Big paydays. Even bigger upsets. That is exactly what the seven FCS teams that won on the road against FBS teams got through Saturday as the college football season opened in earnest.
The seven FCS teams raked in a total of $2.375 million, ranging from $225,000 to $450,000 each.
Eastern Washington became only the third FCS (formerly Division I-AA) team to beat a ranked FBS team, knocking off No. 25 Oregon State 49-45. In similarly stunning fashion, North Dakota State shocked defending co-Big 12 champion Kansas State 24-21 on Friday.
McNeese State routed South Florida 53-21, the most points scored by an FCS team against an FBS opponent. Also, Eastern Illinois dominated San Diego State 40-19, Northern Iowa beat Iowa State 28-20, Towson defeated UConn 33-18 and Southern Utah edged South Alabama 22-21.
The breakdown of payouts each team received from its FBS opponent (note: the NCAA recognizes eight FCS-FBS upsets, including Samford over Georgia State, but Georgia State is transitioning from FCS to FBS designation and is not yet an FBS member):
• Eastern Washington, $450,000 from Oregon State;
• McNeese State, $400,000 from South Florida;
• North Dakota State, $350,000 from Kansas State;
• Northern Iowa, $350,000 from Iowa State;
• Eastern Illinois, $325,000 from San Diego State;
• Towson, $275,000 from UConn;
• Southern Utah, $225,000 from South Alabama