When Villanova visits Stony Brook on Saturday in a first-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff game, the Wildcats will be facing a team with a similar offensive mind-set, one which likes to move on the ground but can be a threat passing the ball.
Yet it’s 9-2 Stony Brook’s ground game that will draw the most attention. Villanova (8-3) will have to stop a player, Marcus Coker, who just last year was second in the Big Ten in rushing with 1,384 yards for Iowa.
And he’s not even the first-string running back.
Area grads help Wagner through storm devastation, playoff preparation
One has recovered from an 0-3 stumble out of the blocks to capture the Northeast Conference football championship. The other righted a 1-3 ship and claimed Patriot League supremacy.
Come noon Saturday, Wagner College (8-3) and Colgate University (8-3) will square off in the first round of NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs on the Seahawks’ Hameline Field — with Broome County products front and center.
Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia increased the stock value of a company from $700 million to $10 billion in seven years. So he doesn’t think anyone should be surprised he could get the Football Championship Subdivision Chanticleers to the playoffs in his first year.
Woofed Towson Responds: The best 20 teams in the country are not competing for the national championship
A year after leading Towson to its first Football Championship Subdivision appearance in school history, fourth-year coach Rob Ambrose reacted angrily Sunday after his 7-4 Tigers were snubbed by the NCAA selection committee for an invitation to this season’s playoffs.
EKU coach Dean Hood was more than a little upset when he found out Sunday afternoon his team wasn’t given an at-large bid to the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.
And he hasn’t been shy about letting his opinion be known on the subject.
North Dakota State has lead the entire 2012 regular season in the Gridiron Power Index (GPI), the index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection. In this case the final verse is the same as the first for the reigning national champion Bison who have been on top of the GPI since the end of last season.
2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship Field Announced
The field of 20 teams competing for the 2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship and bracket was announced today by the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee. North Dakota State (10-1) tops the bracket as the top seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Bison, who are the defending national champions, are making their third straight appearance.
It’s an unusual nonconference matchup of champions at the end of the regular season.
It’s a unofficial playoff game before the NCAA FCS playoffs begin.
Byes and seeding are on the line.
His comrades call him the Hobbit.
It seems appropriate to label Shaun Sampson that way considering his common sense, tactical nature, conservative demeanor and his ability to persevere despite the odds once stacked against him.
The option offense is to Georgia Southern what the sling was to David.
With perfect execution, the Eagles can make it tough on Goliath — or in Saturday’s case, the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium.
The 2012 NCAA FCS Championship kicks off this weekend, and ESPN will be carrying every game across its networks, including 14 games from the first, second and quarterfinals rounds exclusively on ESPN3.
For the University of South Dakota, it’s a chance to salvage its season. For South Dakota State, it’s a chance to reach the Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
There’s more on the line than just state pride when the two renew their series for the first time in nine years. The last regular-season game for both teams will be played at SDSU’s Kaufman-Alumni Stadium.
North Dakota State is still the one, #1 in the Gridiron Power Index (GPI), the index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection. All of the components have the Bison on top.
Now in his ninth year of being retired, Steve Krumrie will occasionally be watching a college football game on television when a player makes an interception. And even rarer than that, he’ll think back to his playing days.
What a time it was.
The Drake Bulldogs go into their final home game of the season with the conference title on the line as they prepare to face the Butler Bulldogs this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Drake Stadium.
Butler, who has been a suprising conference powerhouse this season, has gone undefeated in Pioneer League Football play this season. It has dominated all opponents, except for last week’s game, when it needed a fourth quarter comeback to beat Jacksonville 19-16. Drake, on the other hand, stumbled against Dayton and was handed its first defeat in conference play, 28-13.