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2021 FCS football championship: Bracket, schedule, scores for the playoffs

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5:39 am, December 5, 2021

Final results from the second round of FCS action set up an intriguing quarterfinal slate

North Dakota State defeats Southern Illinois 38-7

The second round of the 2021 FCS championship is complete as eight teams advanced to the quarterfinal round this weekend.

The action began on Friday with Villanova and Montana defending their home turf with victories. On Saturday, No. 7 ETSU won a game the went down to the wire, pulling off a remarkable fourth-quarter comeback over Kennesaw State. No. 1 Sam Houston continued the thrilling action, escaping with a shootout victory over UIW to remain undefeated.

Watch wild finish, every 4th quarter touchdown from Sam Houston vs. Incarnate Word

Here are all the scores from the weekend's action:

JMU QB Cole Johnson throws 6 TDs, 321 passing yards in FCS second round win

The quarterfinal round of the 2021 FCS championship continues next weekend. See the matchups below.

Quarterfinal round

All times eastern. All games airing on ESPN+

Friday, Dec. 10

Saturday, Dec. 11

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

5:31 am, December 5, 2021

South Dakota State knocks off No. 4 Sacramento State

One of the top-seeded teams in the 2021 FCS Playoffs fell Saturday as South Dakota State knocked off No. 4 seed Sacramento State 24-19. The Jackrabbits jumped out to a 24-0 lead and Sacramento State didn't score until it kicked a field goal as time expired in the first half.

Sacramento State then shut out South Dakota State in the second half and scored 19 unanswered points to cut the deficit to one possession, but it couldn't pull off the come-from-behind win.

1:08 am, December 5, 2021

South Dakota State takes on No. 4 Sacramento State in final game of the second round

There's one game remaining in the second round of the 2021 FCS championship. South Dakota State will meet No. 4 Sacramento State at 9 p.m. ET with a quarterfinal berth on the line. Follow for live updates of the second round's nightcap game below.

Second round | Saturday, Dec. 4

Game airing on ESPN+

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

12:57 am, December 5, 2021

No. 8 Montana State defeats UT Martin 26-7

Montana State football

No. 8 Montana State defeated UT Martin 26-7 behind a dominant defensive effort.

Montana State's defense did not allow a touchdown, shutting down a UT Martin offense that was missing starting quarterback Keon Howard. UT Martin was held to just 66 rushing yards and 112 passing yards.  On offense, Montana State quarterback Tommy Mellot filled in marvelously, accounting for two touchdowns on the ground.

UT Martin's lone touchdown came from a scoop-and-score near the end of the first half. Click or tap here for complete stats from the game.

With the win, Montana State advances to play Sam Houston in the quarterfinal round next week.

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

12:21 am, December 5, 2021

No. 1 Sam Houston wins shootout over UIW

Watch wild finish, every 4th quarter touchdown from Sam Houston vs. Incarnate Word

Top-seeded Sam Houston won a thrilling shootout against UIW 49-42.

The game was back and forth until the very end with quarterbacks Eric Schmid and Cameron Ward leading their teams to combine for 1,156 total yards of offense. Schmid accounted for 257 total yards and 3 touchdowns; Ward accounted for 484 total yards and five touchdowns.

Overall, there were 10 total lead changes in the high-scoring affair, none bigger than Sam Houston go-ahead touchdown with 2:07 remaining in the game. UIW let Eric Schmid score on the play to have time to get the ball back. However, when UIW did attempt to tie the game, it was stopped inches away from the goalline on a Cameron Ward quarterback draw. Click or tap here for complete stats from the game.

With the win, Sam Houston advances to play Montana State in the quarterfinal round next week.

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

12:04 am, December 5, 2021

No. 2 North Dakota State shuts down Southern Illinois 38-7

North Dakota State defeats Southern Illinois 38-7

No. 2 North Dakota State shut down MVFC foe Southern Illinois in the second round of the 2021 FCS championship.

A dominant rushing attack powered the Bison to victory. North Dakota State scored five rushing touchdowns, with 389 rushing yards; TaMerik Williams led all rushers. On defense, the Bison limited the Salukis to just 61 rushing yards. Click or tap here for complete stats from the game.

With the win, North Dakota State advances to play ETSU in the quarterfinals next week.

