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Barry Alvarez: Big Ten agrees no more FCS opponents
Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin) ^ | Jeff Potrykus

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. “It’s not very appealing…

“So we’ve made an agreement that our future games will all be Division I schools. It will not be FCS schools.”

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: big10; collegefootball; football; ncaa
Ohio State vs. Notre Dame. That could be a fun game.
1 posted on 02/13/2013 8:04:53 AM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

OK for a STUPID question, What is “FCS”?


2 posted on 02/13/2013 8:10:40 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

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.


3 posted on 02/13/2013 8:13:09 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: US Navy Vet
It is a recent term for Football Championship Subdivision. Smaller schools, for the most part, North Dakota State is the reigning champion. Instead of bowl games, there is a “playoffs” system in place.
4 posted on 02/13/2013 8:14:22 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: John W

o ok, Thank You!


5 posted on 02/13/2013 8:14:22 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: ConservativeStatement; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

Barry Alvarez speaks to football fans

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


6 posted on 02/13/2013 8:15:41 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: ConservativeStatement

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.


7 posted on 02/13/2013 8:16:54 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: ConservativeStatement

They need to drop Purdue, Illinoise, and Indiana. They are about as good as an FCS school too.


8 posted on 02/13/2013 8:17:57 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: KC_Conspirator
For sure. This is much larger than just the game. There are other factors including money for enhancing on-campus athletic facilities.
9 posted on 02/13/2013 8:23:33 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Appalachian State 34 Michigan 31
Ahem.


10 posted on 02/13/2013 8:29:11 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: ConservativeStatement

“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.


11 posted on 02/13/2013 8:29:31 AM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: BO Stinkss
There are schools where football is considered about as relevant as field hockey, soccer, rugby and so forth and could easily be relegated to club status without many people getting upset.

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!

12 posted on 02/13/2013 8:37:23 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: ConservativeStatement
Ohio State vs. Notre Dame. That could be a fun game.

It'll be more like Ohio St vs. Tulane or Eastern Michigan because those are much more worthy opponents than Appy St. or North Dakota
13 posted on 02/13/2013 8:37:23 AM PST by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

That’s cause they’re scared to play Appalachian State again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOF6-GScIGo


14 posted on 02/13/2013 8:38:33 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Ohhh...so that’s why there’s is talk about Indiana and WKU renewing their home and home contract.


15 posted on 02/13/2013 8:43:30 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Alabama Crimson Tide 49, Western Carolina Catamounts 0 (Nov. 17, 2012).

California Bears 63, Presbyterian Blue Hose 12 (Sept. 17, 2011).

Wisconsin Badgers 70, Austin Peay Governors 3 (Sept. 25, 2010).

16 posted on 02/13/2013 8:50:16 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

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.

Bad day?


17 posted on 02/13/2013 9:01:01 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: KC_Conspirator
the smaller, less affluent schools do benefit from playing a big school with huge attendence and a tv package...

however, its pretty ridiculous that some big schools play several of these smaller schools just to get it in the win column.

18 posted on 02/13/2013 9:28:06 AM PST by cherry
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To: cherry

Bcs is weird. It’s better to lose to a top ranked team (like ‘bama) than crush an unranked opponent.


19 posted on 02/13/2013 9:52:42 AM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Notre Dame?

You mean those guys who forgot to go the national championship game?


20 posted on 02/13/2013 9:58:54 AM PST by DPMD
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To: Artie

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


21 posted on 02/13/2013 10:05:43 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: ConservativeStatement
No 1A School should play more than 1AA team a season. Fortunately, when they do this, only one win will count towards Bowl eligibility.

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.

22 posted on 02/13/2013 10:10:10 AM PST by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Artie

Actually, Appalachian State beat Michigan in Lloyd Carr’s last season. Rich Rod came the season after that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Appalachian_State_vs._Michigan_football_game


23 posted on 02/13/2013 10:54:50 AM PST by FLAMING DEATH (I'm not racist - I hate Biden too!)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Actually I liked your reminder of the outcome of the Appalachian State vs. Michigan game.

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.

24 posted on 02/13/2013 11:51:57 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

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.


25 posted on 02/13/2013 11:54:56 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: ConservativeStatement

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.


26 posted on 02/13/2013 12:28:35 PM PST by Bratch
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To: muawiyah

Most experts agree that the football stadium is just someplace to hangout until Assembly Hall is open to the public.


27 posted on 02/13/2013 12:32:52 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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