By Myron Hosea, CSN So South Columnist
Before a record Rhodes Stadium crowd, visiting Appalachian State intercepted Elon’s bid to loosen the Mountaineers’ grip on the Southern Conference.
The Mountaineers turned three first-quarter interceptions into touchdowns to defeat the Phoenix 27-10 and clinch at least a share of the SoCon title for the fifth consecutive season. The victory also gives Appalachian State the league’s automatic berth in the FCS playoffs. Appalachian State has now won 19 SoCon games in a row.
The Gridiron Power Index (GPI), the index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection continues with Villanova in the top spot on the eve of playoff selection.
The Colonial Athletic Association, the largest league in the FCS has seven teams in the top 25; the Big Sky Conference has five; the Missouri Valley Football Conference has three; the Ohio Valley, Southern, and Southland Conferences have two each; and the Big South and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conferences plus the Ivy and Patriot Leagues have one each.
By Chuck Burton, The CSN Way Columnist
This weekend saw six FCS teams clinch conference titles, five clinching autobids for the FCS playoffs, and one SWAC team’s clinching of a spot in the SWAC Championship game in December.
Who’s in for all intents and purposes, and who can still get in?
For all the scenarios for the remainder of the conference titles and postseason opportunities, check below the flip.
The highest level of NCAA championship football is just a short week away from announcing the 2009 playoff bracket and teams. On “Selection Sunday” this week, November 22, the Division I Football Championship Committee will unveil which eight teams have been chosen as at-large participants and the official bracket. Let’s examine how this all works and the people involved.
South Dakota quarterback Noah Shepard, Jacksonville State quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, William and Mary defensive end Adrian Tracy, and Montana State defensive end Dane Fletcher are the recipients of the Football Championship Subdivision honors from College Sporting News for the week ending November 15, 2009.
Montana, Holy Cross, Appalachian State, South Carolina State clinched playoff autobids as well as Prairie View A&M notched a place in the SWAC title game. UC Davis won the Great West, Penn won the Ivy League, and Liberty assured itself at least a share of the Big South title.
by Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist
Saint John’s wrapped up its 31st Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship with a 41-14 win over Carleton. SJU takes its unblemished record into the upcoming NCAA Division III playoffs. Bethel closed the 2009 season with a 44-6 win over Augsburg, while St. Olaf beat Hamline 34-20 and Gustavus won a squeaker, 20-19, over Concordia. St. Thomas, hoping to secure a Pool C berth in the NCAA playoffs, stepped out of the MIAC and pounded Northwestern 63-14.