FCS programs VMI and William & Mary will kick off their 2024 season by renewing a paused, in-state series – the first of four scheduled matchups over an eight-season span.

VMI surely has extra motivation.

In a series that dates to 1905 with 88 all-time meetings, but none since 2011, the Keydets will have an opportunity to end their 25-game losing streak to W&M.

Or they could keep adding to the Tribe’s winning streak, which began in 1986 and is the longest active run between two current NCAA FCS-level programs.

Grambling State’s 32 straight wins over Prairie View A&M between 1977-2008 mark the only other longer streak. It began one year before the first FCS season in 1978.

Longest Active Winning Streaks Between Two FCS Programs

* – matchup scheduled in 2024 season

25 – *William & Mary over VMI (since 1986)

16 – Albany over Saint Francis (1999); *San Diego over Morehead State (2005)

15 – Montana over Idaho State (2004)

14 – *Eastern Washington over Northern Colorado (1984); Wofford over Charleston Southern (1993)

13 – Duquesne over Marist (1995); *Southeastern Louisiana over Northwestern State (2012)

12 – *Harvard over Brown (2011); *North Dakota State over Illinois State (2011); *North Dakota State over Missouri State (2011); Richmond over VMI (1997)

Most Consecutive Wins in Series Between Two Current FCS-Level Programs

32 – Grambling State over Prairie View A&M (1977-2008)

25 – William & Mary over VMI (1986-present)

23 – Brown over Rhode Island (1909-34)

22 – Eastern Kentucky over Tennessee Tech (1976-97); Eastern Kentucky over Austin Peay (1978-2008)

21 – Grambling State over Mississippi Valley State (1957-77)

20 – Eastern Kentucky over UT Martin (1973-2009); Penn over Columbia (1997-2016)

18 – Eastern Kentucky over Morehead State (1972-89); Western Illinois over Southern Illinois (1984-2001)

Greg Harvey and Chase Weight of Stats Perform and the NCAA Record Book contributed data to this story.