The crystal ball: 2018 FCS playoff projection
By CRAIG HALEY
(STATS) - George Steinbrenner appears to be the boss of the bubble teams in contention for FCS playoff bids.
Some believe it's George Costanza.
With each passing hour on a Saturday, the positive and negative vibes change for teams such as Chattanooga, Central Arkansas, Delaware, Northern Iowa, Rhode Island and South Dakota. Up to The Postseason Show one hour, back to Triple-A status the next.
Those teams aren't alone, either, because there's plenty more. Listing them all would break the Internet.
The following is a projected FCS playoff field through a combination of current results and a look ahead to upcoming schedules. Selection Sunday is Nov. 18.
PROJECTED BIDS BY CONFERENCE
* - Automatic qualifier
Big Sky (3): Eastern Washington, UC Davis*, Weber State
Big South (1): Kennesaw State*
CAA (5): Elon, James Madison, Maine, Stony Brook, Towson*
Independent (1): North Dakota
Missouri Valley (4): Illinois State, North Dakota State*, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State
Northeast (1): Central Connecticut State*
Ohio Valley (1): Jacksonville State*
Patriot (1): Colgate*
Pioneer (1): San Diego*
Southern (3): Chattanooga, ETSU, Wofford*
Southland (3): Central Arkansas, McNeese*, Sam Houston State
Moved In: Central Arkansas, Chattanooga, Central Connecticut State, Maine, Northern Iowa
Dropped Out: Bryant, Idaho State, Nicholls, Rhode Island, South Dakota
Bubble Watch: Delaware (first team out, but destined to change!), Idaho State, Missouri State, Montana State, Nicholls, North Carolina A&T, Rhode Island, South Dakota
Top 8 seeds receive first-round byes
ETSU at Central Arkansas first-round winner at No. 1 seed North Dakota State
Stony Brook at Colgate first-round winner at No. 8 seed Towson
San Diego at Weber State first-round winner at No. 5 seed UC Davis
Wofford at Elon first-round winner at No. 4 seed Kennesaw State
Central Connecticut State at Maine first-round winner at No. 3 seed James Madison
Sam Houston State at McNeese first-round winner at No. 6 seed Eastern Washington
Chattanooga at Jacksonville State first-round winner at No. 7 seed Illinois State
Northern Iowa at North Dakota first-round winner at No. 2 seed South Dakota State
Updated October 16, 2018
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