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

 

11:49 pm, December 4, 2021

No. 7 ETSU pulls off a remarkable comeback against Kennesaw State

ETSU-KSU

No. 7 ETSU trailed Kennesaw State by 14 points with 5:02 remaining in the fourth quarter after backup Owl quarterback Jonathan Murphy put Kennesaw State in front by scoring four touchdowns. Then, the Buccaneers pulled off the improbable.

ETSU would use a 13-play, 78-yards drive to score a touchdown with 1:28 remaining to cut the deficit to seven points. With just one timeout left, the Buccaneers had to kick an onside kick. Kick they did and ETSU recovered the ball, giving the Buccaneers one last hope.

ETSU then drove 48 yards before quarterback Tyler Riddell found running back Quay Holmes for a four-yard score, needing an extra point to tie the game.

Rather than go for the tie, ETSU went for the wing; Riddell found Nate Adkins to give the Buccaneers a one-point lead. That two-point conversion would be the deciding factor in the ETSU comeback victory. Click or tap here for complete stats from the game.

With the win, ETSU advances to play North Dakota State in the quarterfinals next week.

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

10:43 pm, December 4, 2021

No. 3 James Madison routs Southeastern Louisiana

JMU QB Cole Johnson throws 6 TDs, 321 passing yards in FCS second round win

No. 3 James Madison routed Southeastern Louisiana thanks to a fantastic performance on offense and defense.

On offense, quarterback Cole Johnson led the Dukes with 365 yards of total offense and six total touchdowns. Johnson scored five of his touchdowns in the first half as James Madison jumped out to a 38-13 lead after two quarters. Johnson's top target today was wide receiver Antwane Wells Jr.; Wells caught six passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns.

On defense, the Dukes held reigning Walter Payton Award winner Cole Kelley in check, forcing three interceptions while recovering two fumbles. Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey stole the show with two interceptions and a forced fumble. Click or tap here for complete stats from the game.

 

With the win, James Madison advances to play No. 6 Montana in the quarterfinals next week. 

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7:49 pm, December 4, 2021

Pregame update: Montana State, North Dakota State without key players

Per reports, both No. 8 Montana State and No. 2 North Dakota State will be without key players in their second round games.

Montana State will not have quarterback Matthew McKay after he entered the transfer portal this week. Starting in his place will be freshman Tommy Mellot.

North Dakota State will be without star wide receiver Christian Watson who is out with an injury. The Bison are also dealing with the flu virus, keeping out a number of players.

1:30 pm, December 4, 2021

Follow Saturday's FCS second round action

ETSU-KSU

Friday featured a pair of games to ease fans into a big football weekend. Saturday ramps up with six second round games starting at 2 p.m. ET with Kennesaw State facing No. 7 ETSU and concluding with South Dakota State against No. 4 Sacramento State at 9 p.m. ET.

Check out the full schedule for Saturday's action below and follow for live updates: 

Second round | Saturday, Dec. 4

All times eastern. All games airing on ESPN+

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

5:55 am, December 4, 2021

Final scores from Friday's second round FCS action

Two teams advanced Friday night to the FCS quarterfinals as No. 5 Villanova and No. 6 Montana picked up victories. Villanova held off a late surge from Holy Cross and Montana used an explosive second half to defeat rival Eastern Washington. See the scores below.

Second round | Friday, Dec. 3

The second round continues tomorrow, Dec. 4 with six games. See Saturday's slate below.

Second round | Saturday, Dec. 4

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

5:40 am, December 4, 2021

No. 6 Montana defeats Eastern Washington 50-35 behind a big second half

Montana v. Eastern Washington: All 13 touchdowns from wild second round battle

No. 6 Montana defeated rival Eastern Washington 50-41 in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

The Grizzlies trailed the Eagles 21-20 entering the second half, but used an explosive third quarter to pull away. Montana scored 24 third-quarter points. In total, the Grizzlies rushed for 209 yards in the victory.

Montana played great defense all evening long, keeping one of the nation's top scoring offenses in check. The highlight of the Montana defense's day came when cornerback Justin Ford grabbed his ninth interception of the season, taking it into the endzone for six points.

In the loss, Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere battled through injury to surpass Steve McNair on the FCS all-time touchdown pass list. Barriere threw 80 passes in the loss.

With the win, Montana advances to play James Madison in the quarterfinals next week. 

