2021 FCS Playoff Pairings, Results

The FCS Playoffs will begin on Nov. 27 at campus sites, with the field playing for the right to play in the national championship game in Frisco, Texas.

Sam Houston is the defending champion.

The first-round games will be shown on ESPN+, which gives football fans around the country to watch the entire playoff round. The teams playing in the first round are playing for the right to play the eight teams that are seeded in the bracket, all of which have a first-round bye.

The second-round games will be played the weekend of Dec. 4. The national quarterfinals will be played the weekend of Dec. 11, while the national semifinals will be played the weekend of Dec. 18.

The FCS National Championship game will be played on Saturday, Jan. 8, at noon eastern at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

The College Football America 2021 Yearbook  features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.

The print edition is available online via Amazon.com and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble.

2021 FCS Playoffs

First Round

(Times all eastern)

Nov. 27

Incarnate Word 35, Stephen F. Austin 28 (OT)

UT Martin 32, Missouri State 31

Holy Cross 13, Sacred Heart 10

South Dakota State 56, UC Davis 24

Southeastern Louisiana 38, Florida A&M 14

Eastern Washington 19, Northern Iowa 9

Kennesaw State 48, Davidson 21

Southern Illinois 22, South Dakota 10

Second Round

(Times all eastern)

Dec. 3

No. 5 Villanova 21, Holy Cross 16

No. 6 Montana 57, Eastern Washington 41

Dec. 4

No. 1 Sam Houston 49, Incarnate Word 42

No. 8 Montana State 26, UT Martin 7

South Dakota State 24, No. 4 Sacramento State 19

No. 3 James Madison 59, Southeastern Louisiana 20

No. 7 East Tennessee 32, Kennesaw State 31

No. 2 North Dakota State 38, Southern Illinois 7


Dec. 10

No. 3 James Madison 28, No, 6 Montana 6

Dec. 11

No. 2 North Dakota State 27, No. 7 East Tennessee 3

South Dakota State 35, No. 5 Villanova 21

No. 8 Montana State 42, No. 1 Sam Houston 19


Dec. 17

No. 2 North Dakota State 20, No. 3 James Madison 14

Dec. 18

No. 8 Montana State 31, South Dakota State 17

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