CSU to take on Wofford in first round of 2016 NCAA Division I Football Championship

CSU to take on Wofford in first round of 2016 NCAA Division I Football Championship

INDIANAPOLIS – Charleston Southern will take on Wofford College this Saturday, Nov. 26, in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Division I Football Championship, it was announced Sunday. Kickoff at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C., is at 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3. The winner will advance to play the No. 6 national seed, The Citadel, in the second round.

2016 FCS Playoffs Bracket

CSU repeated as Big South Conference champion and is making its second consecutive playoff appearance. Wofford finished tied for second in the Southern Conference and is making its seventh playoff appearance and first since 2012.

CSU head coach Jamey Chadwell is eager to see what the Bucs can accomplish a year after advancing to the quarterfinals in the program's playoff debut.

"I think our guys will be excited about being back in now that they know what our route is," Chadwell said. "We'll try to take it one game at a time. We've done a nice job on the road so hopefully we'll go up there and play well against a really good team. We know we'll be in Charleston the second week, for sure."

CSU is 0-13 all-time against Wofford but has not played the Terriers since 2010.

No. 1 overall seed North Dakota State, the five-time defending national champion, is the only team among the 24 in the playoff field that CSU has played this year. The Bucs nearly ended the Bison's then 42-game non-conference home winning streak, falling 24-17 in overtime of the FCS Kickoff.

Eastern Washington (10-1) is the No. 2 seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Big Sky Conference. The Eagles, the 2010 champion, are making their 12th appearance in the championship.

Jacksonville State (10-1) is the No. 3 seed after capturing the Ohio Valley Conference automatic berth. The Gamecocks, 2016 national finalist, are making their fourth straight and seventh overall appearance in the championship.

James Madison (10-1) is the fourth seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dukes, the 2004 champion, are making their third straight and 13th overall appearance in the championship.

Winner of the Southland Conference automatic qualifying berth, Sam Houston State (11-0), the 2011 and 2012 national finalist will be the fifth seed. The Bearkats are making their sixth straight and 10th overall appearance in the championship.

The No. 6 seed is The Citadel (10-1). The Bulldogs earned the automatic qualifying berth from the Southern Conference and are making their second straight and fifth overall appearance in the championship.

The eighth and final seeded team will be South Dakota State (8-3). The Jackrabbits will be making their fifth straight appearance and sixth overall after capturing the Missouri Valley Football Conference automatic berth, tying with North Dakota State.

The 2016 championship field consists of 10 automatic qualifiers and 14 at-large qualifiers.

North Dakota (9-2) earned an at-large berth in championship after finishing as co-champion of the Big Sky Conference. The Fighting Hawks are making their inaugural appearance in the championship and will be the seventh seed.

 

Automatic Qualifiers (10)

Conference

School

Big Sky

Eastern Washington (10-1)

Big South

Charleston Southern (7-3)

Colonial Athletic Assocation

James Madison (10-1)

Missouri Valley

South Dakota State (8-3)

Northeast

Saint Francis (Pa.) (7-4)

Ohio Valley

Jacksonville State (10-1)

Patriot League

Lehigh (9-2)

Pioneer

San Diego (9-1)

Southern

The Citadel (10-1)

Southland

Sam Houston State (11-0)

 

At-Large (14)

Conference

School

Big Sky

Cal Poly (7-4)

Big Sky

North Dakota (9-2)

Big Sky

Weber State (7-4)

Colonial Athletic Association

New Hampshire (7-4)

Colonial Athletic Association

Richmond (8-3)

Colonial Athletic Association

Villanova (8-3)

Mid-Eastern Athletic

North Carolina A&T (9-2)

Missouri Valley

Illinois State (6-5)

Missouri Valley

North Dakota State (10-1)

Missouri Valley

Youngstown State (8-3)

Southern

Chattanooga (8-3)

Southern

Samford (7-4)

Southern

Wofford (8-3)

Southland

Central Arkansas (9-2)

 

FIRST-ROUND GAMES

November 26 at San Luis Obispo, California, 7 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

San Diego (9-1) at Cal Poly (7-4)

November 26 at Villanova, Pennsylvania, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

 Saint Francis (Pa.) (7-4) at Villanova (8-3)

November 26 at Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Weber St. (7-4) at Chattanooga (8-3)

November 26 at Durham, New Hampshire, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Lehigh (9-2) at New Hampshire (7-4)

November 26 at Youngstown, Ohio, 5 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Samford (7-4) at Youngstown St. (8-3)

November 26 at Spartanburg, South Carolina, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Charleston So. (7-3) at Wofford (8-3)

November 26 at Richmond, Virginia, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

N.C. A&T (9-2) at Richmond (8-3)

November 26 at Conway, Arkansas, 3 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Illinois St. (6-5) at Central Ark. (9-2)

 

SECOND-ROUND GAMES

December 3 at Fargo, North Dakota, 3:30 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

San Diego/Cal Poly winner at #1 North Dakota St. (10-1)

December 3 at Brookings, South Dakota, 3 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Sant Francis (PA)/Villanova winner at #8 South Dakota St. (8-3)

December 3 at Huntsville, Texas, 3 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Weber St./Chattanooga winner at #5 Sam Houston St. (11-0)

December 3 at Harrisonburg, Virginia, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Lehigh/New Hampshire winner at #4 James Madison (10-1)

December 3 at Jacksonville, Alabama, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Samford/Youngstown St. winner at #3 Jacksonville St. (10-1)

December 3 at Charleston, South Carolina, 6 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Charleston So./Wofford winner at #6 The Citadel (10-1)

December 3 at Grand Forks, North Dakota, 6 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

N.C. A&T/Richmond winner at #7 North Dakota (9-2)

December 3 at Cheney, Washington 4 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Illinois St./Central Ark. winner at #2 Eastern Wash. (10-1)

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