It’s getting down to crunch time in the FCS world.  At this point no team has locked up a conference bid, but some teams are near locks for a playoff spot.  Some teams have been eliminated as well.  There is still a ton of football to played, but it is looking like the committee may have some VERY difficult choices to make in just a few weeks.  Here we go…


How last year’s playoff teams did in Week 7:

#4 North Dakota State (3-1, 6-1): Beat #12 Western Illinois 21-13

#2 Jacksonville State (3-0, 6-1): Beat Eastern Kentucky 24-7

#6 Richmond (4-1, 7-1): Beat Elon 35-7

#9 Charleston Southern (2-0, 4-2): Beat Presbyterian 38-3

#5 Citadel (5-0, 7-0): Beat Wofford 24-21 OT

#11 Chattanooga (5-1, 7-1): Beat VMI 30-13

Fordham (2-0, 5-2): Beat Georgetown 17-14

New Hampshire (4-1, 5-3): Beat Towson 21-7

Colgate (2-4, 1-1): Idle

#1 Sam Houston State (6-0, 7-0): Beat Nicholls 38-21

Southern Utah (2-3, 3-4): Lost to Weber State 37-36

McNeese State (3-3, 4-4): Beat Northwestern State 48-27

#8 JMU (4-0, 6-1): Idle

#10 Montana (2-2, 5-2): Lost to Northern Arizona 45-34

#7 South Dakota State (4-0, 5-2): Beat #13 Youngstown State 24-10

Northern Iowa (2-2, 3-4): Beat Missouri State 61-7

#15 Eastern Illinois (3-2, 5-3): Lost to Murray State 40-38

William & Mary (1-3, 3-4): Idle

Duquesne (1-1, 4-3): Lost to St Francis (PA) 14-10

Dayton (4-1, 6-2): Beat Butler 31-16

#12 Western Illinois (2-2, 5-2): Lost to #4 North Dakota State 21-13

Portland State (1-3, 2-5): Idle

Illinois State (1-4, 3-5): Lost to South Dakota 27-24

#17 Coastal Carolina (5-2): Beat Central Conn State 33-25 (Coastal not eligible for FCS playoffs in 2016)

Other Notable Results:

#16 Villanova (4-1, 6-2): Beat #23 Albany 24-13


Here are the projections after Week 7

National Seeds:

1 Sam Houston State* (Southland) – SHSU took down another Southland rival in Nicholls, who gave Georgia a run for their money earlier this season.  There are always surprises, but it doesn’t look like much stands between Sam Houston and a perfect regular season.

2 Jacksonville State* (OVC) – Another team that looks unlikely to lose an FCS game, the Gamecocks have what should be their last tough game in Eastern Illinois this week.  JSU should cruise to a top 3 seed at this point.

3 North Dakota State – The Bison put a quality bounce back win on their resume, knocking down a tough Western Illinois team that has beaten quality clubs.  South Dakota State is still in the MVFC driver’s seat, but NDSU remains a National Title threat.

4 Eastern Washington* (Big Sky) – Tough slate for EWU this week, as they face a Montana team looking to bounce back from an unexpected loss.  Tons of seeding implications in this one, but for now Eastern is the team to beat in the Big Sky.

5 South Dakota State* (MVFC) – The Jack Rabbits picked up what could have been one of the more significant wins of the season, beating #13 Youngstown State.  SDSU will be favored in all of their remaining games, as they drive towards an MVFC title.

6 Richmond* (CAA) – No win is routine, but you had to expect the Spiders to take care of business against Elon.  Richmond seems to be clicking on all cylinders heading into the home stretch.

The Citadel* (SoCon) – The Bulldogs keep finding ways to win, this week in OT against a tough Wofford team that was looking to make a statement.  The SoCon is having a good year, and The Citadel is leading the way.

8 James Madison – Idle week for the Dukes.  Several teams could be in the #8 spot, but JMU remains undefeated against FCS opponents.  11/5 against Richmond, and 11/12 against Villanova are looming.


* Projected Conference Auto-bid

Conference Projections

Big Sky


Eastern Washington (4-0, 6-1)


Montana (2-2, 5-2)

North Dakota (5-0, 6-2)

Cal Poly (3-1, 5-2)


Weber State (4-0, 5-2)


Big South


Charleston Southern (2-0, 4-2)


Liberty (2-0, 4-3)



Richmond (4-1, 7-1)^


James Madison (4-0, 6-1)

Villanova (4-1, 6-2)

Stony Brook (4-0, 5-2)


New Hampshire (4-1, 5-3)

^ Denotes 7 Division 1 win mark achieved

Missouri Valley


South Dakota State (4-0, 5-2)


North Dakota State (3-1, 6-1)

Youngstown State (3-1, 5-2)

Western Illinois (2-2, 5-2)


South Dakota (3-1, 4-3)



St. Francis (PA) (3-0, 5-3)

Ohio Valley


Jacksonville State (3-0, 6-1)


Eastern Illinois (3-2, 5-3)

Tennessee State (2-1, 5-2)



Lehigh (3-0, 6-2)


Fordham (2-0, 5-2)



San Diego (5-0, 6-1)


Dayton (4-1, 6-2)



Citadel (5-0, 7-0)


Chattanooga (5-1, 7-1)

Samford (4-1, 6-1)


Wofford (2-2, 4-3)



Sam Houston State (6-0, 7-0)


Central Arkansas (5-0, 6-1)


SE Louisiana (4-1, 4-3)

Where is Liberty?

LU got to 2-0 in the Big South against an over matched Monmouth team.  As the FCS landscape is beginning to take shape, it looks like a Big South title is the only path to the playoffs for the Flames.  A win against Coastal to close out the season won’t be enough should Liberty lose to CSU.  So, every week is a one week season from here through November 12.  A lot can happen between now and then, so the best thing Liberty can do is keep winning.

Duke is the Co-Founder of, and current Co-Editor of the site. He is a former Liberty Men’s Ice Hockey player and a 2004 graduate of LU. Follow him on Twitter @LUDuke31