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Playoff bound: YSU Penguins to play Samford Saturday

Youngstown State Penguins (8-3) will play Samford (7-4).

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN/AP) - Youngstown State University has made it to the football playoffs for the first time since 2006.

The Youngstown State Penguins (8-3) will host Samford (7-4) Saturday at 5 p.m. in the first round of the FCS playoffs. The game will air live on ESPN3.

Five-time defending national champion North Dakota State is the No. 1 seed in the FCS playoffs.

The NCAA announced the 24-team playoff field on Sunday. The top eight seeds receive first-round byes and host second-round games. Joining the Bison in the top four are Eastern Washington at No. 2, Jacksonville State, last season's runner-up, at No. 3 and James Madison at No. 4.

No. 5 Sam Houston State, No. 6 The Citadel, No. 7 North Dakota and No. 8 South Dakota State also have first-round byes.

The Penguins were one of four Missouri Valley Football Conference teams selected. The other three teams from the conference to qualify for the playoffs were South Dakota State, North Dakota State and Illinois State.

Ticket Information

Tickets office and phone sales for the general public start at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Prices for the game are as follows: Reserved Seats - $15 advanced/$18 game day

The ticket office is open this week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The ticket office will not be open on Thanksgiving, but on-line sales are available that day. On Saturday, the ticket office opens at 9 a.m.

FIRST-ROUND GAMES

November 26 at San Luis Obispo, California, 7 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

San Diego (9-1) at Cal Poly (7-4)

November 26 at Villanova, Pennsylvania, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Sant Francis (Pa.) (7-4) at Villanova (8-3)

November 26 at Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Weber St. (7-4) at Chattanooga (8-3)

November 26 at Durham, New Hampshire, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Lehigh (9-2) at New Hampshire (7-4)

November 26 at Youngstown, Ohio, 5 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3) Samford (7-4) at Youngstown St. (8-3)

November 26 at Spartanburg, South Carolina, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Charleston So. (7-3) at Wofford (8-3)

November 26 at Richmond, Virginia, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

N.C. A&T (9-2) at Richmond (8-3)

November 26 at Conway, Arkansas, 3 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Illinois St. (6-5) at Central Ark. (9-2)

SECOND-ROUND GAMES

December 3 at Fargo, North Dakota, 3:30 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

San Diego/Cal Poly winner at #1 North Dakota St. (10-1)

December 3 at Brookings, South Dakota, 3 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Sant Francis (PA)/Villanova winner at #8 South Dakota St. (8-3)

December 3 at Huntsville, Texas, 3 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Weber St./Chattanooga winner at #5 Sam Houston St. (11-0)

­­December 3 at Harrisonburg, Virginia, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Lehigh/New Hampshire winner at #4 James Madison (10-1)

December 3 at Jacksonville, Alabama, 2 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3) Samford/Youngstown St. winner at #3 Jacksonville St. (10-1)

December 3 at Charleston, South Carolina, 6 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Charleston So./Wofford winner at #6 The Citadel (10-1)

December 3 at Grand Forks, North Dakota, 6 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

N.C. A&T/Richmond winner at #7 North Dakota (9-2)

December 3 at Cheney, Washington 4 p.m. (ET) (ESPN3)

Illinois St./Central Ark. winner at #2 Eastern Wash. (10-1)


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