2020 FCS Season: Inside The Box Score for Week 7

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.

DateAwayHomeScore
10/17Jacksonville StateNorth Alabama24-17
10/17Eastern KentuckyTroy29-31
10/17Angelo StateStephen F. Austin12-31
10/17Central ArkansasMissouri State33-24

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 TeamFCS PointsFBS PointsFCS Off. YardsFCS Def. Yards
Eastern Kentucky2931425507
Week 7 Totals (1)2931425507
Week 6 Totals (2)3664629801
Week 6 Averages1832314.5400.5
Week 5 Totals (4)681901,3041,955
Week 5 Averages1747.5326488.8
Week 4 Totals (3)661681,0221,509
Week 4 Averages2256340.7503
Week 3 Totals (5)641881,5092,183
Week 3 Averages12.837.6301.8436.6
Week 2 Totals (6)752481,7343,062
Week 2 Averages12.541.3289510.3
Week 1 Totals (4)801851,2582,171
Week 1 Averages2046.3314.5542.8
YTD Totals (25)4181,0747,88112,188
YTD Averages16.743.0315.2487.5

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.

Team2020 vs. FBSAll-Time RecordLast FBS win
Eastern Kentucky0-36-352014
ConferenceWeekly Record2020 Record
ACC (FBS)0-04-0
American Athletic (FBS)0-03-0
Big 12 (FBS)0-03-0
Big South (FCS)0-00-5
Conference USA (FBS)0-07-0
FBS Independents0-03-0
MVFC (FCS)0-00-1
Ohio Valley (FCS)0-10-6
SoCon (FCS)0-00-3
Southland (FCS)0-00-10
Sun Belt (FBS)1-05-0

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.

WeekField GoalsFG %Extra PointsXP %
Week 04/4100%3/3100%
Week 11/714%11/11100%
Week 25/863%6/786%
Week 36/875%4/580%
Week 44/667%16/1984%
Week 59/1560%25/2793%
Week 65/771%11/11100%
Week 711/1385%17/17100%
2020 Totals45/6866%93/10093%

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.

DateAwayHomeTime (ET)TV
10/23Jacksonville StateFlorida International8 PMESPN3
10/24MercerArmy12 PMCBSSN
10/24Abilene ChristianStephen F. Austin1:30 PMFloSports
10/24Central ArkansasEastern Kentucky3 PMESPN+
10/24ChattanoogaWestern Kentucky4 PMESPN3
Photo courtesy of Troy Athletics.

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