A pair of Group of Five schools scored big wins on the road against Power Five programs today, and cashed in while doing it.
Eastern Michigan, once among the worst teams in all of FBS, made a trip to Rutgers today, upsetting the Scarlet Knights 16-13 on the road.
The Eagles are coming off of their first bowl season since 1987 and their second ever, so it is pretty clear that Chris Creighton has them on the right track. Still, its a rough loss for a Big Ten team.
To make matters worse, Rutgers paid them $860,000 for the pleasure. From NJ.com:
FCS opponents typically command much less money than mid-major FBS teams like UMass, Liberty, Texas State and New Mexico because there is a greater supply. Only one FCS win per season can be counted toward bowl eligibility.
For example, Rutgers will pay $350,000 to Morgan State versus $860,000 to Eastern Michigan for non-conference home games this coming September.
Middle Tennessee has been a more solid program in recent years, with a 72-67 record and six bowl appearances under Rick Stockstill. Still, Syracuse fans had a win penciled in with the Blue Raiders coming to town, especially after the team dropped its opener to Vanderbilt 28-6. Instead, MTSU won an ugly 30-23 rock fight at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse paid Middle Tennessee $950,000 to make the trip to Central New York. Via The Post-Standard:
Middle Tennessee State will receive $950,000 for its agreement to fly to Central New York and play the Orange in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, according to a contract obtained by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com via a public records request.
Paycheck games are always sweeter for the nation's smaller programs when they don't become body bag games.