The NCAA made a couple of decisions early this week under the radar that could have a major impact on the FCS. First up the Sports Management Cabinet approved a change to the Simple Ratings System (for those that forgot, that’s the FCS version of the BCS rankings, that the playoff committee takes into account for seeding and selecting playoff teams, it also had Eastern Illinois ranked ahead of NDSU in its final rankings last year) by standardizing the amount of games teams play in making a decision on how to rank teams. Last year the committee did not standardize if teams played 11 or 12 games, so we could see this being a large factor come later in the season, depending on how tough your schedule is and who you play and when you play them.
There was a second change put forth by the football committee to the SRS, and that was margin of victory. The committee proposed capping margin of victory formula to be capped at 21 points to discourage teams from running up the score to improve their position in the rankings, but that was not approved.
Lastly, the committee approved raising the minimum money guarantee for schools to host 2nd round, quarterfinal and semifinal games in the FCS playoffs. They raised it to 40 K for the 2nd, 50 K for the quarters and 60 K for the semis.
This could potentially be a huge deal for teams that don’t draw like NDSU or UNI that want to host a playoff game in the early rounds, you could see teams with better records possibly playing on the road in the early rounds because they can’t afford to lose money by hosting. Schools that only average 5K for home games very well could have been priced out by this decision. Gene Taylor and NDSU went way over the minimum the last time the Bison were unseeded heading into the FCS playoffs in 2010, getting them a first home game at the Fargodome against Robert Morris. I think it’s something that bears watching as we get closer to Selection Sunday in November.
Finally we’re starting to piece together the basketball schedules for the men and women’s teams for this upcoming winter at Scheels Arena and the BBF, got a few dates to put out there, the full conference schedule will be revealed by the Summit League on Monday and Wednesday:
MEN – 11/5 – Minot State; 11/21 + 11/22 – 2 K Classic Home Games; 11/25 – UM Crookston; 11/30 – at Montana State; 12/13 – North Dakota; 12/16 – Akron (payback of Bracketbuster); 12/21- Kent State (El Paso); 12/22 – Alcorn State/UTEP; 12/28 – Northland College (D3 Wisconsin school); 1/2 – Oral Roberts (doubleheader); 1/4 – SDSU (doubleheader); 1/16 – Western Illinois, 1/29 – Denver; 2/5 – Denver; 2/7 – USD; 2/19 – IUPUI, 2/21 – Fort Wayne
WOMEN – 11/7 – Bemidji State; 11/14 – Kent State; 11/16 – Milwaukee; 12/6 – UND(Scheels Arena); 12/8 – Mayville State; 1/2 – ORU (Scheels); 1/4 – SDSU (Scheels); 1/8 – IUPUI; 1/17 – Fort Wayne; 2/6 – Western Illinois; 2/8 – USD; 2/14 – Omaha; 2/26 – Denver
There’s one change from what I reported earlier; the UND games are no longer a doubleheader at Scheels Arena, the women playing on December 6th, the men’s game on December 13th. The men’s non-conference still has a couple of headline games to fill, including at Southern Mississippi; women going to Mississippi State as well. We’ll keep you updated.