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POLL: FCS teams, opportunities or risks?

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Facing a lower-system opponent can be a soft adventure, but not always everyhing is fine with them

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As you all know, Texas Tech will open the season on September 2 against Eastern Washington. It will be the 21st time the Red Raiders face an FCS opponent in their history and since now things have gone pretty well, as the overall record is 19-1.

As you can see, the only loss came in 1988, in the second season of coach Spike Dykes, when a bad 5-6 team led by quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver lost 24-29 to North Texas. In no other game, the Red Raiders had problems and the average score of the 19 victories is 55-17.

We already faced Eastern Washington in 2008, when Graham Harrell threw for 536 yards and two touchdowns in an easy 49-24 win. That game is very similar to the 2017 game, as also in that occasion the Eagles were ranked in the FCS, at number seven. Now, they are at number five.

Eastern Washington received a lot of national attention in 2016, as they defeated Washington State 45-42 in a game where quarterback Gage Gubrud put the first stone to build his award of FCS player of the year, passing for 474 yards and running for 101. Texas Tech will face a very different team because many players are gone, but they can’t be underrated.

Facing FCS opponents is now a habit among FBS teams, as in these occasions, they can setup the units before the conference schedule begins and deepen the rotations in order to see the progress also of second and third stringers.

On the other hand, these games often become blowout wins without technical cues, in which there is also the risk to see important players go down with injuries. In addition, in the case of loss, the FBS team has to face the public spit. So, is it worth?

Now it’s up to you. Let us know your ideas about facing FCS opponents answering the survey.

Poll

FCS teams, like or dislike

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    Like, they’re a nice warm-up
    (115 votes)
  • 57%
    Dislike, would rather play a more competitive team
    (158 votes)
273 votes total Vote Now