May 312013

Every season schools from the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schedule schools from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Usually the games result in an easy victory for the FBS school, and a nice paycheck for the FCS school. But on a rare occasion, the FCS school pulls off an upset.

Listed below are the records current and former FBS schools have against FCS opponents, and the records current and former FCS schools have against FBS opponents.

Important notes on the classification of FBS and FCS schools:

In 1978, the NCAA split Division I football into two levels. The I-A level, which is now known as the FBS, and the I-AA level which is now known as the FCS.

All of the records below go back to that split in 1978. The only games counted were the ones where a then FBS school played a then FCS school.

For the history of FBS (I-A) vs. NCAA Division II/III & NAIA click here.

Schools that were probationary FBS/I-A members were counted as full FBS members, and probationary FCS/I-AA members were counted as full FCS members.

Click here to see a list of schools that are or have been members of the FBS (I-A).


FBS (I-A) Schools vs. FCS (I-AA) Schools

Remember: The only games counted were the ones where a then FBS school played a then FCS school (i.e. Massachusetts’ games against the FCS level when they were in the FCS weren’t counted).

Columns can be sorted by clicking on the titles in the header.

WLTW Pct.Last LossFCS OpponentScore
Air Force (CO)MWC17001.000---
Akron (OH)MAC141120.5562010Gardner-Webb (NC)37-38
Alabama-BirminghamConf. USA15001.000---
Arizona St.Pac-1211001.000---
ArkansasSEC10100.9091992Citadel (SC)3-10
Arkansas St.Sun Belt22600.7862001Nicholls St. (LA)22-28
Army (NY)Ind.521210.8082012Stony Brook (NY)3-23
Auburn (AL)SEC18001.000---
Ball St. (IN)MAC17900.6542010Liberty (VA)23-27
Baylor (TX)Big 1218001.000---
Boise St. (ID)MWC16200.8891996Northwestern St. (LA)16-20
Boston College (MA)ACC20100.9521978Massachusetts0-27
Bowling Green (OH)MAC10100.9091987Youngstown St. (OH)17-20
Brigham Young (UT)Ind.7001.000---
Buffalo (NY)MAC4400.5002003Colgate (NY)15-38
Central FloridaAAC19001.000---
Central MichiganMAC24610.7902007North Dakota St.14-44
Cincinnati (OH)AAC23500.8211999Troy (AL)24-31
Clemson (SC)ACC26001.000---
ColoradoPac-121200.3332012Cal St.-Sacramento28-30
Colorado St.MWC12200.8572012North Dakota St.7-22
ConnecticutAAC11300.7862001Eastern Washington17-35
Duke (NC)ACC12300.8002011Richmond (VA)21-23
East Carolina (NC)Conf. USA23100.9581980Eastern Kentucky16-28
Eastern MichiganMAC161300.5522012Illinois St.14-31
Florida AtlanticConf. USA6001.000---
Florida InternationalConf. USA5300.6252004Western Kentucky14-35
Florida St.ACC18001.000---
Fresno St. (CA)MWC28400.8751984Montana St.31-35
Georgia St.Sun Belt000----
Georgia TechACC26110.9461983Furman (SC)14-17
HawaiiMWC20100.9522000Portland St. (OR)20-45
Houston (TX)AAC13001.000---
IdahoInd.15800.6522012Eastern Washington3-20
IllinoisBig Ten12001.000---
IndianaBig Ten9100.9002006Southern Illinois28-35
IowaBig Ten10001.000---
Iowa St.Big 1222400.8462007Northern Iowa13-24
KansasBig 1222200.9172010North Dakota St.3-6
Kansas St.Big 1223600.7931989Northern Iowa8-10
Kent St. (OH)MAC17800.6802000Youngstown St. (OH)20-26
Louisiana St.SEC9001.000---
Louisiana TechConf. USA24400.8572000Stephen F. Austin (TX)31-34
Louisiana-LafayetteSun Belt372010.6472007McNeese St. (LA)17-38
Louisiana-MonroeSun Belt251600.6102005Northwestern St. (LA)23-27
Louisville (KY)AAC26700.7881987Marshall (WV)31-34
Marshall (WV)Conf. USA16100.9412007New Hampshire35-48
Memphis (TN)AAC16340.7832012Tennessee-Martin17-20
Miami (FL)ACC17100.9441979Florida A&M13-16
Miami (OH)MAC4001.000---
MichiganBig Ten2100.6672007Appalachian St. (NC)32-34
Michigan St.Big Ten3001.000---
Middle TennesseeConf. USA6400.6002012McNeese St. (LA)21-27
MinnesotaBig Ten13300.8132011North Dakota St.24-37
MississippiSEC20110.9322010Jacksonville St. (AL)48-49
Mississippi St.SEC16100.9412004Maine7-9
Navy (MD)Ind.381500.7172007Delaware52-59
NebraskaBig Ten9001.000---
NevadaMWC13300.8131994Boise St. (ID)27-37
