In part one we looked at how teams have fared in the past. 5 … The American Athletic Conference would place the Bearkats in the West along with Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa, and Navy. Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports / Tim Heitman. 2013: 1-112014: 3-92015: 3-92016: 2-102017: 4-82018: 4-82019: 1-112020: 0-4. They are the most recent teams to transition from the FCS to the FBS. It’s a risky move. That move has been an overwhelming success. That’s a sizable drop from the bottom of the FBS to the top of FCS. They are 112-8 … They would also face that East opponent on the road once every other year. The costs would be enormous especially if the ultimate goal is the FBS. There are three conferences: The American Athletic Conference,  Conference USA, and Sun Belt. (Photo: Tim Cowie/App State Athletics). We will make some assumptions about each team below that may or may not hold true if these scenarios in reality. 128 Northern Arizona. Also consider the Fargodome, which has a capacity of 19,000 for football. That would take money, which the Bison would recoup over time, but what about the additional travel costs not just for football, but also the other sports? The now 14 team A10 had only 2 … teams that moved from fcs to fbs For example, in last year's game against Chattanooga, South Carolina also took a hefty payday as the Gamecocks raked in over $1.14 million in net income and came out of Williams-Brice Stadium with a win. The west division would be very similar to New Mexico and would also have to be done every other year. College Football Realignment Speculation List, WAC’s Southland Conference Overtures Make Little Sense for the Schools. FCS Spring 2021: The Best Returning Defensive Lineman In Each Conference. After winning an astounding seven Big South Conference titles, Coastal Carolina played last season as an FCS Independent as it transitioned to the FBS. The West Division has teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. UTA would have good knowledge about the travel costs if they were to play in the Sun Belt. However, one fits better than the other two and that is the Sun Belt. The best fit would be the Big 10 especially in terms of their location and style of play. The more I think about this, the more I reach the same conclusion. Here are the 12 teams that have jumped to the FBS since 2008 and their records as FBS programs for each season. Welcome to the second portion of our two-part series examining the transition from the FCS to FBS. All members are from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, which is more than convenient. The market isn't great for college football there, but a state of 20 million with only 3 FBS programs could probably support a 4th one. NDSU would be stranded geographically from their closes rivals (ND, SD, SDSU, MT, etc). In 2013, the school began full membership of the Sun Belt Conference. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) How Have Former FCS Teams Performed After Transitioning To The FBS? Klieman: "Fifteen, that's a lot of football. The travel is not horrendous outside of the trip to New Mexico every other year. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrinkle into 2020-21 NCAA sports scheduling, and FCS football is no exception. Verdict: The current travel arrangements do not differ much as if they were to play in the Mountain West. That would be far too time consuming to consider.Secondly, geography and travel are big components of the analysis. 85 nationally — ahead of 45 FBS teams. They joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2017. Is the Atlantic Sun the Best Option for Central Arkansas? Florida A&M tried this once, and it was a huge mess. Conference USA currently has 14 teams with seven from the West Division located in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The second best group was the new programs followed by teams that had one or no playoff appearances in the final five FCS seasons. Charlotte joined Conference USA in 2015. "If they expand the FBS playoffs to eight teams and a Group of Five team is guaranteed a spot, that changes things," the person said. It began as an indepedent before joining the CAA in 2012 for one season. The Jaguars played as an NCAA unclassified team in 2009 and 2010, then played as an FCS independent in 2011 and 2012. The conference has been split into East and West Divisions among its 10 members. Or the Sun Belt could flip the division from east and west to the north and south while also adding another team to have an even number of teams. Verdict: The Southland Conference is a wonderful spot for Sam Houston State right now. Its last FCS conference was the Southland. While the AAC and Conference USA are both plausible, the Sun Belt felt most natural. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Below is the latest information on the state of this year's FCS … UTA move would be good, and help the Sun Belt get closer to 12. 