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LacesOut
August 30th, 2006, 10:28 AM
Don't see this posted yet, so here goes...


http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/extrapoint.htm

Too long to post the article. So I'll just give his championship game...

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Appalachian State vs Cal Poly

The two most talented teams in I-AA football meet in the national title game, with star players on each side of the ball and strong offenses and defenses for both squads. There isnít much separation between the two, but Appalachian State does have a slight edge on the offensive line and a more balanced offense. The Mountaineers will also enjoy another large crowd, and the folks from Boone will be partying in the streets of Chattanooga again after a 27-17 victory.

I didnít want to be the guy who picks the defending champion to win it all again, but itís hard to discount the talent the Mountaineers return and the big-time players they have on both sides of the ball. A contender could easily emerge and supplant Appalachian State in the postseason, but the Mountaineers have to be the favorite for the title right now.

The Mountaineer faithful only has a few more days to savor their defending champion status and positive vibes for the 2006 campaign. In less than one week, the preseason predictions and magazines can be tossed aside as we follow a new season of ups and downs in I-AA, or should I say NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, football. Let the games begin!

PaladinFan
August 30th, 2006, 10:29 AM
The only IAA team to beat the Apps last year is going to have a lot to say about that :)

arranger101
August 30th, 2006, 10:46 AM
I-AA PLAYOFF FIELD
Automatic Bids: New Hampshire (A-10), Montana (Big Sky), Illinois State (Gateway), South Carolina State (MEAC), Eastern Kentucky (OVC), Colgate (Patriot), Appalachian State (Southern), McNeese State (Southland)

At-Large Bids: James Madison (A-10), Massachusetts (A-10), Idaho State (Big Sky), Cal Poly (Great West), UNI (Gateway), Hampton (MEAC), Lafayette (Patriot), Furman (Southern)

Top Four Seeds: Appalachian State, Montana, Illinois State, New Hampshire.


FIRST ROUND
Top Bracket: Appalachian State vs Eastern Kentucky; Massachusetts vs. Lafayette; New Hampshire vs. Colgate; James Madison vs. Hampton.

Bottom Bracket: Montana vs. UNI; Cal Poly vs. McNeese State; Idaho State vs. Illinois State; South Carolina State vs. Furman.


INTERESTING....xcoffeex

Pard4Life
August 30th, 2006, 10:51 AM
Lafayette an at-large again? Hmm.. We'd have to win all but one OOC game, and I assume lose to Colgate.. If we fall to another league team and beat both Colgate and Lehigh and go 5-1, then we should look good for an at-large.

89Hen
August 30th, 2006, 10:53 AM
At-Large Bids: James Madison (A-10), Massachusetts (A-10), Idaho State (Big Sky), Cal Poly (Great West), UNI (Gateway), Hampton (MEAC), Lafayette (Patriot), Furman (Southern)
It would be tough to imagine the Gateway and Southern with only one at-large a piece. :twocents:

AppGuy04
August 30th, 2006, 11:15 AM
It would be tough to imagine the Gateway and Southern with only one at-large a piece. :twocents:

Gateway should get 3 in, but honestly, beyond ASU and Furman nothing is certain

UAalum72
August 30th, 2006, 12:11 PM
So, Matt, does this mean The Sports Network won't be doing preseason summaries of the NEC, PFL and MAAC?

Thanks for your interest.

Grizzaholic
August 30th, 2006, 12:50 PM
Glad to see someone else thinks Idaho State has a quality program this year. Should be one of the teams to beat.

Pard4Life
August 30th, 2006, 01:26 PM
So, Matt, does this mean The Sports Network won't be doing preseason summaries of the NEC, PFL and MAAC?

Thanks for your interest.

Doubt it would have been quality anyway... buy the I-AA magazine instead!

blukeys
August 30th, 2006, 01:53 PM
I give Matt credit for going out on a limb. :nod: :nod: :nod:

OL FU
August 30th, 2006, 01:55 PM
I give Matt credit for going out on a limb. :nod: :nod: :nod:

Who did he pick last year:rolleyes: :mad: xcoffeex

birdsflyhigh
August 30th, 2006, 02:11 PM
It's great to see him predict Illinois State as one of the top 4 seeds. I would agree with an earlier poster that Dougherty may have missed the boat saying there will be just one Gateway at-large. YSU is going to be very strong this year. :cool: