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In the college football arena, one should be familiar with the various conferences or game divisions. Each division can vary per state, or per country, but above all else, this simply makes football more exciting. In this scenario, you have more game options to watch, compared to watching only one single division being played over and over again. More players also get the chance to play football as well.

FBS and FCS are two new terms that surfaced several years ago. These terms were originally named according to the different college levels. These levels pertain to how well the institution is equipped and funded. If it is well funded, with lots of sports scholarships offered, then most likely it will be classified as Division I. The lower the number of the division, the less funded the school is expected to be.

FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) is very different from FCS. FBS, also known initially as Division I-A, conducts a sort of ‘bowl’ for their post season games. Its games are less organized in nature. Conversely, for FCS (Football Championship Subdivision), this division concentrates on a sort of playoffs that will eventually end with a grand championship game finale. There are usually 16 teams that battle it out through the process of single elimination. FCS is also usually referred to as Division I-AA, its former name.

The two divisions also differ in terms of authority. Although both are within the scope of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), the FCS has the I-AA Committee for Playoff Selection. They determine the ranking of the teams who are able to play in the playoff series. In the case of the FBS, their authority falls under an independent body ‘“ the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), whose authority is above that of the NCAA.

Lastly, in the aspect of scholarships, FBS colleges usually give 85 scholarships to 85 different and qualified players. FBS almost always rewards these players with full scholarships, as opposed to FCS that leans more to giving away only partial scholarships. They are given the choice as to how many partial scholarships they can give in a year’s time. Moreover, FCS can also give full scholarships, but are limited to only 63.

Overall,

1. FBS is also known by its former name, Division I-A, whereas, FCS is known by its previous name, Divison I-AA.
2. FBS conducts bowl-style post season games, whereas the FCS stages a playoff series that makes use of a single elimination process.
3. The FBS is also governed by a separate body, apart from the NCAA, which is known as the BCS.
4. Although not mandated by the regulating authorities, FBS can give full scholarships to more players compared to FCS.


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  1. FBS vs. FCS

    In the college football arena of which the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the major authority, one should be familiar with the various conferences or game divisions. Each division can vary per state, or per country, but above all else, this simply makes football more exciting. In this scenario, you have more game options to watch, compared to watching only one single division being played over and over again. More players also get the chance to play football as well.

    FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) and FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) are two new NCAA Division I terms that took effect in 2007. These terms were originally named according to how the institution athletic department is equipped and funded. If it is well funded (number of sports, coaches, facilities, administration staffs, etc.), then most likely it will be classified as Division I. The lower the number of the division, the less funded the school is expected to be. The NCAA has three divisions, and uses roman numerals to denote them; I, II, and III. Divison I is the only NCAA division which has subdivisions and only in the sport of football.

    FBS is very different from FCS. FBS, originally known as Division I-A, conducts a ‘bowl’ postseason of unrelated games (the only NCAA sport that does not finish with an NCAA championship). Conversely, the FCS, originally known as Division I-AA, conducts an official NCAA playoff that culminates with the NCAA Division I championship game. The teams battle it out through the process of single elimination. FCS is the highest level of NCAA championship football.

    The two divisions also differ in terms of authority. Although both are within the scope of the NCAA, the FCS has the Divison I Committee for playoff selection. They determine the ranking of the teams who are able to play in the playoff series. In the case of the FBS, their postseason ‘championship game’ falls under an independent body – the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), whose authority is sanctioned by the NCAA.

    Lastly, in the aspect of scholarships, FBS colleges is required to give 85 scholarships to 85 different and qualified players. FBS is required to give these players full scholarships, as opposed to FCS that is allowed to give full or partial scholarships. They are given the choice as to how many full or partial scholarships they can give in a year’s time but are limited to 63 total scholarships.

    Overall,

    1. FBS is required to spend more money on their football programs, whereas, FCS is known as the cost-containment level of Division I football.
    2. FBS conducts unrelated post season games, whereas the FCS stages the highest level of NCAA championship football that makes use of a single elimination tournament.
    3. The FBS postseason is governed by a separate body, apart from and sanctioned by the NCAA, which is known as the BCS.
    4. Mandated by the NCAA, FBS has to give full scholarships to 85 players, 22 more than the FCS is allowed to allocate.

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