FCS Changes for the 2024 Season

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated as of Thursday, June 6 to include the release of the NCAA APR scores in which 7 FCS teams will have practice reductions. The 2024 FCS season is a few months away from kickoff and there are numerous changes to go along with it. As we have done … Read more

2024 SWAC ESPN Games Unveiled; William & Mary Adds Duke for 2026

The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced its ESPN lineup for the 2024 season. The SWAC will have 34 games shown on ESPN networks including a Week 0 game involving Florida A&M and Norfolk State on ABC. On September 1, ESPN will broadcast North Carolina Central versus Alabama State. The SWAC schedule ends with three nationally … Read more

Big South and Ohio Valley Conferences Alter Agreement

The Big South Conference and Ohio Valley Conference altered their football association agreement. The two conferences allow a “look-in” provision following the 2026 season that could allow the agreement to be extended four years through the 2030 season. The original agreement was set to last four years from 2023 through 2026 as the two conferences … Read more

Indiana State Schedules Two Non-FCS Opponents; Chattanooga and Portland State Schedule 2025 Contest

Indiana State has scheduled an NCAA Division II opponent for the 2025 season and an FBS foe for the 2028 season, according to FBSchedules. The Sycamores will kick off the 2025 season on Thursday, August 28 against McKendree University out of the Great Lakes Valley Conference from D-II. The two teams have never met previously … Read more

United Athletic Conference Releases Updated 2024 Schedule Amidst Busy FCS Scheduling Day

The United Athletic Conference kicked off the week by revealing its revised 2024 conference schedule following the departure of Stephen F. Austin in May. The UAC will maintain its original 8-game conference schedule and the entire slate can be found here. The UAC also noted it is currently building its 2025 schedule, which will also … Read more

Annual Fear The FCS Update: June 2024 Edition

Welcome back to the now annual update regarding Fear The FCS where we provide insights into some of the updates and enhancements to the website. The past two years of updates mainly focused on the FCS versus FBS historical database changes but there’s not much to report this year regarding the database. Instead, the last … Read more

Norfolk State and Lindenwood Add FBS Opponents for 2027; Eastern Kentucky and Dayton Schedule 2026 Game

Another day, another trio of FCS scheduling items. Lindenwood announced it will play at Minnesota on Saturday, September 18, 2027. Lindenwood now has five FBS opponents on its books with Kansas in 2024 and 2028, Miami (OH) in 2025, and Eastern Michigan in 2026. This year’s game at Kansas will be Lindenwood’s first matchup against … Read more

2024 Celebration Bowl Date Set; Multiple FCS Teams Schedule Future Games

It was another busy day of scheduling news at the FCS level with four separate news items. First, the 2024 Celebration Bowl has been set for Saturday, December 14 with kickoff at 12 PM Eastern Time. The expansion of FBS College Football Playoffs led to a changing of the bowl schedule as the Celebration Bowl … Read more

Two FCS-FBS Game Updates for 2025 and 2026; Eastern Kentucky and Chattanooga Schedule Series

Lafayette’s contest against Army scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2025 has been canceled according to the Any Given Saturday podcast. Army is still slated to play against Marist on Saturday, September 13, 2025 while Lafayette has Bowling Green scheduled for Saturday, August 30, 2025. In 2026, Idaho will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to … Read more

Seven FCS Schools Face APR Practice Reductions

The NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate (APR) on Tuesday, which measures the academic success of a school and its various athletic programs. Failure to obtain a rating over 930 can lead to penalties, such as the penalty 7 FCS member institutions face based on the APR scores from the 2019-20 academic year through the … Read more

Mercer Replacing Football Field

The Mercer Bears will be running around on a new football field this fall. The football field will be replaced and installed before the 2024 season amidst a larger facility upgrade plan by the university. Mercer plays at Five Star Stadium, which opened in 2013 and coincided with football’s return that year. The Bears played … Read more