2019 NAIA FCS First Round Pairings Announced

2019 NAIA FCS First Round Pairings Announced

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – [Qualifier Reveal |  FCS Schedule ] The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the final field and the pairings for the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) on Sunday. The 16-team event will kick-off on Saturday, Nov. 23 at eight campus host sites across the country.

The full field features 12 automatic qualifiers and four at-large berths. In order to qualify for an automatic bid, teams must win their conference regular season title and be ranked in the Top 20 in the final NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll. You may access the final poll here. At-large berths were given to the next highest ranked teams that did not earn an automatic bid.

The 64th NAIA Football National Championship will take place in Ruston, La., at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 21. The city of Ruston, La. will host the championship for the first season for more information on the 2019 NAIA Football National Championship, click here.

 

2019 NAIA Football Championship Series - First Round Schedule

Saturday, November 23 | Campus Sites

Game 1 – Dickinson State (N.D.) (8-2) at Morningside (Iowa) (10-0)

Game 2 – Reinhardt (Ga.) (9-2) at Marian (Ind.) (9-0)

Game 3 – Baker (Kan.) (8-2) at Kansas Wesleyan (11-0)

Game 4 – Concordia (Mich.) (8-2) at Grand View (Iowa) (11-0)

Game 5 – Ottawa (Ariz.) (9-1) at College of Idaho (10-0)

Game 6 –St. Francis (Ind.) (7-2) at Lindsey Wilson (10-0)

Game 7 – Cumberlands (Ky.) (9-1) at Keiser (Fla.) (9-0)

Game 8 – Saint Xavier (Ill.) (8-2) at Northwestern (Iowa) (9-1)

 

2019 NAIA Football Championship Qualifiers (Alphabetical Listing)

School Qualification Method Record Appearances Most Recent Championship Record Titles
Baker (Kan.) Heart of America Athletic Confernce South Division Champion 9-2 18th 2018 17-17 0
College of Idaho Frontier Conference Division Champion 10-0 1st N/A N/A 0
Concordia (Mich.) At-Large 8-2 3rd 2018 1-2 0
Cumberlands (Ky.) At-Large 9-1 9th 2018 5-8 0
Dickinson State (N.D.) North Star Athletic Association Division Champion 8-2 20th 2018 7-19 0
Grand View (Iowa) Heart of America Athletic Confernce North Division Champion 11-0 8th 2018 6-6 1
Kansas Wesleyan Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Division Champion 11-0 5th 2018 2-4 0
Keiser (Fla.) Mid-South Conference Sun Division Champion 9-0 1st N/A N/A 0
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division Champion 10-0 5th 2017 3-4 0
Marian (Ind.) Mid-States Football Association Mideast Division Champion 9-0 8th 2018 15-5 2
Morningside (Iowa) Great Plains Regular-Season Champion 10-0 16th 2018 23-14 1
Northwestern (Iowa) At-Large 9-1 21st 2018 21-18 2
Ottawa (Ariz.) Sooner Athletic Conference Division Champion 9-1 1st N/A N/A 0
Reinhardt (Ga.) Mid-South Conference Appalachian Division Champion 9-2 5th 2018 5-3 0
Saint Francis (Ind.) At-Large 7-2 19th 2018 32-16 1
Saint Xavier (Ill.) Mid-States Football Association Midwest Division Champion 8-2 13th 2018 32-16 1
 

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Championship Information

NAIA Football Championship

64th ANNUAL
FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
November 23, 30, Dec. 7, 2019
Football Championship Series
Campus Sites

December 21, 2019
Eddie G. Robinson Stadium
Grambling, La.