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Subject: Tie-Breaker scenarios in the NEC

ALways a Duke
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Date Posted: Monday, November 07, 08:10:42pm

From the latest edition of NEC Football News & Notes:

Great Danes Have Inside Track to FCS Playoffs

It’s Week 10 loss aside, UAlbany still sits in the driver’s seat in terms of the race for the Northeast Confer-
ence’s automatic bid to the NCAA FCS playoffs. The Great Danes (5-1) sit tied atop the NEC standings with
Duquesne (5-1), but hold the tiebreaker over the Dukes by virtue of their 38-10 head-to-head win on Oct. 8.
If Bob Ford’s Great Danes win their final two contests, every other point is moot and UA will represent the
NEC in the 20-team NCAA bracket. But…

Bryant’s road upset over the Great Danes not only ended Albany’s bid for a perfect NEC season, but it also
opened the door for a number of ensuing scenarios to unfold over the final two weeks of the regular season
schedule. Monmouth (4-2) and Bryant (4-2) are by no means eliminated from the race for first place, but face
an uphill climb that also requires outside help. It’s only about bragging rights for Bryant, however, since the
Bulldogs are not yet eligible for NCAA postseason play as they are still completing the reclassification process
into the Division I ranks. Although, they aren’t eligible for the postseason bid, the NEC considers Bryant a full
member in the sense that it will factor Bryant into tiebreaking scenarios. For Monmouth, however, a possible
trip to the postseason is on the line. It all starts with Monmouth’s Week 11 matchup against the Danes at
Kessler Field. If Monmouth hands UAlbany a second straight league loss, then things will get interesting with
the possibility of a three-way, and even a four-way, tie for first place.

In the event four teams all finish with two league losses and tie for first – UAlbany, Duquesne, Monmouth,
and Bryant – Duquesne would come out on top. Monmouth’s hope to acquire the postseason berth relies
on a win over UA coupled with back-to-back losses from Duquesne. In the event of a three-way tie between
UAlbany, Duquesne, and Monmouth (presuming Monmouth defeats Albany), Duquesne would acquire the
NEC’s automatic bid into the FCS championship bracket if the fourth-place finisher is Bryant (should another
team finish fourth, the tiebreaker scenario would play out differently).

Games Remaining for Top-4 Teams in NEC Standings:

UAlbany – at Monmouth (Nov. 12); vs. Sacred Heart (Nov. 19)

Duquesne – at Sacred Heart (Nov. 12); vs. Robert Morris
(Nov. 19)

Monmouth – vs. UAlbany (Nov. 12); vs. Wagner (Nov. 19)

Bryant – vs. Saint Francis (PA) (Nov. 12); vs. Cen. Conn. (Nov. 19)

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