Missouri State did what it needed to do going into its final regular-season game, beating Dixie State 55-24 in a dominant fashion from start to finish. 

What awaits the Bears next? The Football Championship Subdivision playoff selection.

While MSU is a lock to make the playoffs with an 8-3 overall record, fifth hardest schedule in the FCS and wins over several ranked teams, the chance to earn a national seed hangs in the balance.

Earning a national seed guarantees a first-round bye and the opportunity to host a playoff game in the second round.

While MSU certainly has a case to earn a national seed, reputable and accurate sources predict that it won’t earn that honor this season.

Hero Sports FCS reporter Sam Herder predicts that MSU will also not earn a national seed, but play host to the University of Tennessee at Martin in the first round.

Nobowls.com predicts that MSU will not earn a national seed, traveling to face South Dakota State in the first round with a chance to play North Dakota State in the second round. 

MSU has never been ranked high enough to be easily considered for a national seed, but head coach Bobby Petrino said he thinks the Bears are deserving.

“I think we should get a bye,” Petrino said in media availability on Monday. “We’re in the number one conference that they say is out there, and we’re the second-place team in the conference. Why wouldn't we get a bye?”

The only thing that could turn committee members away from giving MSU a national seed would be the loss to Youngstown State in the fifth week of the season.

MSU is currently ranked No. 14 in the FCS coaches poll, the poll that the selection committee uses as criteria for playoff seeding. 

The FCS selection show will be broadcast today at 11:30 a.m. on ESPNU.

           

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