Here's a look at everything you need to know about the FCS championship.
For more than three decades, since 1978, NCAA Division I football has been split into two divisions. From 1978-2006, there was Division I-A and Division I-AA.
In 2006, the names changed. Division I-A was renamed the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Division I-AA was renamed the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
Currently, 11 conference champions and 13 at-large schools are selected for a 24-team single elimination bracket tournament. That selection takes place after the conclusion of the regular season.
North Dakota State has been the FCS dynasty, winning the FCS Championship Game nine times in the past 12 seasons. However, South Dakota State is the defending champion, having knocked off North Dakota State this past January.
The article below delves into the FCS championship, when it’s played, and its history.
|What||2024 FCS Title Game|
|Where||Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas|
|When||Sunday, January 7th 2024|
|How to watch||ABC|
The 2024 FCS Championship Game is slated for Sunday, January 7th, 2024 and will feature the two semifinal winners from the 24-team championship bracket.
The FCS Championship Game will be played in Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. It will be the 12th time the FCS Championship Game has been played in Toyota Stadium and the 15th time it will be held in Frisco.
Yes. The FCS Championship Game is tentatively scheduled to be shown nationally on ABC. This would be the fourth time in the past five seasons that the Football Championship Subdivision Championship Game will be played on national television.
Going back to 1978, when it was Division I-A, the FCS Championship Game has taken place 46 times.
North Dakota State has won the FCS Championship the most times, taking the title nine times in 12 years since 2011. The Bison lost the 2023 FCS Championship Game to border rival South Dakota State, 45-21.
Georgia Southern and Youngstown State were the Division I-AA powerhouses through the 1980s and 1990s, with Georgia Southern winning six titles and Youngstown State winning four.
Other schools that have won multiple Division I-AA/FCS Championship games are: Appalachian State (3), Eastern Kentucky (2), Montana (2), Marshall (2) and James Madison (2). Most of those schools have moved on to the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Although no odds are listed, last year’s FCS Championship Game participants are the clear favorites to return to Frisco in January. South Dakota State finished 14-1 and returns quarterback Matt Gronowski, the Most Outstanding Player in that FCS Championship Game win.
North Dakota State has been to the FCS Championship Game 10 times in the past 12 years, winning it all nine times. They are not going anywhere. Other favorites include Montana State, William & Mary, Holy Cross and New Hampshire.