(STATS) - Coming off a 2016 season in which their 10 wins over FBS programs tied for the fourth-most in a season, FCS programs hope to make a mark again in 2017.
Patriot League teams play just a small part of it, involved in three of the nearly 100 matchups.
Here's a look at this year's matchups involving Patriot teams:
The Matchups (3) - Colgate: Buffalo (Sept. 16); Fordham: at Army West Point (Sept. 1); Holy Cross: Connecticut (Sept. 1)
Glamour Game - Holy Cross at Connecticut (Sept. 1). The Crusaders open the season with their first game against an FBS team since 2002. Clearly, they like the FBS gig, scheduling another matchup with UConn in 2021 as well games versus Boston College in 2018 and 2020, Syracuse in 2019 and Navy in 2019.
Upset Alert - Fordham: at Army West Point (Sept. 1). Yes, we've seen this before with Fordham's 37-35 win over the Cadets in 2015 behind running back Chase Edmonds and a then-debuting quarterback Kevin Anderson. Both standouts are back for this year's matchup. And it's an odd-numbered year - Fordham also beat Temple in 2013.
Notable - Bucknell, Georgetown, Lafayette and Lehigh don't have FBS matchups this season. Bucknell has a game scheduled against Temple in 2019. … Colgate and Buffalo are meeting for the 16th time in a series that began in 1898. Colgate holds an 8-7 series lead after winning at Buffalo 38-15 in 2003. … Army West Point is a Patriot League member in sports other than football.