Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Coaching Update 11/30 9:30PM PST

Sacred Heart
According to a solid source at Sacred Heart, HC Paul Gorham will not be fired as was earlier reported. According to the Athletic Department at SHU, Gorham will definately be in place for the 2011 season.

More news as it becomes available on this and all other jobs throughout the FBS and FCS.

Coaching Update 11/30 7:00PM PST

Late updates from across the spectrum....

The Gruden soap opera continues. I believed his denials tobe empty, and according to CaneSport.com, barring any glitches in negotiations, Gruden will indeed become the next coach of the Hurricanes. They are also reporting that his brother, Jay Gruden (former Orlando Predators HC) would be the OC. Keith Harding reported yesterday that Gruden could hold out of the U job if a scenario presented itself where he would replace Tony Sporano with the Dolphins if the new team president makes a change, according to sportsbybrooks.com.

North Texas
Dan McCarney has wasted no time in assembling a staff. He is bringing back Mike Canales as Asst. HC Offense. He is also bringing in Grad Asst. Justin Frye from Florida to work the OL. According to footballscoop.com, Western Michigan WR coach Mike Grant is also interested in joining the staff, but no deal has been worked out yet.

Newly fired former Vanderbilt HC Robbie Caldwell will interview at Furman.

Brian Cabral has been given an official interview. I give him less than even odds of retaining the job.

North Carolina A&T
Jimmy Higgins (former Florida State and Kentucky asst.) is interested in the aggies HC job.

According to Tom Dienhart of Yahoo Sports, add Gary Crowten to the list of candidates to replace Ricky Bustle.

More as it becomes available....

Coaching News 11/30 10:15AM

The latest news this morning...

Jeff Jagodzinski of the Omaha Nighthawks has been interviewed.

North Carolina A&T
Winston-Salem HC Connell Maynor and Georgia State WR Coach George Pugh are the latest candidates according to footballscoop.com.

No new news on how close the Paladins are getting to naming a new HC. Bob Shoop and Bill Napier appear to be the only names that have actually interviewed.

Arkansas State
Arkansas RB Coach Tim Horton is the latest name to surface as of today. The other two solid candidates appear to be North Alabama and former Auburn HC Terry Bowden and Stephen F. Austin HC JC Harper. Harper's Lumberjacks are still in the FCS playhoffs.

The latest candidates are San Diego State HC Brady Hoke, Northern Illinois HC Jerry Kill, Glen Mason, Harvard HC Tim Murphy, and a candidate that I'd like to see get a sit down in Mike Mallory, who is currently on the staff of Sean Payton with the New Orleans Saints.

The latest candidate to join what is becoming a lengthy list is Nebraska DC Carl Pelini.

Monday, November 29, 2010

2010 All-Bilo Team FCS

I have been crunching the numbers, and I am pleased to announce my first ever All-Bilo Team for the 2010 season. Congratulations to the following players for being the best that they can be. Without further delay, here is the first ever All-Bilo Team FCS..............

1st Team

QB- Jeremy Moses, Stephen F. Austin
RB- Nate Eachus, Colgate
RB- Henry Harris, Southeast Missouri State
WR- Raymond Webber, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
WR- Chris Summers, Liberty
WR- Lito Senatus, Western Illinois
OL Team- Jacksonville
OL Team- Western Illinois
OL-Team- Liberty
OL Team- Montana State
OL-Team- Murray State
PK- Adrian Mora, Georgia Southern

DL- Mario Kurn, San Diego
DL- Devon Langhorst, Dayton
DL- Dain Taylor, Drake
DL- Jimmy Daniels, Alabama State 
LB- Keith Pough, Howard
LB- Kyle Glazier, Western Illinois
LB- AJ Storms, Idaho State
LB- JC Sherritt, Eastern Washington
DB- Moses Ellis, Prairie View A&M
DB- Jestin Love, Central Arkansas
DB- Charles James, Charleston Southern
DB- Bookie Sneed, Sam Houston State
P- David Harrington, Idaho State

KR- Gralyn Crawford, Stephen F. Austin
PR- Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth

Coaching Update 11/29 5:30PM PST

The latest from the field....

Southern Mississippi AD Richard Giannini has denied to several sources that Larry Fedora had been contacted by Gopher officials. This follows an earlier report that Fedora had been spotted on the Minnesota campus in the last 36 hours.

footballscoop.com is reporting that DL Coach Jon Pease will retire at the end of the season.

We have had a bunch of hits as to the status of Neil Callaway, and it has been reconfirmed that he is being retained and that Eric Schumann, the DC, is being released.

Mike Canales is still on the list, and add Georgia Tech OL Coach Mike Sewak, and also add Oklahoma State Assistants Gunter Brewer and Joe DeForest. Mississippi State WR Coach Mark Hudspeth was on an earlier list as well.

Arkansas State
Add Hudspeth to this list as well, as he was hired as HC at North Alabama by Chancellor G. Daniel Howard there. according to footballscoop, current OC Hugh Freeze has lots of on campus support for the job, and former alabama HC and current Memphis assistant Mike DuBose is being considered as a person of interest.

Other than Scott Shafer, another name that is surfacing is Mike Mallory. Mallory spent time at Illinois, Kansas, and Northern Illinois as DC and his father Bill Mallroy is a former IU coach. Mallory was a star at LB at Michigan, so his Big 10 credentials are solid. Both candidates are now getting good reviews from a very reliable source and friend of the Bilo College Football Report.

William & Mary DC Bob Shoop has interviewed for the Furman job. No news on Bill Napier.

More news soon.....

Coaching News Update 11/29 1:45 PM PST

New news on the coaching front...

footballscoop.com is stating that a 3pm meeting is being held between Bob Toledo and AD Rick Dickson to discuss the program. Those meetings usually end with a firing, which is contrary to what was said a week ago. I have had Toledo in my Dead Pool for a while now, so his release would not be a surprise.

Ricky Bustle is getting $100,000 as his buyout. Mike Canales is the only candidate that has been discussed.

footballscoop is also reporting that Larry Fedora (HC Southern Miss) is on campus today. Not that Fedora has done anything to jump around about at Southern Miss. It's getting bad in Gopher country.

Scott Shafer appears to be on the candidate list now. He is the DC at Syracuse. Again, hardly a splashy name. Don't put too much into this.

Arkansas State
Steve Roberts may have been a bit premature about sending his staff on recruiting trips over the weekend. He is out at Arkansas State, another move that we have been predicting for weeks.

North Carolina A&T
Alonzo Lee is out. Hardly a shock as the aggies were awful once again in 2010. George Ragsdale is interim HC.

Washington State
Rumors are starting to surface about the fate of Paul Wulff. It would hardly be a shock to see an announcement after the Apple Cup this week against Washington.

More rumors surfacing today about the fate of both OC Norm Chow and DC Chuck Bullough. Both could be gone as soon as early next week after the USC game. Neuheisel is sounding desperate to save his own skin as well.

Sacred Heart
No new news as of this moment. Still scanning the Connecticut headlines to see what develops there.

Defensive Back of the Year FCS

I am pleased to announce our first annual FCS Defensive Back of the Year. The following player had 8 picks on the season, and tied for the SWAC lead in passes defended. The winner of the 2010 award is........................................................

As mentioned, Moses was in the national pack with 8 picks on the season. He totaled 112 yards in returns on those picks, and his 14 passes defended was one of the best numbers in the country. Congratulations to Moses and to the Panther staff and team.

Moses Ellis will be one of our four DBs on the All-Bilo Team when it is released later today.

Pass/Fail FBS Week 13 (Thursday/Friday Games)

Here is our next to last pass fail report for the FBS 2010 season. Let's take a look at the games played over the weekend.

Miami (Ohio) 23, Temple 3
Pass: The Redhawks have gone from being one of the worst teams in college football to playing in the MAC title game with the win. Thomas Merriweather rushed for 182 yards in the win and backup QB Austin Boucher passed for 2 scores.
Fail: Temple has really punked out the last few weeks. They went from a team that should have dominated this season to a team that will fill some other conference's useless bowl slot.

Texas A&M 24, Texas 17
Pass: Give it up for Mike Sherman. This team was listing badly at mid-season, and he made a QB swap that saved theri season.Cyrus Gray rushed for 223 yards and a pair of scores to lead the way against the hated Horns.
Fail: Texas is under .500 for the first time in over a decade. Mack Brown does not tolerate such failure. Garrett Gilbert had his customary game were his picks outnumbered his scoring strikes.

Kent State 28, Ohio 6
Pass: Doug Martin had already been canned, so it was win one for the Gipper time. Too bad that the Flashes didn't play with that kind of passion all season.
Fail: Talk about punking out. Ohio could have taken the reins in the MAC, but didn't bother to show up. Boo Jackson played like crap.

Louisville 40, Rutgers 13
Pass: The Cardinals are going bowling with this win, which is solid progress in Charlie Strong's first season.
Fail: Rutgers was just garbage all season on offense. It cost them here for certain, but the defense gave up too.

Northern Illinois 71, Eastern Michigan 3
Pass: The Huskies rushed for 8 TDs in this rout. Next up, MAC title tilt.
Fail: Eastern Michigan got off of the bus, didn't they? Like watching Foreman fight a 4 year old girl.

West Virginia 35, Pittsburgh 10
Pass: The Mountaineers owned Pitt all day long, and Geno Smith was firing on all cylinders. He only attempted 12 passes, and 3 of them went for scores.
Fail: This entire season was like watching a train wreck progress in slow motion for the Panthers. This game was no different.

