The college football playoffs are underway. In early games, Kennesaw State eliminated Davidson, and Holy Cross got by Sacred Heart on Matthew Sluka's 35-yard pass to Jalen Coker with 14 seconds left.
Later, Incarnate Word, UT-Martin, South Dakota State, Eastern Washington, Southern Illinois and SE Louisiana each won their respective games to move on to the next round.
There were three other games outside the playoffs this week - Alabama State won 43-9 over Tuskegee on Thursday in the Turkey Day Classic, Grambling upset Southern 29-26 in the Bayou Classic on Saturday night in New Orleans, and a make-up game with Mississippi Valley State at Prairie View A&M saw the Delta Devils upset the Panthers 24-19.
Prairie View plays at Jackson State next Saturday at 4 p.m. eastern time for the SWAC Championship.
10 of the 24 teams in this year's field also comprised part of the16-team field in the payoffs that were just held this past Spring. The returning programs are led by defending champion Sam Houston State and the team the Bearkats defeated to win the tile, South Dakota State. Also back in the hunt are North Dakota State, James Madison, Sacred Hart, Holy Cross, Davidson, Eastern Washington, Missouri State and Southern Illinois.
NOTE: Computer pick in parenthesis is based on the Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com
November 27 at San Antonio, Texas, 3 p.m. (ESPN+)
SFA (8-3) at UIW (9-2) - Computer Pick: UIW by 6.24
Incarnate Word (10-2) won 35-28 in OT and visits (1) Sam Houston State (10-0) next Saturday, 3 p.m..
November 27 at Springfield, Missouri, 4 p.m. (ESPN+)
UT Martin (9-2) at Missouri St. (8-3) - Computer Pick: Missouri State by 8.58
UT-Martin (10-2) was a 32-31 upset winner and visits (8) Montana State (9-2) next Saturday, 4 p.m..
November 27 at Worcester, Massachusetts, Noon (ET) (ESPN+)
Sacred Heart (8-3) at Holy Cross (9-2) - Computer Pick: Holy Cross by 11.12
Holy Cross (10-2) won 13-10 and visits (5) Villanova (9-2) next Friday, 7 p.m.
November 27 at Brookings, South Dakota, 3 p.m. (ET) (ESPN+)
UC Davis (8-3) at South Dakota St. (8-3) - Computer Pick: South Dakota State by 10.61
South Dakota State (9-3) won 56-24 and visits (4) Sacramento State (9-2) next Saturday, 9 p.m.
November 27 at Hammond, Louisiana, 7 p.m. (ET) (ESPN+)
Florida A&M (9-2) at Southeastern La. (8-3) - Computer Pick: SE Louisiana by 2.97
SE Louisiana (9-3) won 38-14 and visits (3) James Madison (10-1) next Saturday, 2 p.m.
November 27 at Cheyney, Washington, 4 p.m. (ET) (ESPN+)
UNI. (6-5) at Eastern Wash. (9-2) - Computer Pick: Eastern Washington by 7.80
Eastern Washington (10-2) won 19-9 and visits (6) Montana (9-2) next Friday, 9 p.m.
November 27 at Kennesaw, Georgia, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN+)
Davidson (8-2) at Kennesaw St. (10-1) - Computer Pick: Kennesaw State by 12.38
Kennesaw State (11-1) won 48-21 and visits (7) ETSU (10-1) next Saturday, 2 p.m.
November 27 at Vermillion, South Dakota, 6 p.m. (ET) (ESPN+)
Southern Illinois (7-4) at South Dakota (7-4) - Computer Pick: South Dakota by 0.38
Southern Illinois (8-4) won 22-10 and visits (2) North Dakota State (10-1) next Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
2 teams played 2 FCS teams this fall (UConn and UMass), and 115 teams played 1 FCS school for a total of 117 such matchups.
The FBS finishes the season is 105-12 vs. the FCS. Since we began tracking this in 2003, the FBS teams are 1,574-140 (.918).
Last year, 30 FBS teams played a total of just 34 games against FCS schools and the FCS won just 1 game (1-33). That honor also went to Jacksonville State with its 19-10 victory over FIU.
Here are the FCS wins in 2021:
September 2: UC Davis 19, Tulsa 17
September 2: Eastern Washington 35, UNLV 33 (2 OT)
September 3: South Dakota State 42, Colorado State 23
September 4: Holy Cross 38, UConn 28September 4: Montana 13, Washington 7
September 4: ETSU 23, Vanderbilt 3
September 11: Duquesne 28, Ohio 26
September 11: Jacksonville State 20, Florida State 17.
September 18: Incarnate Word 42, Texas State 34.
September 18: Northern Arizona 21, Arizona 19
November 6: Rhode Island 35, Massachusetts 22
November 13: Maine 35, Massachusetts 10
This was the only FCS win vs. the FBS in 2020:
October 23: Jacksonville State 19, FIU 10
In 2019, FBS teams were 111-3 (.974) in such games. These were the only FCS wins that season:
August 29: Central Arkansas 35, Western Kentucky 28
September 7: Southern Illinois 45, Massachusetts 20
September 14: The Citadel 27, Georgia Tech 24 (OT)
SAM HOUSTON STATE - Won 21 straight games overall (FCS longest).
Last: Won 35-9 at Abilene Christian on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Next: Regular season complete (10-0). Hosts Incarnate Word in NCAA Playoffs on Saturday, Dec. 4.
ALCORN STATE - Won 13 straight home games (FCS longest).
Last: Lost 24-10 at Jackson State on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Next: Season complete (6-5)
MONMOUTH - Had won 16 straight conference games (was FCS longest).
Last: Lost 49-17 at Kennesaw State on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Next: Season complete (7-4)
DARTMOUTH - Won 11 straight road games (FCS longest).
Last: Won 52-31 at Brown on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Next: Season complete (9-1) Ivy League champs.
TEXAS SOUTHERN - Lost 18 straight road games (FCS longest).
Last: Lost 24-21 at Alabama State on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Next: Season complete (3-8)
YOUNGSTOWN STATE - End road losing streak at 17 games (was tied for FCS longest).
Last: Won 35-18 at Southern Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Next: Season complete (3-7).
BUTLER - Snapped 14-game conference losing streak (was FCS longest)..
Last: Won 28-21 at Marist on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Next: Season complete (3-8).
WAGNER - Lost 20 straight overall (FCS longest).
LAST: Lost 44-0 at home vs. Duquesne on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Next: Season complete (0-11).