2003 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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2003 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Payton Award Jamaal Branch (RB, Colgate)
Buchanan Award Jared Allen (DE, Idaho State)
Playoff
DurationNovember 29–December 19
Championship date December 19, 2003
Championship site Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Champion Delaware
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The 2003 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 2003, and concluded with the 2003 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 19, 2003, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Colgate Raiders by a final score of 40−0. [1]

Contents

Conference changes and new programs

School2002 Conference2003 Conference
Canisius MAAC Dropped Program
Coastal Carolina New Program Big South
Elon Big South Southern
Fairfield MAAC Dropped Program
Jacksonville State Southland Ohio Valley
St. John's (NY) Northeast Dropped Program
Samford I-AA Independent Ohio Valley
Southeastern Louisiana Revived Program I-AA Independent
VMI Southern Big South

Conference standings

2003 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 Delaware +^ 81    151 
No. 11 UMass +^ 81    103 
No. 20 Northeastern  63    84 
No. 25 Villanova  54    74 
Maine  44    65 
William & Mary  44    55 
James Madison  45    66 
New Hampshire  36    57 
Rhode Island  36    48 
Hofstra  26    210 
Richmond  18    29 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 14 Montana +^ 52    94 
No. 10 N Arizona +^ 52    94 
No. 21 Montana State +^ 52    76 
No. 22 Idaho State  43    84 
Weber State  43    84 
Eastern Washington  34    65 
Portland State  16    47 
Sacramento State  16    29 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 Big South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Gardner–Webb $ 40    84 
Liberty  31    66 
VMI  22    66 
Coastal Carolina  13    65 
Charleston Southern  04    111 
  • $ Conference champion
2003 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 Northern Iowa +^ 61    103 
No. 9 Southern Illinois +^ 61    102 
No. 6 Western Illinois ^ 52    94 
No. 7 Western Kentucky ^ 52    94 
Illinois State  34    66 
Youngstown State  25    57 
Southwest Missouri State  16    47 
Indiana State  07    39 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 12 Penn $ 70    100 
Harvard  43    73 
Brown  43    55 
Yale  43    64 
Dartmouth  43    55 
Columbia  34    46 
Princeton  25    28 
Cornell  07    19 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Duquesne $ 50    83 
Iona  41    65 
Marist  23    46 
La Salle  23    38 
Saint Peter's  23    28 
Siena  05    011 
  • $ Conference champion
2003 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 16 North Carolina A&T $^ 71    102 
No. 15 Bethune–Cookman ^ 62    92 
South Carolina State  52    84 
Hampton  52    74 
Morgan State  43    65 
Florida A&M  34    66 
Howard  25    47 
Delaware State  16    110 
Norfolk State  08    111 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Monmouth + 61    102 
Albany + 61    74 
Robert Morris  43    64 
Stony Brook  43    64 
Sacred Heart  34    65 
Wagner  34    65 
Central Connecticut  24    38 
Saint Francis (PA)  07    19 
  • + Conference co-champions
2003 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 18 Jacksonville State $^ 71    84 
Eastern Kentucky  62    75 
Samford  53    74 
Tennessee State  53    75 
Southeast Missouri State  53    57 
Murray State  35    48 
Eastern Illinois  35    48 
Tennessee Tech  17    29 
Tennessee–Martin  17    210 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 Patriot League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Colgate $^ 70    151 
No. 23 Lehigh  61    83 
Fordham  43    93 
Bucknell  43    66 
Towson  34    66 
Lafayette  25    56 
Georgetown  16    48 
Holy Cross  16    111 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Division
Valparaiso $ 31    84 
San Diego  31    82 
Dayton  22    82 
Drake  13    66 
Butler  13    29 
South Division
Morehead State  30    83 
Jacksonville  13    46 
Austin Peay  13    47 
Davidson  13    38 
  • $ Conference champion
2003 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 Wofford $^ 80    122 
Appalachian State  62    74 
No. 24 Georgia Southern  53    74 
Furman  44    65 
The Citadel  44    66 
Western Carolina  35    47 
Chattanooga  35    39 
East Tennessee State  26    57 
Elon  17    210 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2003 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 McNeese State $^ 50    102 
Stephen F. Austin  41    74 
Northwestern State  23    75 
Texas State  23    57 
Sam Houston State  23    38 
Nicholls State  05    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
Alabama State x 52    85 
Alcorn State x 52    75 
Alabama A&M  43    84 
Jackson State  25    210 
Mississippi Valley State  16    29 
West
No. 13 Southern x$ 61    121 
No. 17 Grambling State x 61    93 
Texas Southern  34    56 
Arkansas–Pine Bluff  34    47 
Prairie View A&M  07    110 
Championship: Southern 20, Alabama State 9
December 13, 2003
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
2003 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 Florida Atlantic ^ 00    113 
No. 19 Northern Colorado  00    92 
Cal Poly  00    74 
Southeastern Louisiana  00    57 
Southern Utah  00    47 
Saint Mary's  00    111 
FIU  00    010 
Savannah State  00    012 
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Record adjusted for 2 vacated wins by Florida International
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

Conference champions

Conference Champions

Atlantic 10 Conference – Delaware and UMass
Big Sky Conference – Montana, Montana State, and Northern Arizona
Big South Conference – Gardner-Webb
Gateway Football Conference – Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois
Ivy League – Penn
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – North Carolina A&T
Northeast Conference – Albany (NY) and Monmouth
Ohio Valley Conference – Jacksonville State
Patriot League – Colgate
Pioneer Football League – Valparaiso
Southern Conference – Wofford
Southland Conference – McNeese State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Southern

Postseason

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket

The top four teams in the tournament were seeded; [2] seeded teams were assured of hosting games in the first two rounds. [3]

First Round
November 29
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 6
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 13
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 19
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, TN
            
1 McNeese State* 3
Northern Arizona35
Northern Arizona* 25
Florida Atlantic48
Bethune-Cookman* 24
Florida Atlantic32
Florida Atlantic* 24
4Colgate36
4Colgate* 19
UMass 7
4Colgate* 28
Western Illinois 27
Montana* 40
Western Illinois43**
4 Colgate 0
2Delaware40
3 Wofford * 31
North Carolina A&T 0
3Wofford* 34
Western Kentucky 17
Western Kentucky * 45
Jacksonville State 7
3 Wofford 9
2Delaware* 24
2 Delaware * 48
Southern Illinois 7
2Delaware* 37
Northern Iowa 7
Northern Iowa * 35
Montana State 14

*By team name denotes host institution
*By score denotes overtime period(s)

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