FCS Semifinals Update: Bison Heading For Six?
[lead align=”default”]The 2016 FCS semifinals are headlined by a contest between North Dakota State and James Madison.[/lead]
This represents a chance for the Bison to play for a sixth straight national championship. Already in record territory, they know the drill by now. What about their opponent, and who awaits on the other side of the bracket?
FCS Semifinals: The Bracket
FCS Semifinals: Top Side
Atop the FCS semifinals bracket is probably the better quality of the two games. North Dakota State takes on James Madison in a battle of two top-four teams.
That which the Bison can do is well documented. All they seem to do is win, and they haven’t lost a playoff game since 2010. That’s 22 wins in a row in the playoffs, which if it sounds really good, that’s because it is.
James Madison is a 12-1 team on their own out of the CAA. The Dukes are as deep as they’ve been in the postseason since 2008, when they lost to Montana in the national semifinals. They haven’t gotten past this round since 2004, when they won it all.
JMU hasn’t faced North Dakota State this season, but they did just obliterate Sam Houston State, a team as good as anyone. Before that, the Dukes smacked New Hampshire in their first playoff game. As a matter of fact, their only loss was to North Carolina, a pretty good FBS team.
FCS Semifinals: Bottom Side
The Bo Pelini Show continues in the FCS playoffs. His Youngstown State Penguins are two wins away from their first national championship since 1997. Those were the heady days of Jim Tressel.
They face Eastern Washington, the Big Sky team that last won it all in 2010. The red turf will be where all the action is on Saturday evening in Cheney, Washington. The Eagles have the top passer in the nation on their team: Gage Gubrud has throw for 4,807 passing yards so far this season.