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Why two FCS programs are already looking forward to Sept. 3, 2015

Something cool happened in the Football Championship Subdivision yesterday. While the entirety of the FCS focuses on closing out the 2013 regular season, two schools are already looking past both this year and next year to opening night, 2015.

That's the year East Tennessee State will relaunch its football program after a prolonged absence. 

That's also the year Kennesaw State will play its first football season.

So, naturally, the schools announced yesterday they would play their first respective games against each other. They'll meet at Steve Spurrier Field on the campus of Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tenn., on Thursday, September 3, 2015.

“This doesn’t happen every day – and possibly has never happened,” East Tennessee State head coach Carl Torbush said. “This will be a game that’s highly anticipated by both schools and their fans, so when Sept. 3, 2015 finally gets here I’m sure the atmosphere in the stadium will be unbelievable with a sell-out crowd and hopefully the first college game of the 2015 season. As a coach, it’s exciting to provide an opportunity for these student-athletes to be part of something historic like starting a new program – and this game is just another part of that process.”

Kennesaw State will be a member of the Big South Conference, while East Tennessee State will join the SoCon.

“I know it will be a great game with two new programs meeting for the first time, and the excitement on both campuses is going to continue to build between now and kickoff. The game atmosphere is going to be unbelievable,” Kennesaw State head coach Brian Bohannon told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. “I know coach (Carl) Torbush will have his team ready to play, and our players and coaches will come out with great enthusiasm, intensity and passion.”

Sept. 3, 2015 is just a short 657 days from today, but who's counting?