2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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2015 NCAA Division I FCS season
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Regular season
DurationAugust 29 – November 21
Payton Award Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
Buchanan Award Deon King, LB, Norfolk State
Playoff
DurationNovember 28 – December 19
Championship date January 9, 2016
Championship site Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
Champion North Dakota State
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The 2015 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 29, 2015, and concluded with the 2016 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game played on January 9, 2016, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Contents

Conference changes and new programs

One team left the FCS to transition to FBS while two schools added football at the FCS level, all moves officially taking effect on July 1, 2015.

School2014 conference2015 conference
Charlotte Independent C–USA (FBS)
East Tennessee State No programIndependent
Kennesaw State No program Big South

Updated stadiums

No FCS schools opened new stadiums for the 2015 season, however two new programs debuted in the season:

FCS team wins over FBS teams

(FCS rankings from the STATS poll)

Conference standings

2015 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 18 Southern Utah $^ 71    84 
No. 10 Portland State ^ 62    93 
No. 14 Montana ^ 62    85 
North Dakota  53    74 
Northern Arizona  53    74 
Eastern Washington  53    65 
Weber State  53    65 
Northern Colorado  35    65 
Montana State  35    56 
Cal Poly  35    47 
UC Davis  26    29 
Idaho State  17    29 
Sacramento State  17    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2015 Big South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 Charleston Southern $^ 60    103 
No. 16 Coastal Carolina ^ 42    93 
Liberty  33    65 
Monmouth  33    56 
Kennesaw State  24    65 
Gardner–Webb * 24    47 
Presbyterian  15    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • * Gardner–Webb ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
Rankings from STATS Poll
2015 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 Richmond +^ 62    104 
No. 11 James Madison +^ 62    93 
No. 12 William & Mary +^ 62    94 
Towson  53    74 
New Hampshire ^ 53    75 
Villanova  53    65 
Stony Brook  35    55 
Delaware  35    47 
Elon  35    47 
Maine  35    38 
Albany  26    38 
Rhode Island  17    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2015 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 20 Harvard + 61    91 
No. 23 Dartmouth + 61    91 
Penn + 61    73 
Yale  34    64 
Brown  34    55 
Princeton  25    55 
Columbia  16    28 
Cornell  16    19 
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from STATS Poll
2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 21 North Carolina A&T + 71    102 
Bethune-Cookman + 71    92 
North Carolina Central + 71    83 
South Carolina State  62    74 
Hampton  53    65 
Morgan State  44    46 
Norfolk State  44    47 
Savannah State * 17    19 
Florida A&M * 17    110 
Delaware State  17    110 
Howard  17    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • Florida A&M and Savannah State ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
Rankings from STATS Poll
2015 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 North Dakota State +^ 71    132 
No. 5 Illinois State +^ 71    103 
No. 8 Northern Iowa ^ 53    95 
No. 15 South Dakota State ^ 53    84 
Western Illinois ^ 53    76 
Indiana State  35    56 
Youngstown State  35    56 
South Dakota  35    56 
Southern Illinois  26    38 
Missouri State  08    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2015 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Duquesne $^ 51    84 
Saint Francis (PA)  42    64 
Sacred Heart  33    65 
Bryant  33    56 
Central Connecticut  33    47 
Robert Morris  24    47 
Wagner  15    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
2015 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Jacksonville State $^ 80    132 
No. 25 Eastern Illinois ^ 71    75 
UT Martin  62    74 
Eastern Kentucky  53    65 
SE Missouri State  34    47 
Tennessee Tech  35    47 
Murray State  26    38 
Tennessee State  16    46 
Austin Peay  08    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2015 Patriot League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 17 Colgate $^ 60    95 
No. 19 Fordham ^ 51    93 
Lehigh  42    65 
Holy Cross  33    65 
Georgetown  24    47 
Bucknell  15    47 
Lafayette  06    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2015 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Dayton +^ 71    102 
San Diego + 71    92 
Jacksonville * 62    92 
Morehead State  62    74 
Butler  44    65 
Drake  44    56 
Marist  44    56 
Campbell  35    56 
Stetson  17    38 
Valparaiso  17    29 
Davidson  17    29 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • * Jacksonville ineligible for PFL title and FCS playoffs due to matters regarding the PFL's financial aid rules
2015 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 9 Chattanooga +^ 61    94 
No. 13 The Citadel +^ 61    94 
Western Carolina  52    74 
Samford  34    65 
Wofford  34    56 
Mercer  25    56 
Furman  25    47 
VMI  16    29 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 7 McNeese State $^ 90    101 
No. 3 Sam Houston State ^ 72    114 
Central Arkansas  72    74 
Incarnate Word * 54    65 
Lamar  45    56 
Northwestern State  45    47 
Stephen F. Austin  45    47 
SE Louisiana  36    47 
Abilene Christian * 36    38 
Nicholls State  36    38 
Houston Baptist  08    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • * – ineligible for FCS playoffs due to transition from NCAA Division II
Rankings from STATS poll
2015 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
Alcorn State xy$ 72    94 
Alabama State* 54    65 
Alabama A&M  36    38 
Jackson State  36    38 
Mississippi Valley State  18    110 
West
No. 24 Grambling State xy 90    93 
Prairie View A&M  81    82 
Southern  63    65 
Texas Southern  27    37 
Arkansas–Pine Bluff  18    29 
Championship: Alcorn State 49, Grambling State 21
December 5, 2015
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • Alabama State ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Tennessee State      29 

