FCS Bracketology, Week 8

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Last Four In: North Dakota, Villanova, Cal Poly, Stony Brook
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First Four Out: Albany, New Hampshire, Lehigh, Tennessee State
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For the first time, perhaps all season, nobody drops from the bracket (meaning, nobody jumps in).  There was the customary shuffling, however.  A really bad loss by Eastern Illinois has plummeted the Panthers from very securely in the field to hanging by a thread.  Wofford, who was already close to the line, took their third loss, but that was against The Citadel.
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Two big games in the Missouri Valley caused some mid-level movement, as both Western Illinois and Youngstown State each lost to Top Ten conference foes.  North Dakota State solidified their spot as the #1 with that win over Western Illinois.  South Dakota State’s victory over YSU, coupled with Montana’s semi-surprising loss to Northern Arizona, vaulted them onto the seed list.
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With four weeks remaining, it’s becoming crunch time for one-time contenders who’ve struggled.  Teams like Northern Arizona, Northern Iowa and McNeese State still have enough time and possibilities for quality wins to force their way back into the field. ‘Tis the season, right?
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Hopefully, on Tuesday, I’m going to write an expanded Bracketology Bonus.  This will include conference-by-conference analysis of exactly who’s still in the picture and what teams will need to do to make the postseason happen for them.
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Big Sky (4): Eastern Washington, Montana, North Dakota, Cal Poly
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Big South (1): Charleston Southern
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Colonial (4): Richmond, James Madison, Villanova, Stony Brook
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Missouri Valley (4): North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Western Illinois, Youngstown State
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Northeast (1): Sacred Heart
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Ohio Valley (2): Jacksonville State, Eastern Illinois
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Patriot (1): Fordham
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Pioneer (1): San Diego
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Southern (4): Chattanooga, The Citadel, Samford, Wofford
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Southland (2): Sam Houston State, Central Arkansas