Big Sky Teams Chase FCS National Title
The FBS may struggle to put on a true football playoff championship but the FCS has been doing it for years and this Saturday the FCS (Formerly 1-AA) is down the the final eight teams and the quarter finals.
Among the eight teams three are from the Big Sky including 10-2 Eastern Washington and 10-2 U.C. Davis coached by former Boise State head coach Dan Hawkins.
The two Big Sky foes will collide Saturday 2 p.m. MST in Cheney, Washington. The winner will face the winner of the Maine at Weber State game to be played this Friday at 6 p.m. MST on ESPN2.
The brackets are such that at best, despite three Big Sky teams heading into the quarter finals, only one can possibly advanced to the FCS Championship game January 6th.
Weber State is the tournaments #2 seed and favored to beat 7th seeded 8-3 Maine.
Eastern Washington is the #3 seed and a home favorite over 6th seeded U.C. Davis. The Eagles beat Nichols State 42-21 last week while U.C. Davis outlasted Northern Iowa 23-16.
In the top half of the bracket on Saturday #1 seeded North Dakota State, undefeated at 12-0 plays Colgate, the 8th seed at 10-1.
Also, South Dakota State will play Kennesaw State. The two are seeded 5th and 4th respectively.
The FCS Playoffs began the weekend of November 24th with 16 teams and 8 games with another 8 teams receiving first round byes. That's a 24 team field, nearly the entire FCS top 25!
Meantime the FBS has room for just four teams, in short no room for Cinderella at the ball and isn't that what makes NCAA basketball tournament so compelling.
Thank you FCS for getting it right!