Upsets Galore in Week 1 of College Football, FCS Teams Embarrass FBS Squads 

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IISeptember 1, 2013

Aug 30, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; North Dakota State Bison wide receiver Ryan Smith (4) runs by Kansas State Wildcats defensive end Alauna Finau (94) during the Bisons' 24-21 win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports
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Towson embarrassing Connecticut.

McNeese State dominating South Florida.

North Dakota State beating Kansas State.

Eastern Washington toppling Oregon State.

What in the world is going on here?!

This is unacceptable. But, it's also telling about the gap between the FBS and FCS now. Should Division I get rid of the designation between the two subdivisions?

Should they let these schools battle it out for the bowl games, have a full 32-team playoff and still let the mid-majors have their CarQuest Bowls and Papa Johns Exhibitions at the end of the year?

Right now, we need to figure out what is going on in these games that the FCS teams are winning. Is it a fluke, or has a talent gap really closed?

Towson Dominating Connecticut Is Embarrassing for Them

Connecticut is one of the last members of the old Big East to be in the American Athletic Conference. So why did they lose to mediocre Division I-FCS team Towson in such an embarrassing fashion?

Going down by the count of 33-18 and all of this in Storrs, too? 

Well, let's do some digging. Towson only lost by 16 in Baton Rouge versus LSU last year. The Tigers were 9-3 in 2011 and 7-4 in 2012. Maybe Towson isn't this slouch that they were sold as.

But Connecticut still should not have been embarrassed like it was. There's too much talent for the team to get destroyed like this. Connecticut has pro-caliber prospects like Yawin Smallwood and Shakim Phillips. Towson doesn't.

The only explanation here is that Towson was ready. And Connecticut is coached by Paul Pasqualoni—who is arguably the worst head coach in college football. 

McNeese State Crushing South Florida Is Inexcusable

South Florida lost, 53-21.

No biggie right?

Wrong. Huge biggie. How do you get crushed by McNeese State at home? On opening weekend?

McNeese State isn't even a great FCS school. But the team dominated the hapless Bulls, capitalizing on three turnovers and turning them into points. The Cowboys exposed every single weakness the Bulls have. And unfortunately, they big-brothered the big brother. 

McNeese may be on its way to a great season. South Florida just got embarrassingly crushed by what should be considered a lesser team. The Bulls had no efficiency and no ability to show that they have talent on their roster.

They are either poorly coached or they just need some time to rebuild. But either way, South Florida is in the same boat as Connecticut right now. The team is just just bad.

North Dakota State Is No Slouch; Yet It's Still Shocking to See Kansas State Lose

Everyone is acting shocked about North Dakota State beating Kansas State. Yet, the last time North Dakota State lost a game to a Division I FBS team was in 2009 when they were also a 3-8 football team. Oh, and the Bison are also the 2011 and 2012 Division I FCS national champions.

With them beating Kansas State, it shouldn't feel like this insane possibility. That's especially true since they have only lost six games over the past three years combined. But Kansas State was also a national title contender for FBS last year. So seeing them lose on a come-from-behind victory will feel like a shock.

Brock Jensen is a legitimate pro prospect, and Sam Ojuri could end up being one as well. The Bison defense holding the Kansas State offense to a total of 21 points is even more impressive, though. By doing this, they allowed Jensen to lead that last-minute drive to win the game.

Oh, and the defense closed it out with an interception of an offense that was one of college football's best last year. North Dakota State won, 24-21.

Oregon State Unable to Outscore Eastern Washington Is Baffling

Eastern Washington outscored Oregon State, 49-46. 

Red is green. The sky is down. It rains sideways. 

That or Vernon Adams and the Eagles are just that good. The sophomore quarterback had an insane day. He went 23-of-30 (76.7 percent) for 411 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 16 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Surprisingly, neither team had a turnover in this game either. This was just a good, old-fashioned shootout. And Oregon State was unable to keep up with the weapons that have emerged for Eastern Washington.

At least, Oregon State can take consolation that it took 625 yards, 31 first downs and 49 points to beat them. Against better teams, they will have to figure out what their defensive issues are. Otherwise, it's going to be a long year for them. 

But Eastern Washington can be proud of this win. After making it to the FCS semifinals last year, the Eagles should end up in the playoffs again this year.

This weekend showed that the cream of the crop in the FCS can compete with anyone in the FBS. Maybe, it really is time to unite the subdivisions.

All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy of Spotrac and Rotoworld. All recruiting rankings come from

Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs

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