FCS Playoffs 2012: Ranking Likeliest Team to Win It All

Pete SchauerCorrespondent INovember 28, 2012

Sep 24, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA: North Dakota State Bisons quarterback Brock Jensen (16) looks for someone to pass to in the first quarter against the Minnesota Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

As you sit there pondering just what the heck the FCS (or Division I-AA) is, you may want to get your head in the game and check out some great football this weekend.

It's not your computer-ranked BCS football, but rather a bracket tournament based upon record, which is what most sports fans are accustomed to.

That said, let's take a gander at the favorites to win the FCS Championship:



3. Montana State

Playing in the Big Sky Conference, the Bobcats have amassed a 10-1 record, rattling off four in a row heading into their Dec. 1 game against Stony Brook.

Before losing to Eastern Washington on Oct. 13, Montana St. had won six in a row.

Montana St. has a potent offense, scoring at least 40 points in five of its games this season while surrendering less than 20 points six times on defense.

Against a 10-2 Stony Brook squad, look for QB DeNarius McGhee and RB Cody Kirk to lead the Bobcats to the semifinals, where they'll most likely meet Eastern Washington.



2. Eastern Washington

The Eastern Washington Eagles already have confidence entering the tournament, having beaten one of the best FCS teams already, the Montana State Bobcats.

Because of that win over the Bobcats, the Eagles hold the division lead in the Big Sky Conference despite owning a 9-2 record.

The Eagles don't sport quite the staunch D that Montana St. does, but freshman QB Vernon Adams knows how to lead this offense.

Eastern Washington will be in action on Saturday night, as they look to improve to 10-2 and advance in the FCS tournament against Wagner.



1. North Dakota State

As the No. 1 seed in the FCS tournament, the Bison are my favorites to win it all.

Sporting a 10-1 record, North Dakota St. sits atop the Missouri Valley Conference with solid play on both sides of the ball.

Besides a tireless rushing attack, the Bison boast a stingy defense, as they've surrendered seven or fewer points in five games this season.

North Dakota St. enters the tournament having won five straight, including a 54-0 shutout of South Dakota, as junior RB Sam Ojuri has dominated the ground game this season.

Of the three teams discussed here, I like the Bison the most to knock off the competition.



For a complete look at the FCS bracket, click here.

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