Perennial Football Championship Subdivision champion North Dakota State may play one division down from the big-time programs, but any doubts about its commitment to staying on top were answered when the Bison scheduled a single game this fall. Coach Matt Entz made it clear he wanted the extra practice time to evaluate players and get more experience, despite "every day sitting on pins and needles” worrying about players becoming infected with the coronavirus.
Coach Matthews is a three-time National Coach of the Year who helped two programs win national championships. As head coach at James Madison, Matthews won the 2004 FCS National Championship. In 15 seasons as head coach at JMU, Matthews’ teams won 109 games.
There were only six FCS selections, by far the fewest ever, after NFL teams shied away from drafting players whom they did not get to view up-close-and-personal. FCS draft prospects face another unprecedented scenario prior to the 2021 draft. While all FBS conferences are planning to play this fall, the 13 FCS conferences are pointing toward having a spring season, with only a small percentage of schools playing nonconference games this fall.