Open main menu

2017 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football team

The 2017 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football team represented Jacksonville State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach John Grass and played their home games at Burgess–Snow Field at JSU Stadium in Jacksonville, Alabama as members of the Ohio Valley Conference. They finished the 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]

2017 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football
Jacksonville State Gamecocks wordmark.svg
Ohio Valley Conference champion
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 9
FCS CoachesNo. 10
2017 record10–2 (8–0 OVC)
Head coachJohn Grass (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorJimmy Ogle (18th season)
Co-defensive coordinatorDavid Blackwell (4th season)
Co-defensive coordinatorBrandon Hall (4th season)
Home stadiumJSU Stadium
(Capacity: 24,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 OVC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 9 Jacksonville State $^   8 0         10 2  
Austin Peay   7 1         8 4  
Eastern Illinois   5 3         6 5  
UT Martin   4 4         6 5  
Eastern Kentucky   3 5         3 7  
Southeast Missouri State   3 5         3 8  
Tennessee State   2 5         6 5  
Murray State   2 5         3 8  
Tennessee Tech   1 7         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

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

Previous seasonEdit

The Gamecocks finished the 2016 season 10–2, 7–0 in OVC play to win the conference championship. As a result, they received the conference's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs where they lost in the second round to Youngstown State.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 265:30 p.m.vs. No. 12 Chattanooga*No. 6ESPNW 27–1312,952
September 911:30 a.m.at Georgia Tech*No. 5ACCRSNL 10–3750,161
September 236:00 p.m.No. 16 Liberty*No. 5WEAC TV-24
OVCDN
W 31–1023,944
September 306:00 p.m.at Tennessee TechNo. 5WEAC TV-24
OVCDN
W 34–78,327
October 74:00 p.m.at Austin PeayNo. 4WEAC TV-24
OVCDN
W 34–147,102
October 143:00 p.m.Eastern KentuckyNo. 3
  • JSU Stadium
  • Jacksonville, AL
ESPN3W 41–2518,045
October 212:00 p.m.at Eastern IllinoisNo. 3ESPN3W 30–148,176
October 283:00 p.m.Southeast Missouri State No. 3
  • JSU Stadium
  • Jacksonville, AL
WEAC TV-24
OVCDN
W 23–715,692
November 41:00 p.m.Murray StateNo. 3
  • JSU Stadium
  • Jacksonville, AL
WEAC TV-24
OVCDN
W 59–2316,453
November 112:00 p.m.at UT MartinNo. 2WEAC TV-24
OVCDN
W 14–72,493
November 166:00 p.m.Tennessee StateNo. 2
  • JSU Stadium
  • Jacksonville, AL
WEAC TV-24
OVCDN
W 36–618,782
December 21:00 p.m.No. 18 Kennesaw State*No. 2
ESPN3L 7–1717,412

Ranking movementsEdit

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

Game summariesEdit

vs ChattanoogaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 6 Gamecocks 10 0 10 7 27
No. 12 Mocs 3 3 0 7 13

at Georgia TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Gamecocks 0 7 3 0 10
Yellow Jackets 3 7 20 7 37

LibertyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 16 Flames 3 0 7 0 10
No. 5 Gamecocks 0 14 10 7 31

at Tennessee TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Gamecocks 7 7 6 14 34
Golden Eagles 0 0 7 0 7

at Austin PeayEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Gamecocks 14 6 7 7 34
Governors 0 7 0 7 14

Eastern KentuckyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Colonels 0 3 7 15 25
No. 3 Gamecocks 14 17 3 7 41

at Eastern IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Gamecocks 0 9 14 7 30
Panthers 7 7 0 0 14

Southeast Missouri StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Redhawks 7 0 0 0 7
No. 3 Gamecocks 7 6 0 10 23

Murray StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Racers 13 0 0 10 23
No. 3 Gamecocks 7 21 10 21 59

at UT MartinEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Gamecocks 7 7 0 0 14
Skyhawks 0 0 7 0 7

Tennessee StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 0 6 0 6
No. 2 Gamecocks 0 10 14 12 36

FCS PlayoffsEdit

Kennesaw State–Second RoundEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 18 Owls 0 3 7 7 17
No. 2 Gamecocks 0 7 0 0 7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gamecocks Hold Off UT Martin to Claim Fourth-Straight OVC Championship". Jacksonville State University. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  2. ^ "Jacksonville State Earns No. 3 National Seed for NCAA Division I Football Championship". Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  3. ^ "JSU loses to red-hot Kennesaw State 17-7 in opening FCS playoff game". AL.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  4. ^ "Jacksonville State football sets Ohio Valley Conference record with 27th consecutive conference victory". NCAA.com. 2017-10-14. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  5. ^ "Youngstown State vs. Jacksonville State - Game Recap - December 3, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.