Florida A&M Rattlers football team have won the general offer to participate in the 2021 FCS Football Playoffs.
When the FCS Playoff Committee decided to expand a spot at FAMU, it was the culmination of an outstanding 8-2 season for Coach Simmons’ team.
The Rattlers fought, lobbied and won one of 13 all-around offers in the 24-team field due to a strong 8-2 record and extremely tenacious defense.
Coach Simmons’ offense has improved over the season and is ranked No. 45 in total offense (380.7 yards / gm) in the FCS.
The most convincing factor was the performance of FAMU’s defense. After 11 games, the Rattlers are the highest ranked defense in the FCS.
Former Florida A&M Head Coach Rudy Hubbard fielded the first HBCU team to win an FCS National Championship in 1978. The City of Tallahassee recently honored Coach Hubbard with a Key to the City.
The current FAMU team will be looking to win their second national championship via the road. The Southeast Louisiana Lions (8-3) will host Florida A&M (9-2) in Hammond, La. At Strawberry Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 6:00 p.m. CT.
The two programs have never faced each other on the football field.
NUMBER 1 vs NUMBER 1
The first round of the playoffs will pit SLU’s No.1 ranked offense against Florida A&M’s No.1 ranked defense.
The Rattlers defense will face SLU quarterback Cole Kelley. The senior dual threat signalman won the Stats Perform FCS Walter Payton 2020-21 award. He completed 339 passes for 4,382 yards, 38 assists and 16 touchdowns this season.
FAMU has two weeks to prepare for the high-powered SLU offense in its eighth playoff appearance – the first since 2001 in the MEAC. Florida A&M is the first SWAC team to make the playoffs since Jackson State entered the field in 1997.
The FAMU vs SLU winner will face No. 3 seed James Madison (10-1) at 1:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 4 in Harrisonburg, Va.