Six of the eight games in the NCAA Division I Football Championship round of 16 this Saturday will be rematches between teams that have already met once this fall.

Sam Houston and McNeese are one of the six with the Bearkats and the Cowboys meeting at 6 p.m. in Lake Charles.

The other rematches include Chattanooga at Jacksonville State, The Citadel at Charleston Southern, Montana at North Dakota State, William & Mary at Richmond and Western Illinois at Illinois State.

All eight games Saturday will be telecast live on ESPN3 with the day starting with the 11 a.m. match-up between Colgate and James Madison and a 9 p.m. contest when Northern Iowa visits Portland State.

Here’s a look at each of the match-ups Saturday:


Chattanooga topped Fordham, 50-20 on Saturday to advance in the playoffs where the Mocs will take on top-seeded Jacksonville State. UTC quarterback Jacob Huesman was named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches for the third consecutive season and is just the sixth player in league history to win the award more than once.

Ohio Valley Conference champion Jacksonville State has been the No. 1 ranked team in the national since Sept. 19. The Gamecocks are making their third-straight and sixth overall Division I playoff appearance. JSU is 2-5 all-time in the playoffs including advancing to the quarterfinals in 2013.

The Gamecocks Eli Jenkins was named OVC Offensive Player of the Year and finished sixth in voting for the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year. 

Jacksonville State defeated Chattanooga 23-20 in their first meeting this year.


Illinois State was the runner-up to four-time national champion North Dakota State in last year’s NCAA championship game.

For the second time in league history, the Missouri Valley Football Conference has two of the top four overall seeds as No. 2 Illinois State and No. 3 North Dakota State represent the league this year.

The MVFC has four of the remaining 16 teams in the playoff field. The league has a 48-6 non-conference record against FCS schools during the past two seasons.

Illinois State rolled past Western Illinois 48-28 in the pair's regular season game.


Another rematch, with the four-time national champion Bison hosting the Griz squad that handed North Dakota State a 38-35 loss in the FSC Kickoff Classic in Missoula on August 29. The Bison rank ninth nationally in scoring defense and sport a five-game winning streak.

Two of Montana’s four losses came in overtime games and another loss was just by one point to Cal Poly. Quarterback Tyler Lucas leads a passing offense that ranks No. 13 in FCS.

North Dakota State is looking to become only the second team to win five FCS national titles and the first to win five in a row. Georgia Southern won six national championships (1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999 and 2000).

SAM HOUSTON (9-3) at #4 McNEESE STATE (10-0)

The Southland Conference teams with the league’s two best records in the NCAA playoffs face off in a rematch in Lake Charles. Four weeks ago the Cowboys won 27-10 to clinch the league championship.

The game features a classic match-up between the Southland’s top scoring, rushing and passing offense in a Sam Houston team that ranks No. 3 in the nation in points per game and the league’s top defensive team in McNeese. The winner faces either Colgate or James Madison.

COLGATE (8-4) at #5 JAMES MADISON (9-2)

Colgate won its first FCS playoff game since 2003 with a 27-20 triumph at New Hampshire in the first round on Saturday. The Raiders built a 27-6 fourth-quarter lead and held on for the win. Colgate’s victory was the fifth FCS playoff win for the Patriot League in the past six years.

James Madison features the nation’s top offense, averaging 549.7 yards and 44.8 points per contest. The Dukes won their first seven games of the year before falling to Richmond and William & Mary on consecutive weekends. JMU ended the regular season with wins over Delaware and Villanova.


Portland State’s Patrick Onwuasor is one of three finalists for the STATS FSC “Defensive Player of the Year” award. The Viking offense features a strong ground attack that ranks No. 10 nationally with 257 yards per game.

Portland State edged Southern Utah 24-23 at home on November 14 and ended the regular season with a 34-31 victory over Eastern Washington in Cheney.

UNI started the season 2-4 but have won six consecutive games since October 24.

WILLIAM & MARY (9-3) at #7 RICHMOND (8-3)

In a rematch of a contest played two weeks ago on November 21, the two teams feature a pair of players who both finished among the top 15 in the voting for the STATS FCS “Offensive Player of the Year” in Richmond’s Jacobi Green and William & Mary’s Kendell Anderson. Richmond defeated William & Mary in the rivals’ regular-season meeting, 20-9.

The Spiders finished the regular season with two losses in their final three games, falling to New Hampshire and Villanova in road contests.

The loss to Richmond on November 28 ended a six-game winning streak for the Tribe. William & Mary defeated Duquesne 20-9 in the FCS opening round.


Charleston Southern is second nationally in total defense with 266.5 yards allowed per game.  The Bucs have held seven of their 11 opponents below 300 offensive yards -- including a Big South record-tying five consecutive contests. Charleston Southern DB Malcolm Jackson is second all-time in Big South history with 32 career pass break-ups.

The Citadel ousted Coastal Carolina 41-38, in the first round this past Saturday. The Bulldogs started the 2015 season with a 2-2 mark but won seven of their last eight games. A 33-20 road loss at Chattanooga ended a six-game winning streak.