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2011 FCS Playoffs Projection: Montana State, Montana Expected To Receive 1st Round Byes

The 2011 FCS Playoffs don't start until Nov. 26, but bracket projections are already out.

The 2011 FCS Playoffs begin on Nov. 26 and there's still some time before the bracket is set, but the Sports Network is already taking a stab (PDF) at how things will shape up. The Montana St. Bobcats and the Montana Grizzlies are expected to receive byes to the second round. The Bobcats are the No. 1 FCS team in the country and if they defeat Big Sky conferencemate Montana on Saturday, the No. 1 ranking should be theirs for the tournament.

Montana will still host a second-round tournament game even without an upset of the Bobcats. They are projected to face Wofford on Dec. 3. Montana State, in this projection, will face the winner of Indiana State-Central Arkansas. The Bobcats could then face either Georgia Southern or Northern Iowa in a semifinal game. After the semifinals on Dec. 16 and 17, the playoffs take a break until Jan. 7 when the championship game takes place at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Tx.

Will either of the Montana schools be able to run the gamut and and pick up a national championship?