7 p.m. – South Dakota State at Northern Iowa (ESPN+)
Saturday, Feb. 20 All times CT
11 a.m. – Morehead State at James Madison (FloSports)
12 p.m. – Mercer at Wofford (ESPN+)
12 p.m. – Samford at ETSU (ESPN+)
12 p.m. – Southern Illinois at North Dakota (ESPN+)
12:30 p.m. – Davidson at Elon (FloSports)
1 p.m. – Western Carolina at Furman (ESPN+)
Sunday, Feb. 21 All times CT
1 p.m. – Edward Waters at Jackson State (ESPN3)
1:30 p.m. – Austin Peay at Tennessee Tech (ESPN+)
2:30 p.m. – Youngstown State at North Dakota State (ESPN+)
4 p.m. – Tarleton State at New Mexico State (FloSports)
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FCS Spring Bracketology 1.0 — Playoff Predictions (Preseason)
Predicting the FCS playoff bracket is going to be as difficult as it’s ever been for the 2021 spring season.
The 24-team bracket has been reduced to 16 teams. The typical format is 10 auto-bids from 10 conferences and 14 at-large bids. This spring, there will be 10 auto-bids and only six at-large bids.
Only four teams will be seeded compared to the usual eight.
Fall games are included in playoff resumes. And while teams can play up to eight regular-season spring games in a 13-week period, the amount of games conferences are playing ranges all the way from four to eight. A minimum of four games must be played to qualify as an at-large bid.
In short, there is going to be a huge imbalance when evaluating playoff resumes. Nonetheless, we will give it a shot and provide weekly playoff predictions.
Playoff Field Predictions
These predictions take current playoff resumes and all future scheduled games into consideration.
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.