2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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2017 NCAA Division I FCS season
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Regular season
DurationAugust 26 – November 18
Payton Award Jeremiah Briscoe, QB, Sam Houston State
Buchanan Award Darius Jackson, DE, Jacksonville State
Playoff
DurationNovember 25 – December 16
Championship date January 6, 2018
Championship site Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
Champion North Dakota State
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The 2017 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 FCS Championship Game was played on January 6, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. The North Dakota State Bison beat the James Madison Dukes, 17–13, to capture their sixth title in seven years.

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Conference changes and new programs

Membership changes

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
Coastal Carolina FCS Independent Sun Belt (FBS)

In addition, this was the final year for Campbell in the Pioneer Football League. In November 2016, the school announced that it would transition to scholarship football, and would add the sport to its existing membership in the Big South Conference in 2018.

This was the final season for Idaho as a football member of the Sun Belt Conference, and was also Idaho's final FBS season. Following the 2016 decision of the Sun Belt not to extend its football membership agreements with Idaho after their 2017 expiration, Idaho announced that it would downgrade to FCS football, adding the sport to its full but non-football membership in the Big Sky Conference. This is the first time in Division I that a school has voluntarily descended from FBS to FCS.

It was also the final season for Liberty in the Big South, and also potentially the final season for Hampton in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) football (see below).

Other headlines

Offseason

Season

Kickoff games

New stadiums

FCS team wins over FBS teams

(FCS rankings from the STATS poll)

Conference standings

2017 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 14 Southern Utah +^ 71    93 
No. 5 Weber State +^ 71    113 
Northern Arizona ^ 62    75 
No. 21 Eastern Washington  62    74 
Sacramento State  62    74 
Montana  53    74 
Montana State  53    56 
UC Davis  35    56 
Idaho State  26    47 
Northern Colorado  26    37 
North Dakota  26    38 
Cal Poly  17    110 
Portland State  08    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2017 Big South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Kennesaw State $^ 50    122 
Monmouth ^ 41    93 
Charleston Southern  32    65 
Liberty * 23    65 
Presbyterian  14    47 
Gardner–Webb  05    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • * Liberty ineligible for postseason due to FBS transition
Rankings from STATS Poll
2017 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 James Madison $^ 80    141 
No. 11 Stony Brook ^ 71    103 
No. 20 Elon ^ 62    84 
No. 12 New Hampshire ^ 53    95 
Delaware  53    74 
Richmond  44    65 
Towson  35    56 
Villanova  35    56 
Maine  35    46 
Albany  26    47 
Rhode Island  26    38 
William & Mary  08    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2017 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 24 Yale $ 61    91 
Columbia  52    82 
Dartmouth  52    82 
Penn  43    64 
Harvard  34    55 
Cornell  34    37 
Princeton  25    55 
Brown  07    28 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from STATS Poll
2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 7 North Carolina A&T $ 80    120 
Howard  62    74 
Bethune–Cookman  62    74 
North Carolina Central  53    74 
Hampton  53    65 
Norfolk State  44    47 
Savannah State * 35    38 
South Carolina State  26    37 
Florida A&M * 26    38 
Delaware State  26    29 
Morgan State * 17    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • * Florida A&M, Morgan State and Savannah State ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
Rankings from STATS Poll
2017 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 North Dakota State $^ 71    141 
No. 3 South Dakota State ^ 62    113 
No. 19 Northern Iowa ^ 62    85 
No. 13 Western Illinois ^ 53    84 
No. 15 South Dakota ^ 44    85 
Illinois State  44    65 
Youngstown State  44    65 
Southern Illinois  26    47 
Missouri State  26    38 
Indiana State  08    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2017 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Central Connecticut $^ 60    83 
Duquesne  42    74 
Bryant  42    65 
Saint Francis (PA)  33    56 
Sacred Heart  24    47 
Wagner  24    47 
Robert Morris  06    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
2017 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 9 Jacksonville State $^ 80    102 
Austin Peay  71    84 
Eastern Illinois  53    65 
UT Martin  44    65 
Eastern Kentucky  35    37 
Southeast Missouri State  35    38 
Tennessee State  25    65 
Murray State  25    38 
Tennessee Tech  17    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2017 Patriot League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Colgate + 51    74 
Lehigh +^ 51    57 
Holy Cross  33    47 
Fordham  33    47 
Lafayette  33    38 
Bucknell  24    56 
Georgetown  06    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
2017 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 23 San Diego $^ 80    103 
Drake  62    74 
Jacksonville  53    74 
Campbell  53    65 
Valparaiso  53    65 
Butler  44    65 
Dayton  44    56 
Marist  35    47 
Morehead State  35    47 
Stetson  17    29 
Davidson  08    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2017 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 Wofford $^ 71    103 
No. 18 Samford ^ 62    84 
No. 19 Furman ^ 62    85 
Western Carolina  53    75 
Mercer  44    56 
The Citadel  35    56 
Chattanooga  35    38 
East Tennessee State  26    47 
VMI  08    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2017 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 10 Central Arkansas $^ 90    102 
No. 4 Sam Houston State ^ 81    122 
No. 25 Nicholls State ^ 72    84 
No. 22 McNeese State  72    92 
Southeastern Louisiana  63    65 
Northwestern State  45    47 
Stephen F. Austin  45    47 
Abilene Christian  27    29 
Incarnate Word  17    110 
Lamar  18    29 
Houston Baptist  09    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS poll
2017 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
Alcorn State xy 52    75 
Alabama State  43    56 
Alabama A&M  34    47 
Jackson State  34    38 
Mississippi Valley State  16    29 
West
No. 16 Grambling State xy$ 70    112 
Southern* 52    74 
Prairie View A&M  43    65 
Texas Southern  25    29 
Arkansas–Pine Bluff  16    29 
Championship: Grambling State 40, Alcorn State 32
December 2, 2017
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • *Southern ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

