FCS Preview Part 3 – Potential Upsets over FBS

This is the third part of our FCS football preview. Every year we see an FCS team beat an FBS team, sometimes even a high profile FBS team. A lot of FCS QBs came from FBS schools so they have the big game experience needed to win a game like this. Other schools are coached by guys with FBS experience. 

Here’s a look at the most likely upsets in 2018 between FCS teams over FBS teams.

UC Davis @ San Jose St (8/30)
UC Davis is coached by former Boise State/Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins, a man with plenty of FBS experience and the offense is led by Keelan Doss, an outstanding WR. With expectations low for San Jose State, they could be prime for an upset week 1 (we’re taking UC Davis in our picks)

James Madison @ NC State (9/1)
James Madison is one of the top FCS teams and always gives teams fits, they have recent history beating FBS teams. Their starting QB will be former Pitt recruit Ben DiNucci, who has FBS experience and was highly touted out of high school.

Nicholls @ Kansas (9/1)
Any game against Kansas is considered winnable, even at the FCS level. Nichols is coming off an 8-4 season and finished the season ranked. They could pose a threat to the Jayhawks week

Northern Arizona @ UTEP (9/1)
NAU junior QB Case Cookus has thrown 72 TDs in 27 games. His impressive career-to-date, combined with the fact that UTEP was the only winless team in the  FBS in 2017, puts the Miners on upset alert.

Howard @ Kent State (9/8)
Don’t sleep on Howard, who is led by QB Caylin Newton (Cam’s young brother). Howard knocked off UNLV last season in the largest point-spread upsets in CFB history (+45.5). And Kent State is similar to other FBS teams on this list, in that they have low expectations entering what could be a tough 2018 season.

Eastern Washington @ Washinton St (9/15)
Washington State should win this game, however we are flagging this game because EWU beat them in 2016. Gino Gubrud was the QB in that game and threw for 474 yards, ran for 77 yards and had 6 total touchdowns (5 pass). He returns for more, but this time around, does so without WR Cooper Kupp, who was the star of the 2016 game (206 yards receiving, 3 TDs).

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