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We have the 10 conferences and 10 Autobids but what about the other four conferences that don't have an AQ?
Yes, they all don't have an AQ for various reasons... the Great West only has five teams and doesn't qualify, the Ivy League doesn't apply for one or even let their teams participate in the playoffs, the SWAC has a champ game and other scheduling conflicts, and the PFL has applied but didn't get approved yet... so here are their conference champion races detailed for the record.
With six of the ten automatic qualifying bids to the Division I football championships finalized (the Mid-Eastern, Patriot, Southern and Southland have been clinched and the Big Sky and Big South have winner take all games this weekend as detailed in part 1) there are still the remaining four to examine. In three of the cases it comes down to two teams, and then there is the OVC.
The AQ goes to Towson if they win this week or if they and Maine lose. If Towson loses
A few years ago I hosted an Internet radio show for CSN called "I-AA Waves." On it I created a feature called "8 Conferences, 8 Autobids" in which a guest and I would talk about the chances of teams getting a league's AQ each week. The guest would make the prediction since I don't really go for that kind of stuff.
Now it is "10 Conferences, 10 Autobids" but I'll switch it around and give what the conferences say with a little gleaned from the CSN staff
Five games between top 25 teams this week and one top 25 team is idle. Notable is #1 vs. #6 and #2 vs. #3. Rankings based on the Gridiron Power Index (GPI).
1. Ga Southern (1.00) lost 24-17 @ #6 Appalachian St (6.57)
2. N Dakota St (2.43) won 27-19 vs. #3 Northern Iowa (3.00)
3. Northern Iowa (3.00) lost 27-19 @ #2 N Dakota St (2.43)
4. Sam Houston St (5.29) won 66-0 vs. #96 Lamar (75.29)
5. Wofford (5.86) won 48-28 vs. #46 Elon (41.00)
6. Appalachian St
Updated 10-29-2011 at 05:19 PM by rwallace
Only three games between top 25 teams this week and one game between a top 25 team and a non-Division I opponent. Outside of the non-D-I there's only two out of conference games with top 25 teams. Rankings based on the Gridiron Power Index (GPI).
1. Georgia Southern won 50-20 vs. #16 Furman
2. Wofford won 47-14 vs. Virginia-Wise (Non-D-I)
3. Northern Iowa won 31-14 @ #54 South Dakota State
4. North Dakota State won 51-21 vs. #83 Missouri State
5. Montana State
Updated 10-15-2011 at 08:53 AM by rwallace