10 Conferences, 10 Autobids - Part 2
by, 11-14-2011 at 11:57 PM (1866 Views)
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 and Maine wins this week, Maine gets the AQ.
The AQ goes to the North Dakota State Bison if they beat Western Illinois this week. UNI will get it if they win over Illinois State this week and the Bison lose.
The AQ goes to Albany if they win this week, or if Duquesne and Bryant lose. Duquesne gets the AQ if they win and Albany loses.
The AQ goes to Tennessee Tech if they win this week. But if they don't... (got the following from the OVC office) "if TTU falters against Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky can gain the auto bid with a victory against UT Martin...Jacksonville State can claim a share of its third OVC Championship (and first since 2004) with a win at Tennessee State but can only win the automatic bid if they win and both Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee Tech lose...There still remains the possibility of both a five-way or six-way tie...Should Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Murray State and Tennessee Tech lose, EKU, JSU and TTU would be in a tie with Tennessee State and UT Martin and after tiebreakers the automatic bid would be won by TSU (who would have the best composite record with the group, along with TTU, but would have topped Tech in the head-to-head matchup)...Should EKU, JSU and TTU lose and Murray State, TSU and UTM win; if that would happen the league’s automatic bid would eventually have to be determined by a blind draw between EKU, TSU and TTU (as all other tiebreakers would be even). With the potential 5-way or 6-way ties, please keep in mind that ties at the top of the standings have to be broken first, and if you have multiple teams tied and a composite record tiebreaker is used (records against all other teams in the tie), and multiple teams pull out of that tiebreaker, the multiple teams that did not break out (i.e. had worse records against tied teams) are skipped in the next tiebreaker step, because they are part of the original tie." Whew!!
So if the winners win... Towson, North Dakota State, Albany and Tennessee Tech... they are in. The runners up at least in the CAA and MVFC will almost certainly be in too but not likely as seeds or as assured hosts of playoff games. Together the AQs will join 10 at-large committee selected teams (see the GPI for a good idea which teams those will be) that will battle for the highest NCAA football championship.