FCS teams in mix for fall nonconference games
Less than 13% of FCS teams will play nonconference games or are exploring them for the fall semester.
(Stats Perform) -- A small number of FCS nonconference games, including some against FBS programs, are scheduled to be played in the fall season after all 13 conferences postponed their league competition due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
All 127 FCS programs hope to play the majority of their schedule during the spring semester, but 17 programs -- less than 13% -- will play nonconference games or are exploring them for the fall semester. Austin Peay and Central Arkansas are scheduled to meet in college football's first game Aug. 29 in the FCS Kickoff in Montgomery, Ala.
While the fall nonconference schedule is evolving, most FCS games would be played in September.
Here are the schools in the mix:
Big South Conference
- Campbell: Georgia Southern (Sept. 12), Appalachian State (Sept. 26)
- Gardner-Webb: at Western Carolina (Sept. 19)
- North Alabama: at Chattanooga (Sept. 19), at BYU (Nov. 21), Jacksonville State (likely in October)
Missouri Valley Football Conference
- Missouri State: at Oklahoma (Sept. 12), at Central Arkansas (Sept. 26), Central Arkansas (Oct. 17)
- Western Illinois: No announced games, but nonconference being explored
Ohio Valley Conference
- Austin Peay: Central Arkansas in Montgomery, Ala. (Aug. 29), at Cincinnati (Sept. 19)
- Eastern Kentucky: Western Carolina (Sept. 3), at West Virginia (Sept. 12), at Youngstown State (Sept. 19)
- Jacksonville State: No announced games, but nonconference being explored (likely at North Alabama in October)
- Chattanooga: North Alabama (Sept. 19)
- The Citadel: No announced games, but nonconference being explored (likely at Clemson on Sept. 19)
- Mercer: No announced games, but nonconference being explored
- Western Carolina: at Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 3), Gardner-Webb (Sept. 19), at Liberty (Nov. 14)
- Abilene Christian: No announced games, but nonconference being explored
- Central Arkansas: Austin Peay in Montgomery, Ala. (Aug. 29), at Arkansas State (Sept. 19), Missouri State (Sept. 26), at Missouri State (Oct. 17)
- Houston Baptist: at North Texas (Sept. 5), at Texas Tech (Sept. 12), at Louisiana Tech (Sept. 19)
- Lamar: at Rice (Sept. 26)
- Stephen F. Austin: at SMU (Sept. 26)