2020 FCS Season: Inside The Box Score for Week 4

Week four of the college football season has been completed. FCS teams played five games this past weekend with three against FBS foes and two all-FCS matchups. Below is a look back on trends from week four.

DateAwayHomeScore
9/26CampbellAppalachian State21-52
9/26Eastern KentuckyThe Citadel14-37
9/26Houston BaptistLouisiana Tech38-66
9/26Stephen F. AustinSMU7-50
9/26Missouri StateCentral Arkansas20-27

FCS Versus FBS Points and Yardage

We will keep track of points and yardage for each FCS versus FBS game this season. Listed below are the FCS team, points scored by each FCS team, points given up, offensive yards gained by each FCS team, and yards given up by each FCS team. Totals and averages since week one are also provided.

To date, 18 FCS versus FBS games have been played. Both charts and tables are provided to show the change over the course of the season. The number of games played in each week is listed in parentheses.

FCS TeamPointsOpp. PointsOff. YardsDef. Yards
Campbell2152305535
Houston Baptist3866501542
Stephen F. Austin750216432
Week 4 Totals661681,0221,509
Week 4 Averages2256340.7503
Week 3 Totals641881,5092,183
Week 3 Averages12.837.6301.8436.6
Week 2 Totals752481,7343,062
Week 2 Averages12.541.3289510.3
Week 1 Totals801851,2582,171
Week 1 Averages2046.3314.5542.8
YTD Totals2857895,5238,925
YTD Averages15.843.8306.8495.8

The historical scoring average through 2019 of FCS versus FBS games since the Division I split in 1978 was 15 points for FCS teams and 37 points for FBS squads. In 2019, FCS teams averaged 13.9 points per game against FBS teams while FCS teams gave up 43 points per game on defense.

FCS Versus FBS Conference and Team Records

Below are the records for each conference for FCS versus FBS games. A running total will be kept throughout the season and updated weekly. Historical team records can be found here and historical conference records can be found here.

Team2020 vs. FBSAll-Time RecordLast FBS Win
Campbell0-30-6Never
Houston Baptist0-30-8Never
Stephen F. Austin0-32-252003
ConferenceWeekly Record2020 Record
ACC (FBS)0-02-0
American Athletic (FBS)1-03-0
Big 12 (FBS)0-03-0
Big South (FCS)0-10-3
Conference USA (FBS)1-07-0
MVFC (FCS)0-00-1
Ohio Valley (FCS)0-00-4
SoCon (FCS)0-00-2
Southland (FCS)0-20-8
Sun Belt (FBS)1-03-0

FCS School Trends Versus FBS Teams

Campbell’s 2020 fall campaign continued with another loss to an FBS program from the Sun Belt. The Camels lost to Appalachian State 52-21 and all six losses against FBS foes have been to teams from the Sun Belt. The average margin of defeat has been 31 points but that has been deceiving. The Camels have been competitive in the first half all three games and nearly pulled the upset against Georgia Southern.

Houston Baptist lost another shootout this season with the latest loss coming against Louisiana Tech. While the Huskies are 0-8 all-time against FBS opponents, their best results have come over the last two seasons. Offensively, it’s no surprise that the best results have been the last two season with Bailey Zappe at the reigns. The Huskies averaged 12.8 points per game in their first four games against FBS foes. In the last 4? They have averaged 34 points per game and all four have seen the offense put up at least 30 points.

Stephen F. Austin suffered a Lone Star State blow out with a 50-7 loss against SMU after playing UTEP and UTSA relatively close to start the 2020 season. The Lumberjacks are now 0-4 all-time against SMU and the last three games have been all been decided by 40 points or more.

Field Goal and Extra Point Trends

After a terrible week one for field goals, FCS kickers have had three straight weeks of stable results. After opening the season with back-to-back weekends without a miss on extra points, kickers have missed at least one extra point in each of the last three weeks.

Kicking and special teams issues are unsurprising given the lack of a full spring and summer practice for some programs. Overall, week one is looking more and more like an aberration. A table and chart are shown below. The number of games played in each week is listed in parentheses.

WeekField GoalsExtra Points
Week 04/43/3
Week 11/711/11
Week 25/86/7
Week 36/84/5
Week 44/616/19
2020 Totals16/27 (60%)24/26 (92%)

What’s Ahead

21 FCS games are in the books and 35 are still scheduled to be played as of this writing. The full FCS schedule for 2020 can be found here.

Seven games are scheduled for week five including the season debut for Jacksonville State, North Alabama, and FCS superpower North Dakota State. The Bison’s game at home against Central Arkansas is their lone game this fall. It will be a smorgasbord of games featuring the FCS against fellow FCS, FBS, and Division II opponents.

DateAwayHomeTime (ET)TV
10/2CampbellWake Forest7 PMACCN
10/3North AlabamaLiberty1 PMESPN3
10/3Abilene ChristianArmy1:30 PMCBSSN
10/3Houston BaptistEastern Kentucky3 PMESPN+
10/3Central ArkansasNorth Dakota State3:30 PMESPN+
10/3Jacksonville StateFlorida State4 PMACC RSN
10/3West Texas A&MStephen F. Austin5 PM
Photo courtesy of Campbell University Athletics.

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