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FCS playoffs 2012 bracket: Rematch set for 2012 title game

The North Dakota State Bison and Sam Houston State Bearkats will meet next month in the 2012 NCAA FCS title game -- a rematch of last year's championship, which was won by the Bison.

Bob Levey

The 2012 NCAA FCS Championship game is set and it looks a lot like the 2011 title game. A day after the Georgia Southern Eagles were sent home by the North Dakota State Bison for the second straight season, the Sam Houston State Bearkats also punched their ticket to the title game by beating the Eastern Washington Eagles, 45-42, on Saturday.

The title game is a straight-up rematch of the 2011 championship, which saw the Bison defense stymie Sam Houston State en route to a 17-6 win. This season's game will be held on January 5, 2013, in Frisco, Texas at FC Dallas Stadium (formerly Pizza Hut Park), the third straight year it's been held in Frisco. Television coverage will be on ESPN2.

The rematch almost didn't happen, as both games ended up being nail-biters in the second half. Sam Houston State led 35-0 at halftime before being outscored 42-10 in the second half. The Bison gutted out a 23-20 victory, but only after Georgia Southern trotted out a member of the school's soccer team, whose game-tying field goal attempt in the final seconds was blocked.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.