Nicholls has added one FBS and one FCS opponent to its future schedules according to FBSchedules.
The first opponent is North Alabama for a contest on Saturday, September 25, 2021 with the Colonels hosting. The two teams met in four consecutive seasons from 1973 through 1976 with UNA taking three of the four contests.
North Alabama will receive a $90,000 guarantee according to the contract. 2021 will mark the final season of North Alabama’s transition from Division II to the Division I FCS level.
The second opponent added was Troy. The two teams are scheduled to meet on Saturday, August 30, 2025 with Nicholls receiving a guarantee of $350,000. Troy holds a 20-6-1 edge in the series (page 183).
(Nicholls shows a record of 7-19-1 against Troy on its website but shows a 6-20-1 record in its media guide on page 53. This is likely due to the 1978 game they have counted as a 16-6 win instead of as a loss on the website).
Troy has FCS opponents Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2020), Southern (2021), Alabama A&M (2022), Stephen F. Austin (2023), and Florida A&M (2024) on its future schedules. The latter three were all scheduled in the last two months.
Nicholls will play FBS foes LSU (2020), Memphis (2021), Louisiana (2021), South Alabama (2022), TCU (2023), and Texas State (2025) in the future as of this writing.
North Alabama tentatively starts the 2020 season on Thursday, September 3 at Western Illinois. Troy welcomes FCS opponent Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, September 5 while Nicholls will take on Mississippi Valley State at home on the same day.