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Spring FCS Championship - 11 auto qualifiers, and only 5 at-large bids

With the limited number of at large bids, it will be much more challenging for the teams in the CAA, MVC,& Big Sky to even make the tournament, including JMU.

Two losses "could" knock you out of the shortened season playoffs. Three losses most likely "would".

Each game will matter more playoff wise this year..
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(09-24-2020 10:15 AM)Dukester Wrote:  Spring FCS Championship - 11 auto qualifiers, and only 5 at-large bids

With the limited number of at large bids, it will be much more challenging for the teams in the CAA, MVC,& Big Sky to even make the tournament, including JMU.

Two losses "could" knock you out of the shortened season playoffs. Three losses most likely "would".

Each game will matter more playoff wise this year..

It's going to be tougher for everyone. I seriously doubt conferences like the Southland are going to even be considered for an at large. So they are all competing for 1 spot.
As for the CAA/MVC/Big Sky are probably going for 2 (maybe 3) teams each.
There's no doubt that there will be some pretty upset bubble teams this season. Hopefully we won't be one of those.
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(09-24-2020 03:01 PM)JMad03 Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 10:15 AM)Dukester Wrote:  Spring FCS Championship - 11 auto qualifiers, and only 5 at-large bids

With the limited number of at large bids, it will be much more challenging for the teams in the CAA, MVC,& Big Sky to even make the tournament, including JMU.

Two losses "could" knock you out of the shortened season playoffs. Three losses most likely "would".

Each game will matter more playoff wise this year..

It's going to be tougher for everyone. I seriously doubt conferences like the Southland are going to even be considered for an at large. So they are all competing for 1 spot.
As for the CAA/MVC/Big Sky are probably going for 2 (maybe 3) teams each.
There's no doubt that there will be some pretty upset bubble teams this season. Hopefully we won't be one of those.

I can't imagine one conference getting 3 of the 5.

If one conference got three, that would leave 2 for the rest of the FBS. Even if 2 received 2 that would mean only one is left for the rest of the FCS.

I think the at-large bids will be either 2-1-1-1 or 2-2-1. Big Sky, CAA, and MSV all have to get at least one, but it's impossible for them all to get 2.
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Anyone else crossing fingers and toes that JMU negotiates it’s own TV coverage for home games this season. Given the dead season of sports it could be a good thing playing in the Spring from a coverage perspective.
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(09-24-2020 03:57 PM)Madisonian Wrote:  Anyone else crossing fingers and toes that JMU negotiates it’s own TV coverage for home games this season. Given the dead season of sports it could be a good thing playing in the Spring from a coverage perspective.

Don't we already do that for the most part?

I'm pretty confident all, or just about all, will be on the MASN network.

I'd guess fan levels would be between 30%-50% allowed by then.
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It will be hard to find open TV slots in the Spring. NCAA basketball rules the airwaves At that time of the year and almost all of the 350 teams play on Saturdays. It looks like there will be a a 2 week window at the end of the Final Four and before the FCS playoffs. Maybe those games can find an open block on a regional network.

NCAA hoops > FCS Regular season football for TV eyeballs.
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This Spring 2021 FCS Playoffs is going to be rough from an entertainment standpoint. There may only be 6-8 quality-ish teams in the entire 16 team field and all others are teams those top teams are going to easily boat race.

You can expect the first round to consist of one game that is semi-final match up worth and not remotely fair to either competing team, and then 7 blow outs. The following round will then be 4 more blow outs. One semi-final will also be an outmatched opponent who is blown out.

It should've been 16 at large berths if you actually wanted to see competitive football.
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I'm already worn out from spring sports fatigue. There might be a lot going on from weekend to weekend (assuming there is actually sports).
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RE: Spring 2021 Football Season Thread
(09-24-2020 03:13 PM)Dukester Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 03:01 PM)JMad03 Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 10:15 AM)Dukester Wrote:  Spring FCS Championship - 11 auto qualifiers, and only 5 at-large bids

With the limited number of at large bids, it will be much more challenging for the teams in the CAA, MVC,& Big Sky to even make the tournament, including JMU.

Two losses "could" knock you out of the shortened season playoffs. Three losses most likely "would".

Each game will matter more playoff wise this year..