2009: 0-122010: 2-102011: 7-52012: 7-62013: 8-42014: 8-5 (Popeyes Bahamas Bowl win)2015: 12-2 (Miami Beach Bowl win)2016: 11-3 (Boca Raton Bowl win)2017: 6-7 (AutoNation Cure Bowl loss)2018: 3-92019: 9-4 (SERVPRO First Responder Bowl win)2020: 4-6. And being the only HBCU school in FBS may present some opportunities to expand their fanbase and reach folks that other schools can’t tap into. WKU was in the Sun Belt Conference from 2009-2014 and then joined Conference USA. That concludes the second part of our series on the FCS to FBS transition. Finally, keep in mind that while these teams would see increased revenues after they moved, they would also see increased costs in the form of stadium upgrades and travel for other sports would increase among other factors. The Roadrunners have been a member of Conference USA since 2013. Joining up with … North Dakota State is the first team discussed any time FCS to FBS transitions is explored. Of the 19 teams who moved from FCS to FBS from 1978 to 2010 just six teams average more wins per year at the FBS level than they did at the FCS level: Boise State, UConn, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Marshall and South Florida. Here is another FCS powerhouse each year. Aug 29, 2018 College Football, College Football Realignment, Eastern Washington Eagles, FBS, FCS, Jacksonville State Gamecocks, James Madison Dukes, NCAA Football, North Dakota State Bison, Sam Houston State Bearkats, UT-Arlington Mavericks, VCU Rams, Virginia Commonwealth Rams NC A&T officially drew more than 15,000 fans a home game, more than some current FBS programs. That would be far too time-consuming to consider. Some of those teams, … Secondly, geography and travel are big components of the analysis. If the Gamecocks were to go to the FBS they too have the options of the AAC, C-USA, and Sun Belt. That provides a solid footing if they choose to pursue adding a football program. In total, 11 teams moved up from the FCS to the FBS between 1992 and 2000, with more than a dozen programs following in the first decades of the 21st century. 14-ranked Chanticleers take on No. … The Eagles would probably be put in the Mountain Division, which would require travel to Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. FCS powerhouses like James Madison and North Dakota State University made no more than $1.7 million. Proudly powered by WordPress 20 Penn State in 1983 (see below), Appalachian State beat No. VCU, currently in the Atlantic 10 for all other sports, would make a wonderful addition to Conference USA. I guess the majority of ULM students come from outside 71201 which probably means those students that left small town LA either take those degrees and move back home or move to Dallas/H-town because they sure as hell don’t move the needle in Monroe. Actually, I think a program in New York could move up fairly effectively. The stadium, which currently holds 12,500, would need a massive upgrade to host FBS football games. They could go to the American Athletic, Conference USA, or Sun Belt. All good then, right? The 12 member A10 had 3 teams make the tourney in 2001, 1 team in 2002, 3 in 2003, 4 teams in 2004, and 1 in 2005. CCU and Liberty are success stories when it comes to teams making the transition. I took a look at the top 20 of the FCS Top 25 poll released for 2015, since the most competitive programs are the most likely to be ready for an FBS jump. 2012: 4-82013: 6-62014: 7-52015: 3-92016: 2-102017: 2-102018: 3-92019: 3-92020: 2-10. Georgia SouthernGeorgia Southern played in the FCS from 1984–2013. FCS team wins over FBS teams Non-DI team wins over FCS teams Conference standings Conferences with possibility of playing in the spring. The 2020–21 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, is organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level.. The reality is go for Pac-12 money (extremely unlikely) or stay put in the Big Sky. Very few of those schools have seen any success - or even any improvement - … Four of the five appearances resulted in a semifinal appearance. NDSU is geographically awkward if they were to move up to the FBS. In 2016, the Aggies knocked off Kent State … The team has a recent history of success against FBS opponents, with wins in three straight seasons. At least their red turf would go along nicely with Boise State’s blue turf. Georgia StateGeorgia State played its first football season in 2009. Appalachian State has won four straight Sun Belt titles and five straight bowl games. The Southland Conference is a wonderful geographical set up for the teams. Not a bad move based on assumptions above.The Sun Belt is the final option and teams leaving the Southland Conference frequently find the Sun Belt as their FBS destination. There are two natural destinations for EWU with the Pac-12 and Mountain West. FCS PODCAST: The ASUN Conference Forms + Senior Bowl + Jeff Choate + Recruiting, FCS Players Impressing At The Senior Bowl, Former FCS Players on Super Bowl 55 Rosters, FCS Spring 2021: The Best Returning TE In Each Conference, FCS Playoff Resumes Entering The 2021 Spring Season, FCS Spring 2021: The Best Returning Offensive Lineman In Each Conference, Former FCS Players on 2021 NFL Conference Championship Rosters, WNBA Draft Lottery to Take Place During Halftime of Louisville v. DePaul Matchup. A total of 19 teams made the move from FCS to FBS during the time period studied. Liberty has an 18-6 overall record the past two seasons with a pair of bowl victories and in 2020 the team was ranked in the Associated Press FBS … Verdict: We would love to see North Dakota State make the transition, but it does not seem likely given some of the logistical constraints. Here are the 12 teams that have jumped to the FBS since 2008 and their records as FBS programs for each season. They are located in Richmond, which is the capital of Virginia. So where would they land if they went to the FBS? One area that UTA would not have to worry about is finding a FBS conference. We [in the FCS] only have 63 scholarships, and we're still beat to heck. They have absolutely dominated the FCS since 2011, winning 6 of 7 National Titles, and playing for their 7th in a few weeks. 