1990 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1990 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Payton AwardWalter Dean (RB, Grambling State)
Playoff
DurationNovember 25–December 15
Championship dateDecember 15, 1990
Championship sitePaulson Stadium
Statesboro, Georgia
ChampionGeorgia Southern
NCAA Division I-AA football seasons

The 1990 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I-AA level, began in August 1990, and concluded with the 1990 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 15, 1990, at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Georgia. The Georgia Southern Eagles won their fourth I-AA championship, defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack by a final score of 36–13.[1]

Notable changes[edit]

  • The Colonial League changed its name to the Patriot League, which it retains today, after it began to sponsor non-football sports.

Conference changes[edit]

School 1989 Conference 1990 Conference
Central Florida D-II Independent I-AA Independent
Davidson I-AA Independent D-III Independent
Fordham I-AA Independent Patriot
Lamar Southland Dropped Program

Conference standings[edit]

1990 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Nevada $^ 7 1 0     13 2 0
No. 13 Idaho ^ 6 2 0     9 4 0
No. 10 Boise State ^ 6 2 0     10 4 0
Montana 4 4 0     7 4 0
Montana State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Northern Arizona 2 6 0     3 8 0
Weber State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Eastern Washington 3 5 0     5 6 0
Idaho State 1 7 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Poll
1990 Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Southwest Missouri State +^ 5 1 0     9 3 0
No. 11 Northern Iowa +^ 5 1 0     8 4 0
Eastern Illinois 3 3 0     5 6 0
Illinois State 3 3 0     5 6 0
Western Illinois 3 3 0     3 8 0
Indiana State 1 5 0     4 7 0
Southern Illinois 1 5 0     2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 17 Dartmouth + 6 1 0     7 2 1
Cornell + 6 1 0     7 3 0
Yale 5 2 0     6 4 0
Harvard 3 4 0     5 5 0
Penn 3 4 0     3 7 0
Princeton 2 5 0     3 7 0
Brown 2 5 0     2 8 0
Columbia 1 6 0     1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Florida A&M $ 6 0 0     7 4 0
No. 19 North Carolina A&T 5 1 0     9 2 0
Delaware State 4 2 0     7 3 0
Howard 3 3 0     6 5 0
South Carolina State 2 4 0     4 6 0
Bethune–Cookman 1 5 0     4 7 0
Morgan State 0 6 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Middle Tennessee State +^ 5 1 0     11 2 0
No. 5 Eastern Kentucky +^ 5 1 0     10 2 0
Tennessee State 4 2 0     7 4 0
Tennessee Tech 3 3 0     6 5 0
Morehead State 3 3 0     5 6 0
Murray State 1 5 0     2 9 0
Austin Peay 0 6 0     0 11 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 8 Holy Cross $ 5 0 0     9 1 1
Bucknell 3 2 0     7 4 0
Colgate 3 2 0     7 4 0
Lehigh 3 2 0     7 4 0
Lafayette 1 4 0     4 7 0
Fordham 0 5 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 12 Furman $^   6 1         9 4  
Appalachian State   5 2         6 5  
Chattanooga   4 2         6 5  
No. 15 The Citadel ^   4 3         7 5  
Marshall   4 3         6 5  
Western Carolina   2 5         3 8  
VMI   1 5         4 7  
East Tennessee State   1 6         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
1990 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 14 Northeast Louisiana $^ 5 1 0     7 5 0
McNeese State 4 2 0     5 6 0
Southwest Texas State 3 3 0     6 5 0
Northwestern State 3 3 0     5 6 0
Sam Houston State 3 3 0     4 7 0
North Texas 2 4 0     6 5 0
Stephen F. Austin 1 5 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
1990 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 16 Jackson State $^ 5 1 0     8 4 0
Alabama State 4 2 0     8 2 1
Grambling State 3 3 0     8 3 0
Mississippi Valley State 3 3 0     5 6 0
Southern 2 4 0     4 7 0
Texas Southern 2 4 0     4 7 0
Alcorn State 2 4 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 9 UMass $^ 7 1 0     8 2 1
No. 19 New Hampshire 5 3 0     7 3 1
Delaware 5 3 0     6 5 0
Connecticut 5 3 0     6 5 0
Villanova 5 3 0     6 5 0
Boston University 4 4 0     5 6 0
Maine 2 6 0     3 8 0
Rhode Island 2 6 0     5 6 0
Richmond 1 7 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Youngstown State ^ 0 0 0     11 1 0
No. 7 William & Mary ^ 0 0 0     10 2 0
No. 3 Georgia Southern ^ 0 0 0     9 3 0
No. 18 UCF ^ 0 0 0     9 3 0
Liberty 0 0 0     7 4 0
Samford 0 0 0     6 4 1
James Madison 0 0 0     5 6 0
Nicholls State 0 0 0     5 6 0
Arkansas State 0 0 0     3 7 1
Western Kentucky 0 0 0     2 8 0
Towson 0 0 0     2 9 0
Northeastern 0 0 0     1 10 0
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champion
Big Sky Conference Nevada
Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference Northern Iowa
Ivy League Cornell and Dartmouth
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Florida A&M
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State
Patriot League Holy Cross
Southern Conference Furman
Southland Conference Northeast Louisiana
Southwestern Athletic Conference Jackson State
Yankee Conference Massachusetts

Postseason[edit]

The top four teams were seeded, and thus assured of home games in the opening round.[2][3] The location of the final, the Georgia Southern Eagles' Paulson Stadium, had been predetermined via a three-year agreement the university reached with the NCAA in February 1989.[4]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
November 24
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 1
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 8
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 15
Paulson Stadium
Statesboro, GA
        
Jackson State 7
(1) Middle Tennessee State* 28
(1) Middle Tennessee State 13
Boise State* 20
Northern Iowa 3
Boise State* 20
Boise State 52
(4) Nevada* 59***
Northeast Louisiana 14
(4) Nevada* 27
(4) Nevada* 42***
Furman 35
Furman 45
Eastern Kentucky* 17
(4) Nevada 13
(3) Georgia Southern 36
UCF 20
(2) Youngstown State* 17
UCF* 52
William & Mary 38
UMass 0
William & Mary* 38
UCF 7
(3) Georgia Southern* 44
The Citadel 0
(3) Georgia Southern* 31
(3) Georgia Southern* 28
Idaho 27
Idaho 41
Southwest Missouri State* 35

* By team name denotes host institution
* By score denotes overtime periods
Source:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1990 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Baden, Larry (November 24, 1990). "Division I-AA Playoffs at a glance". Reno Gazette-Journal. Reno, Nevada. p. 88. Retrieved April 20, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Baden, Larry (November 24, 1990). "Playoff". Reno Gazette-Journal. Reno, Nevada. p. 82. Retrieved April 20, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Georgia Southern to host NCAA title". Rocky Mount Telegram. Rocky Mount, North Carolina. AP. February 24, 1989. p. 11. Retrieved April 21, 2019 – via newspapers.com.