With the announcement of the pairings for the 2013 NCAA Basketball Championship, eight schools will be trying to complete a rather unique double in college sports.
Five schools in this year’s 68-team field have won national titles in football at the Football Bowl Subdivision level as recognized by the major polls (post 1936) and are looking for their first basketball title.
Three others have won Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) playoffs, but have yet to win the national title in basketball.
In all, seven teams in this year’s NCAA tourney have completed the double.
Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Syracuse, and UCLA have completed the double with No. 1 finishes in the football polls and a basketball title.
Villanova won the 2009 FCS playoffs to go with the basketball championship it won in 1985.
Here is a list of the candidates for this season.