NCAA releases 16-team bracket for 2021 spring FCS playoffs
The playoff bracket has been released for the FCS. It was completed on Sunday.
This year, there will be 16 teams participating in the playoffs instead of the traditional 24. A shortened season, the COVID-19 pandemic and playing games during the spring forced the NCAA to trim the number of teams in this year’s field.
Here’s a look at the eight matchups that will be held in the first round of the FCS playoffs. All games are set for Saturday, April 24:
- Monmouth vs. Sam Houston State — 12 p.m. ET, ESPN3
- Davidson vs. Jacksonville State — 2 p.m. ET, ESPN3
- Virginia Military Institute (VMI) vs. James Madison — 2 p.m. ET, ESPN3
- Holy Cross vs. South Dakota State — 3 p.m. ET, ESPN3
- Eastern Washington vs. North Dakota State — 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3
- Southern Illinois vs. Weber State — 4 p.m. ET, ESPN3
- Missouri State vs. North Dakota — 4 p.m. ET, ESPN3
- Sacred Heart vs. Delaware — 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
The national championship of the FCS will be held on Sunday, May 16. Below is the bracket released from the NCAA:
— NCAA FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) April 18, 2021