Football Earns At-Large Bid to FCS Playoffs
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona football team has earned an at-large bid to the 2013 Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs and will compete in the postseason for the first time since 2003. NAU will host South Dakota State on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. The Lumberjacks finished the regular season 9-2 for the first time since the 1996 season.
"We worked hard to get here," said head coach Jerome Souers. "We maintained our focus the entire season, as our philosophy was to never look ahead. We only focused on the game in front of us. I'm proud of the way that the guys have approached this season, but we're not done yet. There's a lot of football to still be played."
The top-four seeds in the playoff bracket are No. 1 North Dakota State, No. 2 Eastern Illinois, No. 3 Eastern Washington and No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana. The next five seeds are No. 5 Maine, No. 6 McNeese State, No. 7 Towson and No. 8 Montana. The top eight seeds receive a first-round bye and will host second round games.
NAU is paired in the bracket with No. 3 Eastern Washington.
The Big Sky has a conference leading four teams in the playoffs (NAU, Eastern Washington, Montana and Southern Utah).
The Lumberjacks ride a six-game win streak into the playoffs, in addition to an undefeated 5-0 record at home this season in the Walkup Skydome.
It's been 10 years since the NAU football team has competed in the postseason, and the last time out they stunned top-seeded McNeese State in the first round on the road to earn their first FCS playoff victory in program history.
Stay tuned to www.NAUAthletics.com in the coming days for more game day and ticket information.
November 30 at Orangeburg, South Carolina, 1 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
Furman (7-5) at South Carolina State (9-3)
November 30 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 1 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
Bethune-Cookman (10-2) at Coastal Carolina (10-2)
November 30 at Durham, New Hampshire, Noon (ET) (ESPN3)
Lafayette (5-6) at New Hampshire (7-4)
November 30 at Huntsville, Texas, 3 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
Southern Utah (8-4) at Sam Houston State (8-4)
November 30 at Flagstaff, Arizona, 8 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
South Dakota State (8-4) at Northern Arizona (9-2)
November 30 at Jacksonville, Alabama, 8 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
Samford (8-4) at Jacksonville State (9-3)
November 30 at Bronx, New York, 1 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
Sacred Heart (10-2) at Fordham (11-1)
November 30 at Indianapolis, Indiana, 1 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
Tennessee State (9-3) at Butler (9-3)
December 7 at Fargo, North Dakota, 3:30 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
Furman/South Carolina State winner at #1 North Dakota State (11-0)
December 7 at Missoula, Montana, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
Bethune-Cookman/Coastal Carolina winner at #8 Montana (10-2)
December 7 at Orono, Maine, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
Lafayette/New Hampshire winner at Maine (10-2)
December 7 at Hammond, Louisiana, 8 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
Southern Utah/Sam Houston State winner at Southeastern Louisiana (10-2)
December 7 at Cheney, Washington, 4 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
South Dakota State/Northern Arizona winner at Eastern Washington (10-2)
December 7 at Lake Charles, Louisiana, 7 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
Samford/Jacksonville State winner at McNeese State (10-2)
December 7 at Towson, Maryland, 1 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
Sacred Heart/Fordham winner at Towson (10-2)
December 7 at Charleston, Illinois, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)
Tennessee State/Butler winner at Eastern Illinois (11-1)