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Season V FCS Playoffs
Duration: 6/4/2021 - 6/30/2021
National Championship: FCS Season V National Championship
Location of Championship: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Champions: Eastern Washington
Season IV FCS Playoffs • Playoffs • Season VI FCS Playoffs

Playoff Qualifiers[edit]

Automatic Berths for Conference Champions[edit]

Seeds are per the final committee rankings, released on June 4th, 2021, with win–loss records at that time.

Conference Team Record Seed Appearance Last Bid Result of Last Appearance
America East Conference New Hampshire (11-2) #4 2nd FCS Season IV Semifinals (L - Penn)
Atlantic Sun Conference Campbell (12-1) #1 2nd FCS Season IV Semifinals (L - Bethune-Cookman)
Big Sky Conference Eastern Washington (13-0) #2 2nd FCS Season II First Round (L - Northern Colorado)
Carolina Football Conference Davidson (11-2) #9 1st - -
Colonial Athletic Association Villanova (10-3) #10 2nd FCS Season III Quarterfinals (L - Northern Iowa)
Delta Intercollegiate Conference Jackson State (13-0) #1 1st - -
Ivy League Columbia (9-4) #6 1st - -
Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference Norfolk State (9-4) #22 1st - -
Missouri Valley Conference Western Illinois (10-3) #5 1st - -
Southland Athletic Conference Incarnate Word (8-5) #14 4th FCS Season IV Second Round (L - Montana)

At-Large Qualifiers[edit]

Conference Team Record Seed Appearance Last Bid Result of Last Appearance
Atlantic Sun Conference Chattanooga (8-4) #17 2nd FCS Season II First Round (L - Incarnate Word)
Kennesaw State (8-4) #16 3rd FCS Season IV Second Round (L - Alabama A&M)
Samford (8-4) #15 1st - -
Big Sky Conference Idaho State (10-3) #18 2nd FCS Season II Second Round (L - Montana)
Carolina Football Conference Charleston Southern (11-2) #12 1st - -
Colonial Athletic Association Richmond (9-4) #11 1st - -
Ivy League Brown (7-5) #21 2nd FCS Season II First Round (L - Idaho State)
Harvard (7-5) #20 1st - -
Penn (8-5) #13 2nd FCS Season IV Championship Game (L - Bethune-Cookman)
Missouri Valley Conference Drake (8-4) #8 1st - -
North Dakota State (10-3) #3 1st - -
Northern Iowa (9-3) #14 4th FCS Season IV First Round (L - New Hampshire)
South Dakota State (7-5) #23 1st - -
Southland Athletic Conference Texas Southern (9-4) #19 3rd FCS Season IV First Round (L - Holy Cross)

NFCAA FCS Season V Playoff Bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                               
16. Kennesaw State 35     1. Jackson State 28  
17. Chattanooga 21     16. Kennesaw State 21  
  1. Jackson State (OT) 31  
  8. Drake 24  
9. Davidson 28 8. Drake 42
24. Campbell 31     24. Campbell 27  
  1. Jackson State 55  
  13. Penn 39  
12. Charleston Southern 17     5. Western Illinois 27  
21. Brown 14     12. Charleston Southern 48  
  12. Charleston Southern 20
  13. Penn 38  
13. Penn 38 4. New Hampshire 21
20. Harvard 21     13. Penn 31  
  1. Jackson State 13
  2. Eastern Washington 34
14. Incarnate Word 17     3. North Dakota State 24  
19. Texas Southern 13     14. Incarnate Word 28  
  14. Incarnate Word 35
  11. Richmond 27  
11. Richmond 50 6. Columbia 7
22. Norfolk State 15     11. Richmond 36  
  14. Incarnate Word 28
  2. Eastern Washington 35  
10. Villanova 38     7. Northern Iowa 41  
23. South Dakota State 15     10. Villanova 21  
  7. Northern Iowa 14
  2. Eastern Washington 45  
15. Samford 35 2. Eastern Washington 70
18. Idaho State 26     15. Samford 27  

NFCAA FCS Season V NIT Bracket[edit]

  Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
1. East Tennessee State 21
16. Fordham 7
1. East Tennessee State 7
8. Tarleton State 30
8. Tarleton State 28
9. McNeese State 21
8. Tarleton State 17
5. Lafayette 14
4. Saint Francis 0
13. James Madison 8
13. James Madison 7
5. Lafayette 20
5. Lafayette 28
12. South Dakota 24
8. Tarleton State 27
3. Abilene Christian 9
3. Abilene Christian 1
14. Princeton 0
3. Abilene Christian 29
11. Bethune-Cookman 9
6. Southern Illinois 27
11. Bethune-Cookman 28
3. Abilene Christian 42
15. North Alabama 35
7. Indiana State 39
10. Tennessee Tech 20
7. Indiana State 19
15. North Alabama 31
2. Marist 14
15. North Alabama 28