Week 3 FCS Football Bracketology Breakdown

Sam Houston State College Football
George Hammond

Last Four In: William & Mary, Youngstown State, Northern Arizona, Wofford

First Four Out: Liberty, Furman, Central Arkansas, Illinois State

Two of the lesser-known FCS schools, Bryant and Jacksonville, registered key victories this weekend that could propel them into the playoffs. Bryant (3-0) knocked off CAA member Maine, 13-10, while Jacksonville toppled Pioneer preseason favorite San Diego.

Meanwhile, perennial playoff contender Sam Houston State fell to 1-3 after getting crushed by Division II power Colorado State-Pueblo. One thing in the Bearkats’ favor, however, is that it doesn’t face Southeastern Louisiana this season. Sam Houston State still must play McNeese State but without the contest against SE Louisiana, KC Keeler’s team might be able to rebound and get in the playoff fight.

The other interesting schedule quirk is out west where in the Big Sky Conference, Northern Arizona doesn’t play Montana or Montana State. That should help its playoff chances.

But in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, everybody is a contender – and they should be. This conference is loaded. Add Illinois State to the list of possible playoff teams from the MVFC after it knocked off Eastern Illinois, 34-15.

This coming weekend, there are several key games to watch: Montana at North Dakota State, Eastern Washington at Montana State, James Madison at Villanova, New Hampshire at Richmond and Eastern Kentucky at UT-Martin.


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

Big South: *Coastal Carolina

CAA: *Villanova, New Hampshire, Richmond, William & Mary

MEAC: *Bethune-Cookman

MVFC: *North Dakota State, Youngstown State, South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois

NEC: *Bryant

OVC: *Jacksonville State, Eastern Kentucky

Patriot: *Fordham

Pioneer: *Jacksonville

Southern: *Chattanooga, Wofford

Southland:  *Southeastern Louisiana, McNeese State

*auto bid


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