Conference summaries

Championship games

ConferenceChampionRunner-upScoreOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
SWAC Alcorn State Grambling State 49–21Johnathan Williams
(Grambling)
Kourtney Berry
(Alabama State)
Broderick Fobbs
(Grambling)

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 Southern Utah 8–3 (7–1) Cooper Kupp
(Eastern Washington)
James Cowser
(Southern Utah)
Bruce Barnum
(Portland State)
Big South Charleston Southern 9–2 (6–0) De'Angelo Henderson
(Coastal Carolina)
Chima Uzowihe
(Liberty)
Jamey Chadwell
(Charleston Southern)
CAA James Madison
Richmond
William & Mary
9–2 (6–2)
8–3 (6–2)
8–3 (6–2)
Vad Lee
(James Madison)
DeAndre Houston-Carson
(William & Mary)
Victor Ochi
(Stony Brook)
Danny Rocco
(Richmond)
Ivy Dartmouth
Harvard
Penn
9–1 (6–1)
9–1 (6–1)
7–3 (6–1)
Scott Hosch
(Harvard)
Tyler Drake
(Yale)
Ray Priore
(Penn)
MEAC Bethune-Cookman
North Carolina A&T
North Carolina Central
9–2 (7–1)
9–2 (7–1)
8–3 (7–1)
Tarik Cohen
(North Carolina A&T)
Javon Hargrave
(South Carolina State)
Terry Sims
(Bethune-Cookman)
MVFC Illinois State
North Dakota State
9–2 (7–1)
9–2 (7–1)
Marshaun Coprich
(Illinois State)
Deiondre' Hall
(Northern Iowa)
Bob Nielson
(Western Illinois)
NEC Duquesne 8–3 (5–1)Ricardo McCray
(Bryant)
Christian Kuntz
(Duquesne)
Chris Villarrial
(Saint Francis)
OVC Jacksonville State 10–1 (8–0)Eli Jenkins
(Jacksonville State)
Dino Fanti
(Eastern Illinois)
Noah Spence
(Eastern Kentucky)
John Grass
(Jacksonville State)
Patriot Colgate 7–4 (6–0) Chase Edmonds
(Fordham)
Clayton Ewell
(Bucknell)
Dan Hunt
(Colgate)
Pioneer Dayton
San Diego
10–1 (7–1)
9–2 (7–1)
Austin Gahafer
(Morehead State)
Donald Payne
(Stetson)
Rick Chamberlin
(Dayton)
Southern Chattanooga
The Citadel
8–3 (6–1)
8–3 (6–1)
Jacob Huesman
(Chattanooga)
Mitchell Jeter
(The Citadel)
Mike Houston
(The Citadel)
Southland McNeese State 10–0 (9–0)Kade Harrington
(Lamar)
Wallace Scott
(McNeese State)
Matt Viator
(McNeese State)

    Playoff qualifiers

    Automatic berths for conference champions

    ConferenceTeamAppearanceLast bidResult
    Big Sky Conference Southern Utah 2nd 2013 First Round (L – Sam Houston State)
    Big South Conference Charleston Southern 1st
    Colonial Athletic Association Richmond 10th 2014 Second Round (L – Coastal Carolina)
    Missouri Valley Football Conference North Dakota State 6th 2014 National Champions (W – Illinois State)
    Northeast Conference Duquesne 1st
    Ohio Valley Conference Jacksonville State 6th 2014 Second Round (L – Sam Houston State)
    Patriot League Colgate 10th 2012 First Round (L – Wagner)
    Pioneer Football League Dayton 1st
    Southern Conference Chattanooga 3rd 2014 Quarterfinals (L – New Hampshire)
    Southland Conference McNeese State 16th 2013 Second Round (L – Jacksonville State)

