FCS playoff projections
(STATS) – Who's in, who's out?
Midseason is a time to start looking into the STATS crystal ball at the potential FCS playoff field. Selection Sunday is Nov. 20.
The big winner to date is CAA Football, which comes in with the most projected bids at five, and it's nearly six because Stony Brook is the first team left out of the 24-team field.
Some adjustments in the way the NCAA selection committee constructs the bracket will make for a more balanced field. Conferences with four or more bids won't be jammed into one side of the bracket and the committee can adjust a seed line to maintain balance (it's done below with Richmond and Youngstown State).
PROJECTED BIDS BY CONFERENCE=
*- automatic qualifier
Big Sky (4): Cal Poly (3-2), *Eastern Washington (5-1), Montana (4-1), North Dakota (4-2)
Big South (1): *Charleston Southern (3-2)
CAA (5): Albany (4-1), *James Madison (5-1), New Hampshire (4-2), Richmond (5-1), Villanova (5-1)
Missouri Valley (4): *North Dakota State (5-0), South Dakota State (3-2), Western Illinois (4-1), Youngstown State (4-1)
NEC (1): *Duquesne (3-2)
OVC (2): *Jacksonville State (4-1), Eastern Illinois (4-2)
Patriot (1): *Lehigh (4-2)
Pioneer (1): *San Diego (4-1)
Southern (3): *Chattanooga (6-0), Samford (4-1), The Citadel (5-0)
Southland (2): *Sam Houston State (5-0), Central Arkansas (4-1)
Bubble Burst: Southern Utah (3-2), Stony Brook (3-2), Tennessee State (4-1), Wofford (4-2)
STATS PROJECTED PAIRINGS=
Top 8 seeds have first-round byes
Western Illinois-North Dakota winner at No. 1 seed North Dakota State
Charleston Southern-The Citadel winner at No. 8 seed Richmond
Cal Poly-Central Arkansas winner at No. 5 seed Sam Houston State
Duquesne-Albany winner at No. 4 seed Chattanooga
Eastern Illinois-South Dakota State winner at No. 7 seed Youngstown State
San Diego-Montana winner at No. 2 seed Eastern Washington
Samford-Lehigh winner at No. 3 seed Jacksonville State
Villanova-New Hampshire winner at No. 6 James Madison