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FCS PLAYOFF CENTRAL – Round 1

 

Welcome to Phil Steele’s FCS Playoff Central. Here you’ll find a breakdown of who is playing in the first round. Click on any helmet (and speaking of the helmets, make sure to visit  The Helmet Project) to go to the team’s page. Check out the schedules/results for all of the playoff teams. Looking for rankings? How about Phil Steele’s Power Poll and Power Ratings. Get the latest news and stats from the teams themselves. Don’t forget to print your bracket. And – best yet – vote for you who think will move on to Round 2!

First Round

7-4

Eastern Illinois

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8-3

South Dakota State

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Saturday, November 24th • 3:00 pm ET •  ESPN3

For the first time in program history, the South Dakota State University football team will host a postseason game. The Jackrabbits are making their second FCS playoff appearance in the last four years. Eastern Illinois, meanwhile, has qualified for its 14th postseason appearance since 1981.

                                                                                                                        

7-4

Coastal Carolina

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AT

 

9-2

Bethune-Cookman

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Saturday, November 24th • 2:00 pm ET • ESPN3

Bethune-Cookman, champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), completed a perfect run through league play with an 8-0 record. The Wildcats are making their fourth appearance to the FCS playoffs in school history. The Coast Carolina Chanticleers come into the playoffs as champions of the Big South Conference, ending the regular season with a record of 7-4 (5-1 Big South). The Chanticleers are making the program’s third playoff appearance ever and second in the last three seasons.For the Wildcats, this will be their third time hosting the FCS playoffs.

                                                                                                                       

8-3

Villanova

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9-2

Stony Brook

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Saturday, November 24th • 3:00 pm ET • ESPN3

With Old Dominion (7-1) ineligible for the title, Villanova (8-3, 6-2) captured the CAA’s automatic bid despite a four-way tie with New Hampshire, Towson and Richmond.  The Wildcats were awarded the conference’s automatic bid based on a tiebreaker. This will be the first meeting between Stony Brook and Villanova, but not the last.  The Seawolves will head to the CAA at the conclusion of this season. Stony Brook is making its second straight appearance in the Division I Football Championship. Wildcats head coach Andy Talley is leading Villanova into the postseason for the 10th time in his career, including the fourth time in the last five years. This year’s selection marks the second time since 2009 that the Wildcats have gone into the Division I Football Championship as the CAA automatic bid.

                                                                                                                      

8-3

Colgate

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8-3

Wagner

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Saturday, November 24th • Noon ET • ESPN 3

Colgate enters the game on a seven-game winning streak while Wagner’s eight-game streak is the longest in the nation. Colgate is making its ninth NCAA playoff appearance and first since 2008. This marks the first NCAA football game that Wagner will compete in since Nov. 19, 1988 and the first home NCAA game for the Seahawks since Nov. 21, 1987 when Wagner defeated the University of Rochester 18-14 in the first round of the Division III Playoffs en route to claiming the National Championship.

 

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