2023 FCS Playoff Bracket

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.

* Denotes the number of overtime periods played in a game

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.

1South Dakota State11-0Missouri ValleyAutomatic Qualifier13th
2Montana10-1Big SkyAutomatic Qualifier27th
3South Dakota9-2Missouri ValleyAt Large Qualifier3rd
4Idaho8-3Big SkyAt Large Qualifier13th
5Albany9-3CAAAt Large Qualifier3rd
6Montana State8-3Big SkyAt Large Qualifier13th
7Furman9-2SoConAutomatic Qualifier20th
8Villanova9-2CAAAutomatic Qualifier15th
Sacramento State7-4Big SkyAt Large Qualifier4th
Gardner-Webb7-4Big South-OVCAutomatic Qualifier2nd
Richmond8-3CAAAt Large Qualifier13th
Delaware8-3CAAAt Large Qualifier19th
North Carolina Central9-2MEACAt Large Qualifier1st
Youngstown State7-4Missouri ValleyAt Large Qualifier13th
Southern Illinois7-4Missouri ValleyAt Large Qualifier11th
North Dakota7-4Missouri ValleyAt Large Qualifier5th
North Dakota State8-3Missouri ValleyAt Large Qualifier14th
Duquesne7-4NortheastAutomatic Qualifier3rd
Lafayette9-2Patriot LeagueAutomatic Qualifier5th
Drake8-3Pioneer Football LeagueAutomatic Qualifier1st
Mercer8-3SoConAt Large Qualifier1st
Chattanooga7-4SoConAt Large Qualifier5th
Nicholls6-4SouthlandAutomatic Qualifier7th
Austin Peay9-2United AthleticAutomatic Qualifier2nd

Photo credit to South Dakota State University Athletics

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