It's going to be tougher for everyone. I seriously doubt conferences like the Southland are going to even be considered for an at large. So they are all competing for 1 spot.
As for the CAA/MVC/Big Sky are probably going for 2 (maybe 3) teams each.
There's no doubt that there will be some pretty upset bubble teams this season. Hopefully we won't be one of those.

I can't imagine one conference getting 3 of the 5.

If one conference got three, that would leave 2 for the rest of the FBS. Even if 2 received 2 that would mean only one is left for the rest of the FCS.

I think the at-large bids will be either 2-1-1-1 or 2-2-1. Big Sky, CAA, and MSV all have to get at least one, but it's impossible for them all to get 2.
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The Fall has only 10 AQ. Who is this 11th?

I believe JMAD03 meant 3 teams total in, not 3 At Large. 3 teams in would = 1 AQ team and 2 At Large. He is correct- the CAA/MVFC/Big Sky will all have 2 to 3 teams in- 1 AQ and 1-2 At Large. Those 3 conferences will likely account for 4, if not all 5 of the At Large.
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RE: Spring 2021 Football Season Thread
(09-28-2020 12:17 PM)BDKJMU Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 03:13 PM)Dukester Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 03:01 PM)JMad03 Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 10:15 AM)Dukester Wrote:  Spring FCS Championship - 11 auto qualifiers, and only 5 at-large bids

With the limited number of at large bids, it will be much more challenging for the teams in the CAA, MVC,& Big Sky to even make the tournament, including JMU.

Two losses "could" knock you out of the shortened season playoffs. Three losses most likely "would".

Each game will matter more playoff wise this year..

It's going to be tougher for everyone. I seriously doubt conferences like the Southland are going to even be considered for an at large. So they are all competing for 1 spot.
As for the CAA/MVC/Big Sky are probably going for 2 (maybe 3) teams each.
There's no doubt that there will be some pretty upset bubble teams this season. Hopefully we won't be one of those.

I can't imagine one conference getting 3 of the 5.

If one conference got three, that would leave 2 for the rest of the FBS. Even if 2 received 2 that would mean only one is left for the rest of the FCS.

I think the at-large bids will be either 2-1-1-1 or 2-2-1. Big Sky, CAA, and MSV all have to get at least one, but it's impossible for them all to get 2.
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The Fall has only 10 AQ. Who is this 11th?

I believe JMAD03 meant 3 teams total in, not 3 At Large. 3 teams in would = 1 AQ team and 2 At Large. He is correct- the CAA/MVFC/Big Sky will all have 2 to 3 teams in- 1 AQ and 1-2 At Large. Those 3 conferences will likely account for 4, if not all 5 of the At Large.

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), which hasn’t participated in the FCS Playoffs since 2014, will send its champion to the playoff this Spring.
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Some powerhouse from the MEAC...
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(09-28-2020 12:17 PM)BDKJMU Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 03:13 PM)Dukester Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 03:01 PM)JMad03 Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 10:15 AM)Dukester Wrote:  Spring FCS Championship - 11 auto qualifiers, and only 5 at-large bids

With the limited number of at large bids, it will be much more challenging for the teams in the CAA, MVC,& Big Sky to even make the tournament, including JMU.

Two losses "could" knock you out of the shortened season playoffs. Three losses most likely "would".

Each game will matter more playoff wise this year..

It's going to be tougher for everyone. I seriously doubt conferences like the Southland are going to even be considered for an at large. So they are all competing for 1 spot.
As for the CAA/MVC/Big Sky are probably going for 2 (maybe 3) teams each.
There's no doubt that there will be some pretty upset bubble teams this season. Hopefully we won't be one of those.

I can't imagine one conference getting 3 of the 5.

If one conference got three, that would leave 2 for the rest of the FBS. Even if 2 received 2 that would mean only one is left for the rest of the FCS.

I think the at-large bids will be either 2-1-1-1 or 2-2-1. Big Sky, CAA, and MSV all have to get at least one, but it's impossible for them all to get 2.
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The Fall has only 10 AQ. Who is this 11th?

I believe JMAD03 meant 3 teams total in, not 3 At Large. 3 teams in would = 1 AQ team and 2 At Large. He is correct- the CAA/MVFC/Big Sky will all have 2 to 3 teams in- 1 AQ and 1-2 At Large. Those 3 conferences will likely account for 4, if not all 5 of the At Large.

