So what do you think of college football teams scheduling these so called “Money Games” or
maybe a better description are “Cupcake Games” to start the season. The pre-season Top 5 ranked
teams were each favored by 20 points of more in its openers.
Here were some Week #1 Extreme examples of mismatches —
- Penn State – 79 Idaho-7
- Maryland – 79 Howard – 0
- (it was 56-0 at halftime and final total offense was 623 yds. to 68 yds.)
- Texas San Antonio -35 Incarnate Word -7
- Syracuse – 24 Liberty – 0
- Michigan – 40 Middle Tennessee – 21
But the truth is almost every Power Five football teams has at least one of these “Cupcakes” on
its schedule. These are the FCS opponents, ( The Football Championship Subdivision / formerly
Division 1-AA a step below the big boys FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) formerly .DIV 1-A.
In 2019 all but 16 of the Power Five programs have an FCS foe on the schedule.
See OU vs. South Dakota. Oklahoma State vs. McNeese State . In fact the only Big 12 team without an FCS
opponent is Texas.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban has campaigned to eliminate the FCS, minor league, teams from
playing the “Big Boys” in FBS. Although ‘Bama continues to schedule a cupcake the week before its rival
game with Auburn. This year its Western Carolina.
So does any good come from these “Money Games”? Yes-the MONEY. The small schools may
take a beating on the field but they get a big win for their programs with these six and seven figure
See Tulsa that will cash a $1.2 million dollar check for the 28-7 beating they took at
Michigan State in its season opener. That money goes a long way to helping cover athletic budgets.