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FCS first-round playoff review

(STATS) - The regionalization of the FCS playoffs isn't the most popular aspect of the postseason, but it's led to some terrific matchups following Saturday's exciting first round.

There will be four second-round games that match conference opponents and the natural nonconference matchup between Jacksonville State and Kennesaw State, which are separated by 90 miles, will get started a year ahead of next year's scheduled meeting.

Here's a quick review of the first-round games and a schedule for Round 2 (all games Dec. 2):

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Leaders
Passing Yards: C. Fourcade2316
Passing TDs: C. Fourcade14
Rushing Yards: K. Irvin764
Rushing TDs: K. Irvin8
Receiving Yards: D. Jeanpiere770
Receiving TDs: D. Dixon5
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2017
Date Opponent Result / Time
8/31 vs. McNeese W 37 - 35
9/9 at Texas A&M L 14 - 24
9/16 vs. Prairie View A&M W 44 - 13
9/23 at Sam Houston State L 17 - 66
9/30 at Lamar W 41 - 14
10/7 vs. Northwestern State W 14 - 10
10/14 vs. Abilene Christian W 29 - 20
10/28 at Incarnate Word W 38 - 31
11/4 vs. Houston Baptist W 23 - 17
11/11 at Stephen F. Austin W 34 - 13
11/16 at Southeastern Louisiana L 17 - 21
11/25 vs. South Dakota L 31 - 38
Southland
  Conference Overall
3 Central Arkansas 9-0 10-2
5 Sam Houston State 8-1 12-2
Nicholls State 7-2 8-4
19 McNeese State 7-2 9-2
Southeastern Louisiana 6-3 6-5
Northwestern State 4-5 4-7
Stephen F. Austin 4-5 4-7
Abilene Christian 2-7 2-9
Incarnate Word 1-7 1-10
Lamar 1-8 2-9
Houston Baptist 0-9 1-10
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4819 (28)
Passing Yards: 2427 (49)
Rushing Yards: 2392 (22)
Points per game: 28.3 (43)
Yards per game: 401.6 (38)
Touchdowns: 35 (54)
Field Goals: 20 (4)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4226 (65)
Passing Yards: 2476 (69)
Rushing Yards: 1750 (66)
Points per game: 25.2 (55)
Yards per game: 352.2 (46)
Touchdowns: 36 (74)
Field Goals: 15 (113)
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