The 2022 FCS Playoffs Bracket Is Set!

     The 2022 Division I FCS Football playoff bracket is officially set and it has a couple of Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) teams at the top once again. South Dakota State earned the no. 1 overall seed while North Dakota State found itself at No. 3 in the bracket. All together the MVFC ended up with three teams in the field with the University of North Dakota earning an at-large bid along with NDSU.

     11 of the 24 playoff teams are automatic bids, with the exception being Davidson of the Pioneer League. St. Thomas won the Pioneer, but is currently ineligible for the playoff as they are in transition from Division III to Division I FCS.


The 2022 NCAA Division I Football Championship automatic qualifiers are:

Conference     Team               2022 Record

ASUN/WAC Eastern Kentucky     7-4

Big Sky        Sacramento State    11-0

Big South     Gardner-Webb         6-5

Colonial        William & Mary        10-1

MVFC         South Dakota State   10-1

Northeast     Saint Francis (PA)    9-2

Patriot             Holy Cross            11-0

Pioneer            Davidson               8-3

Southern          Samford               10-1

Southland      Southeastern La.     8-3


The At-Large selections are:

Team                         Conference 2022     Record

North Dakota                    MVFC                  7-4

North Dakota State          MVFC                  9-2

Delaware                          Colonial                 7-4

Elon                                  Colonial                 8-3

New Hampshire                Colonial                 8-3

Richmond                         Colonial                 8-3

Fordham                            Patriot                   9-2

Furman                             Southern                9-2

Idaho                                  Big Sky                 7-4

Montana                             Big Sky                 7-4

Montana State                    Big Sky                10-1

Weber State                        Big Sky                 9-2

Incarnate Word                 Southland              10-1


2022 Playoff Schedule

First round

  • Saturday, November 26 at high seed

Second round

  • Saturday, December 3 at high seed


  • Friday, December 9 at high seed
  • Saturday, December 10 at high seed


  • Friday, December 16 at high seed
  • Saturday, December 17 at high seed

National Championship

  • Sunday, January 8 at 2 p.m. at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX