2006 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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2006 NCAA Division I FCS season
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2006 FCS National Championship trophy (middle).
Regular season
DurationAugust 26 – November 18
Payton Award Ricky Santos [1]
Buchanan Award Kyle Shotwell [2]
Playoff
DurationNovember 25 – December 15
Championship date December 15, 2006
Championship site Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Champion Appalachian State
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The 2006 NCAA Division I FCS football season, the 2006 season of college football for teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), began on August 26, 2006 and concluded on December 15, 2006, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the 2006 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game where the Appalachian State Mountaineers defeated the UMass Minutemen, 28–17. [3]

Contents

Rule changes

There are several rules that have changed for the 2006 season. [4] Following are some highlights:

Conference changes and new programs

School2005 Conference2006 Conference
Austin Peay Pioneer FCS Independent
Northern Colorado Great West Big Sky

FCS team wins over FBS teams

Conference standings

2006 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North
No. 2 UMass x$^ 80    132 
No. 6 New Hampshire ^ 53    94 
Maine  53    65 
Northeastern  44    56 
Rhode Island  26    47 
Hofstra  17    29 
South
No. 9 James Madison x^ 71    93 
Villanova  53    65 
Towson  44    74 
Richmond  35    65 
Delaware  35    56 
William & Mary  17    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 Montana $^ 80    122 
No. 10 Montana State ^ 62    85 
No. 19 Portland State  62    74 
Northern Arizona  53    65 
Sacramento State  44    47 
Weber State  44    56 
Eastern Washington  35    38 
Idaho State  17    29 
Northern Colorado  08    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Big South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 14 Coastal Carolina $^ 40    93 
Charleston Southern  22    92 
Gardner–Webb  22    65 
Liberty  22    65 
VMI  04    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 Youngstown State $^ 61    113 
No. 8 Illinois State ^ 52    94 
No. 17 Northern Iowa  52    7 
No. 7 Southern Illinois ^ 43    94 
Western Kentucky  43    65 
Western Illinois  25    56 
Missouri State  16    29 
Indiana State  16    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Great West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 North Dakota State $ 40    101 
No. 22 South Dakota State  31    74 
No. 16 Cal Poly  22    74 
UC Davis  13    65 
Southern Utah  04    38 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 18 Princeton + 61    91 
No. 25 Yale + 61    82 
Harvard  43    73 
Penn  34    55 
Cornell  34    55 
Dartmouth  25    28 
Columbia  25    55 
Brown  25    37 
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Duquesne + 31    73 
Marist + 31    47 
Iona  22    37 
La Salle  13    37 
Saint Peter's  13    28 
  • + Conference co-champions
2006 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 11 Hampton $^ 71    102 
Delaware State  62    83 
South Carolina State  62    74 
Florida A&M  53    74 
Howard  44    56 
Morgan State  44    56 
Bethune–Cookman  35    56 
Norfolk State  17    47 
North Carolina A&T  08    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Monmouth $ 61    102 
Albany  52    74 
Robert Morris  52    74 
Stony Brook  52    56 
Central Connecticut  43    83 
Saint Francis (PA)  25    38 
Sacred Heart  16    29 
Wagner  07    47 
  • $ Conference champion
2006 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 15 Eastern Illinois +^ 71    85 
No. 13 Tennessee–Martin +^ 61    93 
Tennessee State  52    65 
Jacksonville State  53    65 
Eastern Kentucky  53    65 
Tennessee Tech  44    47 
Southeast Missouri State  26    47 
Samford  17    38 
Murray State  08    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Patriot League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Lafayette +^ 51    66 
Lehigh + 51    65 
Holy Cross  42    74 
Bucknell  33    65 
Colgate  33    47 
Fordham  15    38 
Georgetown  06    29 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 20 San Diego $ 70    111 
Drake  61    92 
Davidson  52    64 
Jacksonville  43    46 
Butler  25    38 
Morehead State  25    29 
Dayton  16    46 
Valparaiso  16    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 Appalachian State $^ 70    141 
No. 12 Furman ^ 61    84 
No. 23 Wofford  52    74 
The Citadel  43    56 
Elon  25    56 
Chattanooga  25    38 
Georgia Southern  25    38 
Western Carolina  07    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2006 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 21 McNeese State $^ 51    75 
Sam Houston State  42    65 
Stephen F. Austin  42    47 
Texas State  33    56 
Nicholls State  24    47 
Northwestern State  24    47 
Southeastern Louisiana  15    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
2006 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
Alabama A&M x$ 63    93 
Jackson State  54    65 
Alcorn State  54    65 
Mississippi Valley State  54    65 
Alabama State  54    56 
West
Arkansas–Pine Bluff x 72    84 
Southern  45    56 
Grambling State  36    38 
Texas Southern  36    38 
Prairie View A&M  27    37 
Championship: Alabama A&M 22, Arkansas–Pine Bluff 13
December 16, 2006
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
2006 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 24 Central Arkansas  00    83 
Winston Salem  00    47 
Austin Peay  00    38 
Savannah State  00    29 
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

Conference champions

Automatic berths

ConferenceChampion
Atlantic 10 Conference Massachusetts
Big Sky Conference Montana
Gateway Football Conference Youngstown State
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hampton
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Illinois and UT Martin
Patriot League Colgate, Lafayette, and Lehigh
Southern Conference Appalachian State
Southland Conference McNeese State

Invitation

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Big South Conference Coastal Carolina
Great West Football Conference North Dakota State
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Duquesne and Marist
Northeast Conference Monmouth
Pioneer Football League San Diego

Abstains

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Ivy League Princeton and Yale
Southwestern Athletic Conference Alabama A&M

Postseason

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

First Round [6]
November 25
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 2
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 8 and December 9
Campus Sites
National Championship Game

December 15
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee

            
Coastal Carolina 28
1 Appalachian State * 45
1Appalachian State* 38
Montana State 17
Furman 13
Montana State * 31
1Appalachian State* 49
4 Youngstown State 24
James Madison 31
4 Youngstown State * 35
4Youngstown State* 28
Illinois State 21
Illinois State 24
Eastern Illinois* 13
1Appalachian State28
3 Massachusetts 17
McNeese State 6
2 Montana * 31
2Montana* 20
Southern Illinois 3
UT Martin 30
Southern Illinois * 36
2 Montana* 17
3Massachusetts19
Lafayette 14
3 Massachusetts * 35
3Massachusetts* 24
New Hampshire 17
New Hampshire 41
Hampton* 38

*Host institution

SWAC Championship Game

DateLocationVenueWest Div. ChampionEast Div. ChampionResult
December 16 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Arkansas-Pine Bluff Alabama A&M Alabama A&M, 22–13 [7]

Gridiron Classic

The Gridiron Classic is an annual game between the champions of the Northeast Conference and the Pioneer Football League that has been held since December 2006.

DateLocationVenueNEC ChampionPFL ChampionResult
December 2 West Long Branch, New Jersey Kessler Field Monmouth San Diego San Diego, 27–7 [8]

Final poll standings

Standings are from The Sports Network final 2006 poll.

Rank [9] TeamRecord
1 Appalachian State Mountaineers 14–1
2 Massachusetts Minutemen 13–2
3 Montana Grizzlies 12–2
4 Youngstown State Penguins 11–3
5 North Dakota State Bison 10–1
6 New Hampshire Wildcats 9–4
7 Southern Illinois Salukis 9–4
8 Illinois State Redbirds 9–4
9 James Madison Dukes 9–3
10 Montana State Bobcats 8–5
11 Hampton Pirates 10–2
12 Furman Paladins 8–4
13 UT Martin Skyhawks 9–3
14 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 9–3
15 Eastern Illinois Panthers 8–5
16 Cal Poly Mustangs 7–4
17 Northern Iowa Panthers 7–4
18 Princeton Tigers 9–1
19 Portland State Vikings 7–4
20 San Diego Toreros 11–1
21 McNeese State Cowboys 7–5
22 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 7–4
23 Wofford Terriers 7–4
24 Central Arkansas Bears 8–3
25 Yale Bulldogs 8–2

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