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FCS playoff bracket 2012: Montana State earns No. 3 seed, Eastern Washington No. 2

The Big Sky placed three teams in the 2012 FCS bracket, including the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds.


The bracket is set for the 2012 FCS playoffs, and a total of three teams from the Big Sky earned postseason bids this year. It's the final season for the 20-team field, with 10 schools getting automatic berths.

Montana State, the No. 2 team in the country in both polls, earned the No. 3 overall seed. The Bobcats finished the year 10-1, capping the regular season with an impressive 16-7 win over Montana on Saturday. Rob Ash set a school record for wins this season, but the quest for the real prize now begins as the No. 3 seed. The Bobcats will have a bye next before getting the winner of the game between Villanova and Stony Brook. They will make their 2012 postseason debut on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. ET.

Eastern Washington was the lone team to beat Montana State, and the Eagles locked up the automatic bid for the Big Sky. They also earned the highest seed out of the conference, edging out Montana State for the No. 2 seed. The Eagles will face the winner of the Colgate-Wagner game in two weeks. Joining Montana State and Eastern Washington out of the Big Sky is Cal Poly, who plays Sam Houston State on Dec. 1.

As expected, North Dakota State earned the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. The defending FCS champions finished the season 10-1 and ranked as the No. 1 team in the country. Here are the top five seeds in the bracket:

1. North Dakota State
2. Eastern Washington
3. Montana State
4. Old Dominion
5. Georgia Southern