(STATS) – North Carolina A&T’s aim is to win the Air Drive Reserve Celebration Bowl and the legendary black school soccer nationwide championship, which it completed in 2015.
As one in every of three unbeaten groups within the FCS, there’s a rising feeling A&T might match up nicely within the FCS playoffs, which might overcome a poor historical past for MEAC groups.
The Aggies don’t seem in any projected bracket for the FCS playoffs, together with STATS’, however the risk stays they might land an at-giant bid in the event that they don’t qualify for the Celebration Bowl. It’s a nightmarish prospect to groups on the playoff bubble.
The MEAC relinquished its automated bid to the playoffs in 2015 to pair its champion towards the SWAC winner within the Celebration Bowl, however the different groups in each conferences stay eligible for at-giant bids.
The most effective A&T might be and never advance to the Celebration Bowl is 10-1 – a resume that the playoff choice committee in all probability couldn’t deny as a result of it features a win over FBS Charlotte, and the Aggies earned an at-giant bid final season at 9-2. The most effective fellow MEAC contenders Hampton, Howard or North Carolina Central might be and never advance to the Celebration Bowl is eight-three, which in all probability wouldn’t warrant an at-giant playoff bid due to the convention’s decrease rating towards most conferences with an automated bid.
The previous state of affairs is one the committee in all probability doesn’t need to face as a result of MEAC groups have dropped 19 straight playoff video games (15 champs and 4 at-giant alternatives) since 2000, together with A&T’s 39-10 loss to Richmond within the first spherical final season.
There isn’t a sensible at-giant group within the SWAC. It’s unimaginable for the strongest staff, a Grambling State membership that didn’t qualify for the Celebration Bowl, as a result of the Tigers’ ultimate common-season recreation is on Nov. 25 – the day of the playoff first spherical.
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Week 7 Report: eleven-6 (.647); Season Document: one hundred thirty five-36 (.789)
Saturday, Nov. four
X-No. 1 James Madison (eight-zero, 5-zero CAA) at Rhode Island (2-6, 1-four), midday – Everyone’s predicting URI to place up a aggressive effort, however the Dukes gained by an eighty four-7 knockout final yr.
No. 15 Western Illinois (5-three, 2-three Missouri Valley) at X-No. 12 Illinois State (6-2, four-1), 1 p.m. – This in-state rivalry turns one hundred. Having first met in 1904, WIU leads Illinois State 50-forty six-three within the all-time collection.
X-No. 9 North Carolina A&T (eight-zero, 5-zero MEAC) at Norfolk State (three-5, three-2), 1 p.m. – The Aggies’ 5 street wins are probably the most within the FCS this season.
Albany (three-5, 1-four CAA) at X-No. 14 Stony Brook (6-2, 5-1), 1 p.m. – Stony Brook’s offense have to be looking for 25 factors within the sixth annual Empire Conflict. The Seawolves have allowed 24 factors in every of their final three video games.
X-Richmond (four-four, 2-three CAA) at No. 20 Villanova (four-four, 2-three), 1 p.m. – Each plummeting groups have to win three in a row to return to the playoffs.
Chattanooga (2-7, 2-four Southern) at X-No. eight Wofford (7-1, 5-1), 1:30 p.m. – Of their final two video games, the Terriers have allowed simply 10 (Samford) and 15 (ETSU) internet dashing yards.
No. 24 Western Carolina (6-three, four-2 Southern) at X-The Citadel (5-three, three-three), 2 p.m. – Redshirt freshman Ray Smith will get the decision if WCU quarterback Tyrie Adams (decrease leg damage) is a no-go.
Towson (three-5, 1-four CAA) at X-No. 7 Elon (7-1, 5-zero), 2 p.m. – Final week’s unimaginable reality stays related: Elon is 7-1 despite the fact that it has been outscored by six factors this season.
Murray State (2-6, 1-three Ohio Valley) at X-No. three Jacksonville State (7-1, 5-zero), 2 p.m. – Freshly named William V. Campbell Trophy finalist Justin Lea will make his forty eighth straight begin on the Gamecocks’ offensive line – one shy of the varsity and OVC document.
No. 25 Kennesaw State (7-1) at X-Montana State (four-four), 2 p.m. – The FCS’ No. 1 dashing group will discover the respiration heavy at four,860-foot altitude.
Incarnate Phrase (1-7, 1-5 Southland) at X-No. 5 Sam Houston State (7-1, 5-1), 2 p.m. – With seventy eight half profession tackles for loss, Bearkats senior P.J. Corridor is 1 half shy of former Southern Utah standout James Cowser’s FCS document.
X-No. 6 South Dakota (7-1, four-1 Missouri Valley) at Northern Iowa (four-four, three-2), 2 p.m. – The Coyotes have as many defensive decide-6s (three) as offensive turnovers.
X-No. 21 New Hampshire (5-three, three-2 CAA) at William & Mary (2-6, zero-5), 2 p.m. – Wildcats coach Sean McDonnell, the 2-time winner of the STATS FCS Eddie Robinson Stadium, seeks his first win at his home of horrors. He’s zero-7 at Zable Stadium.
No. sixteen Samford (5-three, three-2 Southern) at X-Mercer (four-four, three-three), three p.m. – Final week’s late loss to Chattanooga might hang-out Samford’s playoff resume.
X-No. 2 North Dakota State (eight-zero, 5-zero Missouri Valley) at No. 10 South Dakota State (6-2, three-2), three p.m. – It’s the STATS FCS Recreation of the Week. The unbeaten Bison’s common win margin of 32.three factors is one of the best within the FCS.
X-No. thirteen Grambling State (7-1, four-zero SWAC) at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-6, 1-three), three:30 p.m. – If UAPB retains Grambling underneath 50, it will be shocking.
No. 19 Weber State (6-2, four-1 Massive Sky) at X-No. eleven Japanese Washington (5-three, four-1), four:05 p.m. – One thing isn’t proper when Japanese Washington ranks solely fourth within the Huge Sky and seventh within the FCS in passing yards per recreation.
No. 18 Northern Arizona (6-2, 5-zero Huge Sky) at X-Montana (5-three, three-2), 5:30 p.m. – This matchup must be tight, though the fourth-quarter margin in NAU video games has been single digits solely as soon as this season – for three minutes, 21 seconds towards Sacramento State final week.
X-No. four Central Arkansas (7-1, 6-zero Southland) at Lamar (1-7, zero-6), 7 p.m. – UCA’s ultimate three Southland opponents are a mixed four-20.
Southeastern Louisiana (5-four, 5-2 Southland) at X-No. 22 McNeese (6-2, four-2), 7 p.m. – With each groups coming off losses that have been crushing to their title hopes, that is the official bounce-again recreation of the week.
North Dakota (three-6, 2-four Massive Sky) at X-No. 17 Southern Utah (6-2, four-1), eight p.m. – In a season that started with a lot promise, UND is zero-three versus ranked opponents.
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