KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the final field and the pairings for the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) on Sunday. The 16-team event will kick-off on Saturday, Nov. 23 at eight campus host sites across the country.
The full field features 12 automatic qualifiers and four at-large berths. In order to qualify for an automatic bid, teams must win their conference regular season title and be ranked in the Top 20 in the final NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll. At-large berths were given to the next highest ranked teams that did not earn an automatic bid.
The 64rd NAIA Football National Championship will take place in Ruston, La., at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 21. The city of Ruston, La. will host the championship for the first season.
#1 Morningside will plays host to Dickinson State of North Dakota, and Northwestern grabs an at large bid out of the GPAC and will host Saint Xavier of Illinois.
2019 NAIA Football Championship Series – First Round Schedule
Saturday, November 23 | Campus Sites
Game 1 – Dickinson State (N.D.) (8-2) at Morningside (Iowa) (10-0)
Game 2 – Reinhardt (Ga.) (9-2) at Marian (Ind.) (9-0)
Game 3 – Baker (Kan.) (8-2) at Kansas Wesleyan (11-0)
Game 4 – Concordia (Mich.) (8-2) at Grand View (Iowa) (11-0)
Game 5 – Ottawa (Ariz.) (9-1) at College of Idaho (10-0)
Game 6 –St. Francis (Ind.) (7-2) at Lindsey Wilson (10-0)
Game 7 – Cumberlands (Ky.) (9-1) at Keiser (Fla.) (9-0)
Game 8 – Saint Xavier (Ill.) (8-2) at Northwestern (Iowa) (9-1)