Raiders to host Central Methodist University in NAIA FCS first round

November 14, 2021 7:21pm


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 16 team field and the matchups for the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series on Sunday. The 16-team FCS will kick-off on Saturday, November 20th at eight campus host sites across the country, with the higher seed hosting each contest.

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

The No. 4-seed Northwestern College football team (10-1, 9-1 GPAC) clinched an at-large bid to this year's playoffs.

The Raiders were selected to host No. 13-seed Central Methodist University (Mo.) out of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. The Eagles enter the postseason with a 9-2 overall mark and a perfect 5-0 record in HAAC play. CMU picked up their first Heart South Division title since 1975 and earned their first trip to the NAIA Football Championship Series in school history.

Northwestern holds steady in the final regular season poll of the season at No. 4, while the Eagles move up six spots from No. 22 last week to No. 16 entering the playoffs.

It marks the fourth-consecutive year the Raiders have been chosen to host an opening round contest in the NAIA Football Championship series, prevailing 31-7 over Dickinson State (N.D.) a season ago.

Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. (noon) from Korver Field at De Valois Stadium on the campus of Northwestern College.

2021 NAIA Football Championship Series - First Round Schedule

Saturday, November 20 | Campus Sites

Seed School (Home) Record Seed School (Road) Record

Game 1 No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 10-0 vs No. 16 Montana Western 8-3

Game 2 No. 2 Morningside (Iowa) 10-0 vs No. 15 Ottawa (Ariz.) 8-1

Game 3 No. 3 Grand View (Iowa) 11-0 vs No. 14 Dickinson State (N.D.) 8-2

Game 4 No. 4 Northwestern (Iowa) 10-1 vs No. 13 Central Methodist (Mo.) 9-2

Game 5 No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan 9-1 vs No. 10 Kansas Wesleyan 10-1

Game 6 No. 6 Reinhardt (Ga.) 9-2 vs No. 12 Keiser (Fla.) 7-2

Game 7 No. 7 Marian (Ind.) 8-2 vs No. 9 Southwestern (Kan.) 9-1

Game 8 No. 8 Concordia (Mich.) 8-1 vs. No. 11 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 8-2