2024 NCAA Division I FCS season
Regular season
Number of teams129
DurationAugust 24 – December 7
Playoff
DurationNovember 30 – December 21
Championship date2025 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game
Championship siteToyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
NCAA Division I FCS football seasons
 

The 2024 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, is organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The regular season begins on August 24 and ends in November. The postseason begins in November and, aside from any all-star games that are scheduled, will end on January 6, 2025, with the 2025 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.[1]

Notable headlines


Conference changes and new programs

School 2023 conference 2024 conference Ref
Bryant Bulldogs Big South–OVC CAA [4]
Kennesaw State Owls FCS Independent CUSA (FBS) [5]
Mercyhurst Lakers PSAC (D-II) NEC [6]
Merrimack Warriors NEC FCS Independent [7]
Robert Morris Colonials Big South–OVC NEC [8]
Sacred Heart Pioneers NEC FCS Independent [9]
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks UAC Southland [10]
West Georgia Wolves Gulf South (D-II) UAC [11][12][13][14]
Western Illinois Leathernecks MVFC Big South–OVC [15]

Conference standings

2024 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Cal Poly   0 0     0 0  
Eastern Washington   0 0     0 0  
Idaho   0 0     0 0  
Idaho State   0 0     0 0  
Montana   0 0     0 0  
Montana State   0 0     0 0  
Northern Arizona   0 0     0 0  
Northern Colorado   0 0     0 0  
Portland State   0 0     0 0  
Sacramento State   0 0     0 0  
UC Davis   0 0     0 0  
Weber State   0 0     0 0  
Rankings from STATS Poll
2024 Big South–OVC football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Charleston Southern   0 0     0 0  
Eastern Illinois   0 0     0 0  
Gardner–Webb   0 0     0 0  
Lindenwood*   0 0     0 0  
Southeast Missouri State   0 0     0 0  
Tennessee State   0 0     0 0  
Tennessee Tech   0 0     0 0  
UT Martin   0 0     0 0  
Western Illinois   0 0     0 0  
  • Note: Lindenwood ineligible for Big South–OVC title and FCS postseason play due to transition from NCAA Division II.
Rankings from STATS Poll
2024 Coastal Athletic Association Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Albany   0 0     0 0  
Bryant   0 0     0 0  
Campbell   0 0     0 0  
Delaware*   0 0     0 0  
Elon   0 0     0 0  
Hampton   0 0     0 0  
Maine   0 0     0 0  
Monmouth   0 0     0 0  
New Hampshire   0 0     0 0  
North Carolina A&T   0 0     0 0  
Rhode Island   0 0     0 0  
Richmond   0 0     0 0  
Stony Brook   0 0     0 0  
Towson   0 0     0 0  
Villanova   0 0     0 0  
William & Mary   0 0     0 0  
* Delaware ineligible for 2024 FCS playoffs due to transition to the FBS
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
As of June 28, 2024
Rankings from STATS Poll
2024 Ivy League football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Brown   0 0     0 0  
Columbia   0 0     0 0  
Cornell   0 0     0 0  
Dartmouth   0 0     0 0  
Harvard   0 0     0 0  
Penn   0 0     0 0  
Princeton   0 0     0 0  
Yale   0 0     0 0  
Rankings from STATS Poll
2024 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Delaware State   0 0     0 0  
Howard   0 0     0 0  
Morgan State   0 0     0 0  
North Carolina Central   0 0     0 0  
Norfolk State   0 0     0 0  
South Carolina State   0 0     0 0  
Rankings from STATS Poll
2024 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Illinois State   0 0     0 0  
Indiana State   0 0     0 0  
Missouri State*   0 0     0 0  
Murray State   0 0     0 0  
North Dakota   0 0     0 0  
North Dakota State   0 0     0 0  
Northern Iowa   0 0     0 0  
South Dakota   0 0     0 0  
South Dakota State   0 0     0 0  
Southern Illinois   0 0     0 0  
Youngstown State   0 0     0 0  
* Ineligible for 2024 FCS playoffs due to transition to the FBS
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
As of June 28, 2024
Rankings from STATS Poll
2024 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Central Connecticut   0 0     0 0  
Duquesne   0 0     0 0  
LIU   0 0     0 0  
Mercyhurst *   0 0     0 0  
Robert Morris   0 0     0 0  
Saint Francis (PA)   0 0     0 0  
Stonehill *   0 0     0 0  
Wagner   0 0     0 0  
  • * – Stonehill and Mercyhurst are ineligible for NEC title and FCS postseason play due to transition from NCAA Division II.
Rankings from STATS Poll
2024 Patriot League football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Bucknell   0 0     0 0  
Colgate   0 0     0 0  
Fordham   0 0     0 0  
Georgetown   0 0     0 0  
Holy Cross   0 0     0 0  
Lafayette   0 0     0 0  
Lehigh   0 0     0 0  
Rankings from STATS Poll
2024 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Butler   0 0     0 0  
Davidson   0 0     0 0  
Dayton   0 0     0 0  
Drake   0 0     0 0  
Marist   0 0     0 0  
Morehead State   0 0     0 0  
Presbyterian   0 0     0 0  
San Diego   0 0     0 0  
St. Thomas (MN) *   0 0     0 0  
Stetson   0 0     0 0  
Valparaiso   0 0     0 0  
  • * – St. Thomas (MN) ineligible for FCS postseason play due to transition from NCAA Division III
Rankings from STATS Poll
2024 Southern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Chattanooga   0 0     0 0  
East Tennessee State   0 0     0 0  
Furman   0 0     0 0  
Mercer   0 0     0 0  
Samford   0 0     0 0  
The Citadel   0 0     0 0  
VMI   0 0     0 0  
Western Carolina   0 0     0 0  
Wofford   0 0     0 0  
Rankings from STATS Poll
2024 Southland Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Houston Christian   0 0     0 0  
Incarnate Word   0 0     0 0  
Lamar   0 0     0 0  
McNeese   0 0     0 0  
Nicholls   0 0     0 0  
Northwestern State   0 0     0 0  
Southeastern Louisiana   0 0     0 0  
Stephen F. Austin   0 0     0 0  
Texas A&M–Commerce *   0 0     0 0  
  • * – Texas A&M–Commerce ineligible for FCS postseason play due to transition from NCAA Division II.
Rankings from STATS Poll
2024 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
Alabama A&M   0 0     0 0  
Alabama State   0 0     0 0  
Bethune–Cookman   0 0     0 0  
Florida A&M   0 0     0 0  
Jackson State   0 0     0 0  
Mississippi Valley State   0 0     0 0  
West Division
Alcorn State   0 0     0 0  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   0 0     0 0  
Grambling State   0 0     0 0  
Prairie View A&M   0 0     0 0  
Southern   0 0     0 0  
Texas Southern   0 0     0 0  
Rankings from STATS Poll
2024 United Athletic Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Abilene Christian   0 0     0 0  
Austin Peay   0 0     0 0  
Central Arkansas   0 0     0 0  
Eastern Kentucky   0 0     0 0  
North Alabama   0 0     0 0  
Southern Utah   0 0     0 0  
Tarleton State   0 0     0 0  
Utah Tech   0 0     0 0  
West Georgia*   0 0     0 0  
  • Note: West Georgia is ineligible for the UAC title and FCS postseason play due to transition from NCAA Division II.
Rankings from STATS Poll
2024 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Merrimack   0 0     0 0  
Sacred Heart   0 0     0 0  
Rankings from AP Poll


