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With the end of the NFL Lockout and the ensuing mass signing of undrafted free agents afterwards, to me three signings of FCS players will have long-lasting impacts on the franchises in question.
[B]1. [I]CB T.J. Heath, Jacksonville State[/I] (Jacksonville Jaguars).[/B] The guy who called himself "Mr. All-American" at Jacksonville State may not have had as statistically dominant a senior year as his tools might suggest (6'0, a low speed of 4.40 in the 40 yard dash), but
Newark will play host Friday night on prime-time ESPN2 to another fantastic matchup of Northeast football as well, as New Hampshire returns to Tubby Raymond Field to face off against Delaware for the first time since quarterback Ricky Santos almost singlehandedly defeated Joe Flacco and the Blue Hens in a 52-49 shootout.
Through the quirks of CAA scheduling, New Hampshire have not played in Newark since 2006, and last played in 2007.
But through the magic of the playoffs, the
Western Illinois at Coastal Carolina
First Round Winner vs. No. 1 Appalachian State
Villanova at Stephen F. Austin
South Carolina State at Georgia Southern
First Round Winner vs. No. 2 William & Mary
Wofford at Jacksonville State
Lehigh at Northern
Updated 11-21-2010 at 10:37 AM by Chuck B.
Here's my thought as to who the 20-team field will be.
First, the seeds.
[B]Appalachian State[/B], despite losing to FBS Florida handily today, wins the No. 1 seed since Delaware could not hold on against Villanova in a 28-21 instant classic. (The win by the Wildcats, incidentally, puts them right into an at-large bid.)
[B]William & Mary[/B], CAA champions, are the No. 2, thanks to their resounding 41-3 win over Richmond.
I'm here at Worcester, Mass to see Lehigh take on Holy Cross in a key Patriot League battle. Lehigh completely controls their own destiny in the Patriot League title race - a wn here would go a very lon way in securing at least a share of the Patriot League championship - their first since 2006. But defending champions Holy Cross won'g give it up without a fight - and a win here for them would put them in the driver's seat for the championship.
It's a brisk 45 degree up here in Worcester,