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Season III FCS Playoffs
Duration: 1/21/2020 - 2/14/2020
National Championship: FCS Season III National Championship
Location of Championship: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Champions: Stony Brook
Season II FCS Playoffs • Playoffs • Season IV FCS Playoffs

Playoff Qualifiers[edit]

Automatic Berths for Conference Champions[edit]

Seeds are per the final committee rankings, released on January 21st, 2020, with win–loss records at that time.

Conference Team Record Seed Appearance Last Bid Result of Last Appearance
America East Conference Holy Cross (10-3) #12 1st - -
Atlantic Sun Conference Kennesaw State (9-4) #18 1st - -
Big Sky Conference Montana (8-5) #22 2nd FCS Season II Quarterfinals (L - Dayton)
Carolina Football Conference North Carolina Central (8-4) #23 1st - -
Colonial Athletic Association VMI (10-2) #14 1st - -
Delta Intercollegiate Conference Mississippi Valley State (10-3) #4 2nd FCS Season II Second Round (L - Incarnate Word)
Great Plains Conference Northern Iowa (11-2) #1 2nd FCS Season II Second Round (L - Yale)
Ivy League Princeton (7-6) #24 2nd FCS Season II Semifinals (L - Cal Poly)
Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference Lehigh (10-3) #7 1st - -
Southland Athletic Conference Nicholls State (9-4) #19 1st - -

At-Large Qualifiers[edit]

Conference Team Record Seed Appearance Last Bid Result of Last Appearance
America East Conference Stony Brook (11-2) #2 2nd FCS Season II First Round (L - Yale)
Atlantic Sun Conference Bethune-Cookman (9-3) #11 2nd FCS Season II Second Round (L - Princeton)
Jacksonville State (9-3) #17 2nd FCS Season II First Round (L - Bethune-Cookman)
Big Sky Conference Cal Poly (9-3) #3 2nd FCS Season II National Champions (W - Sacramento State)
Dixie State (9-3) #5 1st - -
Montana State (9-3) #6 2nd FCS Season II Second Round (L - Dayton)
San Diego (8-4) #21 2nd FCS Season II Second Round (L - Butler)
Southern Utah (8-5) #20 1st - -
Colonial Athletic Association Villanova (9-3) #8 1st - -
Delta Intercollegiate Conference Southern Illinois (9-3) #10 1st - -
Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference Marist (8-3) #13 1st - -
Southland Athletic Conference Incarnate Word (9-3) #16 2nd FCS Season II Quarterfinals (L - Princeton)
Prairie View A&M (8-4) #9 1st - -
Texas Southern (8-4) #15 1st - -

NFCAA FCS Season III Playoff Bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                               
16. Incarnate Word 43     1. Northern Iowa 37  
17. Jacksonville State 46     17. Jacksonville State 37  
  1. Northern Iowa 31  
  8. Villanova 13  
9. Prairie View A&M 10 8. Villanova 42
24. Princeton 27     24. Princeton 41  
  1. Northern Iowa 17  
  4. Mississippi Valley State 13  
12. Holy Cross 40     5. Dixie State 13  
21. San Diego 69     21. San Diego 19  
  21. San Diego 24
  4. Mississippi Valley State 28  
13. Marist 44 4. Mississippi Valley State 47
20. Southern Utah 27     13. Marist 25  
  1. Northern Iowa 34
  2. Stony Brook 34
14. VMI 49     3. Cal Poly 38  
19. Nicholls State 42     14. VMI 15  
  3. Cal Poly 28
  6. Montana State 27  
11. Bethune-Cookman 28 6. Montana State 28
22. Montana 31     22. Montana 23  
  3. Cal Poly 21
  2. Stony Brook 35  
10. Southern Illinois 48     7. Lehigh 48  
23. North Carolina Central 55     23. North Carolina Central 14  
  7. Lehigh 28
  2. Stony Brook 35  
15. Texas Southern 63 2. Stony Brook 1
18. Kennesaw State 56     15. Texas Southern 0