1984 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1984 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Playoff
DurationNovember 24–December 15
Championship date December 15, 1984
Championship site Johnson Hagood Stadium
Charleston, South Carolina
Champion Montana State
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The 1984 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 1984, and concluded with the 1984 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 15, 1984, at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. The Montana State Bobcats won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs by a final score of 19−6. [1]

Contents

Conference changes and new programs

School1983 Conference1984 Conference
Eastern Washington D-II Independent I-AA Independent
Florida A&M MEAC I-AA Independent
Morgan State D-II Independent MEAC (I-AA)
Nicholls State I-AA Independent Gulf Star
Northwestern State I-AA Independent Gulf Star
Sam Houston State Lone Star (D-II) Gulf Star (I-AA)
Southeastern Louisiana I-AA Independent Gulf Star
Southwest Texas State Lone Star (D-II) Gulf Star (I-AA)
Stephen F. Austin Lone Star (D-II) Gulf Star (I-AA)

Conference standings

1984 Association of Mid-Continent Universities football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 18 Northern Iowa +210  920
Eastern Illinois +210  650
Southwest Missouri State 111  631
Western Illinois 021  641
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1984 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 Montana State $^610  1220
Nevada 520  740
Idaho 430  650
Boise State 430  650
Idaho State 430  560
Weber State 340  560
Northern Arizona 250  460
Montana 070  281
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Poll
1984 Gulf Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Northwestern State +410  740
Nicholls State +410  650
Sam Houston State 320  830
Southwest Texas State 230  740
Stephen F. Austin 131  731
Southeastern Louisiana 041  281
  • + Conference co-champions
1984 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Penn $700  810
Yale 520  630
Harvard 520  540
Brown 430  450
Princeton 340  450
Cornell 250  270
Dartmouth 250  270
Columbia 070  090
  • $ Conference champion
1984 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Bethune–Cookman $400  730
Delaware State 310  820
South Carolina State 220  461
North Carolina A&T 130  280
Howard 040  280
Morgan State 000  0110
  • $ Conference champion
  • Morgan State games did not count as conference games.
1984 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tulsa $500  650
No. 5 Indiana State ^310  930
Illinois State 320  560
Wichita State 220  290
Drake 230  470
West Texas State 130  380
Southern Illinois 050  380
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • The MVC was a hybrid of Division I-A and I-AA programs in 1983. Tulsa and Wichita State were Div I-A and the rest were Div I-AA
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1984 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 8 Eastern Kentucky $^610  840
No. 7 Middle Tennessee State ^520  1130
No. 13 Murray State 520  920
Youngstown State 520  740
Austin Peay 430  740
Akron 250  470
Morehead State 160  290
Tennessee Tech 070  0110
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1984 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 17 Chattanooga $^ 51    65 
No. 14 Western Carolina  52    83 
The Citadel  42    74 
No. 16 Furman  33    83 
East Tennessee State  24    65 
Marshall  24    65 
Appalachian State  25    47 
VMI  14    19 
Davidson  05    28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
1984 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 9 Louisiana Tech $^510  1050
No. 10 Arkansas State ^411  841
Texas–Arlington 420  740
Northeast Louisiana 330  740
No. 20 McNeese State 231  731
Lamar 150  290
North Texas State 150  290
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
1984 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Alcorn State $^700  910
No. 6 Mississippi Valley State ^610  920
Grambling State 520  740
Southern 430  650
Jackson State 340  451
Texas Southern 250  560
Alabama State 160  290
Prairie View A&M 070  0110
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1984 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 Rhode Island +^410  1030
No. Boston University +^410  930
No. 11 New Hampshire 320  920
Maine 230  560
Connecticut 140  380
UMass 140  380
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1984 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tennessee State 000  1100
Georgia Southern 000  830
No. 15 Holy Cross 000  830
No. 19 Delaware 000  830
No. 12 Richmond ^000  840
Eastern Washington 000  721
James Madison 000  650
William & Mary 000  650
Bucknell 000  550
Colgate 000  550
Lafayette 000  550
Lehigh 000  560
Florida A&M 000  361
Northeastern 000  370
Western Kentucky 000  290
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

Conference champions

Conference champions

Big Sky Conference – Montana State
Ivy League – Penn
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Bethune-Cookman
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Kentucky
Southern Conference – Chattanooga
Southland Conference – Louisiana Tech
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Alcorn State
Yankee Conference – Boston University and Rhode Island

Postseason

The top four teams were seeded, and received first-round byes. [2] Undefeated Tennessee State was disqualified from the postseason due to the use of ineligible players. [3]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket

First Round
November 24
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 1
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 8
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 15
Neutral Site
              
   Jackson, MS     
Ruston, LA
  (1) Alcorn State  21
  Louisiana Tech  66 Murfreesboro, TN
  Louisiana Tech 44 
  Mississippi Valley State   19  Louisiana Tech 21
  Terre Haute, IN
Richmond, KY    Middle Tennessee State  13 
  (4) Indiana State   41
  Eastern Kentucky  10 Charleston, SCHagood Stadium
  Middle Tennessee State 42*** 
 Middle Tennessee State 27   Louisiana Tech  6
  Kingston, RI
Richmond, VA    (3) Montana State 19
  (2) Rhode Island 23
 Richmond 35 Bozeman, MT
   Richmond  17 
  Boston University  33   (2) Rhode Island  20
  Bozeman, MT
Jonesboro, AR    (3) Montana State 32 
  (3) Montana State  31
 Arkansas State 37
   Arkansas State  14 
  Chattanooga   10 

*indicates overtime period

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