While most people will choose to only pay attention to the FBS side of college football, there is another side to the sport and this side has been doing it the right way with playoffs every season and has done it successfully. That is why I will pick a few games each week to spotlight and try to keep everyone informed of what is happening on the lower level of the FCS. This week we saw 4 FCS teams go in and beat the supposedly superior FBS teams.
This victory over the Huskies is considered the biggest win in school history for Towson and their first win over an FBS opponent. For the Tigers, they come into the season with a chip on their shoulder after being left out of the playoffs last season. This was the first time the Huskies lost to an FCS opponent since 2001, this loss is also shocking because a lot of people predicted the Huskies to be much improved this season. Towson will play at Holy Cross next weekend.
Incarnate Word 7
Central Arkansas 58
Incarnate Word is relatively new to the college football game, they started their program in 2009, and they are in their first season as an FCS team. Their first test came against a team who has made back to back trips to the playoffs. Unfortunately for Incarnate Word, they were shut out most of the game until four minutes to go in the game and scored their first and only touchdown of the game. Central Arkansas scored twice every quarter and the game was in no doubt from the start. Incarnate Word will face Sam Houston St. on 9/21, while the Bears of Central Arkansas will face Colorado next weekend.
N. Dakota St. 24
Kansas St. 21
In the one game that seemed to make the most headlines in week one, was the Bison of N. Dakota State upsetting the defending Big XII champions Kansas State at home. But for anyone who has followed FCS football, this is not the first time the Bison have done this. They have knocked off an FBS opponent each of the last four years(Kansas, Minnesota, Colorado St.). Also the Bison are defending back to back champions in the FCS. Coach Boles even commented “we have had a lot of these types of wins, but never over a program like this”. The Bison will be continuing their march towards a third straight playoff run next weekend against Ferris St.
E. Washington 49
Oregon State 46
This game drew a lot of attention nationally because Oregon State was ranked #25 in the country and figured to roll over E. Washington easily. But Vernon Adams had another idea and threw for 407 yards and rushed for 107 in this upset victory. When asked if he thought his team overlooked E. Washington, coach Riley said “I don’t, I feel it would be disrespectful to them to say that”. This will garner more national attention for Eastern Washington who has been a playoff team in the FCS and looks to return to the playoffs this season.
Houston Baptist 0
Sam Houston St. 74
The Sam Houston Bearkats are in hunt for their third straight FCS title game and they started that off with impressive fashion in winning big and by shutout. The Houston Baptist Huskies were playing their first game as a football program and will look to be joining the Southland Conference in 2014. This game just shows the nation, the Bearkats are going to be good again this year and have one goal in mind, return to Frisco for a shot at the elusive championship.
McNeese St. 53
South Florida 21
The McNeese St. Cowboys are no stranger to beating FBS caliber teams after beating three teams in the Sun Belt Conference in the past, but this victory was a step up for a team who has been a winning program at the FCS level. Quarterback Cody Stroud threw for 207 yards and two TD’s in the win. This will again add credence to the FCS being a very competitive division. McNeese will hope to stay in the conversation for a conference championship and make a deep playoff run this season.