Road to the Championship
There are 125 NCAA member institutions that sponsor Division I Football Championship Subdivision teams and are eligible to compete in the National Championship. All 125 programs support approximately 13,000 Football student-athletes across the country.
The NCAA Division I Football Championship provides for a field of 24 teams to compete in a single elimination tournament. Of the 24 teams, 10 conference champions will receive automatic qualifications with the remaining best 10 teams being selected on an at-large basis by the Division I Football Championship Committee. The top eight teams in the 24-team bracket for the championship are seeded and receive First Round byes. Team pairings are determined according to geographical proximity. Teams from the same conference will not be paired for First Round games or for Second Round games when both teams are playing their first games of the championship (except for teams from the same conference that did not play against each other during the regular season; such teams may play each other in the first and second round).
Selection Show | November 18, 2018
The NCAA Division I Football Championship bracket will be announced on Sunday, November 18 at 11:30 a.m. CT.
First Round | November 24, 2018
Eight, First Round games will be conducted at non-predetermined campus sites. The winning team from each game will advance to the Second Round.
Second Round | December 1, 2018
The second round also features eight games at non-predetermined campus. The winning team from each game will advance to the Quarterfinals..
Quarterfinals | December 7 or 8, 2018
Four, two-team single elimination Quarterfinals games will be conducted at non-predetermined campus sites. The winning team from each of the four Quarterfinals will advance to the Semifinals.
Semifinals | December 14 or 15, 2018
Two single elimination games will be conducted at non-predetermined campus sites. The winning team from each Semifinals will advance to the championship final site in Frisco, Texas.
National Championship | January 5, 2019
The 2019 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game will be held at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Saturday, January 5 at 11:00 a.m. CT.