Road to the Championship (FCS)
There are 122 teams within 13 conferences competing in FCS football. The championship bracket consists of 20 teams, 10 of which are selected via automatic qualification. The Division I Football Championship Committee will annually make the determination of which eligible conferences will receive automatic qualification, based on non-conference records, strength of non-conference opponents, recent postseason history and competition against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. The remaining at-large teams are selected by the Divison I Football Championship Committee, assisted by four regional advisory committees that serve in an advisory capacity only. At-large selections are based on multiple principles established by bylaws in the NCAA Manual.
The 2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship bracket will be announced Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
The championship bracket consists of 20 teams, 10 of which are selected via automatic qualification. The championship is conducted via single elimination format. All preliminary-round games (first round, second round, quarterfinals and semifinals) are hosted on non-predetermined campus sites. Sites are selected and announced during the selection show and as teams advance throughout the championship. The championship game (final site) is hosted at a predetermined site, currently at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
In 2013 the championship bracket will expand from 20 to 24 teams, increasing the number of AQ conferences from 10 to 11. The remaining teams will be selected on an at-large basis. The top-eight teams in the bracket will be seeded and receive first-round byes.