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And few have forgotten Appalachian State’s stunner at Michigan in 2007.

“I know we’re trying to stay away from them if physically possible,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said.

“But I think they have their place, especially if they’re a regional game. It gives an FCS (opponent) a chance to play what used to be a BCS team. I think that has a lot of merit. I was in the Big Ten when the Appalachian State thing happened and I think that makes college football pretty cool.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban said scheduling FCS teams might not be avoidable.

Saban said Big Five teams aren’t chomping at the bit to play the SEC, which has put nine teams in the Bowl Championship Series national title game over the past eight years.

“I don’t know that we have a choice sometimes,” Saban said. “We can’t just call people up and say, ‘We want to have a game.’ It’s not like setting up a golf game. I call up three of my buddies and say you guys want to play and you play Sunday morning. Then everybody says, ‘Yeah, I can play.’ You ever try to schedule a game? Do you know what goes into that? It’s very difficult to do home-and-home with quality teams. To be honest with you, you almost have to buy games to get people to play you.

“Outside of the neutral-site game we do and our conference games, we struggle to schedule three other games.”

Florida plays lower-division Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 22, but doesn’t have another FCS team on any schedule beyond 2014. Of course, that could change.

If not, it could be a rarity for the power league.

“We try not to do it now, but sometimes it’s all that we have left to schedule so we can get 12 games,” Saban said. “It’s not by choice that we want to do it.

“The first people that need to be taken into consideration here, who get no consideration, are the fans and the people who support the program.

“Quality games for them, so they want to come to the stadium and come to the game and support the program and make it exciting for the players. No, we do not want to play those types of teams. Sometimes we don’t have a choice.”