The 2023 FCS Playoff bracket has been revealed and South Dakota State will be the deserving top seed as the Jackrabbits seek to defend their title. SDSU went undefeated in the regular season at 11-0 with only two games decided by a touchdown or less.
The opening round of the FCS Playoffs will begin on Saturday, November 25 with 8 first round games. Those 8 winners will advance to the second round to play at one of the 8 seeded teams on Saturday, December 2. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9. The semifinals will take place the following week with one on Friday, December 15, and the second semifinal on Saturday, December 16.
The FCS National Championship will be played on Sunday, January 7, 2024, in Frisco, Texas with a kickoff at 2 PM Eastern Time on ABC. The entire playoff bracket is provided below. The bracket below shows the home team on the bottom of each matchup and the bracket will be updated as the games are played and completed. Hovering over each game will provide more information about the location, date, game time, and which network the game will be on.
* Denotes a game that went to overtime
2023 FCS Playoff Teams
The table below provides information on all 24 FCS playoff teams including the seed, record, conference, how they qualified, and how many total playoff appearances they have made. The table is sortable by any of the columns provided below.
The last four FCS teams to make the bracket according to the selection committee were Mercer, Chattanooga, Sacramento State, and Youngstown State. The first four out were Eastern Illinois, UT Martin, UC Davis, and Holy Cross.
|1||South Dakota State||11-0||Missouri Valley||Automatic Qualifier||13th|
|2||Montana||10-1||Big Sky||Automatic Qualifier||27th|
|3||South Dakota||9-2||Missouri Valley||At Large Qualifier||3rd|
|4||Idaho||8-3||Big Sky||At Large Qualifier||13th|
|5||Albany||9-3||CAA||At Large Qualifier||3rd|
|6||Montana State||8-3||Big Sky||At Large Qualifier||13th|
|Sacramento State||7-4||Big Sky||At Large Qualifier||4th|
|Gardner-Webb||7-4||Big South-OVC||Automatic Qualifier||2nd|
|Richmond||8-3||CAA||At Large Qualifier||13th|
|Delaware||8-3||CAA||At Large Qualifier||19th|
|North Carolina Central||9-2||MEAC||At Large Qualifier||1st|
|Youngstown State||7-4||Missouri Valley||At Large Qualifier||13th|
|Southern Illinois||7-4||Missouri Valley||At Large Qualifier||11th|
|North Dakota||7-4||Missouri Valley||At Large Qualifier||5th|
|North Dakota State||8-3||Missouri Valley||At Large Qualifier||14th|
|Lafayette||9-2||Patriot League||Automatic Qualifier||5th|
|Drake||8-3||Pioneer Football League||Automatic Qualifier||1st|
|Mercer||8-3||SoCon||At Large Qualifier||1st|
|Chattanooga||7-4||SoCon||At Large Qualifier||5th|
|Austin Peay||9-2||United Athletic||Automatic Qualifier||2nd|
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