The second-highest level of NCAA football will not crown a 2020 champion, as more schools announced Friday that they will not be taking the grill this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Universities including the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Big Sky Conference, and the Pioneer Football League have all said they will not be playing this fall, effectively ending the post-season game for the Football Championship subdivision. of the NCAA (FCS).
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As FCS teams and conferences have withdrawn from fall games in recent weeks, the NCAA has announced that the FCS playoffs will be canceled if 50% of eligible teams withdraw. When the MVFC, Big Sky, and Pioneer all retired from fall football, that minimum threshold was breached.
By Friday, a host of other FCS leagues had canceled fall football: the Ivy League, the Patriot League, the Colonial Athletic Association, the Northeast Conference, the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The 2019 FCS title was won by North Dakota State University, which edged James Madison University in the final.
The lower levels of NCAA football, Division II and Division III, also had playoffs canceled this week.
The highest level of college football, the Football Bowl subdivision, has its post-season game managed by an independent body, the College Football Playoff (CFP).
The PSC, for now at least, plans to hold its annual four-team competition, but has moved the selection date for that field from December 6 to December 20, in anticipation of delays in the end of the football season. academic – assuming sports. is being played at all this fall.