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Season IV FCS Playoffs
Duration: 9/19/2020 - 10/21/2020
National Championship: FCS Season IV National Championship
Location of Championship: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Champions: Bethune-Cookman
Season III FCS Playoffs • Playoffs • Season V FCS Playoffs

Playoff Qualifiers[edit]

Automatic Berths for Conference Champions[edit]

Seeds are per the final committee rankings, released on September 19th, 2020, with win–loss records at that time.

Conference Team Record Seed Appearance Last Bid Result of Last Appearance
America East Conference Long Island (6-7) #23 1st - -
Atlantic Sun Conference Bethune-Cookman (12-1) #1 3rd FCS Season III First Round (L - Montana)
Big Sky Conference Montana (9-4) #18 3rd FCS Season III Second Round (L - Montana State)
Carolina Football Conference Furman (9-4) #20 1st - -
Colonial Athletic Association Delaware (10-3) #6 1st - -
Delta Intercollegiate Conference Mississippi Valley State (12-1) #3 3rd FCS Season III Semifinals (L - Northern Iowa)
Ivy League Princeton (10-3) #4 3rd FCS Season III Second Round (L - Villanova)
Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference Hampton (8-5) #24 2nd FCS Season II First Round (L - Eastern Kentucky)
Missouri Valley Conference Northern Iowa (8-5) #22 3rd FCS Season III Championship Game (L - Stony Brook)
Southland Athletic Conference Incarnate Word (10-3) #2 3rd FCS Season III First Round (L - Jacksonville State)

At-Large Qualifiers[edit]

Conference Team Record Seed Appearance Last Bid Result of Last Appearance
America East Conference Holy Cross (8-5) #21 2nd FCS Season III First Round (L - San Diego)
Merrimack (8-4) #15 1st - -
New Hampshire (9-3) #11 1st - -
Atlantic Sun Conference Alabama A&M (9-4) #9 1st - -
Campbell (7-5) #13 1st - -
Kennesaw State (9-3) #8 2nd FCS Season III First Round (L - Texas Southern)
Mercer (7-5) #16 1st - -
Big Sky Conference Cal Poly (11-2) #5 3rd FCS Season III Semifinals (L - Stony Brook)
Carolina Football Conference Wofford (9-3) #17 1st - -
Colonial Athletic Association Youngstown State (10-3) #7 1st - -
Ivy League Penn (9-4) #10 1st - -
Missouri Valley Conference Indiana State (9-4) #19 1st - -
Southland Athletic Conference McNeese State (9-3) #14 1st - -
Texas Southern (9-4) #12 2nd FCS Season III Second Round (Forfeit - Stony Brook)

NFCAA FCS Season IV Playoff Bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                               
16. Mercer 17     1. Bethune-Cookman 23  
17. Wofford 24     17. Wofford 9  
  1. Bethune-Cookman 27  
  9. Alabama A&M 26  
9. Alabama A&M 16 8. Kennesaw State 28
24. Hampton 14     9. Alabama A&M 42  
  1. Bethune-Cookman 38  
  13. Campbell 14  
12. Texas Southern 39     5. Cal Poly 27  
21. Holy Cross 42     21. Holy Cross 24  
  5. Cal Poly 14
  13. Campbell 41  
13. Campbell 40 4. Princeton 27
20. Furman 28     13. Campbell 45  
  1. Bethune-Cookman 26
  10. Penn 21
14. McNeese State 21     3. Mississippi Valley State 21  
19. Indiana State 28     19. Indiana State 14  
  3. Mississippi Valley State 21
  11. New Hampshire 28  
11. New Hampshire 21 6. Delaware 28
22. Northern Iowa 18     11. New Hampshire 50  
  11. New Hampshire 28
  10. Penn (OT) 31  
10. Penn 48     7. Youngstown State 14  
23. Long Island 34     10. Penn 42  
  10. Penn 21
  18. Montana 17  
15. Merrimack 28 2. Incarnate Word 24
18. Montana 45     18. Montana 28  

NFCAA FCS Season IV NIT Bracket[edit]

  Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
1. Yale 45
16. Elon 48
16. Elon 40
8. Idaho 31
8. Idaho 27
9. Nicholls State 15
16. Elon 38
13. Prairie View A&M 28
4. Montana State 0
13. Prairie View A&M 31
13. Prairie View A&M 45
12. Maine 42
5. Morehead State 35
12. Maine 38
16. Elon 38
3. Florida A&M 21
3. Florida A&M 63
14. Sam Houston State 35
3. Florida A&M 38
6. Abilene Christian 14
6. Abilene Christian 21
11. UT Martin 17
3. Florida A&M 31
7. Jacksonville State 21
7. Jacksonville State 35
10. Samford 23
7. Jacksonville State 35
15. Bucknell 23
2. Bryant 24
15. Bucknell 37