No. 9 Fordham, behind quarterback Mike Nebrich, is the highest-ranked team playing in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
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The test drive was successful a year ago. Now FCS playoff teams are really anxious to take the field for a spin.
Last year's expansion of the FCS playoffs to 24 teams plenty of interesting results, even if the championship game ended the same way as the previous two seasons, with North Dakota State capturing a third straight national titles.
Not only did the field change from 16 teams playing in the first round with eight receiving byes to the second round, instead of the funky 20-team setup with eight playing in the first round and 12 on byes, but the results validated the need for a larger playoff system.
Teams in the first round mattered. Among those teams, New Hampshire went on to win three games and reach the national semifinals, while Coastal Carolina and Jacksonville State both won two games each, knocking off seeded teams on the road in the second round on their way to the quarterfinals. In fact, road teams went an impressive 9-13 in the postseason before the action shifted to Frisco, Texas, for the championship game.