While Jacksonville State’s football season is complete, and most eyes have turned to the SEC championship game and who will face Notre Dame in the FBS national championship game, the FCS football season is not over yet.
This weekend will kickoff the first big weekend of the playoffs after the top 12 teams received byes last weekend.
One of the teams in action last weekend was Eastern Illinois, the only OVC team in the playoff field. The Panthers were surprisingly beaten by a large margin on the road at South Dakota State.
The Coyotes move on to play top seeded and defending champion (and rival) North Dakota State on Saturday. The two teams met previously this season with NDSU winning by a slim 20-17 margin. With everything on the line this game should be just as entertaining.
Another key matchup puts Southland Conference champ Central Arkansas on the road against Georgia Southern. The Eagles are the top rushing team in FCS running the triple option offense.
Coastal Carolina started 2-4, but their losses came against tough teams and the Chanticleers (cool nickname right?) won out to reach the playoffs and won their first playoff game in program history last week with a win over Bethune-Cookman.
Other top teams in Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington are home Saturday and hoping to get wins to move on and return to the title game in Frisco, TX.
The Eagles of EWU won the title in 2010 while the SHSU Bearkats were runner-up last season.
The championship game is January 5.