SMU 45, East Carolina 38 (OT)
Pass: Kyle Padron passed for 3 scores and Zack Line rushed for 2 more on the day for the Mustangs. The win sends SMU to the CUSA Title game to face UCF.
Fail: ECU was victimized by their faulty defense once again. What started out as a surprise success ended pretty much like I thought it would.

Western Michigan 41, Bowling Green 7
Pass: Bill Cubit may have saved himself by ending the season on a 3 game winning streak.
Fail: Everything went wrong for the Falcons again, and the season ends with a miserable thud.

Toledo 42, Central Michigan 31
Pass: Toledo was another surprise team out of the MAC, and Tim Beckman has things headed in the right direction.
Fail: Dan Enos has a lot of work to do, but CMU should not be down for long. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year anyway.

Akron 22, Buffalo 14
Pass: Akron's win means that there will be zero winless teams in FBS football.
Fail: This was as bad a loss as you can have for Buffalo. Jeff Quinn is up against the ropes at the end of his first season at the helm.

Auburn 28, Alabama 27
Pass: Auburn's huge second half keeps them in line for a shot at the title going into the SEC Championship Game.
Fail: How did Bama blow that 24-0 lead? A tale of two distinctly different football games all in one day.

Nebraska 45, Colorado 17
Pass: The Huskers earned their way to their second consecutive North title, and will finish their Big 12 membership in the way that it should be...against Oklahoma.
Fail: Colorado ended their Big 12 membership with a resounding thud, and now they go about the business of hiring a coach that likely won't improve much as they won't pay much.

Arizona State 55, UCLA 34
Pass: The Sun Devils finally got great QB play out of Brock Osweiler, who made the Bruins look like tackling dummies that could not figure out how to cover receivers.
Fail: Everything has gone wrong for the Bruins. Complete change is in order, except at QB, where Richard Brehaut looked solid. He never stopped fighting, unlike the rest of his teammates and coaches.

Tulsa 56, Southern Mississippi 50
Pass: GJ Kinne is finally starting to live up to his billing, and Texas is wishing he had never transferred to Tulsa.
Fail: Defense on both sides of the field was non-existent. Arena Football never looked so good. (I happen to like Arena Football)

Oregon 48, Arizona 29
Pass: The Ducks toyed with the Wildcats for about a half, and then they opened up the can of whoop ass. The Ducks can pretty much do whatever they want to do.
Fail: Arizona has come to the final week of the season looking like a pile of slop that the cat dragged in. They had better get it together against their arch rival Sun Devils next weekend.

Nevada 34, Boise State 31
Pass: If you were shocked by this, than you have not watched enough football in 2010. Nevada is awesome in their own right, and they deserved this victory at home on Senior Night.
Fail: Has anyone checked on Kyle Brotzman since Saturday? Is he ok? God, what a choke job. Now Boise is going to play in some dumpy third tier bowl. They deserve better, and they lost to a damn good team.

Coaching News 11/29 10:45 AM PST

Good morning from the west coast. Here is them latest on several coaching situations...

Ivin Jasper seems to be no longer in the works for Vandy. As of yesterday, he had not been contacted. There is a new report that says that Vandy will be contacting Virginia Tech DC Bud Foster early next week. Al Golden of Temple seems to be in the mix as well.

The Gophers are in trouble. San Diego State HC Brady Hoke, Air Force HC Troy Calhoun, and UConn HC Randy Edsell have all given this job the finger. I suggest that the Gophers speak to Montreal HC Mark Trestman as the Allouettes are coming off of a CFL Grey Cup win.

Mississippi State
Things seemstable there right now, as Dan Mullen said on ESPN Radio that he has not been contacted by any other shool. I can't say that I believe him, but it's possible, as he probably does have an agent that can give him deniability.

North Texas
Dan McCarney will be earning in the area of $500,000 per season.

Texas State
As I had suggested yesterday, it turns out that Dennis Franchione seems to be a solid candidate for the open HC job.

DL Coach Jim Jeffcoat has been released from the staff.

More news as it comes today.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Linebacker of the Year FCS

I am pleased to announce our LB of the Year FCS for the 2010 season. The winner was chosen amongst 15 finalists. The winner of the 2010 Linebacker of the Year FCS Award is....

Kyle had a huge season for the playoff bound Leathernecks, as he racked up 154 total tackles, 14 TFLs, and 4 sacks. WIU is currently 8-4 and headed to the second round of the FCS playoffs to take on Appalachian State.
Congrats to Kyle and to Western Illinois on a terrific season.

Kyle has earned the first entry at LB for our All-Bilo Team, which will be announced tomorrow afternoon.

Defensive Lineman of the Year FCS

It is our pleasure to announce the 2010 DL of the Year FCS. The winner was chosen from 15 finalists, one from each conference across America.
The winner is..................

Kurn had 56 total tackles in 2010, and had 30 total TFLs to go with 18 total sacks for the year. He was a dominant force all season long against opposing offenses, and was nearly unblockable in certain situations.
Congratulations to Mario and the USD football community.

With this award, Mario will be an automatic entry to my All-Bilo Team that is to be released tomorrow afternoon.

Coaching Update 7pm PST

Peter King of SI is now reporting that the Jon Gruden story out of the Miami Herald is a fraud. His sources tell him that Gruden is not going anywhere and specifically not to Miami.

Mississippi State WR coach Mark Hudspeth is now interested in the job.

The Gophers now want to meet with Temple HC Al Golden.

Lots of stories are flying around, so we'll let you know when news is happening.

Coaching Update 5:50 PST

The Miami Herald is now reporting that Jon Gruden has agreed to coach the Hurricanes and has agreed to terms on a deal that would pay him $3.4 million per season. More as details emerge....

FBS Coaching Candidates

Rivals.Com has posted a list of potential candidates for the open FBS jobs only. I am still researching the FCS openings aggressively, and will get you the news on those spots as I find it.
Here are the candidates listed for the FBS jobs so far:

Ball State
San Diego State RB Coach Jeff Hecklinski...formerly on the BSU staff under Brady Hoke.
Oregon QB Coach Mark Helfrich
Former Cincinnati HC Rick Minter
New Orleans Saints Scout Mike Neu...former Ball State player
Kansas City Chiefs TE Coach Bernie Parmalee...All time Ball State great at RB
Stanford Special Teams Coach Brian Polian
Michigan State OC Don Treadwell...definately ready to be a HC

Ball State has fallen off of the radar since Brady Hoke left for San Diego State. Hecklinski would bring a feel for those days back, but my favorite candidates for the job would be Treadwell and Minter. Parmalee and Neu are insiders but don't have the experience of running the show.

Minnesota Vikings RB Coach Eric Bienemy...former Buffs great at RB, solid recruiter
Interim HC Brian Cabral...has done a solid job in a difficult situation. Long time assistant.
Troy Calhoun, Air Force HC...Has the experience, but has he won enough?
Washington Redskins TE Coach Jon Embree...Another former Buff, like Bienemy, solid assistant with no head man experience.
San Diego State HC Brady Hoke...Not a chance of getting Hoke
Jacksonville Jaguars OC Dirk Koetter...Another failed former Boise HC, flamed out at Arizona State
Auburn OC Gus Malzahn...shows up on everyone's want list
Former CU Coach Bill McCartney...This is a joke, right?
Alabama OC Jim McElwain...Knows the west coast from days at Fresno State
Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen...Again a popular choice, but not a realistic one.
Stanford OC David Shaw...Solid west coast guy, and has developed the hell out of Stanford's offense under Jim Harbaugh.

Know this...the Buffs are hiring on the cheap and don't want to pay a lot for this muffler. When you hire on the cheap, it usually goes badly. See Randy Shannon. Embree and Bienemy wouldlook to be the front runners right now, but Cabral would probably take their money and do a decent job. Don't look for a quick hit here.

Kent State
Wisconsin OC Paul Chryst...Deep in the midwest recruiting circles
Oklahoma State OC Dana Holgorsen...innovative and creative offensively
Penn State WR Coach Mike McQueary...no cordinator or HC experience
Notre Dame Secondary Coach Chuck Martin...A popular name early, great recruiter, no real experience running the show
UTEP DC Andre Patterson...has had other opportunities, not a good record.
Michigan State OC Don Treadwell...Good choice, and he is ready. Knows the midwest.

Tough job to sell. There has to be total commitment from the Kent State community to get this thing right. The Flashes were a winner last in 1984 under Glen Mason (7-4) and have not gone bowling since Don James took them in 1972. My favorites here are Holgorsen and Treadwell.

FIU HC Mario Cristobal...slowly building FIU, not ready for the enormity of Miami.
Former Texas Tech HC Mike Leach...Too much baggage, and he can't stay out of court.
Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen...The most likely landing spot so far for Mullen.
Georgia HC Mark Richt...Can't win regularly at UGA, why would it be different at the U?
Texas Tech HC Tommy Tubberville...Good fit for Tech, but would not be a good fit at Miami.
Oklahoma OC Brent Vanables...Excellent choice and has been on the radar for a while now.
ESPN Commentator Jon Gruden...Has flirted with the college game for years now, but is comfy at his desk. Miami would have to dump a ton of cash to get him away from Bristol. Has never been a head man on the college level, and may find it very different from the pro game.

These are just the early candidates. Expect Miami to move quickly, but not so fast that they blow it. They cannot afford another mistake, as is evident by having only 27,000 people at the USF game. The program also cannot aford to back track on the progress that Shannon had made on the disciplanary side, as he had started to succesfully change the culture and improve the character of the Miami program.

