2023 FCS Season

South Dakota State firmly stamped its entry as an FCS dynasty by winning back-to-back national titles while the FCS as a whole struggled to win games against the FBS.

2023 FCS Over FBS Victories (4)

  1. Southern Illinois @ Northern Illinois, 14-11
  2. Fordham @ Buffalo, 40-37
  3. Idaho @ Nevada, 33-6
  4. Sacramento State @ Stanford, 30-23

Playoff Bracket, Notes, and National Champion

The FCS Playoff format did not change in 2023 with the 24-team format in effect. The top 8 teams were seeded and received a first-round bye while campus sites were used through the semifinal round. Frisco, Texas was the site of the FCS National Championship for the 14th straight season. The title game was held on Sunday, January 7, 2024.

The home team is listed on the bottom of each matchup in the bracket below while an asterisk (*) denotes the number of overtime periods played if a game went to overtime. South Dakota State (15-0 Overall, 8-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference) won its second straight title by defeating Montana (13-2 Overall, 7-1 Big Sky Conference). The Jackrabbits used a stellar defensive effort in the second half to win 23-3.

Conference Changes

The ASUN and WAC decided to reorganize its football alliance under the United Athletic Conference banner. In a similar fashion, the Big South and Ohio Valley Conferences combined their football teams to form the Big South-OVC Football Alliance beginning with the 2023 season. Finally, there was the CAA, which changed its name from the Colonial Athletic Association to the Coastal Athletic Association. There were many team changes as a result of the two football alliances, which are described below…

Team Changes

Like the 2022 season, there were many changes in 2023 beginning with the ASUN and WAC football teams moving to the United Athletic Conference. Austin Peay, Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, and North Alabama all moved from the ASUN to the UAC. From the WAC, Abilene Christian, Southern Utah, Stephen F. Austin, Tarleton State, and Utah Tech joined the UAC in 2023.

The 10-team Big South-OVC Football Association was comprised of Bryant, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, and Robert Morris from the Big South and Eastern Illinois, Lindenwood, Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee State, and Tennessee Tech from the Ohio Valley. The Big South lost two schools from its ranks with Campbell and North Carolina A&T both joining the CAA. The OVC also lost one member as Murray State joined the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Kennesaw State left the ASUN to become an FCS independent team in preparation for their move to the FBS in 2024. Leaving the subdivision before the 2023 season was Jacksonville State from the ASUN and Sam Houston State from the WAC. Both schools joined Conference USA at the FBS level.

TeamOld ConferenceNew Conference
Abilene ChristianWAC (FCS)United Athletic (FCS)
Austin PeayASUN (FCS)United Athletic (FCS)
BryantBig South (FCS)Big South-OVC (FCS)
CampbellBig South (FCS)CAA (FCS)
Central ArkansasASUN (FCS)United Athletic (FCS)
Charleston SouthernBig South (FCS)Big South-OVC (FCS)
Eastern IllinoisOhio Valley (FCS)Big South-OVC (FCS)
Eastern KentuckyASUN (FCS)United Athletic (FCS)
Gardner-WebbBig South (FCS)Big South-OVC (FCS)
Jacksonville StateASUN (FCS)C-USA (FBS)
Kennesaw StateASUN (FCS)FCS Independent
LindenwoodOhio Valley (FCS)Big South-OVC (FCS)
Murray StateOhio Valley (FCS)MVFC (FCS)
North AlabamaASUN (FCS)United Athletic (FCS)
North Carolina A&TBig South (FCS)CAA (FCS)
Robert MorrisBig South (FCS)Big South-OVC (FCS)
Sam Houston StateWAC (FCS)C-USA (FBS)
Southeast Missouri StateOhio Valley (FCS)Big South-OVC (FCS)
Southern UtahWAC (FCS)United Athletic (FCS)
Stephen F. AustinWAC (FCS)United Athletic (FCS)
Tarleton StateWAC (FCS)United Athletic (FCS)
Tennessee StateOhio Valley (FCS)Big South-OVC (FCS)
Tennessee TechOhio Valley (FCS)Big South-OVC (FCS)
Tennessee-MartinOhio Valley (FCS)Big South-OVC (FCS)
Utah TechWAC (FCS)United Athletic (FCS)

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