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Football team among several fighting for playoff at-large bid


As Jacksonville State (8-3) plays SE Missouri State on Saturday, it will be the last regular season game. But the players will tell you forward, they don’t want it to be the final time they strap on the pads.

Jax State is in the midst of a tight playoff race and with a win would tie OVC second place team Tennessee State at 9-3. Historically the OVC has only gotten in two teams at the most, so it appears either TSU or JSU could be on the outside looking in when the playoff field is announced Sunday morning on ESPNU.

TSU beat JSU head-to-head mid-season, but since then JSU beat EKU 68-10 and EKU beat TSU 44-0. Lots of scenarios remain on the table based on the outcomes of other games Saturday, but all the Gamecocks can do is take care of business against SEMO, and then sit back and wait.

JSU is trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

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