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FCS or FBS, How Should You Approach These Games?

FCS vs FBS Betting Records

Week 3 in the college football schedule is about to begin and there are 20 meetings between FCS and FBS schools. So how exactly should we be betting on these contests? Initial thoughts for most bettors are to automatically take the FBS team on the spread, but is that the wisest decision? I took a look at how these two college football subdivisions fare against each other.

How Do FCS Teams Fare Against FBS Squads?

FBS or Football Bowl Subdivision is the Division I-A while FCS or Football Championship Subdivision is categorized as Division I-AA. In FBS, all 85 players on the team are allowed to receive a full scholarship while in FCS, only 63 full scholarships can be given out. That last statement alone points toward the FBS having the better programs because their players are likely going to have more talent as they go toward the money.

Since the start of the 2017 season, there have been 278 meetings between FCS and FBS schools, and FBS teams hold a record of 259-19 but have a losing spread record of 113-159-6.

Furthermore, the sweet spot for taking FBS teams against the spread is when they are favored by 21 to 30 points as they are 69-0 and cover at 56.5 percent. When FBS teams are favored by 10 to 20 points, FCS teams are 5-37 and 21-21 ATS, while when FCS teams are underdogs of 31 or more, they are 3-144 SU but 92-51-4 ATS.

Check out all the FBS vs FCS games in Week 3:

Time (ET)MatchupSpread
1:00 PMCHAT @ TENN-28
1:00 PMFUR @ VT-21
1:30 PMCIT @ GT-26
3:00 PMNORF @ CCAR-27
5:00 PMSELA @ MISS-31
5:00 PMCOOK @ MIA-41.5
5:15 PMIDST @ UTAH-41.5
5:15 PMCP @ ORST-16.5
6:00 PMIDHO @ WYO-25
7:00 PMSCST @ USF-24.5
8:00 PMLAM @ TAMU-43.5
8:00 PM UNH @ FIU-9.5
8:00 PM WEB @ NEV-9
8:00 PMMURR @ TOL-40
8:30 PMNWST @ LSU-51.5
8:30 PMSEMO @ MIZZ-34
8:30 PMTXSO @ ULL-47
9:00 PMMOST @ TULN-29
11:15 PMPRST @ BSU-31.5
11:45 PMMONT @ ORE-37