North Dakota State and Georgia Southern (now an FBS Sun Belt member) each have six FCS titles, two more than any other school in the championship’s 40-year history. NDSU will have a shot at No. 7 this year as the No. 1 overall seed in the 2018 FCS playoff bracket.
Twenty-one different schools have lifted the trophy since 1978. Here is a list of every institution to win an FCS championship, ranked in order from most titles to least.
Schools with the most NCAA FCS football championships:
|School||Number of titles||Year(s)|
|Georgia Southern||6||1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999, 2000|
|North Dakota State||6||2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017|
|Youngstown State||4||1991, 1993, 1994, 1997|
|Appalachian State||3||2005, 2006, 2007|
|Eastern Kentucky||2||1979, 1982|
|James Madison||2||2004, 2016|
5 FCS football facts worth knowing:
- Of the 21 different schools to claim at least one title, seven no longer play at the FCS level. Appalachian State, Boise State, Georgia Southern, Louisiana-Monroe, Marshall, Massachusetts and Western Kentucky are all current members of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
- Five schools have won titles in at least two consecutive seasons. North Dakota State owns the longest streak at five in a row (2011-15), followed by Appalachian State’s three straight titles from 2005-07. Georgia Southern (1985-86,1989-90, 1999-00) and Youngstown State (1993-94) are the other two schools to go back to back.
- Jim Tressel has the most championship wins among head coaches in FCS history. He was at the helm of Youngstown State for all four of their titles in the 1990s. Chris Klieman (North Dakota State), Craig Bohl (North Dakota State), Jerry Moore (Appalachian State) and Erk Russell (Georgia Southern) all won three championships as head coach.
- Georgia Southern has the most all-time championship game appearances at eight (6-2 record). Youngstown State (4-3) and Montana (2-5) have been to the finals seven times. North Dakota State follows with a perfect 6-0 record in the title game.
- Thirty-four different programs have appeared in the FCS national championship game. Only two schools — McNeese and Sam Houston State — have reached that level twice without a trophy to show for it.