Weekend Wrap-up: New FCS Computer Rankings, Weber State Leads Charge As 4 FCS Schools Get FBS Upsets

September 11, 2022 by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff

Weber State's 35-7 romp at Utah State led a parade of upsets involving FCS schools on Saturday. When the day was done, UIW had outscored Nevada 55-41, Holy Cross had scored a 37-31 win at Buffalo, and Eastern Kentucky had prevailed in a 7-overtime marathon, 59-57, at Bowling Green.

The Holy Cross upset occurred on a 46-yard Hail Mary pass as time expired. Buffalo had just tied the game on a 52-yard field goal with 31 seconds left.

Other head-turning results included Colgate's 21-18 win at Maine. After the Bears lost 41-0 at New Mexico last week, Maine went another 41 minutes and 42 minutes before finally getting its first points of the season (a total stretch of 101 minutes, 42 seconds).

Meanwhile, Lindenwood scored a 21-20 win at Houston Baptist as a 7-point underdog, and D2 Missouri S&T tallied a 17-14 win at Drake when the Bulldogs failed to connect on a 43-yard attempt to re-tie the game in overtime.

Another team of Bulldogs, The Citadel, was a 15-point underdog at home to ETSU, but pulled off a 20-17 upset on a 39-yard field goal as time expired. The Bucs entered the game ranked 15th in the FCS Congrove Computer Rankings while The Citadel was ranked 103. It was the SoCon season opener for both schools.

Fordham was an 8.5-point road underdog to Monmouth, but the Rams outscored the Hawks 52-49.

San Diego had its FCS-best 8-game winning streak come to an end with a 28-27 loss at Cal Poly. The Toreros saw a 17-point slip away and two attempts at a late rally of their own was put to rest with a pair of turnovers. The Mustangs were 8-point favorites in the sportsbooks, but the computer had San Diego by 7.22. Fitting that they basically split the difference.

Gardner-Webb nearly pulled off the upset at Coastal Carolina. The Runnin' Bulldogs went on a 17-0 run to take a 27-24 lead in the fourth quarter, but Grayson McCall's TD pass with 4 minutes left became the 31-27 game-winner when the Chanticleers ended G-W's next two possessions with interceptions.

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134-Point Swing In A Single Week

If there is such a thing as 'scoreboard whiplash', Southern University must be experiencing it. Last week, the Jaguars scored an 86-0 shutout of NAIA member Florida Memorial. One week later, Southern went to LSU and lost by 48 as the Jags came up on the short end of a 65-17 result at LSU. Doesn't that have to be a record for a flip from a huge winning margin one week, to a large losing margin the very next week? We tried to research it to no avail so if you find out, please let us know.

FCS Congrove Computer Rankings

The top four are unchanged in the latest rankings, released early Sunday morning. North Dakota State rolled to a 43-3 win in the FargoDome over North Carolina A&T and continues to lead the 130-team pack. Montana State, Montana and South Dakota State also won games at home to maintain their positions on the 2 through 4 spots

The Bobcats crushed Morehead State 63-13, and the Grizz downed South Dakota 24-7. It was a bit tougher for the Jackrabbits who saw UC-Davis cut a 24-10 deficit to 24-22 with a TD/onside kick/TD sequence late in the game, but South Dakota State recovered the next onside attempt to survive. The Aggies of UC-Davis began the season ranked 17th, but are now 0-2 and ranked 36th.

Jackson State moves up one spot to 5th after a 16-3 win over Tennessee State in the Southern Heritage Classic at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.

Weber State rockets from 13th to 6th with the 35-7 win at Utah State. As the score reflects, this one was all Wildcats. Weber State took advantage of four interceptions and Utah State's only score came on a 100-yard kickoff return after Weber had taken a 3-0 lead. The Wildcats had not defeated a FBS team since 1993 when they did the trick against Nevada, 47-30. Their only other win over Utah State was in 1978, the first year of the 1A-1AA split.

Villanova won 38-21 at LIU and stays locked in the 7-hole, while Incarnate Word, Missouri State and Holy Cross round out the top 10.

SEE: FCS Top 130


There were 35 FBS-FCS games this weekend with the FCS scoring 4 big wins. That made the FBS 70-6 for the season and 1,644-146 (.920) since we began tracking this in 2003.

Weber State clobbered Utah State, Incarnate Word outscored Nevada, Holy Cross edged Buffalo, and Eastern Kentucky beat Bowling Green in 7 overtimes.

Here are the FCS wins in 2022:
September 2: William & Mary 41, Charlotte 24
September 3: Delaware14, Navy 7
September 10: Weber State 35, Utah State 7
September 10: Incarnate Word 55, Nevada 41
September 10: Holy Cross 37, Buffalo 31
September 10: Eastern Kentucky 59, Bowling Green 57 (7 OT's)

There will be 118 FBS vs. FCS matchups this season with App State, Army and Marshall each playing two such games, and 115 other FBS schools playing one apiece.


SAN DIEGO - Winning streak ended at 8 (was FCS longest)
Last: Lost 28-27 at Cal Poly on Saturday, September 10.
Next: Visits UC Davis on Saturday, September 17.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE - Won 8 straight over-all (new FCS longest).
Last: Won 43-3 at home over North Carolina A&T on Saturday, September 10.
Next: Visits FBS Arizona on Saturday, September 17.

MONTANA STATE - Won 14 straight home games (FCS longest).
Last: Won 63-13 at home over Morehead State on Saturday, September 10.
Next: Visits FBS Oregon State on Saturday, September 17.

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE - Won 12 straight conference games (FCS longest).
Last: Won 33-9 at Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, September 10.
Next: Visits North Carolina A&T on Saturday, September 24 as first four games are on the road (first home game Sept. 8 vs Florida A&M).

DARTMOUTH - Won 11 straight road games (FCS longest).
Last: Won 52-31 at Brown on Saturday, Nov.. 20.
Next: Hosts Valparaiso on Saturday, September 17.

TEXAS SOUTHERN - Lost 20 straight road games (FCS longest).
Last: Lost 59-27 at FBS member North Texas on Saturday, September 10.
Next: Plays Southern at Arlington, Texas on Saturday, September 17 in the Arlington Football Showdown.

WAGNER -  Lost 22 straight overall, 14 straight conference games, and 11 straight at home (all are FCS longest).
LAST: Lost 66-7 at FBS member Rutgers on Saturday, September 10.
Next: Hosts St. Francis (PA) on Saturday, September 17.