INDIANAPOLIS — The enviornment of 24 groups competing for the 2021 NCAA Division I Football Championship used to be announced on the present time by the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee.

Sam Houston (10-0), the defending champions and winners of the ASUN/WAC Conference, earned the tip seed of their 13th appearance in the championship. The Bearkats enjoy obtained 21 straight contests.

North Dakota Deliver (10-1) is the number two seed earning the automatic qualifying berth from the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Bison are making their 12th total appearance with one of the best all-time FCS Championship a success percentage (.925).

James Madison (10-1) is the number three seed after securing an at-huge repeat. The Dukes will develop their eighth consecutive appearance in the championship and 18th total.

Sacramento Deliver (9-2) rounded out the tip four seeds after going undefeated in the Colossal Sky Conference. The Hornets will develop correct model their second day out to the FCS Championship.

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Villanova (9-2) secured the number five seed after earning the Colonial Athletic Association automatic qualifier. The Wildcats will develop their 14th appearance in the FCS Championship.

Montana (9-2) could be the sixth seed as an at-huge resolution out of the Colossal Sky Conference. The Grizzlies done the season a success their remaining five video games and also can merely be making their 25th appearance in the FCS Championship.

East Tennessee Deliver (10-1) clinched the seven seed. The Buccaneers obtained the Southern Conference title and also can merely be making their third FCS Championship appearance and first since 2018.

Montana St. (9-2) rounds out the tip eight seeds receiving first spherical byes. The Bobcats are an at-huge resolution after earning nine Division I wins in the extra special season.

Throughout the outdated 44 years of the championship, 22 schools enjoy obtained a national title, nine of which earned a space on this year’s bracket.

The 2021 championship enviornment includes 11 automatic qualifiers and 13 at-huge qualifiers. Group pairings are sure basically in accordance to geographical proximity.

Groups from the identical convention is potentially no longer paired for first spherical video games. (besides for groups from the identical convention that did no longer play towards one yet any other towards the extra special season; such groups also can merely play one yet any other in the most important spherical).

2021 NCAA DI FCS AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS (11)

Conference Group 2021 File PrevIOUS PrevIOUS PrevIOUS LAST APPEARANCE
      Years  wins losses  
ASUN Conference/WAC Sam Houston 10-0 12 23 11 2020
Colossal Sky Sacramento St. 9-2 1 0 1 2019
Colossal South Kennesaw St. 10-1 3 4 3 2019
Colonial Villanova 9-2 13 12 12 2019
Missouri Valley Football North Dakota St. 10-1 11 37 3 2020
Northeast Sacred Heart 8-3 3 0 3 2020
Ohio Valley UT Martin 9-2 1 0 1 2006
Patriot Holy Fallacious 9-2 4 0 4 2020
Pioneer Davidson 8-2 1 0 1 2020
Southern ETSU 10-1 2 1 2 2018
Southland UIW 9-2 1 0 1 2018



2021 NCAA DI FCS CHAMPIONSHIP AT-LARGE SELECTIONS (13)

Group Conference 2021 File PrevIOUS PrevIOUS PrevIOUS remaining appearance
      years WINS LOSSES  
SFA ASUN/WAC 8-3 6 4 6 2014
Eastern Wash. Colossal Sky 9-2 14 19 13 2020
Montana Colossal Sky 9-2 24 33 22 2019
Montana St. Colossal Sky 9-2 10 9 9 2019
UC Davis Colossal Sky 8-3 1 1 1 2018
James Madison CAA 10-1 17 22 15 2020
Missouri St. MVFC 8-3 3 1 3 2020
South Dakota MVFC 7-4 1 1 1 2017
South Dakota St. MVFC 8-3 10 11 10 2020
Southern Ill. MVFC 7-4 9 9 8 2020
UNI MVFC 6-5 21 26 21 2019
Southeastern La. Southland 8-3 3 2 3 2019
Florida A&M SWAC 9-2 7 5 6 2001

Longest Consecutive Tournament Appearances in the Championship (Including 2021)

  • North Dakota St. – 12
  • South Dakota St. – 11
  • James Madison – 8

Consecutive Tournament Appearances in the Championship Ending

  • Weber St.– 5
  • Monmouth – 2
  • North Dakota – 2

Most Tournament Appearances in the Championship (Including 2021)

  • Montana – 25
  • UNI – 22
  • James Madison – 18
  • Eastern Wash. – 15
  • Villanova – 14
  • Sam Houston – 13
  • North Dakota St. – 12
  • Montana St. – 11
  • South Dakota St. – 11

Faculties Making the Championship for the First Time

  • None

Longest Stretch between Championship Appearances

  • Florida A&M – 2001
  • UT Martin – 2006
  • SFA – 2014

Faculties by Conference

  • Missouri Valley Football Conference – 6
  • Colossal Sky Conference – 5
  • ASUN/WAC – 2
  • Colonial Athletic Association – 2 
  • Southland – 2

DATES/SITES/PAIRINGS-FIRST-ROUND GAMES

November 27 at San Antonio, Texas, 3 p.m. (ESPN+)


SFA (8-3) at UIW (9-2)

November 27 at Springfield, Missouri, 4 p.m. (ESPN+)


UT Martin (9-2) at Missouri St. (8-3)

November 27 at Worcester, Massachusetts, Midday (ET) (ESPN+)


Sacred Heart (8-3) at Holy Fallacious (9-2)

November 27 at Brookings, South Dakota, 3 p.m. (ET) (ESPN+)


UC Davis (8-3) at South Dakota St. (8-3)

November 27 at Hammond, Louisiana, 7 p.m. (ET) (ESPN+)


Florida A&M (9-2) at Southeastern La. (8-3)

November 27 at Cheyney, Washington, 4 p.m. (ET) (ESPN+)


UNI. (6-5) at Eastern Wash. (9-2)

November 27 at Kennesaw, Georgia, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN+)


Davidson (8-2) at Kennesaw St. (10-1)

November 27 at Vermillion, South Dakota, 6 p.m. (ET) (ESPN+)


Southern Ill. (7-4) at South Dakota (7-4)

Television schedules and sport cases for all rounds of the 2021 championship will likely be updated at NCAA.com. All rounds of the FCS playoffs can also be viewed on ESPN’s family of networks with first-spherical video games taking space Saturday, November 27 and concluding with the national championship sport at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, Saturday, January 8 at Midday (ET) on ESPN2.

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