Important Dates to Know in 2021 FCS Season
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Important Dates to Know in 2021 FCS Season

All 128 FCS programs will be back in action this fall after only about 70 percent of them participated last season due to the pandemic.

Here are important dates to know with the 2021 FCS college football season (subject to change):

FCS Media Day Releases (preseason poll and team unless noted)

July 15 Southland Conference (preseason team)

July 19 – Ohio Valley Conference

July 20 Southwestern Athletic Conference

July 22 – Southland Conference (preseason poll)

July 26 – Big Sky Conference, Southern Conference

July 27 – AQ7 (ASUN-WAC Challenge), Big South Conference, CAA Football, Missouri Valley Football Conference, Patriot League, Pioneer Football League (preseason poll)

July 28 – Pioneer Football League (preseason team)

July 30 – Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Aug. 3 – Northeast Conference

Aug 16 Ivy League

Stats Perform Preseason Honors

Aug. 2 – Preseason All-America Team

Aug. 4 – Walter Payton Award Watch List

Aug. 5 – Buck Buchanan Award Watch List

Aug. 9 – Preseason FCS Top 25

The Analyst FCS Conference Previews

Aug. 11 – Big Sky Conference

Aug. 12 – Southland Conference

Aug. 13 – Ohio Valley Conference

Aug. 16 – Southwestern Athletic Conference

Aug. 17 – Pioneer Football League

Aug. 18 – Missouri Valley Football Conference

Aug. 19 – Big South Conference

Aug. 20 – WAC-ASUN Challenge

Aug. 23 – Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Aug. 24 – Northeast Conference

Aug. 25 – Southern Conference

Aug. 26 – CAA Football

Aug. 27 – Patriot League

Aug. 30 – Ivy League

In-Season Dates

Aug. 28 – MEAC-SWAC Challenge (North Carolina Central vs. Alcorn State) and Week 0 openers

Sept. 1 – Montgomery Kickoff (Jacksonville State vs. UAB)

Sept. 2 – Traditional opening night of college football

Sept. 6 – First in-season Stats Perform FCS Top 25 and national players of the week

Nov. 21 – FCS playoff field (24 schools) announced

Nov. 27 – FCS playoff first round

Dec. 4 – FCS playoff second round and SWAC Championship Game

Dec. 7 – Top 3 voter-getters invited to Walter Payton Award announcement

Dec. 8 – Top 3 voter-getters invited to Buck Buchanan Award announcement

Dec. 10-11 – FCS playoff quarterfinals

Dec. 13 – Jerry Rice Award announcement

Dec. 14 – Eddie Robinson Award announcement

Dec. 15 – Doris Robinson Award announcement

Dec. 17-18 – FCS playoff semifinals

Dec. 18 – Celebration Bowl

Dec. 20 – Stats Perform All-America Team

Jan. 7 Walter Payton and Buck Buchanan Award announcements

Jan. 8 FCS Championship Game, Frisco, Texas

Jan. 10 – Final Stats Perform FCS Top 25