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An Early Look At The 2016 FCS Playoffs

It’s not just the big boys of college football that get attention on The Bracket Yard: the 2016 FCS Playoffs will be a postseason that actually has a bracket of size.

24 teams will make the field as one emerges victorious. For those keeping track of such things, the same team has done just that every year since 2011. While it is too soon to tell if North Dakota State will make it six straight titles, it is not outrageous to suggest they have a great chance at doing so.

Who else joins the Bison as one of this season’s teams to beat?

2016 FCS Playoffs: Early Favorites

North Dakota State Bison. If not them, then who? Five straight national championships is kind of impressive, I guess.

Jacksonville State Gamecocks. The national runners-up from 2015 look ready to make another deep charge into the bracket.

Sam Houston State Bearkats. The Southland’s coaches think they’ll be back in the bracket with a high seed, as do the national voters.

2016 FCS Playoffs: Those Capable

Charleston Southern Buccaneers. Game number one against North Dakota State on the road may be an early indicator of how far this team could go.

Illinois State Redbirds. What stinks for them is that they play in the same conference as the aforementioned Bison.

Northern Iowa Panthers. Ditto, but like the Redbirds, this team has a shot at making a run.

Other Teams of Intrigue

McNeese State Cowboys. Not too many teams around FCS that could only boast one loss last year; unfortunately for them, it came in their first playoff game.

Richmond Spiders. A national semifinalist from 2015 which could top the CAA again.

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