2010 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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2010 NCAA Division I FCS season
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Regular season
DurationSeptember – November
Payton Award Jeremy Moses, Stephen F. Austin
Buchanan Award J. C. Sherritt, Eastern Washington
Playoff
DurationNovember 27 – December 18
Championship date January 7, 2011
Championship site Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas
Champion Eastern Washington
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The 2010 NCAA Division I FCS football season, the 2010 season of college football for teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), began in September 2010 and concluded with the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on January 7, 2011. In the title game, Eastern Washington defeated Delaware, 20–19, to claim their first Division I national title in any team sport.

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For the first time since 1997, the final game was played at a new location—Pizza Hut Park in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. [1] Every title game since 1997 had been held at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but the NCAA opened the hosting rights for the 2010–2012 championship games for bids during the 2009 season, as the hosting contract between the NCAA and the Chattanooga organizers was set to expire. In addition to Frisco and Chattanooga, three other cities submitted bids: [2]

The field of bidders was eventually cut to Chattanooga and Frisco, with Frisco being announced as the winner on February 26, 2010. [1]

The January finish to the season was the result of an expanded playoff schedule. The championship tournament expanded from 16 teams to 20, with the Big South and Northeast Conference earning automatic bids for the first time. Eight teams played first-round games, with the remaining participants receiving byes into the second round. The playoffs began at their normal time on Thanksgiving weekend, specifically on November 27. According to early reports, the championship game would be played sometime between December 29 and January 7, [3] with the latter date ultimately chosen.

Conference and program changes

New FCS programs

Two FCS programs began play in the 2010 season, and a third officially launched its program but chose not to compete until 2011:

Conference changes

School2009 conference2010 conference
Hofstra CAA Dropped program
Northeastern CAA Dropped program
Savannah State FCS independent MEAC

FCS team wins over FBS teams

Conference standings

2010 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 E. Washington +^ 71    132 
No. 11 Montana State +^ 71    93 
No. 20 Montana  53    74 
Weber State  53    65 
Sacramento State  53    65 
Northern Arizona  44    65 
Northern Colorado  26    38 
Portland State  17    29 
Idaho State  08    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Big South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 21 Liberty + 51    83 
Stony Brook + 51    65 
Coastal Carolina +^ 51    66 
Gardner–Webb  24    47 
VMI  24    38 
Charleston Southern  15    38 
Presbyterian  15    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Delaware +^ 62    123 
No. 10 William & Mary +^ 62    84 
No. 3 Villanova ^ 53    95 
No. 7 New Hampshire ^ 53    85 
UMass  44    65 
Richmond  44    65 
Rhode Island  44    56 
James Madison  35    65 
Maine  35    47 
Towson  08    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Great West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Southern Utah $ 40    65 
UC Davis  31    65 
No. 24 Cal Poly  22    74 
South Dakota  13    47 
North Dakota  04    38 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 18 Penn $ 70    91 
Harvard  52    73 
Yale  52    73 
Brown  52    64 
Dartmouth  34    64 
Columbia  25    46 
Cornell  16    28 
Princeton  07    19 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 15 Bethune–Cookman +^ 71    102 
No. 16 South Carolina State +^ 71    93 
Florida A&M + 71    83 
Hampton  53    65 
Norfolk State  44    65 
Morgan State  35    47 
Delaware State  26    38 
North Carolina A&T  17    110 
Howard  08    110 
North Carolina Central * 00    38 
Savannah State * 00    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • * Not eligible for conference championship
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 19 Northern Iowa $^ 62    75 
No. 17 Western Illinois ^ 53    85 
No. 9 North Dakota State ^ 44    95 
Indiana State  44    65 
Illinois State  44    65 
South Dakota State  44    56 
Missouri State  44    56 
Southern Illinois  44    56 
Youngstown State  17    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Robert Morris +^ 71    83 
Central Connecticut State + 71    83 
Duquesne  53    74 
Bryant  44    74 
Albany  44    65 
Wagner  35    56 
Monmouth  35    38 
Sacred Heart  26    47 
Saint Francis (PA)  17    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
2010 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 13 Southeast Missouri State $^ 71    93 
No. 12 Jacksonville State ^ 62    93 
Eastern Kentucky  52    65 
Murray State  53    65 
UT Martin  53    65 
Tennessee Tech  44    56 
Eastern Illinois  26    29 
Austin Peay  17    29 
Tennessee State  07    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Patriot League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 14 Lehigh $^ 50    103 
Colgate  32    74 
Holy Cross  32    65 
Georgetown  23    47 
Lafayette  14    29 
Bucknell  14    110 
Fordham  00    56 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 22 Jacksonville + 80    101 
No. 25 Dayton + 80    101 
Drake  62    74 
San Diego  53    56 
Morehead State  44    56 
Davidson  35    38 
Butler  26    47 
Marist  26    38 
Campbell  26    38 
Valparaiso  08    011 
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 Appalachian State +^ 71    103 
No. 6 Wofford +^ 71    103 
No. 5 Georgia Southern ^ 53    105 
Chattanooga  53    65 
Elon  53    65 
Furman  35    56 
Samford  26    47 
The Citadel  17    38 
Western Carolina  17    29 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Stephen F. Austin $^ 61    93 
McNeese State  52    65 
Central Arkansas  43    74 
Sam Houston State  43    65 
Northwestern State  43    56 
Nicholls State  34    47 
Texas State  16    47 
Southeastern Louisiana  16    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
Alabama State xy 63    75 
Jackson State x 63    83 
Alcorn State  45    56 
Alabama A&M  27    38 
Mississippi Valley State  09    010 
West
Texas Southern xy$ 81    93 
No. 23 Grambling State x 81    92 
Prairie View A&M  63    74 
Arkansas–Pine Bluff  45    56 
Southern  18    29 
Championship: Texas Southern 11, Alabama State 6
December 11, 2010
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Old Dominion      83 
Georgia State      65 
Lamar      56 
North Carolina Central      38 
Savannah State      110 