Postseason

The FCS will again feature a 24-team postseason bracket: 10 teams decided via automatic bids issued to conference champions, and 14 at-large bids (see above). Where previously the top eight teams were seeded, the top sixteen teams will be seeded this year, a new change from the 2023 season.[2]

Bowl game

Date Time (EST) Game Site Television Teams Affiliations Results
Dec. 14 TBD Celebration Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
USA: ABC
Canada: TSN
TBD
TBD
SWAC
MEAC


Rankings

Main article: 2024 NCAA Division I FCS football rankings

The top 25 from the Stats Perform and USA Today Coaches Polls.


Kickoff games

The regular season will begin on Saturday, August 24 with four games in Week 0:



Coaching changes

Preseason and in-season

This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2024, and will include any changes announced after a team's last regularly scheduled games but before its playoff games. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2024, see 2023 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement

End of season

This list includes coaching changes announced during the season that did not take effect until the end of the season.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement

See also

References

  1. ^ "FCS Championship: Future dates and sites". NCAA.com. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
  2. ^ a b Herder, Sam (April 25, 2024). "Seeded Teams In 24-Team FCS Playoff Bracket Increases From 8 To 16". HeroSports.com. Retrieved May 9, 2024.
  3. ^ "SFA Athletics Accepts Invitation to Join Southland Conference in 2024-25" (Press release). Southland Conference. May 29, 2024. Retrieved May 29, 2024.
  4. ^ "Coastal Athletic Association adding Bryant University in '24". ESPN.com. August 10, 2023.
  5. ^ "Kennesaw State to join Conference USA in July 2024". ESPN.com. October 14, 2022.
  6. ^ "Mercyhurst University marks new era in athletics with move to Division I". hurstathletics.com. Mercyhurst University. April 4, 2024.
  7. ^ "Merrimack College Accepts Invitation to Join Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference". merrimack.edu. Merrimack College. October 23, 2023.
  8. ^ "RMU Football to Rejoin Northeast Conference for 2024 Season". rmucolonials.com. Robert Morris University. November 28, 2023.
  9. ^ "Sacred Heart University Joining the MAAC". sacredheartpioneers.com. Sacred Heart University. March 14, 2024.
  10. ^ "SFA Accepts Bid to Southland Conference for 2024-25 Season". sfajacks.com. Stephen F. Austin State University. May 29, 2024.
  11. ^ "UWG, United Athletic Conference Reveal 2024 Conference Football Slate". uwgathletics.com. University of West Georgia. November 14, 2023. Retrieved May 30, 2024.
  12. ^ "UWG Athletics to Transition to NCAA Division I". westga.edu. Retrieved May 30, 2024.
  13. ^ "UAC Welcomes West Georgia as its 11th Member". uacfootball.com. United Athletic Conference. August 8, 2023. Retrieved May 30, 2024.
  14. ^ "University of West Georgia Announces Move to NCAA Division I". SI.com. September 8, 2023.
  15. ^ "Western Illinois University to Join the OVC in 2023-24". ovcsports.com. December 5, 2023.