James Madison rips Elon, finishes 11-0

(STATS) - The FCS playoffs continued to take shape on Saturday with everybody in the 24-team field lining up behind defending champion James Madison.

The top-ranked and unbeaten Dukes beat No. 11 Elon 31-3 to clinch an outright title in CAA Football and the conference's automatic playoff bid.

Quarterback Bryan Schor fueled JMU's 23rd straight win with 290 yards of total offense and three rushing touchdowns. The Dukes (11-0) are expected to be the No. 1 seed when the pairings are announced during an ESPNU selection show Sunday (11 a.m. ET).

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Offensive Player of Week 11
  • Team: Lehigh
  • Height: 71
  • Weight: 230
  • Position: RB
With surging Lehigh (4-6) two wins from claiming the Patriot League title and an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, Bragalone took over in the Mountain Hawks' 34-21 victory over Holy Cross. He rushed for 157 yards in the second half and finished with 30 carries for 201 yards and four touchdowns. Included was a 45-yard score in the fourth quarter to put the game away. He leads the FCS in rushing touchdowns (19) and overall touchdowns (16).
Defensive Player of Week 11
Second-ranked Jacksonville State faced a road challenge at UT Martin, but Jackson keyed a big defensive effort as the Gamecocks won 14-7 and captured their fourth straight outright Ohio Valley Conference title and the automatic playoff bid that goes with it. Jackson had five tackles, 2 1/2 tackles for loss, two sacks (for losses of 20 yards), two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. The Gamecocks (9-1), who have a 31-game OVC win streak, limited the Skyhawks to just 176 yards of total offense.
Special Teams Player of Week 11
Dascalo sure liked the move indoors as Eastern Washington (6-4) won 21-14 at North Dakota in the Big Sky. Six of his seven punts traveled at least 50 yards and he averaged 52.7 yards, with two downed inside the UND 20-yard line. Included was a 67-yarder (tying a career long) that was downed at the 3 with 2:47 left in the game. UND's average field position after Dascalo punts was its 24-yard line.
Freshman Player of Week 11
  • Team: Nicholls
  • Height: 68
  • Weight: 175
  • Position: RB
Smith had only one carry before Nicholls' game against Stephen F. Austin, but two running backs left due to injury and the rookie came on to carry the ball 23 times for 177 yards and a touchdown in a 34-14 win. He scored on a 20-yard run and finished with the second-highest single-game rushing total in the Southland Conference this season. The win helped Nicholls (8-2) to its first ranking in the STATS FCS Top 25 in more than 10 years - at No. 25.
FCS Bracketology
STATS FCS Poll
Rankings as of 11/13/2017
Rank School Votes Prev
1 James Madison (10-0) 4075 (163) 1
2 Jacksonville State (10-1) 3840 2
3 Central Arkansas (9-1) 3700 3
4 North Dakota State (9-1) 3510 5
5 Sam Houston State (9-1) 3451 4
6 South Dakota State (8-2) 3331 6
7 Wofford (9-1) 3043 8
8 North Carolina A&T (10-0) 2829 9
9 Western Illinois (7-3) 2417 11
10 Stony Brook (8-2) 2263 12
11 Elon (8-2) 2197 7
12 Weber State (8-2) 2096 14
13 Grambling State (9-1) 1942 13
14 Southern Utah (8-2) 1823 15
15 South Dakota (7-3) 1769 10
16 New Hampshire (7-3) 1667 18
17 Samford (7-3) 1598 16
18 Eastern Washington (6-4) 1049 19
19 McNeese (8-2) 967 20
20 Furman (7-3) 954 21
21 Illinois State (6-4) 798 17
22 Kennesaw State (9-1) 787 23
23 Northern Arizona (7-3) 717 24
24 UNI (6-4) 515 25
25 Nicholls (8-3) 485 NR
Others: Monmouth (366) , Delaware (225) , Montana (215) , Yale (89) , Richmond (83) , Western Carolina (70) , Austin Peay (46) , Columbia (18) , North Carolina Central (16) , Sacramento State (7) , Youngstown State (6) , Howard (5) , Central Connecticut State (3) , Dartmouth (2) , San Diego (1)
FCS Coaches Poll
Rankings as of 11/13/2017
Rank School Prev
1 James Madison (10-0) 1
2 Jacksonville State (10-1) 2
3 Central Arkansas (9-1) 3
4 Sam Houston State (9-1) 4
5 South Dakota State (8-2) 5
6 North Dakota State (9-1) 6
7 North Carolina A&T (10-0) 7
7 Wofford (9-1) 8
9 Weber State (8-2) 12
10 Western Illinois (7-3) 13
11 Grambling State (9-1) 11
12 Stony Brook (8-2) 15
13 Samford (7-3) 14
14 New Hampshire (7-3) 16
15 Elon (8-2) 9
16 South Dakota (7-3) 10
17 Nicholls (8-3) 17
18 Southern Utah (8-2) 19
19 McNeese (8-2) 18
20 Eastern Washington (6-4) 21
21 Kennesaw State (9-1) 23
22 Monmouth (9-1) 22
23 Northern Arizona (7-3) 24
24 Furman (7-3) NR
25 Illinois State (6-4) 20
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