The Ohio Valley and Southland conferences have announced a plan to propose legislation for a permanent 12th regular-season game in the FCS, the same amount of regular season games played in the FBS, according to ESPN.com.
Currently, the FCS enforces an 11-game regular season schedule, except in years where there are 13 weekends between Labor Day weekend and the weekend prior to Thanksgiving.
“The 12th game proposal gives FCS programs additional opportunities for non-conference contests, including games against FBS competition, and a better chance to secure six home games in a yearly schedule,” OVC commissioner Beth DeBauche and Southland commissioner Tom Burnett said in a joint statement.
“Additionally, this proposal allows more flexibility in non-conference scheduling for leagues that have recently expanded and have more conference games. This proposal would also provide more potential non-conference FCS games for the Division I NCAA Football Committee to better determine berths and seeding for the FCS playoffs.”
If the proposal is accepted, the FCS schedule would begin the weekend prior to Labor Day.
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