TEMPE, AZ - What's worse than losing? How ‘bout paying an opponent to beat you down and then leave town? Otherwise known as – cut the paycheck and suffer the gut check.
We're talking about FCS teams (formerly I-AA) getting a win and a payday for beating an FBS opponent. So far this college football season, we have seven examples, with four FCS teams posting wins against FBS teams on Saturday alone.
The headliner is Eastern Washington winning at No. 25 Oregon State while getting paid $450,000. It marks just the third time since 2000 that an FCS school has beaten a ranked FBS school.
So, with the theme from Jaws playing in the background and a dorsal fin on the horizon headed to Tempe, we pose the question: any chance that Sacramento State sacks Arizona State on Thursday night?!
Before you laugh off the very question itself, let's not forget that Sac State went into Boulder last season and topped Colorado, while getting a paycheck of $460,000. In 2011, Sac State upset Oregon State 29-29 in overtime. #Gulp?
In addition to knocking off Pac-12 opponents the past two seasons, the Hornets already have a game under their belt here in 2013 (losing to San Jose State, which went 11-2 last season) while ASU will be making its season debut. #RuhRoh?
We're not suggesting that ASU will indeed lose to Sac State. We are suggesting that, if they're not careful, the ingredients exist for a repeat of 2008, where the Sun Devils fell to UNLV at home 23-20 in OT.
Although we won't even bring up 1999, when New Mexico State jackstomped the Devils 35-7 in Tempe.
Nah. That'll never happen. Right?!