It’s time for another episode of B-Mac and Herd’s FCS Podcast.
On this episode, Brian McLaughlin and Sam Herder finally get to discuss some football action. They look back at Week 2’s games and look ahead to this weekend’s top matchups. The two also discuss voting in a Top 25 this early, and some new roles within the company that’ll change how HERO Sports’ FCS coverage looks.
Brian and Sam wrap the pod by reacting to JMU’s and NDSU’s Game 1 performances.
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FCS Spring Bracketology 2.0
Predicting the FCS playoff bracket is going to be as difficult as it’s ever been for the 2021 spring season.
The 24-team bracket has been reduced to 16 teams. The typical format is 10 auto-bids from 10 conferences and 14 at-large bids. This spring, there will be 10 auto-bids and only six at-large bids.
Only four teams will be seeded compared to the usual eight.
Fall games are included in playoff resumes. And while teams can play up to eight regular-season spring games in a 13-week period, the amount of games conferences are playing ranges from four to eight. A minimum of four games must be played to qualify as an at-large bid.
In short, there is going to be a huge imbalance when evaluating playoff resumes. Nonetheless, we will give it a shot and provide weekly playoff predictions.
Playoff Field Predictions
These predictions take current playoff resumes and all future scheduled games into consideration.
Sam’s coverage of the FCS began in 2012 as the sports editor and eventual editor-in-chief of NDSU’s The Spectrum. After graduating in 2015, he spent three years in the newspaper and magazine industry while starting his work for HERO Sports in the fall of 2016 as a freelancer. In May 2018, he joined the website full time as the Senior FCS Analyst.