It is over and they have all been decided.
SOCON: Georgia Southern
MEAC: Norfolk State
MVFC: North Dakota State
SLC: Sam Houston State
BSO: Stony Brook
OVC: Tennessee Tech
10 At-Large teams will be chosen to join the AQs in the field. Announced at 10 a.m. EDT tomorrow on ESPNU.
You have to think that the seeds are going to be (no order) NDSU, SHSU, Georgia Southern, UNI and ... Appalachian State or Wofford? Or Montana (they beat the higher ranked team). Being benevolent, the committee may just give it to Montana because it is close and it spreads out the AQs a bit more than having two for the SoCon and two for the Missouri Valley. Methinks they will surprise us completely.
North Dakota won against South Dakota to get their share of the Great West Conference title.
San Diego won against Jacksonville to get their share of the Pioneer Football League title.
Alabama A&M won so it goes to the SWAC Champ Game as the East representative. The West is Grambling's to lose next week. If they win they go to the Champ Game. If they lose to Southern then UAPB wins the West and faces AAMU for the title.
Harvard beat Yale in The Game but that point is moot.
North Dakota State
Sam Houston State
Indiana State/James Madison*
*(If the committee takes only 7 D-I win teams then this will be James Madison)
With Youngstown and Indiana State losing you have to think Central Arkansas is in.
FINAL (2OT) - #3 Northern Iowa 23 at #12 Illinois State 20
FINAL - #9 Lehigh 37 vs. #71 Lafayette 13
FINAL - #10 Maine 27 at #14 New Hampshire 30
FINAL - #11 Towson 28 at #60 Rhode Island 17 [Towson wins CAA AQ]
FINAL - #17 Harvard 45 at #68 Yale 7
FINAL - #15 Youngstown State 34 vs. #66 Missouri State 38
FINAL - #20 Furman 32 at FBS Florida 54
FINAL - #22 James Madison 34 at #39 Massachusetts 17
FINAL - #24 Samford 16 at FBS Auburn 35
FINAL - Sacred Heart 21 at Albany 31 [Albany wins NEC AQ]
FINAL - #1 North Dakota State 37 at #74 Western Illinois 21
FINAL - #3 Georgia Southern 21 at FBS Alabama 45
FINAL - #5 Montana State 10 vs. #8 Montana 36
FINAL - #13 Indiana State 28 vs. #52 Southern Illinois 35
FINAL - #25 South Dakota 37 at #35 North Dakota 38
FINAL - Austin Peay 7 at Tenn Tech 49 [Tenn Tech wins OVC AQ]
FINAL - #6 Wofford 28 at #19 Chattanooga 27
FINAL - #6 Appalachian State 28 at #43 Elon 24
FINAL - #23 Delaware 26 at #77 Villanova 16
FINAL - Liberty 31 at Stony Brook 41 4Q [Stony Brook wins Big South AQ]
FINAL - #2 Sam Houston State 36 at #53 Texas State 14
FINAL - #21 Portland State 33 vs. #38 Weber State 48
We should have a real good idea by 6-7 p.m. EDT of the whole picture.
GPI TOP 25 GAME TIMES (and AQ games)
Noon - 1
#3 Northern Iowa 8-2 at #12 Illinois State 7-3
#9 Lehigh 9-1 vs. #71 Lafayette 4-6
#10 Maine 8-2 at #14 New Hampshire 7-3
#11 Towson 8-2 at #60 Rhode Island 3-7
#17 Harvard 8-1 at #68 Yale 5-4
#15 Youngstown State 6-4 vs. #66 Missouri State 1-9
#20 Furman 6-4 at FBS Florida 5-5
#22 James Madison 6-4 at #39 Massachusetts 5-5
#24 Samford 6-4 at FBS Auburn 6-4
Sacred Heart @ Albany [major AQ game]
#1 North Dakota State 9-1 at #74 Western Illinois 2-8
#3 Georgia Southern 9-1 at FBS Alabama 9-1
#5 Montana State 9-1 vs. #8 Montana 8-2
#13 Indiana State 6-4 vs. #52 Southern Illinois 3-7
#25 South Dakota 6-4 at #35 North Dakota 7-3
Austin Peay @ Tenn Tech [major AQ game]
#6 Wofford 7-3 at #19 Chattanooga 5-5
#6 Appalachian State 7-3 at #43 Elon 5-5
#23 Delaware 6-4 at #77 Villanova 2-8
Liberty @ Stony Brook [major AQ game]
#2 Sam Houston State 10-0 at #53 Texas State 6-5
#21 Portland State 7-3 vs. #38 Weber State 4-6
If the higher ranked team wins in each of these games today then the field should be (given AQs already clinched, seeds not in any order):
SEED- Montana State
SEED- Georgia Southern
SEED- North Dakota State
SEED- Sam Houston State
SEED- Northern Iowa
and probably even if they lose to the higher ranked opponent today:
Or maybe an 8-3 Central Arkansas or Portland State.