Air Force HC Troy Calhoun...I have not seen the overwhleming success that would or should generate this much buzz about this guy.
UConn HC Randy Edsell...Tough to win in Storrs, as high school football talent does not grow on trees in New England. Would it be better in the desolation of Gopher country?
Former Tennessee HC Phil Fulmer...Not a good fit, and Fulmer is not bouncing up and down about this job.
San Diego State HC Brady Hoke...The Gophers want him badly, and SDSU is putting together a counter offer in an extension as we speak.
Houston HC Kevin Sumlin...an ok selection, but did he win strictly on Case Kennum's arm?

Again, a tough sell, but not as bad as it used to be. The Gophers have new facilities, and  there is a general need to be succesful amongst the fan base. These folks are sick of losing, and with the Big 10 going to 2 divisions, the stakes are high and winning a division is more attainable. My favorites are Hoke and Edsell, but they may not get either when the day is done.

Former Clemson HC Tommy Bowden...never could win at Clemson, and Vandy is a dead end.
Former Southern Miss HC Jeff Bower...A solid coach who needs another shot.
Navy OC Ivin Jasper...Has never been a head guy, and this would be a dangerous selection.
Miami Dolphin QB Coach David Lee...Just another name, not a good one either.
Auburn OC Gus Malzahn...Knows the SEC, and has had success as an OC.

Tough job, and I feel for Robbie Caldwell as there was only so much that he could do this season after Bobby Johnson hit the eject button right before the season started. My two favorites from this list would have to be Bower and Malzahn. Both know the south, and both have had successes. The pressure at Vandy is not huge. Win enough to go to a minor bowl, and graduate players. If you perform those two tasks, you could be coach for life at Vandy. Cleanest program in the SEC, and one of the cleanest in America. Consider it to be a real college job, where academics still come first. Refreshing, isn't it?

UL-Lafayette and Indiana are not listed as of yet, and I will report on those lists when they come available.

FCS Playoffs-Round 1

Round one of the FCS playoffs was completed last night, and other than one game, there were no real surprises (and the one surprise was not much of one). Lets break down the action...

Western Illinois 17, Coastal Carolina 10
The Leathernecks bounced out to a 10-0 lead on the road, but needed Matt Barr's second rushing TD of the day with1:50 left to push themselves up over the upstart Chanticleers on the road. WIU now stays on the road next week when they meet Appalachian State.
Matt Barr had hit Bryce Flowers on a 38 yard pass play to set up Barr's 5 yard scoring run. The Chanticleers then drove all the way to the Leatherneck 4 yard line before Zach MacDowell tossed his 4th pick of the game and WIU was finally able to breath. CCU had 5 turnovers total on the day. Their final drive to tie the game was aided by 2 major penalties by WIU.
Barr passed for 233 yards on the day and rushed for 45. He was picked twice.
The game featured 13 total penalties and 7 total turnovers. MacDowell finished with 292 yards for Coastal Carolina, and he rushed for 71 more on the day.

Lehigh 14, Northern Iowa 7
Lehigh provided our second road winner on the day, as the Mountain Hawks scored 14 in the third and shut down the Panthers after a score in the first to get the win.
Chris Lum passed for both TDs amongst his 262 yards passing, and All-Bilo WR Candidate Ryan Spadola caught 9 passes for 127 yards and a score.
This was the 8th straight win for red hot Lehigh.
Lehigh (10-2) now advances to take on Delaware on the road next weekend.
Billy Hallgren missed 3 FGs on the day for UNI in the loss, and the Panthers finish 7-5.
Panther QB Tirrell Rennie tossed 3 picks and completed only 6 of 14 passes in the loss.

Georgia Southern 41, South Carolina State 16
The Eagles scored 16 in the 1st and another 16 in the 4th to sandwich the Bulldogs at home in Statesboro, despite losing QB Jaybo Shaw to an early injury. SC State had only been allowing 77 yards rushing per game, but the Eagles rolled up 323 yards rushing in their triple option offense. The Eagles scored twice on safeties, and also scored on a fumble return against the mistake prone Bulldogs.
Shaw left the game with an apparent concussion and no news is available oon his condition as the Eagles now prep to take on William & Mary next weekend.
Robert Brown rushed for 77 yards for GSU, but was replaced with FB Lee Banks after his 3rd fumble of the game. Banks rushed for 56 yards.
Malcolm Long was held to 166 yards passing and was picked 3 times for SC State, who finishes at 9-3 on the season.

North Dakota State 43, Robert Morris 17
ND State trialed the Colonials 7-6 at the half, but blew the game open in the second half, as Brock Jensen passed for 2 scores and rushed for another to pull out the 1st round win for the Bison at home. DJ McNorton rushed for 110 yards and added another 110 yards receiving, while scoring twice. ND State rolled up 482 yards in total offense, including a Bison post season record 229 yards passing by the redh=shirt freshman QB Jensen.
All-Bilo candidate RB Myles Russ rushed for 117 yards and both Colonial TDs as Robert Morris fell in their first playoff appearance to finish 8-3 on the season.
NDSU now travles to take on Montana State next weekend.

Coaching Update 3:15 PST

Mike Canales has been contacted by ULL as a candidate to replace Ricky Bustle, who was fired this weekend. Canales did a remarkable job in turning around North Texas as interim HC after Todd Dodge was fired mid-season. Canales lost out on the UNT job when Dan McCarney accepted the job last night.

More as it becomes available...

Coaching Update 3pm PST

The latest updates available...

According to footballscoop.com, Miami is willing to pay Jon Gruden $3 Million per season. Mark Richt has stated that he has not been contacted and fully expects to be back at Georgia in 2011 with his staff intact.

Sacred Heart
Paul Gorham is being fired as HC of the Pioneers. SHU debuted in our PRS top 35 in early September, and the season went south after that. This is not a surprise. No word on replacement candidates as of yet. stay tuned.

Chuck Neinas and his firm have been brought on board to help with the coaching search. Fred Glass has also contacted Tony Dungy and Bill Polian to consult. Bill Lynch was fired today after IU defeated Purdue yesterday.

San Diego State
AD Jim Sterk is putting together a major financial package for HC Brady Hoke to retain him, as Minnesota has made some very aggressive overtures in recent days. No details have been announced, but it would have to be substantial in order to compete with Big 10 money.

New Mexico
Word from Keith Harding is that New Mexico will be retaining Mike Locksley as HC on order from the office of the Governor. The state (like all others) is in a financial crunch, and UNM is still paying off Rocky Long and Rich McKay (former hoops coach) from their tenures, and it is not viable at this time to pay off a third coach. The Lobos are stuck with him for now unless some money bags booster pays the bill.

Coaching Update

Word out of Bloomington is that it is official that Bill Lynch has been released as HC of the football program. Presser is still scheduled for 5pm EST.

More news as it flies, and it is flying fast....

Coaching News 11/28 Part 3

AD Fred Glass has scheduled a press conference at 5pm EST to discuss the future of the IU football program. Does not sound like good news to me for Bill Lynch. Expect a change to be made. I'll update this when the presser is finished.

Neil Calloway has been thrown a life vest. He has been informed that he will return for the 2011 season. He had, however, better win.

The Hurricanes primary focus for the next 48 hours will be Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen. Join the club. Minnesota wants hime too. Remember that Miami is known for not paying well when you grade out the potential candidates. That being said, an early candidate list entails Jon Gruden, Oklahoma OC Brent Venables, Gary Patterson, and Mark Richt. Sounds like one hell of a wish list. I also want $10 Million while we're at it. There's a reason that they ended up with Randy Shannon, and he obviously was not a great choice even then.

Arkansas State
Steve Roberts has sent his assistants out on recruiting trips, and has no indication of his future with the school.

West Virginia
Bill stewart is now countering rumors that he is contemplating retirement after the Bowl Game. In coach speak that means "Damn, someone leaked that and now I have to counter the story before everything gets out of whack. Of course, I'll still retire anyway." Remember Saban with the Dolphins and move on accordingly.

Texas State
Still no word on any actual potential candidates as of this afternoon. There is a solid wish list in San Marcos, but some names are not high on the reality scope. One name that has been tossed around that would make sense is Dennis Franchione, who is desperate to get back into the game, and he would be open to the chance. Just don't let him send out any subscription based news letters. Keep all pens and laptops away from him, and you will be fine. Keep him away from the boosters too.

Coaching News 11/28 Part 2

News is flying fast tonight...here's more...

Vandy is narrowing in on Gus Malzahn and Navy OC Ivin Jasper.

West Virginia
There is speculation that Bill Stewart will retire after the Mountaineers play in their bowl game.

Jeff Soutland will be interim HC. OC Mark Whipple has been released immediately along with HC Randy Shannon.

Again, more news as it comes, and I expect plenty in the next 48 hours.

Coaching News 11/28

Late night news....
Dan McCarney has accepted the North Texas job.
Randy Shannon is out in Miami after a late night meeting that we reported would happen earlier in the evening.
Ricky Bustle has been given the Bustle Hustle at UL-Lafayette, and his departure has been verified.

More throughout the day on Sunday and Monday.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Coaching News Part 3

North Texas
According to multiple sources, Florida assistant and former Iowa State HC Dan McCarney has been offered the HC job at North Texas. Mike Canales had more than earned the opportunity, but the school felt otherwise.

