2021 Spring FCS Playoff Projections


The road to Frisco, the home of the 2021 Spring FCS National Championship game, starts on April 18th, 2021 with the Selection Show. On that day, eightteen teams will be given the opportunity to work their way through the bracket to win a National Championship. Here, we attempt to project the FCS Playoff bracket to find out who those teams are. Of the thirteen FCS conferences, ten are awarded automatic bids as conference champions. The other six teams come from an at at-large pool of the best of the rest non-conference champions.

For more reading, see our FCS College Football Ratings and our CFB game predictions.

We’ve analyzed the teams and understand how the selection process works, so below is our projected FCS Playoff field for the year. In preseason, this list is mostly a crap-shoot, however, as more games are played we will be able to more accurately predict where the FCS teams will land in the bracket.

Our FCS Playoff Bracket attempts to analyze everything that the selection committee would look at. This includes record, conference record, conference championships, strength of schedules, big wins, RPI and more. Remember, this list is not who we think should make the tournament, but who we think the committee will select to make the tournament.

Updated on 4/17/2021 @ 10:00pm EST.

FCS Playoff Bracket Projection

Seed Team Record Conference
1 James Madison 5-0 Colonial
VMI 6-1 Southern
8 Jacksonville St 9-2 Ohio Valley
Monmouth NJ 3-0 Big South
5 Delaware 5-0 Colonial
Holy Cross 3-0 Patriot
4 Sam Houston St 6-0 Southland
Richmond 3-1 Colonial
3 Weber St 5-0 Big Sky
Davidson 4-2 Pioneer
6 North Dakota 4-1 Missouri Valley
E Washington 5-1 Big Sky
2 S Dakota St 5-1 Missouri Valley
Sacred Heart 3-1 Northeast
7 N Dakota St 6-2 Missouri Valley
Murray St 5-2 Ohio Valley

Just missing the cut, here are our last four out…

Seed Team Record Conference
L1 ETSU 4-2 Southern
L2 UC Davis 3-2 Big Sky
L3 San Diego 4-2 Pioneer
L4 Nicholls St 4-3 Southland

FCS Projected Automatic Bids

As mentioned above, there are ten teams that are awarded automatic bids due to being a conference champion. In both the SWAC and MEAC, the conference champions play in the Celebration Bowl. However, teams that are not winners of those conferences are still eligible to make the FCS Playoff. The Ivy League is the only FCS conference that completely sits out of the playoff.

Conference Projected Bids Projected Auto Bid
Big Sky 2 Weber St
Big South 1 Monmouth NJ
Colonial 3 Delaware
FCS Independents 0 No Auto Bid
Missouri Valley 3 S Dakota St
Northeast 1 Sacred Heart
Ohio Valley 2 Jacksonville St
Patriot 1 Holy Cross
Pioneer 1 Davidson
Southern 1 VMI
Southland 1 Sam Houston St
Southwestern Athletic 0 No Auto Bid
Mid-Eastern Athletic  0 No Auto Bid
Ivy League 0 No Auto Bid