2018: 6-62019: 8-5 (FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl win)2020: 9-1. The team furthest to the west is Southeast Missouri State on the Missouri-Illinois border, which again, is not too bad. Old DominionOld Dominion played in the FCS from 2009–2013 and was a CAA member from 2011-2012. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Sam Houston State has one of the best offenses each season in the FCS and plays in the Southland Conference. The Minutemen joined the MAC in 2013 and have been an FBS independent since 2016. In May 2018, he joined the website full time as the Senior FCS Analyst. Navy is a horrendous fit for the West Division, which means that the AAC could balance the divisions by getting a second West team and moving Navy to the far more natural East. The Eagles were a SoCon member before joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2014. They joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2013. Again, this is not exactly ideal. ODU joined Conference USA in 2014. However, the Bison would have to prove themselves at the FBS level first which would put them in the Mountain West. The Rams have the second-highest enrollment in the state (not counting Liberty’s online degree numbers). If they were dead set on the FBS, then Conference USA would be the best option. 2013: 0-122014: 1-112015: 6-72016: 3-92017: 7-5 (AutoNation Cure Bowl win)2018: 2-102019: 7-6 (NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl loss)2020: 5-4. They have made the FCS playoffs five straight seasons with a title game appearance in 2015 (yes, they lost to NDSU). Twelve teams have made the jump in the last twelve years. We look first at which geographical area would be best and then look at the additional travel required if they were to move conferences. JSU’s location in northeast Alabama puts them right in the middle of the conference in terms of location. So that leaves the Mountain West. The school decided to bring back football 60 years later and the 49ers’ first two seasons were as an FCS independent from 2013-2014. 28 teams have made the jump from FCS to FBS since 1987 and Liberty will become number 29 in 2018. I like that one. North Carolina A&T may be considering the move because of the success that other in-state FCS programs have had when making the jump to FBS. That provides a great fan base for any potential team. FCS Programs Moving into FBS: 4 In 2012 the Big 12 took further hits, losing Texas A&M and Missouri to the now 14-member SEC. JMU makes the most sense and is also the program most likely to make the jump. Some have struggled mightily. It’s a mixed bag when looking at records of these 12 teams since they became FBS programs. Yep, and the state now has more FCS schools (Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word). James Madison is a recent addition to the top level of the FCS. But these transitions aren’t always sunshine and bowl games. The Bearkats have made seven straight playoff appearances with two National Championship losses to North Dakota State (those pesky Bison). FCS Realignment: What Teams Are Switching Conferences? FCS football is the division of ball right beneath FBS programs, and includes teams like North Dakota State, Montana State and other similar schools of that size. There have been some worries expressed by current Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin. It may be time for the Mavericks to make a comeback to the field. Eastern Washington has also been a mainstay in the FCS Playoffs. The next-closest FCS program, according to the 247 composite, is No. UMassUmass played in the FCS from 1978–2011. Not a bad move based on the assumptions above. UTSAUTSA began its football program in 2010. The teams that performed the best were teams that had multiple playoff appearances in the final five FCS seasons. Appalachian State has become a perennial favorite in the Sun Belt since becoming a full-time member in 2014, and there has been an increasing amount of buzz surrounding Charlotte since the 49ers joined Conference USA in 2015. 