Conference summaries

Championship games

ConferenceChampionRunner-upScoreOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
SWAC Grambling State
11–1 (8–0)
Alcorn State
7–5 (5–2)
40–32Devante Kincade
(Grambling State)
De’Arius Christmas
(Grambling State)
Broderick Fobbs
(Grambling State)

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
Weber State
9–2 (7–1)
9–2 (7–1)
Keelan Doss
(UC Davis)
Taron Johnson
(Weber State)
Demario Warren
(Southern Utah)
Big South Kennesaw State 10–1 (5–0)Chandler Burks
(Kennesaw State)
Anthony Ellis
(Charleston Southern)
Brian Bohannon
(Kennesaw State)
CAA James Madison 11–0 (8–0) Kyle Lauletta
(Richmond)
Andrew Ankrah
(James Madison)
Curt Cignetti
(Elon)
Ivy Yale 9–1 (6–1)Chad Kanoff
(Princeton)
Matthew Oplinger
(Yale)
Al Bagnoli
(Columbia)
MEAC North Carolina A&T 11–0 (8–0)Lamar Raynard
(North Carolina A&T)
Darius Leonard
(South Carolina State)
Rod Broadway
(North Carolina A&T)
MVFC North Dakota State 10–1 (7–1) Chris Streveler
(South Dakota)
Brett Taylor
(Western Illinois)
Chris Klieman
(North Dakota State)
NEC Central Connecticut 8–3 (6–0)Tommy Stuart
(Duquesne)
Tom Costigan
(Bryant)
Peter Rossomando
(Central Connecticut)
OVC Jacksonville State 10–1 (8–0) Roc Thomas
(Jacksonville State)
Darius Jackson
(Jacksonville State)
Will Healy
(Austin Peay)
Patriot Colgate
Lehigh
7–4 (5–1)
5–6 (5–1)
Dom Bragalone
(Lehigh)
Abdullah Anderson
(Bucknell)
Dan Hunt
(Colgate)
Pioneer San Diego 9–2 (8–0)Anthony Lawrence
(San Diego)
Jonathan Petersen
(San Diego)
Dave Cecchini
(Valparaiso)
Southern Wofford 9–2 (7–1) Devlin Hodges
(Samford)
Ahmad Gooden
(Samford)
Clay Hendrix
(Furman)
Southland Central Arkansas 10–1 (9–0)Hayden Hildebrand
(Central Arkansas)
George Odum
(Central Arkansas)
Steve Campbell
(Central Arkansas)

    Playoff qualifiers

    Automatic berths for conference champions

    ConferenceTeamAppearanceLast bidResult
    Big Sky Conference Southern Utah 3rd 2015 First Round (L – Sam Houston State)
    Big South Conference Kennesaw State 1st 
    Colonial Athletic Association James Madison 14th 2016 National Champions (W – Youngstown State)
    Missouri Valley Football Conference North Dakota State 8th2016Semifinals (L – James Madison)
    Northeast Conference Central Connecticut 1st 
    Ohio Valley Conference Jacksonville State 8th2016Second Round (L – Youngstown State)
    Patriot League Lehigh 11th2016First Round (L – New Hampshire)
    Pioneer Football League San Diego 3rd2016Second Round (L – North Dakota State)
    Southern Conference Wofford 8th2016Quarterfinals (L – Youngstown State)
    Southland Conference Central Arkansas 4th2016Second Round (L – Eastern Washington)

    At large qualifiers

    ConferenceTeamAppearanceLast bidResult
    Big Sky Conference Northern Arizona 6th 2013 First Round (L – South Dakota State)
    Weber State 6th 2016 First Round (L – Chattanooga)
    Big South Conference Monmouth 1st 
    Colonial Athletic Association Elon 2nd 2009 First Round (L – Richmond)
    New Hampshire 16th 2016 Second Round (L – James Madison)
    Stony Brook 3rd 2012 Second Round (L – Montana State)
    Missouri Valley Football Conference Northern Iowa 19th 2015 Quarterfinals (L – North Dakota State)
    South Dakota 1st 
    South Dakota State 7th 2016 Quarterfinals (L – North Dakota State)
    Western Illinois 11th 2015 Second Round (L – Illinois State)
    Southern Conference Furman 17th 2013 Second Round (L – North Dakota State)
    Samford 5th 2016 First Round (L – Youngstown State)
    Southland Conference Nicholls State 4th 2005 First Round (L – Furman)
    Sam Houston State 11th 2016 Quarterfinals (L – James Madison)