You are right. I should have been a bit clearer. However, I wouldn't say 3 at larges for a big conference is impossible. One reason for this is strength of schedule. Weak conferences in the last few years aren't going to get a ton of credit, while stronger conferences may get the benefit of the doubt.
As a result, it's extremely possible for a 3rd/4th place CAA team would get more consideration than a 2nd/3rd place Southland team.
I think 2 at larges for those I mentioned is much more likely.
Every game is that much more important than ever before. Teams with 2+ losses may be the "bubble" this year. Gonna be a weird one, that's for sure.
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I know a lot will say you can automatically pencil in JMU top 5 at worst, but I'm not sure how this team matches up with the prior 4 years. Would this one provide the most question marks?

New QB, lost two FCS all American caliber player to UVA. Lost three great receivers. Lost a ton of great players on defensive, especially up front.

Could this team loose a couple games in the CAA, and miss the playoffs?

This will be an interesting season for many reasons in the spring.
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(09-28-2020 12:28 PM)JMad03 Wrote:  
(09-28-2020 12:17 PM)BDKJMU Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 03:13 PM)Dukester Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 03:01 PM)JMad03 Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 10:15 AM)Dukester Wrote:  Spring FCS Championship - 11 auto qualifiers, and only 5 at-large bids

With the limited number of at large bids, it will be much more challenging for the teams in the CAA, MVC,& Big Sky to even make the tournament, including JMU.

Two losses "could" knock you out of the shortened season playoffs. Three losses most likely "would".

Each game will matter more playoff wise this year..

It's going to be tougher for everyone. I seriously doubt conferences like the Southland are going to even be considered for an at large. So they are all competing for 1 spot.
As for the CAA/MVC/Big Sky are probably going for 2 (maybe 3) teams each.
There's no doubt that there will be some pretty upset bubble teams this season. Hopefully we won't be one of those.

I can't imagine one conference getting 3 of the 5.

If one conference got three, that would leave 2 for the rest of the FBS. Even if 2 received 2 that would mean only one is left for the rest of the FCS.

I think the at-large bids will be either 2-1-1-1 or 2-2-1. Big Sky, CAA, and MSV all have to get at least one, but it's impossible for them all to get 2.
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The Fall has only 10 AQ. Who is this 11th?

I believe JMAD03 meant 3 teams total in, not 3 At Large. 3 teams in would = 1 AQ team and 2 At Large. He is correct- the CAA/MVFC/Big Sky will all have 2 to 3 teams in- 1 AQ and 1-2 At Large. Those 3 conferences will likely account for 4, if not all 5 of the At Large.

You are right. I should have been a bit clearer. However, I wouldn't say 3 at larges for a big conference is impossible. One reason for this is strength of schedule. Weak conferences in the last few years aren't going to get a ton of credit, while stronger conferences may get the benefit of the doubt.
As a result, it's extremely possible for a 3rd/4th place CAA team would get more consideration than a 2nd/3rd place Southland team.
I think 2 at larges for those I mentioned is much more likely.
Every game is that much more important than ever before. Teams with 2+ losses may be the "bubble" this year. Gonna be a weird one, that's for sure.
-MVFC, Big Sky, Southland have all said 8 conference games.
-VU had 2 of their top pro prospects enter transfer portal- Draft Scout #1 ranked center FCS, and their WR, touted as the best returning WR in the CAA. Did they transfer?

Chances of getting an At Large:
8-0: Theoretically possible could have a team go 8-0 and not get the AQ in the 5? conferences with more than 9 teams. Lock for a MVFC, Big Sky, CAA, Southland. No for Pioneer.
7-1: Lock for MVFC, Big Sky, CAA. Maybe for So-Con, Southland, OVC. No for others.
6-2: Likely for MVFC. Maybe for Big Sky, CAA. No for any others.
5-3: No for anyone..

Here's how the 16 team field breaking down:
-3 MVFC: Likely NDSU, UNI, SDSU
-2 Big SKy: Likely Weber St, 1 of the Montanas
-2 CAA: Likely JMU, maybe VU.
-1 Southland
-1 OVC
-1 So-Con
-1 Big South
-1 Patriot
-1 NEC
-1 MEAC
-1 Pioneer

+1 other: either a 3rd Big Sky or CAA, or a 2nd Southland/OVC/So-Con.
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(09-28-2020 01:47 PM)BDKJMU Wrote:  
(09-28-2020 12:28 PM)JMad03 Wrote:  
(09-28-2020 12:17 PM)BDKJMU Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 03:13 PM)Dukester Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 03:01 PM)JMad03 Wrote:  It's going to be tougher for everyone. I seriously doubt conferences like the Southland are going to even be considered for an at large. So they are all competing for 1 spot.
As for the CAA/MVC/Big Sky are probably going for 2 (maybe 3) teams each.
There's no doubt that there will be some pretty upset bubble teams this season. Hopefully we won't be one of those.

