Eastern Kentucky’s 45-38 victory over Kennesaw State and JSU’s 40-17 win over Central Arkansas left the Govs (7-4) tied with the Colonels and Bears atop the league standings at 3-2.
Jacksonville State finished unbeaten in the ASUN at 5-0 and can lay claim to the unofficial ASUN crown. The Gamecocks showered coach Rich Rodriguez with a Gatorade bath in the final seconds of its win Saturday, but the Gamecocks are ineligible to win the conference title with 85 scholarship players. FCS teams are allowed 63 players on scholarship, but JSU will transition to FBS next season.
Austin Peay beat EKU, 31-20, on Sept. 24 but lost to Central Arkansas (Oct. 1) and Jacksonville State (Oct. 29). It’s the second conference championship in the past three years for Austin Peay. The Govs ended a 40-year conference title drought in 2019 when they claimed a share of the OVC crown and earned the program’s first ever playoff berth, reaching the national quarterfinals.
The ASUN and WAC power rankings will determine which school earns the FCS playoff automatic qualifier. Stephen F. Austin captured the WAC title after beating Abilene Christian, 24-21, on Saturday. The Lumberjacks and Wildcats were tied at 3-1 in the WAC standings, but Stephen F. Austin is awarded the title by head-to-head tiebreaker. The ASUN has no conference title tiebreaking system.
Abilene Christian came into today’s game ranked No. 1 in the ASUN-WAC power rankings. If the Govs can’t secure the automatic qualifier, they’ll have to hope the FCS playoff committee selects them for one of the 14 at-large berths. The playoff selection show is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. Sunday (ESPNU) .