JSU Wins OVC Football Conference Championship
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks clinched the Ohio Valley Conference with a 28-14 win over Murray State, giving them their 9th conference title since 2003.
Quarterback Zion Webb was 17-28 for 239 yards passing for a touchdown and also added two scores on the ground.
Trae Berry, the team's 6-foot-7 245 pound TE also played a big role in the team's victory with four receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown.
According to the NCAA website, this is how the FCS playoffs will work this year.:
- The fall championship, usually culminating in an early January title game, is still planned to be played — albeit in the spring this year.
- The championship is currently scheduled for April 18-May 15, with 16 teams making the playoff field as opposed to the usual 24.
- In this 16-team bracket, 10 teams will automatically qualify via conference championships. The remaining six will be at-large selections.
- Schools that opted to play games in the fall will have their results considered in the selection process for the spring championship field.
The Gamecocks are currently ranked No. 10 in the country with an 8-2 record, moving up two spots from their previous ranking of No. 12.
Chasing James Madison and North Dakota State who sit atop the rankings at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively won't be easy, on the other hand JSU could be a sleeper team come playoff time.
Fortunately for JSU, North Dakota State has been without star QB Trey Lance for the majority of the season, due to the fact that he opted out to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Without Lance, NDSU has been forced to go quarterback by committee, however, this is a solid team that has been impressive this season thus far.
The official FCS Playoff bracket has not been filled in with the matchups just yet, but JSU will have a full week to prepare for the first game of the FCS playoffs.
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