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

4:43 am, December 4, 2021

No. 5 Villanova holds off Holy Cross

Villanova Football

No. 5 Villanova defeated Holy Cross 21-16 to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2021 FCS championship. The Wildcats jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind two touchdowns from running back Justin Covington. Villanova would lead 21-10 entering the fourth quarter before Holy Cross scored a touchdown to cut the deficit to five with 6:22 remaining. Villanova's defense held off Holy Cross to win the game. Click or tap here for complete stats from the game.

With the win, Villanova advances to play the winner of Sacramento State vs. South Dakota State in the quarterfinals next week. 

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

2:45 pm, December 3, 2021

Second round action begins Friday night

Villanova will take on Holy Cross on Friday night.

The second round of the FCS Championship kicks off Friday night with a pair of games to ease into the weekend. 

We'll get our first postseason look at a lot of teams this weekend as all who earned a bye are in action Friday and Saturday. First up will be No. 5 Villanova and Holy Cross, shortly after will be No. 6 Montana and Eastern Washington. All the games this weekend will be televised on ESPN+.

Here is the schedule for Friday's action:

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

4:11 am, December 3, 2021

9 players in the FCS playoffs we’ll see on Sundays

Christian Watson

The FCS playoffs have reached the second round and the teams still standing are full of talented players, some of whom have what it takes to play professionally. Here are just some of the players who'll play in the second round of the FCS playoffs that will make NFL rosters down the road.

  • Pierre Strong Jr. | South Dakota State
  • Christian Watson | North Dakota State
  • Cordell Volson | North Dakota State
  • Zyon McCollum | Sam Houston
  • Jequez Ezzard | Sam Houston
  • Cole Kelley | Southeastern Louisiana
  • Troy Andersen | Montana State
  • Eyabi Anoma | UT Martin
  • Ethan Ratke | James Madison

Click or tap here to read the full breakdown on each player.

3:38 pm, December 1, 2021

Second round of 2021 FCS playoffs begins Friday, Dec. 3

Eastern Washington Athletics eastern Washington fcs second round playoffs 2021

The 2021 FCS championship continues this weekend with second-round games across Friday and Saturday. There will be eight games in total, with a pair on Friday, Dec. 3 and the remaining six during the afternoon and night on Saturday, Dec. 4.

As you can watch in the video at the top of this page, Holy Cross captured the biggest moment from the first-round games last week, putting together an incredible 80-yard drive in the final minutes, capped off by a jump-ball touchdown catch for the win. The Crusaders are right back at it and first up this weekend, starting all the second round action with a trip to Villanova on Friday night.

This weekend marks the start of the playoffs for the top-8 seeds in the FCS championship. Led by No. 1-seed and defending champion Sam Houston State, these teams all had first-round byes last week.

Here is the complete schedule for the second round of the FCS playoffs:

All times eastern. All games airing on ESPN+

Friday, Dec. 3

Second round | Saturday, Dec. 4

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket. And for a printable version of the bracket, go here.

3:18 am, November 28, 2021

Final scores from the first round of the 2021 FCS championship

Southern Illinois v. South Dakota: Extended first round FCS playoff highlights

The first round of the 2021 FCS championship is complete as eight teams advanced to the second round on Saturday, Nov. 27. 

Saturday saw the first overtime game of this year's playoffs as UIW won a Texas-sized thriller against Stephen F. Austin. While most of the games weren't close contests, two more games came down to the wire with Holy Cross and UT Martin emerging victorious.

Holy Cross vs. Sacred Heart: Full final drive, last-minute TD in FCS playoffs

Here are all the scores from Saturday's action:

UT Martin's interceptions lead to game winning touchdown

The second round of the 2021 FCS championship continues next weekend. See the schedule below.

Second round | Friday, Dec. 3

All times eastern. All games airing on ESPN+

Second round | Saturday, Dec. 4

All times eastern. All games airing on ESPN+

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

3:09 am, November 28, 2021

Southeastern Louisiana routs Florida A&M 38-14

Southeastern Louisiana fakes FG for touchdown to begin blowout win in FCS Playoffs

Southeastern Louisiana blew out Florida A&M 38-14. While Florida A&M did make a late scoring push, it was too late as Southeastern Louisiana had already put the game out of reach. Southeastern Louisiana opened its high-scoring day with a trick play as Nick Kovacs scored a touchdown on a fake field goal run.

On offense, the Lions were led by quarterback Cole Kelley; he threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns, completing 68 percent of his passes. Click or tap here to view complete stats from the game.

With the win, Southeastern Louisiana advances to play No. 3 James Madison in the second round next week. 

