Bubble teams fight to make playoff


With Jacksonville State’s thrilling overtime win against Tennessee State last week, along with Princeton overcoming a 24-point fourth quarter deficit to come back and beat rival Harvard, only two unbeaten teams remain in the FCS.

Cal Poly scored the final 17 points last week to beat Portland State 37-25 to move to 7-0 and jump to #11 in this week’s Top 25. Lehigh blew past one-win Bucknell, 42-19 to become the first FCS team to reach 8-0 this season. The Mountain Hawks climbed to 8th this week.

Second ranked Georgia Southern plays at Chattanooga on Saturday, the Mocs started off slow, including a loss here in Jacksonville to the Gamecocks, but now UTC has turned their season around and seem to be in control of their destiny.

After this season the playoffs will expand once again, this time to 24 teams. There are plenty of teams, not excluding the Gamecocks, who may wish that the field was a little wider this season as well. Come November 18, when the playoff field is announced, it can be assured, as in every year, there will be three or four teams left out who seemed to have a strong case to be in.

The Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) has often been a power conference in the FCS and things aren’t going any different in 2012. Currently seven CAA teams are ranked: Old Dominion (6), James Madison (9), New Hampshire (12), Villanova (19), Delaware (20), Towson (23), and Richmond (25).

Someone is going to be left out, but for the most part those teams still can decide who that will be with their remaining conference schedules.

The OVC has seen two teams reach the playoffs the past few years as opposed to just the conference champion. This season looks as strong as ever for that to be the case once again. Eastern Kentucky seems fixed in the top 25 and if the Colonels don’t win the OVC title, a wildcard spot is a strong bet.

Tennessee State still currently holds the conference race lead, but any slip from this point on could cost the Tigers dearly with UT-Martin and JSU knocking at the door.

10/24/2012


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