Certainly that is a lot of ifs and as we know from prior seasons, the way it finishes will change all of this speculation.
After the polls are released we will see what the final regular season GPI indicated.
To help on the NEC front, the conference office has this to add:
Should the Danes lose to Sacred Heart in Week 12, they may still be postseason-bound. UAlbany can also attain the playoff bid if… Duquesne loses to Robert Morris AND either Bryant loses to Central Connecticut or Wagner loses to Monmouth.
After today's games the picture becomes much clearer ...
-Norfolk State has the AQ
-Lehigh has the AQ
-Georgia Southern has the AQ
-Sam Houston State has the AQ
-Montana State or Montana (play this next week)
-Liberty or Stony Brook (play this next week)
-North Dakota State*
*= Pretty much decided
Start times (EDT)
25. Jacksonville State @ (FBS) Kentucky
22T. Brown @ #73 Cornell
19. Delaware vs. #68 Rhode Island
14. Harvard vs. #108 Princeton
18. Liberty @ #122 Charleston Southern
1. Georgia Southern vs. #80 Presbyterian
2. Wofford @ #22 Furman
11. Indiana State @ #30 Illinois State
21. Cal Poly @ #35 North Dakota
17. Chattanooga @ #43 Elon
4. North Dakota State @ #48 South Dakota State
5. Montana State @ #110 Northern Colorado
15. New Hampshire @ #27 Massachusetts
7. Maine @ #37 Richmond
8. Appalachian State vs. #16 Samford
13. Towson @ #34 William & Mary
3. Northern Iowa vs. #57 Southern Illinois
22T. South Dakota vs. #51 UC Davis
12. Montana @ #58 Northern Arizona
20. Weber State vs. #33 Southern Utah
6. Sam Houston State @ #46 McNeese State
Conference Mayhem! #7 New Hampshire, #13 Delaware, #16 Furman, #20 Coastal Carolina, #23 Southern Utah, #24 Old Dominion and #25 Elon all lost conference games for example.
7. New Hampshire @ #54 William & Mary
2. Wofford vs. Virginia-Wise (Non-D-I)
8. Maine vs. #70 Rhode Island
9. Lehigh @ #107 Fordham
12. James Madison vs. #85 Villanova
21. Harvard vs. #59 Bucknell
10. Appalachian State @ #39 The Citadel
1. Georgia Southern vs. #16 Furman
5. Montana State vs. #50 Northern Arizona
6. Sam Houston State vs. #90 Nicholls State
13. Delaware vs. #43 Massachusetts
14. Montana vs. #36 Portland State
15. Samford vs. #25 Elon
17. Indiana State vs. #47 Western Illinois
18. Towson @ #24 Old Dominion
20. Coastal Carolina @ #27 Liberty
11. South Dakota @ #49 Illinois State
19. Chattanooga vs. #65 Western Carolina
3. Northern Iowa @ #54 South Dakota State
4. North Dakota State vs. #83*Missouri State
22. Eastern Washington vs. #109 Northern Colorado
23. Southern Utah @ #40 Cal Poly
That's a wrap, plenty of close games and a few upsets!
I'll be updating this as the day and night goes on.
Someone mentioned to me that the seats are not orange in the Georgia dome (like I said over and over), they are red. I guess I'll adjust my eyes. They also told me they were red like the color for the University of Georgia football team. I did not know they even had a football team. Maybe they will progress enough to play Division I championship football one day. Good luck.
no good, ODU runs out the clock
Old Dominion wins it 40-17 over Georgia State
Thanks for joining me (don't be so quiet next time)
GSU going for it on 4th at their own 26 1:04 left
59 yd Plisko punt, 1:39 4Q GSU at their own 20
Did I mention the Georgia Dome has nice orange seats?