Nevada-Las VegasMWC141000.5832012Northern Arizona14-17
New MexicoMWC13300.8132011Sam Houston St. (TX)45-48
New Mexico St.Ind.191000.6551997Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo35-38
North CarolinaACC17100.9441999Furman (SC)3-28
North Carolina St.ACC29300.9061987East Tennessee St.14-29
North TexasConf. USA6100.8571995Alabama-Birmingham14-19
Northern IllinoisMAC29800.7842007Southern Illinois31-34
Northwestern (IL)Big Ten8200.8002006New Hampshire17-34
Notre Dame (IN)Ind.000----
OhioMAC16700.6962002Northeastern (MA)0-31
Ohio St.Big Ten2001.000---
OklahomaBig 126001.000---
Oklahoma St.Big 1221001.000---
Oregon St.Pac-1215500.7502011Cal St.-Sacramento28-29
Penn St.Big Ten7100.8751983Cincinnati (OH)3-14
Pittsburgh (PA)ACC11100.9172012Youngstown St. (OH)17-31
Purdue (IN)Big Ten8001.000---
Rice (TX)Conf. USA7300.7002007Nicholls St. (LA)14-16
Rutgers (NJ)AAC31300.9122004New Hampshire24-35
San Diego St. (CA)MWC11200.8462008Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo27-29
San Jose St. (CA)MWC15200.8822010California-Davis13-14
South AlabamaSun Belt1001.000---
South CarolinaSEC20200.9091990Citadel (SC)35-38
South FloridaAAC23001.000---
Southern CaliforniaPac-12000----
Southern Methodist (TX)AAC14100.9331990North Texas7-14
Southern MississippiConf. USA20300.8701987Louisiana-Monroe24-34
Stanford (CA)Pac-122100.6672005California-Davis17-20
Syracuse (NY)ACC9001.000---
Temple (PA)AAC141000.5832009Villanova (PA)24-27
TexasBig 124001.000---
Texas A&MSEC18001.000---
Texas ChristianBig 129200.8182001Northwestern St. (LA)24-27
Texas St.Sun Belt1001.000---
Texas TechBig 1215100.9381988North Texas24-29
Texas-El PasoConf. USA15300.8332003Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo13-34
Texas-San AntonioConf. USA2001.000---
Toledo (OH)MAC26400.8671988McNeese St. (LA)19-46
Troy (AL)Sun Belt13001.000---
Tulane (LA)Conf. USA11001.000---
Tulsa (OK)Conf. USA34200.9441987Northern Arizona20-24
Utah St.MWC20600.7692000Idaho St.24-27
Vanderbilt (TN)SEC13001.000---
VirginiaACC21300.8752009William & Mary (VA)14-26
Virginia TechACC26200.9292010James Madison (VA)16-21
Wake Forest (NC)ACC29610.8192000Appalachian St. (NC)16-20
Washington St.Pac-1217001.000---
West VirginiaBig 1210001.000---
Western KentuckySun Belt8200.8002011Indiana St.16-44
Western MichiganMAC20300.8701996Eastern Illinois20-28
WisconsinBig Ten10001.000---
WyomingMWC17100.9442012Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo22-24
Appalachian St. (NC)z Former FBS2001.000---
Brown (RI)z Former FBS3200.6001980Bucknell (PA)20-28
Cal St.-Fullertonz Former FBS131300.5001986Idaho17-25
Cal St.-Long Beachz Former FBS9400.6921991Boise St. (ID)14-48
Chattanooga (TN)z Former FBS6010.929---
Citadel (SC)z Former FBS2001.000---
Colgate (NY)z Former FBS9320.7141980Connecticut21-24
Columbia (NY)z Former FBS2200.5001981Lafayette (PA)13-28
Cornell (NY)z Former FBS2200.5001980Bucknell (PA)16-33
Dartmouth (NH)z Former FBS0310.1251981Massachusetts8-10
Drake (IA)z Former FBS2001.000---
East Tennessee St.z Former FBS6800.4291981James Madison (VA)14-17
Furman (SC)z Former FBS5001.000---
Harvard (MA)z Former FBS1200.3331979Boston (MA)10-14
Holy Cross (MA)z Former FBS7800.4671981Connecticut24-44
Illinois St.z Former FBS3200.6001980Southeastern Louisiana21-28
Indiana St.z Former FBS2001.000---
Lamar (TX)z Former FBS3100.7501978Northwestern St. (LA)17-21
McNeese St. (LA)z Former FBS4200.6671980Northwestern St. (LA)10-13
Pacific (CA)z Former FBS8700.5331992Boise St. (ID)7-17
Pennsylvaniaz Former FBS1700.1251981Delaware6-40
Princeton (NJ)z Former FBS1200.3331981Maine44-55
Richmond (VA)z Former FBS1001.000---
Southern Illinoisz Former FBS0100.0001981Tennessee St.14-17
Tennessee St.z Former FBS13500.7221980Grambling St. (LA)27-52
Texas-Arlingtonz Former FBS3100.7501980Northwestern St. (LA)31-38
Villanova (PA)z Former FBS2200.5001980Delaware7-17
Virginia Military Institutez Former FBS1210.3751980Boston (MA)22-38
Western Carolina (NC)z Former FBS2300.4001981Middle Tennessee10-23
Wichita St. (KS)z Former FBS10800.5561986Illinois St.10-17
William & Mary (VA)z Former FBS2100.6671980Delaware3-7
Yale (CT)z Former FBS4001.000---


Defeating FCS Schools

  • FBS schools have a record of 1933-407-18 (.824) vs. FCS schools.
  • In 1982 and again in 2012, I-A/FBS schools recorded 96 victories over I-AA/FCS opponents. That mark is the single-season record for the most FBS vs. FCS victories. Followed by 2011 (91 victories) and 2009 (89 victories).
  • In 2008, FBS schools were 85-2 (.977) vs. FCS opponents; the best ever single-season FBS over FCS win percentage. Followed by 2005 (.963) and 2009 (.947).
  • In 2012, Oklahoma St. defeated Savannah St. (GA) 84-0 – setting a FBS record for the largest margin of victory over a FCS school.


Losing to FCS Schools

  • On three occasions a school ranked in the AP Poll has lost to a FCS opponent. In 1983, temporary I-AA (FCS) member Cincinnati defeated No. 20 Penn St. In 2007, Appalachian St. defeated No. 5 Michigan; and in 2010, James Madison defeated No. 13 Virginia Tech.
  • Out of all the schools that belong to BCS (major) conferences, Temple has the most losses (10) to FCS opponents. Followed by Louisville (7 losses), Kansas St. (6 losses), and Wake Forest (6 losses). All of the FCS losses suffered by Kansas St. and Wake Forest occurred when the schools were in major conferences.
  • Colorado is the only current FBS school to have a losing record vs. FCS opponents (1-2).
  • In 1981, then I-A (FBS) Pennsylvania lost to Lehigh 58-0; it’s the largest margin of defeat a FBS school has suffered against a FCS school.
  • FCS schools have shutout FBS schools on 22 occasions. The last time it happened was in 2006, when Richmond shutout Duke 13-0.
  • In 1978, I-A (FBS) schools lost 29 times to I-AA (FCS) opponents. It’s the single-season record for most losses by FBS schools against FCS schools. Followed by 1980 (26 losses) and 1985 (22 losses).
  • In 1978, I-A (FBS) schools were 41-29-1  (.585) vs. I-AA (FCS) opponents; their worst win percentage ever against the FCS. Followed by 1980 (.609) and 1981 (.632). Note: Against FCS opponents the FBS hasn’t had a winning percentage below .800 since 2000; or a winning percentage below .900 since 2007.


