Sunday, November 20, 2022

Three NCCFB Teams Qualify for NCAA FCS Playoffs

Three North Carolina teams have qualified for the 2022 NCAA FCS Championship Playoffs.

Eleven teams automatically qualify for this year's playoffs via conference affiliation. An additional thirteen teams earned at-large bids selected by the FCS Playoff Committee. The complete 24-team bracket was announced at 12:30 on Sunday, November 20, on ESPNU. The FCS Playoffs will conclude with the national championship in Frisco, Texas on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023.

Gardner-Webb (6-5) secured their first-ever berth in the playoffs with a win over North Carolina A&T on Saturday afternoon, finishing a perfect 5-0 in conference play and securing their first Big South Conference title since 2003. The Runnin’ Bulldogs and head coach Tre Lamb will travel to take on Eastern Kentucky (7-4), representing the ASUN-WAC partnership.

Davidson (8-3) represents the Pioneer League after St. Thomas was declared ineligible for the playoffs. The Wildcats are making their third straight appearance in the FCS playoffs under coach Scott Abell. The Wildcats and Abell are looking for their first postseason tournament victory and will travel to take on Richmond (8-3) from the Colonial Athletic Association.

Elon (8-3), also from the Colonial Athletic Association, earned an at-large bid in this year’s playoff. The Phoenix, led by Tony Trisciani, are making their fourth overall appearance in the FCS playoffs and first since 2018. Coach Trisciani and the Elon squad will look to secure their first-ever FCS playoff win on the road at Furman from the Southern Conference.


Schedule – All games will take place on Saturday, November 26, and are televised on ESPN+.

Elon at Furman – 12pm

Davidson at Richmond – 2pm

Gardner-Webb at Eastern Kentucky – 5pm


A full bracket can be found here: