The countdown is on to the kickoff of the
FCS season when four games open the slate on Saturday, August 26. Texas Southern and Florida A&M will kick off the season with an early game Saturday, followed by clashes between Portland State and BYU, Chattanooga and Jacksonville State, and Colgate and Cal Poly. Richmond and Sam Houston State were set kick off on Sunday, but the game was postponed due to Hurricane Harvey.
To help prepare you for the upcoming season, check out all the coverage we have on the year ahead:
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HERO Sports FCS Preseason All-America Team 2017
These FCS players didn't just get on the field or play a role in 2016, they were national standouts. And … they're back.
2017 Preseason Rankings Explained
Jim and Colt break down the 2017 Preseason FCS Rankings, and how they are calculated.
Conference by Conference previews
Duquesne looks to be the team to beat, but what about 2016 upstarts Saint Francis, Wagner and Bryant?
Patriot League: 2017 Patriot League Looks Like a Brawl To Be
Lehigh is as loaded as any team in the nation, offensively, but Fordham and Colgate are formidable, too.
PODCAST: NEC/Patriot League Conference Previews
Big South: 2017 Big South Seems Like A Toss Up
Charleston Southern has dominated the Big South for two years, but will this year be different?
The Citadel will face a serious challenge from Wofford, Samford and others as it attempts to repeat.
Ohio Valley: Could The OVC Have Multiple Playoff Teams?
Jacksonville State looks like the clear favorite again, but keep an eye on UT-Martin and Tennessee State, too.
Southland: Sam Houston State Once Again Sits Atop Southland
Bearkats look loaded for 2017, can McNeese and Central Arkansas and the rest of the league knock them off?
Pioneer League: 2017 Pioneer League Hopes to Continue Upward Trend
San Diego dominated conference play last season, but will they get challenged in 2017?
Missouri Valley: 2017 MVFC Still Sits Atop the FCS
The Valley once again has teams all over the preseason Top 25 polls.
Big Sky: 2017: Big Sky is as Unpredictable as Ever
The conference of 13 teams will once again be one of the wildest chases to a league title.
CAA: Can A CAA Program Knock James Madison Off?
The CAA is one of the toughest conferences in the FCS, so the defending national champs will be challenged.
SWAC: Publishing Soon
MEAC: Publishing Soon
Predicting Every 2017 Conference Champion in the FCS
These teams look to take care of business in the regular season and bring home some hardware.
Players to Watch
Top Returning Quarterbacks in Each FCS Conference
The national championship-contending teams all return their star QBs.
READ MORE Top Returning Running Backs in Each FCS Conference
Every team needs a reliable guy in the backfield, and that's exactly what these teams are getting in 2017.
READ MORE Top Returning Wide Receiver in Each FCS Conference
With so many great quarterbacks returning, they need somebody to throw the ball to, right? Here are those playmakers who cause headaches for secondaries.
READ MORE Top Returning Tight End in Each FCS Conference
A combination of blockers and pass catchers has these guys a valuable member of their offenses.
READ MORE Top Returning Offensive Lineman in Each FCS Conference
The big boys in the trenches are where postseason games are won.
READ MORE Top Returning Linebacker in Each FCS Conference
These versatile players bring a steady presence for their defensive units.
READ MORE Top Returning Defensive Lineman in Each FCS Conference
A nightmare for any offensive lineman and backfield return for the 2017 FCS season.
NFL Draft Watch
Top 2018 NFL Draft Prospects In The FCS
These 2018 FCS pro prospects are already on the radar screen, and will trend upwards for the next year.
READ MORE Top 2019 NFL Draft Prospects In The FCS
These 2019 FCS pro prospects are catching the eyes of NFL scouts a couple of seasons away from their draft year.
FCS PODCAST: Top 2018 NFL Draft Prospects and 2019 Prospects to Watch
Top 30 FCS Recruit Commitments For 2018
There have been some impressive early commitments in the FCS ranks, and we'll take a look at them.