Additional Info

  • Army has played the most games against FCS schools (65 games). Followed by Louisiana-Lafayette (58 games) and Navy (53 games).
  • Notre Dame, Southern California, and UCLA, have never played a FCS-level school.
  • In 1982, the I-A (FBS) and I-AA (FCS) faced off 119 times; the most times in one season. Followed by 2012 (106 games), and 1983 (98 games).
  • In 1997, the I-A (FCS) and I-AA (FCS) only faced off 35 times; the least amount of times in one season. Followed by 1994 (41 games) and 1995 (42 games).


Check out the chart below to see FBS vs. FCS results on a year-by-year basis.



The list below shows the records FCS schools have vs. FBS schools.

FCS (I-AA) Schools vs. FBS (I-A) Schools

Remember: The only games counted were the ones where a then FCS school played a then FBS school (i.e. Massachusetts’ games against the FCS level when they were in the FCS weren’t counted).

Includes former FCS/I-AA members.

WLTW Pct.Last WinFBS OpponentScore
Alabama A&MSWAC0200.000---
Alabama St.SWAC0300.000---
Alcorn St. (MS)SWAC1800.1111978Central Michigan24-16
Appalachian St. (NC)Southern73410.1792007Michigan34-32
Arkansas-Pine BluffSWAC0200.000---
Austin Peay (TN)OVC21600.1111987Kansas St.26-22
Bethune-Cookman (FL)MEAC0200.000---
Brown (RI)Ivy League0100.000---
Bucknell (PA)Patriot41100.2671980Cornell (NY)33-16
Cal Poly-San Luis ObispoBig Sky51400.2632012Wyoming24-22
Cal St.-SacramentoBig Sky21200.1432012Colorado30-28
California-DavisBig Sky2900.1822010San Jose St. (CA)14-13
Central ArkansasSouthland1700.1252009Western Kentucky28-7
Central Connecticut St.Northeast0100.000---
Charleston Southern (SC)Big South01300.000---
Chattanooga (TN)Southern23100.061---
Citadel (SC)Southern63700.1401992Army (NY)15-14
Coastal Carolina (SC)Big South0600.000---
Colgate (NY)Patriot42500.1382003Buffalo (NY)38-15
Columbia (NY)Ivy League0100.000---
Cornell (NY)Ivy League0100.000---
Dartmouth (NH)Ivy League0200.000---
Davidson (NC)Pioneer0600.000---
DelawareColonial151100.5772007Navy (MD)59-52
Delaware St.MEAC1400.2001987Akron (OH)52-26
Drake (IA)Pioneer21000.1671985Iowa St.20-17
Eastern IllinoisOVC43000.1182004Eastern Michigan31-28
Eastern KentuckyOVC62100.2221985Louisville (KY)45-21
Eastern WashingtonBig Sky72100.2502012Idaho20-3
Elon (NC)Southern0500.000---
Florida A&MMEAC22200.0831986Temple (PA)17-38
Fordham (NY)Patriot0300.000---
Furman (SC)Southern52410.1831999North Carolina28-3
Gardner-Webb (NC)Big South1800.1112010Akron (OH)38-37
Georgia SouthernSouthern12000.0482004Florida International53-32
Grambling St. (LA)SWAC31400.1761985Oregon St.23-6
Hampton (VA)MEAC0100.000---
Harvard (MA)Ivy League1400.2001983Army (NY)24-21
