first_imgNCAA Release | BracketFRISCO, Texas – For just the sixth time in Southland Conference history, three teams have earned bids to the FCS Playoffs. League champion Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State and Nicholls secured spots in the bracket following the conclusion of the regular season. The Bears and Bearkats enter as the No. 4 and No. 6 seeds, respectively, and have first-round byes. Nicholls, the third at-large bid, hosts South Dakota in the first round. No. 4 Central Arkansas (10-1, 9-0 SLC) completed an undefeated Southland season with a 34-0 win over Abilene Christian in its regular season finale. The Bears, owners of their first national postseason ranking, will host the winner of the first-round matchup between New Hampshire and Central Connecticut State on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. UCA has won 10 consecutive games after a season-opening loss at Kansas State. It is the fourth straight 10-win season for Sam Houston and the 11th appearance in the FCS Playoffs in school history. The team is 14-6 in that span, a mark only bettered by North Dakota State, who has won five of the last six national crowns. No. 6 Sam Houston State (10-1, 8-1 SLC) completed the regular season on Saturday with a 53-33 win over Houston Baptist behind five touchdown passes from quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe. The Bearkats enter the playoffs with the nation’s top offense once again after racking up more than 600 yards of offense for the sixth time this season.center_img The Bears have never played New Hampshire, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, or Central Connecticut State, from the Northeast Conference. New Hampshire (7-4, 5-3) tied for fourth place in the CAA while CCSU (8-3, 6-0) won the NEC title. Nicholls (8-3, 7-2 SLC) earned the third Southland bid and hosts its first-round matchup with South Dakota. The Colonels are making their fourth appearance in the playoffs and are hosting a game for the first time. The Coyotes (7-4, 4-4 Missouri Valley) is making its first-ever playoff appearance. The winner will advance to face Sam Houston State in Huntsville in the second round.last_img

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