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History Of The FCS Kickoff Game

Mercer will face North Alabama in the ninth annual FCS Kickoff game at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday (Aug. 26) at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN. 

The FCS Kickoff was played on-campus for the first three seasons but moved to a neutral site in 2017. The Cramton Bowl has hosted the game for the past five seasons. Jacksonville State and North Dakota State are the only two teams to participate in the game in multiple seasons. The Big Sky is 2-0 in the FCS Kickoff game. The MEAC and ASUN are each 1-0, while the MVFC is 2-1 in the conference’s three appearances.

Ahead of the season-opening matchup, we take a look at the history of the FCS Kickoff game below. 


No. 1 Eastern Washington 56, No. 17 Sam Houston State 35


No. 13 Montana 38, No. 1 North Dakota State 35


No. 1 North Dakota State 24, No. 7 Charleston Southern 17


No. 6 Jacksonville State 27, No. 12 Chattanooga 13


No. 14 North Carolina A&T 20, No. 6 Jacksonville State 17


Youngstown State 45, Samford 22


No. 11 Central Arkansas 24, No. 13 Austin Peay 17


Jacksonville State 42, No. 10 Stephen F. Austin 17

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