The FCS has the football spotlight this spring. While the subdivision won’t have games broadcasted on national networks every week due to a packed TV schedule, there are plenty of streaming options.
Here’s your guide for Week 3.
NOTE: Below are national streaming options. Streams or broadcasts only available to the region are not included.
Friday, Feb. 26 All times CT
6 – Southern at Alabama State (ESPN3)
Saturday, Feb. 27 All times CT
11 – Robert Morris at No. 2 James Madison (FloSports)
11 – No. 5 Northern Iowa at Youngstown State (ESPN+)
11 – No. 11 Wofford at Chattanooga (ESPN+)
11 – Howard at Delaware State (ESPN3)
12 – No. 1 North Dakota State at Southern Illinois (ESPN+)
12 – Western Carolina at Samford (ESPN+)
12 – South Dakota at No. 7 Illinois State (ESPN+)
12 – No. 3 South Dakota State at No. 14 North Dakota (ESPN+)
12 – Shorter at No. 8 Kennesaw State (ESPN+)
12 – Missouri State at Western Illinois (ESPN+)
12 – UIW at No. 19 McNeese (ESPN+)
12:30 – No. 10 Furman at VMI (ESPN+)
2 – Southern Utah at Northern Arizona (Pluto TV Ch. 1058)
2 – Dixie State at No. 22 Tarleton State (ESPN+)
2:30 – The Citadel at Mercer (ESPN+)
3 – No. 24 Elon at Gardner-Webb (ESPN+)
3 – Lamar at No. 9 Nicholls (ESPN+)
5 – No. 4 Weber State at Idaho State (Pluto TV Ch. 1061)
5 – No. 12 Eastern Washington at Idaho (Pluto TV Ch. 1060)
6 – No. 18 Southeastern Louisiana at No. 17 Sam Houston (ESPN+)
Sunday, Feb. 28 All times CT
2 – No. 21 SEMO at Eastern Illinois (ESPN+)
2 – Tennessee State at Austin Peay (ESPN+)
2 – UT Martin at Murray State (ESPN+)
3 – No. 23 Tennessee Tech at No. 16 Jacksonville State (ESPN+)
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FCS Spring Bracketology 2.0
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 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.