Aug 272014

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 in the last year(s) of their FBS/I-A probationary period were counted as full FBS 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 (1978-2013)

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.

SchoolConf.WLTW Pct.Last LossFCS OpponentScore
Air Force (CO)MWC18001.000---
Akron (OH)MAC151120.5712010Gardner-Webb (NC)37-38
Alabama-BirminghamConf. USA16001.000---
Appalachian St. (NC)Sun Belt2001.000---
Arizona St.Pac-1212001.000---
ArkansasSEC11100.9171992Citadel (SC)3-10
Arkansas St.Sun Belt23600.7932001Nicholls St. (LA)22-28
Army (NY)Ind.531210.8112012Stony Brook (NY)3-23
Auburn (AL)SEC19001.000---
Ball St. (IN)MAC18900.6672010Liberty (VA)23-27
Baylor (TX)Big 1219001.000---
Boise St. (ID)MWC17200.8951996Northwestern St. (LA)16-20
Boston College (MA)ACC21100.9551978Massachusetts0-27
Bowling Green (OH)MAC11100.9171987Youngstown St. (OH)17-20
Brigham Young (UT)Ind.8001.000---
Buffalo (NY)MAC5400.5562003Colgate (NY)15-38
Central FloridaAAC19001.000---
Central MichiganMAC25610.7972007North Dakota St.14-44
Cincinnati (OH)AAC24500.8281999Troy (AL)24-31
Clemson (SC)ACC28001.000---
ColoradoPac-123200.6002012Cal St.-Sacramento28-30
Colorado St.MWC13200.8672012North Dakota St.7-22
ConnecticutAAC11400.7332013Towson (MD)18-33
Duke (NC)ACC13300.8132011Richmond (VA)21-23
East Carolina (NC)AAC24100.9601980Eastern Kentucky16-28
Eastern MichiganMAC171300.5672012Illinois St.14-31
FloridaSEC15100.9382013Georgia Southern20-26
Florida AtlanticConf. USA6001.000---
Florida InternationalConf. USA5400.5562013Bethune-Cookman (FL)13-34
Florida St.ACC19001.000---
Fresno St. (CA)MWC29400.8791984Montana St.31-35
Georgia SouthernSun Belt000----
Georgia St.Sun Belt2300.4002013Jacksonville St. (AL)26-32
Georgia TechACC26110.9461983Furman (SC)14-17
HawaiiMWC20100.9522000Portland St. (OR)20-45
Houston (TX)AAC14001.000---
IdahoSun Belt15900.6252013Old Dominion (VA)38-59
IllinoisBig Ten13001.000---
IndianaBig Ten10100.9092006Southern Illinois28-35
IowaBig Ten11001.000---
Iowa St.Big 1222500.8152013Northern Iowa20-28
KansasBig 1223200.9202010North Dakota St.3-6
Kansas St.Big 1223700.7672013North Dakota St.21-24
Kent St. (OH)MAC18800.6922000Youngstown St. (OH)20-26
Louisiana St.SEC10001.000---
Louisiana TechConf. USA25400.8622000Stephen F. Austin (TX)31-34
Louisiana-LafayetteSun Belt382010.6532007McNeese St. (LA)17-38
Louisiana-MonroeSun Belt261600.6192005Northwestern St. (LA)23-27
Louisville (KY)ACC27700.7941987Marshall (WV)31-34
Marshall (WV)Conf. USA17100.9442007New Hampshire35-48
MarylandBig Ten13001.000---
Memphis (TN)AAC17340.7922012Tennessee-Martin17-20
Miami (FL)ACC18100.9471979Florida A&M13-16
Miami (OH)MAC4001.000---
MichiganBig Ten2100.6672007Appalachian St. (NC)32-34
Michigan St.Big Ten4001.000---
Middle TennesseeConf. USA7400.6362012McNeese St. (LA)21-27
MinnesotaBig Ten14300.8242011North Dakota St.24-37
MississippiSEC21110.9352010Jacksonville St. (AL)48-49
Mississippi St.SEC17100.9442004Maine7-9
Navy (MD)Ind.391500.7222007Delaware52-59
NebraskaBig Ten10001.000---
NevadaMWC14300.8241994Boise St. (ID)27-37
