2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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2012 NCAA Division I FCS season
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Regular season
DurationAugust – November
Payton Award Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion [1]
Buchanan Award Caleb Schreibeis, Montana State [1]
Playoff
DurationNovember 24 – December 15
Championship date January 5, 2013
Championship site FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, TX
Champion North Dakota State
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The 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, was organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The season began on August 30, 2012, and concluded with the 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on January 5, 2013, at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

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Conference changes

Several teams changed conferences from the 2011 season. Texas State of the Southland Conference (but technically played as an independent in 2011), Massachusetts of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and independents South Alabama and UTSA are transitioning to the Football Bowl Subdivision and were transitional FBS members in 2012; all four will were to become full FBS members in 2013.

The Great West Conference dropped football after all of its five football members in the 2011 season joined other conferences. Cal Poly, North Dakota, Southern Utah and UC Davis all joined the Big Sky Conference. South Dakota joined the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

In their third year as a program, Georgia State, already a full member of the CAA, joined the football conference after two years as an independent. However, this was the Panthers' only season as a CAA football member, as the school has announced that it would begin an FBS transition in 2012 in advance of its July 2013 move to the Sun Belt Conference. [2]

There were no teams playing as independents in 2012.

School2011 Conference2012 Conference
Cal Poly Great West Big Sky
Georgia State Independent CAA
Massachusetts CAA MAC (FBS)
North Dakota Great WestBig Sky
South Alabama Independent Sun Belt (FBS)
South Dakota Great West MVFC
Southern Utah Great WestBig Sky
Texas State Independent WAC (FBS)
UC Davis Great WestBig Sky
UTSA IndependentWAC (FBS)

