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FCS Roundup, Week 11

Each week we take a look at some of the most interesting storylines from the FCS level. Here's what you need to know about week 11.

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With just one week before the playoff matchups are set, there were still a bunch of tickets to the dance up for grabs. Let's take a look at who secured their spots.

  • #1 Jacksonville State won the Ohio Valley Conference and clinched a playoff spot after crushing Southeast Missouri State, 56-28. Troymaine Pope and Christian LaMay combined for 261 yards and four touchdowns on the ground to lead the Gamecocks. As long as they don't blow it by losing to 3-7 Murray State next week, Jacksonville State has a good chance at the #1 overall ranking in the playoffs.
  • #2 North Dakota State stayed alive in the MVFC race by edging out Youngstown State, 27-24. Bison QB Easton Stick continues to simply manage the offense and let the running game win him games. He went a mild 9-for-18 for 176 yards, but also rushed for 42 yards and two scores - including the game-winner with 35 seconds left. NDSU, tied with Illinois State atop the conference, hosts Missouri State in week 12.
  • #7 William & Mary took the outright lead in the CAA after beating Towson 31-17, combined with #14 Richmond's 21-20 loss to Villanova. The Tribe and Spiders will face each other this week, with William & Mary looking for its first outright CAA title since 2010. If the Spiders pull the upset, the winner of the James Madison-Villanova tilt will share the league title with both the Tribe and Spiders.
  • The Big Sky had a busy weekend, with #11 Portland State beating #20 Southern Utah 24-23, #17 Montana thrashing #18 Eastern Washington 57-16, and #24 Northern Arizona taking care of Sacramento State 49-35. Southern Utah still leads the conference at 6-1 in league play, but the Thunderbirds play Northern Arizona next week, which could determine the Big Sky winner. Montana, Eastern Washington, Portland State and Northern Arizona are all 5-2 in conference, so the final week of the regular season will be pivotal.
  • QB Jacob Huesman once again carried #8 Chattanooga, this time to the SoCon title with a 31-23 win over Citadel. The senior threw for 192 yards, while running for another 118 and two scores. Both teams have FBS opponents this week, with Chattanooga taking on Florida State and Citadel facing South Carolina.
  • Colgate clinched the Patriot League with a 49-42 win over Lehigh, keeping the Raiders undefeated in conference play. The 31-29 win over #13 Fordham two weeks ago means that even with a loss this Saturday to Bucknell, the Raiders can't lose the conference and win the auto-bid into the playoff. Fordham will likely secure an at-large bid and does not play this weekend.
  • #9 Charleston Southern clinched the Big South with a 31-24 win over Liberty. QB Austin Brown passed for 301 yards and four touchdowns for the Buccaneers. #4 Coastal Carolina will only get a chance to avenge their week nine loss to the Bucs if they happen to meet in the playoffs.