Nevada-Las VegasMWC151000.6002012Northern Arizona14-17
New MexicoMWC13300.8132011Sam Houston St. (TX)45-48
New Mexico St.Sun Belt201000.6671997Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo35-38
North CarolinaACC18100.9471999Furman (SC)3-28
North Carolina St.ACC30300.9091987East Tennessee St.14-29
North TexasConf. USA6100.8571995Alabama-Birmingham14-19
Northern IllinoisMAC30800.7892007Southern Illinois31-34
Northwestern (IL)Big Ten9200.8182006New Hampshire17-34
Notre Dame (IN)Ind.000----
OhioMAC17700.7082002Northeastern (MA)0-31
Ohio St.Big Ten3001.000---
OklahomaBig 126001.000---
Oklahoma St.Big 1222001.000---
Old Dominion (VA)Conf. USA000----
Oregon St.Pac-1215600.7142013Eastern Washington46-49
Penn St.Big Ten7100.8751983Cincinnati (OH)3-14
Pittsburgh (PA)ACC12100.9232012Youngstown St. (OH)17-31
Purdue (IN)Big Ten9001.000---
Rice (TX)Conf. USA7300.7002007Nicholls St. (LA)14-16
Rutgers (NJ)Big Ten32300.9142004New Hampshire24-35
San Diego St. (CA)MWC11300.7862013Eastern Illinois19-40
San Jose St. (CA)MWC16200.8892010California-Davis13-14
South AlabamaSun Belt1100.5002013Southern Utah21-22
South CarolinaSEC21200.9131990Citadel (SC)35-38
South FloridaAAC23100.9582013McNeese St. (LA)21-53
Southern CaliforniaPac-12000----
Southern Methodist (TX)AAC15100.9381990North Texas7-14
Southern MississippiConf. USA20300.8701987Louisiana-Monroe24-34
Stanford (CA)Pac-122100.6672005California-Davis17-20
Syracuse (NY)ACC10001.000---
Temple (PA)AAC141100.5602013Fordham (NY)29-30
TexasBig 124001.000---
Texas A&MSEC19001.000---
Texas ChristianBig 1210200.8332001Northwestern St. (LA)24-27
Texas St.Sun Belt2001.000---
Texas TechBig 1216100.9411988North Texas24-29
Texas-El PasoConf. USA15300.8332003Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo13-34
Texas-San AntonioConf. USA2001.000---
Toledo (OH)MAC27400.8711988McNeese St. (LA)19-46
Troy (AL)Sun Belt14001.000---
Tulane (LA)AAC12001.000---
Tulsa (OK)AAC34200.9441987Northern Arizona20-24
Utah St.MWC21600.7782000Idaho St.24-27
Vanderbilt (TN)SEC14001.000---
VirginiaACC22300.8802009William & Mary (VA)14-26
Virginia TechACC27200.9312010James Madison (VA)16-21
Wake Forest (NC)ACC30610.8242000Appalachian St. (NC)16-20
Washington St.Pac-1218001.000---
West VirginiaBig 1211001.000---
Western KentuckyConf. USA9200.8182011Indiana St.16-44
Western MichiganMAC20400.8332013Nicholls St. (LA)23-27
WisconsinBig Ten11001.000---
WyomingMWC18100.9472012Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo22-24
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 2028-423-18 (.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 2013 (95 victories), 2011 (91 victories), and 2009 (89 victories).
  • In 2008, FBS schools were 85-2 (.977) vs. FCS opponents; the best 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 four 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; in 2010, James Madison defeated No. 13 Virginia Tech; and in 2013, Eastern Washington defeated No. 25 Oregon St.
  • Among the schools that belong to a Power 5 conference, Louisville and Kansas St. have the most losses (7) to FCS opponents.
  • 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.


