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There's just one game standing in their way from knowing the national championship matchup. That's No. 2 seed Eagles versus the unseeded Bearkats in today's semifinal clash at Roos Field in Cheney, Washington. Or also known as "The Inferno" because of the red turf.
The winner faces North Dakota State in Frisco Saturday Jan. 5 after the Bison defeated Georgia Southern 23-20 last night in Fargo.
Offensively, Eastern Washington will look to run the ball,
In just over an hour, the rematch will be seen in the Fargodome. A capacity crowd is again expected inside this facility and likely the sound will be the loudest it has been all season as well.
I expect a much closer game than what was seen last year with a 35-7 NDSU win.
The Eagle offense will be able to move the ball at times in this game, I beleive. The Georgia Southern defense is where I see the question marks.
Ball control will likely be in
I got busy this week and am traveling to Fargo for the game tonight between Wofford and North Dakota State.
We will have a West team in the title game as the one side of the bracket has just West teams included after the upset win for Illinois State on the road over Appalachian State. That was the lone road win in the 2nd round.
I think that trend will hold true this weekend as well. Here are my picks.
North Dakota State 21 Wofford 16 in a close, defensive
BROOKINGS, S.D.--I am at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium for today's first round playoff game between the Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Illinois Panthers and the Missouri Valley Conference runner-up South Dakota State Jackrabbits.
And it's rather chilly in the pressbox, I might add. I should have remembered this time of year as it was around this temperature when SDSU played North Dakota State in both team's last Great West game for each team in 2007.
This is the
In this last projection, I will go through what I think the committee will do. I see the last spot the one up for the most debate and we will see several 8 win teams not get in the field this year.
The following are the automatic bids in alphabetical order:
Coastal Carolina--Big South
Eastern Illinois--IOhio Valley
Eastern Washington--Big Sky