2019 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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2019 NCAA Division I FCS season
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Regular season
Number of teams126 [1]
DurationAugust – November
Payton Award Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Buchanan Award Dante Olson, LB, Montana
Playoff
DurationNovember 30 – December 21
Championship date January 11, 2020
Championship site Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
Champion North Dakota State
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The 2019 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 11, 2020, in Frisco, Texas. [2] North Dakota State entered the season as the defending champion, [3] and after completing the regular season undefeated, successfully defended their title and secured their eighth championship in nine seasons. [4]

Contents

Conference changes and new programs

Membership changes

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
Hampton Pirates FCS independent Big South
LIU Sharks [lower-alpha 1] NE-10 (D-II) NEC
Merrimack Warriors NE-10 (D-II)NEC
North Alabama Lions FCS independentBig South
North Dakota Fighting Hawks Big Sky FCS independent [lower-alpha 2]
Savannah State Tigers MEAC SIAC (D-II)
  1. Following the 2018–19 school year, Long Island University merged its two then-existing athletic programs—the Division I non-football LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and Division II football-sponsoring LIU Post Pioneers—into a single Division I program that now competes as the LIU Sharks. The Sharks inherited LIU Brooklyn's membership in the Northeast Conference, with the former Post football team joining the NEC alongside most of LIU's other sports.
  2. North Dakota will officially join the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2020, and is classified as an FCS independent for 2018 and 2019. However, to accommodate pre-existing game contracts, it still played its Big Sky Conference schedule and conference games counted for their opponents.

The 2019 season was the last for Presbyterian in Big South Conference football. The school announced in 2017 that it had begun a transition to non-scholarship football. Presbyterian will play the 2020 season as an FCS independent before joining the non-scholarship FCS Pioneer Football League in 2021; it will remain a full but non-football Big South member.

This was also the final season for Jacksonville football, as the school announced shortly after the end of the season that it was dropping the sport. [5]

Rule changes

The following playing rule changes have been recommended by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for 2019: [6]

All FCS teams were allowed to schedule 12 regular season games in the 2019 season. A standard provision of NCAA bylaws allows for 12 regular season games during years having 14 Saturdays in the period starting with the Labor Day (first Monday in September) weekend and ending with the last Saturday of November. The next time that a 12-game regular season will be allowed is 2024. [7]

"Week Zero"

The regular season began with two games on Saturday, August 24:

FCS team wins over FBS teams

(FCS rankings from the STATS poll, FBS rankings from the AP poll.)

Non-DI team wins over FCS teams

Conference standings

2019 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 Weber State +^ 71    114 
No. 9 Sacramento State +^ 71    94 
No. 6 Montana ^ 62    104 
No. 4 Montana State ^ 62    114 
Eastern Washington  62    75 
UC Davis  35    57 
Idaho  35    57 
Portland State  35    57 
Cal Poly  26    38 
Southern Utah  26    39 
Northern Arizona  26    48 
Northern Colorado  26    210 
Idaho State  26    39 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • Although North Dakota was classified as an independent, games against them still counted as Big Sky Conference games.
Rankings from STATS Poll
2019 Big South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 12 Monmouth $^ 60    113 
No. 13 Kennesaw State ^ 51    113 
Charleston Southern  42    66 
Campbell  33    65 
Hampton  15    57 
Gardner–Webb  15    39 
Presbyterian  15    210 
North Alabama * 00    47 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • * North Alabama ineligible for FCS postseason play due to transition to NCAA Division I
Rankings from STATS Poll
2019 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 James Madison $^ 80    142 
No. 18 Albany ^ 62    95 
No. 15 Villanova ^ 53    94 
New Hampshire  53    65 
Towson  44    75 
Maine  44    66 
Elon  44    56 
Richmond  44    57 
Delaware  35    57 
William & Mary  35    57 
Stony Brook  26    57 
Rhode Island  08    210 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2019 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 22 Dartmouth + 61    91 
No. 25 Yale + 61    91 
Princeton  52    82 
Penn  34    55 
Cornell  34    46 
Harvard  25    46 
Columbia  25    37 
Brown  16    28 
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from STATS Poll
2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 24 Florida A&M * 71    92 
No. 20 North Carolina A&T + 62    93 
South Carolina State + 62    83 
Bethune–Cookman  53    74 
Norfolk State  44    57 
North Carolina Central  35    48 
Howard  26    210 
Morgan State  26    39 
Delaware State  17    210 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • * Florida A&M ineligible for conference title due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from STATS Poll
2019 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 North Dakota State $^ 80    160 
No. 5 Northern Iowa ^ 62    105 
No. 7 Illinois State ^ 53    105 
No. 10 South Dakota State ^ 53    85 
Southern Illinois  53    75 
South Dakota  44    57 
Indiana State  35    57 
Youngstown State  26    66 
Missouri State  17    110 
Western Illinois  17    111 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2019 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 23 Central Connecticut $^ 70    111 
Robert Morris  61    75 
Duquesne  43    65 
Sacred Heart  43    75 
Saint Francis  34    66 
Bryant  34    48 
Wagner  16    111 
LIU  07    010 
Merrimack * 00    65 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
  • * – Merrimack ineligible for NEC title and FCS postseason play due to transition to NCAA Division I, and also ineligible for NEC title due to not playing a full conference schedule
Rankings from STATS Poll
2019 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Austin Peay +^ 71    93 
No. 17 Southeast Missouri State +^ 71    93 
UT Martin  62    75 
Eastern Kentucky  53    75 
Tennessee Tech  35    66 
Jacksonville State  35    66 
Murray State  26    48 
Tennessee State  26    39 
Eastern Illinois  17    111 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2019 Patriot League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Holy Cross $^ 51    75 
Lafayette  42    48 
Bucknell  33    38 
Lehigh  33    47 
Colgate  33    48 
Fordham  24    48 
Georgetown  15    56 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
2019 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
San Diego $^ 80    93 
Dayton  62    83 
Drake  62    65 
Davidson  53    84 
Stetson  44    74 
Marist  44    47 
Morehead State  35    57 
Butler  26    39 
Jacksonville  17    39 
Valparaiso  17    111 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
2019 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 16 Wofford $^ 71    83 
No. 21 Furman ^ 62    84 
Chattanooga  53    66 
The Citadel  44    66 
Samford  44    57 
VMI  44    57 
Mercer  35    48 
Western Carolina  26    39 
East Tennessee State  17    39 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll
2019 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 14 Nicholls +^ 72    84 
No. 11 Central Arkansas +^ 72    93 
No. 19 Southeastern Louisiana ^ 63    85 
Sam Houston State  63    75 
McNeese State  54    75 
Incarnate Word  45    57 
Abilene Christian  45    57 
Northwestern State  36    39 
Stephen F. Austin  36    39 
Houston Baptist  26    57 
Lamar  27    48 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS ooll
2019 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Alcorn State x$ 61    94 
Alabama A&M  43    75 
Alabama State  43    56 
Jackson State  34    48 
Mississippi Valley State  16    29 
West Division
Southern x 61    85 
Prairie View A&M  43    65 
Grambling State  43    65 
Arkansas–Pine Bluff  34    65 
Texas Southern  07    011 
Championship: Alcorn State 39, Southern 24
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
2019 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Dakota ^     75 
  • ^ FCS playoff participant

