Sunday, November 22, 2015

FCS Playoff Bracket Released

The NCAA has released the 2015 FCS Playoff Bracket.  Go here for an interactive version and here for a printable version.  The tournament includes 24 teams, 8 of which --- the top seeded teams --- have byes in the first round.   Here are the teams with the 8 highest seeds: (1) Jacksonville State, (2) Illinois State, (3) North Dakota State,   (4) McNeese State, (5) James Madison, (6) Portland State, (7) Richmond, and (8) Charleston Southern.  

William and Mary is one of four CAA teams (JMU, W&M, Richmond, and New Hampshire) making a tournament appearance.  The Tribe will host the Duquesne Dukes, from the Northeast Football Conference.  The Dukes, 5-1 in the conference and 8-3 overall solidified their conference title with a win over St. Francis yesterday.  This will be the first meeting between the two programs. 

The game will take place at Zable Stadium in Williamsburg on Saturday, November 28th.  Kickoff is at 3:30 PM.  (This post will be updated as additional information becomes available.)

The William and Mary Sports Blog has published a detailed preview of the game.   The Game Notes produced by the William and Mary Athletic Department are found here.

In other football-related news, the Tribe earned 18 CAA all conference selections this year.