1983 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1983 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Playoff
DurationNovember 27–December 17
Championship date December 17, 1983
Championship site Johnson Hagood Stadium
Charleston, South Carolina
Champion Southern Illinois
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The 1983 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 1983, and concluded with the 1983 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 17, 1983, at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. The Southern Illinois Salukis won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Western Carolina Catamounts by a score of 43−7. [1]

Contents

Conference changes and new programs

School1982 Conference1983 Conference
North Texas State I-AA Independent Southland

Conference standings

1983 Association of Mid-Continent Universities football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 6 Eastern Illinois $^300  930
Southwest Missouri State 210  650
Northern Iowa 120  650
Western Illinois 030  380
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1983 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 11 Nevada* $^610  1040
No. 12 Idaho State ^520  840
Idaho 430  830
Boise State 430  650
Weber State 340  650
Montana 340  460
Northern Arizona 250  470
Montana State 160  1100
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • * – Nevada was given a win on the Fremont Cannon after UNLV was forced to forfeit the game after an investigation found that ineligible players had participated in the 1983 and 1984 seasons.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Poll
1983 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Harvard +511  622
Penn +511  631
Brown 421  451
Dartmouth 421  451
Cornell 331  361
Princeton 250  460
Columbia 151  172
Yale 160  190
  • + Conference co-champions
1983 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 18 South Carolina State $400  730
Delaware State 310  731
Bethune–Cookman 130  441
North Carolina A&T 130  371
Howard 130  190
Florida A&M 000  740
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Florida A&M games did not count as conference games
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1983 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tulsa $500  830
No. 1 Southern Illinois ^410  1310
No. 5 Indiana State ^320  940
New Mexico State 320  560
Illinois State 221  641
Wichita State 330  380
Drake 160  1100
West Texas State 051  0101
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • 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.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1983 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 8 Eastern Kentucky $^610  721
No. 16 Middle Tennessee 520  820
Akron 520  830
Murray State 430  740
Austin Peay 340  650
Youngstown State 250  470
Tennessee Tech 250  280
Morehead State 160  290
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1983 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 Furman $^601  1021
No. 9 Western Carolina ^501  1131
Chattanooga 520  740
Appalachian State 430  650
Marshall 340  470
VMI 150  290
The Citadel 160  380
East Tennessee State 160  380
Davidson 050  280
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
1983 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 13 Northeast Louisiana +510  830
No. 4 North Texas State +^510  840
McNeese State 330  650
Arkansas State 330  551
Texas–Arlington 240  560
Louisiana Tech 240  470
Lamar 150  290
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1983 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 10 Grambling State $601  812
No. 15 Jackson State 520  830
Southern 520  740
No. 19 Mississippi Valley State 421  721
Alcorn State 430  731
Texas Southern 250  460
Alabama State 060  290
Prairie View A&M 060  0110
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1983 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. T–13 Boston University +^410  940
Connecticut +410  560
No. 20 New Hampshire 320  730
Rhode Island 230  640
UMass 230  380
Maine 050  460
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1983 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 Holy Cross ^000  911
No. 17 Tennessee State 000  821
No. 7 Colgate ^000  830
Lehigh 000  830
Lafayette 000  640
Northeastern 000  641
Southeastern Louisiana 000  650
William & Mary 000  650
Nicholls State 000  560
Bucknell 000  451
Delaware 000  470
Northwestern State 000  470
James Madison 000  380
Richmond 000  380
Western Kentucky 000  281
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

Conference champions

Conference champions

Big Sky Conference – Nevada
Ivy LeagueHarvard and Penn
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – South Carolina State
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Kentucky
Southern ConferenceFurman
Southland ConferenceNorth Texas State and Northeast Louisiana
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Grambling State
Yankee Conference – Boston University and Connecticut

Postseason

The top four teams were seeded, and received first-round byes. [2]

NCAA Division I-AA playoff bracket

First Round
November 26
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
December 3
Campus sites
Semifinals
December 10
Campus sites
National Championship Game
December 17
Neutral Site
              
   Carbondale, IL     
Terre Haute, IN
  (1) Southern Illinois  23
  Indiana State  16** Carbondale, IL
   Indiana State  7 
  Eastern Illinois   13   (1) Southern Illinois 23
  Reno, NV
Pocatello, ID    Nevada  7 
  (4) North Texas State   17
  Idaho State   20 Charleston, SCHagood Stadium
  Nevada 20* 
  Nevada  27   (1) Southern Illinois 43
  Worcester, MA
Cullowhee, NC    Western Carolina  7
  (2) Holy Cross   21
  Western Carolina  24 Greenville, SC
  Western Carolina 28 
  Colgate   23  Western Carolina 14
  Greenville, SC
Richmond, KY    (3) Furman  7 
  (3) Furman  35
  Eastern Kentucky   20
   Boston University  16 
  Boston University  24 

* indicates overtime period

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References

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  2. Sutton, Stan (November 21, 1983). "Eastern, minus a bye, to face Boston U. in playoff opener". The Courier-Journal . Louisville, Kentucky. p. D1. Retrieved May 8, 2019 via newspapers.com.