Tag: FCS playoffs

Weather has and will play a factor in FCS playoffs

Weather has and will play a factor in FCS playoffs
With the the FCS playoffs entering the quarterfinal round weather can certainly be a factor in the outcome of games. With that in mind, here’s some famous (or infamous depending on your point of view) games that involved Illinois teams in the I-AA/FCS playoffs. Dec. 10, 1983 Southern Illinois 23, Nevada-Reno 7 On the road... Read more »

ISU tumbles in national polls; Redbirds & WIU Leathernecks on FCS playoff bubble

ISU tumbles in national polls; Redbirds & WIU Leathernecks on FCS playoff bubble
After suffering the latest of three straight losses, Illinois State has fallen in the national polls. ISU, 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, remains ranked in both the STATS and Coaches FCS Polls. The Redbirds, 10-point losers to Northern Iowa Saturday, dropped nine places in both rankings. ISU comes in at No.... Read more »

Illinois programs still focused on FCS playoffs

Illinois programs still focused on FCS playoffs
The Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs are down to four teams. And players and personnel from the Illinois programs are more than just interested in the outcome. For the record, the FCS semifinals feature two teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the same league in which Illinois State, Southern and Western are members. North... Read more »
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Leathernecks' season ends with 21-19 playoff loss

Leathernecks' season ends with 21-19 playoff loss
Western Illinois football has used the mantra “Finish the Fight” all season long. The Leathernecks fought until the bitter end Saturday but dropped a 21-19 decision to host Weber State in first-round FCS playoff action. A week after winning a share of the Big Sky Conference title, Weber State quarterback Stefan Cantwell threw for three touchdowns... Read more »

Weber State: get to know Western Illinois' 1st-round foe

Weber State:  get to know Western Illinois' 1st-round foe
Western Illinois makes its 11th appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs Saturday when the Leathernecks play at Weber State. Whether WIU fans are traveling to Utah for the game or just watching it on ESPN3 or listening on the radio, here’s a primer on the Leathernecks’ opponent: Weber State University Founded:  1889 Enrollment:  27,949 Nickname:  Wildcats... Read more »

WIU hits road again, but this time for FCS playoffs

WIU hits road again, but this time for FCS playoffs
Western Illinois has packed its bags, uploaded a road trip mix of music and heads out on the highway yet again. But this time around, it’s for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs, which begin this weekend. The Leathernecks travel to Ogden, Utah to play Weber State at 3 p.m. Saturday in a first-round matchup.... Read more »
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By the Numbers: Illinois FCS playoffs history

By the Numbers:  Illinois FCS playoffs history
The Western Illinois Leathernecks will represent the Land of Lincoln in the upcoming Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs. Head coach Charlie Fisher’s team plays in first-round action Saturday against Weber State. Here’s our Prairie State Pigskin look at Illinois and its FCS programs with a By the Numbers playoffs history lesson. By the Numbers 5... Read more »

Western playing for FCS seed; ISU playoff path is murky

Western playing for FCS seed; ISU playoff path is murky
With the regular season wrapping up Saturday, Western Illinois is most certainly in the FCS playoffs. Should the Leathernecks defeat rival Southern Illinois Saturday in Macomb, the question of whether WIU gets one of the eight seeds and first-round byes remains up in the air. Head coach Charlie Fisher’s Leathernecks are 7-3 overall and 4-3... Read more »

Western Illinois bidding for seed in upcoming FCS playoffs

Western Illinois bidding for seed in upcoming FCS playoffs
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Western Illinois is making its bid for one of the top eight seeds in the FCS playoff brackets. In their weekly “if the season ended today” playoff predictions, four major FCS media outlets have WIU solidly in their bracket projections. College Sports Madness, HERO Sports, nobowls.com and STATS... Read more »
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Reliably accurate bracketologist projects Leathernecks, Redbirds into FCS tournament field

Reliably accurate bracketologist projects Leathernecks, Redbirds into FCS tournament field
With roughly one month to go in the Football Championship Subdivision season, two Illinois schools will make the 24-team FCS tournament field. Well, at least according to the projections of nobowls.com. The website, which has made its projections for the past 10 seasons, places Illinois State and Western Illinois in its latest brackets. In fact,... Read more »