NCAA Football: DI Football Championship-South Dakota State vs North Dakota State

College football has been all about conference realignment this summer. However, the moving and shaking among teams isn't restricted to the highest level of the sport. Some teams that made conference moves this offseason occupy -- or did occupy -- a spot in the Football Championship Subdivision. 

Here are the highlights:

  • We bid farewell to Jacksonville State and Sam Houston, both of which have jumped to the FBS and Conference USA. 
  • Kennesaw State will play its final season in the FCS and follow Jacksonville State and Sam Houston to Conference USA next year.
  • The Colonial Athletic Association is now called the Coastal Athletic Association to better represent their new membership. The CAA jumped to 15 teams after Campbell and North Carolina A&T joined the mix. 
  • Because of the conference uncertainty within both organizations, the Big South and Ohio Valley Conference have formed an alliance to combine their football programs into one: The Big South-OVC. 
  • Murray State, which left the Ohio Valley Conference, has now joined the Missouri Valley Conference. 

You got all that? 

Who does return? The reigning national champion South Dakota State Jackrabbits, who are breaking in a new boss after the retirement of legendary coach John Stiegelmeier. What the Jackrabbits accomplished last season in the title game by knocking off their hated rival North Dakota State was nothing short of impressive.

It's only right that they lead off our preseason FCS top 25 as the No. 1 team in the nation.