    Abstentions

    Postseason

    NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

    First round
    November 25
    Campus sites
    ESPN3
    Second round
    December 2
    Campus sites
    ESPN3
    Quarterfinals
    December 8 and 9
    Campus sites
    ESPN2, ESPN3
    Semifinals
    December 15 and 16
    Campus sites
    ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3
    National Championship
    January 6
    12:00 pm
    Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
    ESPN2
    1 James Madison * 26
    Stony Brook * 59Stony Brook 7
    Lehigh 29 1 James Madison* 31
    Weber State 28
    8 Southern Utah* 13
    Weber State * 21Weber State30
    Western Illinois 19 1 James Madison* 51
    5 South Dakota State 16
    4 Central Arkansas* 15
    New Hampshire * 14New Hampshire21
    Central Connecticut 0 New Hampshire 14
    5 South Dakota State* 56
    5 South Dakota State * 37
    Northern Iowa * 46Northern Iowa 22
    Monmouth 7 1 James Madison 13
    2 North Dakota State17
    2 North Dakota State * 38
    Northern Arizona* 10 San Diego 3
    San Diego 412 North Dakota State* 42
    7 Wofford 10
    7 Wofford * 28
    Elon* 27 Furman 10
    Furman 282 North Dakota State* 55
    6 Sam Houston State 13
    3 Jacksonville State* 7
    Kennesaw State * 28Kennesaw State17
    Samford 17 Kennesaw State 27
    6 Sam Houston State* 34
    6 Sam Houston State * 54
    Nicholls State* 31 South Dakota 42
    South Dakota 38

    * Home team  
     Winner
    All times in Eastern Standard Time (UTC−05:00)

    Bowl games

    GameDate/TVLocationHome teamAway teamScoreOffensive MVPDefensive MVP
    Celebration Bowl December 16
    ABC
    Mercedes-Benz Stadium
    Atlanta, Georgia
    North Carolina A&T Grambling State 21–14Marquell Cartwright
    (RB, North Carolina A&T)
    Franklin McCain III
    (DB, North Carolina A&T)

    Awards and honors

    Walter Payton Award

    Buck Buchanan Award

    Jerry Rice Award

    Coaches

    Coaching changes

    In-season

    This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2017. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2017, see 2016 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.

    SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
    Alabama State Brian Jenkins October 6Fired Donald Hill-Eley [lower-alpha 1]
    Holy Cross Tom Gilmore October 15Fired Brian Rock (interim)
    1. Interim for remainder of season; interim tag removed on December 7, 2017.

    End of season

    SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
    Alabama A&M James Spady November 19Fired [15] Connell Maynor
    Arkansas–Pine Bluff Monte Coleman November 19Resigned Cedric Thomas
    Central Arkansas Steve Campbell December 7Hired as head coach by South Alabama Nathan Brown
    Davidson Paul Nichols November 27Contract not renewed Scott Abell
    Delaware State Kenny Carter November 20Fired Rod Milstead
    East Tennessee State Carl Torbush December 8Retired Randy Sanders
    Florida A&M Alex Wood November 21Contract not renewed Willie Simmons
    Fordham Andrew Breiner December 5Hired as OC at Mississippi State Joe Conlin
    Hampton Connell Maynor November 20Fired Robert Prunty
    Holy Cross Brian Rock December 20Permanent replacement Bob Chesney
    Incarnate Word Larry Kennan November 27Fired Eric Morris
    Mississippi Valley State Rick Comegy November 20Contract not renewed Vincent Dancy
    Montana Bob Stitt November 20Contract not renewed [16] Bobby Hauck
    Morgan State Fred Farrier December 18Fired Ernest T. Jones (interim)
    North Carolina A&T Rod Broadway January 8Retired [17] Sam Washington
    North Carolina Central Jerry Mack December 8Hired as OC at Rice Granville Eastman (interim)
    Northwestern State Jay Thomas December 2Resigned Brad Laird
    Prairie View A&M Willie Simmons December 8Hired as head coach by Florida A&M Eric Dooley
    Robert Morris John Banaszak November 19Retired Bernard Clark
    Southeastern Louisiana Ron Roberts January 19Hired as DC by Louisiana Frank Scelfo
    Tennessee Tech Marcus Satterfield November 19Fired [18] Dewayne Alexander
    Western Illinois Charlie Fisher January 4Hired as WR coach by Arizona State Jared Elliott
    Wofford Mike Ayers December 13Retired Josh Conklin

    See also

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