It’s August, yes. Is it too early to try and predict the FCS playoff bracket? Yes. Are we going to do it anyway? Yes.
The field is back to 24 teams after a 16-team spring bracket. There will be 11 auto-bids with the addition of the AQ7 and 13 at-large bids. Eight teams will be seeded.
The national championship game is scheduled for Jan. 8 in Frisco, Texas.
Below are predictions for the seeds, auto-bids, at-large bids, and which teams are on the bubble.
Seeds 1. Sam Houston 2. JMU 3. SDSU 4. NDSU 5. Weber State 6. Montana 7. Monmouth 8. Delaware
Auto-Bids AQ7 – Sam Houston Big Sky – Weber State Big South – Monmouth CAA – JMU MVFC – SDSU NEC – CCSU OVC – Austin Peay Patriot – Holy Cross Pioneer – Dayton SoCon – VMI Southland – SLU
At-Large Bids(Ranked from most likely to least likely to get in) 12. NDSU 13. Montana 14. Delaware 15. SIU 16. Montana State 17. Central Arkansas 18. UND 19. Chattanooga 20. Villanova 21. NC A&T 22. Sac State 23. Nicholls 24. Florida A&M
Bubble Teams Left Out 25. Missouri State 26. EWU 27. Jacksonville State 28. Richmond 29. UNI
Since we made it this far, we might as well form the field into a bracket.
Sam’s coverage of the FCS began in 2012 as the sports editor and eventual editor-in-chief of NDSU’s The Spectrum. After graduating in 2015, he spent three years in the newspaper and magazine industry while starting his work for HERO Sports in the fall of 2016 as a freelancer. In May 2018, he joined the website full time as the Senior FCS Analyst.