For the first time since the 2016 season, Kennesaw State will not be competing in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
After the Owls dropped their season finale to Monmouth on April 10, coach Brian Bohannon said he felt like the season was over.
When the NCAA had its FCS selection show Sunday, he was proven correct.
In fact, Kennesaw State was not even one of the final teams considered for the condensed 16-team bracket.
The Owls were mentioned on the selection show, but when selection committee chair Kyle Moats — the athletic director at Missouri State — was asked why they were passed over, he said the teams that made it, as well as those who were the first ones out, had better strength of schedules and better wins than Kennesaw State.
East Tennessee State, Murray State, Southeastern Louisiana and Samford were the first four out, while Missouri State — coached by former Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino — and Southern Illinois were the last two teams in.
Only four teams were seeded, and all 16 teams will open the playoffs next week. All games will be shown or streamed on the ESPN family of networks.
The matchups in the top half of the bracket feature Holy Cross at No. 1 seed South Dakota State, Southern Illinois at Weber State, Sacred Hart at Delaware and Davidson at No. 4 seed Jacksonville State.
The bottom half of the bracket features VMI at No. 3 seed James Madison, Missouri State at North Dakota, Eastern Washington at North Dakota State and Big South champion Monmouth at No. 2 seed Sam Houston State.