Sunday, November 18, 2007

Poly misses playoffs for second straight year

As expected, Cal Poly's football season officially came to a close today when it was not among the 16 teams invited to the FCS playoffs. Here's the bracket. New Hampshire (7-4) was the only four-loss team to make the playoffs, which shows just how important getting to that eighth win is. New Hampshire will open the playoffs next weekend against top-seeded Northern Iowa (11-0).
Montana (11-0) and Eastern Washington (8-3) advanced from the West out of the Big Sky Conference. The Gateway Conference, where the North Dakota State and South Dakota State will be playing next season, got two berths to the playoffs. The Colonial Athletic Association raised eyebrows when it got five teams in. New Hampshire got in despite being ranked No. 20 in last week's Sports Network Top 25, only five spots better than Cal Poly. The CAA was represented by UMass and former Cal Poly AD John McCutcheon on the selection comittee. UMass earned an automatic bid as a co-champion of the league.
As expected, no Great West Football Conference teams advanced. Neither did any of the Mustangs' nonconference opponents. Cal Poly finished 7-4 the past two seasons after making the playoffs in 2005 with an 8-3 mark.

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AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS (8): Montana (Big Sky Conference), Massachusetts (Colonial Athletic Association), Northern Iowa (Gateway Football Conference), Delaware State (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley Conference), Fordham (Patriot League) Wofford (Southern Conference), McNeese State (Southland Conference).

AT-LARGE QUALIFERS (8): Eastern Washington (Big Sky Conference), Delaware (Colonial Athletic Association), James Madison (Colonial Athletic Association), New Hampshire (Colonial Athletic Association), Richmond (Colonial Athletic Association), Southern Illinois (Gateway Football Conference), Eastern Illinois (Ohio Valley Conference), Appalachian State (Southern Conference).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Given the fact that in FBS (Division 1A) that approximately 1/2 of the 120 or so teams that play are able to play in a bowl game, the FCS teams (Division 1AA) which is also approximately 120 teams needs to expand their playoff format to include more than 16 teams. While Cal Poly did NOT win the required 7 division 1 games (they won 6) they probably deserve to be in a playoff format that includes 24 teams. What a 24 team format would mean is that 20% of the FCS teams would qualify for post-season play -- that is compared to approximately 50% of FBS that will play a post-season bowl game.

By the way, according to the Jeff Sagarin Power Rankings, Cal Poly was ranked as the #24 team in FCS.

What would probably be required is an additional week of playoffs which would work very well next year since there is an additional week of play between the season opener and the last game. In fact the NCAA has granted permission for teams to schedule 12 games in 2008.