2018 Jacksonville State Gamecocks Football Team
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2018 Jacksonville State Gamecocks Football Team
2018 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football
Jacksonville State Gamecocks wordmark.svg
Ohio Valley Conference champion
FCS Playoffs Second Round, L 27-55 vs. Maine
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 10
FCS CoachesNo. 13
2018 record9-4 (7-1 OVC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorJimmy Ogle (19th season)
Defensive coordinatorAndrew Warwick (1st season)
Home stadiumJSU Stadium
(Capacity: 24,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 10 Jacksonville State $^   7 1         8 3  
No. 15 Southeast Missouri State ^   6 2         8 3  
Eastern Kentucky   5 2         7 4  
Murray State   5 3         5 6  
Tennessee State   3 4         4 5  
Eastern Illinois   3 5         3 8  
Austin Peay   3 5         5 6  
UT Martin   2 6         2 9  
Tennessee Tech   1 7         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2018 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football team represented Jacksonville State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by fifth-year head coach John Grass and played their home games at Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium in Jacksonville, Alabama as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. They finished the season 9-4, 7-1 in OVC play to win the conference championship for the fifth consecutive year. They received the OVC's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs, where they defeated East Tennessee State in the first round before losing in the second round to Maine.

Previous season

The Gamecocks finished the 2017 season 10-2, 8-0 in OVC play to win the conference championship for the fourth consecutive year.[1] The Gamecocks received the OVC's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs as the No. 3 overall seed, marking their fifth straight trip to the FCS playoffs.[2] After a bye, they were upset by Kennesaw State in the second round.[3]

On October 14, the Gamecocks won their 27th straight OVC conference game, setting the conference record for consecutive games won.[4]

Preseason

OVC media poll

On July 20, 2018, the media covering the OVC released their preseason poll with the Gamecocks predicted to win the OVC championship.[5] On July 23, the OVC released their coaches poll with the Gamecocks also predicted to become OVC champions.[6]

Media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Jacksonville State 134 (14)
2 Austin Peay 114 (1)
3 UT Martin 96
4 Tennessee State 91
5 Eastern Illinois 83
6 Eastern Kentucky 64
7 Murray State 39
8 Southeast Missouri State 35
9 Tennessee Tech 19
Coaches poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Jacksonville State 126 (14)
2 Austin Peay 112 (4)
3 UT Martin 95
4 Eastern Illinois 73
5 Eastern Kentucky 69
6 Tennessee State 64
7 Southeast Missouri State 62
8 Murray State 24
9 Tennessee Tech 23

Preseason All-OVC team

The Gamecocks had six players selected to the preseason all-OVC team.[7] Defensive lineman Randy Roberinson was also selected as the preseason defensive player of the year.

Award watch lists

Award Player Position Year
Buck Buchanan Award[8] Marlon Bridges S JR

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 257:00 p.m.vs. No. 14 North Carolina A&T*No. 6ESPNL 17-2013,500
September 86:00 p.m.Mississippi Valley State*No. 13ESPN+W 71-021,864
September 226:00 p.m.Tennessee TechNo. 10
  • JSU Stadium
  • Jacksonville, AL
ESPN+W 48-2017,403
September 293:00 p.m.Austin PeaydaggerNo. 8
  • JSU Stadium
  • Jacksonville, AL
ESPN3W 48-3219,388
October 63:00 p.m.at Eastern KentuckyNo. 8ESPN+W 56-76,820
October 133:00 p.m.Eastern IllinoisNo. 8
  • JSU Stadium
  • Jacksonville, AL
ESPN3W 49-2215,649
October 201:00 p.m.at Southeast Missouri StateNo. 5ESPN+L 14-373,103
October 273:00 p.m.at Murray StateNo. 12ESPN+W 42-158,053
November 31:00 p.m.UT MartinNo. 10
  • JSU Stadium
  • Jacksonville, AL
ESPN+W 21-1416,093
November 102:00 p.m.at Tennessee StateNo. 8ESPN+W 41-146,718
November 173:00 p.m.vs. No. 2 Kennesaw State*No. 6FSSL 52-60 5OT16,949
November 246:30 p.m.No. 22 East Tennessee State*No. 8
ESPN3W 34-2711,024
December 111:00 a.m.at No. 12 Maine*No. 8
ESPN3L 27-556,145
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summaries

vs North Carolina A&T

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 14 Aggies 7 0 13 0 20
No. 6 Gamecocks 0 3 14 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-1 1995 JSU, 21-10

Mississippi Valley State

1 2 3 4 Total
Delta Devils 0 0 0 0 0
No. 13 Gamecocks 15 21 21 14 71
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-0 2015 JSU, 49-7

Tennessee Tech

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Eagles 3 3 7 7 20
No. 10 Gamecocks 10 14 7 17 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
15-5 2017 JSU, 34-7

Austin Peay

1 2 3 4 Total
Governors 9 3 14 6 32
No. 8 Gamecocks 0 14 14 20 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
19-6-3 2017 JSU, 34-14

at Eastern Kentucky

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Gamecocks 14 14 7 21 56
Colonels 0 0 0 7 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
9-6 2017 JSU, 41-25

Eastern Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
Governors 3 6 0 13 22
No. 8 Gamecocks 14 7 14 14 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
9-6 2017 JSU, 30-14

at Southeast Missouri State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Gamecocks 0 7 0 7 14
Redhawks 7 9 14 7 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
17-5 2017 JSU, 23-7

at Murray State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 12 Gamecocks 14 7 7 14 42
Racers 6 3 6 0 15
Overall record Last meeting Result
13-2 2017 JSU, 59-23

UT Martin

1 2 3 4 Total
Skyhawks 3 0 0 11 14
No. 10 Gamecocks 10 3 0 8 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
32-7 2017 JSU, 14-7

at Tennessee State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Gamecocks 20 7 0 14 41
Tigers 7 0 0 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
10-2 2017 JSU, 36-6

vs Kennesaw State

1 2 3 4OT2OT3OT4OT5OT Total
No. 6 Gamecocks 7 7 10 077860 52
No. 2 Owls 0 10 7 777868 60
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-1 2017 FCS Playoffs KSU, 17-7

FCS Playoffs

East Tennessee State-First Round

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 22 Buccaneers 10 10 0 7 27
No. 8 Gamecocks 7 3 10 14 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-1 1960 ETSU, 20-14

at Maine-Second Round

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Gamecocks 7 7 10 3 27
No. 12 Black Bears 21 21 7 6 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final
STATS FCS 6 13 12 10 8 8 8 5 12 10 8 6 8 10
Coaches 6 12 11 9 8 8 7 4 12 10 9 7 9 13

References

  1. ^ "Gamecocks Hold Off UT Martin to Claim Fourth-Straight OVC Championship". Jacksonville State University. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Jacksonville State Earns No. 3 National Seed for NCAA Division I Football Championship". Retrieved .
  3. ^ "JSU loses to red-hot Kennesaw State 17-7 in opening FCS playoff game". AL.com. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Jacksonville State football sets Ohio Valley Conference record with 27th consecutive conference victory". NCAA.com. 2017-10-14. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Media Pollsters Tab Jacksonville State as 2018 OVC Football Preseason Favorites". Ohio Valley Conference. July 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Jacksonville State Picked as 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Football Favorites". Ohio Valley Conference. July 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "SEMO's Terry, JSU's Bridges Named OVC Preseason Football Players of the Year". Ohio Valley Conference. July 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "FCS football: 2018 Buck Buchanan Award watch list announced". August 2, 2018. Retrieved 2018.

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