Separation anxiety

In the aggregate, Appalachian State's FCS brothers still get trounced -- often. Getty Images

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).