2013: 6-62014: 6-72015: 5-72016: 6-72017: 4-82018: 3-92019: 2-102020: 4-6. After graduating in 2015, he spent three years in the newspaper and magazine industry while starting his work for HERO Sports in the fall of 2016 as a freelancer. LibertyLiberty played in the FCS from 1989–2017 with its last 15 years spent in the Big South Conference. The Dukes would be in the East for the AAC though that would make it unbalanced in terms of natural East and West programs. For C-USA, they would be a natural fit for the East Division while the same would be true for the Sun Belt. The Pac-12 is a long shot considering they would probably want to see how they perform in the FBS before having them join. The No. School: Well, not quite. Now we can look at potential jumpers and new programs with the criteria we laid out in the first part. However that would probably change drastically if they would start winning. (In certain years, FCS championship teams will play 16 games.) Along with all these games, five FCS/I-AA classified teams have upset ranked FBS/I-A teams: Cincinnati surprised No. After combing through the data, we found some obvious trends and perhaps a surprising trend. Conference USA would be the best fit for costs and travel as they would only face a West opponent on the road once every other year. NDSU is currently the most northern member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference until 2020 when North Dakota joins. UTA move would be good, and help the Sun Belt get closer to 12. In addition, a stadium would be required for the football team making the likelihood of this happening slim. UTA is the fourth largest school in Texas with an enrollment of 42,000 in the football crazed state. JMU, like Sam Houston State, has several options. The Bobcats joined the WAC in 2012 and then became a Sun Belt Conference member in 2013. Please note, the below is purely a fun, speculative exercise. What VCU does have in terms of location also applies to the student body. Its last FCS conference was the CAA. — … String the initials FBS together and you’re talking about big-time programs the likes of Alabama and Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma, Southern Cal and Notre Dame. The Dukes have made the playoffs four straight seasons, but the last two put them up with the best. Verdict: James Madison sits in an awkward geographical position for the three conferences above. Its last FCS conference was the Gateway Football Conference, which is now the MVFC. The stadium capacity of Roos Field is a paltry 8,600, which means a huge outlay to expand the size. Working to find out more. Western Kentucky WKU competed in the FCS from 1978-2007. To recap part one briefly, we looked at the schools that transitioned from FCS to FBS since 1987. It competed as an FCS independent in 2011 before joining the WAC in 2012. In 2016, they upset the Bison for the National Championship and then followed that up in 2017 with a loss to Bison in the title game. Sources tell me North Carolina A&T Chancellor @WhoIsHLM told faculty members on Friday the school is looking into moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision. They play as an independent. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Conference realignment has ushered quite a few teams into the FBS from FCS, a trend that will continue as schools like Georgia Southern and Appalachian State move to the Sun Belt in 2014. In this case, they would face six west opponents and two east opponents each season. Appalachian StateApp State was an FCS program from 1982–2013 and was a member of the SoCon. The Dukes currently play in the Colonial Athletic Association, which stretches from Maine to South Carolina. As part of the OVC, Jacksonville State is the southernmost member, but it is a comfortable distance to the northern most team, Eastern Illinois. CharlotteCharlotte had a football program from 1946-1948. Verdict: Highly unlikely given the current AD and all the startup costs for the program. Back in 2004, students voted to increase tuition by $2 per semester hour if football was brought back. ***** FCS schools with FBS ambitions like James Madison, Liberty, Sam Houston State and Eastern Kentucky aren’t officially on the list of Big 12 targets, but the moves of the Big 12 might deeply affect their ambitions of moving to FBS. James Madison would face the opposite of SHSU’s possibilities for all three. 2014: 9-32015: 9-4 (GoDaddy Bowl win)2016: 5-72017: 2-102018: 10-3 (Raycom Media Camellia Bowl win)2019: 7-6 (FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl loss)2020: 6-4. NDSU seems pretty content to stay at the FCS level and who can blame them? The Jacksonville State Gamecocks have dominated the Ohio Valley Conference with four straight titles. The stadium expenditure would probably be another point of concern. The JSU stadium can hold 24,000, which will help limit the amount they need to spend on expanding the stadium. 2012: 8-42013: 7-52014: 4-82015: 3-92016: 6-72017: 6-52018: 3-92019: 4-82020: 7-4. 