I can't imagine one conference getting 3 of the 5.

If one conference got three, that would leave 2 for the rest of the FBS. Even if 2 received 2 that would mean only one is left for the rest of the FCS.

I think the at-large bids will be either 2-1-1-1 or 2-2-1. Big Sky, CAA, and MSV all have to get at least one, but it's impossible for them all to get 2.
03-confused
The Fall has only 10 AQ. Who is this 11th?

I believe JMAD03 meant 3 teams total in, not 3 At Large. 3 teams in would = 1 AQ team and 2 At Large. He is correct- the CAA/MVFC/Big Sky will all have 2 to 3 teams in- 1 AQ and 1-2 At Large. Those 3 conferences will likely account for 4, if not all 5 of the At Large.

You are right. I should have been a bit clearer. However, I wouldn't say 3 at larges for a big conference is impossible. One reason for this is strength of schedule. Weak conferences in the last few years aren't going to get a ton of credit, while stronger conferences may get the benefit of the doubt.
As a result, it's extremely possible for a 3rd/4th place CAA team would get more consideration than a 2nd/3rd place Southland team.
I think 2 at larges for those I mentioned is much more likely.
Every game is that much more important than ever before. Teams with 2+ losses may be the "bubble" this year. Gonna be a weird one, that's for sure.
-Is the MEAC the 11th AQ conference?
-Is everyone playing just 8 games (all or mostly conference?)
-VU had 2 of their top pro prospects enter transfer portal- Draft Scout #1 ranked center FCS, and their WR, touted as the best returning WR in the CAA. Did they transfer?

Chances of getting an At Large:
8-0: Theoretically possible could have a team go 8-0 and not get the AQ in the 5? conferences with more than 9 teams. Lock for a MVFC, Big Sky, CAA, Southland. No for Pioneer.
7-1: Lock for MVFC, Big Sky, CAA. Maybe for So-Con, Southland, OVC. No for others.
6-2: Likely for MVFC. Maybe for Big Sky, CAA. No for any others.
5-3: No for anyone..

Here's how the 16 team field breaking down:
-3 MVFC: Likely NDSU, UNI, SDSU
-2 Big SKy: Likely Weber St, 1 of the Montanas
-2 CAA: Likely JMU, maybe VU.
-1 Southland
-1 OVC
-1 So-Con
-1 Big South
-1 Patriot
-1 NEC
-1 MEAC
-1 Pioneer

+1 other: either a 3rd Big Sky or CAA, or a 2nd Southland/OVC/So-Con.

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Someone mentioned cold weather in January/ February for "Spring" Football. I can remember many very very cold games at BFS the last few years during the December playoffs. Also one of the absolutely coldest games I have ever sat through was the last game of the 2008 season at Towson. Bright sunny day but it was about 20 F and windy. Absolutely brutal.

Have stocked up on hand and toe warmers and need to check where my under armour is!!

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(09-28-2020 03:12 PM)ParentofJMUMRDs Wrote:  Someone mentioned cold weather in January/ February for "Spring" Football. I can remember many very very cold games at BFS the last few years during the December playoffs. Also one of the absolutely coldest games I have ever sat through was the last game of the 2008 season at Towson. Bright sunny day but it was about 20 F and windy. Absolutely brutal.

Have stocked up on hand and tow warmers and need to check where my under armour is!!

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Would this be correct?

Week 1: Sat, 2/20
Week 2: Sat, 2/27
Week 3: Sat, 3/6
Week 4: Sat, 3/13
Week 5: Sat, 3/20 (1st day of Spring)
Week 6: Sat, 3/27
Week 7: Sat, 4/3
Week 8: Sat, 4/10
Week 9: Sat, 4/17 (Possibly a CAA champ game, or a bye week in there?)
https://jamesmadison.rivals.com/news/caa...for-spring
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1st round: 4/24
Quarterfinals: Fri, 4/30-Sat, 5/1
Semifinals: Fri, 5/7-Sat, 5/8
Frisco: Between Fri, 5/14-Sun, 5/16
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(09-28-2020 03:12 PM)ParentofJMUMRDs Wrote:  Someone mentioned cold weather in January/ February for "Spring" Football. I can remember many very very cold games at BFS the last few years during the December playoffs. Also one of the absolutely coldest games I have ever sat through was the last game of the 2008 season at Towson. Bright sunny day but it was about 20 F and windy. Absolutely brutal.

