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FCS Upsets Becoming Old Hat
“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”
Those were the immortal — and possibly even immoral — words uttered by the Bette Davis character, Margo Channing, in the classic film, “All About Eve.”
The late Ms. Davis, the fictional character Ms. Channing and the movie seemingly have absolutely nothing to do with college football.
But the line — not so much said, but seethed — comes to mind when I think of a 2010 college football season that has already been turned on its ear just two weeks in.
And since “All About Eve” was about an understudy determined to outshine the star by any means necessary, it ties in pretty well.
It started when Jacksonville State, a Football Championship Subdivision team from central Alabama, defeated Ole Miss in overtime on Sept. 4.
Ohio Valley Conference teams should not be defeating Southeastern Conference teams in football.
Basketball once in a blue moon, baseball now and then and volleyball on occasion.
Stop worrying so much about finding a new mascot, Rebels. You’ve got bigger problems.
Fortunately for Ole Miss — if any good fortune can arise from such an event — FCS teams defeating Football Bowl Subdivision programs is hardly an isolated incident.
Heck, in a couple more weeks it’ll merely be part of the sports landscape.
On the same weekend Jax State pulled off its stunner, North Dakota State defeated Kansas, allowing the Big 12 to share in the SEC’s embarrassment.
And early on Saturday South Dakota added a Big Ten team to the Hall of Shame when it downed Minnesota.
Obviously they do more than play ice hockey in the Dakotas.
By the end of the day yesterday, however, the novelty began to wear off.
With James Madison University upsetting ACC “power” Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon, well, now the little guys are just showing off. That made five upsets by lower division teams over an eight-day span.
David vs. Goliath stories are inspirational up until the point that David is no longer overmatched.
And if these two goofy weeks have taught us anything, it’s that the line between the top FCS teams and what we consider top-flight FBS teams are as blurred as they’ve ever been.
So fasten your seatbelts, football fans. It’s going to be a series of bumpy nights, bumpy days and bruised egos as the elite of the sport continue to get their comeuppance from the little guys.
And since the gap is closing so much, maybe they’ll make a movie about it one day.
It could be called “All About Even.”
By Scott Adamson, Anderson Independent Mail