Coaching News Update 11/27 Part 2

Late development...Donna Shalala is calling a late night meeting in Miami according to Tom Dienhart of Yahoo Sports to have a talk about the state of the program after that embarrassing loss to South Florida today. That can't be good. Some other sources are denying this meeting, but be sure that the latest that it will occur is sometime tomorrow.

Kent State
Jerry McManus has been named interim HC. DC Pete Rekstis, LB Coach Jim Fleming, and WR coach Eugene Baker have all been retained for now.

Dead Pool candidate Ricky Bustle apparently has been let go, but no official announcement has been made. Ed Orgeron, Joe DeForest, Frank Scelfo, and Garrick McGee are the names being floated right now, with Orgeron being the leader. Sources say that Orgeron is going to be offered $425,000 per season.

There were several tweets today regarding the future of Rich Rodriguez, and the early news is not good. Still tracking this one.

More news as it becomes available.....

Coaching News FBS and FCS 11/27

Just in...Robbie Caldwell, who had told sources that he was working on a contract with Vandy, has now been let go by the Commodores. Seems like he put the wagon before the horse, even though the school was struggling through a horrid season. Talk about being myopic. Dolphins QB Coach David Lee and Miami OC Mark Whipple have expressed some interest in the job, and Vandy wants to speak with Gus Malzahn and Tommy Bowden. Houston HC Kevin Sumlin is not a candidate.

AD Mike Bohn is setting up interviews with Eric Bienemy and Jon Embree, both current NFL assistants with zero coorindator or HC experience. Sounds like they are swining for the stars...couch, cough.

Eastern Michigan
AD Derrick Gragg has made it perfectly clear that Ron English will be back in the 2011 season. I never thought that he was in any real danger this season.

AD Joel Maturi has been confirmed as having spoken to Air Force HC Troy Calhoun, San Diego State HC Brady Hoke, Navy HC Ken Niumatololo, and former Tennessee HC Phil Fulmer. Fulmer has been in and out of the picture.

Texas State
It has been reported that Texas State has strong interest in Phil Fulmer, but nothing has been confirmed as far as actual contact. Texas State goes into the WAC and FBS football in 2012, and would like to counter the hiring of Larry Coker at Texas-San Antonio with a big splash. It is unlikely that Fulmer would be interested with better options on the table with current open jobs, and those soon to be available as well. No other names have been mentioned officially in conjunction with this search.

A correction...I reported that it had been announced that HC Kevin Higgins had been released, but that was not true. According to an anonymous contributor, papers in Charleston, SC have announced that Higgins is indeed returning. Thanks to that anonymous contributor that helped to fix that story.

More news as it becomes available...

Have a scoop on a coaching situation from your local area? Contact us at onlinesports@yahoo.com and we'll give you credit for the find right here on the post.

Receiver of the Year FCS

I am pleased to announce our first annual Receiver of the year award. This player was chosen from 15 finalists from across the country, one from each of the FCS conferences. The 2010 award goes to......................

Congrats to Raymond Webber, who led all voters with 16840 points when my final numbers were crunched. He was clear and away the highest ranking receiver that was computed by a formula and was not voted upon, as none of our polls or awards are given based on votes. Raymond was a force for the Golden Lions this season, as he grabbed 101 catches for 1429 yards and 10 scores on the season. The Lions finished 5-6 on the season, but would have been much worse without the abilities of Webber in the offense.
Congratulations again to Raymond Webber, our first ever recipient of the Recevier of the Year Award for FCS Football (2010).
With this award, Raymond is an automatic entry to our All-Bilo Team First Unit, and the entire team will be released on Monday afternoon.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Nightcap...FCS RB MVP

I hope that you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving today. Here is a nice nightcap to go along with that late night turkey sandwich or piece of leftover pie...I am pleased to announce our first annual All-Bilo MVP at RB (FCS). And this award goes to................................

Eachus led all finalists from across the country with 4737 points. Eachus rushed for 1871 yards and 21 TDs on the season and Colgate finished just short in the Patriot League at 3rd due to a late season team slump. Eachus averaged just over 170 yards per game during his Junior season for the Red Raiders.
Congratulations to Nate and to all of our finalists. Nate will be our first of two RBs named to our All-Bilo Team, which will be finalized on Monday.

Happy Thanksgiving

Here's wishing all of our readers a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!
Thanks for following us during our first season! Here's wishing the best to all of you and your families on this festive day.
As a Thanksgiving gift to all of our readers, I'd like to give you the first positional All-Bilo FCS MVP for the 2010 season. This is for the QB position. And the award goes to............................


Moses led all finalists with 12207 points after all of the numbers were crunched. Moses had 34 TD passes to go against just 4 picks, and he led the Lumberjacks to a Southland title and an auto bid to the FCS playoffs. Moses also passed for 3658 yards on the season while averaging 332.5 yards per game passing. Congratulations to Jeremy for being named our first annual All-Bilo MVP at QB!!! With this award, Jeremy will also be our 1st team All-Bilo QB when the entire teams are announced on Monday.

Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Weekend Picks 11/27

Here are my picks for this weekend. My record for last weekend was 75-24 combined between FBS and FCS games.

Texas A&M over Texas (Thursday)

These Games Will Be on Friday
Kent State over Ohio
Louisville over Rutgers
Northern Illinois over Eastern Michigan
West Virginia over Pittsburgh
East Carolina over SMU
Western Michigan over Bowling Green
Toledo over Central Michigan
Buffalo over Akron
Alabama over Auburn
Nebraska over Colorado
Arizona State over UCLA
Tulsa over Southern Mississippi
Oregon over Arizona
Boise State over Nevada

Saturday Games

UCF over Memphis
Marshall over Tulane
Syracuse over Boston College
UConn over Cincinnati
Virginia Tech over Virginia
Miami over South Florida
Indiana over Purdue
Michigan State over Purdue
Ohio State over Michigan
Kentucky over Tennessee
Missouri over Kansas
Hawaii over New Mexico State
Utah over BYU
UAB over Rice
FIU over Arkansas State
Troy over Western Kentucky
FAU over Middle Tennessee
UL-Monroe over UL-Lafayette
NC State over Maryland
Florida State over Florida
North Carolina over Duke
Wisconsin over Northwestern
Iowa over Minnesota
California over Washington
Arkansas over LSU
TCU over New Mexico
Kansas State over North Texas
South Carolina over Clemson
Mississippi State over Ole Miss
Stanford over Oregon State
Vanderbilt over Wake Forest
Georgia Tech over Georgia
San Diego State over UNLV
Louisiana Tech over San Jose State
Texas Tech over Houston
Oklahoma State over Oklahoma
USC over Notre Dame
Fresno State over Idaho

Alabama State over Tuskegee (Thursday)
Western Illinois over Coastal Carolina
Northern Iowa over Lehigh
Georgia Southern over South Carolina State
Grambling over Southern
North Dakota State over Robert Morris

Coaching Update

Tom Dienhart of Yahoo Sports is tweeting that the more people that he talks to, the more likely it is that Rich Rodriguez will be fired after this week's game against Ohio State. Am I the only person the thinks that the Michigan faithful had this guy fired before he ever took the job? I know that things have not been all wonderful in Ann Arbor, but it seems to me that Rodriguez is right on track in getting the Wolverines back onto the national radar. Year three, and he has Michigan in a bowl game with an electric, although inconsistent young QB in Denard Robinson. He is remaking the Michigan offensive mindset and culture, and rather be applauded for ditching the stodgy old three yards and a cloud of dust mentality (more boring than watching a senior citizen wheel chair race) and adding a dimension of wide open exciting football that people on the national stage actually enjoy.
The defense has been an absolute cluster. I give you that, and it does look like Greg Robinson will be removed from his DC spot after the season, but that can be fixed. Michigan is still a top job in college football, and it would be very easy to get a hot shot DC to come in and fix what ills the Wolverines D.
Firing Rodriguez at this point would be a huge mistake for Michigan, because it would take three years of progress and flush it down the tubes only to start over from scratch with what would likely be an entire new offense that the personnel would not be suited for...again. I can understand if the Wolverines missed out on a bowl this season, but that's not the case.
In short, making this move now would lead to disaster, and who wants a job where the locals hate you before you take the job if you are innovative and love change? Sounds like a tough sell.

FBS and FCS Coaching Notes and Updates

Western Carolina
OC Keith Heckendorf has been released. Dennis Wagner does not plan to hire a replacement, and will serve as his own OC next season.

Ball State
Stan Parrish has finally become a victim of the Dead Pool. No serious candidate list has emerged, but OC Eddie Faulkner has been noted to want the job, and AD Tom Collins has strong interest in Oregon OC Mark Helfrich.
AD Joe Maturi was in San Diego yesterday to meet with Brady Hoke. There's a lot of smoke around this connection, so you have to believe that there is some merit to this connection. Phil Fulmer has been in and out of the mix as well, but I find those chances to be very low.

North Texas
Mike Canales has been solid since taking over as interim HC, and is being given every opportunity to get the job full time. Dan McCarney has been noted as a strong candidate and his only real competition for the job. UNT is slated to name a new coach by next Tuesday.

It has been confirmed that Mark Richt will return in 2011. You also have to believe that the heat is going to be on full blast.

Penn State
Joe Paterno has announced that he plans to return next season. If he stops coaching, he'll actually explode like the bus in Speed. Coach faster Joe!!!

The Paladins plan to meet with Clemson OC Bill Napier later in the week. Dabo Swinney said that he has guarantees that this situation will not drag on.

