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Separation anxiety

The powerful play the weak in CFB more than ever, leaving voters in the dark

Originally Published: September 3, 2009
By Brian Fremeau | Football Outsiders
Getty ImagesIn the aggregate, Appalachian State's FCS brothers still get trounced -- often.

When Appalachian State stunned the Michigan Wolverines in the Big House on the opening weekend of the 2007 season, the college football world took notice. Perhaps the combination of scholarship limitations, deeper talent pools and spread offenses had finally ushered in an era of parity between the Goliath Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools and the Davids of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). By the end of the year, more FCS teams (10) had knocked off FBS opponents than in the previous two seasons combined (8).

Brian Fremeau

ESPN Insider
• Has been a contributor to ESPN Insider and ESPN The Magazine since 2009
• Creator of the Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI), a measure of college football team efficiency
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