Skip to comments.Barry Alvarez: Big Ten agrees no more FCS opponents
Posted on 02/13/2013 8:04:43 AM PST by ConservativeStatement
Madison Speaking on his monthly radio show Tuesday night, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez shared a nugget of information that should cheer football fans who long for better nonleague games.
According to Alvarez, Big Ten officials recently agreed to stop scheduling nonconference games against FCS programs.
The nonconference schedule in our league is ridiculous, Alvarez said on WIBA-AM. Its not very appealing
So weve made an agreement that our future games will all be Division I schools. It will not be FCS schools.
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OK for a STUPID question, What is “FCS”?
FCS is Football Championship Subdivision and FBS is Football Bowl Subdivision.
Championship Subdivision for the former 1-AA teams (App. State, Murray State), because they play a playoff to decide their championships.
Bowl Subdivision for the former 1-A teams (like Michigan, USC, Florida) because they all play in bowls.
o ok, Thank You!
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Well, I look at this from another perspective. Actually those smaller schools that lose 56-0 against bigger schools benefit from the television money that otherwise their schools would not see.
They need to drop Purdue, Illinoise, and Indiana. They are about as good as an FCS school too.
Appalachian State 34 Michigan 31
“North Dakota State is the reigning champion.”
Two years in a row I might add. The Bison could beat anyone in the Big 10. They have a very impressive record since moving up to the FCS. They were not even eligible for the playoffs for a few seasons. I think the Big 10 coaches are scared. Look what Appalachia State did to mighty Michigan in Rich Rods first season.
Basketball is different.
The Big Ten deals with this by looking at flight times ~ and 'balance' ~ they want the big basketball schools and some big football schools ~ but they can't get everything!
That’s cause they’re scared to play Appalachian State again.
Ohhh...so that’s why there’s is talk about Indiana and WKU renewing their home and home contract.
California Bears 63, Presbyterian Blue Hose 12 (Sept. 17, 2011).
Wisconsin Badgers 70, Austin Peay Governors 3 (Sept. 25, 2010).
Sheesh, what’s your point? Really takes courage to be a front runner, takes a total lack of a sense of humor to misread my point, and a total lack of knowledge to put Cal and Bama in the Big Ten.
however, its pretty ridiculous that some big schools play several of these smaller schools just to get it in the win column.
Bcs is weird. It’s better to lose to a top ranked team (like ‘bama) than crush an unranked opponent.
You mean those guys who forgot to go the national championship game?
I remember No. Dakota St went to Minnesota and beat the Gophers a few years ago. What was even more interesting was that NDSU had more fans in the Metrodome than Minny did.
The B1G has had some FCS failures ....of course Appalachian State beating 5th ranked Michigan.....it was my nieces first FB game attended as an App student, too
That said, the money received by 1AA schools for games against 1A schools is a significant portion of their athletic revenue for that year. It is also the only opportunity for 1AA players to play on the big stage.
Actually, Appalachian State beat Michigan in Lloyd Carr’s last season. Rich Rod came the season after that.
But that was the rare case of David beating Goliath. The lopsided victories by powerhouse teams over ricky-dink teams are much more typical.
Having attended a Big Ten university, I am well aware that Cal and Bama are not members of that conference and I was not paying attention to the original focus of the story as being about the Big Ten. I started just to post the Wisconsin score but decided to add a couple of other very lopsided scores. At least with Austin Peay and Western Carolina, you have medium-sized public universities (around 10,000 students) but with Presbyterian College you have a little private college with not much more than 1,000 students--how its team is supposed to take on a major team which had won the Rose Bowl a mere 71 years earlier?
Appalachian State is somewhat larger than APSU or WCU at about 17,000 students but I don't know if its athletic program is any better-funded than theirs.
David doesn’t play Goliath to beat Goliath - they play them to get exposure and money - so that they can be a little bit bigger David than they were before.
This may not last long.
FBS universities, even the smaller ones, are becoming very resistant to signing contracts for away-only games. And the bigger schools would take quite a hit by losing a home game if they schedule more home-and-away series (for instance, Michigan’s stadium holds over 100,000 people; that’s a lot of attendance money).
It will be interesting to see how it works out.
Most experts agree that the football stadium is just someplace to hangout until Assembly Hall is open to the public.
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