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

1:57 am, November 28, 2021

Southern Illinois beats South Dakota 22-10

FCS Playoffs: South Dakota's penalty leads to Southern Illinois TD

Southern Illinois defeated South Dakota 22-10 thanks to the Saluki defense forcing four turnovers. Southern Illinois All-American safety Qua Brown picked off South Dakota quarterback Carson Camp twice, one of which ended a Coyote drive in the redzone. 

The Saluki offense was led by star wide receiver Avante Cox. While Cox did suffer an injury late in the game, his 10 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown led all players. Click or tap here to view complete stats from the game.

Southern Illinois v. South Dakota: Extended first round FCS playoff highlights

With the win, Southern Illinois advances to play No. 2 North Dakota State in the second round next week. 

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12:50 am, November 28, 2021

UT Martin takes down Missouri State 32-31

UT Martin's interceptions lead to game winning touchdown

UT Martin defeated Missouri State 32-31 in a game that saw nine lead changes. UT Martin scored the go-ahead touchdown when Dresser Winn found Donnell Williams for a 37-yard touchdown pass with 03:36 left to play.

The Skyhawk defense iced the game with an interception by D'Carrious Stephens on a tipped pass with 01:03 in the fourth quarter. Click or tap here to view complete stats from the game.

The win is UT Martin's first in the FCS playoffs in program history. With the win, UT Martin advances to play No. 8 Montana State in the second round next week. 

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

12:11 am, November 28, 2021

Eastern Washington holds off Northern Iowa 19-9

EWU football

Eastern Washington held off Northern Iowa 19-9 behind a solid defensive day. The Eagles intercepted UNI quarterbacks three time today, controlling much of the game. On offense, Eastern Washington was held to its lowest scoring total of the season, but Eric Barriere did score two touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground. Click or tap here to view complete stats from the game.

EWU QB breaks tackles, and ankles, in wild scramble touchdown

With the win, Eastern Washington advances to play No. 6 Montana in the second round next week. 

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

11:59 pm, November 27, 2021

Round one FCS action continues into the evening window

The first round of the FCS playoffs continues into the evening window with three ongoing games and Florida A&M at Southeastern Louisiana kicking off at 7 p.m.

Below are the remaining first round games.

First round | Saturday, Nov. 27

All times eastern. All games airing on ESPN+

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

11:36 pm, November 27, 2021

South Dakota State routs UC Davis 56-24

SDSU wins

South Dakota State routed UC Davis 56-24 behind a dominant day on the ground. The Jackrabits gained 446 rushing yards, led by running back Isaiah Davis' 217-yard day. Walter Payton Award finalist Pierre Strong Jr. also had a big day rushing for 185 yards and score. Strong also threw a touchdown, his fourth of the season.

Pierre Strong Jr. rushes for 185, throws TD in South Dakota State's first round win

On defense, South Dakota State defensive back Dalys Beanum snagged three interceptions. Click or tap here to view complete stats from the game.

With the win, South Dakota State advances to play No. 4 Sacramento State in the second round next week. 

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

11:22 pm, November 27, 2021

UIW holds off Stephen F. Austin in overtime 35-28

UIW SFA

UIW holds off Stephen F. Austin in overtime 35-28.

The Cardinals got the ball first in extra time and quarterback Cameron Ward found WR Robert Ferrel in two plays for the go-ahead touchdown.

Stephen F. Austin fell short on its overtime possession, with Lumberjack quarterback Trae Self's pass falling incomplete on 4th-and-3 from the UIW 8-yard line. Click or tap here for complete stats from the game.

With the win, UIW advances to play No. 1 Sam Houston in the second round next week.

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

11:10 pm, November 27, 2021

Overtime in Texas | UIW 28, Stephen F. Austin 28

UIW SFA

UIW and Stephen F. Austin are headed to overtime tied 28-28 in the first round of the FCS playoffs. UIW quarterback Cameron Ward connected with wide receiver Taylor Grimes for the duo's third touchdown of the day, tying the score 28-28 with 38 seconds left. On the next possession, Stephen F. Austin drove to the UIW 40-yard line in an attempt to set up a field goal, but Lumberjack quarterback Trae Self threw and interception that sent the game to OT.

You can watch the overtime on ESPN+. Click or tap here for live stats.

