The 2012 FCS Playoffs began over the weekend, with Sam Houston State (8-3) able to rest and recover for one more week as they had earned a first-round bye in this year's tournament. The Bearkats did not need to await the winners of this weekend's four games, as they were already slated to host Cal Poly (9-2) on Dec. 1 in a second-round game at Bowers Stadium. Last year, Sam Houston State went undefeated in the regular season and throughout the playoffs before losing in the FCS Championship game to North Dakota State.
The four first-round matchup winners on Saturday: South Dakota State over Eastern Illinois, Coastal Carolina over Bethune-Cookman, Stony Brook over Villanova and Wagner over Colgate.
Here is what the full FCS playoff bracket looks like:
(No. 1-seeded) North Dakota St. vs. South Dakota St. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, 12/1
Wofford vs. New Hampshire - 2 p.m. on Saturday
Georgia Southern vs. Central Arkansas - 2 p.m. on Saturday
(No. 4) Old Dominion vs. Coastal Carolina - 2 p.m on Saturday
(No. 3) Montana State vs. Stony Brook - 7 p.m. on Saturday
Sam Houston vs. Cal Poly - 4 p.m. on Saturday
Appalachian St. vs. Illinois St. - 2 p.m. on Saturday
E. Washington vs. Wagner - 6 p.m. on Saturday
A full bracket can also be found here.