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    Re: Greatest FCS team that didn't win the title

    Quote Originally Posted by thebootfitter View Post
    While Moss was in all likelihood better by far than any other receivers that have ever played against the Bison
    Is there really even a question? IMO Moss was the most gifted (size, strength, speed, hands, athletic ability, etc.) receiver to ever play the game. Unfortunately he didn't have Jerry Rice's drive, attitude or training regime. But he was unstoppable when he cared.

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    Re: Greatest FCS team that didn't win the title

    Quote Originally Posted by uni88 View Post
    Is there really even a question? IMO Moss was the most gifted (size, strength, speed, hands, athletic ability, etc.) receiver to ever play the game. Unfortunately he didn't have Jerry Rice's drive, attitude or training regime. But he was unstoppable when he cared.
    that completely sums it up perfectly.

    but to put the proper perspective on how good Jerry Rice was ... the dude only ran a 4.7 forty .. mind boggling when you think about how well he created separation and found seams, and was unstoppable with nowhere near Moss's athletic skills.

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    Re: Greatest FCS team that didn't win the title

    Quote Originally Posted by Redbird 4th & short View Post
    that completely sums it up perfectly.

    but to put the proper perspective on how good Jerry Rice was ... the dude only ran a 4.7 forty .. mind boggling when you think about how well he created separation and found seams, and was unstoppable with nowhere near Moss's athletic skills.
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    Re: Greatest FCS team that didn't win the title

    Quote Originally Posted by Redbird 4th & short View Post
    that completely sums it up perfectly.

    but to put the proper perspective on how good Jerry Rice was ... the dude only ran a 4.7 forty .. mind boggling when you think about how well he created separation and found seams, and was unstoppable with nowhere near Moss's athletic skills.
    Jerry Rice once had a 24-catch day while at MVSU, NCAA record for receptions in a game. You have to be busting it off the line on EVERY PLAY to get open enough just to get anywhere close to that many targets. Especially since Rice was the guy that opposing defenses would be keying on.

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    Re: Greatest FCS team that didn't win the title

    I'm gonna be a homer for just a second, but the 1998 FAMU team was pretty good. Started the season out with a 21-14 loss to a playoff team, Hampton, while still figuring out our QB situation. Ended up winning 11 games in a row, had the top rated offense in the nation, and won our first playoff game since the 1978 National Title(beat Troy 27-17). Ended up losing a close game to Western Illinois on the road 24-21 in the 2nd round. That team was very entertaining and had all the ability in the world to go much deeper in the playoffs that year.

    FAMU led the nation in points per game with 49.5

    And if you're a true FCS football fan, then you should remember a receiver by the name of Jacquay Nunnally...he ended up breaking Jerry Rice's NCAA reception record while at FAMU

    Here is the season wrap up for that 1998 team, included clips from those playoff games. The 1998 team will also be honored at a home game this season.



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    Re: Greatest FCS team that didn't win the title

    The 1999 FAMU Football team could also make a case...Yeah, this was a 3 loss team during the regular season...but FAMU lost to Miami, Tennessee State(who entered the playoffs with #1 ranking) and NCA&T who also entered the playoffs ranked 16th. This FAMU team went on the road and upset App State, Troy, and Choked away a 4th quarter lead against Youngstown State on the road in the semifinals...the 1999 FAMU football was just as dangerous as any team that's been in the playoffs and should've been playing for a National Title.

    The 1999 team was also very high scoring, averaging just over 45 points per game.

    Here are highlights of that 1999 team, including the 1999 playoffs.



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    1999 FAMU football team continued..the semifinal 4th quarter collapse against Youngstown State

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    Re: Greatest FCS team that didn't win the title

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dawg View Post
    Ended up losing a close game to Western Illinois on the road 24-21 in the 2nd round.
    I remember that game...quite a nailbiter for me (it was my sophomore year in the Marching Leathernecks). For a December game in Illinois, it was pretty warm (mid-50s).
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    Box score - http://www.mvc.org/football/stats/98/wiu-13.htm
    Game program - http://collections.carli.illinois.ed...sports/id/4445
    Game recap article (Orlando Sentinel) - http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/...d-leathernecks

    That was Aaron Stecker's senior year, and while not as impressive as his 176 ypg average from '97, he put up 125 ypg that season, which is still pretty substantial.
    1998 was by a good chunk our best defensive team in our history, only allowing 12.5 ppg and is generally considered one of the top 3 Leatherneck teams of all time.
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    Re: Greatest FCS team that didn't win the title

    A nationally relevant FAMU would be great for FCS.

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    Re: Greatest FCS team that didn't win the title

    2002 Western Illinois, possibly 2003 team as well.
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