FCS vs. FBS Games In 2023: Full Schedule This Season

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William & Mary offensive lineman Dan Evers (66) during an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Virginia defeated William & Mary 51-17.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jun 27, 2023, 2:14 PM
  • There are currently 118 FCS vs. FBS games in 2023.
  • Holy Cross, William & Mary, and Sacramento State can all knock off in-state foes.

Longtime readers know I love FCS football. Even more, I love the history of FCS-over-FBS upsets (#FearTheFCS) and the value of big FCS point spreads.

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Biggest FCS vs. FBS Games in 2023

I’ve taken the liberty of putting every single FCS vs. FBS game of the 2023 season in a big spreadsheet at the bottom of the page. You can check that out if you’re just here to data mine or plan college football bets.

You can also check out my updated list of FCS vs. FBS upsets, which goes all the way back to 2012 and is updated regularly. 

In the meantime, here’s a quick look at some of the biggest games on the docket for this upcoming season:

Holy Cross vs. Boston College (Week 2)

It’s the battle for Massachusetts football, and don’t be so quick to write in the big boys. Bob Chesney’s Holy Cross program has built itself into a Patriot League goliath, earning a seeded position in last year’s FCS playoffs. 

In September, the Crusaders will take aim at big brother in Boston, and Chesney’s boys likely have the grit and talent to put up a real fight. 

BC was 3-9 last year, which also doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence.

Idaho vs. Cal (Week 3)

Idaho is one of the clearest cautionary tales that college football has for blind FBS ambition. The Vandals were a hot FCS commodity that moved up to find absolute irrelevance. 

But give the head brass at Idaho a lot of credit for doing what many programs never would – admitting their mistake and moving back to the FCS, where the program can thrive once again. (Looking at you, UMass.)

Idaho has returned to its once-perennial top-10 spot in FCS football, which makes it a dangerous upstart rather than a rudderless G5 mark. That makes the Vandals a dangerous opponent for Cal, which has now posted three straight losing seasons.

Sacramento State vs. Stanford (Week 3)

Is Sac State actually the best team in northern California? We’ll get a head-to-head data point in mid-September when the reigning Big Sky champs take on slumping Stanford, which is just 14-28 over the last four seasons. 

Stanford has rarely played (and never lost to) FCS programs during David Shaw’s tenure; Sacramento State beat FBS Colorado State by 31 points last season. 

William & Mary vs. Virginia (Week 6)

I’ve watched FBS football explode in Virginia over the last decade, with ODU, Liberty, and James Madison all moving up. The latter two found quick success; it’s fair to say that Virginia may be the third or fourth-best college football program in the state right now.

UVA will play its home opener against James Madison this year, and the Cavaliers may well be a home dog to the Dukes. I’m pretty biased – I graduated from JMU in 2014 – but I’m expecting a road win for Madison. 

A loss would put an awful lot of regional pressure on UVA for its Oct. 7 game against William & Mary – its second of three games against intra-state foes this year. (The third, of course, is the Commonwealth Cup game against Virginia Tech on Nov. 25.)

While a nerds-versus-nerds game between UVA and William & Mary would normally be nothing to fear for Cavs fans, the Tribe have rebuilt themselves into a dangerous FCS team over the last couple of years. They’re No. 7 in the HERO Sports FCS preseason Top 25

Oh, and who’s that leading William & Mary? Why, it’s former UVA head coach Mike London, who was forced out of Charlottesville eight years ago. 

