List of NCAA Division I FCS playoff appearances by team

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The list of current Football Championship Subdivision schools that have participated in the playoffs leading to the NCAA Division I Football Championship stands at 71. Prior to 2006 the FCS was known as Division I-AA before being renamed by the NCAA.[1][2] The playoffs began with four teams in 1978 and last expanded to include 16 teams in 1987. The field expanded again to 20 teams beginning with the 2010 playoffs.[3] The field expanded to 24 teams beginning in 2013.[4]

Current FCS members[edit]

Team Appearances First Last Wins Losses Total Pct. Championships
Albany Great Danes 1 2011 2011 0 1 1 .000
Alcorn State Braves 3 1984 1994 0 3 3 .000
Bethune–Cookman Wildcats 5 2002 2013 0 5 5 .000
Butler Bulldogs 1 2013 2013 0 1 1 .000
Cal Poly Mustangs 4 2005 2016 1 4 5 .200
Central Arkansas Bears 3 2011 2016 2 3 5 .400
Charleston Southern Buccaneers 1 2015 2015 1 1 2 .500
Chattanooga Mocs 3 1984 2015 3 4 7 .429
The Citadel Bulldogs 5 1988 2016 2 5 6 .286
Colgate Raiders 10 1982 2015 6 10 16 .375
Dayton Flyers 1 2015 2015 0 1 1 .000
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens 15 1981 2010 22 14 36 .611 2003
Delaware State Hornets 1 2007 2007 0 1 1 .000
Duquesne Dukes 1 2015 2015 0 1 1 .000
East Tennessee State Buccaneers[i] 1 1996 1996 1 1 2 .500
Eastern Illinois Panthers 16 1982 2015 4 16 20 .200
Eastern Kentucky Colonels 21 1979 2014 16 19 35 .457 1979, 1982
Eastern Washington Eagles 12 1985 2016 16 11 27 .593 2010
Elon Phoenix 1 2009 2009 0 1 1 .000
Florida A&M Rattlers 7 1978 2001 5 6 11 .455 1978
Fordham Rams 5 2002 2015 3 5 8 .375
Furman Paladins 16 1982 2013 18 15 33 .545 1988
Grambling State Tigers 3 1980 1989 0 3 3 .000
Hampton Pirates 5 1997 2006 0 5 5 .000
Holy Cross Crusaders 2 1983 2009 0 2 2 .000
Howard Bison 1 1993 1993 0 1 1 .000
Idaho State Bengals 2 1981 1983 3 1 4 .750 1981
Illinois State Redbirds 7 1998 2016 8 7 15 .533
Indiana State Sycamores 3 1983 2014 2 3 5 .400
Jackson State Tigers 12 1978 1997 0 12 12 .000
Jacksonville State Gamecocks 7 2003 2016 5 7 12 .417
James Madison Dukes 13 1987 2016 13 11 24 .542 2004, 2016
Lafayette Leopards 4 2004 2013 0 4 4 .000
Lehigh Mountain Hawks 10 1979 2016 6 10 16 .375
Liberty Flames 1 2014 2014 1 1 2 .500
Maine Black Bears 7 1987 2013 3 7 10 .300
McNeese State Cowboys 16 1991 2015 11 16 27 .407
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 1 1984 1984 0 1 1 .000
Missouri State Bears 2 1989 1990 1 2 3 .333
Montana Grizzlies 23 1982 2015 34 21 55 .618 1995, 2001
Montana State Bobcats 8 1984 2014 6 7 13 .462 1984
Morgan State Bears 1 2014 2014 0 1 1 .000
Murray State Racers 5 1979 2002 1 5 6 .167
New Hampshire Wildcats 15 1991 2016 12 15 27 .444
Nicholls State Colonels 3 1986 2005 1 3 4 .250
Norfolk State Spartans 1 2011 2011 0 1 1 .000
North Carolina A&T Aggies 5 1986 2016 1 5 6 .167
North Dakota Fighting Hawks 1 2016 2016 0 1 1 .000
North Dakota State Bison 7 2010 2016 24 2 26 .923 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks[a] 4 1996 2013 1 4 5 .200
Northern Iowa Panthers 18 1985 2015 22 18 40 .550
Northwestern State Demons 6 1988 2004 4 6 10 .400
Portland State Vikings 2 2000 2015 0 2 2 .000
Rhode Island Rams 3 1981 1985 2 3 5 .400
Richmond Spiders 11 1984 2016 15 10 25 .600 2008
Robert Morris Colonials 1 2010 2010 0 1 1 .000
Sacred Heart Pioneers 2 2013 2014 0 2 2 .000
Saint Francis Red Flash 1 2016 2016 0 1 1 .000
Sam Houston State Bearkats 10 1986 2016 15 9 24 .625
Samford Bulldogs 4 1991 2016 2 4 6 .333
San Diego Toreros 2 2014 2016 1 2 3 .333
South Carolina State Bulldogs 6 1981 2013 2 6 8 .250
South Dakota State Jackrabbits 6 2009 2016 4 6 10 .400
Southeast Missouri State Redhawks 1 2010 2010 0 1 1 .000
Southeastern Louisiana Lions 2 2013 2014 1 2 3 .333
Southern Illinois Salukis 8 1983 2009 8 7 15 .533 1983
Southern Utah Thunderbirds 2 2013 2015 0 2 2 .000
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks[b] 6 1988 2014 4 6 10 .400
Stony Brook Seawolves 2 2011 2012 2 2 4 .500
Tennessee State Tigers[c] 4 1986 2013 1 4 5 .200
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 1 2011 2011 0 1 1 .000
Towson Tigers 2 2011 2013 3 2 5 .600
UT Martin Skyhawks 1 2006 2006 0 1 1 .000
Villanova Wildcats 12 1989 2016 12 11 23 .522 2009
Wagner Seahawks 1 2012 2012 1 1 2 .500
Weber State Wildcats 5 1987 2016 2 5 7 .286
Western Carolina Catamounts 1 1983 1983 3 1 4 .750
Western Illinois Leathernecks 10 1988 2015 7 10 17 .412
William & Mary Tribe 10 1986 2015 7 10 17 .412
Wofford Terriers 7 2003 2016 7 7 14 .500
Youngstown State Penguins 12 1987 2016 29 8 37 .784 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997

