Weber State christened the newly completed Stewart Stadium by getting blown out by Montana State, 40-0. The Wildcats entered the game ranked 13th in the FCS version of the Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com and No. 8 in the Coaches' Poll, while the Bobcats came in with rankings of No. 2 by the computer and No.3 by the coaches.
Montana State was a one touchdown favorite, but had the spread well covered by halftime with a 20-0 advantage, scoring all 20 points in the second quarter. The Bobcats added 20 more in the fourth as Weber State turned the ball over on downs on consecutive possessions.
The computer's top-ranked team, South Dakota State, had a bye week, as did No.3 North Dakota State, No. 8 North Dakota, No. 9 Youngstown State, and No. 10 Southern Illinois.
Meanwhile, 4th-ranked Sacramento State headed to 12th-ranked Idaho after its big win at Stanford last week and fell 36-27 to the Vandals.
No. 6 Montana also went down at Northern Arizona, 28-14, which entered the game winless and ranked 97th out of 128 FCS teams. The Griz were 17.5-point favorites. The Lumberjacks have a trip to Sacramento State up next on the schedule.
No. 5 William & Mary was a 28-3 home winner over Maine, and 7th-ranked Furman rolled to a 38-14 win over No. 20 Mercer.
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This season has 117 of the 133 FBS schools facing one FCS opponent, and Army playing two such games for a total of 118 FBS-FCS matchups.
Of the 16 FBS schools that do NOT play a FCS program, 7 are in the B1G (Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, Wisconsin). 6 more are evenly split between the Big 12 (Houston, Oklahoma, Texas) and Pac-12 (Colorado, USC, Washington). The other three are Liberty (CUSA) , UTSA (American), and Virginia Tech (ACC).
FBS schools were 4-0 this past weekend, outscoring the FCS opposition by a combined score of 152-36 for an average margin of 29 points. Three were complete blowouts, but Texas A&M-Commerce took ODU to the mat in a 10-9 loss. The Lions had an opportunity to pull off the late comeback upset, but had their 2-point conversion pass intercepted in the endzone with just 28 seconds left to play in the game to allow the Monarchs to preserve the win.
The FBS programs are 101-4 this year against the FCS schools. Over-all, the FBS is a collective 1,787-152 (.922) since we began tracking this in 2003.
There are 3 such games next week.
Here are the FCS wins in 2023, so far:
September 9: Idaho 33, Nevada 6
September 9: Southern Illinois 14, Northern Illinois 12
September 9: Fordham 40, Buffalo 37
September 16: Sacramento State 30, Stanford 23
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE - Won 17 straight over-all
Last: 70-7 win over Drake at Minneapolis on Saturday, September 16.
Next: Coming off a bye week, the Jackrabbits host North Dakota on Saturday, September 30.
MONTANA STATE - Won 22 straight home games.
Last: 40-0 win at Weber State on Saturday, September 23.
Next: Hosts Portland State on Saturday, September 30.
SACRAMENTO STATE - Had won 18 straight conference games, and 12 straight road games, but lost 36-27 at Idaho.
Last: 36-27 road loss to Idaho on Saturday, September 23.
Next: Hosts Northern Arizona on Saturday, September 30.
HOLY CROSS - Won 18 straight conference games.
Last: 31-7 home win over Colgate on Saturday, September 23.
Next: Hosts Harvard on Saturday, September 30.
HARVARD - Won 7 straight road games.
Last: 34-31 home win over Brown on Saturday, September 23.
Next: Visits Holy Cross on Saturday, September 30.
WESTERN ILLINOIS - Lost 17 straight over-all, and 8 straight home games.
Last: 37-17 road lost to Southern Utah on Saturday, September 23.
Next: Has a bye week before visiting North Dakota on Saturday, September 30.
ROBERT MORRIS - Lost 17 straight road games.
Last: 46-0 home win over D2 member VUL (Virginia University-Lynchburg) on Saturday, September 23.
Next: Hosts Howard on Saturday, September 30.
PRESBYTERIAN - Lost 16 straight conference games.
Last: 23-20 win at Wofford on Saturday, September 16.
Next: Coming off a bye week, the Blue Hose visit Butler on Saturday, September 30.