1996 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1996 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Payton Award Archie Amerson (RB, Northern Arizona)
Buchanan Award Dexter Coakley (LB, Appalachian State)
Playoff
DurationNovember 30–December 21
Championship date December 21, 1996
Championship site Marshall University Stadium
Huntington, West Virginia
Champion Marshall
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The 1996 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 1996, and concluded with the 1996 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 21, 1996, at Marshall University Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia. The Marshall Thundering Herd won their second I-AA championship, defeating the defending national champion Montana Grizzlies by a final score of 49–29. [1]

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Conference changes and new programs

School1995 Conference1996 Conference
Boise State Big Sky Big West (I-A)
Cal State Northridge American West Big Sky
Cal Poly American West I-AA Independent
Central Connecticut State I-AA Independent Northeast
Central Florida I-AA Independent I-A Independent
Eastern Illinois Gateway Ohio Valley
Fairfield New Program MAAC
Idaho Big Sky Big West (I-A)
Jacksonville State D-II Independent Southland (I-AA)
Monmouth I-AA Independent Northeast
Morehead State Ohio Valley I-AA Independent
Portland State D-II Independent Big Sky (I-AA)
Robert Morris I-AA Independent Northeast
Sacramento State American West I-AA Independent
St. Francis (PA) I-AA Independent Northeast
Southern Utah American West I-AA Independent
Troy State I-AA Independent Southland
UAB I-AA Independent I-A Independent
Wagner I-AA Independent Northeast

Conference standings

1996 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Montana $^ 70    141 
No. 6 Northern Arizona ^ 61    93 
Cal State Northridge  43    74 
Weber State  43    74 
Eastern Washington  34    65 
Montana State  34    65 
Idaho State  16    47 
Sacramento State  07    110 
Portland State  00    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Portland State games did not count in conference standings
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 Northern Iowa $^ 50    122 
No. 10 Western Illinois ^ 32    93 
No. 21 Southwest Missouri State  32    74 
Indiana State  32    65 
Southern Illinois  14    56 
Illinois State  05    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 17 Dartmouth $ 70    100 
Columbia  52    82 
Brown  43    55 
Cornell  43    46 
Penn  34    55 
Harvard  25    46 
Princeton  25    37 
Yale  16    28 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Duquesne $ 80    101 
Georgetown  71    73 
Marist  62    73 
St. John's  53    64 
Canisius  44    54 
Saint Peter's  26    27 
Siena  26    27 
Fairfield  17    18 
Iona  17    19 
  • $ Conference champion
1996 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 12 Florida A&M $^ 70    93 
No. 20 Howard  61    102 
North Carolina A&T  43    83 
South Carolina State  43    46 
Hampton  34    56 
Morgan State  25    47 
Delaware State  25    38 
Bethune–Cookman  07    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Robert Morris + 31    92 
Monmouth + 31    73 
Central Connecticut  22    37 
Wagner  22    55 
Saint Francis (PA)  04    37 
  • + Conference co-champions
1996 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 Murray State $^ 80    112 
No. 16 Eastern Illinois ^ 62    84 
Eastern Kentucky  62    65 
Middle Tennessee  44    65 
Tennessee Tech  44    56 
Tennessee State  35    47 
Southeast Missouri State  35    38 
Austin Peay  17    110 
Tennessee–Martin  17    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 Patriot League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Bucknell $ 41    65 
Colgate  32    65 
Lehigh  32    56 
Lafayette  22    55 
Fordham  13    28 
Holy Cross  14    29 
  • $ Conference champion
1996 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 24 Dayton $ 50    110 
Drake  41    83 
Evansville  23    55 
Butler  23    37 
San Diego  14    46 
Valparaiso  14    46 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 Marshall $^ 80    150 
No. T–8 East Tennessee State ^ 71    103 
No. 13 Furman ^ 62    94 
No. 25 Appalachian State  53    74 
The Citadel  35    47 
Georgia Southern  26    47 
VMI  26    38 
Chattanooga  26    38 
Western Carolina  17    47 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 Southland Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 Troy State $^ 51    122 
No. 19 Nicholls State ^ 42    84 
No. 22 Stephen F. Austin  33    74 
Northwestern State  33    65 
Sam Houston State  33    47 
Southwest Texas State  24    56 
McNeese State  15    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8t Jackson State $^ 61    102 
Southern  52    75 
Mississippi Valley State  52    74 
Texas Southern  52    74 
Alcorn State  34    47 
Grambling State  25    38 
Alabama State  25    38 
Prairie View A&M  07    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
1996 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
New England
No. 18 New Hampshire x 62    83 
Maine  53    74 
UMass  44    65 
Connecticut  35    46 
Rhode Island  26    46 
Boston University  08    110 
Mid-Atlantic
No. 7 William & Mary x$^ 71    103 
No. 14 Villanova ^ 62    84 
No. 11 Delaware ^ 62    84 
No. 23 James Madison  53    74 
Northeastern  35    65 
Richmond  17    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Buffalo      83 
No. 15 Youngstown State      83 
Saint Mary's      73 
Western Kentucky      74 
Davidson      64 
Towson      64 
Samford      65 
Wofford      65 
Cal Poly      56 
Hofstra      56 
Liberty      56 
Southern Utah      47 
Charleston Southern      28 
Morehead State      28 
Jacksonville State      19 
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

Conference champions

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Montana
Gateway Football Conference – Northern Iowa
Ivy League – Dartmouth
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Florida A&M
Northeast ConferenceMonmouth and Robert Morris
Ohio Valley Conference – Murray State
Patriot League – Bucknell
Pioneer Football League – Dayton
Southern Conference – Marshall
Southland Football League – Troy State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – William & Mary

Postseason

The location of the title game, Marshall University Stadium, was determined before the playoffs started. [2]

Playoff bracket

First Round
November 30
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 7
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 14
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 21
Marshall University Stadium
Huntington, West Virginia
            
16 Nicholls State 3
1 Montana * 48
1Montana* 44
6 East Tennessee State 14
11 Villanova 29
6 East Tennessee State * 35
1Montana* 70
4 Troy State 7
13 Florida A&M 25
4 Troy State * 29
4Troy State* 31
5 Murray State 3
12 Western Illinois 6
5Murray State* 34
1 Montana 29
2Marshall49
15 Delaware 14
2 Marshall * 59
2Marshall* 54
10 Furman 0
10Furman42
7 Northern Arizona* 31
2Marshall* 31
3 Northern Iowa 14
14 Eastern Illinois 14
3Northern Iowa* 21
3Northern Iowa* 38
8 William & Mary 35
9 Jackson State 6
8 William & Mary * 45

*Denotes host institution
Source: [3]

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