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(STATS) -- It will be easy to pay attention to North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central on Saturday when the two nationally ranked teams meet for the MEAC championship. Wholesale Cavaliers Jerseys .Question is, will there be reason to pay attention on Sunday?Starting last season, the MEAC relinquished its automatic bid to the FCS playoffs to send its champion to the Celebration Bowl. Everybody else in the conference remains eligible for an at-large bid, although in most seasons -- like last year -- none will get one.While a representative from the MEAC is no longer on the NCAA Division I FCS selection committee to champion for the teams, N.C. A&T (9-1) and N.C. Central (8-2) hope the losing team on Saturday will have done enough to earn an at-large bid.An N.C. A&T team with a 9-2 record and an FBS win (Kent State) would have a stronger chance for a bid than N.C. Central at 8-3.Its a bit awkward for the committee, of course, but these two teams will get a long look. Their three combined losses entering Saturday are to FBS teams. Plus, the MEAC has sent an at-large team to the playoffs before.The playoff bubble will be filled with playoff contenders for the last couple bids, so they have to get the job done Saturday to be in the conversation Sunday morning. The 24-team pairings will be announced at 11 a.m. ET on ESPNU.---=PROJECTED BIDS BY CONFERENCE=Prior to Nov. 17-19 games*- automatic qualifierBig Sky (3): Cal Poly (6-4), *Eastern Washington (9-1), North Dakota (9-2)Big South (2): Charleston Southern (6-3), *Liberty (6-4)CAA (4): *James Madison (9-1), Maine (6-4), Richmond (8-2), Villanova (7-3)MEAC (1): North Carolina A&T (9-1)/North Carolina Central (8-2) loserMissouri Valley (4): North Dakota State (9-1), *South Dakota State (7-3), Western Illinois (6-4), Youngstown State (7-3)NEC (1): *Saint Francis (7-3)OVC (1): *Jacksonville State (9-1)Patriot (1): *Lehigh (8-2)Pioneer (1): *San Diego (8-1)Southern (4): Chattanooga (8-2), Samford (7-3), *The Citadel (10-0), Wofford (7-3)Southland (2): *Sam Houston State (10-0), Central Arkansas (9-1)Moved In: Maine (6-4), Wofford (7-3)Dropped Out: Montana (6-4), New Hampshire (6-4)On the Bubble: Fordham (7-3), Illinois State (6-5), Montana (6-4), New Hampshire (6-4), Weber State (6-4)---=STATS PROJECTED PAIRINGS=Top 8 seeds have first-round byesSaint Francis-Lehigh winner at No. 1 seed North Dakota StateMaine-Chattanooga winner at No. 8 seed North DakotaWestern Illinois-Cal Poly winner at No. 5 seed Sam Houston StateSamford-Liberty winner at No. 4 seed James MadisonVillanova-Youngstown State winner at No. 7 seed Central ArkansasSan Diego-South Dakota State winner at No. 2 seed Eastern WashingtonNorth Carolina A&T/North Carolina Central-Richmond winner at No. 3 seed Jacksonville StateCharleston Southern-Wofford winner at No. 6 seed The Citadel Cavaliers Jerseys Outlet .Y. -- Paul Byron and Matt Stajan scored as the Calgary Flames started a five-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. Youth Cavaliers Jerseys . Batiste, who briefly signed with the Eskimos in 2006, has spent time with several NFL teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. . The 29-year-old from Port Colborne, Ont., has nothing but good things to say about former U.S. marine Liz (Girlrilla) Carmouche ahead of their co-main event Wednesday on the UFCs "Fight for the Troops" televised card in Fort Campbell, Ky. LATROBE, Pa. -- Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called retired tight end Heath Miller the best teammate he ever had.Roethlisberger doesnt expect anyone in the current group to imitate the most-decorated tight end in franchise history.I think the key is that they dont need to try and be Heath Miller, said Roethlisberger, who wore Millers No. 83 jersey as a tribute on the first day of training camp. They have to make sure they dont get too anxious. Theyre out there trying to be the best on every play. Right now, theyre doing some really good things. Im excited to see what they can do moving forward.Miller retired shortly after the Steelers January playoff loss against Denver. The team signed 6-foot-6 tight end Ladarius Green, who spent four seasons in San Diego and set single-season career highs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in 2015 behind All-Pro Antonio Gates. Green started training camp with the Steelers on the physically unable to perform list, still recovering from surgery on an injured ankle that ended his 2015 season.With surgery, you never know what to expect, said Green, who added that doctors repaired a tendon and inserted plates into his ankle. Im just trying to take it day-by-day and get back as quick as I can.Jesse James, the Steelers 2015 fifth-round pick, is in his second season, but hes the only tight end who spent time with the team in training camp last year. David Johnson played the previous two seasons in San Diego, but now hes back with the Steelers, where he spent the first four years of his career. Xavier Grimble was on the teams practice squad in 2015.James sees Millers retirement as an opportunity for an expanded role.Its huge for me, James said. Last year, I played in place of him once or twice. Theres a lot of snaps open and my goal is to take up as many as I can.A slimmed-down James lost weight during thhe offseason. Discount Cavaliers Jerseys. Hes taking snaps with the first-team offense early in training camp and playing with confidence.Last year at this time I wasnt stepping into the huddle with (Roethlisberger) until we got into the season, James said.From that standpoint its huge. The team knows what they can expect from me and thats my goal going through camp, to make sure Im on the same page with Ben and the offense.James appeared in eight games last season, making two starts. He caught eight passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in his first career game. Thats when James realized he could make an impact as a tight end in the NFL.I didnt prove much going into that game, James said. But I was able to have a good game blocking and catching and score that touchdown. I feel good about where Im at and what I need to do to prepare for the season.Green already has experience playing behind a franchise tight end in Gates.You cant replace those types of guys, Green said. I learned that lesson awhile ago. Theyre too special. You just try to do your best.Greens unique combination of size and speed gives the Steelers a downfield weapon that can create matchup problems for opposing defenses, which excites Roethlisberger.Green cant wait to work with the Steelers franchise quarterback, too. And he knows he doesnt have to step in and imitate Miller.(Gates) and Heath are the same, Green said. Theyre two special guys at this position. I couldnt try to be like (Gates) and I cant try to be like Heath.Game notes The Steelers will practice in pads for the first time at training camp on Sunday. ... The team delayed the start of Saturdays practice by an hour because of heavy rains that passed through the area. S Shamarko Thomas missed practice with an illness. ' ' ' 

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