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Yo E$PN, it is the NCAA Division I Football Championship, not the FCS championship.
Sorry capitalists, this is a true tournament system like all other major NCAA sports. Only football is the largest student participatory sport on campus. It is the epitome of college sports. So please take your cue to get it right.
There it is in all-cap type on their broadcast "HOME OF THE NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP".
They show the NCAA Division III Football
Six games are between top 25 teams this week, one top 25 team faces a non-Division I opponent, and one top 25 team is idle. Rankings based on the Gridiron Power Index (GPI).
10/31/2011 GPI Top 25
1. North Dakota State won 27-16 @ #11 Indiana State
2. Northern Iowa won 21-17 vs #23 Youngstown State
3T. Sam Houston State won 38-9 @ #88 Southeast Louisiana
3T. Georgia Southern won 14-12 vs. #35 The Citadel
5T. Appalachian State lost
A quick look at the GPI and the two major polls, the FCS Coaches Poll and The Sports Network Poll displays some notable differences.
In fact, the two polls contain the exact same teams save one different one in each.
20% of the same teams in both polls are not in the GPI top 25 (Alabama State, Delaware, Indiana State, Jackson State, Tennessee Tech and William & Mary) and the FCS Coaches Poll has an additional one (North Dakota) which is not in the GPI top 25. Illinois
I have often said how little a fan I am of these non-FCS matchups we endure every year. Yes FBS teams pay well and we pay good enough to non-Division I teams, but there are things I don't understand.
Probably the biggest aspect is how many FCS fans are deep-down FBS wannabes. They LOVE when their FCS team plays at an FBS school. I have a feeling they think to themselves (and some belligerently out loud) that this is "real" college football. Same type of mentality
As anyone who has read my work over the past decade knows, I have a pet peeve with the used naming of the FCS and it's related topics. Often, in my opinion, the mistakes are either purposefully done to demean the division or worse, a company directive. Although I will admit that the confusion was even present on NCAA official material and that fanned the flames of confusion.
For years I battled with my writings, phone calls, emails, messageboard posts, radio show, and any other
Updated 07-28-2011 at 09:43 PM by rwallace