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    (STATS) -- You make FCS season predictions … and then you get that sinking feeling. Satchel Paige Jersey .Surprising results are the norm in the subdivision, and it usually starts with some upsets of FBS schools on the first full weekend of college football.The constant is the dynasty at North Dakota State -- a record five straight national titles. The Bisons season-opening overtime win over Charleston Southern in the FCS Kickoff on Saturday night suggested they will be challenged to keep the amazing run going.All it takes is one game, one Saturday and everything can change quickly across the ever-growing FCS.Heres a look ahead to what will happen (gulp) in 2016:---=NATIONAL CHAMPION=North Dakota State. The Bison have too many top players returning not to consider them the favorite to extend their unprecedented run of national titles. Theyre helped by the fact quarterback Easton Stick played eight games as a starter when Carson Wentz was injured last season. Sam Houston State, Jacksonville, Richmond and Northern Iowa are the biggest challengers to the throne, but each has been eliminated by the Bison in one of the last two playoffs.---=CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS=Montana (Big Sky) -- This is the toughest conference to predict with so many legitimate candidates.Charleston Southern (Big South) -- This the easiest conference to predict with so few legitimate candidates.Richmond (CAA) -- With eight returning starters on each side of the ball, the Spiders are more complete than other two defending champs, James Madison and William & Mary.Penn (Ivy) -- Speaking of tri-champs, Harvard and Dartmouth lost more on graduation day than the Quakers.North Carolina A&T (MEAC) -- Oh, yes, there were three champs in the MEAC as well. Reigning Celebration Bowl champ has to go to Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina Central this season.North Dakota State (Missouri Valley) -- Other than a trip to Northern Iowa, the conference schedule shapes up well for the Bison.Duquesne (Northeast) -- The Dukes are quite talented, but the loss of running back Rafiq Douglas looms as a stumbling block.Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley) -- The Gamecocks have gone unbeaten in conference play two straight seasons.Colgate (Patriot) -- Its a good thing the veteran Raiders were road warriors in the playoffs last season because theyll need similar success in the regular season.Dayton (Pioneer) -- The Flyers have to survive the first half of the league schedule -- no game bigger than a trip to fellow defending co-champ San Diego.Chattanooga (Southern) -- The SoCon is ripe for upsets, but the Mocs are experienced in big games.Sam Houston State (Southland) -- Its weird how the graduate transfer of All-Southland quarterback Jared Johnson is barely noted. Its because Jeremiah Briscoe is ready for the leading role.Grambling State (SWAC) -- An advantageous home/road conference split is key for the Tigers in a great West Division race.---=FCS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR=Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington -- Six of the top seven finishers for last years STATS award are returning this season, but its hard to ignore the recipient, who will go down as the most accomplished wide receiver in FCS history. The senior will seemingly add a new record with each week.Other Top Candidates: Case Cookus, QB, Northern Arizona; Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham; Kade Harrington, RB, Lamar; Eli Jenkins, QB, Jacksonville State---=FCS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR=P.J. Hall, DE, Sam Houston State -- Through his first two seasons, Hall has totaled a school-record 52 tackles for loss, 23 sacks, 16 passes defensed and 10 blocked kicks. At least his teammates still kid with him that he hasnt scored a touchdown. The junior could be even more dominating this season because opposing linemen will have to focus on Sam Houstons other pass rushers as well.Other Top Candidates: Andrew Ankrah, LB, James Madison; Keionta Davis, DE, Chattanooga; Nick DeLuca, LB, North Dakota State; Karter Schult, DE, Northern Iowa---=FCS COACH OF THE YEAR=Chris Klieman, North Dakota State -- The Bison are playing their toughest regular-season schedule since the move to Division I in 2003. If the five-time reigning champs weather it, and win the rugged Missouri Valley again, Klieman may receive top coaching honors.Other Top Candidates: Danny Rocco, Richmond; Bubba Schweigert, North