With September in the rearview mirror, the fifth week of the college football season brought the beginning of October and 7 FCS games. Below is a look back on trends from week five.
|10/3||Houston Baptist||Eastern Kentucky||33-30|
|10/3||Central Arkansas||North Dakota State||28-39|
|10/3||Jacksonville State||Florida State||24-41|
|10/3||West Texas A&M||Stephen F. Austin||6-34|
FCS Versus FBS Points and Yardage
We 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, 22 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 each week is listed in parentheses.
|FCS Team||FCS Points||FBS Points||FCS Off. Yards||FCS Def. Yards|
|Week 5 Totals (4)||68||190||1,304||1,955|
|Week 5 Averages||17||47.5||326||488.8|
|Week 4 Totals (3)||66||168||1,022||1,509|
|Week 4 Averages||22||56||340.7||503|
|Week 3 Totals (5)||64||188||1,509||2,183|
|Week 3 Averages||12.8||37.6||301.8||436.6|
|Week 2 Totals (6)||75||248||1,734||3,062|
|Week 2 Averages||12.5||41.3||289||510.3|
|Week 1 Totals (4)||80||185||1,258||2,171|
|Week 1 Averages||20||46.3||314.5||542.8|
|YTD Totals (22)||353||979||6,827||10,880|
The historical scoring average through 2019 for 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.
|Team||2020 vs. FBS||All-Time Record||Last FBS Win|
|Conference||Weekly Record||2020 Record|
|American Athletic (FBS)||0-0||3-0|
|Big 12 (FBS)||0-0||3-0|
|Big South (FCS)||0-2||0-5|
|Conference USA (FBS)||0-0||7-0|
|Ohio Valley (FCS)||0-1||0-5|
|Sun Belt (FBS)||0-0||3-0|
FCS School Trends Versus FBS Teams
Abilene Christian went to West Point and lost 55-23 against Army. The Wildcats are now 1-11 all-time against FBS foes but the 32-point loss at Army was only their second-worst versus FBS teams. The lone game that resulted in a larger margin of defeat was the 45-7 loss at Mississippi State in 2019.
Campbell ended its 2020 season with a rough 66-14 loss at Wake Forest. It was Campbell’s first-ever game against a Power 5 opponent after the previous six games against FBS teams were from the Sun Belt. Unfortunately, it was the second time the Camels gave up 66 points to an FBS team as they did so against Appalachian State in 2014. Wake Forest’s 66 points were also the most they have ever scored against an FCS team with the previous record of 53 coming against Presbyterian in 2010.
Jacksonville State put a scare into Florida State and the 41-24 final score was deceiving for what was seen on the field. The Gamecocks also played the Seminoles tough back in 2009 when FSU won 19-9. Jacksonville State has faced only two ACC opponents in its history – Florida State and Georgia Tech – but played a total of 5 games against them. The Gamecocks are 0-5 in those games but they will get another crack against Florida State next season.
North Alabama’s game against Liberty is the easiest one to comb through the records for as Liberty was the first-ever FBS opponent for the Lions. The Lions played quite well defensively against Liberty as they surrendered only 7 first-half points in 28-7 loss. North Alabama faces two more FBS opponents this fall in Southern Miss (11/7) and BYU (11/21).
Field Goal and Extra Point Trends
Special teams have been worth keeping an eye this fall given the lack of a full spring and summer practice for most programs. Week one saw FCS kickers convert just one of their seven field goal attempts but have yet to have a similarly poor week since then. Week five saw FCS kickers miss 6 field goal attempts just like week one but they also attempted 8 more field goals.
Overall, week one is looking more and more like an aberration though field goal kicking continues to be shaky. A table and chart are shown below for field goals (in blue) and extra points (in orange). The number of games played in each week is listed in parentheses.
|Week||Field Goals||FG %||Extra Points||XP %|
What’s Ahead for Week Six
As of this writing, we are nearly halfway through the FCS season with 28 of the 58 games completed. The latest updated FCS schedule for 2020 can be found here.
Week six showcases four FCS games with two against FBS competition, one against a Division II opponent, and one all-FCS matchup.
|10/10||The Citadel||Army||1:30 PM||CBSSN|
|10/10||Mercer||Jacksonville State||3 PM||ESPN+|
|10/10||Central Arkansas||Arkansas State||3:30 PM||ESPN3|
|10/10||Angelo State||Stephen F. Austin||5 PM|