With the FCS level of college football deciding not to play a fall schedule, teams across the country are now preparing for a spring season with games scheduled to begin in February. But not everyone plans to play.

According to Hero Sports, 29 FCS teams have opted out of the 2021 spring football season because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. That means that 98 programs do plan to play football in the coming months.

The entire Ivy League (8 teams) will not play football this spring. That includes Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale.

Some teams did play a reduced, or even complete, fall schedule in 2020, and will not play this spring.

Here’s a look at the teams that are either playing a limited schedule or that have opted out completely for the 2021 season and will look at restarting in the fall:

Sacramento State


Montana State

Portland State


North Carolina Central


North Alabama


Eastern Kentucky




Florida A&M

Indiana State

Saint Francis

Abilene Christian

Central Arkansas

Houston Baptist

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