Field is Set for 2021 FCS Playoffs on ESPN Networks

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Field is Set for 2021 FCS Playoffs on ESPN Networks

  • FCS Championship slated for Saturday, Jan. 8, at noon ET on ESPN2
  • Eight first round and eight second round games exclusively on ESPN+ for the first time

ESPN’s coverage of the 2021 Division I Football Championship kicks off on Saturday, November 27, with all first and second round games of the FCS Playoffs live on ESPN+. The FCS Championship will be live on Saturday, Jan. 8, at noon ET on ESPN2.

The championship field consists of 11 automatic qualifiers and 13 at-large qualifiers. The top eight teams in the 24-team bracket for the championship are seeded and receive First Round byes. Campus sites will host the first round through the semifinals, with the 2022 FCS Championship staged at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas for the 12th consecutive year. Sam Houston is the reigning FCS champion after defeating South Dakota State 23-21 in last season’s championship game.

Fans can sign up for ESPN+ for just $6.99 a month (or $69.99 per year) at ESPN.com, ESPNplus.com or on the ESPN App (mobile and connected devices).

The programming schedule and assigned commentators are both subject to change. Please continue to check @ESPNPR and ESPN Press Room for more information.

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Sat, Nov 27 Noon 2021 FCS Playoffs First Round:
Sacred Heart at Holy Cross

Robert Lee, Craig Haubert
ESPN+
2 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs First Round:
Davidson at Kennesaw State

Lincoln Rose, Forrest Conoly
ESPN+
3 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs First Round:
UC Davis at South Dakota State

Ted Emrich, Leger Douzable
ESPN+
2021 FCS Playoffs First Round:
Stephen F. Austin at UIW

David Saltzman, Taylor McHargue
ESPN+
4 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs First Round:
UT Martin at Missouri State

Connor Onion, Barrett Brooks
ESPN+
2021 FCS Playoffs First Round:
Northern Iowa at Eastern Washington
Shawn Kenney, Marcus Ray
ESPN+
6 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs First Round:
Southern Illinois at South Dakota
Jason Ross, Tyoka Jackson
ESPN+
7 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs First Round:
Florida A&M at Southeastern Louisiana
Jack Benjamin, LaDarrin McLane
ESPN+
Fri, Dec 3 7 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs Second Round:
TBD at No. 5 Villanova

Jim Barbar, Craig Haubert
ESPN+
  9 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs Second Round:
TBD at No. 6 Montana

Shawn Kenney, Barrett Brooks
ESPN+
Sat, Dec 4 2 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs Second Round:
TBD at No. 3 James Madison

Doug Sherman, Charles Arbuckle
ESPN+
2021 FCS Playoffs Second Round:
TBD at No. 7 ETSU

Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry
ESPN+
3 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs Second Round:
TBD at No. 1 Sam Houston

David Saltzman, Forrest Conoly
ESPN+
3:30 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs Second Round:
TBD at No. 2 North Dakota State

Jason Ross, Tyoka Jackson
ESPN+
4 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs Second Round:
TBD at No. 8 Montana State

Connor Onion, Marcus Ray
ESPN+
9 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs Second Round:
TBD at No. 4 Sacramento
State
Ted Emrich, Stanford Routt
ESPN+
Fri, Dec 10 7 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals ESPN2
Sat, Dec 11 Noon 2021 FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals ESPN
TBD 2021 FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals ESPN+
TBD 2021 FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals ESPN+
Fri, Dec 17 9:15 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs Semifinals ESPN2
Sat, Dec 18 2 p.m. 2021 FCS Playoffs Semifinals ESPN2
Sat, Jan 8 Noon 2022 FCS Championship Game ESPN2

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Amanda Brooks

Amanda is the Communications Manager for ESPN College Football and SEC Network, and oversees publicity for college gymnastics and track & field across all ESPN networks. Amanda is a proud alum of Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and earned her master's in ethics from Vanderbilt University. A native of Kent, Ohio, she is a die-hard Cleveland Indians fan.
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