Beamer Can See More I-AA Upsets

By Adam Caparell - September 05, 2007


The talk of the college football world continues to be Appalachian State after the Mountaineers pulled off the shocking, and historic, upset of Michigan last Saturday. But it didn't come as a complete surprise to Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer.

The Hokies coach, who narrowly avoided his own team's upset after being outplayed by East Carolina for much of the game, said it wasn't that much of a shock that Michigan became the first ranked team in history to lose to a lower division foe.

"I think people automatically think it should never happen," Beamer said. "It can happen, very easily happen."

Beamer spent 14 seasons at the I-AA level with stints at The Citadel and Murray State, where he served as the head coach for six seasons. And while he never pulled off an Appalachian State-like upset, the talent level he saw week in and week out still resonates with him.

"It's just a fact that you can call them I-A or I-AA, but teams are a lot closer than some people would think," Beamer said. "The other side is I've been in I-AA and I-AA has a lot of good players. I saw a couple of guys on (Appalachian State's) offense that could play whatever division you want to put them in. They were fast."

And because of the narrower talent gap than is widely perceived, Beamer thinks we'll see more upsets in the future from some of I-AA's best teams besides Appalachian State.

"I don’t think they're going to be the last," Beamer said.

Tech, like every other top program around the country, hopes to avoid being they next. They feature a I-AA team on their schedule this season - William & Mary Sept. 22. They're tentatively scheduled to play Appalachian State in 2011.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 10:24 PM on September 05, 2007
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