Former FCS members[edit]

There have been 23 former FCS schools that have participated in the playoffs. Of these, 20 have moved up to the Football Bowl Subdivision, while the other three no longer sponsor football.

Team Appearances First Last Wins Losses Total Pct. Championships
Akron Zips[d] 1 1985 1985 0 1 1 .000
Arkansas State Red Wolves[d][e] 4 1984 1987 6 4 10 .600
Appalachian State Mountaineers[d] 20 1986 2012 24 17 41 .585 2005, 2006, 2007
Boise State Broncos[d] 5 1980 1994 8 4 12 .667 1980
Boston University Terriers[f] 5 1982 1994 2 5 7 .286
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers[d] 6 2006 2015 4 6 10 .400
Connecticut Huskies[d] 1 1998 1998 1 1 2 .500
Florida Atlantic Owls[d] 1 2003 2003 2 1 3 .667
Georgia Southern Eagles[d] 19 1985 2012 45 13 58 .776 1985, 1986, 1989
1990, 1999, 2000
Hofstra Pride[f] 5 1995 2001 2 5 7 .286
Idaho Vandals[d] 11 1982 1995 6 11 17 .353
Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks[d][h] 4 1987 1993 5 3 8 .625 1987
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs[d] 2 1982 1984 4 2 6 .667
Marshall Thundering Herd[d] 8 1987 1996 23 6 29 .793 1992, 1996
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders[d] 7 1984 1994 6 7 13 .462
Nevada Wolf Pack[d] 7 1978 1991 9 7 16 .563
North Texas Mean Green[d] 4 1983 1994 0 4 4 .000
Northeastern Huskies[f] 1 2002 2002 0 1 1 .000
Old Dominion Monarchs[d] 2 2011 2012 2 2 4 .500
Texas State Bobcats[d] 2 2005 2008 2 2 4 .500
Troy Trojans[d][g] 7 1993 2000 5 7 12 .417
UCF Knights[d] 2 1990 1993 2 2 4 .500
UMass Minutemen[d] 8 1978 2007 10 7 17 .588 1998
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers[d] 8 1987 2004 8 7 15 .533 2002

Notes[edit]

  • a Northern Arizona's competition in the 1999 Division I-AA Championship was vacated by action of the NCAA Committee on Infractions (record was 0–1).
  • b Stephen F. Austin's competition in the 1989 Division I-AA Championship was vacated by action of the NCAA Committee on Infractions (record was 3–1).
  • c Tennessee State's competition in the 1981 and 1982 Division I-AA Championships was vacated by action of the NCAA Committee on Infractions (record was 1–2).
  • d Now a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision.
  • e During Arkansas State's entire tenure in Division I-AA (1982–1991), the school nickname was Indians. The Red Wolves nickname was adopted in 2008.
  • f School no longer sponsors football.
  • g During Troy's entire tenure in Division I-AA (1993–2001), its name was Troy State University. The school adopted its current name in 2005.
  • h The team was the Northeast Louisiana Indians during its entire tenure in Division I-AA (1982–1993). The school changed its name to the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1999, and its nickname to Warhawks in 2006.
  • i The university elected to resume FCS level football effective for the 2015 season.

References[edit]

General
  • Jim Wright, ed. (2009-08-01). "Championships" (PDF). 2009 Division I Football Records Book. NCAA. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
Specific
  1. ^ "NCAA Q&A on Postseason Football". NCAA. 2006-12-04. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  2. ^ David Worlock (2007-12-17). "Postseason Football Q&A". NCAA. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  3. ^ "NCAA approves playoff expansion to 20 teams for 2010". The Sports Network. 2008-04-25. Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  4. ^ "Three Division I championships to expand". ncaa.org. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 

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