1998 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1998 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Payton Award Jerry Azumah (RB, New Hampshire)
Buchanan Award James Milton (LB, Western Illinois)
Playoff
DurationNovember 28–December 19
Championship date December 19, 1998
Championship site Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Champion UMass
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The 1998 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I-AA level, began in August 1998, and concluded with the 1998 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 19, 1998, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The UMass Minutemen won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Georgia Southern Eagles by a final score of 55−43. [1]

Contents

Conference changes and new programs

School1997 Conference1998 Conference
Arkansas–Pine Bluff Independent (NAIA) SWAC (I-AA)
Boston University Atlantic 10 Dropped Program
Evansville Pioneer Dropped Program
Jacksonville New Program I-AA Independent
Sacred Heart Eastern (D-II) Northeast

Conference standings

1998 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
New England
No. 9 Connecticut x^ 62    103 
No. 1 UMass x^ 62    123 
Maine  35    65 
New Hampshire  35    47 
Rhode Island  26    38 
Mid-Atlantic
No. 10 Richmond x$^ 71    93 
No. 23 Delaware  44    74 
Villanova  44    65 
No. 17 William & Mary  44    74 
Northeastern  35    56 
James Madison  26    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1998 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 15 Montana $^ 62    84 
Cal State Northridge  53    74 
No. 25 Montana State  53    74 
Weber State  44    65 
Eastern Washington  44    56 
Portland State  44    56 
Northern Arizona  35    65 
Sacramento State  35    56 
Idaho State  26    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1998 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 Western Illinois $^ 51    113 
No. 16 Illinois State ^ 42    84 
Northern Iowa  33    74 
Youngstown State  33    65 
Southwest Missouri State  33    56 
Indiana State  24    56 
Southern Illinois  15    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1998 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Penn $ 61    82 
Brown  52    73 
Yale  52    64 
Princeton  43    55 
Columbia  34    46 
Harvard  34    46 
Cornell  16    46 
Dartmouth  16    28 
  • $ Conference champion
1998 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Fairfield + 71    92 
Georgetown + 71    92 
Duquesne  62    83 
Marist  62    73 
St. John's  44    65 
Iona  26    46 
Siena  26    36 
Canisius  26    37 
Saint Peter's  08    010 
  • + Conference co-champions
1998 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 Florida A&M +^ 71    112 
No. 11 Hampton +^ 71    93 
No. 18 Bethune–Cookman  62    83 
North Carolina A&T  53    83 
Howard  53    74 
South Carolina State  35    56 
Norfolk State  26    29 
Morgan State  17    110 
Delaware State  08    011 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1998 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Monmouth + 41    55 
Robert Morris + 41    46 
Wagner  32    73 
Central Connecticut  32    46 
Sacred Heart  14    28 
Saint Francis (PA)  05    010 
  • + Conference co-champions
1998 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 12 Tennessee State $^ 61    93 
No. 24 Murray State  52    74 
Middle Tennessee  52    55 
Eastern Illinois  43    65 
Eastern Kentucky  43    65 
Tennessee Tech  25    47 
Southeast Missouri State  25    38 
Tennessee–Martin  07    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1998 Patriot League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 7 Lehigh $^ 60    121 
No. 21 Colgate ^ 51    84 
Bucknell  33    65 
Lafayette  33    38 
Fordham  24    47 
Towson  15    56 
Holy Cross  15    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1998 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Drake $ 40    73 
Dayton  31    64 
Valparaiso  22    56 
Butler  13    46 
San Diego  04    28 
  • $ Conference champion
1998 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Georgia Southern $^ 80    141 
No. 6 Appalachian State ^ 62    103 
Western Carolina  53    65 
Chattanooga  44    56 
The Citadel  44    56 
East Tennessee State  35    47 
Wofford  35    47 
Furman  35    56 
VMI  08    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
1998 Southland Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 Northwestern State $^ 61    113 
No. 8 McNeese State ^ 52    93 
No. 13 Troy State ^ 52    84 
Jacksonville State  43    74 
Nicholls State  34    47 
Southwest Texas State  25    47 
Stephen F. Austin  25    38 
Sam Houston State  16    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
1998 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 14 Southern $ 80    93 
Jackson State  71    74 
Arkansas–Pine Bluff  62    83 
Texas Southern  44    65 
Grambling State  44    56 
Alabama State  35    56 
Alcorn State  35    56 
Mississippi Valley State  17    110 
Prairie View A&M  08    110 
Alabama A&M      56 
  • $ Conference champion
  • Alabama A&M was an affiliate member, so its games did not count in the official standings.
1998 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Morehead State  00    92 
Davidson  00    82 
No. 20 Hofstra  00    83 
No. 22 South Florida  00    83 
No. 19 Western Kentucky  00    74 
Samford  00    65 
St. Johns (NY)  00    65 
Liberty  00    56 
Southern Utah  00    56 
Elon  00    56 
Austin Peay  00    47 
Buffalo  00    47 
Jacksonville  00    45 
La Salle  00    36 
Cal Poly  00    38 
Charleston Southern  00    38 
Saint Mary's  00    28 
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

Conference champions

Conference Champions

Atlantic 10 Conference – Richmond
Big Sky Conference – Montana
Gateway Football Conference – Western Illinois
Ivy League – Penn
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Fairfield and Georgetown
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Florida A&M and Hampton
Northeast Conference – Monmouth and Robert Morris
Ohio Valley Conference – Tennessee State
Patriot League – Lehigh
Pioneer Football League – Drake
Southern Conference – Georgia Southern
Southland Football League – Northwestern State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Southern

Postseason

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket

First Round
November 28
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 4–5
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 12
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 19
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, TN
            
1 Georgia Southern * 49
16 Colgate 28
1Georgia Southern* 52
8 Connecticut 30
8 Connecticut * 42
9 Hampton 34
1Georgia Southern* 42
4 Western Illinois 14
5Florida A&M* 27
12 Troy State 17
5 Florida A&M 21
4Western Illinois* 24
4Western Illinois* 52
13 Montana 9
1 Georgia Southern 43
11UMass55
3 Richmond* 23
14Lehigh24
14 Lehigh 21
11UMass* 27
6 McNeese State* 19
11 UMass 21
11UMass41
2 Northwestern State* 31
7Appalachian State* 45
10 Tennessee State 31
7 Appalachian State 20
2Northwestern State* 31
2Northwestern State* 48
15 Illinois State 28

*Denotes host institution
Source: [2]

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