FCS Playoffs

FCS Playoff field set; Jacksonville State gets top seed, four-time champ North Dakota State No. 3


Jacksonville State received the number one overall seed in the Football Championship Subdivision playoff field Sunday morning. Four-time national champion North Dakota State received the third seed overall. Last year’s runner-up, Illinois State, was named the second seed overall in the field.

Jacksonville State lost just one game all season long. That occurred back in Week 2 against Auburn in a game many feel the Gamecocks let slip away from them. Jacksonville State ascended to the top of the FCS polls following the loss, of course at the time Auburn was still thought to be a potential College Football Playoff contender.

The only undefeated team in the FCS field is McNeese State. The Cowboys were given a four-seed. McNeese State had a season-opening game at LSU washed away by weather, but other seeded teams will bring records that include wins over FBS opponents. No. 5 James Madison went 9-2 this season, which included a 48-45 victory at SMU. No. 6 seed Portland State opened the season with a 24-17 victory over Washington State and later destroyed North Texas so bad the not so Mean Green fired their coach. Washington State is currently ranked in the top 25 of the FBS polls.

Richmond (No. 7) and Charleston Southern (No. 8) did not record wins over FBS opponents but were strong enough during the course of the season to be rewarded with a first-round bye and a seeded slot in the playoff field. Other schools making the FCS field include Fordham, Chattanooga, The Citadel, Coastal Carolina, New Hampshire, Colgate, Southern Utah, Sam Houston State, Montana, South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Eastern Illinois, William & Mary, Duquesne, Dayton and Western Illinois.