FCS Top 25 talk

My ballot for Sports Network top 25 media poll today:

North Dakota State

Eastern Washington

Montana

Southeastern Louisiana

Northern Iowa

McNeese State

Villanova

New Hampshire

Coastal Carolina

Youngstown State

South Dakota State

Southern Illinois

Eastern Kentucky

Bethune-Cookman

Delaware

Montana State

Northern Arizona

William & Mary

Illinois State

Fordham

Richmond

Indiana State

Albany

Abilene Christian

Central Arkansas

Bison PostGame Show vs Incarnate Word

Still going strong after being awake for 17 hours, but I know you guys count on the PostGame Shows each and every week, so here’s this weeks after NDSU’s 27th straight win, 58-0 over Incarnate Word. Join Jeff, Big E and me as we break down the game and look at what happened downtown as well.


NDSU-the Incarnate Word live blog

Live Blog Incarnate Word at NDSU football
 

FCS Pick ‘Em – Week 3

Kolpack can hold bragging rights into Week 3, off a 16-1 week his only loss was Southern Illinois beating Eastern, so he holds the title of great “FCS Mind” into week 3, some conference games begin this weekend, you can listen to this segment in final part of Kolpack and Izzo tomorrow on 970 WDAY at 8:50 am!

                                                                          DOM  (31-6)       JEFF (34-3)

  • (24) Eastern Illinois at Illinois St.          Ill St.                      Ill St
  • Indiana State at Ball State                     BSU                       BSU
  • Lehigh at (9) New Hampshire                UNH                      UNH
  • Drake at Western Illinois                       WIU                        WIU
  • Butler at (16) Youngstown St.                YSU                      YSU
  • Central Arkansas at (18) Montana St.  MSU                       CAU
  • South Carolina St at (5) Coastal Car.    CCU                      CCU
  • SEMO at (14) Southern Illinois              SIU                         SIU
  • UND at Missouri State                           Mo S                      Mo St
  • (3) SE Louisiana at Tulane                    SELA                      Tulane
  • (10) SDSU at Southern Utah                 SDSU                     SDSU
  • USD at (4) Montana                                UM                          UM
  • (11) UNI at Hawaii                                   Hawaii                     Hawaii

“VARSITY” GAME OF WEEK
  • Wyoming at (2) Oregon                       ORE                          ORE

 

Missouri Valley making early statement; can it continue?

Complaints have been somewhat common since the 2013 FCS playoff field was announced last November that the Missouri Valley didn’t get more than two teams in the 24-team field. In response, commissioner Patty Viverito put the following challenge to her league teams: play the competition and beat the competition.

She’s 100 percent right. Although perhaps not the marquee matchups, the Valley is 8-0 this year against other FCS teams including 2-0 against the Big Sky Conference and Ohio Valley and 1-0 against the Southland. On Saturday, there are three more games with the Big Sky: UND at Missouri State, South Dakota at Montana and South Dakota State at Southern Utah. NDSU hosts Incarnate Word of the Southland but the reclassifying Cardinals don’t hold lot of weight yet in the FCS. There are two Valley vs. Ohio Valley matchups: Illinois State hosting Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois hosting Southeast Missouri State.

Last year, the Missouri Valley was 5-6 in non-conference play against teams ranked in the top 25. So far, it is 1-0 with SIU beating Eastern last week.

It’s an easy statement to make: if the Missouri Valley expects more than two teams in the playoffs when the field is announced this November, it needs to maintain the early-season pace.

“I don’t care what they say, there’s some subjectivity involved in that whole thing,” SDSU head coach John Stigegelmeier said of the selection process. “We as a league can clear it up by continuing to win against the Big Sky or the Ohio Valley or whoever.”