Did you know that you don’t have to go onto the “big board” in order to get a wager down on college football?
At VietBet you’re always going to find games with FCS teams against FBS teams, and sometimes you’ll find FCS vs. FCS games, in the “College Extra” category.
All of these teams are, by way of definition, Division I schools. Previously they had been known as “Division 1-A” and “Division 1-AA.” Now they are designated as “subdivisions.” One of them conducts an extensive tournament in order to crown a national champion – this is known as the “Football Championship Subdivision,” or “FCS.”
The other builds its post-season around bowl games, and so, appropriately, it is known as the “Football Bow Subdivision,” or “FBS.”
They can cross lines and play against each other. In fact, early in the season this is often the case, and usually the motivation is different. The FBS team is looking to “punch down” ion order to get a workout before the start of a heavier non-conference and conference schedule, and it also serves as a way to pad a record for the sake of bowl eligibility, something which is now allowed only because there are so many bowl games. For the FCS team, it’s chance to but some money in the coffers in the way of a “guarantee,” om which they get paid for showing up as an opponent.
And yes, while they would certainly like to win, the FCS team, more often than not, knows they probably won’t, and won’t get close.
Of course, some of these teams aren’t intimidated in the least; they see it as an opportunity.
And a few of them are in action this week.
For example, MAINE visits Central Michigan on Saturday, where they are a 3.5-point underdog at VietBet (with that number dropping way down). While Central Michigan, a Mid-American Conference team, isn’t without talent, they have struggled mightily on offense. Coach John Bonamego has been desperate enough for an offensive spark that he is making a change from the ineffective Tony Poljan to a junior named Tommy Lazzaro, who came into a game with Northern Illinois and went 13 of 22 for 128 yards. Lazzaro hadn’t played since 2015, haven’t ridden the bench since. Clearly the Chippewas aren’t going to run and hide form many people.
Meanwhile, the Maine Black Bears took a nationally-ranked (FCS) New Hampshire team and stepped all over them, holding them to 108 yards in a 35-7 win, then spotted Western Kentucky (of Conference USA) a 21-0 lead hardly five minutes into the game, then owned it the rest of the way in a 31-28 victory. They have allowed a total of 27 net rushing yards (which is 0.4 yards a carry), and no opponent yet has taken a snap against them in the red zone. They have also had two weeks to prepare for CMU, although it can be argued that no one can possibly prepare for Tommy Lazzaro………We kid, we kid.
The Redbirds of ILLINOIS STATE pay a visit to Colorado State, getting seven points at VietBet, and remember that this is a proud program that has stability in the coaching ranks with Brock Fleck (not to mention offensive coordinator Kurt Beathard, son of Bobby) and is consistently competitive at the highest levels of FCS, recently going to the 2014 title game, where they lost to Carson Wentz and North Dakota State. Ranked 15th in the AFCA national coaches’ poll, they have Memphis transfer Brady Davis at quarterback and some balance on offense. Unlike Central Michigan, Colorado State actually has a productive quarterback in KJ Carta-Samuels, who is 64% accurate and 10th in the nation in passing yards. And top receiver Preston Williams was a top recruit who came over from the Tennessee Volunteers. But CSU can’t run the ball, nor can they defend it, giving up 6.2 yards per rush, which ranks fourth from the bottom among FBS schools.
BYU scored a huge win at Wisconsin last week, and it propelled them into the national rankings (#25 AP). But they better not go to sleep on McNEESE STATE, which you may recall took Nebraska into a tie with a minute left before losing in Lincoln in 2014. They’ve got a nifty little receiver and punt returner in Parker Orgeron, whose father Ed is head coach at LSU (what, no scholarship?), and a very capable quarterback in James Tabary who has hit 73% of his passes and is getting some higher-level mentoring from QB coach Kerry Joseph, a Grey Cup winner at Saskatchewan who has also played extensively in the NFL and NFL Europe. The Cougars could be ripe for a letdown, and while they’ve made some timely plays and committed just two turnovers, they have been outgained in both rushing and passing and have a lower third down percentage then their opponents. Are they worthy of being a 21-point favorite?
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