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How To Watch The 2023 FCS Playoff Selection Show

How To Watch The 2023 FCS Playoff Selection Show

The NCAA FCS Playoffs begin this weekend with the playoff selection show. Here's how to watch and other things to know.

Nov 18, 2023 by Joe Harrington

The regular season is wrapping up for NCAA FCS football teams and the playoffs begin Sunday, Nov. 19 when programs across the country learn if they've made the playoffs and where they'll be playing after Thanksgiving. 

Last season, the CAA tied for the most teams in the field. With four teams entering the final week of the season with chances to win the division, the Coastal could be sending a handful of teams again. 

But who will those be? Delaware and Villanova, which meet in the Battle of the Blue in Week 12, are almost assuredly in the field. Richmond and UAlbany also have chances to win a share of the conference and could be in the field. 

Who else could make it? Here's how to watch the NCAA FCS Playoff Selection Show. 

When Is The FCS Football Playoff Selection Show?

 Division I Football - Championship Subdivision -- Selection Announcement show is Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m. EST. 

What Channel Is The FCS Football Playoff Selection Show?

The show will be on ESPNU. 

How Many Teams Qualify for the FCS Playoffs? 

The 2023 season marks the 10-year anniversary since the introduction of the 24-team format. 

What Teams Qualify For The FCS Playoffs?

Expansion of the Playoffs opened more berths both for automatic-qualifying conference champions and at-large participants. 

In 2023, 10 conferences send an automatic qualifier to the FCS Playoffs: 

  • Big Sky 
  • Big South/Ohio Valley 
  • Coastal Athletic Association 
  • Missouri Valley Football Conference
  • Northeast
  • Patriot League
  • Pioneer Football League
  • Southern
  • Southland
  • United Athletic Conference

The Ivy League opts out of the postseason altogether, while the Mid-Eastern Athletic and Southwestern Athletic Conferences send their respective champions to face off in the Celebration. However, MEAC and SWAC teams are eligible for at-large consideration. 

Most recently, the winner of the first Division I-AA tournament, Florida A&M, represented the SWAC in the 2021 Playoffs. 

That leaves 14 at-large invitations to the FCS Playoffs. 

-Kyle Kensing

Who Chooses The FCS Playoffs At-Large Qualifiers? 

The FCS Playoff Committee made up of representatives from each participating conference, determines at-large qualifiers and maps out the bracket. 

Bucknell athletic director Jermaine Truax chaired the committee in 2022, though his term expires in August 2023. 

Which FCS Playoff Teams Get A First Round Bye?

The top eight  teams in the field receive first round bye, leaving eight games between 16 teams in the first weekend. 

As it stands, teams must be within 400 miles of each other (when possible) and did not play in the conference regular season that year for first-round matchups. Programs from the same league can meet in the first round, provided they didn't play in the regular season — as was the case for CAA members James Madison and Delaware in 2018. 

When Do The 2023 FCS Playoffs Start?

The first round of the FCS playoffs is scheduled for Nov. 25. 

When Is The 2024 FCS National Championship Game?

The FCS National Championship is at 2 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The game will be on ABC. 

NCAA FCS Football Rankings For Week 12 (Nov. 13)

  • No. 1 South Dakota St. (26)    10-0    650    
  • No. 2 Furman    9-1    615    
  • No. 3 Montana    9-1    603    
  • No. 4 Montana St.    8-2    563    
  • No. 5 South Dakota    8-2    529    
  • No. 6 Delaware    8-2    491    
  • No. 7 Florida A&M    9-1    446    
  • No. 8 Idaho    7-3    405    
  • No. 9 North Dakota St.    7-3    
  • No. 10 Sacramento St.    7-3    
  • No. 11 UIW    7-2    385    
  • No. 12 Austin Peay    8-2    364    
  • No. 13 UT Martin    8-2    333    
  • No. 14 North Carolina Central    8-2    285    
  • No. 15 Villanova    8-2    277    
  • No. 16 Chattanooga    7-3    244    
  • No. 17 North Dakota    6-4    227        
  • No. 18 Western Carolina    7-3    
  • No. 19 Harvard    8-1    195    
  • No. 20T Central Arkansas    7-3    135    
  • No. 20T Southern Illinois    6-4    135    
  • No. 22 Lafayette    8-2    133    
  • No. 23 Albany    8-3    131
  • No. 24 Mercer    8-3    108    NR    
  • No. 25 Holy Cross    6-4    40    

Dropped Out: Northern Iowa (20)

Others Receiving Votes: Eastern Illinois, 34; Northern Iowa, 33; Tarleton, 29; Illinois St., 23; Youngstown St., 23; William & Mary, 9; Nicholls, 4; Rhode Island, 4; UC Davis, 4; Richmond, 1.

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