They came. They saw. They conquered.
Who is “they”?
It’s that other football division. The division formerly known as Division 1-AA, now known as the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision). They put on a clinic this week in football around the country.
The first week of the football season is always unpredictable. New coaches, new systems, new personnel. Change fosters the great unknown. But nobody could have predicted this, could they?[tweet https://twitter.com/ESPNCFB/status/374065889068347392 align=’center’]
Oh sure, you have your Alabamas and Oregons, both of whom won today, but only one convincingly. *Insert “All I Do Is Win” chorus here*
But, the FCS? Those are the teams you schedule when you want to guarantee a win, right?
Let’s not ask: Connecticut, Kansas State, South Florida, South Alabama, Iowa State, San Diego State and Oregon State.
Each of those teams lost to a FCS opponent in their first game of the 2013 season. Keep in mind, however, that five of those came at the hands of a FCS team that was ranked in the Top 25 on SportsNetwork.com. They included:
- #1-North Dakota State (Kansas St)
- #4-Eastern Washington (Oregon State – FBS preseason rank #25)
- #11-Towson (Connecticut)
- #17-Northern Iowa (Iowa State)
- #21-Eastern Illinois (San Diego State)
Not a bad way to start off the year for the FCS. And no, I am not saying the FCS has “better” teams than FBS. Not even close. But, the experience of watching these games along with Twitter reaction is just part of what makes college football so fun. I collected a few Twitter-highlights from some of the bigger games this week:
NORTH DAKOTA-KANSAS STATE
Tweet of the Game:[tweet https://twitter.com/sarolei/status/373659046961610752 align=’center’]
EASTERN WASHINGTON-OREGON STATE[tweet https://twitter.com/slmandel/status/373953192909750272 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/SportsWithSimon/status/374037915594027008 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/EWUAthletics/status/374006830420070400 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/MikeSandbo/status/374009509573713920 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/vadamsjr3/status/374063987593191424 align=’center’]
Tweet of the game:[tweet https://twitter.com/Browntruck1980/status/373991269283790848 align=’center’]
Tweet of the game:[tweet https://twitter.com/JWalker_26/status/373310737231261698 align=’center’}
NORTHERN IOWA-IOWA STATE
[tweet https://twitter.com/docfever/status/374020682377486336 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/johnpbanister/status/374020371303108609 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/MPutneyCourier/status/374017315932618752 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/scheffler_brian/status/374008136702496769 align=’center’]
Tweet of the game:[tweet https://twitter.com/johnpbanister/status/374020371303108609 align=’center’]
FINAL THOUGHT: Just like in March Madness, upsets happen. And just like in the tourney, they happen early.
We haven’t seen a 16-seed upset a 1-seed yet in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. I doubt that we’ll ever see a FCS team upset a #1 ranked FBS team. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a charm to the upsets we’ve seen in the past few days. America loves underdogs. America loves upsets. It’s the David vs Goliath story…in sports. The question in the future will be whether FBS teams (top 25-50) will continue to schedule the top of the heap FCS teams like North Dakota State or Eastern Washington. Football fans who had not seen these teams play before, got an eye-opening introduction to them this week. There are some solid, well-coached teams in FCS (D-1AA) that fans need to see.
And if you haven’t watched FCS-level football before, don’t call yourself a sports fan. *sarcasm font*