2012 FCS playoffs selection show: Preview and TV schedule

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

The bracket for the nation's biggest college football tournament is revealed Sunday afternoon.

The bracket for the nation's biggest college football tournament will be revealed Sunday on the Football Championship Subdivision Selection Show, scheduled at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

FCS, formerly Division I-AA, is the highest NCAA football division to decide its champion through a playoff. The FCS bracket consists of 20 teams. Ten teams get into the field through automatic bids, as winners of conference championships. The other ten at-large participants are chosen by a selection committee. Four first-round games determine the opponents for the top four seeds. From there, the playoffs are a 16-team tournament, with a champion crowned after four more rounds of play.

North Dakota State, 10-1 on the season and winners of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, are widely expected to take the top seed. The Bison capped their regular season Saturday with a 38-20 comeback win over Illinois State, and recorded wins over FCS stalwarts South Dakota State, Youngstown State and Northern Iowa, and a 22-7 win over FBS program Colorado State, on their way to the tournament.

The Montana State Bobcats are projected as a likely second seed. The Bobcats went 10-1 this season, but enter the tournament as an at-large, as their lone loss to Eastern Washington cost them the Big Sky championship. Eastern Washington, the 9-2 Big Sky champion, is also in the mix for a first-round bye. Old Dominion, which is ineligible for the Colonial Athletic Association's automatic bid due to their pending move to FBS football, finished 10-1 and is likely to get the fourth bye.

Nobowls.com, which has successfully predicted 70 of the 72 teams in the FCS Championship field since 2008, predicts that 10-1 Lehigh, 8-3 South Dakota State, and 8-3 Illinois State will be the last three at-large teams in the field.

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