Northwestern football to host Dickinson State in NAIA Playoffs

April 11, 2021 6:30pm


KANSAS CITY, Mo. –The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the final field and the pairings for the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) on Sunday. The 16-team event will kick-off on Saturday, April 17th at eight campus host sites across the country. Northwestern will host Dickinson State on Saturday, April 17 in a first round match-up in the NAIA Football Championship Series. The GPAC gets three into the NAIA Football Championship Series. Top ranked Morningside will be hosting Carroll, Montana. While Dordt qualifies for the Championship series for the first time, and will play at 2nd Ranked Grand View.

The full field features 12 automatic qualifiers and four at-large berths.

The 65th NAIA Football National Championship will take place in Ruston, La., at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium on Monday, May 10. The city of Ruston, La. will host the championship for the second season.

Arizona Christian and Dordt (Iowa) are both first time qualifiers in the field this year

Morningside will be making its 17th appearance in the championship and are ranked No. 1 in the nation in four statistical categories, including pass offense per game, with an average of just over 366 per game.

Six of the 16 qualifying teams have one at least one national championship

Nine teams enter first round of FCS play with a perfect record

Ten qualifying teams qualified for the Football Championship Series in 2019 as well

2020 NAIA Football Championship Series - First Round Schedule

Saturday, April 17 | Campus Sites

Game 1 – No. 1 Morningside (Iowa) 8-0 vs. No. 16 Carroll (Mont.) 3-1

Game 2 – No.2 Grand View (Iowa) 6-0 vs. No. 13 Dordt (Iowa) 8-2

Game 3 – No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 7-0 vs. No. 14 Bethel (Kan.) 9-1

Game 4 – No. 4 Keiser (Fla.) 7-0 vs. No. 15 Arizona Christian 9-1

Game 5 – No. 5 Concordia (Mich.) 5-0 vs. No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) 6-1

Game 6 – No. 6 Northwestern (Iowa) 8-1 vs. No. 11 Dickinson State (N.D.) 9-0

Game 7 – No. 7 Baker (Kan.) 6-0 vs. No. 10 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 8-0

Game 8 – No. 8 Reinhardt 8-0 (Ga.) vs. No. 9 Marian (Ind.) 5-1