Holy Cross (MA)Patriot31100.2142002Army (NY)30-21
Howard (DC)MEAC0700.000---
Idaho St.Big Sky44000.0912000Utah St.27-24
Illinois St.MVC63400.1502012Eastern Michigan31-14
Indiana St.MVC85000.1382011Western Kentucky44-16
Jackson St. (MS)SWAC2500.2861979Tennessee St.27-21
Jacksonville St. (AL)OVC41700.1902010Mississippi49-48
James Madison (VA)Colonial52300.1792010Virginia Tech21-16
Lafayette (PA)Patriot51810.2291981Columbia (NY)28-13
Lamar (TX)Southland21500.1181989Texas-El Paso21-19
Lehigh (PA)Patriot8820.5002002Buffalo (NY)37-26
Liberty (VA)Big South21700.1052010Ball St. (IN)27-23
MaineColonial21100.1542004Mississippi St.9-7
McNeese St. (LA)Southland71910.2782012Middle Tennessee St.27-21
Mississippi Valley St.SWAC0300.000---
Missouri St.MVC12900.0331990Nevada-Las Vegas31-24
MontanaBig Sky72100.2502003Idaho41-28
Montana St.Big Sky43300.1082006Colorado19-10
Morehead St. (KY)Pioneer3300.5001989Cincinnati (OH)13-10
Morgan St. (MD)MEAC0700.000---
Murray St. (KY)OVC32120.1541984Louisville (KY)26-23
New HampshireColonial7610.5362009Ball St. (IN)23-16
Nicholls St. (LA)Southland23400.0562007Rice (TX)16-14
Norfolk St. (VA)MEAC0500.000---
North Carolina A&TMEAC0400.000---
North Carolina CentralMEAC0400.000---
North DakotaBig Sky0600.000---
North Dakota St.MVC6300.6672012Colorado St.22-7
Northern ArizonaBig Sky23000.0632012Nevada-Las Vegas17-14
Northern ColoradoBig Sky0700.000---
Northern IowaMVC92400.2732007Iowa St.24-13
Northwestern St. (LA)Southland164400.2672005Louisiana-Monroe27-23
PennsylvaniaIvy League1300.2501986Navy (MD)30-26
Portland St. (OR)Big Sky22000.0912006New Mexico17-6
Prairie View A&M (TX)SWAC0200.000---
Presbyterian (SC)Big South0500.000---
Princeton (NJ)Ivy League0400.000---
Rhode IslandColonial21600.1112000Connecticut26-21
Richmond (VA)Colonial53100.1392011Duke (NC)23-21
Sam Houston St. (TX)Southland32600.1032011New Mexico48-45
Samford (AL)Southern01700.000---
Savannah St. (GA)MEAC0200.000---
South Carolina St.MEAC01000.000---
South DakotaMVC1400.2002010Minnesota41-38
South Dakota St.MVC0500.000---
Southeast Missouri St.OVC11700.0562002Middle Tennessee St.24-14
Southeastern LouisianaSouthland51700.2271981Louisiana-Monroe50-47
Southern (LA)SWAC0800.000---
Southern IllinoisMVC33200.0862007Northern Illinois34-31
Southern UtahBig Sky21700.1052011Nevada-Las Vegas41-16
Stephen F. Austin (TX)Southland21500.1182003Louisiana-Monroe23-21
Stony Brook (NY)Colonial1400.2002012Army (NY)23-3
Tennessee St.OVC3300.5001984Louisville (KY)24-15
Tennessee TechOVC23100.0611980Western Carolina (NC)26-10
Tennessee-MartinOVC11400.0672012Memphis (TN)20-17
Texas SouthernSWAC11500.0631978Tennessee St.16-0
Towson (MD)Colonial0600.000---