10:04 pm, November 27, 2021

Kennesaw State dominates Davidson 48-21 to advance

Kennesaw State Football

Kennesaw State defeated Davidson 48-21 to advance to the second round. Kennesaw State quarterback Xavier Shepherd accounted for five total touchdowns, rushing for four and passing another.

The Owls dominated in all three phases of the game, even scoring the first punt return touchdown in Kennesaw State history. Click or tap here to view complete stats from the game.

With the win, Kennesaw State advances to play No. 7 ETSU in the second round next week. Davidson's season ends after winning its second-straight Pioneer Football League title.

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

8:17 pm, November 27, 2021

Holy Cross stuns Sacred Heart with game-winning TD catch in final seconds

Holy Cross only led for 14 seconds of its first-round FCS playoff game against Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon, but those were the last and most important 14 seconds of the game.

Trailing 10-6 with 3:14 left, the Crusaders got the ball on their own 20-yard line, needing a touchdown to take the lead, a feat they had not accomplished the entire game up to that point, registering only a pair of field goals against the Pioneers defense.

Nevertheless, Holy Cross quarterback Matthew Sluka led his offense 80 yards in 11 plays for the winning touchdown. The final play of the drive was a 35-yard toss to the end zone, a jump ball that Sluka's wide receiver Jalen Coker brought down for the incredible touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game. Watch his catch and the full drive below:

Holy Cross vs. Sacred Heart: Full final drive, last-minute TD in FCS playoffs

Sluka was directly involved with every play on the drive, whether it was completing passes or scrambling for positive yardage. Here's the play-by-play for how the entire drive went down:

holy cross sacred heart game-winning drive 2021 fcs playoffs first round

Holy Cross held on for those final 14 seconds to win 13-10.

Click or tap here to view the full FCS playoff bracket. Stay tuned to this page for more updates and scores throughout the day.

4:56 pm, November 27, 2021

First round of FCS playoffs begins Saturday afternoon

South Dakota Athletics South Dakota fcs playoffs first round 2021

The first round of the FCS playoffs begin today, Saturday, Nov. 27. All eight first round games will be played, featuring 16 of the 24 teams in the field.

The first round will be played at select campus sites, with the winning team advancing to play a road contest in the second round.

South Dakota State, which lost to Sam Houston in last spring's national championship game, will finally try to get over the hump, starting with its first round game Saturday afternoon.

Below is the schedule for the 2021 FCS Football championships:

First round | Saturday, Nov. 27

All times eastern. All games airing on ESPN+

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

10:19 pm, November 26, 2021

The first round of the FCS playoffs begin Saturday

The first round of the FCS playoffs begin Saturday, Nov. 27. All eight first round games will take place tomorrow featuring 16 of the field's 24 teams.

The first rounds will be played at select campus sites, with the winning team advancing to play a road contest in round two.

South Dakota State, which lost to Sam Houston in last spring's national championship game, will finally try to get over the hump, starting with its first round game Saturday afternoon.

Below is the schedule for the 2021 FCS Football championships:

First round | Saturday Nov. 27

All times eastern. All games airing on ESPN+

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

10:14 pm, November 26, 2021

Top-5 quarterbacks to watch entering the playoffs

Cole Johnson James Madison

With plenty of exciting players ready to take center stage in this year's playoffs, NCAA.com reporter Stan Becton takes a look at the top-five quarterbacks to watch ahead of the action. Here are his five quarterbacks to make to watch:

  1. Cole Johnson, James Madison
  2. Cameron Ward, UIW
  3. Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana
  4. Eric Schmid, Sam Houston
  5. Eric Barriere, Eastern Washington

Click or tap here to read his full breakdown on each quarterback.

3:16 pm, November 23, 2021

5 reasons why Sam Houston can defend its FCS title

SHSU football

In NCAA.com reporter Stan Becton's FCS bracket predictions, he picked Sam Houston to repeat as national champion. Now, here are his five reasons why the Bearkats can run it back:

  1. Elite quarterback play in a balanced offense
  2. Defense wins championships, and the Bearkats have plenty of it
  3. Home-field advantage
  4. SHSU's proven ability to handle adversity
  5. Great coaching

Click or tap here to read his full breakdown on why Sam Houston can win the title again.

3:40 am, November 23, 2021

FCS playoff predictions: Picking every tournament game

NCAA.com's Stan Becton has made his bracket predictions for the 2021 FCS football playoffs, from the first round all the way through the national championship.

Click or tap here to see every prediction.

