How Does the NCAA Pick the Teams?

How NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision selections are made is always on the minds of sports fans at tournament time. Here is a chance to look behind the curtain to see how the bracket is built.


2019 Division I Football Championship Timeline

Selection Sunday
Sunday, November 24 – 12:30 p.m. Eastern time on ESPNU

First Round (8 games)
Saturday, Nov. 30 — campus sites

Second Round (8 games)
Saturday, Dec. 7 — campus sites

Quarterfinal Round (4 games)
Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14 — campus sites

Semifinal Round (2 games)
Saturday, Dec. 21 — campus sites

2020 FCS Championship Game (1 game)
Saturday, Jan. 11 — noon Eastern time, Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on ABC