Villanova (PA)Colonial31400.1762009Temple (PA)27-24
Virginia Military InstituteBig South02700.000---
Wagner (NY)Northeast0100.000---
Weber St. (UT)Big Sky34300.0651993Nevada47-30
Western Carolina (NC)Southern04300.000---
Western IllinoisMVC62700.1822003Eastern Michigan34-12
William & Mary (VA)Colonial53800.1162009Virginia26-14
Wofford (SC)Southern11600.0592000Louisiana-Monroe24-6
Yale (CT)Ivy League0700.000---
Youngstown St. (OH)MVC202610.4362012Pittsburgh (PA)31-17
Akron (OH)z Former FCS7700.5001986Kent St. (OH)17-7
Alabama-Birminghamz Former FCS1200.3331995North Texas19-14
Arkansas St.z Former FCS52840.1891989Memphis (TN)17-13
Ball St. (IN)z Former FCS0300.000---
Boise St. (ID)z Former FCS141400.5001995Utah St.38-14
Boston (MA)z Former FCS6700.4621994Army (NY)21-12
Bowling Green (OH)z Former FCS1400.2001982Central Michigan34-30
Buffalo (NY)z Former FCS0100.000---
Cal St.-Northridgez Former FCS21000.1671996New Mexico St.33-0
Central Floridaz Former FCS3600.3331995Louisiana-Monroe34-14
Cincinnati (OH)z Former FCS3610.3501983Rutgers (NJ)18-7
Connecticutz Former FCS41610.2141999Buffalo (NY)23-0
East Tennessee St.z Former FCS12000.0481987North Carolina St.29-14
Eastern Michiganz Former FCS0200.000---
Florida Atlanticz Former FCS1400.2002003Middle Tennessee St.20-19
Florida Internationalz Former FCS0200.000---
Georgia St.z Former FCS0400.000---
Hofstra (NY)z Former FCS1400.2001999Buffalo (NY)20-13
Idahoz Former FCS91700.3461994Nevada-Las Vegas48-38
Kent St. (OH)z Former FCS0300.000---
Louisiana Techz Former FCS72000.2591988Louisiana-Lafayette19-16
Louisiana-Monroez Former FCS61200.3331993Arkansas St.42-10
Marshall (WV)z Former FCS5800.3851988Ohio31-14
Massachusettsz Former FCS82300.2581984Ball St. (IN)26-10
Miami (OH)z Former FCS3100.7501982Central Michigan23-0
Middle Tennessee St.z Former FCS21810.1191992Northern Illinois21-13
Nevadaz Former FCS12800.6001991Nevada-Las Vegas50-8
North Texasz Former FCS72900.1941990Southern Methodist (TX)14-7
Northeastern (MA)z Former FCS2700.2222002Ohio31-0
Northern Illinoisz Former FCS1200.3331982Central Michigan19-13
Ohioz Former FCS1200.3331982Toledo (OH)17-14
Saint Mary's (CA)z Former FCS0200.000---
South Alabamaz Former FCS0200.000---
South Floridaz Former FCS0100.000---
Texas St.z Former FCS42000.1672000Louisiana-Monroe27-7
Texas-Arlingtonz Former FCS4600.4001985Wichita St. (KS)31-3
Troy (AL)z Former FCS4300.5711999Middle Tennessee St.48-31
West Texas A&Mz Former FCS41200.2501985New Mexico St.55-25
Western Kentuckyz Former FCS32500.1072004Florida International35-14
Western Michiganz Former FCS1010.7501982Toledo (OH)17-10
Wichita St. (KS)z Former FCS0500.000---


