FCS Pick ‘Em – Week 10

Well here we go, into November so much to be decided over the next four weeks, what we think we know now could be completely different on the 22nd. A lot could be sorted out tomorrow, there are some huge matchups with playoff implications, including here in Fargo, Kolpack and I will be on from 9-11 as usual on 970 WDAY, followed by the Pregame show from the tailgating lots at 11:30 on WDAY’Z Xtra and wday.com. On to the picks, where it’s a three-game lead for the elder statesman!

                                                                             DOM (96-31)    JEFF (99-28)

  • (3) Villanova at (14) Richmond                 Nova                Nova
  • (9) Montana St at Cal Poly                        Poly                  Poly
  • (12) Chattanooga at West. Carolina        Chatt                WC
  • South Dakota at (13) Youngstown St      YSU                  YSU
  • Liberty at Presbyterian                             Lib                    Lib
  • Sacramento St at (11) Montana                UM                   UM
  • (17) William & Mary at James Madison    W&M                JM
  • (23) Stephen F Austin at Sam Houston   SFA                  SFA
  • (6) Illinois State at (22) UNI                       UNI                  UNI
  • UND at (7) Eastern Washington               EWU                EWU
  • Albany at (4) New Hampshire                   UNH                 UNH
  • Missouri State at (21) Indiana State        ISU                   MSU

  • Auburn at Ole Miss                                  Ole Miss              Auburn

The Valley Tiebreaker Procedure

As we enter the final month of the regular season the Missouri Valley has two teams that started the season 7-0 or better for the first time in league history. That also brings with it the unique possibility of two teams tying for the league title, that will NOT play one another. NDSU and Illinois State each are at 4-0 in conference play, but with the conference at ten teams and wanting to stay at an eight game league schedule, that means teams will miss one another and NDSU-ISU is on the rotation for the next two years. That provides for a unique situation if the Bison and Redbirds end up tied come November 22nd. Here’s what the two teams have left:

NDSU – vs. SDSU, at Northern Iowa, at Missouri State, vs. Youngstown State

Ilinois State – at Northern Iowa, vs Youngstown State, at South Dakota, vs Southern Illinois

Now the biggest question we’ve received on the blog is what happens if NDSU and Illinois State are tied, who receives the automatic qualifier to the FCS Playoffs? Here’s the answer straight from the Valley’s Assistant Commissioner; Mike Kern:

  • If the tied teams did not play each other, then each team’s record against all common conference opponents shall be used to determine the NCAA automatic qualifier.
  • ·If the teams are still tied, then each team’s record against the next highest common opponent in the conference standings shall be used to determine the NCAA automatic qualifier.
  • ·If the teams are still tied, the latest available GPI ranking prior to NCAA selection shall be used as the final tiebreaker.

Jeff has more on the tiebreaker dilemma if needed here.


Dom’s FCS Poll – Thru Week 9

  1. North Dakota State    (8-0, beat USD)    * FBS win      Previous: 1
  2. Villanova                  (7-1, beat Morgan St)                  Previous: 3
  3. Coastal Carolina     (7-0, beat Charleston So.)            Previous: 4
  4. New Hampshire      (6-1, beat Stony Brook)               Previous: 5
  5. Illinois State            (7-0, beat Mo State)                    Previous: 8
  6. Eastern Washington (7-2, lost to No. Arizona)           Previous: 2
  7. Jacksonville State  (6-1, beat Tennessee Tech)         Previous: 9
  8. Montana State       (6-2, BYE week)                         Previous: 12
  9. McNeese State    (5-2, beat Incarnate Word)           Previous: 13
  10. Fordham              (7-1, beat Lehigh)                        Previous: 10
  11. Southeastern Louisiana (6-3, lost to Stephen F)      Previous: 7
  12. Eastern Kentucky (7-1, beat SEMO) *FBS win        Previous: 14
  13. Richmond           (6-2, beat Elon)                           Previous: 15
  14. Youngstown State  (6-2, beat SDSU)                     Previous: 19
  15. Montana           (5-3, lost to Cal Poly)                    Previous: 6
  16. Bethune-Cookman (6-2 lost to SCSU) *FBS win   Previous: 11
  17. Chattanooga     (5-3, beat Mercer)                        Previous: 17
  18. Indiana State    (5-3, beat So. Illinois) *FBS win    Previous: 25
  19. Liberty             (5-3, BYE week)        *FBS win     Previous: 18
  20. South Dakota State (5-3, lost to Youngstown)     Previous: 16
  21. Albany            (6-2, beat Colgate)                       Previous: 24
  22. Northern Iowa (4-4, beat Western Illinois)          Previous: 22
  23. Cal Poly         (5-3, beat Montana)                     Previous: Unranked
  24. Northern Arizona (5-3, beat EWU)                     Previous: Unranked
  25. Harvard         (6-0, beat Princeton)                   Previous: 23

FCS Sunday Night Ramblings

From a new location in the bunker, thoughts on the Missouri Valley race, how Youngstown’s schedule gets tougher, how UNI controls its own destiny and the latest round of bracketology! All in 6 minutes or less!