Have stocked up on hand and tow warmers and need to check where my under armour is!!

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(09-28-2020 03:12 PM)ParentofJMUMRDs Wrote:  Someone mentioned cold weather in January/ February for "Spring" Football. I can remember many very very cold games at BFS the last few years during the December playoffs. Also one of the absolutely coldest games I have ever sat through was the last game of the 2008 season at Towson. Bright sunny day but it was about 20 F and windy. Absolutely brutal.

Have stocked up on hand and tow warmers and need to check where my under armour is!!

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sounds like the SHS playoff game in 2016!
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(09-28-2020 01:47 PM)BDKJMU Wrote:  
(09-28-2020 12:28 PM)JMad03 Wrote:  
(09-28-2020 12:17 PM)BDKJMU Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 03:13 PM)Dukester Wrote:  
(09-24-2020 03:01 PM)JMad03 Wrote:  It's going to be tougher for everyone. I seriously doubt conferences like the Southland are going to even be considered for an at large. So they are all competing for 1 spot.
As for the CAA/MVC/Big Sky are probably going for 2 (maybe 3) teams each.
There's no doubt that there will be some pretty upset bubble teams this season. Hopefully we won't be one of those.

I can't imagine one conference getting 3 of the 5.

If one conference got three, that would leave 2 for the rest of the FBS. Even if 2 received 2 that would mean only one is left for the rest of the FCS.

I think the at-large bids will be either 2-1-1-1 or 2-2-1. Big Sky, CAA, and MSV all have to get at least one, but it's impossible for them all to get 2.
03-confused
The Fall has only 10 AQ. Who is this 11th?

I believe JMAD03 meant 3 teams total in, not 3 At Large. 3 teams in would = 1 AQ team and 2 At Large. He is correct- the CAA/MVFC/Big Sky will all have 2 to 3 teams in- 1 AQ and 1-2 At Large. Those 3 conferences will likely account for 4, if not all 5 of the At Large.

You are right. I should have been a bit clearer. However, I wouldn't say 3 at larges for a big conference is impossible. One reason for this is strength of schedule. Weak conferences in the last few years aren't going to get a ton of credit, while stronger conferences may get the benefit of the doubt.
As a result, it's extremely possible for a 3rd/4th place CAA team would get more consideration than a 2nd/3rd place Southland team.
I think 2 at larges for those I mentioned is much more likely.
Every game is that much more important than ever before. Teams with 2+ losses may be the "bubble" this year. Gonna be a weird one, that's for sure.
-MVFC, Big Sky, Southland have all said 8 conference games.
-VU had 2 of their top pro prospects enter transfer portal- Draft Scout #1 ranked center FCS, and their WR, touted as the best returning WR in the CAA. Did they transfer?

Chances of getting an At Large:
8-0: Theoretically possible could have a team go 8-0 and not get the AQ in the 5? conferences with more than 9 teams. Lock for a MVFC, Big Sky, CAA, Southland. No for Pioneer.
7-1: Lock for MVFC, Big Sky, CAA. Maybe for So-Con, Southland, OVC. No for others.
6-2: Likely for MVFC. Maybe for Big Sky, CAA. No for any others.
5-3: No for anyone..

Here's how the 16 team field breaking down:
-3 MVFC: Likely NDSU, UNI, SDSU
-2 Big SKy: Likely Weber St, 1 of the Montanas
-2 CAA: Likely JMU, maybe VU.
-1 Southland
-1 OVC
-1 So-Con
-1 Big South
-1 Patriot
-1 NEC
-1 MEAC
-1 Pioneer

+1 other: either a 3rd Big Sky or CAA, or a 2nd Southland/OVC/So-Con.
To answer my question, the VU AA center Grattan transferred to UCLA, and the AA WR Hodge transferred to VT.
https://www.inquirer.com/college-sports/...00814.html
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