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KnuckDogg......others agree with you, including, I'm sure, some Rattlers. But I respectfully disagree about not scheduling Albany State. Perhaps its nostalgia or something, but back in the 70's when I was an undergrad at FAMU, Albany State was routinely on the Rattlers schedule. Drive time between Tallahassee and Albany, Ga, is only about a couple of hours or so, and the games, as I recall, were fairly competitive.Wile^^^I’ve got an even more SALIENT question. Of what interest is ANY of this to NCCU?
If NCCU were not in the Celebration Bowl, we would have received an invite to the playoffs as an at-large. Yes we played a D2 school and a non-NCAA school. But we also went 3-1 against OOC FCS schools to include a conference champion and a playoff contender.
As far as my credentials. . I vote in the AGS poll. I follow FCS football all year and have been following for over a decade.
Here were my predictions for playoff selections:QuoteMy shot at it:
AQ-11: SDSU, Sacramento State, St Francis, Gardner-Webb, Holy Cross, Samford, EKU, Southeastern Louisiana, Davidson, Southeast Missouri St., William & Mary,
At-large: Montana State, North Dakota State, University of Incarnate Word, Weber State, Furman, New Hampshire, Richmond, Elon, UC-Davis, North Dakota, Tennessee-Martin, Fordham, Mercer
Last Four In: Mercer, North Dakota, Tennessee Martin, UC-Davis
First Four Out: Idaho, Delaware, Chattanooga, Montana
Next Four: Austin Peay, Florida A&M, Youngstown St, Rhode Island
UC-Davis @ North Dakota to #1 Sacramento State
Mercer @ Southeastern Louisiana to #8 Incarnate Word
Southeast Missouri @ UT-Martin to #4 North Dakota State
Davidson @ Elon to #5 Samford
Gardner Webb @ Furman to #2 South Dakota State
Saint Francis @ Richmond to #7 William and Mary
Eastern Kentucky @ Weber State to #3 Montana State
New Hampshire @Fordham to #6 Holy Cross
I correctly predicted 10 of the 13 at-larges, but in my next four out; you see the three at-larges that I missed. My next four out has three of the four teams that the committee claimed were in their first four out.
Back to your original question; perhaps this doesn't concern NCCU. But I'm speaking for myself and no one else. Finally, the persecution complex is tiring. . . which is why I posted. There is no grand conspiracy against FAMU.
I wish FAMU would have scheduled another FCS as opposed to D2 Albany State.
Look, in all candor, I'm not even sure if FAMU has stated a DEFINITIVE position about whether it wants to participate in the FCS playoffs. I don't think this particular squad would have performed well, but I also think it is disingenuous to suggest that our scheduling a historic rival like Albany State cost us participation. The Rattlers performance in the second game of the season was horrible and inexplicable, and if there is one contest that bumped us, THAT would be the culprit not 'bany State.
But FAMU is the ONLY FCS negro college that has participated in the playoffs before and actually WON games. All of this bullschitt about being "contractually obligated" to play in conference and black college championship games is offered to provide a convenient excuse to avoid playing the top PWC's in the FCS division.
If you sced say you sced.
A&T has won playoff games.
How bout that! I know, I know. We just got spanked in the D2 playoffs but last year the athletic department won 5 conference championship and the AD was AD of the year! Since 2017 we’ve garnered 13 championship in 25 appearances! Good stuff going happening on Murchison road.
I guess you just want to feel better after that beat-down ya'll got this weekend.
How in the hell did Fayetteville State jumped ahead of us when they was never ranked? So, basically, you're conference champs get automatic bids now?? IS that the message??
Short explanation: Strength of schedule came in to play. Chowan's SOS went way up when they beat Union. FSU beat Chowan which increase the Broncos' SOS. So the CIAA and the SIAC need to go to an 11-game schedule. Fort Valley got bypassed by Limestone, who played an extra game, Emory & Henry this weekend.
in the words of the Jackson 5 and Little Michael Jackson, "I'LL BE THERE"