Bison PostGame Show at USD

Apologies on the delay on posting this, but enjoy this last Sunday in October with a look back at a dominant NDSU performance at South Dakota as the Bison force three turnovers and a couple of new players rise to the forefront in Omaha natives Nick DeLuca and RJ Urzendowski. The Sunday Video Rmablings will be posted later tonight around 10pm, until then!

FCS Pick ‘Em – Week 9

Week 9 may be Separation Saturday in the FCS, there are some tremendous matchups this week, some teams playoff fates may be sealed this weekend. It’s also time to get serious for me, trailing by three games heading into this weekend’s games, looking to keep the Nickel!

                                                                       DOM  (91-24)         JEFF (94-21)

  • Delaware at (20)William & Mary                W&M               Del
  • (23) UNI at Western Illinois                       WIU                 UNI
  • SEMO at (18) Eastern Kentucky              EKU                EKU
  • (16) Youngstown St at (15) SDSU            SDSU             SDSU
  • Stony Brook at (5) New Hampshire         UNH                UNH
  • North Dakota at Southern Utah                UND               SUU
  • Charleston So at (3) Coastal Carolina     CCU               Char
  • (2) Eastern Washington at No. Arizona   EWU                EWU
  • (8) SE Louisiana at Stephen F Austin     SELA               SELA
  • Missouri State at (9) Illinois State            Ill St                Ill St
  • (24) Indiana State at (19) So. Illinois        SIU                  SIU
  • (6) Montana at Cal Poly                             Mont                Mont
  • Ole Miss at LSU                                     Ole Miss              LSU

Dom’s FCS Sports Network Poll – After Week 8

  1. North Dakota State       (7-0, beat Indiana State)        *  FBS win         Previous: 1
  2. Eastern Washington     (7-1, beat Northern Colorado)                         Previous: 2
  3. Villanova                      (6-1, beat William & Mary)                               Previous: 4
  4. Coastal Carolina          (7-0,  BYE week)                                            Previous: 3
  5. New Hampshire           (5-1, BYE week)                                            Previous: 5
  6. Montana                      (5-2, beat UC Davis)                                     Previous: 6
  7. Southeastern Louisiana (6-2, beat Central Arkansas)                        Previous: 7
  8. Illinois State                  (6-0, beat Western Illinois)                            Previous: 9
  9. Jacksonville State        (5-1 , BYE week)                                          Previous: 8
  10. Fordham                      (6-1, BYE week)                                           Previous: 10
  11. Bethune-Cookman     (6-1, beat Savannah State)    * FBS win         Previous: 11
  12. Montana State            (6-2, beat Weber State)                                 Previous: 13
  13. McNeese State           (4-2, beat Abilene Christian)                          Previous: 14
  14. Eastern Kentucky       (6-1, lost to Tennessee Tech) * FBS win         Previous: 12
  15. Richmond                  (5-2, beat Rhode Island)                                 Previous: 16
  16. South Dakota State   (5-2, beat Northern Iowa)                                Previous: 19
  17. Chattanooga             (4-3, beat The Citadel)                                    Previous: 21
  18. Liberty                      (4-3,  BYE week)              * FBS win                Previous: 20
  19. Youngstown State    (5-2, beat Southern Illinois)                              Previous: 24
  20. Southern Illinois        (5-3, lost to Youngstown State)                      Previous: 15
  21. Sacred Heart           (6-1, beat Duquesne)                                      Previous: 22
  22. Northern Iowa         (3-4, lost to SDSU)                                          Previous: 18
  23. Harvard                  (5-0, beat Lafayette)                                        Previous: 23
  24. Albany                  (5-2, beat Maine)                                           Previous: Unranked
  25. Indiana State       (4-3, lost to NDSU)     * FBS win                         Previous: 17

FCS Sunday Night Ramblings

The Sunday Live Chats are on hold for a bit, we’re bringing back the videos from the new and improved bunker! Tonight a first look at the projected playoff field, also former NDSU All-American Paul Cornick will start at right tackle for the Denver Broncos in their Sunday night title with the San Francisco 49ers, more from the Denver Post here. Enjoy!


Media Blog PostGame Show vs Indiana State

A lot of things seemed to click on Saturday for NDSU as the Bison played their most complete game of the season, beating Indiana State 34-17 for a 31st consecutive win. Zach Vraa scored two touchdowns (his first two of the season); John Crockett racked up over 100 yards rushing and Kyle Emanuel had 2.5 sacks as the Bison dominated the Sycamores. NDSU improved to 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in Valley play with three of their final five games on the road.