Cal, which faces Sacramento State on Saturday in its home opener, is 7-0 all-time vs. Football Championship Subdivision opponents.
Coach Sonny Dykes knows the matchup might prompt yawns from some fans, but dismissed the suggestion this amounts to an automatic victory.
“They obviously haven’t coached in many of these games,” Dykes said. “These teams have won too many times to even go into it.”
Sacramento State has accounted for two of three wins by FCS teams over the Pac-12 in the past three seasons, and it was only a year ago that schools formerly classified as Division I-AA enjoyed their most startling weekend at the expense of the bigger Football Bowl Subdivision programs.
Seven FCS teams took down FBS opponents during opening week last season, including these three:
• Eastern Washington became only the third FCS team to upset a Top-25 team with its 49-45 win at Oregon State.
• McNeese State’s 53-21 rout of South Florida represented the most points ever scored by an FCS team against an FBS foe.
• North Dakota State solidified its status as the little program every FBS program should avoid with a 24-21 win over defending Big 12 co-champion Kansas State. Iowa State didn’t get the message in time to avoid a 34-14 loss last Saturday, extending the Bison’s streak to five seasons featuring an FBS victory.
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Cal’s scores against FCS teams:
2013: d. Portland State 37-30
2012: d. Southern Utah 50-31
2011: d. Presbyterian 63-12
2010: d. UC Davis 52-3
2009: d. Eastern Washington 59-7
2006: d. Portland State 42-16
2005: d. Sacramento State 41-3