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Wayne Staats | NCAA.com | December 10, 2018

2018 FCS Playoffs: Bracket, schedule, scores, how to watch

The 2018 FCS playoffs continued Saturday, Dec. 8 in the quarterfinals, as the semifinals are set. Below, find the playoffs bracket, schedule and scores.

No. 7 Maine upset No. 2 Weber State 23-18 to advance to the semifinals. The other quarterfinal winners: No. 1 North Dakota State, No. 3 Eastern Washington and No. 5 South Dakota State.

2018 FCS Playoffs: Bracket

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2018 FCS Playoffs: Scores, schedule

SEMIFINALS (December 14 and 15)

QUARTERFINALS (December 7 and 8)

SECOND ROUND (December 1)

FIRST ROUND (November 24)

 Here is the complete schedule by round:

NOTE: All times ET

ROUND DAY DATE TIME NETWORK
FIRST ROUND (8 games/8 sites)        
Duquesne 31, Towson 10 Saturday Nov. 24 2 p.m. ESPN3
Wofford 19, Elon 7 Saturday Nov. 24 2 p.m. ESPN3
Southeast Missouri State 28, Stony Brook 14 Saturday Nov. 24 2 p.m. ESPN3
Montana State 35, Incarnate Word 14 Saturday Nov. 24 3 p.m. ESPN3
James Madison 20, Delaware 6 Saturday Nov. 24 3 p.m. ESPN3
Nicholls State 49, San Diego 30 Saturday Nov. 24 4 p.m. ESPN3
Northern Iowa 16, Lamar 13 Saturday Nov. 24 5 p.m. ESPN3
Jacksonville State 34, East Tennessee State 27 Saturday Nov. 24 7:30 p.m. ESPN3
SECOND ROUND (8 games/8 sites)        
No. 7 Maine 55, Jacksonville State 27 Saturday Dec. 1 12 p.m. ESPN3
No. 8 Colgate 23, James Madison 20 Saturday Dec. 1 1 p.m. ESPN3
No. 4 Kennesaw State 13, Wofford 10 Saturday Dec. 1 2 p.m. ESPN3
No. 1 North Dakota State 52, Montana State 10 Saturday Dec. 1 3 p.m. ESPN3
No. 5 South Dakota State 51, Duquesne 6 Saturday Dec. 1 3 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Weber State 48, Southeast Missouri State 23 Saturday Dec. 1 4 p.m. ESPN3
No. 3 Eastern Washington 42, Nicholls State 21 Saturday Dec. 1 5 p.m. ESPN3
No. 6 UC Davis 23, UNI 16 Saturday Dec. 1 7 p.m. ESPN3
Quarterfinals (4 sites)        
No. 7 Maine 23, No. 2 Weber State 18 Friday Dec. 7 8 p.m. ESPN2
No. 1 North Dakota State 35, No. 8 Colgate 0 Saturday Dec. 8 12 p.m. ESPN
No. 5 South Dakota State 27, No. 4 Kennesaw St. 17 Saturday Dec. 8 2 p.m. ESPN3
No. 3 Eastern Washington 34, No. 6 UC Davis 29 Saturday Dec. 8 4 p.m. ESPN3
Semifinals (2 sites)        
No. 1 North Dakota State vs. No. 5 South Dakota St. Friday Dec. 14 8 p.m. ESPN2
No. 3 Eastern Washington vs. No. 7 Maine Saturday Dec. 15 2 p.m. ESPN2
National Championship (Frisco, Texas)        
TBD vs. TBD Saturday Jan. 5, 2019 12 p.m. ESPN2

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2018 FCS Playoffs: How to watch

The first and second rounds can be watched on ESPN3. The quarterfinals will be shown on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN3. For the semifinals, both games will be on ESPN2, as will the national championship game.

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The national championship will be played at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. The game will be on ESPN2.

2018 FCS Playoffs: Teams

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Of the 24 teams to make the FCS Playoffs, 10 qualify automatically.

Here are the automatic qualifiers:

  • Ohio Valley: Jacksonville State
  • Patriot: Colgate
  • Missouri Valley: North Dakota State
  • Pioneer: San Diego
  • Big South: Kennesaw State
  • Big Sky: Weber State
  • CAA: Maine
  • Northeast: Duquesne
  • Southern: Wofford
  • Southland:  Nicholls

Here are the Top 8 seeds:

  1. North Dakota State: 11-0
  2. Weber State: 9-2
  3. Eastern Washington: 9-2
  4. Kennesaw State: 10-1
  5. South Dakota State: 8-2
  6. UC Davis: 9-2
  7. Maine: 8-3
  8. Colgate: 9-1

2018 FCS Playoffs: History, champions

YEAR CHAMPION SCORE RUNNER-UP SITE
2017 North Dakota State 17-13 James Madison Frisco, Texas
2016 James Madison 28-14 Youngstown State Frisco, Texas
2015 North Dakota State 37-10 Jacksonville State Frisco, Texas
2014 North Dakota State 29-27 Illinois State Frisco, Texas
2013 North Dakota State 35-7 Towson Frisco, Texas
2012 North Dakota State 39-13 Sam Houston State Frisco, Texas
2011 North Dakota State 17-6 Sam Houston State Frisco, Texas
2010 Eastern Washington 20-19 Delaware Frisco, Texas
2009 Villanova 23-21 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
2008 Richmond 24-7 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
2007 Appalachian State 49-21 Delaware Chattanooga, Tenn.
2006 Appalachian State 28-17 Massachusetts Chattanooga, Tenn.
2005 Appalachian State 21-16 UNI Chattanooga, Tenn.
2004 James Madison 31-21 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
2003 Delaware 40-0 Colgate Chattanooga, Tenn.
2002 Western Kentucky 34-14 McNeese State Chattanooga, Tenn.
2001 Montana 13-6 Furman Chattanooga, Tenn.
2000 Georgia Southern 27-25 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
1999 Georgia Southern 59-24 Youngstown State Chattanooga, Tenn.
1998 Massachusetts 55-43 Georgia Southern Chattanooga, Tenn.
1997 Youngstown State 10-9 McNeese State Chattanooga, Tenn.
1996 Marshall 49-29 Montana Huntington, W. Va.
1995 Montana 22-20 Marshall Huntington, W. Va.
1994 Youngstown State 28-14 Boise State Huntington, W. Va.
1993 Youngstown State 17-5 Marshall Huntington, W. Va.
1992 Marshall 31-28 Youngstown State Huntington, W. Va.
1991 Youngstown State 25-17 Marshall Statesboro, Ga.
1990 Georgia Southern 36-13 Nevada Statesboro, Ga.
1989 Georgia Southern 37-34 Stephen F. Austin* Statesboro, Ga.
1988 Furman 17-12 Georgia Southern Pocatello, Idaho
1987 Louisiana-Monroe 43-42 Marshall Pocatello, Idaho
1986 Georgia Southern 48-21 Arkansas State Tacoma, Wa.
1985 Georgia Southern 44-42 Furman Tacoma, Wa.
1984 Montana State 19-6 Louisiana Tech Charleston, S.C.
1983 Southern Illinois 43-7 Western Carolina Charleston, S.C.
1982 Eastern Kentucky 17-14 Delaware Wichita Falls, Texas
1981 Idaho State 34-23 Eastern Kentucky Wichita Falls, Texas
1980 Boise State 31-29 Eastern Kentucky Sacramento, Calif.
1979 Eastern Kentucky 30-7 Lehigh Orlando, Fla.
1978 Florida A&M 35-28 Massachusetts Wichita Falls, Texas

*-Stephen F. Austin's 1989 appearance is vacated

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