FCS team wins over FBS teams

Conference standings

2012 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 Eastern Washington +^ 71    113 
No. 2 Montana State +^ 71    112 
No. 12 Cal Poly +^ 71    93 
No. 20 Northern Arizona  62    83 
Sacramento State  44    65 
Northern Colorado  44    56 
Southern Utah  44    56 
North Dakota  35    56 
Montana  35    56 
UC Davis  35    47 
Portland State  26    38 
Weber State  26    29 
Idaho State  08    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2012 Big South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 10 Stony Brook +^ 51    103 
Coastal Carolina +^ 51    84 
Liberty + 51    65 
Charleston Southern  33    56 
Gardner–Webb  24    38 
VMI  15    29 
Presbyterian  06    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2012 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 Old Dominion ^ 71    112 
No. 18 Richmond + 62    83 
No. 13 New Hampshire +^ 62    84 
No. 15 Villanova +^ 62    84 
No. 17 Towson + 62    74 
No. 19 James Madison  53    74 
Maine  44    56 
Delaware  26    56 
William & Mary  17    29 
Rhode Island  08    011 
Georgia State  00    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • Georgia State's conference record was 0–0, and it did not occupy a spot in the overall standings. Old Dominion was ineligible for the conference championship because of its announced departure for Conference USA in 2013.
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2012 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Penn $ 61    64 
Harvard  52    82 
Brown  43    73 
Dartmouth  43    64 
Princeton  43    55 
Cornell  25    46 
Columbia  25    37 
Yale  16    28 
  • $ Conference champion
2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 25 Bethune-Cookman $^ 80    93 
Howard  62    74 
North Carolina A&T  53    74 
North Carolina Central  53    65 
Delaware State  53    65 
South Carolina State  44    56 
Florida A&M  44    47 
Hampton  35    37 
Norfolk State  26    47 
Morgan State  26    38 
Savannah State  08    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2012 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 North Dakota State $^ 71    141 
No. 14 South Dakota State ^ 62    94 
No. 8 Illinois State ^ 53    94 
Indiana State  53    74 
Southern Illinois  53    65 
Youngstown State  44    74 
Northern Iowa  44    56 
Missouri State  35    38 
Western Illinois  17    38 
South Dakota  08    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2012 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Wagner +^ 71    94 
Albany + 71    92 
Monmouth  43    55 
Saint Francis (PA)  44    56 
Bryant  44    47 
Robert Morris  35    47 
Duquesne  35    56 
Central Connecticut  25    28 
Sacred Heart  17    29 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
2012 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 25 Eastern Illinois $^ 61    75 
No. 21 Eastern Kentucky  62    83 
UT Martin  62    83 
Jacksonville State  53    65 
Tennessee State  43    83 
Murray State  44    56 
Southeast Missouri State  26    38 
Tennessee Tech  17    38 
Austin Peay  17    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2012 Patriot League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 24 Colgate $^ 60    84 
No. 13 Lehigh  51    101 
Georgetown  24    56 
Lafayette  24    56 
Holy Cross  24    29 
Bucknell  15    38 
Fordham  00    65 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • Fordham was ineligible for conference title because they offered football scholarships while other Patriot League members did not.
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2012 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Butler + 71    83 
Drake + 71    83 
San Diego + 71    83 
Jacksonville  53    74 
Dayton  53    65 
Marist  35    47 
Morehead State  35    47 
Davidson  26    29 
Valparaiso  17    110 
Campbell  08    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
2012 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 Georgia Southern +^ 62    104 
No. 9 Wofford +^ 62    94 
No. 7 Appalachian State +^ 62    84 
The Citadel  53    74 
Samford  53    74 
Chattanooga  53    65 
Furman  26    38 
Elon  17    38 
Western Carolina  08    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2012 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Central Arkansas +^ 61    93 
No. 5 Sam Houston State +^ 61    114 
Southeastern Louisiana  52    56 
McNeese State  43    74 
Stephen F. Austin  43    56 
Northwestern State  25    47 
Lamar  16    48 
Nicholls State  07    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2012 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
Jackson State xy 72    75 
Alabama State  72    74 
Alabama A&M  63    74 
Mississippi Valley State  54    56 
Alcorn State  45    47 
West
Arkansas–Pine Bluff xy$ 81    102 
Prairie View A&M  36    38 
Southern  36    47 
Texas Southern* 27    29 
Grambling State  09    110 
Championship:Arkansas–Pine Bluff 24, Jackson State 21 OT
December 8, 2012
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • Texas Southern ineligible for the SWAC Championship due to failing to fulfill NCAA graduation rate requirement (2012), repeated infractions, and lying to NCAA about self-imposed restrictions (2013 & 2014)
As of November 4, 2012; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

Conference summaries

Championship games

ConferenceChampionRunner-upScoreOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
SWAC Arkansas–Pine Bluff Jackson State 24–21 [3] Rico Richardson (WR, Jackson State) [4] Brandon Thurmond (DT, Arkansas–Pine Bluff) [4]

Other conference winners

Note: Records are regular-season only, and do not include playoff games.

ConferenceChampionRecordOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
Big Sky Eastern Washington
Montana State
Cal Poly
9–2 (7–1)
10–1 (7–1)
9–2 (7–1)
DeNarius McGhee (Montana State)Jody Owens (Montana State) Beau Baldwin (Eastern Washington)
Tim Walsh (Cal Poly)
Big South Coastal Carolina
Liberty
Stony Brook
8–3 (5–1)
6–5 (5–1)
9–2 (5–1)
Miguel Maysonet (Stony Brook)Quinn Backus (Coastal Carolina)Joe Moglia (Coastal Carolina)
CAA New Hampshire
Richmond
Villanova
Towson [a 1]
8–3 (6–2)
8–3 (6–2)
8–3 (6–2)
7–4 (6–2)
Taylor Heinicke (Old Dominion)Stephon Robertson (James Madison) Andy Talley (Villanova)
Ivy Penn 6–4 (6–1)
MEAC Bethune-Cookman 9–2 (8–0)
MVFC North Dakota State 10–1 (7–1)Matt Brown (Illinois State)Marcus Williams (North Dakota State) Craig Bohl (North Dakota State)
NEC Wagner
Albany
9–2 (7–1)
OVC Eastern Illinois 7–4 (6–1)
Patriot Colgate 8–3 (6–0)
Pioneer Butler
Drake
8–3 (7–1)
Southern Georgia Southern
Appalachian State
Wofford
8–3 (6–2)Eric Breitenstein (Wofford)Jeremy Kimbrough (Appalachian State)
Davis Tull (Chattanooga)
Southland Central Arkansas
Sam Houston State
9–2 (6–1)
8–3 (6–1)
Wynrick Smothers (Central Arkansas)Darnell Taylor (Sam Houston State) Clint Conque (Central Arkansas)
  1. Old Dominion had the best conference record at 7–1, but was not eligible for the title because it announced its 2013 departure for Conference USA in May 2012. Under CAA bylaws, a school that announces its departure immediately becomes ineligible for conference championships.

