Saturday, Nov. 30
|Noon ET||Lafayette, 5-6||New Hampshire, 7-4||ESPN3.com|
|1 p.m. ET||Furman, 7-5||South Carolina State, 9-3||ESPN3.com|
|1 p.m. ET||Bethune-Cookman, 10-2||Coastal Carolina, 10-2||ESPN3.com|
|1 p.m. ET||Sacred Heart, 10-2||Fordham, 11-1||ESPN3.com|
|1 p.m. ET||Tennessee State, 9-3||Butler, 9-3||ESPN3.com|
|3 p.m. ET||Southern Utah, 8-4||Sam Houston State, 8-4||ESPN3.com|
|8 p.m. ET||South Dakota State, 8-4||Northern Arizona, 9-2||ESPN3.com|
|8 p.m. ET||Samford, 8-4||Jacksonville State, 9-3||ESPN3.com|
The winners of the games on Saturday will meet the top eight seeds in the playoff on Dec. 7.
Bethune-Cookman vs. Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina enters the playoffs with a 10-2 record, representing a remarkable turnaround under the leadership of head coach and former Ameritrade CEO Joe Moglia. The Chanticleers' only losses on the season came against South Carolina and a Charleston Southern, the latter a narrow 31-26 loss after CCU stormed back from a 31-6 deficit. But the Chants have benefited from a weak Big South schedule in 2013 and has a tough task ahead, as Bethune-Cookman boasts the No. 2 overall defense in the FCS.
South Dakota State vs. Northern Arizona
Don't be scared away by South Dakota State's 8-4 record. Two of those came against Nebraska and two-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State. The Jackrabbits have a win over No. 4 Southeast Louisiana to their credit and pose a real threat to knock off 9-2 Northern Arizona on Saturday night.
The victor in the 1 p.m. contest between Furman and South Carolina State will likely see its playoff run end the following week against No. 1 North Dakota State. The Bison have won the past two FCS national championships and own a five-game winning streak against FBS schools, including a 24-21 win over Kansas State to open their 2013 season.
It will be similarly difficult road for the winner of the Butler-Tennessee State game, which will encounter No. 2 Eastern Illinois in round two. The 11-1 Panthers are one of three playoff teams that can claim a victory over an FBS program (a dominant 40-19 win over San Diego State), and their only loss came to Northern Illinois, which is one win away from a second consecutive appearance in a BCS bowl.