Title clash of FCS titans: JMU vs. NDSU

(STATS) - The FCS championship game matchup so many have anticipated has come to fruition.

Top-ranked James Madison gets to defend its 2016 national title against North Dakota State, whose run of five straight national championships from 2011-15 was ended by the Dukes in last year's semifinals.

It's FCS titan versus FCS titan.

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Offensive Player of Week 12
The option quarterback was like an orchestra conductor while directing Kennesaw State to its first Big South championship and FCS playoff bid in a 52-21 win over Monmouth. In the matchup of 9-1 teams, Burks rushed for 131 yards and four touchdowns, which tied the conference record, and passed for 114 yards and a TD.
Defensive Player of Week 12
Guidry made for a memorable Senior Day with a career-high 18 tackles, including three for losses, and an interception as Northwestern State beat Stephen F. Austin 38-21 in the "Battle for Chief Caddo." His interception set up the Demons' first touchdown. He also had stops during two goal-line stands, including one a SFA fourth down.
Special Teams Player of Week 12
Difficult weather conditions didn't set back Stuart in Austin Peay's 28-13 win over Eastern Illinois, which gave the Governors a seventh Ohio Valley Conference win for the first time. He connected on a season-long 58-yard punt and pinned two other punts inside the EIU 2-yard line. He also converted a fake punt attempt by running for 21 yards for a first down on a 4th-and-15 in the first quarter.
Freshman Player of Week 12
  • Team: Bucknell
  • Height: 72
  • Weight: 225
  • Position: LB
Page spent a lot of time in the Fordham backfield during Bucknell's 20-9 loss. He posted a Patriot League season-high six tackles for loss (33 yards) and tied the Bison school record with four sacks (27 yards). He finished with eight total tackles and added one forced fumble and one pass breakup.
FCS Bracketology
STATS FCS Poll
Rankings as of 11/19/2017
Rank School Votes Prev
1 James Madison (14-0) 3825 (153) 1
2 Jacksonville State (10-2) 3591 2
3 Central Arkansas (10-2) 3456 3
4 North Dakota State (13-1) 3359 4
5 Sam Houston State (12-2) 3186 5
6 South Dakota State (11-3) 3110 6
7 North Carolina A&T (12-0) 2706 8
8 Wofford (10-3) 2684 7
9 Western Illinois (8-4) 2443 9
10 Stony Brook (10-3) 2287 10
11 Weber State (11-3) 2218 12
12 Southern Utah (9-3) 2046 14
13 Grambling State (11-2) 1843 13
14 Samford (8-4) 1781 17
15 Elon (8-4) 1719 11
16 South Dakota (8-5) 1332 15
17 Eastern Washington (7-4) 1316 18
18 Kennesaw State (12-2) 1223 22
19 McNeese (9-2) 1203 19
20 UNI (8-5) 931 24
21 New Hampshire (9-5) 656 16
22 Furman (8-5) 613 20
23 Illinois State (6-5) 416 21
24 Yale (9-1) 364 NR
25 Northern Arizona (7-5) 354 23
Others: Austin Peay (290) , Nicholls (221) , Monmouth (157) , Delaware (80) , Richmond (71) , Sacramento State (69) , Columbia (48) , Montana (32) , Western Carolina (26) , Central Connecticut State (21) , San Diego (18) , Youngstown State (13) , North Carolina Central (8) , Southern University (4) , Howard (2) , Colgate (2) , Bethune-Cookman (1)
FCS Coaches Poll
Rankings as of 11/20/2017
Rank School Prev
1 James Madison (14-0) 1
2 Jacksonville State (10-2) 2
3 Central Arkansas (10-2) 3
4 North Dakota State (13-1) 6
5 Sam Houston State (12-2) 4
6 South Dakota State (11-3) 5
7 North Carolina A&T (12-0) 7
8 Weber State (11-3) 9
9 Wofford (10-3) 7
10 Western Illinois (8-4) 10
11 Stony Brook (10-3) 12
12 Grambling State (11-2) 11
13 Southern Utah (9-3) 18
14 Samford (8-4) 13
15 McNeese (9-2) 19
16 Kennesaw State (12-2) 21
17 Elon (8-4) 15
18 South Dakota (8-5) 16
19 Eastern Washington (7-4) 20
20 New Hampshire (9-5) 14
21 UNI (8-5) NR
22 Nicholls (8-4) 17
23 Monmouth (9-3) 22
24 Yale (9-1) NR
25 Furman (8-5) 24
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