Playoff qualifiers

Automatic berths for conference champions

At large qualifiers

Abstains

Postseason

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

First Round
November 24
Campus Sites
Second Round
December 1
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 7 and December 8
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 14 and December 15
Campus Sites
National Championship Game

January 5
FC Dallas Stadium,
Frisco, Texas
ESPN2
Dial Global Sports [5]

South Dakota State 3
Eastern Illinois 10 1 North Dakota State* 28
South Dakota State* 581 North Dakota State* 14
Wofford 7
New Hampshire 7
Wofford* 23
1 North Dakota State* 23
5 Georgia Southern 20
Coastal Carolina 35
Coastal Carolina244 Old Dominion* 63
Bethune-Cookman* 14 4 Old Dominion* 35
5 Georgia Southern49
Central Arkansas 16
5 Georgia Southern* 24
1 North Dakota State* 39
Sam Houston State 13
Wagner 19
Colgate 20 2 Eastern Washington* 29
Wagner* 312 Eastern Washington* 51
Illinois State 35
Illinois State38
Appalachian State* 37
2 Eastern Washington* 42
Sam Houston State45
Stony Brook 10
Villanova 10 3 Montana State* 16
Stony Brook* 203 Montana State* 16
Sam Houston State34
Cal Poly 16
Sam Houston State* 18

* Home team    Overtime

Coaching changes

Preseason and in-season

This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2012. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2012, see 2011 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.

SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
Southern Stump Mitchell September 17Fired [6] Dawson Odums (interim)
Davidson Tripp Merritt November 5Fired [7] Brett Hayford (interim)
Florida A&M Joe Taylor November 7Retired [8] Earl Holmes (interim)

End of season

SchoolOutgoing coachDate announcedReasonReplacement
Georgia State Bill Curry August 15Retired [9] Trent Miles [10]
Campbell Dale Steele November 5Fired [11] Mike Minter [12]
Northwestern State Bradley Dale Peveto November 19Fired [13] Jay Thomas [14]
Western Illinois Mark Hendrickson November 19Fired [15] Bob Nielson [16]
Morehead State Matt Ballard November 20Fired [17] Rob Tenyer [18]
Indiana State Trent Miles November 30Hired by Georgia State [10] Mike Sanford [19]
Jacksonville State Jack Crowe November 30Fired [20] Bill Clark [21]
UC Davis Bob Biggs December 1Retired [22] Ron Gould [23]
Appalachian State Jerry Moore December 2Retired [24] Scott Satterfield [25]
Cornell Kent Austin December 17Hired by Hamilton Tiger-Cats [26] David Archer [27]
San Diego Ron Caragher December 17Hired by San Jose State [28] Dale Lindsey
Davidson Brett Hayford December 21Permanent replacement Paul Nichols [29]
Charleston Southern Jay Mills January 3Retired [30] Jamey Chadwell [31]
Delaware K. C. Keeler January 7Fired [32] Dave Brock [33]
Gardner–Webb Ron Dickerson, Jr. January 17Resigned [34] Carroll McCray [35]
Savannah State Steve Davenport April 17Fired [36] Earnest Wilson III [37]

See also

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