Week 8 FCS Football Bracketology Breakdown

George Hammond

Last Four In: Northern Arizona, Towson, Southeastern Louisiana, Western Illinois

First Four Out: Portland State, Western Carolina, Liberty, Indiana State

Richmond is the story this week as the Spiders went into Harrisonburg, Virginia, and upset James Madison, 59-49, to spoil the Dukes’ GameDay experience with ESPN. We also learned in the CAA that New Hampshire and Villanova are in big trouble. The Wildcats, who hold the nation’s longest playoff appearance at 11 straight seasons, were beaten by Delaware. Meanwhile, don’t look now but the Towson Tigers, who knocked off Villanova, could make the playoffs. The Tigers (4-3) have four games remaining and three appear winnable: Delaware, Maine, at William & Mary and Rhode Island.

Although it has been up and down, Southeastern Louisiana could give the Southland Conference three playoff teams for one simple reason. The Lions don’t face Sam Houston State this season and if they can get by Central Arkansas on Saturday, the rest of their schedule is doable.

Meanwhile, there are just too many scenarios in the Big Sky and Missouri Valley Football Conference to sort them all out. But one thing we did learn this weekend is that despite its losing record, Northern Iowa is a good football team, beating South Dakota State, 10-7. The Panthers could still reach the playoffs, too.


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Big Sky: Eastern Washington, Montana State, Montana, Northern Arizona

Big South: Coastal Carolina, Charleston Southern

CAA: James Madison, Towson, William & Mary, Richmond

MVFC: Illinois State, South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Western Illinois, Northern Iowa

NEC: Bryant

OVC: Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State

Patriot: Fordham

Pioneer: Dayton

Southern: Chattanooga

Southland: Sam Houston State, McNeese State, Southeastern Louisiana


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