College Football Teams Joining the FBS in 2024

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Kennesaw State quarterback Xavier Shepherd (8) runs during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Cincinnati.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jan 09, 2024, 1:21 PM

FCS teams continue to trickle up to the FBS level. In 2024, it’s Atlanta’s Kennesaw State University that will join the highest subdivision inside of Division I, playing a full schedule of FBS opponents as a transitional member of Conference USA. 

Sam Houston and Jacksonville State – also C-USA members – are completing their transition and will be fully eligible FBS members in 2025. 

James Madison is fully eligible for bowl games, conference championships, and the College Football Playoff in 2024.

Naturally, BetMGM will have college football lines for all of these teams. 

How Many FBS Teams Are There?

There are 134 Division I FBS college football programs, as of the 2024 season. 

That number includes Kennesaw State, which will play an FBS schedule in 2024. However, it does not include Delaware, which has announced its transition to FBS but will still be playing an FCS schedule in 2024.

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.