The NCAA Division II Football Committee announced Sunday the field of 28 teams for the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Championship.
Twelve first-round games will be conducted on the campus of one of the competing institutions. In addition, one team per super regional has earned a first-round bye. The first-round winners will all advance to the second round with games on the campus of one of the competing institutions. Second-round winners will meet in the quarterfinals at various campus sites. Quarterfinal winners will advance to play in the semifinals on the campus of one of the competing institutions. Seven teams selected per super regional make up the field of 28 teams.
CIAA members Virginia State (9-0) and Bowie State (9-1) were among the 28 teams selected and will both host first round games to be played on Nov 18.
The Trojans, who received a No. 2 seed, will face No. 7 West Georgia (8-3). No. 4 Bowie State will face No. 5 Delta State (8-3).
SIAC football champion Tuskegee did not receive a bid to participate in the tournament. The Tigers end the season with a record of 9-2.