Colgate, Citadel in spotlight FCS-FBS matchups

CRAIG HALEY (STATS FCS Senior Editor=)
September 08, 2018; Durham, New Hampshire, United States; during a non conference matchup between Colgate University and the University of New Hampshire at Wildcat Stadium won by the Bison 35-14. Photo: Brian Foley for Foley-Photography.com

(STATS) - Back to the future.

Nearly two months have passed since an FCS team beat an FBS program, but on Saturday a half-dozen hopefuls hope to add to the seven wins this season.

Games highlighting the mini FCS-FBS schedule on the final full week of the FCS regular season are unbeaten Colgate at Army West Point and The Citadel at top-ranked Alabama.

Here are the six matchups:

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No. 8 Colgate (9-0) at Army (8-2)

Patriot League champion Colgate puts its unbeaten record on the line and is playing for a seed and first-round bye in the FCS playoffs.

While Army's triple option offense ranks second in the FBS in rushing yards per game (307.2), Colgate has allowed only one rushing touchdown this season, outscoring opponents 287-29, including five shutouts.

Said Army coach Jeff Monken: "They're very efficient on offense. Their numbers on defense speak for themselves. I don't care who you're playing, when you give up three points per game, that's pretty good."

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The Citadel (4-5) at Alabama (10-0)

The Citadel's triple option offense stunned an SEC team just three years ago - 23-22 over South Carolina - but facing Alabama and its stout rush defense is a different story. The Tide should win even if starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and No. 2 Jalen Hurts don't play much, or at all, because of recent injuries.

The game marks the third time in five seasons The Citadel is playing a defending FBS national champion.

"We just want to go out there and make a good showing, compete our butts off as best we possibly can on such a big and grand stage," coach Brent Thompson said.

"They're a very, very good football. Probably the best I've ever seen."

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Other Matchups

Idaho (4-6) at Florida (7-3) - Even with an upset, the Vandals will finish with a losing record in their dropdown season to the FCS.

VMI (1-9) at Old Dominion (3-7) - VMI has lost 26 of its last 27 games, with the lone win against Division II Tusculum. Athletic director Dr. Dave Diles said fifth-year coach Scott Wachenheim will be back to lead the Keydets' young nucleus next season.

Western Carolina (3-7) at North Carolina (1-8) - The Catamounts seek to end a 54-game slide against FBS opponents, including a 65-10 loss at UNC to close last season.

Chattanooga (6-4) at South Carolina (5-4) - With a three-win improvement in coach Tom Arth's second season, the Mocs are averaging 30.7 points in wins, but only 10.8 points in losses.

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2018 FCS Wins Over FBS

UC Davis 44, San Jose State 38 (Aug. 30)

Villanova 19, Temple 17 (Sept. 1)

Nicholls 26, Kansas 23 (Sept. 1)

Northern Arizona 30, UTEP 10 (Sept. 1)

North Carolina A&T 28, East Carolina 23 (Sept. 2)

Maine 31, Western Kentucky 28 (Sept. 8)

Illinois State 35, Colorado State 19 (Sept. 22)