Week 5 FCS Football Bracketology Breakdown

North Dakota State vs. South Dakota State FCS Football - Photo by Dennis Hubbard
George Hammond

Last Four In: Tennessee-Martin, Youngstown State, Maine, Gardner-Webb

First Four Out: Chattanooga, New Hampshire, Cal Poly, Tennessee State

Is it possible the Patriot League and Big South could each send two teams to the FCS playoffs? It’s possible. Although it isn’t eligible for the automatic bid that goes with winning the Patriot League title, Fordham is eligible for an at-large berth as it ran its record to 5-0 with a victory over St. Francis (PA). Meanwhile, Gardner-Webb ran its record to 4-1 with an easy victory over Point, an NAIA entry. That’s not as significant, however, as all the losses that continue to mount for FCS schools in which Gardner-Webb is battling with for a playoff spot. Chattanooga, Stephen F. Austin, Richmond, Illinois State and Indiana State all lost. It’s early, but Gardner-Webb is definitely a player in the FCS playoff picture. As is the CAA’s Maine, which knocked off Richmond on Saturday. The Black Bears host Delaware, which got a big win over James Madison, in a game that also could have playoff implications.


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

Big South: Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb

CAA: Maine, Towson, Villanova

MEAC: Bethune-Cookman

MVC: North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Youngstown State

NEC: Bryant

OVC: Eastern Illinois, Tennessee-Martin

Patriot: Lehigh, Fordham

Pioneer: Butler

Southern: Wofford

Southland: Central Arkansas, McNeese State, Sam Houston State


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