While many football fans are aware of and get caught up in the BCS and all the madness that surrounds the BCS rankings this time of year, just one division below teams are preparing for a playoff tournament. The Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) will unveil their 2012 playoff bracket today during the FCS Selection Show, televised on ESPNU at 1:30 p.m. ET.
The FCS playoff bracket consists of twenty teams. Twelve teams are given a bye and placed into a 16-team bracket, while eight teams must play a first round game in order to advance. Ten of the twenty teams automatically qualify by winning their conference, while the other ten are selected as at-large candidates.
North Dakota St. (10-1) and Montana St. (10-1) are considered to be the top two teams in the country, and will likely grab the top two seeds in this year's tournament. Nobowls.com, which has successfully predicted 70 of the 72 teams in the field since 2008, sees the Sam Houston State Bearkats, out of the Southland Conference, facing off against New Hampshire of the CAA in Huntsville, with the winner squaring off against No. 1 seed North Dakota State in Fargo. The Bison beat the Bearkats in last year's FCS Championship Game, 17-6.
Sam Houston State had won seven games in a row before a 47-28 defeat on Saturday at the hands of Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies. The Bearkats have already clinched at least a share of the Southland Conference title this season.