only favorite to win their game in the SLC.


16. Weber State Wildcats at 2. Montana Grizzlies

See No. 2 Montana Grizzlies

17. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Sacramento State Hornets

My Prediction: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 28  Sacramento State Hornets 10

Reality: Sacramento State Hornets 27 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 24

The Lumberjacks fell apart in the second half and opened the door for the Hornets to effectively end their playoff hopes.


18. Cal Poly Mustangs at North Dakota Fighting Sioux

My Prediction: Cal Poly Mustangs 27  North Dakota Fighting Sioux 14

Reality: North Dakota Fighting Sioux 31 Cal Poly Mustangs 17

What on earth? I haven’t been very high on Cal Poly all season. They were always higher in the poll than I had them. But even I had no idea they would lose to a team that just lost at home to a NAIA school 2 weeks ago.

19. Massachusetts Minutemen at Maine Black Bears

My Prediction: Massachusetts Minutemen 14  Maine Black Bears 13

Reality: Maine Black Bears 19 Massachusetts Minutemen 9

After getting off to a great start to the 2009 season, the middle teams in the CAA are throwing away their playoff chances.


20. Eastern Illinois Panthers at Murray State Racers

My Prediction: Eastern Illinois Panthers 24  Murray State Racers 7

Reality: Eastern Illinois Panthers 16  Murray State Racers 10

EIU keeps the OVC autobid in their corner.

21. Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Austin Peay Governors

My Prediction: Jacksonville State Gamecocks 35  Austin Peay Governors 10

Reality: Jacksonville State Gamecocks 28 Austin Peay Governors 10

About as predicted. Neither team has anything to play for.

22. Eastern Washington Eagles vs. Portland State Vikings

My Preditction: Eastern Washington Eagles 42  Portland State Vikings 24

Reality: Eastern Washington Eagles 47  Portland State Vikings 10

Blowout win for the Eagles as expected. EWU looks like the front runner for a 2nd bid from the Big Sky.

23. Holy Cross Crusaders at Fordham Rams

My Prediction: Holy Cross Crusaders 42   Fordham Rams 14

Reality: Holy Cross Crusaders 41  Fordham Rams 27

Holy Cross keeps moving towards the Patriot autobid.

24. Liberty Flames vs. Presbyterian Blue Hose

My Prediction: Liberty Flames 24  Presbyterian Blue Hose 9

Reality: Liberty Flames 55 Presbyterian Blue Hose 19

The Liberty offense goes nuts for 55 points. Still fighting for a playoff bid.

25. Albany Great Danes at Central Connecticut State

My Prediction: Central Connecticut State  35   Albany Great Danes  27

Reality: Central Connecticut State  31  Albany Great Danes  29

CCSU gets the big win, and should be ranked this week.


This week: 17-5

On the season: 58-19