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(STATS) -- As the middle of the FCS regular season arrives, a whopping seven teams that were nationally ranked in the preseason are floundering under losing records.Its now, but probably never for most of them as far as gaining an FCS playoff bid.The most promising situation belongs to Northern Iowa (2-3, 1-1 Missouri Valley), which was ranked fifth in the preseason. The problem for the talented Panthers is it that four of their remaining six conference opponents are ranked in the Top 15 (Youngstown State, North Dakota State, Western Illinois and South Dakota State).But UNI played such a tough non-conference schedule and had a win over an FBS opponent (Iowa State) that even a 6-5 record may land it an at-large bid -- like Western Illinois last year.An at-large bid is unlikely for defending Patriot League champion and preseason No. 21 Colgate (1-4, 0-1), which is reeling with a three-game losing streak. It needs help to gain the leagues automatic bid again, the best bet in a seven-team league likely being a tie for the league title. But it cant be a two-way share with Lehigh, which won the head-to-head matchup.At this point, a winning record is probably the best scenario for William & Mary (2-4, 0-3 CAA), which was No. 9 in the preseason; Illinois State (2-4, 0-3 Missouri Valley), No. 10; Portland State (2-4, 1-2 Big Sky), No. 17; Northern Arizona (2-4, 1-2 Big Sky), No. 18; and Towson (1-4, 0-3 CAA), No. 24.High expectations bring a lot of pressure to teams. Sometimes too much.SECOND AND 10=Ten more observations from the FCS weekend:1.) The team of the week could probably be South Dakota for its 28-25 win over Northern Iowa in the Missouri Valley Conference, but lets go with Southeastern Louisiana, the 2013 and 14 Southland Conference champ, which beat last years champ McNeese 31-24. Incredibly, the Lions won the game with an 82-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds remaining. With the score tied 24-24 and the ball deep in its territory, it looked like Southeastern was ready to run out the clock and go into overtime. But Justin Alo threw a second-down pass along the sideline that just got by leaping McNeese cornerback Jermaine Antoine, who put his hands on the ball before it fell into Brandon Ackers hands in stride as he raced away.2.) Midway through the regular season, there may be some coaches facing the hot seat if their teams dont pick up their play, including Bruce Fowler of Furman (0-6), Dave Brock of Delaware (2-3), Frank Tavani of Lafayette (1-5), Ron Gould of UC Davis (1-5) and Harold Nichols of Presbyterian (1-4).3.) The better offenses in the FCS have to include Lehigh (4-2), which has averaged a shade under 50 points during its four-game winning streak, including a 45-31 dispatching of fading Patriot League champ Colgate. Quarterback Nick Shafnisky has his choices in power running back Dom Bragalone and seemingly unstoppable wide receivers Troy Pelletier and Gatlin Casey, who have both gone over 100 yards in three straight games. Last years senior class was the first to leave Lehigh without a league title in more than 20 years. This years senior class seeks a different end.4.) While Montana has risen to a higher level under second-year coach Bob Stitt, the story isnt as promising at Montana State, where first-year coach Jeff Choate is trying to prevent the Bobcats second straight losing season. They are 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big Sky following a 20-14 home loss to Northern Arizona. The loss of quarterback Dakota Prukop to a graduate transfer set the Bobcats back tremendously. If there is a positive, the defense has improved under coordinator Ty Gregorak, who joined Choates staff from Montana. The Bobcats rank first in the Big Sky Conference in scoring defense (20.4 ppg) and second in total defense (370.6 ypg) after ranking eight and 10th, respectively, a year ago.5.) Much of the focus in the MEAC centers on North Carolina A&T and star tailback Tarik Cohen, but North Carolina Central (4-2, 3-0) sits alone in first place, a half-game ahead of A&T and Morgan State. The Eagles, who have won a share of the title each of the past two seasons under coach Jerry Mack, beat Florida A&M 17-13 for their 11th straight win over a non-FBS opponent. The Eagles had an impressive 14 tackles for loss, including Reggie Hunter with 3 1/2. Their big game with rival A&T is at home on Nov. 19.6.) With Albany, Cornell and Tennessee State losing, there are only five remaining unbeaten teams, and all are nationally ranked: Chattanooga (6-0), The Citadel (5-0), Sam Houston State (5-0), North Dakota State (5-0) and Harvard (4-0). Conversely, there are six winless teams: Abilene Christian (0-6), Furman (0-6), Mississippi Valley State (0-6), Austin Peay (0-5), Delaware State (0-5) and Bethune-Cookman (0-4).7.) After allowing 20 rushing touchdowns last season, Youngstown State has yet to surrender one this season in its 4-1 start, including Saturdays 20-6 defensive gem at Illinois State. Opponents are averaging under three yards per carry. Its a huge improvement for the Penguins, who have melted in November in recent years as theyve tried to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.8.) The ability to convert third downs is huge. Among the top 20 in third down conversion percentage, every team has a winning record except for UT Martin, which is .500 (3-3) with two of the losses against FBS opponents. The Ohio Valley Conference squad is one of six teams clicking over 50 percent, a group led by Harvard (58.2 percent) and including James Madison, Eastern Washington, San Diego and Lehigh.9.) One midseason ballot for national offensive player of the year: 1. Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud; 2. Fordham running back Chase Edmonds; 3. South Dakota State quarterback Taryn Christion; 4. Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp; and 5 (tie). James Madison running back Khalid Abdullah and Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe.10.) One midseason ballot for national offensive player of the year: 1. Northern Iowa defensive end Karter Schult; 2. Saint Francis safety Lorenzo Jerome; 3. Villanova defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon; 4. Sam Houston State defensive end P.J. Hall; and 5 (tie). Stetson safety Donald Payne and Youngstown defensive end Derek Rivers.---=A LOOK AHEAD=Next weekends FCS games provides one of the bigger Saturdays of the regular season. Matchups from the Top 25 include Chattanooga at The Citadel, the top Southern Conference teams and defending co-champs; South Dakota State at top-ranked North Dakota State and Northern Iowa at Youngstown State in the Missouri Valley; Villanova at Richmond in CAA Football; and Central Arkansas at McNeese in the Southland.Also: Big Sky, Southern Utah at North Dakota and Cal Poly at Portland State; CAA, Albany at Maine and James Madison at New Hampshire (which may become a Top 25 game in this weeks STATS poll); Ivy, Columbia at Penn (Lions coach Al Bagnoli makes a return to Penn); and MEAC, North Carolina A&T at Bethune-Cookman (Thursday night).Other key matchups: Northeast, Bryant at Saint Francis; Ohio Valley, Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee State; Pioneer, San Diego at Drake; and SWAC, Southern at Jackson State. Salomon Shoes Australia Sale . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. Salomon Shoes Online Australia . Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. side, put it all into perspective. "We know whos in charge," he said. . MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also will attend the session, which was announced Monday. The league has discussed placing its next two expansion teams in Miami and Atlanta. Salomon Shoes Outlet Australia .25 million option on reliever Jose Veras. Cheap Salomon Shoes Australia . He said Tuesday thats a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. Blake Fergusons resounding Four Nations tour has kept the door ajar on his chances of retaining his NSW State of Origin jumper next year, says Blues coach Laurie Daley.Four months after an error-riddled return to the Origin arena, Ferguson was awarded the Harry Sunderland medal as Australias best player in the Four Nations series.For Daley, it was the perfect response after a sub-par Origin series in 2016.The thing with Fergo, on that big stage, unfortunately hed made one error a game and all those errors in games one, two and three led to tries, Daley said.In that arena where tries are hard to come by, every mistake is scrutinised. Other than that, his overall game in Origin was very good. Unfortunately mistakes did lead to tries.Ferguson was brought back into the Origin cauldron this year despite a slow start to the 2016 season with his club side, Sydney Roosters, that included a one-game experiment at fullback.He was immediately switched to the flanks until after the Origin series, when club coach Trent Robinson again attempted to pllay the 26-year-old in the No.dddddddddddd1 jumper.And it was there where Daley noticed a big jump in form over the back half of Fergusons campaign, resulting in a Kangaroos berth and an equal tournament-high four tries.He got better as the season went on and took a lot of confidence. Going away with the Australian side, he got player of the tour, so thats a fantastic achievement, Daley said.Youd think hed come back a better player for that and again look to cement his position in the NSW team, but you can never take anything for granted in this team.We had some really good performers this year but there are some guys who missed out that are knocking on the door in terms of those outside backs.It gives us great depth and great comfort to know weve got plenty of people challenging for positions. The exciting thing for me is the guys will have to go out there and play well if they want to be in that first game. ' ' '

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