5:56 pm, November 21, 2021

2021 FCS football championship field announced

Watch the 2021 FCS football championship selection show

The bracket is set for the 2021 FCS football championship.

The 24-team field was revealed on today's selection show. The tournament will begin Saturday, Nov. 27 with the first round. It will run all the way to the championship game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Jan. 8.

Click or tap here to see the complete field for this year's tournament.

Below is the schedule for the 2021 FCS Football championships:

First round | Saturday Nov. 27

All times eastern. All games airing on ESPN+

Second round

  • Saturday, Dec. 4 | Multiple Sites

Quarterfinals

  • Friday, Dec. 10 | Multiple Sites
  • Saturday, Dec. 11 | Multiple Sites

Semifinals

  • Friday, Dec. 17 | Semifinal I | Location TBD
  • Saturday, Dec. 18 | Semifinal II | Location TBD

National Championship

  • Saturday, Jan. 8 | National Championship: 12 p.m. ET | Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX | ESPN2

Click or tap here to see the complete bracket.

5:52 pm, November 21, 2021

Right side of bracket revealed

The remainder of the 2021 FCS playoff field has been revealed. See the teams below.

  • Florida A&M
  • Southeastern Louisiana
  • Northern Iowa
  • Eastern Washington
  • Davidson
  • Kennesaw State
  • Southern Illinois
  • South Dakota

The selection show continues on ESPNU. You can watch by visiting espn.com/watch.

5:49 pm, November 21, 2021

The left side of the bracket revealed

Half of the first round teams in the 2021 FCS playoffs have been revealed. See the teams below.

  • Stephen F. Austin
  • UIW
  • UT Martin
  • Missouri State
  • Sacred Heart
  • Holy Cross
  • UC Davis
  • South Dakota State

The selection show continues on ESPNU. You can watch by visiting espn.com/watch.

5:31 pm, November 21, 2021

The top 8 seeds have been revealed

The top-8 seeds for the 2021 FCS playoffs have been revealed. See the teams listed below.

  1. Sam Houston
  2. North Dakota State
  3. James Madison
  4. Sacramento State
  5. Villanova
  6. Montana
  7. ETSU
  8. Montana State

The selection show continues on ESPNU. You can watch by visiting espn.com/watch.

5:23 pm, November 21, 2021

The 2021 FCS playoff selection show starts now!

The 2021 FCS playoff selection show has started. The show is airing live on ESPNU, where the entire 24-team field will be announced.

You can watch the show by visiting espn.com/watch.

1:20 pm, November 21, 2021

FCS Playoff selections scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday

Sam Houston State Athletics Sam Houston is the reigning FCS champion.

The field for the 2021 FCS Playoffs will be announced at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 21 on ESPNU.

Eleven teams automatically qualified for the Playoffs and 13 teams will receive an at-large berth. Click or tap here to see every automatic bid.

Sam Houston is the reigning FCS champion after it defeated South Dakota State 23-21 in last season's championship game.

3:23 am, November 21, 2021

All FCS automatic qualifying bids clinched

All of the FCS automatic qualifying bids have been clinched, with 11 teams guaranteeing their spots to this year's playoffs field. Click or tap here to see every automatic bid.

The 2021 FCS football championship selection show is tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The selection show will be broadcasted on ESPNU.

The FCS Championship Game will be played in Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Click or tap here for more championship info.

11:44 pm, November 14, 2021

Everything you need to know for selections

The 2021 FCS football championship selection show is Sunday, Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The selections will mark the return of the FCS football championship's 24-team field after the 2020 season featured a modified playoff field in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the show, you can find this year's complete field and official bracket right here on NCAA.com. 

Here's how to watch the selection show.

When: The 2021 FCS football championship selection show is Sunday, Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Where: The selection show will be broadcasted on ESPNU.

The FCS Championship Game will be played in Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Click or tap here for more championship info.

Below is the schedule for the 2021 FCS Football championships:

First round

  • Saturday, Nov. 27 | Multiple Sites

Second round

  • Saturday, Dec. 4 | Multiple Sites

Quarterfinals

  • Friday, Dec. 10 | Multiple Sites
  • Saturday, Dec. 11 | Multiple Sites

Semifinals

  • Friday, Dec. 17 | Semifinal I | Location TBD
  • Saturday, Dec. 18 | Semifinal II | Location TBD

National Championship

  • Saturday, Jan. 8 | National Championship: 12 p.m. ET | Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX | ESPN2
11:40 pm, November 14, 2021

FCS football championship history

The 2020 championship was moved to spring 2021 due to COVID-19, where Sam Houston defeated South Dakota State to win its first title. Its win ended a streak of three straight championships for North Dakota State.

