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As I was reading through an article on gohuskies.com I noticed this section, which I found interesting.

Only the Big Boys: Washington is one of just eight NCAA Division I-A programs that has never faced a non-Division I-A opponent since the current division setup was established in 1978. Coming into this season that club included nine programs, but Colorado dropped out of that group after opening the 2006 season against Montana State. The seven remaining schools that have yet to play a non-Division I-A opponent since the advent of the current format are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, UCLA and Washington.

http://gohuskies.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/.../100906aab.html

Thoughts? Personally I dont mind these big D1 schools playing smaller ones. If I played at a small school like that I think it would be a dream to be able to play some of the big boys. Even if most the time they get crushed, there are the times when a team gets beat.

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D-1 should never play D-1AA its a joke, its an easy win and shoudl not count for bowls or ranking or anything.

Tell that to Colorado, Northwestern, Duke and the other 1-A teams that have lost to 1-AA teams this year.

Maybe everyone could just try to play Temple instead.

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But...many times the D1's will PAY GOOD MONEY to have the D1AA's come to play in their house for like a homecoming or a season opener. It's in the 1AA's best interest to go get slaughtered for the paycheck.

Indiana State University's football program was (still is) 1AA, and I can remember in the school newspaper that my sophomore year ( i think ), Oklahoma paid us some ung-dly amount (I'm thinking close to $500,000) to come and be their fodder for their home opener. Iowa State, Kansas State, IU, and most recently Purdue all do the same. ISU couldn't turn down good money like that...as 99% of our athletics budget is poured into our feeble basketball program. Coming off an 0-11 season...the 1A's don't choose us for our talent...or how our horrid uniforms.

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the 1A's don't choose us for our talent...or how our horrid uniforms.

Maybe so, but the few 1-AA teams that have played at Mizzou have actually had some very nice uniforms - Northwestern State (LA) and Murray State stand out in my mind.

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In my opinion, the best D-1AA teams are better than the worst D-1A teams.

Agreed. The top teams in the A10 and Southern Conference can hang with a lot of 1-A teams. That might even go for the Gateway and the Big Sky.

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D-1 should never play D-1AA its a joke, its an easy win and shoudl not count for bowls or ranking or anything.

...and Texas playing Rice isn't?*

*and don't give me any lip about the old Southwest Conference, either. Texas hasn't played SMU or TCU since the SWC dissolved, and only got around to playing Houston in 2000. Rice, on the other hand, is now a nearly yearly easy W for the Longhorns.

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In my opinion, the best D-1AA teams are better than the worst D-1A teams.

Agreed. The top teams in the A10 and Southern Conference can hang with a lot of 1-A teams. That might even go for the Gateway and the Big Sky.

Gateway teams are historically pretty good, and usually do put up good fights (if they don't win.)

Also Colorado's loss is even funnier because the team that beat them went on to lose to a Division II team. :P

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In my opinion, the best D-1AA teams are better than the worst D-1A teams.

Agreed. The top teams in the A10 and Southern Conference can hang with a lot of 1-A teams. That might even go for the Gateway and the Big Sky.

Furman took Pitt to overtime in Pittsburgh the year the Panthers went to the Fiesta Bowl.

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These games benefit both sides, and has nothing to do with the game's result.

For the big schools, it's an opportunity to get another home game and sell tickets. Football is the big money-maker at most, if not all, schools.

For the small schools, playing these big schools not only gets them a nice-sized paycheck, but the opportunity for their players to say "We hung with this big-name program into the second quarter!". It also helps with recruiting if they get some TV exposure.

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I don't think one game against a lower division will do anything a football standpoint. I have faith in the methods of the NCAA and the writers to determine an undisputed national champion. :)

Sarcasm noted

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As I was reading through an article on gohuskies.com I noticed this section, which I found interesting.

Only the Big Boys: Washington is one of just eight NCAA Division I-A programs that has never faced a non-Division I-A opponent since the current division setup was established in 1978. Coming into this season that club included nine programs, but Colorado dropped out of that group after opening the 2006 season against Montana State. The seven remaining schools that have yet to play a non-Division I-A opponent since the advent of the current format are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, UCLA and Washington.

http://gohuskies.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/.../100906aab.html

Thoughts? Personally I dont mind these big D1 schools playing smaller ones. If I played at a small school like that I think it would be a dream to be able to play some of the big boys. Even if most the time they get crushed, there are the times when a team gets beat.

I'm having trouble with the math here...

The article says WASHINGTON is one of just 8 NCAA Division I-A programs, etc. It says Colorado was the 9th, but dropped off the list. Then it says the 7 remaining schools are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, UCLA, and WASHINGTON. So is it 8 or 7?

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