The more, the merrier.
The expansion of the FCS playoffs to 24 teams in 2013 has allowed most conferences to put multiple teams into the field.
Last year, eight conferences had at least two qualifiers, led by the Missouri Valley with five, CAA Football with four and the Big Sky with three.
This year, the power conferences are primed to flex their muscle a bit more, with the Missouri Valley challenging for a record six bids.
With apologies to playoff staples New Hampshire, Eastern Kentucky and, recently, Fordham, here’s a sneak preview at the 2016 playoff field (in alphabetical order):
Charleston Southern (Big South champ)
Return to conference power Liberty on Nov. 12; won there in 2014
Chattanooga (Southern champ)
Only tough non-conference game is final one: Nov. 19 at Alabama
Colgate (Patriot champ)
Toughest league games on the road: Lehigh (Oct. 8) and Fordham (Nov. 5)
Dayton (Pioneer champ)
Difficult road schedule includes Duquesne, San Diego and Jacksonville
Duquesne (Northeast champ)
Last time we saw QB Dillon Buechel, he was throwing six touchdowns in FCS playoff game
Eastern Washington (Big Sky champ)
High expectations and talent, but replacing entire starting offensive line a recipe for disaster
Illinois State (at-large bid)
First regular-season game against North Dakota State since 2013 takes place in Fargodome on Oct. 1
Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley champ)
Beefed-up non-conference schedule will pay off in conference play
James Madison (at-large bid)
Easiest road game is at Maine, and that isn’t
McNeese State (at-large bid)
Will likely have to win at Sam Houston State (Nov. 5) to repeat as Southland champ
Montana (at-large bid)
Open Big Sky play at Cal Poly (Sept. 24), which has won the last two meetings
North Dakota (at-large bid)
Fighting Hawks are probably still talking about being left out of last year’s playoff field
North Dakota State (Missouri Valley champ)
Bison have skipped the non-conference cupcakes to try to tackle Charleston Southern, Eastern Washington and Iowa (in Iowa City).
Northern Iowa (at-large bid)
Panthers not far behind NDSU in toughness of non-conference start: at Iowa State, Montana and at Eastern Washington
Portland State (at-large bid)
Not as strong as last season, Vikings probably need to beat an FBS opponent again (they face San Jose State and Washington)
Richmond (CAA champ)
Difficult November finish awaits: James Madison, Delaware and at William & Mary
Sam Houston State (Southland champ)
All that remains is winning a national title, right?
South Dakota State (at-large bid)
Jackrabbits face TCU, North Dakota State, Illinois State and Northern Iowa on the road
The Citadel (at-large bid)
This year, Bulldogs host the other reigning SoCon champ, Chattanooga, on Oct. 15 and also will travel to Chapel Hill to take on reigning ACC Coastal champ North Carolina
Towson (at-large bid)
Just like North Dakota, CAA squad was one of the last teams left out of the 2015 playoff field
Villanova (at-large bid)
Head coach Andy Talley’s swan song surely deserves to wrap up in the playoffs
Western Illinois (at-large bid)
A 6-5 record got Leathernecks in playoffs last season; new coach Charlie Fisher expects even better mark
William & Mary (at-large bid)
Tribe have excellent offense and special teams, need quick rebuild on defense
Youngstown State (at-large bid)
Last year’s five Missouri Valley playoff qualifiers on this list; will Penguins make it a record six bids?
— Written by Craig Haley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Haley has covered the FCS level since 1999 and is the national writer for www.fcs.football. He appears frequently on radio shows and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter @CraigHaley.
(Top photo by William & Mary Athletics)