2015: 2-102016: 4-82017: 1-112018: 5-72019: 7-6 (Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl loss)2020: 2-3. Although for some, the FCS was just a one or two year stop as part of its transition to the FBS. I'd love to see them move up to the FBS. Verdict: Viable but UTA needs to be prudent about the costs and expected revenue so they do not make the same mistake from 1985. This is a list of games by season where a FCS/1-AA school defeated an FBS/1-A opponent. We hope you enjoyed the speculation and analysis! In this second part, we look at the teams best suited for the transition and also look at a few other teams. The median non-power FBS football program was losing about $20 million per year a few years ago, according to the NCAA, while the median FCS team … 2014: 7-52015: 11-2 (Raycom Media Camellia Bowl win)2016: 10-3 (Raycom Media Camellia Bowl win)2017: 9-4 (Dollar General Bowl win)2018: 11-2 (R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl win)2019: 13-1 (R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl win)2020: 7-2. Coastal CarolinaCoastal Carolina was an FCS member from 2003–2016. The Bison have only won six of the last seven FCS National Championships as of this writing and have clearly been the best team of the decade at the FCS level. The three schools that moved from FCS to FBS this season use existing on-campus stadiums: Appalachian State plays at Kidd Brewer Stadium, home to the Mountaineers since 1962 and affectionately known to the school's fans as "The Rock". As mentioned above, the University of North Dakota will be moving to the Missouri Valley Football Conference and it is not hard to see why when their closest in conference opponent is Northern Colorado. Some have found success but endured down years in the process. On Saturday, ESPN’s College GameDay is heading to Coastal Carolina. This includes the FCS level. Since their National Championship in 2010, they have made the playoffs five times and progressed to at least the quarterfinals on each occasion. They do quite well in the FCS on and off the field. Much like the FBS preseason poll, there's a lot of royalty that is in the national title conversation year in and year out. UT Arlington previously had a football program until 1985 when the constant financial losses caused the school to stop sponsoring the sport. Finally, Sam Houston State would have to increase the size of the stadium from the current size of roughly 12,500. While some schools have moved up from the FCS to the FBS, the winning schools were still in the FCS at the time of their victories. JMU sits at the southern edge of the conference, which might make travel costly depending on the scheduling rotation. 2014: 6-62015: 5-72016: 10-3 (Popeyes Bahamas Bowl win)2017: 5-72018: 4-82019: 1-112020: 0-0. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. We looked at how many seasons it took for each program to reach the postseason in the FBS. Verdict: The Ohio Valley is a decent fit for them, but if they are looking for the FBS, the Sun Belt makes sense. As it stands now, the 2020 college football season is tenuous at best. They are part of the Sun Belt in the other sports offered by the school. It joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2014. Those years were spent in the Big South Conference besides 2016, when the Chanticleers were an FCS independent. The Western Athletic Conference announced that five teams will be joining the conference effective July of 2022 as well as the its intention to reinstate college football in the WAC the same year. The list also includes ties between FCS & FBS teams before overtime rules were adopted in 1996. For the record, FIU and Louisiana Tech still don’t have winning seasons on average. | The Eagles play in the Big Sky Conference which stretches from Washington all the way to the middle of Arizona and out to the eastern border of North Dakota. For one, we look at each team separately and do not take into account all the dominoes from a potential realignment with our other teams. Theme: Newsup by Themeansar. The Flames became a provisional FBS member in 2018 and became a full FBS member with bowl eligibility in 2019. fcs teams moving to fbs 2020. fcs teams moving to fbs 2020. 25 Liberty. South AlabamaSouth Alabama’s first football season was 2009. Texas StateTexas State was an FCS program from 1984–2011. VCU has not fielded more than a club team for football. To pay for the new sport, the cost would most likely go to students in the form of higher tuition as noted above. That would make them ideal to be put in either division as needed. Just five years ago, both of these programs were a part of the Big South Conference. That is one piece of the puzzle they will not have to worry about if they bring back football. Change those initials to … Learn how your comment data is processed. There is one issue that really hurts the Bison and that is location. They would have to upgrade the stadium to accommodate the increased number of fans. Western KentuckyWKU competed in the FCS from 1978-2007. The Sun Belt is the final option and teams leaving the Southland Conference frequently find the Sun Belt as their FBS destination. He feels that the costs would exceed the revenue generated as noted here. Jackson State’s 16-man class ranks No. If C-USA expanded to 16 teams that would leave only one game per season they would face an East Division opponent (based on an 8 game conference schedule). It appears that as long as McLaughlin is at VCU, the Rams will not have a football team without someone donating what is needed. To be fair, this is not the same sustained success as the previous two entrants, but strong enough for consideration. Based on an 8 game schedule, they would have to face two East opponents each year with one at home and one on the road. James Madison has a solid stadium size already at 25,000, which will make the costs relatively less expensive for expansion. JMU makes the most sense for a jump I think. 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