In a crazy day of upsets around college football (welcome back by the way), seven FCS schools upset FBS opponents.
The obvious choice for upset of the day has to go to Eastern Washington for upending #25 Oregon State in Corvallis 49-45. Eastern Washington became just the fourth FCS school to knock off a ranked FBS opponent — joining the likes of Cincinnati in their victory over #20 Penn state in 1983, Appalachian State over #5 Michigan in 2007, and James Madison over #13 Virginia Tech in 2010.
The Eagles total income for beating the Beavers? $450,000. Not bad for a day’s work, and the victory of a lifetime for many of these players.
McNeese State dominated South Florida to the tune of 53-21, and a total payout of $400,000.
Here are the rest of the payouts per ESPN’s Brett McMurphy:
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.
In reality this season was probably an apparition, but FBS schools will certainly think twice about which FCS schools they play in the future after this year’s debacle. Perhaps the greatest thing gained by the FCS schools is respect and exposure. But getting that money sure doesn’t hurt — as many of those schools rely on it to help sustain all of their athletic programs.