Postseason

A 24-team single-elimination tournament bracket culminated in the 2020 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game. Champions of the following 10 conferences automatically received playoff bids: [8]

Teams were announced in a selection show on November 24, with the top eight teams seeded and receiving first-round byes. [9]

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

First Round
November 30
Campus sites
Second Round
December 7
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
December 13/14 [lower-alpha 1]
Campus sites
Semifinals
December 21
Campus sites
National Championship
January 11
12:00 pm EST
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
1 North Dakota State 37
Nicholls 24 Nicholls 13
North Dakota 6 1 North Dakota State9
 Illinois State 3
8 Central Arkansas 14
Southeast Missouri State 6  Illinois State24
Illinois State 241 North Dakota State42
5 Montana State 14
4 Sacramento State 28
Austin Peay 42 Austin Peay42
Furman 6  Austin Peay 10
5 Montana State24
5 Montana State 47
Albany 42 Albany 21
Central Connecticut 14 1 North Dakota State28
2 James Madison 20
2 James Madison 66
Monmouth 44 Monmouth 21
Holy Cross 27 2 James Madison17
 Northern Iowa 0
7 South Dakota State 10
Northern Iowa 17 Northern Iowa13
San Diego 3 2 James Madison30
3 Weber State 14
3 Weber State 26
Wofford 21  Kennesaw State 20
Kennesaw State 283 Weber State17
6 Montana 10
6 Montana 73
Southeastern Louisiana 45 Southeastern Louisiana28
Villanova 44

Source: [10]

Bowl games

DateGameSiteTelevisionParticipantsAffiliationsResults
Dec. 21 Celebration Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
12:00 p.m.
ABC North Carolina A&T Aggies (8–3)
Alcorn State Braves (9–3)
MEAC
SWAC
North Carolina A&T 64
Alcorn State 44

Coaching changes

Preseason and in-season

This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2019. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2019, see 2018 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.

SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
Howard Ron Prince November 6Placed on administrative leaveDagger-14-plain.png Aaron Kelton (interim)

Dagger-14-plain.png Prince was placed on administrative leave by the university, "after allegations of verbal abuse and intimidation of players." [11]

End of season

SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
Gardner–Webb Carroll McCray November 24Fired Tre Lamb
Mercer Bobby Lamb November 24Fired Drew Cronic
Murray State Mitch Stewart November 24Reassigned within athletic department Dean Hood
Northern Colorado Earnest Collins Jr. November 24Fired Ed McCaffrey
Eastern Kentucky Mark Elder November 25Contract not renewed Walt Wells
Lamar Mike Schultz November 25Fired Blane Morgan
Cal Poly Tim Walsh November 25Retired Beau Baldwin
Jacksonville Ian Shields December 3Program discontinuedNone
Wagner Jason Houghtaling December 6Fired Tom Masella
Howard Ron Prince December 6Resigned [12] Larry Scott
Missouri State Dave Steckel January 9Fired Bobby Petrino
McNeese State Sterlin Gilbert January 12Became OC at Syracuse Frank Wilson
Youngstown State Bo Pelini January 27Became DC at LSU Doug Phillips
Arkansas Pine-Bluff Cedric Thomas February 17Became DB coach at Southern Miss Doc Gamble

See also

Notes

  1. North Dakota State vs. Illinois State on December 14; other games on December 13

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