The playoffs begin one month from today in the FCS, which seems like a perfect time to drop our first Bracketology of the season.

The playoff field will be slightly different this year with 11 automatic qualifiers, as the winner of the ASUN/WAC will grab a bid. That drops the amount of at-large bids to 13, which could squeeze out a team that wins seven games. That will be something to watch as we get closer to Selection Sunday.

There are also some changes to the broadcasts for the postseason. Fans have grown accustomed to the first two rounds being on ESPN3 over the last decade. That will not be the case in 2021, as the first two rounds will be televised on ESPN Plus, a separate streaming service than ESPN3.

The quarterfinal games will be televised by ESPN (the Saturday 11 am game), ESPN2 (Friday night) and ESPN Plus (the two remaining games). The semifinals are slated for December 17th and 18th, Friday night at 8:15 pm on ESPN2 and Saturday afternoon at 1pm on ESPN2. That's a change for the semifinals, with each game getting on ESPN2.

Lastly, the national championship is slated for Saturday, January 8th at 11 am central time. According to the NCAA FCS manual, the game will be televised by ESPN2. The major reason for this appears to be the NFL, which has extended its regular season by a week. That Saturday, ABC and ESPN will simulcast two regular season games, meaning the FCS goes back to ESPN2, after two years on ABC.

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For newcomers, this is how I project the field to look like on November 21st, not as how it looks today.

Digest. Debate. Discuss.

AUTOMATIC BIDS (11)

ASUN/WAC - Sam Houston

Big Sky - Sacramento State

Big South - Kennesaw State

Colonial - Villanova

Missouri Valley - North Dakota State

Northeast - Bryant

Ohio Valley - UT Martin

Patriot - Holy Cross

Pioneer - Davidson

SoCon - East Tennessee State

Southland - Southeastern Louisiana



AT-LARGE BIDS (13)

Montana State

Eastern Washington

UC Davis

Montana

James Madison

Rhode Island

Southern Illinois

Missouri State

South Dakota State

Northern Iowa

Incarnate Word

Eastern Kentucky

VMI



The first look at the field of 24 for the 2021 postseason
The first look at the field of 24 for the 2021 postseason