Southeastern claims No. 4 national seed, first-round bye
HAMMOND, LA — The Southland Conference champion Southeastern Louisiana football team was awarded the No. 4 national seed in the 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship, a first-round bye and a second round home game, when the 24-team FCS playoff field was announced by the NCAA on Sunday on ESPNU.
Southeastern (10-2), which is making its first-ever trip to the playoffs, will have to wait to find out who will visit Hammond on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. The Lions will be matched up with the winner of Saturday’s 2 p.m. contest in Huntsville, Texas between the Lions’ Southland Conference rival Sam Houston State (8-4) and Southern Utah (8-4) of the Big Sky Conference.
Based on seeding, the Lions would be in line to host a quarterfinal game in Strawberry Stadium on Dec. 13 or 14. A Southeastern second round win would set up a matchup with either No. 5 national seed Maine, New Hampshire or Lafayette.
Southeastern was one of three Southland Conference teams to earn a spot in the field, along with SHSU and No. 6 national seed McNeese State. Two-time defending national champion North Dakota State was named the No. 1 seed, followed by No. 2 Eastern Illinois, No. 3 Eastern Washington, Southeastern, Maine, McNeese State, No. 7 Towson and No. 8 Montana.
All Southeastern football playoff information can be found at www.LionSports.net/playoffs2013. Tickets for the Dec. 7 contest will be available to the general public on Monday by contacting the Southeastern Athletic Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or by visiting the ticket office in the Dugas Center of Athletics, located on the corner of W. Dakota St. and Galloway Dr. Ticket office hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, as well as 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Friday.
Reserved chair back tickets for all Southeastern home playoff games are priced at $35.00, while reserved bench seats can be purchased for $25.00. Youth tickets (ages 17 and under) will be available for $15.00 The NCAA does not allow Southeastern students to receive free admission and student tickets will be available for $10.00. Students can only buy one ticket apiece and only students may sit in the student section. 500 tickets will be made available to the visiting team. In the event of a sellout, 400 standing room only tickets will be made available at $15.00 as well.
All first and second round games will be televised exclusively on ESPN3. Southeastern’s Dec. 7 game will also air on KSLU 90.9 FM, the flagship station of the Southeastern Sports Radio Network, as well as Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM and The Joint 104.7 FM. Fans can listen online at www.LionSports.net.
2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship
All first and second round games to air on ESPN3 – Times listed are Central (CST)
First Round Games – Saturday, Nov. 30
Furman at South Carolina State, 12 p.m.
Bethune-Cookman at Coastal Carolina, 12 p.m.
Lafayette at New Hampshire, 11 a.m.
Southern Utah at Sam Houston State, 2 p.m.
South Dakota State at Northern Arizona, 7 p.m.
Samford at Jacksonville State, 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Fordham, 12 p.m.
Tennessee State at Butler, 12 p.m.
Second Round Games – Saturday, Dec. 7
Furman/South Carolina State winner at No. 1 North Dakota State, 2:30 p.m.
Coastal Carolina/Bethune-Cookman winner at No. 8 Montana, 1 p.m.
New Hampshire/Lafayette winner at No. 5 Maine, 1 p.m.
Sam Houston State/Southern Utah winner at No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana, 7 p.m.
Northern Arizona/South Dakota State winner at No. 3 Eastern Washington, 3 p.m.
Jacksonville State/Samford winner at No. 6 McNeese State, 6 p.m.
Fordam/Sacred Heart winner at No. 7 Towson, 12 p.m.
Butler/Tennessee State winner at No. 2 Eastern Illinois, 1 p.m.