FCS Playoffs 2019: Bracket and schedule released

By Brian Wilmer -

The regular-season is complete, and now it’s time for the 2019 FCS Playoffs! The 10 automatic qualifiers, full 24 team field, FCS Playoff Schedule, and bracket were announced today by the NCAA.

The 10 automatic qualifiers for the FCS Playoffs won their respective conference championships and are listed below:

  • Big Sky – Weber State
  • Big South – Monmouth
  • CAA – James Madison
  • Missouri Valley – North Dakota State
  • NEC – Central Connecticut
  • Ohio Valley – Austin Peay
  • Patriot League – Holy Cross
  • Pioneer – San Diego
  • Southern – Wofford
  • Southland – Nicholls

Below are the top eight seeds for the 2019 FCS playoffs. The top eight teams receive a first-round bye and will host a second-round matchup on Saturday, Dec. 7:

1. North Dakota State
2. James Madison
3. Weber State
4. Sacramento State
5. Montana State
6. Montana
7. South Dakota State
8. Central Arkansas

The remaining 16 qualifiers (14 at-large) open the FCS Playoffs with a First-Round matchup on Saturday, Nov. 30. Below is the schedule for the first two rounds of the 2019 FCS Playoffs:

FIRST-ROUND GAMES (NOV. 30)
*All games EST and on ESPN3.

Holy Cross at Monmouth – Noon (Tickets)
Central Connecticut at UAlbany – 1pm (Tickets)
Furman at Austin Peay – 1pm (Tickets)
San Diego at Northern Iowa – 2pm (Tickets)
Illinois State at Southeast Missouri – 2pm (Tickets)
Kennesaw State at Wofford – 4pm (Tickets)
North Dakota at Nicholls – 4pm (Tickets)
Villanova at Southeastern Louisiana – 4pm (Tickets)

SECOND-ROUND GAMES (DEC. 7)
*All games EST and on ESPN3.

Holy Cross/Monmouth winner at James Madison – 1pm (Tickets)

San Diego/Northern Iowa winner at South Dakota State – 2pm (Tickets)

Kennesaw State/Wofford winner at Weber State – 3pm (Tickets)

Villanova/Southeastern Louisiana winner at Montana – 3pm (Tickets)

UAlbany/Central Connecticut winner at Montana State – 3pm (Tickets)

North Dakota/Nicholls winner at North Dakota State – 3:30pm (Tickets)

Illinois State/Southeast Missouri winner at Central Arkansas – 4pm (Tickets)

Furman/Austin Peay winner at Sacramento State – 9pm (Tickets)

FCS Playoff Schedule

FCS Playoff Bracket

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