As we inch closer to the end of October – and the fall season – we saw four games played in week seven featuring FCS teams. Below is a look back at what happened in the seventh week of the 2020 college football season.
|10/17||Jacksonville State||North Alabama||24-17|
|10/17||Angelo State||Stephen F. Austin||12-31|
|10/17||Central Arkansas||Missouri State||33-24|
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, 25 FCS versus FBS games have been played. Both charts and tables are provided to show the change throughout the season. The number of games played each week is listed in parentheses.
Please note that due to only 1 game being played in week 7, no averages will be provided for the week.
|FCS Team||FCS Points||FBS Points||FCS Off. Yards||FCS Def. Yards|
|Week 7 Totals (1)||29||31||425||507|
|Week 6 Totals (2)||36||64||629||801|
|Week 6 Averages||18||32||314.5||400.5|
|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 (25)||418||1,074||7,881||12,188|
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)||0-0||0-5|
|Conference USA (FBS)||0-0||7-0|
|Ohio Valley (FCS)||0-1||0-6|
|Sun Belt (FBS)||1-0||5-0|
FCS School Trends Versus FBS Teams
Eastern Kentucky lost a heartbreaking game at Troy 31-29 when the Trojans hit a last-second field goal. The Colonels had scored a TD with 21 seconds left but the comeback by Troy left them stunned.
The Colonels have struggled against FBS foes since their last win in 2014. They are 0-13 with 10 of those losses coming by double-digits. The game against Troy was EKU’s first game against a Sun Belt opponent and very nearly gave them an epic win.
Field Goal and Extra Point Trends
The kicking game has been one of the trends to improve as the season has gone on. This is unsurprising as spring and summer practices were cut short and hurt special teams’ ability to gain valuable reps.
The last two weeks have been stellar for kickers with only four missed field goals in 7 games and no missed extra points for the second week in a row. After slumping to a cumulative 45% following week one’s games, field goal percentage is up to 66% for the entire season after 11 of 13 attempts were made over the weekend.
|Week||Field Goals||FG %||Extra Points||XP %|
What’s Ahead for Week Eight
As of this writing, 35 of the 57 games scheduled FCS games have been completed. The latest updated FCS schedule for 2020 can be found here. Week eight will feature five games with three against FBS competition and two all-FCS matchups.
|10/23||Jacksonville State||Florida International||8 PM||ESPN3|
|10/24||Abilene Christian||Stephen F. Austin||1:30 PM||FloSports|
|10/24||Central Arkansas||Eastern Kentucky||3 PM||ESPN+|
|10/24||Chattanooga||Western Kentucky||4 PM||ESPN3|