Eastern Illinois
Bob Spoo will retire at the age of 73. He was probably pushed out based on the team playing like spoo this season.

Kent State
Doug Martin was yet another casualty this season. Notre Dame DB coach Chuck Martin is an early candidate. Martin is also the recruiting coordinator for the Irish. Also on the list, Wake Forest OC Steed Lobotzke.

Kevin Higgins is out as HC. No candidate list is available yet.

It looks like Ricky Neuheisel is coming back, but I can't say the same for Norm Chow. Neuheisel is starting to turn on his beloved OC in the press, and when a coach won't comment on a guy's status, that's usually a bad sign. Chow needs to go regardless, as the offense has been pure garbage for 3 years now.

Texas State
Brad Wright has been canned. No list of replacement possibilities has been released yet.

Bob Casullo has been let go as special teams coach after it seems that he had a major conflict within the staff.

Pat Sullivan has released OC/QB Coach Steve Brickey and WR Coach Ross Robinson.

Colorado State
It was already made official, but Steve Fairchild is getting one more season.

For some unknown reason, Bob Toledo is getting another season at Tulane.

Mike Bellotti is no longer a candidate, but Army HC Rich Ellerson is.

Coaches Swimming in the Dead Pool Volume 9

Drowning Victims:
Doug Martin, Kent State
Stan Parrish, Ball State
Tim Brewster, Minnesota
Todd Dodge, North Texas

Still Swimming:
Jeff Horton (Interm) Minnesota
Neil Calloway, UAB
David Bailiff, Rice
Mike Locksley, New Mexico
Paul Wulff, Washington State
Steve Roberts, Arkansas State
Ricky Bustle, UL-Lafayette

Coaches on the Hot Seat...Volume 10

Dabo Swinney, Clemson
A loss to South Carolina this week would put Sabo squarely on the hot seat next season. A win would take some heat off.

Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
Grobe is well liked at Wake and for good reason. The Deacons will, however, need to start showing some progress next season for Grobe to maintain his good standing.

Randy Shannon, Miami
The loss to the Hokies really out a heat lamp on the program. Cane fans are starving for an ACC title, and they will start demanding one soon.

Dave Wannstadt, Pittsburgh
The Panthers fell really flat this season in a terrible Big East. Demands are going to be huge next season.

Danny Hope, Purdue
Hope has not been the guy that the Boilers were hoping for when they agreed to hire him when Joe Tiller left. Purdue is in bad shape.

Bill Lynch, Indiana
What do you need to see that tells you that he is not the guy. Another great start doomed by a terrible conference run. Same old crap.

Mike Price, UTEP
There have been rumors that Price could go sooner than later. Nothing is in concrete, but the heat is on high.

BobToledo, Tulane
Out of the dead pool but not because he deserves it. ONly because the AD says that he will likely get another season. I don't get it.

Bill Cubit, Western Michigan
Cubit continues to struggle. A win this week may save himself, but a loss could dump him into the pool.

Steve Fairchild, Colorado State
Fairchild has been given another year to turn this thing around. He has some talent to handle it, but it's got to show results.

Jeff Tedford, California
The results are not there. Never been in a BCS bowl, despite the talent level that has been in Berkely for some time.

Dennis Erickson, Arizona State
Erickson has been given one more season by his AD. He was lucky to get it. He won't get another.

Rick Neuheisel, UCLA
Rumor is that Neuheisel is about to dump Norm Chow. That's a start. UCLA needs big changes.

Mark Richt, Georgia
He's been given one more season to get it right. This is the last chance in Athens.

Derek Dooley, Tennessee
He had better get it right next season. Volfans are unforgiving.

Howard Schnellenberger, FAU
FAU owes him everything, but it may be time to find an heir to the program.

FBS Power Ranking System Edition 12

1. Boise State (10-0, 2593)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #4, Defeated Fresno State 51-0
This Week: at #8 Nevada
The Broncos slide into #1 this week, as 1-3 from last week were all idle. Boise is playing their best football right now, and it's going to be tough to get this spot away from them with 2 games left.
I Pick: Boise

2. TCU (11-0, 2576)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #1, Idle
This Week: at New Mexico
The Frogs will go on the road for their final game this season. This is the best team in school history, and the winningest class to graduate as well. Frogs should be alive and well for a chance at the title after this week.
I Pick: TCU

3. Oregon (10-0, 2473)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #2, Idle
This Week: #32, Arizona
The Ducks are home this week after a week off. Don't expect the train to slow down now. The Ducks are on a mission.
I Pick: Oregon

4. Auburn (11-0, 2406)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #3, Idle
This Week: at #14 Alabama
Auburn continues to snub their nose at the NCAA by playing Cam Newton at QB despite all of his issues. This may be brick wall week for the Tigers.
I Pick: UPSET ALERT!!! Alabama

5. Oklahoma State (10-1, 2310)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #5, Defeated Kansas 48-14
This Week: #13, Oklahoma
One of the best seasons in Stillwater is coming to an end, and Mike Gundy and staff have many reasons to be proud. This is for a birth in the Big 12 Championship Game.
I Pick: OSU

6. Ohio State (10-1, 2279)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #6, Defeated Iowa 20-17
This Week: Michigan
The Buckeyes have been as advertised this season, and Terelle Pryor has become a major QB force. They still have a shot at a BCS bid, but they need a little help. Great season, no matter where they end up, and you know it'll be somewhere good.
I Pick: OSU

7. Stanford (10-1, 2176)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #7, Defeated California 48-14
This Week: Oregon State
Never mind that handling of USC last week, OSU will not be able to keep up with Stanford. Stanford's win over the Bears last week was the one last hurdle. A huge win over the Beavers may be enough to get the Cardinal into the Rose Bowl if Oregon wins out.
I Pick: Stanford

8. Nevada (10-1, 2132)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #8, Defeated New Mexico State 52-6
This Week: #1 Boise State
This may be the biggest home game ever for the Wolfpack as #1 Boise State comes to town. A win here would not only send Boise out of the BCS and the #1 spot, but it would be a program maker.
I Pick Boise

9. Wisconsin (10-1, 2110)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #9, Defeated Michigan 48-28
This Week: Northwestern
The Badgers are white hot, and the Wildcats will not get in their way. What would they give to have another shot at Michigan State right now...
I Pick: Wisconsin

10. LSU (10-1, 1980)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #10, Defeated Ole Miss 43-36
This Week: at #15 Arkansas
LSU has been winning despite issues with their offense all season long. If only they had found the offense from last week when they played Auburn. Going to be a tough week for the Bayou Bengals.
I Pick: UPSET ALERT!!! Arkansas

11. Michigan State (10-1, 1932)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #12, Defeated Purdue 35-31
This Week: at Penn State
Penn State does not have the guns to keep up with the Spartans this week. A win should get MSU into the BCS mix.
I Pick: Michigan State

12. Utah (9-2, 1898)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #14, Defeated #34 San Diego State 38-34
This Week: BYU
The Utes came back from a huge deficit in the 1st half, and snapped a strange slump. A win against BYU is a must.
I Pick: Utah

13. Oklahoma (10-1, 1782)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #15, Defeated Baylor 53-24
This Week: at #5 Oklahoma State
It all comes down to this for the Sooners. Win in an upset and go to the Big 12 title game. Lose and end up somewhere undesirable for the second year in a row.
I Pick: OSU

14. Alabama (9-2, 1772)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #13, Defeated Georgia State 63-7
This Week: #4 Auburn
The Tide had a pretty sweet tune up against a team that they never should have been playing at this stage of the season. Bama is going to be pumped at home.
I Pick: Alabama

15. Arkansas (9-2, 1670)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #16, Defeated Mississippi State 38-31 (2OT)
This Week: #10 LSU
The Hogs are red hot, and getting better at the right time. I give them the edge at home this week against the lucky Tigers.
I Pick: Arkansas

16. Virginia Tech (9-2, 1624)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #17, Defeated Miami 31-17
This Week: Virginia
Tech has had a miraculous turnaround after a disastrous start to the year. The Hokies are headed to the ACC title game, where I would favor them against anyone. Orange Bowl is a likely destination.
I Pick: Tech

17. Northern Illinois (9-2, 1608)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #18, Defeated Ball State 59-21
This Week: Eastern Michigan
Who would have thought that after an 0-2 start that the Huskies would be top 20 and the best team in the MAC. What a difference from early September. The rout over the Cardinals last week cost Stan Parrish his job.
I Pick: NIU

18. Nebraska (9-2, 1597)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #11, Lost to #21 Texas A&M 9-6
This Week: Colorado (Friday)
I have a feeling that the Huskers are going to feel like taking out some anger this week. Colorado has been much improved since Dan Hawkins was ousted, but I wouldn't want to be them this week. Better keep the cameras off of the field and away from Carel Pelini this week as well.
I Pick: Nebraska

19. Missouri (9-2, 1333)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #20, Defeated Iowa State 14-0
This Week: Kansas
If the Tigers don't destroy Kansas this week, then they have no business being in the top 25.
I Pick: Missouri

20. South Carolina (8-3, 1267)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #24, Defeated Troy 69-24
This Week: Clemson
The Gamecocks rolled past Troy last week and are on fire right now. The game against Clemson is always tough, but Clemson does not have the guns to keep up this season.
I Pick: Carolina

21. Texas A&M (8-3, 1241)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #22, Defeated #18 Nebraska 9-6
This Week: at Texas
All it took was a QB change to save the season for the Aggies. Too bad it didn't happen earlier.
I Pick: A&M

