NEC Football Champion Wagner Earns NCAA FCS Playoff Home Game, Patriot League Winner Colgate Headed to Grymes Hill

Wagner’s road to Frisco will begin right on Grymes Hill against a fellow Empire State inhabitant. 

When the 2012 NCAA FCS playoff bracket was unveiled during a Selection Show on ESPNU, the NEC champion Seahawks learned they would be hosting Patriot League champion Colgate in a first round affair on Saturday, November 24.  The game will air live on ESPN3.

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Fresh off its first-ever NEC title, Wagner (8-3, 7-1) is the lone first-time qualifier in the 20-team national championship field.  The Seahawks clinched the NEC’s automatic bid when they outlasted Duquesne, 23-17, on Saturday, November 17.

Albany (9-2, 7-1) earned a share of the title alongside Wagner, but the Seahawks held the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Danes thanks to a 30-0 Week 10 win in Albany.

The Great Danes did not receive an at-large berth into the field and will see its season come to a close.  The Danes, who have tied Robert Morris with a NEC-record sixth conference crown, had notable non-conference wins over Colgate and then-No. 23 Maine. 

Read the NCAA.com Press Release Here

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