The list below shows the games where a then FCS school defeated or tied a FBS opponent from a major conference (BCS conferences, major independents before the BCS, and and the now defunct Big Eight and Southwest conferences).

FCS (I-AA) Schools Defeating Major FBS (I-A) Opponents

YearFCS TeamOpponentConfScore
1978MassachusettsvsBoston College (MA)Ind.W 27-0
1979Florida A&MvsMiami (FL)Ind.W 16-13
1982Furman (SC)atSouth CarolinaInd.W 28-23
1982James Madison (VA)atVirginiaACCW 21-17
1982Miami (OH)atNorthwestern (IL)Big TenW 27-13
1983Appalachian St. (NC)atWake Forest (NC)ACCW 27-25
1983Cincinnati (OH)atKentuckySECT 13-13
1983Cincinnati (OH)atPenn St. (AP #20)Ind.W 14-3
1983Furman (SC)atGeorgia TechACCW 17-14
1984Furman (SC)atNorth Carolina St.ACCW 34-30
1984IdahovsOregon St.Pac-12W 41-22
1985Drake (IA)atIowa St.Big EightW 20-17
1985Furman (SC)atNorth Carolina St.ACCW 42-20
1985Grambling St. (LA)nOregon St.Pac-12W 23-6
1985North TexasatKansas St.Big EightW 22-10
1985Northern IowaatKansas St.Big EightW 10-6
1985Richmond (VA)atVirginia TechInd.W 24-14
1986Arkansas St.atMississippiSECT 10-10
1986Furman (SC)atGeorgia TechACCT 17-17
1986North TexasatTexas ChristianSWCW 24-20
1986Northern IowaatKansas St.Big EightW 17-0
1986Texas St.atRice (TX)SWCW 31-6
1986William & Mary (VA)atVirginiaACCW 41-37
1987Austin Peay (TN)atKansas St.Big EightW 26-22
1987East Tennessee St.atNorth Carolina St.ACCW 29-14
1987Louisiana TechatKansasBig EightW 16-11
1988Appalachian St. (NC)atWake Forest (NC)ACCT 34-34
1988Louisiana TechatKansas St.Big EightW 31-28
1988North TexasatRice (TX)SWCW 33-17
1988North TexasatTexas TechSWCW 29-24
1989Appalachian St. (NC)atWake Forest (NC)ACCW 15-10
1989Northern IowaatKansas St.Big EightW 10-8
1990Citadel (SC)atSouth CarolinaInd.W 38-35
1990MontanaatOregon St.Pac-12W 22-15
1990North TexasvsSouthern Methodist (TX)SWCW 14-7
1991Appalachian St. (NC)atWake Forest (NC)ACCW 17-3
1992Citadel (SC)atArkansasSECW 10-3
1992Northern IowaatIowa St.Big EightW 27-10
1994Northern IowaatIowa St.Big EightW 28-14
1995Appalachian St. (NC)atWake Forest (NC)ACCW 24-22
1996MontanaatOregon St.Pac-12W 35-14
1998Appalachian St. (NC)atWake Forest (NC)ACCW 30-27
1998William & Mary (VA)atTemple (PA)Big EastW 45-38
1999Furman (SC)atNorth CarolinaACCW 28-3
2000Appalachian St. (NC)atWake Forest (NC)ACCW 20-16
2002Villanova (PA)atRutgers (NJ)Big EastW 37-19
2003Villanova (PA)atTemple (PA)Big EastW 23-20
2004MaineatMississippi St.SECW 9-7
2004New HampshireatRutgers (NJ)Big EastW 35-24
2005California-DavisatStanford (CA)Pac-12W 20-17
2006Montana St.atColoradoBig 12W 19-10
2006New HampshireatNorthwestern (IL)Big TenW 34-17
2006Richmond (VA)atDuke (NC)ACCW 13-0
2006Southern IllinoisatIndianaBig TenW 35-28
2007Appalachian St. (NC)atMichigan (AP# 5)Big TenW 34-32
2007North Dakota St.atMinnesotaBig TenW 27-21
2007Northern IowaatIowa St.Big 12W 24-13
2009Richmond (VA)atDuke (NC)ACCW 24-16
2009William & Mary (VA)atVirginiaACCW 26-14
2010Jacksonville St. (AL)atMississippiSECW 49-48
2010James Madison (VA)atVirginia Tech (AP# 13)ACCW 21-16
2010North Dakota St.atKansasBig 12W 6-3
2010South DakotaatMinnesotaBig TenW 41-38
2011Cal St.-SacramentoatOregon St.Pac-12W 29-28
2011North Dakota St.atMinnesotaBig TenW 37-24
2011Richmond (VA)atDuke (NC)ACCW 23-21
2012Cal St.-SacramentoatColoradoPac-12W 30-28
2012Youngstown St. (OH)atPittsburghBig EastW 31-17


As a FCS school, Appalachian St. has the most victories and ties over major FBS opponents (7 wins & 1 tie), followed by Furman (5 wins & 1 tie), and Northern Iowa (6 wins).


