Football Championship Subdivision

Missouri Valley on a playoff push
Andre Stubbs
Youngstown State, including Andre Stubbs, was an
eight-win team that was shut out of the 2013 FCS playoffs.
Philadelphia, PA ( - Anybody and everybody across the FCS embraced the expansion of the playoff field by four teams to 24 last year, knowing it would bring in more deserving qualifiers.

The conference that has been considered the strongest in the FCS likely never envisioned its playoff qualifiers would go in the other direction - dropping from three to two.

Quite simply, Missouri Valley Football Conference programs found this result to be unacceptable.

They were particularly vocal about their dissatisfaction on Tuesday during a preseason coaches conference call in which North Dakota State - the three-time defending FCS national champion - was announced as the team to beat again in the 10-team Missouri Valley. South Dakota State was picked second and Northern Iowa third in the 10-team conference's head coaches, media and sports information directors poll.   Full Story

MEAC offenses seek turnaround
By Craig Haley, FCS Exec. Director
Philadelphia, PA ( - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference offenses were offensive last season, just not in the good sense.

Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State were co-champions again, and they both qualified for the FCS playoffs, but MEAC teams had a hard enough time moving the ball against each other, let alone when they went outside conference play.

The 2014 season brings a fresh start, and there is an excellent chance the MEAC title race will widen, although Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State were still ranked 1-2 in the preseason coaches poll at Friday's media day in Norfolk, Virginia. North Carolina A&T was picked third and Howard, led by preseason offensive player of the year Greg McGhee, fourth.  Full Story

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