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