JSU awaits Kennesaw-Samford winner

The Jacksonville State football team received the No. 3 National Seed in the NCAA Division I Football Playoffs and will host either Samford or Kennesaw State on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m.

Fresh off a 36-6 win over Tennessee State that sealed the Gamecocks’ fourth-straight outright Ohio Valley Conference Championship, the team and its fans gathered in JSU Stadium to learn their playoff fate on Sunday morning’s NCAA FCS Selection Show.

JSU earned a bye in the 24-team field for the fifth-straight year and the No. 3 National Seed. Samford will travel to Kennesaw State on Nov. 25, with the winner visiting Jacksonville for the second-round matchup.

The Gamecocks (10-1, 8-0 OVC) became just the fourth team to win four-straight OVC titles and the first since since Eastern Kentucky won four from 1981-84 and became the first to go four-straight seasons with perfect conference records in OVC play. Their 32nd consecutive conference win on Thursday extended the longest active conference winning streak in Division I and teh second-longest in FCS history.

As long as the Gamecocks advance, the No. 3 seed guarantees JSU will be in the friendly confines of Burgess-Snow Field for at least the second round and the quarterfinals. The only scenario that would have JSU leave home before the National Championship Game would be if No. 2 North Dakota State is still alive in the field during the semifinal round. The FCS Title will be decided in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. CT.

Defending champion James Madison earned the No. 1 overall seed, while Central Arkansas is fourth. The No. 5 seed is South Dakota State, Sam Houston State is No. 6 and Wofford is No. 7. Southern Utah rounds out the eight national seeds at No. 8.

Online tickets will go on sale at 2 p.m. on Sunday at www.JSUGamecockSports.com/Tickets. The Ticket Office in Kennamer Hall will open at 9 a.m. on Monday and will remain available until game day. General admission tickets can be purchased online in advance for $15 or in person or on game day for $20. Stadium Club season ticket holders can purchase their seats for the playoffs for $60 per game and have until noon on Tuesday, Nov. 28 to do so. Non-season ticket holders can purchase Stadium Club seats for $75 per game.

Jacksonville State University students may receive one Student Ticket at no cost by logging into their myJSU account and going to the University Tickets link. There, each student can order one ticket at no cost. If they wish to order additional tickets they will need to login through the general public button instead of the student button. NO STUDENT TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GATES!

IMPORTANT DATES:

Sunday, November 19 - Online Tickets go on sale at 2 p.m.

Monday, November 20 - JSU Ticket Office will open at 9 a.m.

Saturday, November 25 - First Round (Top 8 teams receive a bye)

Saturday, December 2 - Second Round

Friday, December 8, Saturday, December 9 - NCAA Quarterfinals

Friday, December 15, Saturday, December 16 - NCAA Semifinals

Saturday, January 6 - FCS National Championship at 11 a.m. CT in Frisco, Texas

NCAA PLAYOFF TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are $15 for general admission online and $75 for Stadium Club Level seats. General admission tickets can also be purchased in-person at the JSU Athletic Ticket Office for $20, which is the same price as tickets at the gate on game day. Current Club Level season ticket holders can purchase their regular-season seats for $60 each by noon on Tuesday, Nov. 28th. All tickets are on-sale at the JSU Athletic Ticket Office or online at JSUGamecockSports.com, and the JSU Athletic Ticket Office will have extended hours this week.

CLUB LEVEL SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

All Club Level Members will have to purchase a playoff game ticket for each respective playoff game for $60 each. Club Level season ticket holders will be able to purchase their regular-season seats for all playoff games hosted in JSU Stadium until TUESDAY, November 28th at noon. After 12 p.m. on November 28th, all seats will be released to the general public for purchase. For each game, the deadline will be noon on the Tuesday before the game.

Season ticket holders can call the athletic ticket office at 256-782-8499 or stop by Kennamer Hall, room 121, during the following hours:

TICKET OFFICE HOURS

Monday, Nov. 20 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 21 - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 22 - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 27 - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 28 - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 29 - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 30 - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1 - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

STADIUM SUITE INFORMATION

All suite holders and guests will have to purchase a playoff game ticket for each respective round of the home playoff game for $60 per person. The DEADLINE to reserve your SUITE for the playoff game is noon on WEDNESDAY, November 29th. We will coordinate payment with one point of contact from each suite.

GENERAL PUBLIC

General admission tickets are available on-line for $15 each, while Stadium Club Level reserved seats are available for $75 each for the FCS Playoff game.

All tickets are available for purchase on JSUGamecockSports.com beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 19th. Fans may begin calling and stopping by the Kennamer Hall Athletic Ticket Office on Monday, November 20th at 9:00 a.m.

STUDENT TICKETS

Jacksonville State University students may receive one Student Ticket at no cost by logging into their myJSU account and going to the University Tickets link. There, each student can order one ticket at no cost. If they wish to order additional tickets they will need to login through the general public button instead of the student button. NO STUDENT TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GATES!