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Pelini leaves Youngstown State for LSU

(Stats Perform) - Bo Pelini knows what it's like to win a national title at LSU and is ready to chase another one with the reigning FBS champion.

On Monday, Pelini resigned as Youngstown State's head coach after five seasons to join LSU coach Ed Orgeron's staff as defensive coordinator. He held the same position under Les Miles from 2005-07 and helped the Tigers win the BCS national championship in his final season before he left to become Nebraska's head coach.

Pelini, 52, went 33-28 at Youngstown State, highlighted by a 12-4 mark in his second season in 2016, when the Penguins won four FCS playoff games and finished as the national runner-up. He has a 100-55 career record, including a 67-27 mark at Nebraska from 2008-14.

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2019 Walter Payton Award
North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance was voted as the 2019 recipient of the Walter Payton Award - the first freshman in its 33-year history. He helped the Bison capture their third straight FCS championship, averaging 242.9 yards of total offense per game with 42 total touchdowns and only one turnover in 16 game. He did not throw an interception.
2019 Buck Buchanan Award
  • Team: Montana
  • Height: 75
  • Weight: 240
  • Position: LB
Montana linebacker Dante Olson received the 2019 Buck Buchanan Award in its 25th anniversary season. He led the FCS in tackles per game (12.8) for the second consecutive season, setting Big Sky Conference and Montana single-season records with 179 tackles. He added 11 tackles for loss, 3½ sacks, two takeaways and two forced fumbles.
2019 Doris Robinson Award
  • Team: Bucknell
  • Height: 72
  • Weight: 210
  • Position: P
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2019 Jerry Rice Award
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FCS Bracketology
STATS PERFORM FCS Poll
Rankings as of 1/13/2020
Rank School Votes Prev
1 North Dakota State (16-0) 3825 (153) 1
2 James Madison (14-2) 3672 2
3 Weber State (11-4) 3490 4
4 Montana State (11-4) 3366 5
5 UNI (10-5) 3101 6
6 Montana (10-4) 3006 7
7 Illinois State (10-5) 2886 13
8 Austin Peay (11-4) 2592 18
9 Sacramento State (9-4) 2590 3
10 South Dakota State (8-5) 2312 10
11 Central Arkansas (9-4) 2123 9
12 Monmouth (11-3) 2037 14
13 Kennesaw State (11-3) 1989 15
14 Nicholls (9-5) 1707 19
15 Villanova (9-4) 1580 8
16 Wofford (8-4) 1344 11
17 Southeast Missouri State (9-4) 1285 12
18 Albany (9-5) 1244 25
19 Southeastern Louisiana (8-5) 1170 NR
20 North Carolina A&T (9-3) 782 23
21 Furman (8-5) 770 16
22 Dartmouth (9-1) 607 21
23 Central Connecticut State (11-2) 606 17
24 Florida A&M (9-2) 527 20
25 Yale (9-1) 353 22
Others: North Dakota (257) , Southern Illinois (143) , San Diego (119) , Towson (104) , Holy Cross (29) , Alcorn State (26) , Princeton (22) , Eastern Washington (21) , UT Martin (19) , South Carolina State (9) , New Hampshire (9) , Maine (3)
FCS Coaches Poll
Rankings as of 1/13/2020
Rank School Prev
1 North Dakota State (16-0) 1
2 James Madison (14-2) 2
3 Weber State (11-4) 4
4 Montana State (11-4) 5
5 UNI (10-5) 6
6 Montana (10-4) 8
7 Illinois State (10-5) 14
8 Kennesaw State (11-3) 9
9 Sacramento State (9-4) 3
10 Austin Peay (11-4) 17
11 Central Arkansas (9-4) 7
12 South Dakota State (8-5) 12
13 Monmouth (11-3) 11
14 Nicholls (9-5) 19
15 Villanova (9-4) 10
16 Southeast Missouri State (9-4) 13
17 Wofford (8-4) 15
18 Southeastern Louisiana (8-5) 24
19 Furman (8-5) 16
20 Albany (9-5) NR
21 Dartmouth (9-1) 20
22 Central Connecticut State (11-2) 18
23 North Carolina A&T (9-3) 22
24 Yale (9-1) 23
25 Florida A&M (9-2) 21
FCS Spring Glances
  • Feb. 19: Southland Conference
  • Feb. 21: Northeast Conference
  • Feb. 24: Pioneer Football League
  • Feb. 26: Southern Conference
  • Feb. 28: Big South Conference
  • March 2: Patriot League
  • March 4: Ohio Valley Conference
  • March 6: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
  • March 9: CAA Football
  • March 11: Big Sky Conference
  • March 13: Southwestern Athletic Conference
  • March 16: Ivy League
  • March 18: Missouri Valley Football Conference
  • March 20: FCS Independents

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