Beef’s Selection Sunday FCS Bracketology

What a mess the final five bids became.

There were 10 teams with a 7-4 record in consideration for the final five bids. Not to mention there were two 6-5 teams that had real arguments, and a 9-2 team from a non-autobid conference.

Here are the final standings of all teams.

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1. Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley), 10-1
2. McNeese State (Southland), 10-0
3. North Dakota State (Missouri Valley), 9-2
4. Richmond (Colonial), 8-3
5. Charleston Southern (Big South), 9-2
6. Chattanooga (Southern), 8-3
7. Southern Utah (Big Sky), 8-3
8. Colgate (Patriot), 7-4
9. Dayton (Pioneer), 10-1
10. Duquesne (Northeast), 8-3


1. Illinois State, 9-2
2. Portland State, 9-2
3. James Madison, 9-2
4. Coastal Carolina, 9-2
5. Fordham, 9-2
6. South Dakota State, 8-3
7. William & Mary, 8-3
8. Sam Houston State, 8-3
9. The Citadel, 8-3
10. Northern Iowa, 7-4
11. Montana, 7-4
12. North Dakota, 7-4
13. New Hampshire, 7-4
14. Eastern Illinois, 7-4


The other five 7-4 teams included Towson, Central Arkansas, Tennessee-Martin, Northern Arizona and Western Carolina. Western Illinois and Liberty were both 6-5 teams under consideration. Bethune-Cookman was 9-2 from the non-automatic Mid-Eastern Conference.

Northern Iowa, 7-4 with one FBS loss, finish on five-game win streak. Important wins: @ South Dakota State, Eastern Washington

Montana, 7-4, finished on three-game win streak. Important wins: North Dakota State, North Dakota, Eastern Washington

North Dakota, 7-4 with one FBS WIN, finished on three-game win streak. Important Wins: @ Wyoming(FBS), @ Portland State

New Hampshire, 7-4 with one FBS loss, finished on four-game win streak. Important wins: Richmond

Eastern Illinois, 7-4 with one FBS loss, finished winning seven of eight. Important wins: @ Tennessee-Martin, Eastern Kentucky

In the end, Towson didn’t have a significant win better than any team who made the field. Central Arkansas had no significant wins and played in a conference that won no FCS/FCS games all season. Tennessee-Martin had two losses against FBS opponents, but also had one win against a non-Division I opponent.

Northern Arizona and Western Carolina also had a win against a non-Division I opponent, which ultimately lead to their exclusion. Bethune-Cookman had no significant wins and played in the second weakest conference in FCS.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed these, or at the least have been educated. I’m going to take a rest until basketball bracketology rolls around, which will be about the end of January or beginning February.

  • Jason Groomes

    Second year in a row, I was off one team. I missed North Dakota for Western Illinois…a mistake I’ll gladly accept(Go Valley!). Most of my seedings and pairing were pretty close too. Not too shabby.