FCS Playoffs 2019: First-round games schedule, bracket

By Kevin Kelley -

The 2019 FCS Playoffs are set to kickoff today with eight first-round games. The action begins at Noon Eastern with the Monmouth Hawks hosting the Holy Cross Crusaders.

The FCS Playoff Schedule continues at 1:00pm ET with two more games — Central Connecticut at UAlbany and Furman at Austin Peay.

At 2:00pm ET, San Diego travels to take on Northern Iowa while Illinois State plays at Southeast Missouri. Then at 4:00pm ET, the first-round of the FCS Playoffs concludes with three contests – Kennesaw State at Wofford, North Dakota at Nicholls, and Villanova at Southeastern Louisiana.

Winners of the first-round contests will advance to the second-round where they will play at one of the top eight seeds. The top eight seeds, listed below, each received a first-round bye:

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

Below is the complete schedule for the first two rounds of the 2019 FCS Playoffs:

*All games EST and on ESPN3.

Monmouth 44, Holy Cross 27
UAlbany 42, Central Connecticut 14
Austin Peay 42, Furman 6
Northern Iowa 17, San Diego 3
Illinois State 24, Southeast Missouri 6
Kennesaw State 28, Wofford 21
Nicholls 24, North Dakota 6
Southeastern Louisiana 45, Villanova 44

*All games EST and on ESPN3.

Monmouth at James Madison – 1pm
Northern Iowa at South Dakota State – 2pm
Kennesaw State at Weber State – 3pm
Southeastern Louisiana at Montana – 3pm
UAlbany at Montana State – 3pm
Nicholls at North Dakota State – 3:30pm
Illinois State at Central Arkansas – 4pm
Austin Peay at Sacramento State – 9pm

FCS Playoff Schedule

FCS Playoff Bracket