NCAA.com – The field of 24 teams competing for the 2023 NCAA Division I Football Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee.
The 2023 championship field consists of 10 automatic qualifiers and 14 at-large qualifiers. Team pairings are determined primarily according to geographical proximity.
Teams from the same conference will not be paired for first round games. (except for teams from the same conference that did not play against each other during the regular season; such teams may play each other in the first round).
South Dakota State (11-0) was named the No. 1 overall seed after winning its the FCS National Championship last January.
The Jacks receive a first round bye and will host the winner of Gardner-Webb and Mercer on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 pm.
South Dakota (9-2) is the No. 3 seed, its highest ranking and first time receiving a top 8 spot in the FCS playoffs.
The Coyotes will host the winner of North Dakota and Sacramento State on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 pm. USD defeated UND at the DakotaDome, 14-10, on Nov. 11.
In total, six teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference made the playoff field.
Next Saturday, North Dakota State will host Drake, Southern Illinois hosts Nicholls and Youngstown State is at home vs. Duquesne.
The FCS National Championship game will be in Frisco, Texas, on Sunday, January 7 at 1 pm.