Additional Info

  • Army has played the most games against FCS schools (66 games). Followed by Louisiana-Lafayette (59 games) and Navy (54 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 2013 (111 games), 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 (1978-2012).



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

FCS (I-AA) Schools vs. FBS (I-A) Schools (1978-2013)

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
Abilene Christian (TX)Southland0100.000---
Alabama A&MSWAC0300.000---
Alabama St.SWAC0400.000---
Alcorn St. (MS)SWAC1900.1001978Central Michigan24-16
Arkansas-Pine BluffSWAC0300.000---
Austin Peay (TN)OVC21900.0951987Kansas St.26-22
Bethune-Cookman (FL)MEAC1300.2502013Florida International34-13
Brown (RI)Ivy League0100.000---
Bucknell (PA)Patriot41100.2671980Cornell (NY)33-16
Cal Poly-San Luis ObispoBig Sky51600.2382012Wyoming24-22
Cal St.-SacramentoBig Sky21400.1252012Colorado30-28
California-DavisBig Sky21000.1672010San Jose St. (CA)14-13
Central ArkansasSouthland1800.1112009Western Kentucky28-7
Central Connecticut St.Northeast0100.000---
Charleston Southern (SC)Big South01400.000---
Chattanooga (TN)Southern33200.0862013Georgia St.42-14
Citadel (SC)Southern63800.1361992Army (NY)15-14
Coastal Carolina (SC)Big South0700.000---
Colgate (NY)Patriot42600.1332003Buffalo (NY)38-15
Columbia (NY)Ivy League0100.000---
Cornell (NY)Ivy League0100.000---
Dartmouth (NH)Ivy League0200.000---
Davidson (NC)Pioneer0600.000---
DelawareColonial151200.5562007Navy (MD)59-52
Delaware St.MEAC1400.2001987Akron (OH)52-26
Drake (IA)Pioneer21000.1671985Iowa St.20-17
Eastern IllinoisOVC53100.1392013San Diego St. (CA)40-19
Eastern KentuckyOVC62200.2141985Louisville (KY)45-21
Eastern WashingtonBig Sky82200.2672013Oregon St.49-46
Elon (NC)Colonial0600.000---
Florida A&MMEAC22300.0801986Temple (PA)17-38
Fordham (NY)Patriot1300.2502013Temple (PA)30-29
Furman (SC)Southern52510.1771999North Carolina28-3
Gardner-Webb (NC)Big South1900.1002010Akron (OH)38-37
Grambling St. (LA)SWAC31500.1671985Oregon 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)MEAC0800.000---
Idaho St.Big Sky44200.0872000Utah St.27-24
Illinois St.MVC63500.1462012Eastern Michigan31-14
Indiana St.MVC85200.1332011Western Kentucky44-16
Jackson St. (MS)SWAC2600.2501979Tennessee St.27-21
Jacksonville St. (AL)OVC51700.2272013Georgia St.32-26
James Madison (VA)Colonial52400.1722010Virginia Tech21-16
Lafayette (PA)Patriot51810.2291981Columbia (NY)28-13
Lamar (TX)Southland21700.1051989Texas-El Paso21-19
Lehigh (PA)Patriot8820.5002002Buffalo (NY)37-26
Liberty (VA)Big South21800.1002010Ball St. (IN)27-23
McNeese St. (LA)Southland81910.3042013South Florida53-21
Mississippi Valley St.SWAC0300.000---
Missouri St.MVC13000.0321990Nevada-Las Vegas31-24
MontanaBig Sky72100.2502003Idaho41-28
Montana St.Big Sky43400.1052006Colorado19-10
Morehead St. (KY)Pioneer3300.5001989Cincinnati (OH)13-10
Morgan St. (MD)MEAC0900.000---
Murray St. (KY)OVC32320.1431984Louisville (KY)26-23
New HampshireColonial7710.5002009Ball St. (IN)23-16
Nicholls St. (LA)Southland33600.0772013Western Michigan27-23
Norfolk St. (VA)MEAC0600.000---
North Carolina A&TMEAC0400.000---
North Carolina CentralMEAC0500.000---
North DakotaBig Sky0600.000---
North Dakota St.MVC7300.7002013Kansas St.24-21
Northern ArizonaBig Sky23100.0612012Nevada-Las Vegas17-14
Northern ColoradoBig Sky0800.000---
Northern IowaMVC102400.2942013Iowa St.28-20
Northwestern St. (LA)Southland164600.2582005Louisiana-Monroe27-23
PennsylvaniaIvy League1300.2501986Navy (MD)30-26