References: Game scores were retrieved from College Football Data Warehouse.


  19 Responses to “History of FBS (I-A) vs. FCS (I-AA)”

  1. In your 2nd chart above you have Cincinnati listed as a member of Div. 1-AA in 1983 & 1984, but they were a member of the University/Div 1/Div 1-A/FBS since the 1956 designation.

  2. I noticed you have Georgia Southern with one victory aginst an D1 team (FIU) but this was there transisition year? Why is this counted as if FIU was a full D1 member and not as a 1AA team? If you are counting that way should not FA&M be counted as a D1 team in 2004?

    Thank You,
    I love your website, I have been trying to put together this same list for the past year,But yours is better than what I could have imagined.


    • Thanks for the compliments. This was my second go at it, and I’m happier with the results.

      You’re right to notice that I counted transition years as FBS/1-A years. It was a line that had to be crossed either way. Most teams in transition are treated as FBS/1-A by the media (i.e. UTSA, South Alabama, etc. this year), so I went with that.

      I don’t count Florida A&M as FBS/1-A in 2004, because they abandoned their plans to join the FBS/1-A before the season.

  3. I know this doesnt go with your article but I was going to see if you could help me with a question. I’m looking for the longest losing streaks for college teams in road games. Especially the current streaks of FBS and FCS schools. I’m from Idaho and our local college team is Idaho State of the Big Sky conference and they are horrible…..especially on the road. I know its currently in the 30′s. Thanks

    • This is a topic that I would find interesting. Perhaps this week or the next I’ll tackle it. I imagine Prairie View A&M is at the top of the list. From 1989-1998, they didn’t win a single game; 80 losses in a row.

  4. McNeese St. trying to join this list, they’re beating USF 43-14 in the 4th…..

    • I’ll be sure to add McNeese St. to the list after the season. South Florida isn’t a powerhouse program, but this was monumental upset.

      - McNeese State’s 53-21 victory set a record for greatest margin of victory by a FCS school over a BCS (or equivalent) opponent.
      - The Cowboys were also the first FCS team to post a 50-point or more score over a BCS opponent.

  5. On three occasions a school ranked in the AP Poll has lost to a FCS opponent. In 1983, temporary I-AA (FCS) member Cincinnati defeated No. 20 Penn St. In 2007, Appalachian St. defeated No. 5 Michigan; and in 2010, James Madison defeated No. 13 Virginia Tech.

    Eastern Washington became #4 tonight by rallying to beat No. 25 Oregon State 49-46.

    • It’s an awesome upset. I thought Eastern Washington at least had a fighting chance, but I never would’ve predicted a high-scoring upset.

      I’ll be sure to add this game to the list after the season. We’ll see if there’ll be more games like this one.

  6. Great site . . . are Cincinnati (1983) and North Texas State (1988) the only FCS teams to defeat two FBS teams in the same season?

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  8. […] frequently early in the season, to provide a near-guaranteed win for their team. According to, FBS teams are 1,933-407-18 against FCS teams since 1978. These games have become especially […]

  9. Time to update your list!! Add UF to the list of FBS teams upset by an FCS team. It happened this weekend in The Swamp. GSU 26 UF 20. HAIL SOUTHERN!!

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  11. Just wondering the last time an FCS school hosted a FBS school.

  12. This is a topic that I would find interesting. Perhaps this week or the next I’ll tackle it. Great site

  13. Does your research cover the so-called powerhouse teams who have changed to more significant conferences but who rather than establishing themselves as power house teams are now just mediocre also rand ?

    • It includes every school that is currently a part of the FBS. So I think the answer to your question is “yes”.

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