McFeely: How many FCS teams, really, could win national championship?
Greg Madia of the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va., does an excellent job covering James Madison University’s football team. He recently did a piece that asked players and coaches in the Colonial Athletic Association, of which JMU is a member, a series of questions pertaining to players, coaches and teams in the league. He gave anonymity to those who agreed to answer with the hope of getting honest responses. You can read the entire article here, which I recommend. It’s a fun read.
One portion of the Q&A stood out. It was when Madia asked players and coaches how many CAA teams are capable of winning the 2018 Football Championship Subdivision national title. For those who follow FCS closely, you know that James Madison is the heavy favorite to again win its conference and should contend strongly for a national title. After that, you wouldn’t necessarily think of other CAA teams being in the national title hunt. The playoffs? Absolutely, maybe five CAA teams might qualify. The playoff quarterfinals? Sure. The semifinals? Now we get iffy, outside of James Madison. And the title game and perhaps a championship? That has to be the Dukes’ territory exclusively from this league, right?