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It’s always entertaining wondering which of the big boys will lose to little brother, particularly since it happens every year, and you can see some of those “upsets” a million miles away, such as this years top three. Here are your most “promising” FBS tank jobs ranked in order of how ugly they’d be, not how likely they are to happen.

  1. Iowa vs. Illinois State. See the pre-season Chaos rankings, and don’t be surprised if things get ugly quickly in Iowa City.
  1. Connecticut vs. Villanova. ‘Nova will be favored in this one, won’t they?
  1. Kansas vs. South Dakota State. In these parts, it’ll be considered an upset if the Jayhawks pull off the win.
  1. Texas Tech vs. Sam Houston State. In baseball, K is shorthand for strikeout. Kliff Kingsbury is dangerously close to striking out in Lubbock, and the Bearcats were FCS semifinalists last year.
  1. Pitt vs. Youngstown State. Blah blah blah, Bo Pellini. Blah blah blah 2012. People will talk. It ain’t happenin’ again y’all, but if it does….
  1. Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa. Would it even be an upset if UNI dusts the cyclones?   They’re a traditional FCS power, and they’re the only team to beat four-time champs North Dakota State in the last four years.
  1. Troy vs. Charleston Southern. The Trojans used to be a mid-major power. Not any more. The Bucs have won 18 games in the last two seasons.
  1. Buffalo vs. Albany. Buffalo is just bad enough and Albany is just good enough to make an “upset” likely.
  1. Idaho vs. Wofford. It’s the Who Cares Bowl, and you don’t really care if Idaho is, er, vandalized, do you?
  1. UNLV vs. Idaho State. Idaho State is hardly a great FCS program, but UNLV is hardly an FBS program.
  1. Georgia State vs. Liberty. Considering they squeaked by Abilene Christian at home last year and still haven’t beaten an FBS team – and considering Turner Gill-coached Liberty split the Big South last year – this is an even money shot. It’s just not all that chaotic, really.