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2019 College Football Postseason - Lower Levels


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There's a topic for this, so here goes nothing... Division II, Division III, NAIA and JUCO have their postseasons coming up. FCS starts on Thanksgiving weekend.


D-II is set with the games like this...


Super Region 1

-Shepherd at Indiana (PA) [Winner gets Slippery Rock]

-Tiffin at Kutztown

-West Chester (PA) at Notre Dame (OH)


Super Region 2

-West Florida at Wingate (Winner gets Valdosta State)

-Miles at Lenoir-Rhyne

-Carson Newman at Bowie State


Super Region 3

-Indianapolis at Central Missouri (Winner gets Ferris State)

-Lindenwood at Ouachita Baptist

-Harding at Northwest Missouri State


Super Region 4

-Augustana (SD) at Colorado State-Pueblo (Winner gets Minnesota State-Mankato)

-Texas A&M Commerce at Tarleton State

-Sioux Falls at Colorado School of Mines


In Division III...


Bracket 1

-Redlands at Mary Hardin-Baylor

-Huntingdon at Berry

-Monmouth (IL) at Wisconsin-Whitewater

-Wartburg at Hope


Bracket 2

-Martin Luther at Wheaton

-Wisconsin Oshkosh at Central (IA)

-Linfield at Chapman

-Aurora at St. John's (MN)


Bracket 3

-SUNY Maritime at Salisbury

-Case Western Reserve at Union

-MIT at Muhlenberg

-Brockport at Western New England


Bracket 4

-Hanover at Mount Union

-Wabash at North Central

-Framingham State at Wesley

-Delaware Valley at Bridgewater


Meanwhile, the NAIA field is set as well...


-Dickinson State (ND) at Morningside (IA)

-Reinhardt (GA) at Marian (IN)

-Baker (KS) at Kansas Wesleyan

-Concordia (MI) at Grand View (IA)

-Ottawa (AZ) at College of Idaho

-St. Francis (IN) at Lindsay Wilson (KY)

-Cumberlands (KY) at Keiser (FL)

-St. Xavier (IL) at Northwestern (IA)

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The Juco level games are now set..


National Championship - Pittsburg, KS: Mississippi Gulf Coast vs. Lackawanna (NY)

Salt City Bowl - Hutchinson, KS: Monroe (NY) at Hutchinson (KS)

Red Grange Bowl - Glen Ellyn, IL: Itasca (MN) vs. DuPage (IL)

The Graphic Edge Bowl - Cedar Falls, IA

 -Under Card Game: Hinds (MS) vs. Iowa Western

 -Main Event Game: Nassau (NY) vs. Iowa Central

Midwest Classic Bowl - Miami, OK: Trinity Valley (TX) vs. Butler (KS)

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I originally planned to go to the Bowie State/Carson-Newman game today, but ended up staying home and watching online. CN won 17-9. A lot of penalties by both teams in this game.


Now that Bowie has been eliminated I'm going to ride with Shepherd throughout the rest of the D2 playoffs. They beat IUP today and will play at Slippery Rock in round 2.

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Time to recap the day at the lower levels...


Division II: Two 7 seeds (Lindenwood and Texas A&M-Commerce) and a 6 seed (Carson-Newman) delivered upsets on the opening day of the playoffs.


Division III: If you were at home, it was a good day as the home teams went 12-4 in the first round. Bracket 2 saw the most excitement as three of the four games were decided by single digits, two went into overtime and one, the game between Chapman and Linfield, went into triple overtime with the Panthers eking out a 68-65 victory

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Time for the FCS field to be unveiled...


First off, the top eight seeds

1. North Dakota State

2. James Madison

3. Weber State

4. Sacramento State

5. Montana State

6. Montana

7. South Dakota State

8. Central Arkansas


Now, for the first round games

-North Dakota at Nicholls State (Winner at North Dakota State)

-Illinois State at SE Missouri State (Winner at Central Arkansas)

-Central Connecticut State at Albany (Winner at Montana State)

-Furman at Austin Peay (Winner at Sacramento State)

-Kennesaw State at Wofford (Winner at Weber State)

-Villanova at SE Louisiana (Winner at Montana)

-San Diego at Northern Iowa (Winner at South Dakota State)

-Holy Cross at Monmouth (Winner at James Madison)

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11 minutes ago, nickp91 said:

South Carolina State got left out the FCS Playoffs despite beating Wofford, the SoCon champ


One regular season upset doesn't change the fact they're the 3rd place team in the MEAC.

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9 hours ago, nickp91 said:

South Carolina State got left out the FCS Playoffs despite beating Wofford, the SoCon champ


To piggyback on this point, South Carolina State was one of the first four left out alongside New Hampshire, Southern Illinois and Towson.

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On 11/24/2019 at 2:18 PM, 4_tattoos said:

Do FCS teams still have to pay to host first rounds games? If so, what would the committee do if all the playoff teams flat out refused to pay?

Bids for every round are due at the same time

$30K- Opening Round minimum and each subsequent round is an additional $10K minimum bid.

Nicholls bid over $70K to host this season. Bids are unsealed after the 24 teams are selected.



Someone will always pay the minimum of 30 grand for a home game.  In the 20-team bracket era, they were upwards of 32 bid proposals for just 20 spots. 


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Valdosta State was the first #1 seed eliminated in the D2 playoffs, losing to West Florida.


Meanwhile in D3, division heavyweight Mount Union lost today in the 2nd round. In the next round D3's other top tier programs Wisconsin-Whitewater and Mary Hardin Baylor will play each other in the next round. The odds of a new team winning the Stagg Bowl this year have increased. Although I personally think whoever wins the Whitewater/MHB game will probably win it all.

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North Central was not the only road team to get a win in the 2nd Round of D-III play. Joining them are Delaware Valley (Who will take on North Central in the Quarterfinals next weekend) and St. John's (MN).


Over in D-II, West Florida gets another seeded scalp with the win over Valdosta State. They go for a third seeded team as they face Lenoir-Rhyne next weekend. Other upsets include Notre Dame (OH) beating Kutztown and Texas A&M-Commerce rolling past Colorado School of Mines.


In NAIA, the four semifinalists are all undefeated: An all-Iowa battle between Grand View and Morningside is the first game, then you have Lindsay Wilson (KY) heading up to play Marian (IN).

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In Division III, the semifinals are set as Wisconsin-Whitewater takes on St. John's (MN) and Muhlenberg taking on North Central.


In the NAIA playoffs, the championship is set as in two weeks from today, Marian (IN) and Morningside (IA) will meet for the title.

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