Tag: FCS playoffs

Redbirds Primed and Ready for Playoff Road Challenge

Redbirds Primed and Ready for Playoff Road Challenge
While the FCS calendar says that the first round of the playoffs begins today, it started much earlier for Brock Spack’s Illinois State Redbirds. For ISU, the playoffs started in late October. Following a narrow loss at South Dakota which dropped their record to 3-5, the Redbirds were in must-win mode to even be considered... Read more »

Breaking Down the FCS Playoff Bracket: Can North Dakota State Be Stopped?

Breaking Down the FCS Playoff Bracket:  Can North Dakota State Be Stopped?
When the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs kick off Saturday, five-time defending national champion North Dakota State remains the lead dog in the FCS title chase. The Bison–which play in the Missouri Valley Football Conference along with Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois–are the No. 1 overall seed yet again. NDSU’s season included five wins... Read more »

Leathernecks, Redbirds Among Many in FCS Playoff Picture

Leathernecks, Redbirds Among Many in FCS Playoff Picture
Missouri Valley Football Conference members Western Illinois, Illinois State and Northern Iowa all consider themselves in contention for at-large bids in the FCS playoffs. Though that decision will be delivered this weekend, it won’t be easily made. Consider this:  Illinois State beat Western 31-26 on Nov. 5 in Macomb. ISU and Northern Iowa didn’t play... Read more »
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ISU Bidding for FCS Playoffs in Senior Day Finale

ISU Bidding for FCS Playoffs in Senior Day Finale
On a day when they are honored for their success, a group of Illinois State seniors are determined to keep playing football for their soon-to-be alma mater. Head coach Brock Spack’s Redbirds must win Saturday in the Senior Day home finale to keep alive their FCS playoff chances. ISU faces Missouri State, a 4-5 team... Read more »

Will Crowded FCS Playoff Field include Illinois Schools?

Will Crowded FCS Playoff Field include Illinois Schools?
As the Missouri Valley Football Conference season heads into the final stretch, two Illinois teams are fighting for their FCS playoff lives. Both Illinois State and Western Illinois are bidding for returns to the 24-team playoff field as Halloween gives way to Thanksgiving. ISU has been staving off elimination the past two weeks by upsetting... Read more »

WIU Leathernecks on Playoff Path; EIU, ISU are Longshots

WIU Leathernecks on Playoff Path; EIU, ISU are Longshots
With two games left in the regular season for the Football Championship Subdivision teams from Illinois, only Western is firmly on the playoff path. Head coach Charlie Fisher’s Leathernecks stand at 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. “Western Illinois looked really good on paper in the preseason and honestly, the Leathernecks... Read more »
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