Week 1 FCS Football Bracketology Breakdown

George Hammond

Last Four In: William & Mary, Cal Poly, Indiana State, Southeastern Louisiana

First Four Out: Samford, McNeese State, Northern Arizona, Wofford

It’s always difficult to measure the first week when FCS schools meet up with FBS teams, mostly for a sizable paycheck to add to the athletic department’s coffers. For instance, New Hampshire went cross country to face San Jose State only to get whacked 43-13. Meanwhile, Youngstown State, under new coach Bo Pelini, gave Pitt all it could handle before losing 45-37. But here are a couple of schools, even in losing efforts, that probably should be on your radar: Towson (lost to East Carolina, 28-20), Southern Illinois (lost to Indiana, 48-47), Furman (lost to Coastal Carolina, 38-35) and Western Illinois (beat Eastern Illinois, 33-5).


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Big Sky: Eastern Washington, Cal Poly, Montana State, Montana

Big South: Coastal Carolina, Liberty

CAA: James Madison, New Hampshire, Villanova, William & Mary

MVFC: Illinois State, South Dakota State, Indiana State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Youngstown State

NEC: Bryant

OVC: Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State

Patriot: Fordham

Pioneer: San Diego

Southern: Chattanooga

Southland: Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana


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