It’s Friday, Jan. 5 and there are four teams still playing college football. Two of them, Georgia and Alabama, are playing for the FBS national championship next Monday in Atlanta. The other two are in Frisco.
North Dakota State and James Madison will kick it off at 11 a.m. Saturday morning to decide the Division I FCS championship. It’s the second straight trip to the title game for JMU and the success played into the following question posed to Dukes head coach Mike Houston: Should the school consider moving to FBS?
Houston, who started his answer with a no disrespect to any other football level comment, said at the least it would have to be the perfect storm for it to happen. “The fan base has spoken loudly and the administration is pleased with the amount of exposure and the enthusiasm of the playoff runs the last two years,” he said.
His opinion is the JMU fan base would prefer the FCS playoffs then a lower-tier FBS bowl game.
“Compare the playoff run and playoff games at home and the crowd we had and the way JMU nation has responded,” Houston said, “and then look at the smaller bowl games and what that looks like. I just think our alumni and fan base prefer this here and now.”
Also consider this: JMU is in a much better position to go FBS then NDSU would be, simply on geography. Leagues like the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA are not a bad geographical fit.