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Football Monarchs to Host Norfolk State in First Round of FCS Playoffs

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: November 20, 2011
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Nov. 20, 2011

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NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion Football Monarchs are among the field of 20 teams competing for the 2011 Football Championship Subdivision title and will host Norfolk State on Saturday in first round action at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. The game will be aired live on ESPN3 with kick time to be determined.

The Monarchs played their way to a 9-2 overall record and 6-2 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in their first season of play in the league and last week ranked 10th in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Poll and ninth in the FCS Coaches Poll.

Since restarting the football program three years ago, Old Dominion has compiled a 26-7 record. It took the ODU Football Monarchs until year three and 27 games to receive its first Top 25 ranking on October 3, 2011 coming in at No. 21 in The Sports Network Poll and cracked the Top Ten last week after competing in just 33 contests. Looking at other recent start-up programs, it took Coastal Carolina 32 games to achieve a national ranking when they came in at No. 24 in The Sports Network Poll in their third year on Nov. 8, 2005.

Norfolk State, located a mere five miles from the Old Dominion campus, earned the MEAC's automatic berth to the playoffs with a 9-2 overall record and 7-1 conference mark.

Sam Houston State University (11-0) tops the bracket as the top seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Southland Conference. The Bearkats, are making their fifth appearance and first since 2004.

Second-seeded North Dakota State University (10-1) is making its second consecutive appearance. The Bison captured the Missouri Valley Football Conference automatic berth.

Georgia Southern University (9-2), which is making its 18th overall tournament appearance, is the number-three seed. The six-time national champion Eagles captured the Southern Conference automatic berth.

The University of Montana (9-2) is the number-four seed after capturing the Big Sky Conference automatic berth. The Grizzlies, the 1995 and 2001 national champion, are making its 21st appearance.

Rounding out this year's seeded teams is the University of Northern Iowa (9-2) with the number-five seed. The Panthers are making its 16th overall appearance.

First-round hosts include Big South automatic qualifier Stony Brook University (8-3), Ohio Valley Conference automatic qualifier Tennessee Technological University (7-3), and Eastern Kentucky University (7-4) along with Old Dominion. The top four national seeds will host winners from the first round match-ups. Others hosting second rounds game will be Northern Iowa, Appalachian State University (8-3), the Bobcats of Montana State University (9-2) and the Colonial Athletic Association automatic qualifier, Towson University (9-2).

Other automatic qualifiers in the tournament include University of Albany (8-3), the Northeast Conference champion, who clinched its first trip into the championship. Also making its first trip into the championship is Norfolk State University (9-2), winner of the automatic bid from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Winning the Patriot League was the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh University (10-1).

Other teams in the field: first time participant, University of Central Arkansas (8-3); James Madison University (7-4); Maine (8-3); University of New Hampshire (8-3); and Wofford College (8-3).

Ten conferences received automatic-qualifying berths: the Big Sky Conference, Big South Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Missouri Valley Football Conference, Northeast Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Patriot League, Southern Conference and Southland Conference. The combination of www.NCAA.com and ESPN's family of networks will once again provide coverage of all rounds of the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship.

Television schedules and games times for all rounds of the 2011 championship will be updated daily at the NCAA Sports web site (www.NCAA.com/fcs).

The 2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game is slated for 1 p.m. Eastern time Saturday, January 7, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. ESPN2HD/ESPN3will televise the championship game.

FIRST ROUND GAMES
November 26 at Stony Brook, N.Y.
Albany (NY) (8-3) at Stony Brook (8-3)

November 26 at Cookeville, Tenn.
Central Ark. (8-3) at Tennessee Tech (7-3)

November 26 at Norfolk, Va.
Norfolk St. (9-2) at Old Dominion (9-2)

November 26 at Richmond, Ky.
James Madison (7-4) at Eastern Ky. (7-4)

SECOND ROUND GAMES
December 3 at Huntsville, Texas
Albany (NY)/Stony Brook winner at #1 Sam Houston St. (11-0)

December 3 at Bozeman, Montana
New Hampshire (8-3) at Montana St. (9-2)

December 3 at Cedar Falls, Iowa
Wofford (8-3) at UNI (9-2)

December 3 at Missoula, Montana
Central Ark./Tennessee Tech winner at Montana (9-2)

December 3 at Statesboro, Georgia, 2 p.m. (ET)
Norfolk St./Old Dominion winner at Ga. Southern (9-2)

December 3 at Boone, North Carolina
Maine (8-3) at Appalachian St. (8-3)

December 3 at Towson, Maryland
Lehigh (10-1) at Towson (9-2)

December 3 at Fargo, North Dakota
James Madison/Eastern Ky. winner at North Dakota St. (10-1)

The 2011 championship field consists of 10 automatic qualifiers and 10 at-large qualifiers.
Big Sky Conference - #4 Montana (9-2)
Big South Conference - Stony Brook (8-3)
Colonial Athletic Association - Towson (9-2)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference - Norfolk State (9-2)
Missouri Valley Football Conference - #2 North Dakota State (10-1)
Northeast Conference - Albany (New York) (8-3)
Ohio Valley Conference - Tennessee Tech (7-3)
Patriot League - Lehigh (10-1)
Southern Conference - #3 Georgia Southern (9-2)
Southland Conference- #1 Sam Houston State (11-0)

At-Large:
Big Sky Conference - Montana St. (9-2)
Colonial Athletic Association - James Madison (7-4)
Colonial Athletic Association - Maine (8-3)
Colonial Athletic Association - New Hampshire (8-3)
Colonial Athletic Association - Old Dominion (9-2)
Missouri Valley Football Conference - #5 Northern Iowa (9-2)
Ohio Valley Conference - Eastern Kentucky (7-4)
Southern Conference - Appalachian State (8-3)
Southern Conference - Wofford (8-3)
Southland Conference- Central Arkansas (8-3)

The championship game, hosted by the locally-based Southland Conference, the City of Frisco and the Hunt Sports Group, is the culmination of a 20-team championship bracket. The Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) is comprised of the conferences and institutions that compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship - Big Sky, Big South, Colonial Athletic Association, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Missouri Valley Football, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot League, Pioneer, Southern and the Southland.

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