In an improbable scenario, USF could possibly claim the east crown by beating Cincinnati (and winning out) if Temple falls to Memphis, which could happen. The Bulls are surging at the right time, but they must get some work done. Cincinnati is bowl eligible, but not in a divisional race any longer.
UNC can lock up the Coastal Division with a win this week, and that would send them to play Clemson in the ACC title game. Virginia Tech has nothing to play for with the exception of locking up one final bowl bid for Frank Beamer, so they have some vested interest in playing spoiler.
Oklahoma State is still getting no love from the playoff committee, as they rank just 6th this week. The Cowboys barely escaped from Iowa State last week, so they have to be on their best behavior this week with the Bears coming to town off a loss to Oklahoma, and the Sooners would just love for the Cowboys to fall flat the week before Bedlam.
Neither club has been near perfect this season, but then again, nobody has dominated anywhere in 2015. The Spartans have been wobbly for weeks now, and that loss to Nebraska is still cutting fresh. If Michigan State can upset the Buckeyes in Columbus, the Spartans can walk away with a divisional crown by winning out. If the Buckeyes win this game, and then beat Michigan next week, the Buckeyes take it.
Both Broncos and Huskies are still in the mix in the MAC race, but both need the win this week to stay there. NIU is playing just a shade better, and could eliminate the Broncos this week.
Boise State is in trouble for the first time in a long while after losing to New Mexico. A win by Air Force this week would all but ensure a shot at the Mountain Division title for the Falcons, but they must win at Boise, and then travel to New Mexico next week in order to do so. A win here combined with a new Mexico loss would certainly ease things up for Air Force.
Coming off a loss to Oregon, Stanford has to hope that they are not out of gas. A win over the reeling Bears (losers of 4 of last 5) would ensure a North crown for the Cardinal despite last week’s setback.
As bad as LSU has been the last two weeks, they are still barely alive in the SEC West. They may need some improbable help to get there, but Ole Miss is falling flat, and LSU can help themselves and Alabama out with a win here. Will the Tigers lose three straight?
Portland State (8-2) at Eastern Washington (6-4)
Coastal Carolina (9-1) at Liberty (5-5)
William & Mary (7-3) at Richmond (7-3)
Villanova (6-4) at James Madison (8-2)
Harvard (8-1) at Yale (7-3)
NC Central (7-3) at North Carolina A&T (9-1)
St. Francis (7-3) at Duquesne (7-3)
Eastern Kentucky (6-4) at Eastern Illinois (6-4)
Sam Houston State (7-3) at Central Arkansas (7-3)
D2 Playoffs, 1st Round
Virginia Union (8-1) at Slippery Rock (10-1)
Bowie State (9-1) at Assumption (10-1)
Grand Valley State (9-2) at Ashland (10-0)
Texas A&M Commerce (8-2) at Ferris State (10-0)
Indiana (PA) (8-2) at Charleston (WV) (10-1)
Carson-Newman (8-2) at Valdosta State (7-2)
Tuskegee (8-2) at Catawba (8-2)
Sioux Falls (9-2) at Henderson State (10-1)
Emporia State (9-2) at Mankato State (10-1)
Newberry (7-3) at North Alabama (8-2)
Indianapolis (10-0) at Colorado State Pueblo (10-1)
Augustana (9-2) at Humboldt State (9-1)
Four Number One Seeds Are Idle
East Carolina over
UCF USF over Cincinnati Navy over Tulsa Houston over U Conn Memphis over Temple Tulane over SMU Clemson over Wake Forest Notre Dame over Boston College Florida State over Chattanooga North Carolina over Virginia Tech NC State over Syracuse Miami over Georgia Tech Duke over Virginia Pittsburgh over Louisville Oklahoma State over Baylor Oklahoma over TCU West Virginia over Kansas Kansas State over Iowa State Ohio State over Michigan State Iowa over Purdue Michigan over Penn State Wisconsin over Northwestern Indiana over Maryland Rutgers over Army Minnesota over Illinois Florida over FAU Middle Tennessee over North Texas Western Kentucky over FIU Southern Miss over Old Dominion Louisiana Tech over UTEP Rice over UTSA Kentucky over Charlotte Central Michigan over Kent State Northern Illinois over Western Michigan U Mass over Miami (Ohio) Buffalo over Akron Boise State over Air Force BYU over Fresno State Utah State over Nevada New Mexico over Colorado State San Diego State over UNLV San Jose State over Hawaii Stanford over California Utah over UCLA Oregon over USC Arizona over Arizona State Washington over Oregon State Washington State over Colorado Alabama over Charleston Southern LSU over Ole Miss South Carolina over Citadel Auburn over Idaho Georgia over Georgia Southern Mississippi State over Arkansas Tennessee over Missouri Texas A&M over Vanderbilt UL-Monroe over Texas State South Alabama over Georgia State UL-Lafayette over New Mexico State FCS Northern Colorado over Abilene Christian Montana State over Montana Weber State over Idaho State Southern Utah over Northern Arizona Eastern Washington over Portland State Sacramento State over UC Davis Cal Poly over North Dakota Coastal Carolina over Liberty Gardner-Webb over Monmouth Kennesaw State over Presbyterian Richmond over William & Mary James Madison over Villanova Elon over Delaware Stony Brook over Albany New Hampshire over Maine Towson over Rhode Island Brown over Columbia Dartmouth over Princeton Penn over Cornell Harvard over Yale North Carolina A&T over NC Central Morgan State over Norfolk State South Carolina State over Savannah State Howard over Delaware State bethune-Cookman over Florida A&M Illinois State over South Dakota Youngstown State over Indiana State South Dakota State over Western Illinois North Dakota State over Missouri State Northern Iowa over Southern Illinois Bryant over Robert Morris Sacred Heart over Wagner Duquesne over St. Francis UT Martin over SE Missouri State Jacksonville State over Murray State Eastern Kentucky over Eastern Illinois Tennessee State over Tennessee Tech Holy Cross over Georgetown Lehigh over Lafayette Colgate over Bucknell Stetson over Davidson Morehead State over Marist Jacksonville over Valporaiso Dayton over Drake San Diego over Butler UA Pine Bluff over Mississippi Valley
State Prairie View over Jackson State Alcorn State over Alabama A&M Alabama State over Miles Western Carolina over VMI Samford over Mercer Furman over Wofford SE Louisiana over Nicholls State Incarnate Word over Houston Baptist Stephen F Austin over Northwestern State McNeese State over Lamar Central Arkansas over Sam Hosuton State East Tennessee State over Kentucky
Wesleyan D2 Playoffs Slipper Rock over Virginia Union Assumption over Bowie State Grand Valley State over Ashland Ferris State over Texas A&M Commerce Charleston over IUP Carson-Newman over Valdosta State Catwaba over Tuskegee Henderson State over Sioux Falls Mankato State over Emporia State North Alabama over Newberry CSU Pueblo over Indianapolis Augustana over Humboldt State