FCS 2021: Conference Champions and Postseason Qualifiers
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FCS 2021: Conference Champions and Postseason Qualifiers

As expected, championship week delivered in FCS college football.

A number of conference titles were clinched over the final full weekend of the regular season, including head-to-head matchups that determined the champions in the Big South (Kennesaw State beat Monmouth 49-17) and Southern Conference (ETSU edged Mercer 38-35).

Conference Champions

AQ7: Sam Houston (10-0, 6-0)

Big Sky: Sacramento State (9-2, 8-0)

Big South: Kennesaw State (10-1, 7-0)

CAA: Villanova (9-2, 7-1) and James Madison (10-1, 7-1) are co-champs

Ivy: Dartmouth (9-1, 6-1) and Princeton (9-1, 6-1) are co-champs

MEAC: South Carolina State (6-5, 5-0)

Missouri Valley: North Dakota State (10-1, 7-1)

Northeast: Sacred Heart (8-3, 6-1)

Ohio Valley: UT Martin (9-2, 5-1)

Patriot: Holy Cross (9-2, 6-0)

Pioneer: Davidson (8-2, 7-1) and San Diego (7-4, 7-1) are co-champs

Southern: ETSU (10-1, 7-1)

Southland: UIW (9-2, 7-1)

SWAC: West Division champ Jackson State (10-1, 8-0) or East Division champ Prairie View A&M (7-3, 6-1), TBD

All FCS conferences except the Ivy League participate in a postseason. The 24-team national playoffs are composed of 11 conference champions that have automatic bids and 13 at-large bid selections, with the pairings to be announced on Sunday (12:30 p.m. EST, ESPNU). The MEAC and SWAC champions will meet in the Celebration Bowl on Dec. 18 in Atlanta.

NCAA Playoffs – Automatic Qualifiers

AQ7: Sam Houston

Big Sky: Sacramento State

Big South: Kennesaw State

CAA: Villanova

Missouri Valley: North Dakota State

Northeast: Sacred Heart

Ohio Valley: UT Martin

Patriot: Holy Cross

Pioneer: Davidson

Southern: ETSU

Southland: UIW

Celebration Bowl

MEAC: South Carolina State

SWAC: Prairie View A&M vs. Jackson State in conference championship game on Dec. 4