2007 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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2007 NCAA Division I FCS season
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2007 FCS National Championship trophy (right).
Regular season
DurationAugust 25 – November 17
Payton Award Jayson Foster [1]
Buchanan Award Kroy Biermann [2]
Playoff
DurationNovember 23 – December 14
Championship date December 14, 2007
Championship site Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Champion Appalachian State
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The 2007 NCAA Division I FCS football season, the 2007 season of college football for teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), began on August 25, 2007, and concluded on December 14, 2007, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the 2007 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game, where the Appalachian State Mountaineers defeated the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens to win the NCAA Division I Football Championship. [3]

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Rule changes for 2007

The clock rules adopted in the 2006 season were reversed, after coaches in all divisions disapproved of them. The attempt to reduce the time of games sought by those rules was successful, reducing the average college football game from 3 hours and 21 minutes in 2005 to 3 hours and 7 seven minutes in 2006. The reduced game time also reduced the average number of plays in a game by 13, fewer offensive yards per game by 66, and average points per game by 5.

Rules changes for the 2007 season include: [4]

Other notable changes

Conference changes

School2006 Conference2007 Conference
Austin Peay FCS Independent Ohio Valley
Central Arkansas D-II Independent Southland
St. Peter's MAAC Dropped Program
Stony Brook Northeast FCS Independent
Western Kentucky Gateway FCS Independent

FCS team wins over FBS teams

Conference standings

2007 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 10 Montana $^ 80    111 
No. 8 East. Washington ^ 62    94 
Northern Arizona  53    65 
Montana State  44    65 
Weber State  44    56 
Portland State  35    38 
Sacramento State  35    38 
Idaho State  26    38 
Northern Colorado  17    111 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2007 Big South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Liberty $ 40    83 
Coastal Carolina  31    56 
Gardner–Webb  22    56 
Charleston Southern  13    56 
VMI  04    29 
  • $ Conference champion
2007 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North
No. 7 UMass x+^ 71    103 
Hofstra  44    74 
No. 14 New Hampshire ^ 44    75 
Maine  35    47 
Northeastern  26    38 
Rhode Island  26    38 
South
No. 5 Richmond x+^ 71    113 
No. 12 James Madison ^ 62    84 
No. 2 Delaware ^ 53    114 
Villanova  53    74 
William & Mary  26    47 
Towson  17    38 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2007 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 Northern Iowa $^ 60    121 
No. 3 Southern Illinois ^ 51    122 
No. 16 Youngstown State  33    74 
Western Illinois  33    65 
Missouri State  24    65 
Illinois State  24    47 
Indiana State  06    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2007 Great West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 19 South Dakota State $ 40    74 
No. 9 North Dakota State  31    101 
No. 24 Cal Poly  22    74 
UC Davis  13    56 
Southern Utah  04    011 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2007 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 21 Harvard $ 70    82 
No. 22 Yale  61    91 
Brown  43    55 
Penn  34    46 
Princeton  34    46 
Dartmouth  34    37 
Cornell  25    55 
Columbia  07    19 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2007 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Iona + 21    74 
Duquesne + 21    64 
Marist + 21    38 
La Salle  03    010 
  • + Conference co-champions
2007 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 15 Delaware State $^ 90    102 
Norfolk State  72    83 
South Carolina State  72    74 
Hampton  54    65 
Winston-Salem State  54    65 
Morgan State  45    56 
Bethune–Cookman  36    56 
Howard  36    47 
Florida A&M  27    38 
North Carolina A&T  09    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2007 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Albany $ 60    84 
Central Connecticut State  42    65 
Wagner  33    74 
Monmouth  33    46 
Robert Morris  33    46 
Saint Francis (PA)  24    37 
Sacred Heart  06    38 
  • $ Conference champion
2007 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 13 Eastern Kentucky $^ 80    93 
No. 18 Eastern Illinois ^ 71    84 
Austin Peay  53    74 
Jacksonville State  53    65 
Tennessee State  43    56 
Tennessee–Martin  44    47 
Samford  26    47 
Tennessee Tech  26    47 
Southeast Missouri State  16    38 
Murray State  17    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2007 Patriot League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 20 Fordham $^ 51    84 
Colgate  42    74 
Holy Cross  42    74 
Lafayette  42    74 
Lehigh  24    56 
Bucknell  15    38 
Georgetown  15    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2007 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Dayton + 61    111 
San Diego + 61    92 
Morehead State  52    74 
Davidson  43    64 
Drake  34    65 
Valparaiso  25    56 
Jacksonville  25    38 
Butler  07    47 
  • + Conference co-champions
2007 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 Appalachian State +^ 52    132 
No. 6 Wofford +^ 52    94 
No. 17 Georgia Southern  43    74 
No. 23 Elon  43    74 
The Citadel  43    74 
Furman  43    65 
Chattanooga  25    29 
Western Carolina  07    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2007 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 11 McNeese State $^ 70    111 
Sam Houston State  52    74 
Central Arkansas  52    65 
Nicholls State  34    65 
Texas State  34    47 
Northwestern State  34    47 
Southeastern Louisiana  25    38 
Stephen F. Austin  07    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2007 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
Jackson State x$ 72    84 
Alabama A&M  63    33 
Alabama State  45    56 
Mississippi Valley State  27    38 
Alcorn State  27    28 
West
No. 25 Grambling State x 81    84 
Southern  63    83 
Prairie View A&M  63    73 
Arkansas–Pine Bluff  45    47 
Texas Southern  09    011 
Championship: Jackson State 42, Grambling State 31
December 15, 2007
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
2007 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Western Kentucky      75 
North Carolina Central      64 
Stony Brook      65 
Presbyterian      65 
Winston–Salem State      65 
Savannah State      19 

