The crystal ball: 2018 FCS playoff projection
By CRAIG HALEY
(STATS) - Let's get the angry emails, seething tweets and attempted citizens arrests out of the way.
What you see today with the FCS playoff picture isn't necessarily what you'll see come the next game day. The scenario changes faster than a Davidson scoring drive against a Division III opponent.
It certainly won't be the scenario you see come Nov. 18, Selection Sunday when the 24-team FCS playoff pairings are announced.
The weekly STATS FCS playoff projection jumps you to that day and predicts what you'll see when the teams stop beating up on each other.
PROJECTED BIDS BY CONFERENCE
* - Automatic qualifier
Big Sky (4): Eastern Washington*, Montana, UC Davis, Weber State
Big South (1): Kennesaw State*
CAA (4): Elon, James Madison*, Maine, Villanova
Independent (1): North Dakota
Missouri Valley (3): Illinois State, North Dakota State*, South Dakota State
Northeast (1): Duquesne*
Ohio Valley (2): Austin Peay, Jacksonville State*
Patriot (1): Colgate*
Pioneer (1): San Diego*
Southern (3): Mercer, Samford, Wofford*
Southland (3): McNeese*, Nicholls, Sam Houston State
Bubble Watch: Chattanooga, Central Arkansas, Montana State, Northern Iowa and Rhode Island
Top 8 seeds receive first-round byes
Maine-North Dakota winner at No. 1 seed North Dakota State
Weber State-Montana winner at No. 8 seed McNeese
Duquesne-Colgate winner at No. 5 seed Villanova
Nicholls-Mercer winner at No. 4 seed Kennesaw State
Samford-Jacksonville State at No. 3 seed South Dakota State
San Diego-UC Davis winner at No. 6 seed Eastern Washington
Elon-Sam Houston State winner at No. 7 seed Wofford
Austin Peay-Illinois State winner at No. 2 seed James Madison
Updated September 18, 2018