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Email Conversations: FCS Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2

by Dan Gunderson

The second round of the FCS Playoffs is upon us! The White Shadow and Pinto take their FCS knowledge and put it to the test by picking four games each from the second round. Last week, Pinto went 3-1 in his picks while the White Shadow went 1-3.

Dan Gunderson

Dec 3 (2 days ago)

To: Bradley Jones,

All right Bradley. Round 2 of the FCS Playoffs is upon us. I will start the picking since I went 3-1 last week in games picked. Again, same way of picking. Start with the top of the bracket and work our way down.

First game is Furman University @ NDSU. I am going to take the Bison. Reason? Furman just will not be able to do enough on either side of the ball to keep up with NDSU.

Bradley Jones

Dec 3 (2 days ago)

To: Daniel Gunderson,

Glad you spent of all of seven seconds making that pick. Actually, that may have been too much time to take on it. I'm going for a home team as well, give me Montana. The Grizz should be able to take care of business and set up what would be a highly publicized matchup against the Bison in the Quarterfinals.

Dan Gunderson

Dec 4 (1 day ago)

To: Bradley Jones,

Yeah I do not see Coastal Carolina handling Montana weather that well. Suppose to be 7 degrees for a high on Saturday. Moving on to Maine/New Hampshire. I have Maine in this one for two reasons. One, they have had two weeks to watch tape of the UNH game, which was a 24-3 loss on the last regular season game of the season, and two, I think they dedicate themselves to the run more. Their RB, Rickey Stevens, had 86 yards on 8 carriers. Run the ball Maine.

Bradley Jones

10:15 AM (3 hours ago)

To: Daniel Gunderson,

The Southeastern Louisiana-Sam Houston St. game is a tough one for me. I would love nothing more than to see SE LA make it because I have a large batch of Waterboy jokes ready to go. But it's tough to pick against SHSU with their success in the playoffs in recent years. When in doubt, go with the joke, I'm taking the SCLSU Mud Dogs or whatever they are called.

Dan Gunderson

11:43 AM (2 hours ago)

To: Bradley Jones,

Okay. From your tough choice to mine. We had a lengthy conversation about Eastern Washington and SDSU on our podcast. Nothing was resolved, which is par for the course. In any case, I said that Austin Sumner needs to play better against EWU if they expect to win. Frankly, I do not see it happening. I think it will be a high scoring game, but I think the Eagles will beat the Jacks. I am a big fan of Vernon Adams and believe he is the reason EWU will get past SDSU.

Bradley Jones

12:05 PM (2 hours ago)

To: Daniel Gunderson,

Yeah, we probably shouldn't open up the Sumner can of worms or this conversation may never end. We've gone straight chalk so far and that needs to end, so I'm taking Jacksonville State for the upset over McNeese State. They put a 55-14 beatdown on Samford in the first round and will run the ball well. Upset city!

Dan Gunderson

12:07 PM (2 hours ago)

To: Bradley Jones,

I will respond to your upset with an upset of my own. I will take Forham over Towson for two reasons. One, I think people are underestimating Fordham because they come from the Patriot League and two, I think Terrance West took the third and final spot as a Walter Payton Finalist from Brock Jensen. No idea why that is relevant here but it is.

Bradley Jones

12:34 PM (1 hour ago)

To: Daniel Gunderson,

And your first spelling mistake of the conversation! All of our readers at Fordham are going to be really upset with you. I'm taking Eastern Illinois over Tennessee State because Eastern Illinois is really good. I predict many points and an easy victory for EIU. Which is what you'll have in our pick 'em if I don't pick it up this week.


You can follow Daniel "Pinto" Gunderson on Twitter at @pintoKFGO & Brad "White Shadow" Jones @thebisonguy or friend them on Facebook. You can hear them on their weekly podcast show on kfgo.com, 740thefan.com or on iTunes called “The Pinto and White Shadow Show.” Pinto is a radio producer within the Midwest Communications-Fargo company. The White Shadow works as well but we are not sure where.