1982 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1982 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Playoff
DurationNovember 27–December 18
Championship date December 18, 1982
Championship site Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, Texas
Champion Eastern Kentucky
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The 1982 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I-AA level, began in August 1982 and concluded with the 1982 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 18, 1982, at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels won their second I-AA championship, defeating the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens in the Pioneer Bowl, 17−14. [1] [2] [3]

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Conference changes and new programs

Before the 1982 season, a total of 41 1-A schools - including three conferences and all of their members - were shifted from Division I-A to Division I-AA: [4]

Most of the Missouri Valley Conference football schools were also reclassified. This began the few years where the MVC hosted both 1-A and 1-AA teams. Drake, Illinois State, Indiana State, Southern Illinois, and West Texas State did not meet 1-A standards and were reclassified to 1-AA. New Mexico State, Tulsa, and Wichita State remained in 1-A.

School1981 Conference1982 Conference
Alabama State D-II Independent SWAC (I-AA)
Colgate I-A Independent I-AA Independent
Georgia Southern Revived Program I-AA Independent
Holy Cross I-A Independent I-AA Independent
Northeast Louisiana I-A Independent Southland
North Texas State I-A Independent 1-AA Independent
Richmond I-A Independent I-AA Independent
Western Kentucky Ohio Valley I-AA Independent
William & Mary I-A Independent I-AA Independent

Independent Cincinnati and MAC schools Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Ohio, and Western Michigan were all reclassified as well.

The University of Cincinnati filed an injunction against the NCAA to postpone their demotion until after the 1982 season, and was successful in remaining in 1-A. [5]

Of the ten schools in the MAC, initially only Central Michigan and Toledo maintained 1-A status. Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Miami, and Western Michigan all made appeals and the conference as a whole was granted the ability to remain at the 1-A level. [6]

Conference standings

1982 Association of Mid-Continent Universities football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 Eastern Illinois +^201  1111
Northern Iowa +201  461
Southwest Missouri State 120  560
Western Illinois 030  280
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1982 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 19 Montana $^520  660
No. 11 Idaho ^520  940
Montana State 520  650
No. 15 Boise State 430  830
Nevada 340  650
Northern Arizona 340  470
Weber State 250  470
Idaho State 160  380
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Poll
1982 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Harvard +520  730
Penn +520  730
Dartmouth +520  550
Princeton 340  370
Yale 340  460
Brown 340  550
Cornell 340  460
Columbia 160  190
  • + Conference co-champions
1982 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 7 South Carolina State $^410  930
Florida A&M 410  650
Bethune–Cookman 320  550
Howard 230  650
Delaware State 230  470
North Carolina A&T 050  280
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1982 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tulsa $600  1010
Wichita State 410  830
Southern Illinois 410  650
Indiana State 320  560
Drake 240  470
New Mexico State 140  380
West Texas State 140  380
Illinois State 050  290
  • $ Conference champion
  • The conference was a hybrid of NCAA Division I-A and I-AA programs. New Mexico State, Tulsa, and Wichita State were I-A and the other teams were I-AA.
1982 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Eastern Kentucky $^700  1300
Akron 520  650
Middle Tennessee 430  830
Youngstown State 430  650
Morehead State 250  560
Murray State 250  470
Austin Peay 250  370
Tennessee Tech 160  380
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1982 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 Furman $^ 61    93 
No. 17 Chattanooga  51    74 
Western Carolina  42    65 
The Citadel  34    56 
Appalachian State  34    47 
VMI  23    56 
East Tennessee State  25    29 
Marshall  16    37 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
1982 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 Louisiana Tech $^500  1030
No. 12 Northeast Louisiana 410  830
Arkansas State 230  560
McNeese State 230  461
Lamar 140  470
Texas–Arlington 140  380
North Texas State 000  290
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1982 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 8 Jackson State $^600  930
Southern 510  830
No. 10 Grambling State 420  830
Alcorn State 330  560
Mississippi Valley State 240  550
Texas Southern 150  191
Prairie View A&M 060  1100
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1982 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Maine +320  740
Boston University +^320  560
Connecticut +320  560
UMass +320  560
Rhode Island 230  740
New Hampshire 140  460
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
1982 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 Delaware ^000  1220
No. 4 Tennessee State ^000  1011
No. 13 Holy Cross 000  830
James Madison 000  830
No. 9 Colgate ^000  840
No. 20 Lafayette 000  730
Nicholls State 000  740
No. 18 Northwestern State 000  650
Western Kentucky 000  550
SE Louisiana     470
Bucknell 000  460
Lehigh 000  460
Southeastern Louisiana 000  470
Northeastern 000  360
William & Mary 000  380
Richmond 000  0100
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

Conference champions

Conference champions

Big Sky Conference – Montana (tiebreaker over Idaho, Montana State)
Ivy LeagueDartmouth, Harvard, and Penn
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – South Carolina State
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Kentucky
Southern ConferenceFurman
Southland ConferenceLouisiana Tech
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – Boston University, Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts

Postseason

The playoffs expanded from eight to twelve teams this season; four years later, in 1986, the field was expanded to sixteen teams.

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket

The top four teams were seeded, and received first-round byes. [7]

First Round
November 27
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 4
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 11
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 18
Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, Texas
              
      
 (1) Eastern Kentucky* 38
  Idaho * 21
   Idaho  30 
  Montana   7  (1) Eastern Kentucky* 13
 
   (4) Tennessee State  7 
 (4) Tennessee State* 20
 Eastern Illinois* 16 Pioneer Bowl
   Eastern Illinois  19 
  Jackson State  13  (1) Eastern Kentucky 17
 
   (3) Delaware  14
 (2) Louisiana Tech * 38
  Furman*  0
   South Carolina State  3 
 South Carolina State 17   (2) Louisiana Tech*  0
 
  (3) Delaware 17 
 (3) Delaware* 20
 Colgate* 21
   Colgate  13 
  Boston U.  7 

*Next to team name denotes host institution [8]

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References

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