NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was the last team announced, but the Tennessee State squad was selected to the 24-member NCAA Division I Football Championship on Sunday morning.
TSU will travel to Indianapolis, Ind. on Nov. 30 for a matchup with the 9-3 Butler Bulldogs at 12 p.m.
The Tigers, who posted nine victories for the first time since 1999, currently rank fifth in the nation in team defense, allowing just 278.9 yards per game and will play in the FCS (formerly 1-AA) playoffs for the third time in school history
Butler shared the Pioneer Football League title with Marist and earned the league's first automatic bid through the league's tie-breaker system. The PFL championship was Butler's second straight and third in five years.
Two-time defending champion North Dakota State earned the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. Eastern Illinois was seeded second, while Eastern Washington was seeded third. Rounding out the top eight seeds were Southeastern Louisiana, #5 Maine, #6 McNeese State, #7 Towson and #8 Montana. Each of the top eight seeds received a first round bye.
The winner of Saturday’s game will face Eastern Illinois in the second round on Dec. 7.
Jacksonville State also made the field, marking the first time that the OVC had three teams selected for postseason play.