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Thread: What do you consider the "golden era" of FCS football?

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    Default What do you consider the "golden era" of FCS football?

    And I follow up to that question, when and why did it end? It seems like FCS football was so much more prevalent back in the 90's.

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    I think there are three distinct golden ages for the FCS: 85-86, 89-90, 99-00

    All other times can be considered dark ages for the subdivision

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    two, #8's years and #3's years. And except for the dark years minus #4's Peyton winning season, all of the years were pretty darn exciting. Gross, Hill, JR, Jaybo, Jerrick. Sorry folks but looking back the FCS years were pretty darn good and exciting.

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    FCS is only 40 years old and they've only picked top players for 30 years. Too early to call I think.
    Sure, I'm 43 and my best years are probably behind me already but sports are different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueBlueDrew View Post
    I think there are three distinct golden ages for the FCS: 85-86, 89-90, 99-00

    All other times can be considered dark ages for the subdivision
    88 and 98 were pretty good but otherwise I agree with you.

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    Before the mid or late 80s it was too small.

    Then in the late 00s it started going downhill from both attrition and the decline of certain programs (mainly in the CAA).

    And because someone will ask, yes, I think the FCS we made our semi final runs in 2010-2012 were not as strong as those of the national championship years. Either that or Chris Klieman is a better coach than Erk Russell, Paul Johnson, Jim Tressell, and heck probably Nick Saban too.
    "Follow the trendlines, not the headlines." -Steven Pinker (?)

    Regarding football Scheduling.

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    Default Re: What do you consider the "golden era" of FCS football?

    I think pre-2000's because the internet allows FBS schools to find talent that used to be overlooked and picked up by FCS programs. There's still not a lot of difference on the field between the top of FCS and the bottom 50 of FBS, except the top of FCS probably wins those games.

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    Default Re: What do you consider the "golden era" of FCS football?

    I think the late 80's- early 2000's would definitely be considered the best era of FCS football. Think of all the teams you had then - Middle Tennessee, Ark State, Marshall, Youngstown St, Troy, GS - the division was competitive and wasn't watered down compared to what it has become with all those teams moving up and non-schollie schools filling in the back end.

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    Just based on who was broadcasting the title game, you can get a pretty good idea of when I-AA/FCS stopped being a viable alternative to I-A/FBS and started becoming "lower level" football.

    1978 - ABC
    1979 - ABC
    1980 - ABC
    1981 - ABC
    1982 - CBS
    1983 - ABC
    1984 - Satellite Program Network
    1985 - ESPN (Mike Patrick)
    1986 - ESPN (Tim Brando)
    1987 - ESPN
    1988 - ESPN (Tim Brando)
    1989 - ESPN
    1990 - CBS (Jim Nantz)
    1991 - CBS (Brad Nessler)
    1992 - CBS (Jim Nantz)
    1993 - CBS
    1994 - CBS
    1995 - ESPN
    1996 - ESPN
    1997 - ESPN
    1998 - ESPN
    1999 - ESPN
    2000 - ESPN
    2001 - ESPN
    2002 - ESPN2
    2003 - ESPN2
    2004 - ESPN2
    2005 - ESPN2
    2006 - ESPN2
    2007 - ESPN2
    2008 - ESPN2
    2009 - ESPN2
    2010 - ESPN2
    2011 - ESPN2
    2012 - ESPN2
    2013 - ESPN2
    2014 - ESPN2
    2015 - ESPN2
    2016 - ESPN2
    2017 - ESPN2
    2018 - ESPN2

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Eagles_Cliff View Post
    I think pre-2000's because the internet allows FBS schools to find talent that used to be overlooked and picked up by FCS programs. There's still not a lot of difference on the field between the top of FCS and the bottom 50 of FBS, except the top of FCS probably wins those games.
    How big of a top are we talking? As in, the best 2 maybe 3 every year versus the very bottom of the FBS? Then, yeah, they actually may be favorites. But, if you're arguing you could grab a name of out of the playoff bracket and be hands down favorites against someone ranked 80 in FBS?

    Here's the teams that ended last season in that range:

    67. USC
    68. SDSU
    69. Arkansas State
    70. MTSU
    71. Maryland
    72. VT
    73. USF
    74. Nebraska
    75. Texas Tecah
    76. Kansas State
    77. Miamo (OH)
    78. Tennessee
    79. Nevada
    80. USM
    81. EMU
    82. Hawaii
    83. Indiana
    84. Toledo
    85. Louisiana
    86. Florida State

    Just wanted to make sure I'm understanding your argument here.

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