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2011 FCS/1AA Playoffs

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I've been looking for the announcement brackets all morning, no such luck. Anyways, I love the lower division playoffs. Hope we get some good matchups this year.

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I don't know how official this website is, but according to http://fcsnow.com/fcsplayoffs.aspx these are the first round matchups. (I may need to edit if this source is not legit)

1st Round - November 26

Albany at Stony Brook

Central Arkansas at Tennessee Tech

Norfolk State at Old Dominion (Hmmm, interesting. Battle of Norfolk schools)

James Madison at Eastern Kentucky

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How the hell EKU got in over Illinois State is beyond me. Other than that though, no complaints with the bracket.

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No Eastern Washington? No red turf?

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So, the championship game will be back at Frisco, Texas this year. I preferred it in Chattanogga, but I'm biased because I was born in Tennessee.

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No Eastern Washington? No red turf?

6-5 record...not good enough to make the playoffs (I'm sorry)

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Boy the geography part of making this bracket kicked App State in the behind. GA Southern is legit...

I can't argue with the teams that made it. Any bubble team only has themselves to blame.

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Boy the geography part of making this bracket kicked App State in the behind. GA Southern is legit...

I can't argue with the teams that made it. Any bubble team only has themselves to blame.

That's completely correct.

Damnit, if Youngstown State would've just beaten 1-9 Missouri State at home the week after going on the road to beat NDSU, they'd be in. <_<

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Wow, Towson made the playoffs? I usually keep pretty good track of how all the college teams in the state of Maryland are doing. How did that one slip by me?

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Predictions (sure to go wrong):

First Round Winners:

Albany (NY)

Central Arkansas

Old Dominion

James Madison

Second Round Winners:

Sam Houston State

Montana State

UNI

Montana

GA Southern

Appalachian State

Towson

North Dakota State

Quarters Winners:

Sam Houston State

Montana

GA Southern

North Dakota State

Semis Winners:

Sam Houston State

GA Southern

Champion:

GA Southern

I wouldn't be shocked if Old Dominion screwed up my bracket royally. However, I don't think that they can run the table the first time with the big boys.

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Why not make it a competition? :P

First Round

Stony Brook over Albany

Central Arkansas over Tennessee Tech

Old Dominion over Norfolk State

James Madison over Eastern Kentucky

Second Round

Sam Houston State over Stony Brook

Montana State over New Hampshire

Wofford over Northern Iowa

Montana over Central Arkansas

Old Dominion over Georgia Southern (!)

Appalachian State over Maine

Towson over Lehigh

North Dakota State over James Madison

Quarterfinals

Montana State over Sam Houston State

Wofford over Montana

Appalachian State over Old Dominion

North Dakota State over Towson

Semifinals

Montana State over Wofford

North Dakota State over Appalachian State

Final

Montana State over North Dakota State

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Why not make it a competition? :P

First Round

Stony Brook over Albany

Central Arkansas over Tennessee Tech

Old Dominion over Norfolk State

James Madison over Eastern Kentucky

Second Round

Sam Houston State over Stony Brook

Montana State over New Hampshire

Wofford over Northern Iowa

Montana over Central Arkansas

Old Dominion over Georgia Southern (!)

Appalachian State over Maine

Towson over Lehigh

North Dakota State over James Madison

Quarterfinals

Montana State over Sam Houston State

Wofford over Montana

Appalachian State over Old Dominion

North Dakota State over Towson

Semifinals

Montana State over Wofford

North Dakota State over Appalachian State

Final

Montana State over North Dakota State

Would love to see it play out like this!

After laying a big egg on Saturday against our arch-rival Griz, I hope my Bobcats are more focused. They had a 9 game win streak and had ascended to #1 in the polls, but they played this weekend like they expected to win because of the ranking.

I'm taking it one game at a time, not making any predictions. But other than the final result, the ultimate for me would be for the Cats to beat the Griz and North Dakota State (who we lost to last year in the playoffs) on the way to the championship. Nothing better than a revenge tour!

The last time New Hampshire and Montana State met, it was in the playoffs in 1976. The Bobcats won on their way to the national championship. Hopefully, history repeats itself!

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No Eastern Washington? No red turf?

Starting the season 0-4 to makes it hard to defend a national championship. That said, they probably would have been in had they not lost to Portland State. And they'd be riding a 7 game winning streak, just like last season.

Injuries just killed the Eagles this season. With Bo Levi Mitchell at the helm, they would have been a scary matchup for anyone in the playoffs.

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2nd Round Matchups

  • Sam Houston vs Stony Brook
  • Montana State vs New Hampshire
  • Northern Iowa vs Wofford
  • Montana vs Central Arkansas
  • Georgia Southern vs Old Dominion
  • Appalachian State vs Maine
  • Towson vs Lehigh
  • North Dakota State vs James Madison

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Should be nice weather in both Bozeman (for New Hampshire at Montana State) and Missoula (for Central Arkansas at Montana) - 30s with some chance of precipitation. That's got to be a relief for Central Arkansas, especially.

I remember a playoff game in Bozeman between MSU and Furman where it was 18 degrees (which is fairly warm), but the Paladins were freezing their butts off. The Bobcats jumped to a 24-0 lead in no time and coasted the rest of the way.

New Hampshire and Central Arkansas might be affected by the altitude a little - Bozeman is just under a mile high, Missoula is 3,800 feet or so.

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2nd Rounds Scores

Georgia Southern 55

Old Dominion 48

Maine 34

Appalachain State 12

Montana 41

Central Arkansas 14

Montana State 26

New Hampshire 25

Sam Houston 34

Stony Brook 27

Lehigh 40

Towson 38

North Dakota State 26

James Madison 14

Northen Iowa 28

Wofford 21

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Even though they lost Old Dominion has come a long way in a very short amount of time. The program was resurrected in 2009.

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3rd Round/Quarterfinal matchups

  • Sam Houston vs Montana State
  • Northern Iowa vs Montana
  • Georgia Southern vs Maine
  • Lehigh vs North Dakota State

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