The Scoop's Divisional Playoff Round-Up
The NJCAA awarded its championship on Sunday to East Mississippi Community College and, after awarding its 10 conference championships, FBS takes a two-week respite before bowl season kicks in. Everywhere else, the playoffs march on. FCS is now into its quarterfinals, and Division II and Division III each set their semifinals over the weekend.
Here's a quick snapshot at where things stand in each division.
North Dakota State 38, Furman 7
Coastal Carolina 42, Montana 35
Coastal Carolina at North Dakota State (12 p.m. ET, ESPN3 Saturday): Coastal trekked nearly 3,000 miles to Montana and came away with a win. No doubt one of the most impressive wins by any team this weekend. Leaving the FargoDome with a win this Saturday would be doubly impressive.
Southeastern Louisiana 30, Sam Houston State 29
New Hampshire 41, Maine 27
New Hampshire at Southeastern Louisiana (7 p.m. ET, ESPN3 Saturday): How about the Wildcats? On November 2, New Hampshire was beaten 17-0 by William & Mary, dropping them to 4-4 on the season. Credit head coach Sean McDonnell for keeping the dream alive when things could have headed southward.
Eastern Illinois 51, Tennessee State 10
Towson 48, Fordham 28
Towson at Eastern Illinois (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2 Friday): This is the only one of FCS's four quarterfinal matches where everything has gone according to plan, with seventh-seeded Towson visiting second-seed Eastern Illinois.
Eastern Washington 41, South Dakota State 17
Jacksonville State 31, McNeese State 10
Jacksonville State at Eastern Washington (4 p.m. ET, ESPN3 Saturday): Eastern Washington is 13-1 on the red turf over the past two seasons. Good luck, Gamecocks.
West Chester 28, Shepherd 7
Lenoir-Rhyne 42, North Alabama 39
West Chester at Lenoir-Rhyne (12 p.m. ET, Saturday): If you're wondering why so many of the folks in Hickory, N.C., have red marks on their arms, it's because everyone's been pinching themselves so often lately. Lenoir-Rhyne has already set a school record for wins and will play in the national semifinals for the first time since 1962. The Bears are 19-1 in their last 20 home games.
Northwest Missouri State 59, St. Cloud State 21
Grand Valley State 35, West Texas A&M 28
Grand Valley State at Northwest Missouri State (3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday): September 14. That's the last time anyone played Northwest Missouri State to within one score, when Central Missouri battled to a 28-24 final score. The Bearcats have topped 43 points in their last six games. The Lakers pitched a 21-0 second-half shutout of West Texas A&M to advance to the semifinals.
Mount Union 62, Wesley 59
North Central (Ill.) 41, Bethel (Minn.) 17
North Central (Ill.) at Mount Union (12 p.m. ET, Saturday ESPN3): Mount Union put up a 31-0 first quarter lead on Wesley and had to survive an onside kick attempt three quarters later for a 62-59 final score. If you're looking for good signs for North Central, there you have it - these Purple Raiders are mortal. Mount Union has played three games decided by one score this fall after playing a grand total of zero on last year's march to the national championship.
Wisconsin-Whitewater 28, Linfield 17
Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, St. John Fischer 23
Wisconsin-Whitewater at Mary Hardin-Baylor (3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday ESPN3): You've got to love Lance Liepold's feast-or-famine Warhawks. After missing the 2012 playoffs, Whitewater is 13-0 and back in its customary spot in the Division III semifinals. Mary Hardin-Baylor hasn't played a game decided by less than 11 points this season and scored at least 31 points in every game this season. Whitewater hasn't allowed more than 17 points all season. This should be fun.