FCS Playoffs 2022: First-round games schedule, bracket

By Kevin Kelley -

The FCS Playoffs 2022 are set to kickoff on Saturday with eight first-round games. The action begins at noon Eastern with the Furman Paladins hosting the Elon Phoenix.

The FCS Playoff Schedule continues at 2:00pm ET with three games — Davidson Wildcats at Richmond Spiders, Fordham Rams at New Hampshire Wildcats, and Saint Francis U. Red Flash at Delaware Blue Hens. At 4:00pm ET, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks travel to face the Weber State Wildcats.

Next up, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels play host to the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs at 5:00pm ET, and that is followed by the Idaho Vandals at the Southeastern Louisiana Golden Lions at 7:00pm ET.

The first-round of the 2022 FCS Playoffs concludes with one contest at 10:00pm on ESPN2, which features the Southeast Missouri Redhawks traveling to take on the Montana Grizzlies.

All first-round matchups will be streamed on ESPN+, with the exception of the previously mentioned Southeast Missouri-Montana matchup.

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. South Dakota State
2. Sacramento State
3. North Dakota State
4. Montana State
5. William & Mary
6. Samford
7. UIW
8. Holy Cross

Below is the complete schedule for the first two rounds of the 2022 FCS Playoffs:

*All games ET and on ESPN+ unless noted.

Elon 6, Furman 31
Davidson 0, Richmond 41
Fordham 42, New Hampshire 52
Saint Francis 17, Delaware 56
North Dakota 31, Weber State 38
Gardner-Webb 52, EKU 41
Idaho 42, SE Louisiana 45
SEMO 24, Montana 34

*All games ET and on ESPN+.

New Hampshire at (8) Holy Cross
Furman at (7) UIW – 2pm
Gardner-Webb at (5) William & Mary – 2pm
Southeastern Louisiana at (6) Samford – 3pm
Delaware at (1) S. Dakota St. – 3pm
Weber State at (4) Montana State – 3pm
Montana at (3) NDSU – 3:30pm
Richmond at (2) Sac State – 5pm

The 2022 FCS Championship Game is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The game will be televised by ABC at 2:00pm ET.

FCS Playoff Schedule

FCS Playoff Bracket

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