Dakota---=PLAYOFF QUALIFIERS=Automatic: Charleston Southern (Big South); Chattanooga (Southern); Colgate (Patriot); Dayton (Pioneer); Duquesne (Northeast); Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley); Montana (Big Sky); North Dakota State (Missouri Valley); Richmond (CAA); Sam Houston State (Southland)At-Large: Eastern Washington (Big Sky); Fordham (Patriot); Illinois State (Missouri Valley); James Madison (CAA); McNeese (Southland); North Dakota (Big Sky); Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley); South Dakota State (Missouri Valley); The Citadel (Southern); Towson (CAA); Villanova (CAA); Western Illinois (Missouri Valley); William & Mary (CAA); Youngstown State (CAA)Just Missing: New Hampshire, Eastern Kentucky, Portland State Abraham Almonte Jersey . Hey!" The lower tier of the School End of Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road was packed solid with a very festive-sounding Chelsea choral section in this particular part of South Africa Road London, W12. Corey Kluber Jersey .Y. - Jerome Samson scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the St. . LOUIS -- Mike Smith is used to facing plenty of shots, so this was nothing new. PHILADELPHIA -- Jakub Voracek and the Philadelphia Flyers rallied for a lead and piled on from there.Voracek scored twice, Matt Read got his team-leading fifth goal and the Flyers pulled away from the road-weary Carolina Hurricanes for a 6-3 victory on Saturday night.Wayne Simmonds and Shayne Gostisbehere each had a goal and an assist, and the Flyers won for the first time at home this season and snapped a three-game winless streak.Read trails only Chicagos Richard Panik (six goals) for the NHL lead and is on pace to easily surpass his total of 11 from last season.Its made hockey a little bit more fun, the 30-year-old Read said, adding, The last couple of years have been frustrating. You are battling as much as you can out there to try and get better. Scoring a couple of goals here early get the confidence high. I enjoy going on the ice every shift and giving it your all and trying to make this team better every shift.Brandon Manning also scored for the Flyers. Steve Mason made 27 saves for his first win of the season.Justin Faulk, Jordan Staal and Lee Stempniak scored for the Hurricanes, who fell to 1-2-2 on the fifth stop of their season-opening six-game road trip. Eddie Lack made 21 saves.They found a way to get in behind us and get some goals, Staal said. It wasnt like they completely outplayed us, but they found a way to get the puck in.I think you have to keep your cool and look forward to the next shift, and obviously try to play the best you can. The best way is to start playing in their end, and we didnt find a way to do that.The teams combined for seven goals in the second period. Following Simmonds holding penalty, Faulk scored 50 seconds into the period through a screen set byy Staal, then Staal scored off a feed from Joakim Nordstrom 3:07 in for a two-goal lead. Jason Kipnis Jersey. The Flyers rallied with four straight goals. Manning got the Flyers on the board 4:50 in by skating in from the point and faking out Lack before poking the puck in, and Voracek redirected Ivan Provorovs point shot for his first at 7:19 to tie itRead made it 3-2 with 4:09 left by also getting his stick on a shot by Provorov, and then Gostisbehere made it a two-goal lead with 2:43 left.Read had a career-high 24 goals as a rookie in 2011-12 but has just 19 in his last two seasons combined.I am going pretty strong with my feet out there, Read said. I am in really good shape and you just have to keep putting your foot on the gas pedal. As long as we are winning games thats all that matters right now.Stempniak finished the scoring in the second with 1:06 remaining.In the third, Simmonds scored on the power play with 8:10 left in the third to make it 5-3, and then Voracek got his second with 2:27 left.Game notes Flyers F Roman Lyubimov played his second game of the season in place of F Dale Weise, who sat out the first game of a three-game suspension. ... The Flyers were also without Fs Michael Raffl (upper body) and Scott Laughton (lower body) and D Michael Del Zotto (left knee, injured reserve). ... The Hurricanes were without D Ryan Murphy (lower body). D Jakub Nakladal and Fs Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk were healthy scratches for the Hurricanes.UP NEXTFlyers: Visit the Canadiens on Monday night.Hurricanes: Close out their road trip at Detroit on Tuesday night. 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