A lot of upsets this weekend, and a lot of money spent by a few embarrassed programs. Kansas State, San Diego State, South Florida, UConn, Iowa State, Oregon State, and South Alabama were victimized by the system this weekend. I'm not sure I find it fair that these programs have to take an embarrassing loss and pay the schools they lost to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Can they at least get their money back? No? Well, this is the money that they lost.
• 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
• Eastern Washington, $450,000 from Oregon State
• McNeese State, $400,000 from South Florida
• North Dakota State, $350,000 from Kansas State
That totals $2.375 million. If I'm a power conference program I'm making sure the FCS school I play is %100 completely inferior that has no shot to score any sort of points against my team. I'm not paying to play any former FCS champions or teams that were even close to winning a championship (NDSU won two consecutive FCS national titles in 2011 and 2012 and Eastern Washington were the Big Sky Conference champions in 2012). It does a school no good to beat a really good FCS team when there are just as many really bad FCS teams, i.e. Oregon beats 1-10 Nicholls State by 63 points and moves up in the polls. Better safe than sorry.