Portland St. (OR)Big Sky22100.0872006New Mexico17-6
Prairie View A&M (TX)SWAC0300.000---
Presbyterian (SC)Big South0600.000---
Princeton (NJ)Ivy League0400.000---
Rhode IslandColonial21600.1112000Connecticut26-21
Richmond (VA)Colonial53200.1352011Duke (NC)23-21
Sam Houston St. (TX)Southland32700.1002011New Mexico48-45
Samford (AL)Southern11800.0532013Georgia St.31-21
Savannah St. (GA)MEAC0400.000---
South Carolina St.MEAC01100.000---
South DakotaMVC1500.1672010Minnesota41-38
South Dakota St.MVC0600.000---
Southeast Missouri St.OVC11800.0532002Middle Tennessee St.24-14
Southeastern LouisianaSouthland51800.2171981Louisiana-Monroe50-47
Southern (LA)SWAC0900.000---
Southern IllinoisMVC33300.0832007Northern Illinois34-31
Southern UtahBig Sky31800.1432013South Alabama22-21
Stephen F. Austin (TX)Southland21600.1112003Louisiana-Monroe23-21
Stony Brook (NY)Colonial1500.1672012Army (NY)23-3
Tennessee St.OVC3300.5001984Louisville (KY)24-15
Tennessee TechOVC23200.0591980Western Carolina (NC)26-10
Tennessee-MartinOVC11600.0592012Memphis (TN)20-17
Texas SouthernSWAC11500.0631978Tennessee St.16-0
Towson (MD)Colonial1600.1432013Connecticut33-18
Villanova (PA)Colonial31500.1672009Temple (PA)27-24
Virginia Military InstituteSouthern02800.000---
Wagner (NY)Northeast0200.000---
Weber St. (UT)Big Sky34500.0631993Nevada47-30
Western Carolina (NC)Southern04600.000---
Western IllinoisMVC62900.1712003Eastern Michigan34-12
William & Mary (VA)Colonial53900.1142009Virginia26-14
Wofford (SC)Southern11700.0562000Louisiana-Monroe24-6
Yale (CT)Ivy League0700.000---
Youngstown St. (OH)MVC202710.4272012Pittsburgh (PA)31-17
Akron (OH)z Former FCS7700.5001986Kent St. (OH)17-7
Alabama-Birminghamz Former FCS1200.3331995North Texas19-14
Appalachian St. (NC)z Former FCS73510.1742007Michigan34-32
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 Southernz Former FCS22000.0912013Florida26-20
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
Old Dominion (VA)z Former FCS1400.2002013Idaho59-38
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 FBS/I-A conference: i.e. 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 (1978-2013)

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
2013Eastern WashingtonatOregon St. (AP# 25)Pac-12W 49-46
2013Fordham (NY)atTemple (PA)AACW 30-29
2013Georgia SouthernatFloridaSECW 26-20
2013McNeese St. (LA)atSouth FloridaAACW 53-21
2013North Dakota St.atKansas St.Big 12W 24-21
2013Northern IowaatIowa St.Big 12W 28-20
2013Towson (MD)atConnecticutAACW 33-18


Appalachian St. and Northern Iowa have both won a record seven games over major FBS opponents.


References: Game scores were retrieved from College Football Data Warehouse and Sports-Reference.

  16 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. That’s not true. In 1983, Cincinnati was temporarily classified I-AA. It’s not listed in the record book, but various newspaper articles from the time can confirm it. Check out this article.

    I only have them listed as such in 1983.

  3. 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?

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    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.


  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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  13. 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!!

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

  15. 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 ?

  16. 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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