College Football Top 25: North Carolina Central Falls in FCS Power Rankings But Faces Postseason Trouble
North Carolina Central finds itself in a unique position. Last weekend, the Eagles were destroyed by Howard, 50-20, in one of the biggest upsets of the season in the FCS. North Carolina Central remains one of the best teams in the FCS, with an 8-2 record, but its latest loss means it will no longer be in control of its own destiny in the Celebration Bowl, which ‘ go to the MEAC winner.
If Howard beats Morgan State this weekend, it will get the bowl bid. In order for the Eagles to get their ticket to Atlanta, they must beat Delaware State and the Bison must lose.
This is a wide open year in the FCS outside of South Dakota State. The Eagles are coming off non-conference wins against CAA foes Campbell, Elon and North Carolina A&T. An impressive resume, indeed – one that would surely earn him an at-large bid to the playoffs.
Here’s the problem: Do you want to win the MEAC and go to the Celebration Bowl? Or would you rather go to the Division I playoffs, armed with one of the best QBs in the FCS (Davius Richard) to see if you can make a deep postseason run?
That will be a debate all week in the HBCU ranks and it will mean a strong final week of the regular season in the FCS.