FCS Teams Looking To Score The Upset

David HedlindAnalyst IIAugust 28, 2010

Every year we see it. Games against the FCS that we all just think are ridiculous excuses to chalk up a win for the FBS team. While FCS teams have been beating FBS opponents for years, it was the Appalachian State win over Michigan that really woke people up.

Last year, I named 16 games where I felt that a team from the FBS needed to watch out for their FCS opponent.

The FCS team won five of those matchups. One game came down to one point. Two games were decided by three points, and one of them was in overtime. There were games decided by five, six, and seven points. One game decided by 10 points. The final four were blowouts that the FBS team won. In other words, I was wrong on those.

So what does this year hold for the FCS?

Villanova @ Temple

The reigning FCS champions will take one of the favorites to win the MAC. Last season Villanova got the best of Temple and won by three points. Villanova returns plenty of key players and is considered the top FCS team going into the season.

Southern Utah @ San Jose State

San Jose State is going into 2010 with a coaching change and coming off a disastrous 2-10 season. Southern Utah might be favored to win the Great West, but if you are familiar with that league then you know that isn’t really anything special.

North Dakota @ Idaho

If Idaho plays as they did last year, this actually wont be much of a game. If they play as they had in years prior, then we could see something worth watching. North Dakota isn’t overly stocked with talent, but the offense could have a couple stars in Sutton and Bamba.

Charleston Southern @ Hawaii

Hawaii has been pretty successful against FCS opponents in recent years. Last season Hawaii only beat Central Arkansas by five points. These two played in 2007, when Hawaii went to the Sugar Bowl, and Hawaii destroyed CSU. Hawaii hasn’t been near the team they were in '07, though.

Grambling State @ Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech not only has a new coach and new system in place, not to mention losing the team-leading rusher and receiver, but now have the distraction of not knowing the future of the conference and therefore the future of the team. Grambling State is a legit contender in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Prairie View A&M @ Southern Miss

Southern Miss is a favorite for the Conference USA East division and Prairie View A&M is a Southwestern Athletic Conference favorite. PVA&M barely lost to New Mexico State last season in their only regular season loss.

SE Louisiana @ Tulane

The two are less than 50 miles from each other but have only played four times. Tulane is 4-0. Tulane is losing the top two rushers and the No. 1 and 3 receivers.

Southern Utah @ Wyoming

Wyoming is a mystery team to me. The looked fairly average last season and only went 6-6. They looked good in the New Mexico Bowl but it still took over time to win. They barely escaped Weber State last year but Weber State is better than Southern Utah.

Colgate @Syracuse

Last year I said Syracuse should watch out for Maine. I was wrong and Syracuse killed Maine. Colgate was and is a better team than Maine. Syracuse should have enough to win this one too, but Colgate should have enough to stay in it led by dual threat quarterback Sullivan.

Montana State @ Washington State

Washington State has fallen on some hard times. A year ago they were 1-11 and that win was in overtime. It wasn’t all that long ago that WSU was the Pac-10 champions. They look like they still have quite a ways to go before they are back there. Montana State is hoping the loss of the head coach at Montana will be enough to open a path to win the Big Sky.

Richmond @ Virginia

Richmond beat ACC member Duke last season under head coach Mike London. Mike London is now the head coach at Virginia. He has an advantage by knowing Richmond pretty intimately but the rebuilding process at Virginia is just beginning and it might not be enough to overtake the Spiders.

Elon @ Duke

Elon is a contender in the Southern Conference and will have a strong rushing attack. Duke is still trying to climb out of the FBS cellar. As mentioned above, Duke lost to their FCS opponent last season and would hate to do so to start this year too.

Northern Iowa @ Iowa State

By all accounts, head coach Paul Rhoads appears to have Iowa State on the up swing and so maybe Northern Iowa won’t have what it takes to play with a program that may be moving up. On the other hand last year Northern Iowa only lost to an already up Iowa by one. Northern Iowa is also a younger team this year.