Not back by popular demand, but I've been doing this for a few seasons.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of FBS-FCS matchups in Week 1 of college football.
The Good: FCS Teams that Beat FBS Schools.
-North Dakota State upsets Iowa State 34-31
The Bison are the best in the FCS and they have made many FBS schools regret scheduling them over the years. Make that five regretful years in a row.
Last years victim was Kansas State. This year, they defeated another Big 12 team, Iowa State, Saturday 34-14. Now that's embarrassing.
The Bison moved up from Division II A little over a decade ago.
Other FBS schools they've defeated since 2010: Kansas, Minnesota and Colorado State.
When does North Dakota State join the Mountain West Conference? Maybe the Big 12?
Also, when you say "Bison," the "s" is a "z" sound.
ESPN's College Gameday traveled out to Fargo to do their weekly show last season. Here's a story on the team that is quietly assassinating FBS Schools each year.
Honorable Mention: Villanova vs. Syracuse.
The Wildcats took the Orange to double overtime, but fell short 27-26 at the Carrier Dome. Although a defeat, we're not talking old-time Big East basketball here. Nova is FCS in football.
The Bad: FCS Schools That Lost Bad, But Not Exactly Ugly.
-Michigan State beats Jacksonville State 45-7
The eighth-ranked Spartans were one of a handful of Big Ten teams that played an FCS school. The conference will stop playing FCS schools in the near future. Thank goodness.
A Friday night game in East Lancing that was already decided by the second quarter.
Could've been worse for the Gamecocks, who are out of the Ohio Valley Conference in Jacksonville, Alabama.
Honorable Mention: Michigan beats Appalachian State 52-14.
That 2007 loss at Ann Arbor still stings to Wolverine fans. No contest seven years later. Can't believe it's been seven years since the game that shocked the college football world.
The Ugly: FCS teams who were humiliated for a big payday.
-Pittsburgh beats Delaware 62-0
After being embarrassed two years ago by Youngstown State, the Panthers opened another season at Heinz Field with FCS foe, Delaware. PITT fans remember that all too well.
The Blue Hens are not the same team from Joe Flacco's days on campus. They finished 7-5 and 4-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
I don't know if the game says anything about Pittsburgh, but it will put the cynics minds at ease for a week, and when most people think of Delaware, they think of this...
Honorable Mention: Oregon beats South Dakota 62-13.
The Ducks were on late on the East Coast on the Pac 12 Network. I doubt many of you not on the left coast watched this.
The Coyotes scored all 13 points in the first half, and then Oregon added on to a 41-13 halftime lead in the second half.
South Dakota is out of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. They were 4-8 in 2013.
The Oregon Duck is in for another high scoring season and many pushups.
It wasn't a horrible first week of games like in past years. But there are still FBS schools scheduling FCS schools. Some conferences are encouraging their schools to stop scheduling them all together. A couple will continue to, and one day, they will fall to an FCS team and will end up on this list in 2015.
North Dakota State's 2015 schedule shows no FBS matchups. Everybody must have gotten the memo. Probably read "Don't schedule North Dakota State. Save yourself the embarrassment."
Let's applaud USC, UCLA and Notre Dame for not scheduling an FCS opponent again this year. They are the only three FBS schools that have never done it.
USC opened with Fresno State, Notre Dame with Rice and UCLA traveled East to play Virginia.
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