FCS vs. FBS Games In 2023: The Full List

DateFCS TeamFBS Opponent.
Aug. 31ElonWake Forest
Aug. 31Rhode IslandGeorgia State
Aug. 31St. Francis (PA)W. Michigan
Aug. 31South DakotaMissouri
Aug. 31Arkansas-Pine BluffTulsa
Aug. 31North Carolina A&TUAB
Aug. 31Southern UtahArizona State
Sept. 1HowardE. Michigan
Sept. 1Missouri StateKansas
Sept. 2 E. Tennessee StateJacksonville State
Sept. 2 MercerOle Miss
Sept. 2 Northern IowaIowa State
Sept. 2 Long IslandOhio
Sept. 2 Robert MorrisAir Force
Sept. 2 Portland StateOregon
Sept. 2 TowsonMaryland
Sept. 2 Tennessee StateNotre Dame
Sept. 2 WoffordPittsburgh
Sept. 2 E. KentuckyCincinnati
Sept. 2 Gardner-WebbAppalachian State
Sept. 2 W. CarolinaArkansas
Sept. 2 SE LouisianaMississippi State
Sept. 2 Colgate Syracuse
Sept. 2 BryantUNLV
Sept. 2 UT-MartinGeorgia
Sept. 2 South Carolina StateCharlotte
Sept. 2 Monmouth Florida Atlantic
Sept. 2 The CitadelGeorgia Southern
Sept. 2 BucknellJames Madison
Sept. 2 AlbanyMarshall
Sept. 2 MaineFlorida International
Sept. 2 Alabama A&MVanderbilt
Sept. 2 SE Missouri StateKansas State
Sept. 2 Central ArkansasOklahoma State
Sept. 2 Bethune-CookmanMemphis
Sept. 2 Alcorn StateSouthern Miss
Sept. 2 Stephen F. AustinTroy
Sept. 2 Northwestern StateLouisiana
Sept. 2 W. IllinoisNew Mexico State
Sept. 2 Incarnate WordUTEP
Sept. 2 N. ArizonaArizona
Sept. 2 Idaho StateSan Diego State
Sept. 7Murray StateLouisville
Sept. 9Indiana StateIndiana
Sept. 9Austin PeayTennessee
Sept. 9E. WashingtonFresno State
Sept. 9AlbanyHawaii
Sept. 9Tennessee TechNew Mexico
Sept. 9Cal PolySan Jose State
Sept. 9Idaho StateUtah State
Sept. 9Portland StateWyoming
Sept. 9Delaware StateArmy
Sept. 9Youngstown StateOhio State
Sept. 9DelawarePenn State
Sept. 9Holy CrossBoston College
Sept. 9South Carolina StateGeorgia Tech
Sept. 9 New HampshireCentral Michigan
Sept. 9E. IllinoisBowling Green
Sept. 9Charleston SouthernClemson
Sept. 9E. KentuckyKentucky
Sept. 9Southern UtahBYU
Sept. 9Richmond Michigan State
Sept. 9Wagner Navy
Sept. 9S. IllinoisN. Illinois
Sept. 9Texas SouthernToledo
Sept. 9SE LouisianaS. Alabama
Sept. 9LafayetteDuke
Sept. 9DuquesneWest Virginia
Sept. 9Morgan StateAkron
Sept. 9FordhamBuffalo
Sept. 9Northwestern StateLouisiana Tech
Sept. 9Houston ChristianW. Kentucky
Sept. 9Florida A&MSouth Florida
Sept. 9IdahoNevada
Sept. 9McNeeseFlorida
Sept. 9GramblingLSU
Sept. 9FurmanSouth Carolina
Sept. 9NichollsTCU
Sept. 9LamarUL Monroe
Sept. 9UC DavisOregon State
DateFCS TeamFBS Opponent.
Sept. 14 Bethune-CookmanMiami (FL)
Sept. 16VMINC State
Sept. 16Long IslandBaylor
Sept. 16Central ConnecticutKent State
Sept. 16North DakotaBoise State
Sept. 16Weber StateUtah
Sept. 16Norfolk StateTemple
Sept. 16Indiana StateBall State
Sept. 16IdahoCalifornia
Sept. 16North Carolina CentralUCLA
Sept. 16N. ColoradoWashington State
Sept. 16VillanovaUCF
Sept. 16Murray StateMiddle Tennessee
Sept. 16TarletonTexas Tech
Sept. 16Prairie View A&MSMU
Sept. 16Texas SouthernRice
Sept. 16DuquesneCoastal Carolina
Sept. 16Stony BrookArkansas State
Sept. 16Jackson StateTexas State
Sept. 16SamfordAuburn
Sept. 16Sacramento StateStanford
Sept. 23 NichollsTulane
Sept. 23 Delaware StateMiami (OH)
Sept. 23 Texas A&M-CommerceOld Dominion
Sept. 23 Gardner-WebbEast Carolina
Sept. 30Wagner Rutgers
Sept. 30Abilene ChristianNorth Texas
Sept. 30Utah TechColorado State
Oct. 7William & MaryVirginia
Oct. 7HowardNorthwestern
Nov. 4MerrimackUMass
Nov. 4Kennesaw StateSam Houston
Nov. 4Campbell North Carolina
Nov. 11Holy CrossArmy
Nov. 18North AlabamaFlorida State
Nov. 18ChattanoogaAlabama
Nov. 18Abilene ChristianTexas A&M
Nov. 18Sacred HeartUConn

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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.