Playoff qualifiers

Automatic berths for conference champions

At large qualifiers

No teams from the conferences that do not have automatic bids—currently the Great West Conference and Pioneer Football League—received bids. In order for a team from a conference without an automatic bid to be eligible for the playoffs, it must have a minimum of seven Division I wins, with at least two against teams in automatic bid conferences. The team in question also must be ranked an average of 16 or better in the national rankings.[ citation needed ]

Abstains

(Overall Record, Conference Record)

Postseason

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

First Round
November 27
Campus Sites
Second Round
December 4
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 10 and 11
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 17 and 18
Campus Sites
National Championship Game

January 7
Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas

Western Illinois 14
Western Illinois171Appalachian State* 42
Coastal Carolina* 10 1 Appalachian State* 24
Villanova42
Villanova54
Stephen F. Austin* 24
Villanova 31
5Eastern Washington*41
North Dakota State42
Robert Morris 17 4 Montana State* 17
North Dakota State* 43North Dakota State 31
5Eastern Washington* 38
SE Missouri State 17
5Eastern Washington* 37
5Eastern Washington20
3 Delaware 19
Georgia Southern31
South Carolina State 16 2 William & Mary* 15
Georgia Southern* 41Georgia Southern23
Wofford* 20
Wofford17
Jacksonville State* 14
Georgia Southern 10
3Delaware*27
Lehigh 20
Lehigh143Delaware* 42
Northern Iowa* 7 3Delaware* 16
New Hampshire 3
New Hampshire45
Bethune–Cookman* 20

*Host institution

SWAC Championship Game

DateLocationVenueWest Div. ChampionEast Div. ChampionResult
December 11 [5] Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Texas Southern Alabama State TSU 11 – ASU 6

Global Kilimanjaro Bowl

On September 1, 2010, Drake University announced it would participate in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, the first American football game played on the continent of Africa. The game featured the Drake Bulldogs versus Mexican All-Star team CONADEIP. Due to the seasonal difference in Africa, the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl was played on May 21, 2011. [6]

DateLocationVenueMexican TeamUSA TeamResult
May 21, 2011 Arusha, Tanzania Sheikh Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium CONADEIP Stars Drake Bulldogs Drake 17 – CONADEIP 7

Final poll standings

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