SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Wofford SID) –
Wofford finished the season with an 8-3 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the Southern Conference to finish tied for second place with Chattanooga. This marks the Terriers seventh trip to the NCAA Playoffs. In 2012, Wofford had a home win against New Hampshire before a loss to eventual National Champion North Dakota State.
The winner of the Charleston Southern and Wofford game will face The Citadel on December 3 in Charleston.
Five-time defending national champion North Dakota State (10-1) tops the bracket as the number one seed after tying for the Missouri Valley Football Conference Championship. Eastern Washington University (10-1) is the number two seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Big Sky Conference. Jacksonville State University (10-1) is the number three seed after capturing the Ohio Valley Conference automatic berth. James Madison University (10-1) is the number fourth seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Colonial Athletic Association.
Winner of the Southland Conference automatic qualifying berth, Sam Houston State University (11-0), the 2011 and 2012 national finalist will be the fifth seed. The number six seed is The Citadel (10-1). The Bulldogs earned the automatic qualifying berth from the Southern Conference and are making its second straight and fifth overall appearance in the championship. University of North Dakota (9-2) earned an at-large berth in championship after finishing as co-champion of the Big Sky Conference. The eighth and final seeded team will be South Dakota State University (8-3).
The 2016 championship field consists of 10 automatic qualifiers and 14 at-large qualifiers.
Automatic Qualifiers (10)
Big Sky Conference – Eastern Washington (10-1)
Big South Conference – Charleston Southern (7-3)
Colonial Athletic Association – James Madison (10-1)
Missouri Valley Football Conference – South Dakota State (8-3)
Northeast Conference – Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) (7-4)
Ohio Valley Conference – Jacksonville State (10-1)
Patriot League – Lehigh (9-2)
Pioneer Football League – San Diego (9-1)
Southern Conference – The Citadel (10-1)
Southland Conference – Sam Houston State (11-0)
Big Sky Conference – Cal Poly (7-4)
Big Sky Conference – North Dakota (9-2)
Big Sky Conference – 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 Conference – North Carolina A&T (9-2)
Missouri Valley Football Conference – Illinois State (6-5)
Missouri Valley Football Conference – North Dakota State (10-1)
Missouri Valley Football Conference – Youngstown State (8-3)
Southern Conference – Chattanooga (8-3)
Southern Conference – Samford (7-4)
Southern Conference – Wofford (8-3)
Southland Conference – Central Arkansas (9-2)
The 2016 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game is slated for Jan. 7, 2013 in Frisco, Texas. The championship game will air on ESPN2 and ESPN3.
Head Coach Mike Ayers
“This is a great match-up. They are a tremendous program and they had a chance to beat North Dakota State. I have seen them on film and they have great players who know how to play the game. Over the years both coaching staffs had shared football with each other so we are familiar with them and they are familiar with us. It is going to be a tremendous challenge and will be a game that comes down to the team that takes care of the football best. We are going to have a great week of preparation and our guys are excited. I am glad to have Wofford back in the playoffs. This crew is a unique one and when you look at the adversity that the team has faced throughout the year it is a tremendous tribute to the guys and our staff.”
Senior Running Back Will Gay
“It has been a while for us and I think I was the only freshman that went to the playoff game in 2012. I definitely thought that we would make the playoffs and seeing that we finally made it I really appreciate it. It is an exciting feeling. When I saw Samford go up, I started to wonder if that was a good thing or a bad thing. Then we were next on the screen and we are excited. We have been going through each of the last four games as if it were a playoff game, so we should be ready.”