If you’re a glass-half-full person, you might be able to look at the NCAA’s decision to postpone the fall football schedule for the FCS level a blessing in disguise. Starting this weekend, college football will make a fun return.

The first full weekend of the FCS season is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday with nearly a dozen games to watch. Most of those contests will air on ESPN+.

Squads competing at the FCS level will play a condensed schedule, but there will still be a postseason and a national champion will be crowned. The season actually kicked off last weekend, with McNeese State topping Tarleton State 40-37 in double overtime.

Action at the FCS level this week begins on Friday night, with South Dakota State taking on Northern Iowa. Then 10 games are scheduled for Saturday throughout the day. Here’s the complete schedule:

Friday, Feb. 19

South Dakota State vs. Northern Iowa — 8 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

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Saturday, Feb. 20

Morehead State vs. James Madison — 12 p.m. ET

Mercer vs. Wofford — 1 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

Samford vs. East Tennessee State — 1 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

Southern Illinois vs. North Dakota — 1 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

Davidson vs. Elon — 1:30 p.m. ET

Western Carolina vs. Furman — 2 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

Illinois State vs. Missouri State — 2 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

Sam Houston State vs. Incarnate Word — 3 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

Northwestern State vs. Lamar — 4 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

Tarleton State vs. New Mexico State — (TBD)