The crystal ball: 2018 FCS playoff prediction
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By CRAIG HALEY
(STATS) - The NCAA Division I playoff committee may have to rewrite the selection criteria because teams with only six wins against Division I competition - usually not preferred - are highly welcomed this year.
There's no other choice with the playoff bubble full of about three or four teams expected to be in this year's 24-team field and an equal number who will fall just shy of making it.
Hey, can the NCAA go back 20 teams, maybe 16 again, this year?
The following is a projected FCS playoff field. The actual field will be announced on an ESPNU selection show on Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET).
PROJECTED BIDS BY CONFERENCE
* - Automatic qualifier
Big Sky (4): Eastern Washington, Montana State, UC Davis, Weber State*
Big South (1): Kennesaw State*
CAA (6): Delaware, Elon, James Madison, Maine*, Stony Brook, Towson
Missouri Valley (4): Indiana State, North Dakota State*, South Dakota State, UNI
Northeast (1): Duquesne*
Ohio Valley (2): Jacksonville State*, Southeast Missouri State
Patriot (1): Colgate*
Pioneer (1): San Diego*
Southern (3): ETSU*, Furman, Wofford
Southland (1): Nicholls*
Bubble Watch: Eastern Kentucky, Lamar, Monmouth, UIW
Top 8 seeds receive first-round byes
Indiana State at Southeast Missouri first-round winner at No. 1 seed North Dakota State
Colgate at Stony Brook first-round winner at No. 8 seed Maine
San Diego at Montana State first-round winner at No. 5 seed Eastern Washington
Towson at Nicholls first-round winner at No. 4 seed South Dakota State
Wofford at Elon first-round winner at No. 3 seed Kennesaw State
Duquesne at Delaware first-round winner at No. 6 seed James Madison
Furman at UNI first-round winner at No. 7 seed UC Davis
ETSU at Jacksonville State first-round winner at No. 2 seed Weber State
Updated November 17, 2018