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The Most Shameful College Football Games of 2018


Games matching FCS teams against FBS teams can serve a useful purpose. The big paychecks from FBS schools shore up the budget for FCS programs. Playing FBS schools also offers FCS teams a chance to put themselves on the college football map with an upset victory.

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That doesn't mean all of these games make sense. Some are such bad mismatches on paper that the FBS opponent can virtually name the final score. These "bodybag games" turn into an unofficial bye week for the bigger school.

Here is a look at the most shameful games on the schedule for the 2018 college football season:

10. William & Mary at Virginia Tech, Sept. 8

The Tribe posted a 2-9 record while finishing last in the CAA a year ago. They averaged 15.0 points per game. That means it's bound to get ugly going up against a Virginia Tech team that ranked in the top 15 among FBS teams both in scoring and total defense last season.

9. Houston Baptist at SMU, Sept. 29

The Mustangs are practically guaranteed to close out September with an easy win after a demanding three-game stretch against TCU, Michigan and Navy. Houston Baptist finished winless in Southland Conference play a year ago and posted a 1-10 record overall.

8. South Carolina State at UCF, Sept. 8

Maybe the Knights are a national champion after all. They're certainly scheduling cupcakes like one. South Carolina State cranked out a 3-7 record last season and is facing UCF for the second time in three seasons. The Bulldogs were blanked by the Knights 38-0 in 2016.

7. Missouri State at Oklahoma State, Aug. 30

It's a safe bet the Cowboys will get off to a fast start in what is expected to be a rebuilding season. The Bears went just 3-8 last season and they haven't posted a winning record since 2009. Oklahoma State has won seven straight meetings over Missouri State, dating to 1993.

6. North Dakota at Washington, Sept. 8

Non-conference games like this one aren't going to help the Pac-12's collective strength of schedule. Washington ranked in the top 20 in scoring offense and in the top five in scoring defense among FBS teams last season. North Dakota tied for ninth (out of 13 teams) in the Big Sky while sputtering to a 3-8 record.

5. Abilene Christian at Baylor, Sept. 1

It looks like the Bears can avoid getting bit by the upset bug by an FCS team this season. This in-state clash is a major mismatch. The Wildcats went just 2-9 a year ago and lost back-to-back games to New Mexico and Colorado State to open the season.

4. The Citadel at Alabama, Nov. 17

Once again, the Crimson Tide are dining on a cupcake a week ahead of the Iron Bowl. Alabama could play all second- and third-stringers and still win this one comfortably. The Citadel went just 5-6 a year ago after winning back-to-back Southern Conference titles.

3. VMI at Toledo, Sept. 1

The defending MAC champs essentially gave themselves an extra scrimmage for their season opener. VMI was arguably the worst of the three FCS teams that did not win a game in 2017. The Keydets averaged an FCS-worst 8.0 points per game en route to an 0-11 mark.

2. Indiana State at Louisville, Sept.8

Louisville should be able to do better than this. The Sycamores have lost 14 straight games dating to 2016 and are just 1-17 in their last 18 games. Louisville hasn't lost to an FCS opponent since 1987 and is in no danger of seeing that streak end this season.

1. Portland State at Oregon, Sept. 8

This has the potential to be the worst non-conference game involving any Pac-12 team this season by a mile. The Vikings have lost 13 straight games dating back to 2016 and have gone 3-19 overall in the last two seasons. Oregon beat Portland State 69-0 when the two teams met in 2010. This latest matchup has the potential to end up equally lopsided.

-- Written by John Coon, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Coon has more than a decade of experience covering sports for different publications and outlets, including The Associated Press, Salt Lake Tribune, ESPN, Deseret News, MaxPreps, Yahoo! Sports and many others. Follow him on Twitter @johncoonsports.