North Dakota State has won eight championships since 2011. 

Here's the full DIII men's cross country championship history: 

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

YEAR CHAMPION COACH SCORE RUNNER-UP SITE
2020 Sam Houston K.C. Keeler 23-21 South Dakota State Frisco, Texas
2019 North Dakota State Matt Entz 28-20 James Madison Frisco, Texas
2018 North Dakota State Chris Klieman 38-24 Eastern Washington Frisco, Texas
2017 North Dakota State Chris Klieman 17-13 James Madison Frisco, Texas
2016 James Madison Mike Houston 28-14 Youngstown State Frisco, Texas
2015 North Dakota State Chris Klieman 37-10 Jacksonville State Frisco, Texas
2014 North Dakota State Chris Klieman 29-27 Illinois State Frisco, Texas
2013 North Dakota State Craig Bohl 35-7 Towson Frisco, Texas
2012 North Dakota State Craig Bohl 39-13 Sam Houston State Frisco, Texas
2011 North Dakota State Craig Bohl 17-6 Sam Houston State Frisco, Texas
2010 Eastern Washington Beau Baldwin 20-19 Delaware Frisco, Texas
2009 Villanova Andy Talley 23-21 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
2008 Richmond Mike London 24-7 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
2007 Appalachian State Jerry Moore 49-21 Delaware Chattanooga, Tenn.
2006 Appalachian State Jerry Moore 28-17 Massachusetts Chattanooga, Tenn.
2005 Appalachian State Jerry Moore 21-16 UNI Chattanooga, Tenn.
2004 James Madison Mickey Matthews 31-21 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
2003 Delaware K.C. Keeler 40-0 Colgate Chattanooga, Tenn.
2002 Western Kentucky Jack Harbaugh 34-14 McNeese State Chattanooga, Tenn.
2001 Montana Joe Glenn 13-6 Furman Chattanooga, Tenn.
2000 Georgia Southern Paul Johnson 27-25 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
1999 Georgia Southern Paul Johnson 59-24 Youngstown State Chattanooga, Tenn.
1998 Massachusetts Mark Whipple 55-43 Georgia Southern Chattanooga, Tenn.
1997 Youngstown State Jim Tressel 10-9 McNeese State Chattanooga, Tenn.
1996 Marshall Bob Pruett 49-29 Montana Huntington, W.Va.
1995 Montana Don Read 22-20 Marshall Huntington, W.Va.
1994 Youngstown State Jim Tressel 28-14 Boise State Huntington, W.Va.
1993 Youngstown State Jim Tressel 17-5 Marshall Huntington, W.Va.
1992 Marshall Jim Donnan 31-28 Youngstown State Huntington, W.Va.
1991 Youngstown State Jim Tressel 25-17 Marshall Statesboro, Ga.
1990 Georgia Southern Tim Stowers 36-13 Nevada Statesboro, Ga.
1989 Georgia Southern Erk Russell 37-34 Stephen F. Austin * Statesboro, Ga.
1988 Furman Jimmy Satterfield 17-12 Georgia Southern Pocatello, Idaho
1987 Louisiana-Monroe Pat Collins 43-42 Marshall Pocatello, Idaho
1986 Georgia Southern Erk Russell 48-21 Arkansas State Tacoma, Wash.
1985 Georgia Southern Erk Russell 44-42 Furman Tacoma, Wash.
1984 Montana State Dave Arnold 19-6 Louisiana Tech Charleston, S.C.
1983 Southern Illinois Rey Dempsey 43-7 Western Carolina Charleston, S.C.
1982 Eastern Kentucky Roy Kidd 17-14 Delaware Wichita Falls, Texas
1981 Idaho State Dave Kragthorpe 34-23 Eastern Kentucky Wichita Falls, Texas
1980 Boise State Jim Criner 31-29 Eastern Kentucky Sacramento, Calif.
1979 Eastern Kentucky Roy Kidd 30-7 Lehigh Orlando, Fla.
1978 Florida A&M Rudy Hubbard 35-28 Massachusetts Wichita Falls, Texas

* -- Stephen F. Austin's participation in 1989 championship vacated.