Owls Host Davidson For First Round Of FCS Playoffs

  By Don Stone, KennesawStateSports.com

   Cobb County is on a roll. First the Braves win the World Series, now Kennesaw State gets a championship.

   On the heels of their stunning domination of Monmouth on Saturday to win their third Big South Conference championship, Kennesaw State moves on to the FCS Playoffs.

   It was announced in the FCS Playoff Selection Program Sunday on ESPNU that the Owls will be hosting Davidson on Saturday to begin the first round. KSU had hoped to get a bye week based on their 10-1 record as a conference champion. But, it’s likely that their weak strength of schedule was held against them. None of the ten teams that they defeated made it to the playoffs. 

   The 8-2 North Carolina based ‘Cats are coming off their own domination of Drake, 45-14. The win clinched the Pioneer Football League Championship.

    It will be an interesting matchup of offenses. The Wildcats have the #1 ranked offense in the nation with 3484 total yards, 40 touchdowns and averaging 348.4. The second top rushing offense in the FCS is none other than Kennesaw State, who is averaging 275.5 yards per game.
  Davidson will have a tough task to put up points against the Owls defense, who held opponents to a 38.14 percent third-down conversion rate behind stellar play from linebacker Evan Thompson. Thompson leads Kennesaw State in tackles and tackles for loss. Thompson and crew will try to remain undefeated against FCS teams this season.   

   Monmouth had won 16 consecutive Big South games before losing at Kennesaw State. That tied the longest streak in conference history. Both teams came in at 6-0, undefeated in conference play.

   That was the final game the Owls will play in the Big South as they move on to the Atlantic Sun Conference next season.

    Kickoff in the opening round of the FCS Playoffs between the two top rushing offenses in the country is slated for 2:00 pm ET at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw. The game can be seen on ESPN+.

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