The final weekend for most leagues playing FCShas arrived, with 11 of the 16 spots in the pandemic-shortened 16-team playoffs field still to be determined. Weber State (Big Sky), Monmouth (Big South), Sacred Heart (Northeast), Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley), and Sam Houston (Southland) have already earned automatic berths as conference champions. Top-ranked and No. 2 State have league championships on the line Saturday, though both are likely to be in the field regardless of the outcomes.
James Madison (4-0, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association) hosts No. 11 Richmond (3-0, 3-0), the third. Each program was responsible for one postponement because of . The Dukes, who have played just once since March 6, need the game to meet the CAA’s three-game to qualify for the conference’s automatic bid; Richmond needs the game to meet the NCAA’s four-game minimum requirement for at-large consideration. Either school and Delaware (4-0, 3-0), which faces Villanova (2-1, 2-1), could wind up as the automatic qualifier from the CAA.
The Bison (6-1, 5-1 Missouri Valley), winners of eight of the last nine national titles, play host to No. 4(4-1, 4-1). The loser will be eliminated from the MVC championship race, and the winner will share it with Missouri State (5-4, 5-1) and possibly North Dakota (4-1, 4-1), which plays Youngstown State (1-6, 1-6). The CAA and Missouri Valley could each get at least two of the six at-large berths,
and Eastern Washington (5-1, 5-1 Big Sky) is likely to lay claim to another. VMI will win the Southern Conference’s automaticThe Citadel or if Mercer loses at Samford. Bucknell and Holy Cross are meeting for the Patriot . Davidson must only win visiting Stetson to claim the Pioneer Football League’s automatic berth, the first in Wildcats history.
HARD TO WATCH
Deion Sanders probably wished he could have suited up.
Instead, the All-Pro cornerback could only watch Alabama A&M; quarterback Aqeel Glass light up his Jacksonin the Bulldogs’ 52-43 victory. . It’s good for Jackson State. It’s good for the SWAC.”
Benefits from Sanders’ arrival as the Tigers’ coach include additional exposure for thewith Pepsi that he helped broker for the SWAC.
“He’s making a big splash in a positive way to help generate money for HBCUs, Black, and the SWAC,” Maynor said. “It’s only going to help our league.”