22. Hawaii (8-3, 1191)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #25, Defeated San Jose State 41-7
This Week: New Mexico State
The Rainbows are one of the biggest surprise teams of 2010. The Aggies will be no test.
I Pick: Hawaii

23. Central Florida (8-3, 1172)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #31, Defeated Tulane 61-14
This Week: at Memphis
This week should be a breeze. Kind of like a scrimmage.
I Pick: UCF

24. Tulsa (8-3, 1137)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #26, Defeated UTEP 31-28
This Week: #25 Southern Mississippi
Todd Graham has brought the Golden Hurricane back to respectability after a mess of a 2009. A win on Saturdat would be huge.
I Pick: Tulsa

25. Southern Mississippi (8-3, 1121)
Last Week's Ranking/Result: #29, Defeated Houston 59-41
This Week: at #24 Tulsa
The Golden Eagles have been strangely up and down all season long. This week is a huge finale, but Tulsa is stronger overall.
I Pick: Tulsa

Knocking On The Door

26. Ohio (8-3, 1044)
27. NC State (8-3, 1043)
28. Florida State (8-3, 1032)
29. Navy (8-3, 958)
30. Air Force (8-4, 942)
31. Temple (8-3, 907)
32. Arizona (7-3, 865)
33. UC (7-4, 855)
34. San Diego State (7-4, 838)
35. West Virginia (7-3, 790)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Finalists for FCS Punter of the Year

Usually, you hate to see your punter running on the field. In 2010, it was a good thing that you had the finalists for Punter of the Year and the All Bilo Team.

David Harrington, Idaho State
Dominic Scarnecchia, Villanova
Jonathon Prisco, Old Dominion
Joe Cloud, Princeton
Brandon Holdren, Florida A&M
John Prelvitz, North Dakota State
Nick Schirtzinger, Robert Morris
Jordan Berry, Eastern Kentucky
Greg Wood, Valporaiso
Chalie Edwards, Georgia Southern
Patrick Dolan, Nicholls State
Josh Duran, Southern

Finalists for FCS PK of the Year

Here is my finalist list for the PK of the Year Award, which will be announced next Monday.

Jason Cunningham, Montana State
Matt Blevins, Liberty
Wil Kamin, Richmond
Sean Kelly, UC-Davis
Patrick Jacob, Princeton
Blake Erickson, South Carolina State
Stephen Blose, Youngstown State
Joe Izzo, Central Connecticut State
Cody Sandlin, UT-Martin
Rob Dornfield, Holy Cross
Rainer Duzan, Morehead State
Adrian Mora, Georgia Southern
Josh Lewis, McNeese State
William Griswold, Southern

Finalists for FCS DB of the Year

Here are the 15 finalists for DB of the year. Lot's of great athletes to choose from in this group, so congrats to all of these guys. Good luck next week when the final All Bilo Team is released on Monday!

Dante Calcote, Eastern Washington
Charles James, Charleston Southern
Ben Cottingham, William & Mary
TJ Cowart, Old Dominion
John Wilson, Savannah State
Dan Minamide, Harvard
Micah Pellerin, Hampton
Marcus Williams, North Dakota State
Steve Tellefson, Sacred Heart
Eugene Clifford, Tennessee State
Jeremy Moore, Gerogetown
Colby Walden, Jacksonville
Ed Gainey, Appalachian State
Bookie Snead, Sam Houston State
Jalil Johnson, Jackson State

Finalists for FCS LB of the Year

Here are my 15 finalists at LB for the FCS All-Bilo Team and LB of the Year.

JC Sherritt, Eastern Washington
Kyle O'Donnell, Liberty
Tyler Holmes, UMass
Dozie Amajomi, UC-Davis
Craig Wilkins, Old Dominion
Alex Gross, Columbia
Keith Pough, Howard
Kyle Glazier, Western Illinois
Matthew Parker, St. Francis
Nick Nasti, Eastern Illinois
Ricky Otis, Holy Cross
Jordan Ridley, Butler
Bryce Smith, Samford
Derek Rose, Northwestern State
Jerryan Harris, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Finalists for FCS DL of the Year

This is my list of finalists for the best D-Lineman in the FCS for 2010. Again, the final All-Bilo Team is being released next Monday. Congrats to this group of awesome players.

Zack Nash, Sacramento State
Preston Pemasa, Gardner-Webb
Martin Parker, Richmond
Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion
Gavin Cooper, Cal Poly
Josue Ortiz, Harvard
Pat Washington, South Carolina State
Mike Steeren, Western Illinois
Julian Stanford, Wagner
Anthony Brown, Eastern Kentucky
Andrew Schaetzke, Georgetown
Mario Kurn, San Diego
Amett Pall, Wofford
Kenneth Charles, Stephen F. Austin
Marquis Jackson, Texas Southern

Finalists for FCS Line of the Year

Here are my finalists for the best FCS O-Line of the year. I am doing this a little bit differently, because it's very difficult for me to pick single linemen out due to lack of statistics and film from where I am. I used several different variables to come up with which lines were the best from every conference.

Montana State
Southern Utah
Old Dominion
Western Illinois
Central Connecticut State
Murray State
Stephen F. Austin
Jackson State

Finalists for FCS WR of the Year

This is my list of the 15 finalists for FCS WR of the Year for my 2010 All-Bilo Team. The team is being compiled this week, and the Team will be released on Monday of next week. Congrats to these 15 young men.

Brandon Kauffman, Eastern Washington
Chris Summers, Liberty
Hakeem Moore, Towson
Tysson Poots, Southern Utah
Prentice Gill, Old Dominion
Trey Peacock, Princeton
Justin Wilson, Delaware State
Lito Senatus, Western Illinois
Dave Williams, Duquesne
Marcus Harris, Murray State
Ryan Spadola, Lehigh
Josh Philpart, Jacksonville
Joel Bradford, Chattanooga
Cordell Robinson, Stephen F. Austin
Raymond Webber, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Monday, November 22, 2010

Finalists for FCS RB of the Year

Here are my 15 finalists for FCS RB of the Year. All of these guys had fantastic seasons, and are the players that I have selected, one from every conference, to make my "All-Bilo" Team for 2010. Congratulations to each of these gentlemen for an outstanding season.

Taiwan Jones, Eastern Washington
Brock Jackolski, Stony Brook
Andrew Pierce, Delaware
Mark Rodgers, Cal Poly
Colby Goodwin, Old Dominion
Nick Schweiger, Dartmouth
DeAngelo Branche, Norfolk State
Jamain Cook, Youngstown State
Myles Russ, Robert Morris
Henry Harris, Southeast Missouri State
Nate Eachus, Colgate
Rudell Small, Jacksonville
Eric Breitenstein, Wofford
Tim Flanders, Sam Houston State
Frank Warren, Grambling

The final All-Bilo team will be announced next Monday.

Finalists for FCS QB of the Year

Here is the list of finalists for our first "All-Bilo" FCS QB of the Year Award. I took what I felt were the best QB statistically from every conference, and so here are my 15 finalists:

Denarius McGhee-Montana State
Mike Brown-Liberty
Chris Whitney-Villanova
Thomas DeMarco-Old Dominion
Sean Brackett-Columbia
Matthew Johnson-Bethune-Cookman
Matt Barr-Western Illinois
Jeff Sinclair-Robert Morris
Casey Brockman-Murray State
Ryan O'Neal-Lafayette
Josh McGregor-Jacksonville
Scott Riddle-Elon
Jeremy Moses-Stephen F. Austin
Casey Therriault-Jackson State
Brad Sorensen-Southern Utah

Congratulations to these 15 young men for a fine season. The final All-Bilo Team is being constructed all this week, and the final team will be announced next Monday. Come back often to check on the updated finalist lists at various positions as I break them down. If you would like email alerts as they are released, email me at onlinesports05@yahoo.com for automatic updates.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

FCS Playoff Breakdown

The waiting game is now over with and we all know who will be playing in the FCS Playoffs for the 2010 season. I will first list the scheduled games, will break it down by team, and will then break down who was in and who was out, and who deserved to go in either direction. Let's take a look at the FCS 2010 Playoffs...

