Weekend Preview: FCS Playoffs and More

November 23, 2022 by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff

Here's a look at what's on-tap this week, from the FCS Playoffs to the SWAC Championship and the Bayou Classic.

The Bayou Classic between Grambling and Southern takes place on Thanksgiving weekend Saturday in New Orleans. Jackson State clinched the SWAC East a week ago with a 27-13 win over Alabama A&M in Mobile. Prairie View failed to clinch the SWAC West when MVSU pulled off the 27-7 upset last week at PVAM. The Panthers now need Southern to lose to Grambling, or Southern advances to the conference title game with a win over GSU.

Jackson State will host the SWAC title game.

Champions of the MEAC and SWAC meet annually in the Celebration Bowl which will take place in Atlanta on December 17 at Noon. North Carolina Central clinched the MEAC with a 48-14 win at Norfolk State last week.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alabama State meet in Montgomery on Thanksgiving Day in the Turkey Day Classic.

SEE: Schedule Picks and Scores

NCAA Playoffs

All times eastern.

Dates/Sites/Pairings of 1st-Round Games

November 26 (2nd Round on 12/3)
ESPN+ 2:00 p.m. St. Francis at Delaware -- Winner at (1) SDSU at 3:00 p.m.
ESPN+ 2:00 p.m. Fordham at New Hampshire -- Winner at (8) Holy Cross at 12:00 p.m.
ESPN+ 5:00 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Eastern Kentucky -- Winner at (5) Wm. & Mary at 2:00 p.m.
ESPN+ 4:00 p.m. North Dakota at Weber State -- Winner at (4) Montana State at 3:00 p.m.
ESPN2 10 p.m. SE Missouri at Montana -- Winner at (3) NDSU at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN+ 7:00 p.m. Idaho at SE Louisiana -- Winner at (6) Samford at 3:00 p.m.
ESPN+ 12:00 p.m. Elon at Furman -- Winner at (7) UIW at 2:00 p.m.
ESPN+ 2:00 p.m. Davidson at Richmond -- Winner at (2) Sacramento State at 5:00 p.m.

1st Round 2nd Round Quarters Semis C'ship (Frisco, TX)
(1/8, 2 PM)
St. Francis
New Hampshire
8 Holy Cross
E. Kentucky
5 Wm. & Mary      
North Dakota
Weber State
4 Montana St      
3 NDSU      
SE Louisiana
6 Samford      
7 UIW      
2 Sacramento      


There were 119 FBS vs. FCS matchups this season with App State, Army and Marshall each playing two such games, and 116 other FBS schools playing one apiece.

The final FBS-FCS matchups yesterday saw Austin Peay lose 34-0 at Alabama, Utah Tech fall 52-26 at BYU, ETSU get smacked 56-7 at Mississippi State, and North Alabama get blanked 59-0 at Memphis.

The FBS was 111-8 (.933) vs. the FCS this year, and is 1,685-148 (.919) since we began tracking this in 2003.

Here were the FCS wins in 2022:
September 2: William & Mary 41, Charlotte 24
September 3: Delaware14, Navy 7
September 10: Weber State 35, Utah State 7
September 10: Incarnate Word 55, Nevada 41
September 10: Holy Cross 37, Buffalo 31
September 10: Eastern Kentucky 59, Bowling Green 57 (7 OT's)
September 17: Southern Illinois 31, Northwestern 24
September 24: Sacramento State 41, Colorado State 10

Streaks - Current FCS Longest

HOLY CROSS - Won 11 straight over-all.
Last: Won 47-10 at Georgetown on Saturday, November 19.
Next: FCS Playoff 8-seed will host winner of Fordham-New Hampshire on Saturday, December 3.

JACKSON STATE - Won 11 straight over-all
Last: Won 24-13 at Alcorn State on Saturday, November 19.
Next: Hosts either Southern or Prairie View in SWAC Championship on Saturday, December 3.

SACRAMENTO STATE  - Won 11 straight over-all. Won 19 straight conference games. Won 10 straight road games.
Last: Won 27-21 at home over UC Davis on Saturday, November 19.
Next: FCS Playoff 2-seed will host winner of Davidson-Richmond on Saturday, December 3.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE - Won 10 straight over-all
Last: Won 31-7 at home over Illinois State on Saturday, November 12.
Next: FCS Playoff 1-seed will host winner of St. Francis-Delaware on Saturday, December 3.

MONTANA STATE - Won 18 straight home games.
Last: Won 55-21 at home over Montana on Saturday, November 19.
Next: FCS Playoff 4-seed will host winner of North Dakota-Weber State on Saturday, December 3.

WESTERN ILLINOIS - Lost 13 straight over-all.
Last: Lost 20-13 in OT at Illinois State on Saturday, November 19.
Next: Season complete

WAGNER - Lost 19 straight road games.
Last: Lost 33-0 at Duquesne on Saturday, November 19.
Next: Season complete

PRESBYTERIAN - Lost 16 straight conference games.
Last: Lost 42-21at Stetson on Saturday, November 19.
Next: Season complete

HOUSTON CHRISTIAN - Lost 11 straight home games.
Last: Lost 49-7 at Tarleton on Saturday, November 19.
Next: Season complete

GEORGETOWN - Lost 11 straight home games.
Last: Lost 47-10 at home to Holy Cross on Saturday, November 19.
Next: Season complete