How to watch and stream the 2014 FCS playoffs’ quarterfinal round
We’ve got actual college football playoff games on actual television for the first time this year. Full schedule below.
We saw one upset in the second round of the FCS playoffs. Could more be coming this weekend? Eight teams square off in the quarterfinals, with all but unseeded Sam Houston State (fresh off an upset of Jacksonville State) expected to be here. Two of the four games will be televised on an ESPN network, while all four will be available on WatchESPN.
Via the NCAA
Things kick off Friday when top-seeded New Hampshire hosts Chattanooga. Both teams went undefeated in conference play, but the top-ranked Wildcats haven’t lost since their season opener against FBS Toledo. Two of Chattanooga’s three losses came to FBS schools, with their only FCS defeat coming to Jacksonville State in overtime.
On Saturday, things get a bit more interesting, with three games going on in the afternoon. Three-time defending champions North Dakota State host 12-1 Coastal Carolina, as the Bison look to win their first title in the post-Craig Bohl era.
Sam Houston State has recovered well from a 1-3 start that included a loss to Division II Colorado State-Pueblo, winning the Southland and upsetting Jacksonville State in the second round last week. They travel to play 11-2 Villanova Saturday afternoon.
In the third game of the day, No. 5 Illinois State travels to face high-scoring No. 4 Eastern Washington on the blood red field. Illinois State’s only loss came to Northern Iowa, but they were able to take revenge last week with a 41-21 win against UNI in the playoffs. Eastern Washington is 11-2, and nearly upset Washington thanks in large part to quarterback Vernon Adams.
All times Eastern.
Friday, Dec. 12
No. 8 Chattanooga at No. 1 New Hampshire, 8 p.m., ESPN2, WatchESPN (winner faces Illinois State-Eastern Washington winner next weekend)
Saturday, Dec. 13
No. 7 Coastal Carolina at No. 2 North Dakota State, 12 p.m., ESPN, WatchESPN (winner faces Sam Houston State-Villanova winner next weekend)
Sam Houston State at No. 6 Villanova, 1 p.m., WatchESPN
No. 5 Illinois State at No. 4 Eastern Washington, 4 p.m., WatchESPN