1st Round (All Games Saturday)
Western Illinois at Coastal Carolina
Robert Morris at North Dakota State
Lehigh at Northern Iowa
South Carolina State at Georgia Southern

2nd Round (12/4)
Western Illinois/Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State
Villanova at Stephen F. Austin

Southeast Missouri State at Eastern Washington
Robert Morris/North Dakota State at Montana State

Lehigh/Northern Iowa at Delaware
New Hampshire at Bethune-Cookman

Wofford at Jacksonville State
South Carolina State/Georgia Southern at William & Mary

Quarterfinals (12/10 and 12/11)
Semi-Finals (12/17 and 12/18)
Championship (1/7/11)

A Look at the Teams

Western Illinois Leathernecks
In by at-large bid
Record: 7-4
Conference: Missouri Valley, 2nd
Note of interest: Went 3-3 to finish out the season.
Good Wins: North Dakota State, Northern Iowa
Bad Losses: South Dakota State, Missouri State, Southern Illinois
Chances of Winning the Title: Slim
Best Player Offense: QB Matt Barr (3079 yards, 26 TDs, 5 INTs)

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Won Big South
Record: 6-5
Conference: Big South, 1st
Note of Interest: Won 4 straight to close out season, including a win over Liberty to steal the conference title. Struggled through a very aggressive non-conference schedule that included games against West Virginia, Georgia Southern, and Richmond.
Good Wins: Liberty
Bad Losses: Towson
Chances of Winning the Title: None
Best Player on Offense: QB Zach MacDowell (20 TDs passing, and 8 rushing)

Robert Morris Colonials
Won The Northeast Conference
Record: 8-2
Conference: Northeast, 1st
Note of Interest: Had an 8 game win streak snapped in the finale against future NEC member Bryant.
Good Wins: Liberty, Central Connecticut State, Duquesne
Bad Losses: Bryant
Chances of Winning the Title: None
Best Player on Offense: RB Myles Russ (1246 yards and 8 TDs)

North Dakota State Bison
At-large Bid
Record: 7-4
Conference: Missouri Valley, 3rd
Note of Interest: Won 3 of 4 to finish out the regular season, with all 3 wins coming at home.
Good Wins: Kansas
Bad Losses: Illinois State, Missouri State
Chances of Winning the Title: Slim
Best Player on Offense: RB DJ McNorton (1118 yards and 9 TDs)

Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Won Patriot
Record: 9-2
Conference: Patriot, 1st
Note of Interest: Comes into the playoffs on a 7 game winning streak. Only 2 losses came against Colonial opponents New Hampshire and Villanova, both playoff teams.
Good Wins: Harvard, Colgate
Bad Losses: None
Chances of Winning the Title: Slim
Best Player on Offense: WR Ryan Spanola (64 catches for 931 yards, 7 scores)

Northern Iowa Panthers
Won Missouri Valley
Record: 7-4
Conference: Missouri Valley, 1st
Note of Interest: Had 5 game winning streak broken in the finale against Western Illinois. Didn't put forth a good effort in that game.
Good Wins: North Dakota State
Bad Losses: Southern Illinois, Western Illinois
Chance of Winning the Title: Slim to moderate
Best Player on Offense: QB Tirrell Rennie (1465 yards passing, 1205 yards rushing, 22TDs)

South Carolina State Bulldogs
At-Large Bid
Record: 9-2
Conference: MEAC, 2nd
Note of Interest: Won 9 games in 10 after losing to Georgia Tech. Only other loss was to Bethune-Cookman.
Good Wins: Florida A&M and Hampton
Bad Losses: None
Chances of Wining the Title: Moderate
Best Player on Offense: Chris Merrill (8 TDs rushing)

Georgia Southern Eagles
At-Large Bid
Record: 7-4
Conference: Southern, 3rd
Note of Interest: Won 4 of 5 after they had slid into oblivion. Had to score 15 unanswered points to rally for a win over Furman.
Good Wins: Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State
Bad Losses: Samford
Chances of Winning the Title: Slim
Best Player on Offense: QB Jaybo Shaw (17 total TDs)

Appalachian State Mountaineers
Won SoCon
Record: 9-2
Conference: Southern, 1st
Note of Interest: Lost 2 of 3 to finish the season. However, they won their 6th straight SoCon title.
Good Wins: Chattanooga, Jacksonville, Wofford
Bad Losses: Georgia Southern
Chances of Winning the Title: Extremely High
Best Player on Offense: QB DeAndre Pressley (18 TDs passing, 11 TDs Rushing)

Villanova Wildcats
At-Large Bid
Record: 7-4
Conference: Colonial, Tied 3rd
Note of Interest: Lost 2 of 3 to end the season. Won the title last season.
Good Wins: Lehigh, Penn, Delaware
Bad Losses: Rhode Island
Chances of Winning the Title: Moderate
Best Player on Offense: QB Chris Whitney (17 TDs passing and 10 rushing)

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
Won Southland
Record: 9-2
Conference: Southland, 1st
Note of Interest: Had win streaks of 6 and 3 this season.
Good Wins: Northern Iowa, Central Arkansas
Bad Losses: Texas State
Chances of Winning the Title: Moderate to High
Best Player on Offense: QB Jeremy Moses (3658 yards passing, 34 TDs) WR Cordell Roberson (940 yards and 16 TDs)

Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
Won Ohio Valley
Record: 9-2
Conference: Ohio Valley, 1st
Note of Interest: Despite falling to Jacksonville State, still backed into the OVC title.
Good Wins: Murray State
Bad Losses: Ball State
Chances of Winning Title: Moderate
Best Player on Offense: RB Henry Harris (1627 yards and 17 TDs)

Eastern Washington Eagles
At-Large Bid
Record: 9-2
Conference: Big Sky, Tied 1st
Note of Interest: Lost to Montana State, and then won 7 straight. May be a dark horse.
Good Wins: Montana, Weber State, Northern Arizona, Southern Utah
Bad Losses: None
Chances of Winning Title: High
Best Player on Offense: RB Taiwan Jones (1344 yards rushing and 11 TDs)

Montana State Bobcats
Won Big Sky
Record: 9-2
Conference: Big Sky, Tied 1st
Note of Interest: Went on 2 seperate 4 game win streaks. The defense forced fumbles by Montana twice inside the Bobcats 5 yard line, preserving the win for MSU.
Good Wins: Drake, Eastern Washington, Sacramento State, Weber State, Montana
Bad Losses: None
Chances of Winning Title: High
Best Player on Offense: Denarius McGhee (267 yards passing per game. 22 TDs)

Delaware Blue Hens
Record: 9-2
Conference: Colonial, 2nd
Note of Interest: Went 2-2 to close out regular season.
Good Wins: Duquesne, UMass
Bad Losses: Villanova
Chances of Winning Title: Moderate
Best Player on Offense: RB Andrew Pierce (1149 yards and 12 TDs)

New Hampshire Wildcats
Record: 7-4
Conference: Colonial, Tied 3rd
Notes of Interest: Lost 3 of 5 to start season, won 5 of 6 to finish it.
Good Wins: Central Connecticut State, Lehigh, UMass, Villanova
Bad Losses: Rhode Island, Maine
Chances of Winning Title: Moderate
Best Player on Offense: QB RJ Toman (2278 yards, 15 TDs)

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
Record: 10-1
Conference: MEAC, 1st
Note of Interest: Scored 60 points or more 3 times this season. Finished #1 in the PRS to win our first ever regular season points championship. Averages 440 yards per game.
Good Wins: South Carolina State and Hampton
Bad Losses: None
Chances of Winning the Title: Moderate
Best Player on Offense: QB Matthew Johnson (186 yards passing per game, 63 yards rushing, 21 TDs)

Wofford Terriers
At-Large Bid
Record: 9-2
Conference: Southern, Tied 1st
Note of Interest: The Terriers rush for 310 yards per game. Old school option team had best season ever.
Good Wins: Georgia Southern, Chattanooga
Bad Losses: None
Chances of Winning Title: Moderate to High
Best Player on Offense: FB Eric Breitenstein (1359 yards and 20 TDs)

Jacksonville State Gamecocks
Record: 9-2
Conference: Ohio Valley, 2nd
Note of Interest: Lost 2 of 3 after being ranked #1 in the PRS all season.
Good Wins: Ole Miss, Chattanooga, Georgia State, SE Missouri State
Bad Losses: Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee Tech
Chances of Winning Title: Low to Moderate
Best Player on Offense:  QB Marques Ivory (17 TD passes)

William & Mary Tribe
Won Colonial
Record: 8-3
Conference: Colonial, Tied 1st
Note of Interest: Won 6 straight, but then finished 2-2.
Good Wins: Old Dominion, Villanova, Delaware, New Hampshire
Bad Losses: None
Chances of Winning Title: Moderate
Best Offensive Player: RB Jonathon Grimes (8 TDs rushing)


Jacksonville Dolphins (10-1)
Snubbed because of the nonscholarship label, and punished for a win over Edward Waters, a game that was scheduled 3 seasons ago according to Joel Lamp, AD-Media Relations. #2 in the PRS, and led the nation in scoring and total offense. A very bad snub, as this school deserved an in. Went 8-0 in the Pioneer Football League.
Ranked Ahead Of: All participants except for Bethune-Cookman

Dayton Flyers (10-1)
Also from the Pioneer. Snubbed for much the same reason as Jacksonville. JU was thought all along to be the team from the PFL that would have gotten the bid, but how do you snub not one, but two 10 win schools? Also went 8-0 in the PFL, but never had a shot at Jacksonville.
Ranked Ahead Of: All participants except for Bethune-Cookman

Liberty Flames (8-3)
You knew that the Flames werescrewed when they fell to a streaking Coastal Carolina squad. Completely undone after a strong start to the season that included a win over FBS Akron.
Ranked Ahead Of: Georgia Southern, Villanova, New Hampshire, Western Illinois, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State

Florida A&M Rattlers (8-3)
There was not a chance that the FCS would take 3 from the MEAC, even though A&M defeated Bethune-Cookman. The Rattlers late run came up short.
Ranked Ahead Of: Georgia Southern, Villanova, New Hampshire, Western Illinois, Northern Iowa, North Dakota StateBased on the final PRS Numbers, North Dakota State, Western Illinois, and NEw Hampshire got in when mayne they should not have. Villanova would never have gotten in without the OT win over Delaware. Western Illinois would have been out with a loss to Northern Iowa.

I will continue to break this info down later this week.

