This is not, I repeat not the official NCAA FCS Bracket. This is what it should like when it comes out. I hope they get it right like they did last year. We are projecting based off of our AGS Top 25 Poll which has been a very good predictor of playoff teams over the years.
The FCS Wedge Playoff Bracket
Our Method: We use the AGS poll to pick both the seeds and at larges as that poll has been one of the better predictors of both those selections and is a combination of many voters and not just that of one opinion. We use feedback from many wedge contributors to determine our best guess at automatic qualifiers. Once we have the field set we use the guidelines the committee uses from the FCS Championship handbook to put the bracket together. You can see those guidelines in the link below.
Championship Manual Link
Last four in: Delaware, Northern Arizona, Eastern Washington, McNeese St
First four out: New Hampshire, Monmouth, Sacramento State, Austin Peay
Next four out: Montana, Illinois State, Nicholls State, Richmond
The Seeds: The seeds remained almost the same as last week with Southern Utah leap frogging Wofford to swap 7 and 8 seeds after the Thunderbirds finished off with a dominating performance to tie up the Big Sky crown. Although Wofford dropped one spot despite a respectable showing against FBS and SEC foe South Carolina. The AGS top 8 have been consistent the past couple of weeks and I expect the committee will come up with the same 8 seeds. However, the order is still very much unsure as we haven’t seen a committee ranking after two weekends of competition.
The Bubble: Eastern Washington and McNeese St have moved into the bracket following wins to finish out their seasons. Montana and New Hampshire were both eliminated from the field following losses with the Wildcats just missing as our unfortunate first team out. Delaware was the last team in still holding onto a spot after their loss this weekend, but putting them square in the bubble. Kennesaw St also moved into the field securing the Big South auto which eliminated Monmouth although the Hawks sit as the second team out. Sacramento State and Austin Peay moved into the first group of teams out finishing out the season strong, but that wasn’t quite enough to get them into the bracket.
*Note: Elon/Furman and Samford/Kennesaw St played OOC matchups earlier in the season. The committee does try and avoid these matchups barring it doesn’t create additional flights. As this field was set, splitting up these matchups created additional travel. Conference rematches are not allowed in the first round.
Conference Breakdown Below
|Automatic Qualifiers||At- Large Bids|
|Big Sky||Southern Utah||Weber St|
|Big South||Kennesaw St|
|CAA||James Madison||Stony Brook|
|MVFC||North Dakota St||South Dakota St|
|Southland||Central Arkansas||Sam Houston St|