In great shape:
- Hofstra. No team in the CAA is in better shape. The Pride is 6-0 and all wins are Division I. With five games to go, Hofstra only needs one win to be playoff eligible. The Pride could loose two of the five and still go 9-2 for the season. That's a lock for a playoff game. Hofstra was 2-9 last year
- James Madison. The Dukes only loss is to BCS North Carolina. They currently have the most league wins (4-0). They should beat W &M and Towson. They are a lock for the playoffs with final games with Richmond, Delaware, W&M and Towson. The games with the Hens and the Spiders will determine who wins the CAA South.
- UMass. The Minutemen do not have a league loss and are 5-1 overall. However, UMass needs to beat W&M, Rhody and Northeastern to stay in the hunt. If UMass looses to UNH or Hofstra, we might not win the CAA North Title and therefore must get a at-large bid. We would need to go 4-1 in the final five games to get a home playoff game. We need to win at least one of the Hofstra and UNH games.
- Towson. With four league losses, the Tigers are out. I thought Towson would contend for the CAA South title this year, but injuries and poor play have put the Tigers in the South's basement
- Maine. Four CAA losses and 1-5 overall means the Black Bears are out of the playoffs and are having one of their worst seasons in recent memory
- Northeastern. Three CAA league losses and a 1-5 overall record means the Huskies have no chance at an at-large bid.
- Rhode Island. Ditto for the Rams 0-3 in the league and 1-5 overall.
- Villanova. The Wildcats are 2-2 in the league and 4-3 overall. They probably need to win out just to get an at large bid
- William & Mary. Ditto for the Tribe. 2-2 in the league and 4-3 overall.
- Delaware. If the Hens beat Navy, they are golden. However, if they loose, things get dicey for Delaware. A loss to Navy means the Hens will only have six Div I wins going into their last three games with JMU, Richmond and Villanova. They would need to win two of the three to go 8-2 in Division I
- New Hampshire. The Wildcats are 1-2 in the CAA and 4-2 overall. With a number of good teams in the CAA this year, UNH needs to win the CAA North, which they can do with wins over UMass & Hofstra. Three league losses probably means they will be sitting home this year. UNH's win over Marshall probably means the committee would choose them over other 8-3 CAA teams if it came to that.
- Richmond. The Spiders have only one league loss and are 4-2 overall. They do have a tough final five with Rhody, JMU, Villanova, Delaware and W&M. Games with the Dukes and the Hens will decide the CAA South crown. Going 3-2 during the next five games probably will get JMU into the post season.
UPDATE: The Sports Media Network FCS gurus take a stab at the 2007 playoff brackets here .