nah, but these pundits that can't stop talking about the big bad FBS teams beating up on the lowly poor FCS teams need one.
I hear that our beloved Herbie was talking about how pathetic it is that FBS teams schedule these FCS teams only to beat up on them. Now this is not a rant on Herbie alone, so don't take this as a jab at him. He is just the latest talking head.
but I have a few choice issues with this thought:
1. I don't recall the outrage when Oregon beat up on Nicholls State 66-0. I recall a bunch of commentators swooning over Mariota and the fast flying ducks that have obviously not falling far off without Chip Kelly. I guess that extra 4 points it takes to break 70 must be a big difference!
2. "Whoever schedules these games should take a hard look in the mirror" 5 Years later? When these games against Savannah State, FAMU and so forth were scheduled, so forth was a current adverb! Nobody had a clue that the BCS was going away and a playoff was coming. The media, the same talking heads bashing them right now, practically demand they schedule these for "style points". The best example: OSU beats Buffalo 40-20, but that isn't as good as Oregon beating Nicholls State 66-0 because...
3."FCS teams get humiliated in these games" OH REALLY!!! Tell that to Appalachian State! Tell that to winless Akron who was a play away from eternal glory! Tell that to Towson, Eastern Washington and There were 4 games between FBS/FCS teams that had a 70 point difference! The first week of the season there were 7 WINS by FCS opponents over FBS opponents! Especially when you just glorified...
4. YOU WERE JUST AT NORTH DAKOTA STATE LAST WEEKEND! Come on Herbie! You just spent a whole weekend talking about how great NDSU is and their record against FBS teams. Tell 95% of the FBS teams they have to face NDSU and I bet they would be concerned of losing to them.
5. Without these games, most FCS programs might not be able to afford a football team. What does a program like OSU and Miami get by scheduling these games? Admonishment for beating them by 70 points? Does that help them in any way? OR do the smaller programs get to afford to keep their football and maybe support another few sports of those kids who are good enough to play in FBS programs. If these games don't happen, players like Jared Allen, Joe Flacco and others won't be able to make it in the NFL. They bash on these games but they forget all the good they do FOR the little guy. FAMU might not have learned much by getting their heads smashed in, but they get to play the game because of it. More and more football programs are growing because of the spread of wealth down. Its not perfect, but its how it happens.
6. "Imagine how the players feel after a loss like that" I'm pretty sure Herbie would have no idea how that feels because he never was there. Herbie was a highly sought after recruit that got the official visits the the top programs. He got to be wined and dined a bit. Most of these FCS players probably never visited another program outside of the one school that wanted them. Those kids from FAMU, who beat Miami in 1979 as "supposed underdogs", most likely went in knowing they were going to lose big so they probably could care less. They might of really enjoyed playing in such a crowd and walking through a place like the shoe. I don't know about you, but you could beat the crap out of me on a football team if I could just feel for once what it would be like to be on that field in that situation.
I just don't think Herbie and the pundits get it! True these games are absolutely lopsided, but there is more to it than picking out the 4 games you feel were meeting your point. I know this is something they can talk about and get people like myself riled up but I just wonder if it will matter when Alabama will play Georgia State and beat them by 50+? FYI, Georgia State just moved from an FCS conference to a low end FBS conference.