    At large qualifiers

    ConferenceTeamAppearanceLast bidResult
    Big Sky Conference Montana 24th 2014 Second Round (L – Eastern Washington)
    Portland State 2nd 2000 First Round (L – Delaware)
    Big South Conference Coastal Carolina 6th 2014 Quarterfinals (L – North Dakota State)
    Colonial Athletic Association James Madison 11th 2014 First Round (L – Liberty)
    New Hampshire 14th 2014 Semifinals (L – Illinois State)
    William & Mary 10th 2010 Second Round (L – Georgia Southern)
    Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference None
    Missouri Valley Football Conference Illinois State 6th 2014 Championship Game (L – North Dakota State)
    Northern Iowa 18th 2014 Second Round (L – Illinois State)
    South Dakota State 5th 2014 Second Round (L – North Dakota State)
    Western Illinois 10th 2010 Second Round (L – Appalachian State)
    Northeast Conference None
    Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Illinois 16th 2013 Quarterfinals (L – Towson)
    Patriot League Fordham 5th 2014 Second Round (L – New Hampshire)
    Pioneer Football League None
    Southern Conference The Citadel 4th 1992 Quarterfinals (L – Youngstown State)
    Southland Conference Sam Houston State 9th 2014 Semifinals (L – North Dakota State)
    Southwestern Athletic Conference None

    Abstentions

    Postseason

    NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

    First Round
    November 28
    Campus Sites
    Second Round
    December 5
    Campus Sites
    Quarterfinals
    December 11 and 12
    Campus Sites
    Semifinals
    December 18 and 19
    Campus Sites
    National Championship
    January 9
    Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
    1 Jacksonville State * 41
    Chattanooga * 50Chattanooga 35
    Fordham 20 1Jacksonville State* 58
    8 Charleston Southern 38
    8 Charleston Southern *14
    Coastal Carolina* 38 The Citadel 6
    The Citadel 411Jacksonville State* 62
    Sam Houston State 10
    4 McNeese State* 29
    Sam Houston State *42Sam Houston State34
    Southern Utah 39 Sam Houston State*48
    Colgate 21
    5 James Madison* 38
    New Hampshire* 20 Colgate44
    Colgate 271 Jacksonville State 10
    3North Dakota State37
    2 Illinois State * 36
    Dayton* 7 Western Illinois 19
    Western Illinois 242 Illinois State* 27
    7Richmond39
    7 Richmond * 48
    William & Mary * 52William & Mary 13
    Duquesne 49 7 Richmond 7
    3North Dakota State* 33
    3 North Dakota State * 37
    Montana * 24Montana 6
    South Dakota State 17 3North Dakota State* 23
    Northern Iowa 13
    6 Portland State* 17
    Northern Iowa * 53Northern Iowa29
    Eastern Illinois 17

    * Home team  
      Overtime  
     Winner

    Bowl Games

    GameDate/TVLocationWinning TeamLosing TeamScoreOffensive MVPDefensive MVP
    Celebration Bowl December 19
    ABC
    Georgia Dome
    Atlanta, Georgia
    North Carolina A&T
    10–2 (7–1)
    Alcorn State Braves
    9–4 (7–2)
    41–34 Tarik Cohen
    (RB, North Carolina A&T)
    Denzel Jones
    (LB, North Carolina A&T)

    Coaching changes

    Preseason and in-season

    This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2015. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2015, see 2014 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.

    SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
    Jackson State Harold Jackson October 7FiredDerrick McCall (interim) [3]
    Tony Hughes [4]

    End of season

    SchoolOutgoing coachDate announcedReasonReplacement
    South Dakota Joe Glenn November 22Retired [5] Bob Nielson [6]
    Austin Peay Kirby Cannon November 23Fired [7] Will Healy [8]
    Montana State Rob Ash November 23Fired [9] Jeff Choate [10]
    Eastern Kentucky Dean Hood November 23Fired [11] Mark Elder [12]
    Maine Jack Cosgrove November 24Transferred to Senior Associate Director of Athletics for UMaine [13] Joe Harasymiak [14]
    Texas Southern Darrell Asberry November 29Resigned [15] Michael Haywood [16]
    Southern Illinois Dale Lennon November 30Fired [17] Nick Hill [18]
    Tennessee Tech Watson Brown December 2Retired [19] Marcus Satterfield [20]
    Jacksonville Kerwin Bell December 3Fired [21] Ian Shields [22]
    Fordham Joe Moorhead December 12Hired as offensive coordinator by Penn State [23] Andrew Breiner [24]
    McNeese State Matt Viator December 14Hired as head coach by Louisiana–Monroe [25] Lance Guidry [26]
    Western Illinois Bob Nielson December 16Hired as head coach by South Dakota [6] Charlie Fisher [27]
    Southern Utah Ed Lamb December 26Hired as assistant head coach by BYU [28] Demario Warren
    James Madison Everett Withers January 7Hired as head coach by Texas State Mike Houston [29]
    The Citadel Mike Houston January 18Hired as head coach by James Madison [29] Brent Thompson [30]
    Morgan State Lee Hull February 8, 2016Resigned Fred Farrier (interim)

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