2013 FCS College Football Playoffs Likely To Expand To 24 Teams

Minneapolis, MN, USA: North Dakota State Bisons quarterback Brock Jensen (16) runs for a one yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Minnesota Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The FCS makes putting together a playoff plan look pretty easy.

While the highest level of college football is figuring out how to make a four-team playoff work after more than a century of the bowl system, the highest level to have ever had a NCAA championship game is moving from 20 to 24 teams:

The Football Championship Subdivision is on the verge of expanding its playoff system from 20 to 24 teams by 2013. The proposal would give an automatic bid to all FCS leagues that want one, seeds the top eight teams and gives them first-round byes and home games in the following round.

That would mean adding an automatic bid for the Pioneer League, for one thing, and granting first-round byes to an additional two teams. The SWAC and Ivy don't participate in the national postseason, and the Great West is dropping football.

This will further either concern or anticipation regarding the likeliness of FBS' own playoff system rapidly expanding beyond four teams. Since starting up its tournament in 1978, FCS has been adding numbers to the postseason all along, arriving at 20 only two years ago.

While we’re here, let’s watch some college football videos from SB Nation’s new YouTube channel together:

Latest News

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.