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Ask Sports: How often do FCS teams defeat FBS teams?

  • Published Sunday, Sep. 1, 2013, at 12 a.m.

How often do FCS teams defeat FBS teams?

Football Championship Subdivision teams (formerly known as Division I-AA) have lost nearly 82 percent of the games to Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

But as the two-time defending FCS national champion, North Dakota State was much better than the average FCS team.

Starting with a 6-3 victory over Kansas in Turner Gill’s first game as the Jayhawks’ coach in 2010, the Bison have defeated an FBS team in each of the past four seasons. Those four FBS victories equal the number of FBS opponents KU has defeated in that time period.

It’s not a surprise to learn then that NDSU’s .700 winning percentage (7-3) is the best of current FCS teams against FBS opponents, according to footballgeograpy.com.

Appalachian State, which is moving to FBS, has the most wins against BCS-level FBS opponents in seven, footballgeography.com also has calculated. It also has the biggest upset when App State knocked off then-No. 5 Michigan in 2007.

Normally FCS-FBS matchups don’t have betting lines, but Friday night’s game could be found with NDSU being a 13-point underdog. While a two-touchdown underdog winning would certainly be an upset, it’s a far cry from the record 41-point underdog Stanford was when the Cardinal shocked Southern California in 2007.

Joshua Wood

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