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FCS Playoff Watch with FSN Crew and Chris Lang
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While Liberty is taking Week 11 of the collegiate football season off for its annual bye week, the action on the gridiron all around the country could affect the Flames' postseason future.
Next weekend, Liberty (5-0 BSC) will travel to Stony Brook, N.Y., to face fellow Big South unbeaten Stony Brook (4-0 BSC). The victor in the game will capture the 2011 Big South title and an automatic bid into the 2011 NCAA FCS Playoff field.
Just like with the Big South, with two weekends of FCS football left, most, if not all, of the 20 postseason spots for the field of the NCAA FCS Playoffs remain up for grabs.
Action on the field during the next two Saturdays will determine who will garner the 10 automatic bids into the FCS Playoff field by winning their conference titles. In addition, numerous worthy teams will be watching ESPNU anxiously on Sunday, Nov. 20 (10 a.m. EST) to see if the NCAA FCS Selection Committee deemed their efforts on the field in 2011 to be enough to grab one of the remaining 10 at-large bids to this year's field that will play for the national championship.
The "Road to Frisco" will begin with four first-round games during Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26), followed by eight second-round games on Dec. 3. The quarterfinals are slated for Dec. 10, followed by semifinal match-ups on Dec. 16 and 17. The two surviving members will then travel to Frisco, Texas, to battle for the FCS National Championship at Pizza Hut Park on Jan. 7.
Opinions on who will be among the 20 teams selected for this year's NCAA FCS Playoff field vastly differ, as each analyst who follows the FCS rankings has their own thoughts.
During today's roundtable discussion about the NCAA FCS Playoff field, FSN reporters Alan York and Nick Pierce sit down and talk with Chris Lang, Liberty's beat writer for the Lynchburg News & Advance. For the past seven seasons, Lang has provided the greater Lynchburg area with extensive coverage of Liberty Flames football that comes with a well-respected understanding of FCS football.
Media FCS Playoff Predictions from Around the Country:
Lynchburg News & Advance – Predictions by Chris Lang (updated weekly)
Sports Network – Predictions by Craig Haley (updated weekly)
College Sporting News – Based upon the Gridiron Power Index (last updated on 10/31/11)
Gridiron Power Index - Presented by the College Sporting News (updated weekly)