FCS Weekend Preview: The South Dakota Showdown and EWU-UC Davis Headline Saturday's Action

November 11, 2021 by Staff

A jam-packed 64-game slate sees 124 of the 128 FCS teams in action - all on Saturday.

Among the headlining games, South Dakota State moves from one rivalry to another. After capturing the Dakota Marker with a win over North Dakota State this past weekend, the Jackrabbits head to Vermillion to face state rival South Dakota in the South Dakota Showdown series. First played in 1889, the teams have met 115 times and the series remains close with the Coyotes only trailing 53-55-7. The two have not met since 2019 when South Dakota ended a 10-game skid in the series with a 24-21 win, also at Vermillion. They were scheduled to play this past April 5th from Covid issues within the Coyotes' program forced the games' cancellation. The Congrove Computer Rankings have South Dakota State (7-2) ranked 6th and South Dakota (6-3) ranked 28th. Both teams are 4-2 in the MVFC, The Jackrabbits are favored by 8.35.

7trh-ranked UC Davis (8-1, 5-1) hosts No. 8 Eastern Washington (7-2, 4-2) in a Big Sky showdown, while the two teams at the top of the conference - Montana State and Sacramento State - are each 6-0 in league play. The Bobcats, ranked 4th, have a 22.77-point edge at home vs. Idaho, and the No. 16 Hornets are 9.36-point home favorites over Portland State

5th-ranked Kennesaw State is favored by 12.23 over North Alabama in Florence.

Among other top-ranked teams, Sam Houston State hosts Eastern Kentucky as a 20.47-point computer pick, while No. 2 James Madison (8-1, 5-1 CAA) visits William & Mary (6-3, 4-2 CAA) as a 15.66-point favorite.

No. 3 North Dakota State gets a 21.33-point advantage from the computer when the Bison visit Youngstown State as they look to bounce back from last weekend's loss.

SEE: Weekly Picks


2 teams will play 2 FCS teams this fall (UConn and UMass), and 115 teams will play 1 FCS school for a total of 117 such matchups. 107 of those 117 games have been played.

There are 3 such games this week with Maine at UMass, Samford at Florida, and Bucknell at Army. Maine is actually a slight computer favorite in its game against the Minutemen which just lost last weekend to Rhode Island. UMass also fell in 2019 to Southern Illinois.

The FBS is 98-11 vs. the FCS this season. Since we began tracking this in 2003, the FBS teams are now 1,567-139 (.919).

Last year, 30 FBS teams played a total of just 34 games against FCS schools and the FCS won just 1 game (1-33). That honor also went to Jacksonville State with its 19-10 victory over FIU.

Here are the FCS wins in 2021:

September 2: UC Davis 19, Tulsa 17
September 2: Eastern Washington 35, UNLV 33 (2 OT)
September 3: South Dakota State 42, Colorado State 23
September 4: Holy Cross 38, UConn 28
September 4: Montana 13, Washington 7
September 4: ETSU 23, Vanderbilt 3
September 11: Duquesne 28, Ohio 26
September 11: Jacksonville State 20, Florida State 17.
September 18: Incarnate Word 42, Texas State 34.
September 18: Northern Arizona 21, Arizona 19
November 6: Rhode Island 35, Massachusetts 22

This was the only FCS win vs. the FBS in 2020:
October 23: Jacksonville State 19, FIU 10

In 2019, FBS teams were 111-3 (.974) in such games. These were the only FCS wins that season:
August 29: Central Arkansas 35, Western Kentucky 28
September 7: Southern Illinois 45, Massachusetts 20
September 14: The Citadel 27, Georgia Tech 24 (OT)


SAM HOUSTON STATE - Won 19 straight games overall (FCS longest).
Last: Won 51-10 vs. Dixie State on Saturday, Nov. 6.
Next:  Hosts Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 13.

ALCORN STATE - Won 12 straight home games (FCS longest).
Last: Lost 35-31 at Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, Nov. 6.
Next: Hosts Prairie View A&M on Saturday, Nov. 13.

MONMOUTH - Won 15 straight conference games (FCS longest).
Last: Won 45-33 vs. North Alabama on Saturday, Nov. 6.
Next: Hosts Robert Morris on Saturday, Nov. 13.

PRINCETON - Had won 12 straight road games (FCS longest), but lost 31-7 at Dartmouth which now leads FCS with 10 straight road wins.
Last: Lost 31-7 at Dartmouth on Friday, Nov. 5.
Next: Hosts Yale on Saturday, Nov. 13.

DARTMOUTH - Won 10 straight road games - now FCS Longest after halting Princeton's 12-game road winning streak with 31-7 win on Friday.
Last: Won 31-7 vs. Princeton on Friday, November 5.
Next: Hosts Cornell on Saturday, Nov. 13.

TEXAS SOUTHERN - Lost 17 straight road games (tied FCS longest).
Last: Lost 41-21 at Jackson State on Saturday, Nov. 6.
Next: Hosts Alabama A&M on Saturday, Nov. 13.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE - Lost 17 straight road games (tied FCS longest).
Last: Lost 24-21 at North Dakota on Saturday, Nov. 6.
Next: Hosts North Dakota State on Saturday, Nov. 13.

BUTLER - Lost 13 straight conference games (FCS longest).
Last: Lost 38-31 at  Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Next: Hosts Valparaiso on Saturday, Nov. 13.

WAGNER - Lost 17 straight overall (FCS longest).
LAST: Lost 28-14 at LIU on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Next: Hosts Merrimack on Saturday, Nov. 6.