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ESPN Provides Complete Coverage of NCAA Division I Football Championship

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ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Football Championship begins on Saturday, Nov. 26, with all eight games from campus sites. ESPN will cover all 23 games from the Championship, including eight second round games (Dec. 3), the quarterfinals (Dec. 9-10), semifinals (Dec. 16-17) and the final (Jan 7). ESPN3 will stream the first and second rounds as well as two of the quarterfinal games. The other two quarterfinals will air on ESPN or ESPN2, the semifinals on ESPN2 and ESPNU and the championship on ESPN2 from Frisco, Texas. A full schedule is below.

The field of 24 is made up of 10 automatic qualifiers and 14 at large bids. Complete information on the field can be found here.

Automatic Qualifiers (10)
Conference School
Big Sky Eastern Washington (10-1)
Big South Charleston Southern (7-3)
Colonial Athletic Association James Madison (10-1)
Missouri Valley South Dakota State (8-3)
Northeast Saint Francis (Pa.) (7-4)
Ohio Valley Jacksonville State (10-1)
Patriot League Lehigh (9-2)
Pioneer San Diego (9-1)
Southern The Citadel (10-1)
Southland Sam Houston State (11-0)

 

At-Large (14)
Conference School
Big Sky Cal Poly (7-4)
Big Sky North Dakota (9-2)
Big Sky Weber State (7-4)
Colonial Athletic Association New Hampshire (7-4)
Colonial Athletic Association Richmond (8-3)
Colonial Athletic Association Villanova (8-3)
Mid-Eastern Athletic North Carolina A&T (9-2)
Missouri Valley Illinois State (6-5)
Missouri Valley North Dakota State (10-1)
Missouri Valley Youngstown State (8-3)
Southern Chattanooga (8-3)
Southern Samford (7-4)
Southern Wofford (8-3)
Southland Central Arkansas (9-2)

 

ESPN’s NCAA Division I Football Championship Schedule:

NCAA Division I Football Championship – First Round

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Nov. 26 2 p.m. Weber State at Chattanooga
Jim Barber, Watson Brown
ESPN3
    North Carolina A&T at Richmond
Michael Reghi, Doug Graber
ESPN3
    Lehigh at New Hampshire
Bob Picozzi, Marcus Ray
ESPN3
    Saint Francis (PA) at Villanova
Mike Watts, Stan Lewter
ESPN3
    Charleston Southern at Wofford
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
ESPN3
  3 p.m. Illinois State at Central Arkansas
Shawn Kenney, Chad Brown
ESPN3
  5 p.m. Samford at Youngstown State
Robert Lee, Dustin Fox
ESPN3
  7 p.m. San Diego at Cal Poly
Trey Bender, Jay Taylor
ESPN3

 

NCAA Division I Football Championship – Second Round

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Dec. 3 2 p.m. Lehigh or New Hampshire at No. 4 James Madison ESPN3
    Samford or Youngstown State  at No. 3 Jacksonville State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Saint Francis (PA) or Villanova at No. 8 South Dakota State ESPN3
    Weber State or Chattanooga at No. 5 Sam Houston State ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. San Diego or Cal Poly at No. 1 North Dakota State  
  4 p.m. Illinois State or Central Arkansas at No. 2 Eastern Washington ESPN3
  6 p.m. North Carolina A&T or Richmond at No. 7 North Dakota ESPN3
    Charleston Southern or Wofford at No. 6 The Citadel ESPN3

NCAA Division I Football Championship – Quarterfinals 

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Friday, Dec. 9 7 p.m. Football Championship – Quarterfinal ESPN2
Saturday, Dec. 10 Noon Football Championship – Quarterfinal ESPN
  TBD Football Championship – Quarterfinal ESPN3
  TBD Football Championship – Quarterfinal ESPN3


NCAA Division I Football Championship – Semifinals

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Friday, Dec. 16 7 p.m. Football Championship – Semifinal ESPN2
Saturday, Dec. 17 6:30 p.m. Football Championship – Semifinal ESPNU


NCAA Division I Football Championship – Championship

Date Time (ET) Game Network
January, 7, 2017 Noon Football Championship – Championship ESPN2

 

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