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FCS Playoffs 2021: First-round games schedule, bracket

The 2021 FCS Playoffs are set to kickoff on Saturday with eight first-round games. The action begins at noon Eastern with the Holy Cross Crusaders hosting the Sacred Heart Pioneers.

The FCS Playoff Schedule continues at 2:00pm ET with Davidson at Kennesaw State. Two games are slated for 3:00pm ET — Stephen F. Austin at UIW and UC Davis at South Dakota State.

At 4:00pm ET, Northern Iowa travels to face Eastern Washington while Missouri State plays host to UT Martin. Then at 6:00pm ET, South Dakota hosts Southern Illinois.

The first-round of the 2021 FCS Playoffs concludes with one contest, which features Florida A&M travelling to take on 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. Sam Houston
2. North Dakota State
3. James Madison
4. Sacramento State
5. Villanova
6. Montana
7. ETSU
8. Montana State

Below is the complete schedule for the first two rounds of the 2021 FCS Playoffs:

FIRST-ROUND GAMES (NOV. 27)
*All games EST and on ESPN+.

Holy Cross 13, Sacred Heart 10
Kennesaw State 48, Davidson 21
UIW 35, Stephen F. Austin 28 (OT)
South Dakota State 56, UC Davis 24
Eastern Washington 19, Northern Iowa 9
UT Martin 32, Missouri State 31
Southern Illinois 22, South Dakota 10
Southeastern La. 38, Florida A&M 14

SECOND-ROUND GAMES (DEC. 3-4)
*All games EST and on ESPN+.

Holy Cross at Villanova – 7pm (Fri.)
Eastern Washington at Montana- 9pm (Fri.)
Kennesaw State at ETSU – 2pm
Southeastern La. at James Madison – 2pm
UIW at Sam Houston – 3pm
Southern Illinois at NDSU – 3:30pm
UT Martin at Montana St.- 4pm
South Dakota St. at Sacramento St. – 9pm

The fall 2021 FCS Championship Game is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The game will be televised by ESPN2 at 12:00pm ET.

FCS Playoff Schedule

FCS Playoff Bracket

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