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FootballScoop's Official Guide to the FCS Semifinals

While the lower divisions stage their championship games and FBS stages its three-week march of exhibition games to the one game that truly matters, the Football Championship Subdivision will hold its semifinals before staging its championship two weeks from Saturday in Frisco, Texas.

New Hampshire (10-4) at North Dakota State (14-0), 8 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN2

The case for New Hampshire: A little something called destiny. After starting the season 4-4, the Wildcats are alive thanks to wins in dominating fashion (New Hampshire trailed for less than 90 seconds from November 9 to December 7) one tight win - UNH scored with 46 seconds left to clinch a 20-17 win at Southeastern Louisiana in last week's quarterfinals. Going on the road to face the undefeated, two-time defending national champions, all the math says New Hampshire's six-game winning streak should come to an end this week. But this is sports, and sometimes the math just doesn't matter.

The case for North Dakota State: The last time the Bison lost a game - more than 26 months ago - it wasn't necessarily because of anything Indiana State did in their 17-14 upset of North Dakota State. The Sycamores were 1-of-10 third down and accumulated just 12 total first downs. The Bison ran 38 times for only 123 yards (3.2 yards per carry) and completed only 16-of-31 passes for 171 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. As long as that doesn't happen again, North Dakota State should be good.

Towson (12-2) at Eastern Washington (12-2), 2 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPNU

The case for Towson: Eastern Washington is 14-1 at home over the past two seasons, and the Eagles' one loss should give hope to the visiting Tigers. Eastern Washington lost in the FCS semifinals a year ago after allowing Sam Houston State to rush 65 times for 418 yards and four touchdowns, and the visitors won 45-42. In last week's 49-39 upset of Eastern Illinois, Towson rushed 59 times for 472 yards and seven touchdowns. If you can run the ball, you can win in the FCS playoffs. 

The case for Eastern Washington: Eastern Washington has played seven home games this season, and has yet to score less than 34 points on the red turf. Only once has an opponent come within 11 points of the Eagles. There's also a historical aspect in play here that favors Eastern Washington. Over the past 10 seasons, only four teams (2005 Northern Iowa, 2007 Delaware, 2008 Richmond and 2012 Sam Houston State) have won on the road in the quarterfinals and semifinals, and none of those teams faced a cross-country trek across three time zones like this Towson team.