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Subject: NCAA Bracket

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Date Posted: Sunday, November 20, 01:29:09pm

Albany draws a very winnable game...


(Campus sites until the final)

(All times ET)

Saturday, Nov. 26

Albany (8-3) at Stony Brook (8-3), ESPN3

Central Arkansas (8-3) at Tennessee Tech (7-3), ESPN3

Norfolk State (9-2) at Old Dominion (9-2), ESPN3

James Madison (7-4) at Eastern Kentucky (7-4), ESPNU and ESPN3

Saturday, Dec. 3

Albany-Stony Brook winner at No. 1 Sam Houston State (11-0), ESPN3

New Hampshire (8-3) at Montana State (9-2), ESPN3

Wofford (8-3) at No. 5 Northern Iowa (9-2), ESPN3

Central Arkansas-Tennessee Tech winner at No. 4 Montana (9-2), ESPN3

Norfolk State-Old Dominion winner at No. 3 Georgia Southern (9-2), ESPN3

Maine (8-3) at Appalachian State (8-3), ESPN3

Lehigh (10-1) at Towson (9-2), ESPN3

James Madison-Eastern Kentucky winner at No. 2 North Dakota State (10-1), ESPN3

Friday, Dec. 9

One quarterfinal at 8 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN3

Saturday, Dec. 10

One quarterfinal at 2:30 p.m., ESPN and ESPN3

Two quarterfinals, TBA (ESPN3)

Friday, Dec. 16

Semifinal, 8 p.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3)

Saturday, Dec. 17

Semifinal, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU, ESPN3)

Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas

1 p.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3)

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Date Posted: Sunday, November 20, 01:55:02pm

Too bad we aren't FBS where any team with a winning record goes bowling. The FCS needs to expand to at least 24 teams.

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Shaler Tom
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Date Posted: Sunday, November 20, 09:08:11pm

I think perhaps the Bucknell game came back to haunt us. At 10-1 Duquesne may just have received at at-large bid. If we played Bucknell now, it wouldn't even be close.

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Date Posted: Sunday, November 20, 09:24:58pm

I was thinking the exact same thing. Starting the season with a loss put us out of the minds of the polls. There is only one undefeated team in the Coach's Poll. 10-1 may have done it.

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Date Posted: Sunday, November 20, 10:16:41pm

The one-point loss to Bucknell in the season's opener was very disappointing and no doubt did downgrade the Dukes' overall RPI. However, I note that the latest Sagarin rating has Duquesne, 9-2, at #177 and Bucknell, 6-5, at #180.

Perhaps a more significant factor in the Dukes'(with a 9-2 record) not being given any consideration for an at-large bid for the FCS playoffs was the very low RPI of the Northeast Conference throughout the entire season. The latest RealTimeRPI.com ranked the NEC at 26th place out of all of the 27 FBS and FCS conferences. Sagarin placed the NEC as the 25th of all 27 conferences. I note that the NEC's cumulative non-conference record was 18-28 (39%) according to RealTimeRPI.com.

The unfortunate result was that the Dukes' conference wins just didn't register very high on the strength of schedule factor compared to the conferences whose members were included in the at-large selections: CAA (4 teams); Southern Conference (2 teams); Big Sky, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, Southern, and Southland Conferences (one team each).

Not only must Duquesne improve its schedule by playing at least one team from the highly regarded FCS conferences, such as it will do next season by playing Old Dominion from the CAA, the entire NEC must do the same and also win a higher percentage of the non-conference games than they did this season.

In the final regular season TSN poll released today, both Albany and Duquesne moved up among the teams listed as "others receiving votes." Albany was ranked #32 and the Dukes were ranked #33 in a tie with South Dakota.
Click here for TSN Poll.

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Date Posted: Monday, November 21, 04:35:56pm

The RPI still doesn't include Bryant in its list of NEC schools. Bryant's RPI is third behind Albany and Duquesne and would boost the conference's score a bit.

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Date Posted: Monday, November 21, 08:13:23pm

You are right about RealTime.RRI.com's not listing Bryant as a member of the NEC. However, Sagarin does include Bryant as a member of the NEC, thus accounting for a one position improvement in its ranking of the NEC over that of RealTimeRPI.com.

Bryant is in its last transition year to full-fledged membership in the NEC per NCAA rules. Its games count in the records of all NEC members as conference games, but Bryant was prohibited from winning the championship regardless of its conference record. (I note that the NEC website includes Bryant as a conference member in the football standings.)

Perhaps another contributing factor in the Dukes' being over-looked as a serious candidate for an at-large bid in the FCS playoffs was having a very weak Valpo (1-10) on its schedule.

Regarding RealTime.RPI.com, it has listed the Dukes' conference record as 0-0 for the last two years. Attention to detail just may not be that site's strong suit.

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Date Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 02:31:03pm

bucknell improved a lot down the stretch. it would still be a close game.

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Date Posted: Monday, November 21, 08:36:14pm

I resurrected a post I made in July regarding the possible expansion of the play-off field to 24 teams without extending the length of the play-offs.

The Southland Conference Commissioner, Tom Burnett, has proposed the expansion of the field of teams participating in the FCS playoffs from the current 20 teams to 22 or 24. The Southland Conference is a co-sponsor of the FCS Championship game which was played for the first time at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco Park, TX, on Jan. 7, 2011. The championship games for the 2011 and 2012 seasons will be held at this facility in Jan. 2012 and Jan. 2013, respectively.

During the last football season there were 125 FCS teams of which the 20 playoff teams represented only 16% of all FCS teams. Expanding to 24 teams would increase the level of playoff participation to 19.2 %. This is pale in comparison to the over 50% of the FBC teams who play in a multitude of bowl games.

The current 20-team format has only 8 teams actually playing in the first round and grants 12 teams byes for that round. The expanded format could have 16 teams playing in the first round and giving only 8 teams byes. The expanded format still would result in 16 teams playing in the second round as is currently the case so there would be no need for an additional week to be added to the playoff schedule to accommodate the additional teams. Note that many FCS coaches would like the field expanded as well.

Commissioner Burnett also had some interesting comments about the NCAA's raising of the thresholds for teams' switching from the FCS to the FBS which could provide more stability to the FCS. (Villanova comes to mind.) Here's a link to Commissioner Burnett's interview.

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