Conference champions

Automatic berths

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Big Sky Conference Montana and Eastern Washington
Colonial Athletic Association Massachusetts and Richmond
Gateway Football Conference Northern Iowa
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Delaware State
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Kentucky
Patriot League Fordham
Southern Conference Appalachian State and Wofford
Southland Conference McNeese State

Invitation

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Big South Conference Liberty
Great West Football Conference South Dakota State
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Duquesne, Iona, and Marist
Northeast Conference Albany
Pioneer Football League Dayton

Abstains

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Ivy League Harvard
Southwestern Athletic Conference Jackson State

Postseason

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

First Round [5]
November 23 and 24
Quarterfinals
December 1
Semifinals
December 7 and 8
National Championship Game

December 14
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee

            
New Hampshire 35
1 Northern Iowa * 38
1 Northern Iowa* 27
Delaware39
Delaware State 7
Delaware * 44
Delaware20
4 Southern Illinois* 17
Eastern Illinois 11
4 Southern Illinois * 30
4Southern Illinois* 34
UMass 27
Fordham 35
UMass * 49
Delaware 21
Appalachian State* 49
Eastern Washington 44
2 McNeese State* 15
Eastern Washington 35
Appalachian State* 38
James Madison 27
Appalachian State * 28
Appalachian State* 55
Richmond 35
Wofford 23
3 Montana *22
Wofford* 10
Richmond21
Eastern Kentucky 14
Richmond * 31

*Host institution

SWAC Championship Game

DateLocationVenueWest Div. ChampionEast Div. ChampionResult
December 15 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Grambling State Jackson State Jackson State, 42–31 [6]

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 1 Dayton, Ohio Welcome Stadium Albany Dayton Dayton, 42–21 [7]

Final poll standings

Standings are from The Sports Network final 2007 poll.

Rank [8] TeamRecord
1 Appalachian State Mountaineers 13–2
2 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens 11–4
3 Southern Illinois Salukis 13–2
4 Northern Iowa Panthers 12–1
5 Richmond Spiders 11–3
6 Wofford Terriers 9–4
7 Massachusetts Minutemen 10–3
8 Eastern Washington Eagles 9–4
9 North Dakota State Bison 10–1
10 Montana Grizzlies 11–1
11 McNeese State Cowboys 11–1
12 James Madison Dukes 8–4
13 Eastern Kentucky Colonels 9–3
14 New Hampshire Wildcats 7–5
15 Delaware State Hornets 10–2
16 Youngstown State Penguins 7–4
17 Georgia Southern Eagles 7–4
18 Eastern Illinois Panthers 8–4
19 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 7–4
20 Fordham Rams 8–4
21 Harvard Crimson 8–2
22 Yale Bulldogs 9–1
23 Elon Phoenix 7–4
24 Cal Poly Mustangs 7–4
25 Grambling State Tigers 8–4

See also

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