Projecting Second Round Upsets

Top seeds haven’t always faired well in the second round of playoffs, going 5-3 in 2019, 2017, 2016 and 2015. Could we possibly be in for more upsets this year?

Quarterback Matthew Sluka has guided the Holy Cross football team to a 9-2 overall record this fall
Source: Mark Seliger Photography/Courtesy of Holy Cross Athletics

Earning a seed in the FCS playoffs is a big deal for teams. It gives the top eight teams a bye week and guarantees home-field advantage in the second round.

Kennesaw State at #7 ETSU

Going into this matchup, Kennesaw State is actually favored by 2.5 points. Kennesaw has the deffense to keep ETSU's Quay Holmes and Jacob Saylors at bay. This will be the closest contest in the second round in a battle of the trenches.

Southeastern Lousiana at #3 James Madison

SLU's Cole Kelley is a mobile QB who is going to look to take advantage of JMU's secondary. This game has the potential to light up the scoreboard, but don't expect an upset at JMU.

Holy Cross at #5 Villanova

Holy Cross' defense can turn games into an ugly low-scoring game that causes the opposing team's offense to not find their rhythm. However, Villanova would have to play its worst game of the year in order to lose this one.

UT Martin at #8 Montana State

Some would call UT Martin the sleeper of the first round and proved everyone wrong by winning against Missouri State. However, Montana State is not Missouri State, they are a more physical and disciplined team. UT Martin would need to overcome a lot in order to pull this upset.