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FCS & FBS
I have heard talking heads on the radio proclaim that there is no NCAA champion in Division I Football. Funny. I have a banner in my family room for the University of Richmond for 2008 that says, "NCAA Division I National Champions". Part of me wants a BCS playoff sanctioned by the NCAA but another part relishes the fact that FCS settles the issue on the field among the top teams: soon to be 24 teams or 1/5 of those playing and certainly the top team is in there somewhere. In BCS, who the heck knows. The SEC gets much stature each year before the season starts that the fact that they don't come north to play anyone when it is cold or that the entire league only plays 12 non-conference games against teams from other BCS leagues just gets ignored. They all have lousy SOS until they start playing each other then the SOS shoots up. I guess I put some faith in the Sagarin and it shows LSU and Bama as top teams but I still wish that the SEC teams did not play so many cupcakes all year. Sure, they have 3 tough games but then 3-4 non-conference games are easy and you get to play Vandy, Ky, recently UT, Ole Miss most every year and soon you have only 5 games you MIGHT have a chance to lose and really only 2-3. Of course, Wisconsin has made it to #4 in the country doing the same thing. Michigan made it to #11 playing CMU, EMU, WMU, Minnesota and Notre Dame. Only one game they might lose in the first 5 and then they lose to MSU. In my mind, Michigan is 1-1. How many teams sitting at 6-0 or 5-1 are actually 2-0 or 1-1 against real competition.
The beauty of FCS is that the talent level is more evenly distributed and you can build a winner and if you are decent you can compete with the top of FCS.
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