Final FCS Power Ranking System Standings

Wow. I can hardly believe that we are at the end of the regluar season for FCS football and that the playoffs are less than a week away. The playoff brackets wereannounced today for the FCS, and I will be breaking down every single team that got in, and giving some strong opinion on who got left out in the street. I think that most of you will figure out one of the out schools that I found most disturbing relatively early on in the rankings.
Remember when reading these rankings that this was a point based system from day one. The final totals in these rankings are based on points that were accumalated from the very first game. There was never anything to these rankings other than the points that came from a formula that was created 5 years ago and has not been altered since. I had no say in the rankings other than I sat at a table and crunched numbers every single week for every single game. The math did all of the work, and I am happy with the results. Also remember that every single team from every conference all started out on the same playing field, and nobody was ever favored over any other school or conference, as all 124 teams were in the FCS and therefore should have been treated equally, whether they were a scholarship program or not. You want different treatment for different conferences, than create a seperate division for them.

All of this being sais, I present you with my final FCS Power Ranking System standings, aka the "Bilo Football Poll" as you have all named it (it seems to have stuck). Thanks for reading this season, but we are not finished yet. This having been my first season, the ride has just begun...

1. Bethune-Cookman (10-1, 2083)
Final Game: Lost to #20 Florida A&M 38-27
This week's loss really did not matter in the scheme of things. The Wildcats had already locked up the MEAC, and there was nothing that could be done about it. Luckily, the Cats had built up a big enough cushion, and several teams who were close were either idle or lost. This has to be the best season in the history of this program, and a playoff birth has been given as the reward for winning the MEAC. The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are the first ever official Bilo National Champions of the regular season!!!

2. Jacksonville (10-1, 2052)
Idle this week, as their season was complete
The Dolphins waited on the edge all week to see what would go down when the brackets were announced, but they were screwed out of a spot. There is devastation at JU today, but never fear, as this program is just starting to rise up. All of the key players on offense with the exception of Rudell Small return for 2011, and there is going to be hell to pay.

3. Pennsylvania (9-1, 1985)
Final Game: Defeated Cornell 31-7
The Quakers locked up the Ivy League with style, and it was just the finale of something that I knew weeks ago. I knew that the Quakers would win the Ivy, and I knew that they were one hell of a team. They make me even more angry about the Ivy League's stodgy attitude towards not allowing their membership in the FCS Football Playoffs. I would have loved to see these guys get a shot.

4. Dayton (10-1, 1953)
Idle this week, season ended last week
Dayton, it could be argued, got screwed just as much as Jacksonville. The Flyers, like JU, finished unbeaten in Pioneer play, and finished with the same record. They finished only 99 points back of JU in the final PRS. It just hurts to see teams this good not get a shot at the reward.

5. Appalachian State (9-2, 1933)
Lost to Florida 48-10
I am not really sure as to why the Mountaineers were using the Gators as a playoff tuneup, but it was not a pleasant experience. ASU is going to make a run in these playoffs, as they always do, because they have amazing talent. I would say that it would be a safe bet to predict that the Mountaineers have even odds of making the final and winning the whole enchilada.

6. Stephen F. Austin (9-2, 1919)
Defeated Northwestern State 36-13
The Lumberjacks were on a wild hot streak from week 2 on until they hit a wall just a couple of weeks back with an unexpected loss. They then turned it around to sweat out winning the Southland. They even got a first round home date to start the playoffs.

7. Wofford (9-2, 1834)
Defeated Chattanooga 45-14
The Terriers got seriously blasted by App. State last week, but bounced back nicely to knock a resurgent Chattanooga program out of the playoff conversation. The Terriers have a nice club, but the loss to the Mountaineers (it cost the Terriers the SoCon title) exposed some flaws. Wofford can still make a nice run in the playoffs.

8. Jacksonville State (9-2, 1761)
Lost to Tennessee Tech 35-24
JSU has a win over Ole Miss, and was ranked #1 in this poll most of the season, but then came a seriously odd loss to Eastern Kentucky, and the demented loss to Tech yesterday that has me thinking that the gas tank has run dry. Would have been number one from coast to coast if not for losing 2 of their last 3 games. Could very well have dropped the game to Southeast Missouri too. Did drop the OVC title, which really puts a sour end to what was going to be a really fantastic regular season.

9. South Carolina State (9-2, 1767)
Defeated North Carolina A&T 48-3
The Bulldogs got into the playoffs after finishing second in the MEAC. The final yesterday was rather expected, so they are cruising in. If you turn a blind eye to these guys, they are the kind of team that can and will bite you. Kind of coasted during the regular season at times.

10. Eastern Washington (9-2, 1662)
Defeated Idaho State 34-7
The Eagles lost the Big Sky title due to having fallen to Montana State, but still wound up in a tie for first. Played the season on red turf, which is cool but hurts the eyes. This is a very good program, and they, along with the Bobcats, have finally found a way to push Montana to the side for now.

11. Montana State (9-2, 1660)
Defeated Montana 21-16
Huge win at Montana yesterday. That win gave Montana State the auto bid to the playoffs, but also bounced the hated Grizzlies out of the playoffs. I got off to a rocky start with Bobcat fan this season when I pelted QB Denaris McGhee. McGhee went on to only throw one more pick all season. That effort payed off, and the Bobcats are playoff bound. By the way, Bobcat fan and I are just fine now.

12. Lehigh (9-2, 1639)
Defeated Lafayette 20-13
The Engineers (that's their original name and I am sticking to it) are quiet and scary. They are the kind of team that you had better prepare for, as they will sting you when you don't expect it. Pay no mind to their struggle to beat Lafayette, as it's the oldest rivalry in D1 football. These guys are good.

13. Southeast Missouri State (9-2, 1608)
Idle this weekend
The Redhawks are one of the countries most improved teams this season, and probably have the best RB in the nation in Henry Harris. A season ending loss to Jacksonville State hurt their ranking, but certainly not their OVC title hopes. JSU lost again this week and handed the title right back to Southeast. Better to back in to the title then not win it at all.

14. William & Mary (8-3, 1582)
Defeated Richmond 41-3
The Tribe had another solid year, but really could have kicked it up a notch. Even at 8-3, they won the brutal Colonial by backing into it thanks to a Delaware loss this week. The Tribe could make some noise in the playoffs, but they need more consistency right now. Are they the team that routed Richmond, or the team that lost to bumbling UMass and James Madison and blew a huge upset shot at North Carolina.

15. Delaware (9-2, 1569)
Lost to #23 Villanova 28-21 (OT)
The Hens had a real shot to bounce the Wildcats out of the playoffs, but one may feel like they just sort of laid down yesterday to give the Colonial another bid,costing themselves a Colonial title in the process. Let's face it, they were in whether they won or lost, and Villanova was out if they lost this game. Looked like a late season NFL pre-playoff date when teams lay off the throttle to save energy. Not the only team that looked that way yesterday, but it's fishy.

16. Texas Southern (8-3, 1522)
Defeated UA-Pine Bluff 20-13
The Tigers came out of nowhere to win the SWAC West, which they stole from Grambling in broad daylight. One of the most improved teams in the country, and one that nobody saw coming.

17. Robert Morris (8-2, 1509)
Idle, Season complete
The Colonials had another huge season. The Northeast Conference champs are headed to the playoffs yet again. Still scratching my head as to how they lost to Bryant...

18. Liberty (8-3, 1470)
Defeated Stony Brook 54-28
The Flames loss to Coastal Carolina smothered their hopes of playing in the post season. I still think that Liberty would be a better fit in the playoffs, but the Big South does not warrant a second bid.

19. Grambling (8-2, 1412)
The Tigers actually do have one more game left against Southern next week, so technically, they could move up a few spots to end their regular season. Would not have been a playoff candidate before a loss to Texas Southern due to their late scheduling. Makes me wonder why the SWAC just doesn't go D2.

20. Florida A&M (8-3, 1375)
Defeated #1 Bethune-Cookman 38-27
The Rattlers got a huge win, but it was not enough to propel them into a playoff sppot. The good news is that they will be available to take on the SWAC champ in the Legacy Bowl.

21. Old Dominion (8-3, 1249)
Defeated North Carolina Central 33-21
The Monarchs had a very solid season in their final warmup before joining the Colonial next season. Look for ODU to be a competitive member of the CAA from day one. This program is building fast, and winning.

22. Georgia Southern (7-4, 1146)
Defeated Furman 32-28
The Eagles snuck into a playoff bid by outscoring the Paladins 15-0 in the 4th. Not a challenger for the title in reality, but they had their moments.

23. Villanova (7-4, 1111)
Defeated Villanova 28-21 (OT)
The Wildcats came very close to not being able to defend their title. Delaware didn't exactly push their weight around in the first half, and the Cats took an early 14-0 lead. Will have to open the playoffs on the road.

24. New Hampshire (7-4, 1076)
Defeated Towson 38-19
The Wildcats started out very rough this season, but they have gotten very hot in the second half. Clawed their way back from oblivion to jump into the playoffs on one of the last bids offered.

25. Western Illinois (7-4, 1070)
Defeated #29 Northern Iowa 30-14
The Leathernecks were solid early on. Western then started to skid and lose some games that they should have won. This is one team in the playoffs that I am having a very difficult time with, and I am not sure that they really deserved this bid.


26. Jackson State 8-3, 1055
27. Central Connecticut State (8-3, 1042)
28. Alabama State (7-3, 1021)
29. Northern Iowa (7-4, 988)
30. Harvard (7-3, 959)
31. North Dakota State (7-4, 897)
32. Colgate (7-4, 884)
33. Central Arkansas (7-4, 874)
34. Prairie View (7-4, 843)
35. Murray State (6-5, 841)