1996 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1996 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Payton AwardArchie Amerson (RB, Northern Arizona)
Buchanan AwardDexter Coakley (LB, Appalachian State)
Playoff
DurationNovember 30–December 21
Championship dateDecember 21, 1996
Championship siteMarshall University Stadium
Huntington, West Virginia
ChampionMarshall Thundering Herd
Division I-AA football season

The 1996 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 1996, and concluded with the 1996 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 21, 1996, at Marshall University Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia. The Marshall Thundering Herd won their second I-AA championship, defeating the defending national champion Montana Grizzlies by a final score of 49–29.[1]

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

  • The American West Conference disbanded following the 1995 season and its four remaining members either became independents (Cal Poly, Sacramento State, and Southern Utah) or joined the Big Sky (Cal State Northridge).
  • Prior to the season, the Northeast Conference, a preexisting Division I conference, announced it would add football for its five members that sponsored the sport.
School 1995 Conference 1996 Conference
Boise State Big Sky Big West (I-A)
Cal State Northridge American West Big Sky
Cal Poly American West I-AA Independent
Central Connecticut State I-AA Independent Northeast
Central Florida I-AA Independent I-A Independent
Eastern Illinois Gateway Ohio Valley
Fairfield New Program MAAC
Idaho Big Sky Big West (I-A)
Jacksonville State D-II Independent Southland (I-AA)
Monmouth I-AA Independent Northeast
Morehead State Ohio Valley I-AA Independent
Portland State D-II Independent Big Sky (I-AA)
Robert Morris I-AA Independent Northeast
Sacramento State American West I-AA Independent
St. Francis (PA) I-AA Independent Northeast
Southern Utah American West I-AA Independent
Troy State I-AA Independent Southland
UAB I-AA Independent I-A Independent
Wagner I-AA Independent Northeast

Conference standings[edit]

1996 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Montana $^   7 0         14 1  
#6 Northern Arizona ^   6 1         9 3  
Cal State Northridge   4 3         7 4  
Weber State   4 3         7 4  
Eastern Washington   3 4         6 5  
Montana State   3 4         6 5  
Idaho State   1 6         4 7  
Sacramento State   0 7         1 10  
Portland State   0 0         3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Portland State games did not count in conference standings
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
1996 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Northern Iowa $^   5 0         12 2  
#10 Western Illinois ^   3 2         9 3  
#21 Southwest Missouri State   3 2         7 4  
Indiana State   3 2         6 5  
Southern Illinois   1 4         5 6  
Illinois State   0 5         3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#17 Dartmouth $   7 0         10 0  
Columbia   5 2         8 2  
Brown   4 3         5 5  
Cornell   4 3         4 6  
Penn   3 4         5 5  
Harvard   2 5         4 6  
Princeton   2 5         3 7  
Yale   1 6         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
1996 MAAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Duquesne $   8 0         10 1  
Georgetown   7 1         7 3  
Marist   6 2         7 3  
St. John's   5 3         6 4  
Canisius   4 4         5 4  
Saint Peter's   2 6         2 7  
Siena   2 6         2 7  
Fairfield   1 7         1 8  
Iona   1 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#12 Florida A&M $^   7 0         9 3  
#20 Howard   6 1         9 2  
North Carolina A&T   4 3         8 3  
South Carolina State   4 3         4 6  
Hampton   3 4         5 6  
Morgan State   2 5         4 7  
Delaware State   2 5         3 8  
Bethune–Cookman   0 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 NEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Robert Morris $   3 1         9 2  
Monmouth   3 1         7 3  
Central Connecticut   2 2         3 7  
Wagner   2 2         5 5  
Saint Francis (PA)   0 4         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Murray State $^   8 0         11 2  
No. 16 Eastern Illinois ^   6 2         8 4  
Eastern Kentucky   6 2         6 5  
Middle Tennessee State   4 4         6 5  
Tennessee Tech   4 4         5 6  
Tennessee State   3 5         4 7  
Southeast Missouri State   3 5         3 8  
Austin Peay   1 7         1 10  
UT Martin   1 7         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Bucknell $   4 1         6 5  
Colgate   3 2         6 5  
Lehigh   3 2         5 6  
Lafayette   2 2         5 5  
Fordham   1 3         2 8  
Holy Cross   1 4         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from poll=The Sports Network poll
1996 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#24 Dayton $   5 0         11 0  
Drake   4 1         8 3  
Evansville   2 3         5 5  
Butler   2 3         3 7  
San Diego   1 4         4 6  
Valparaiso   1 4         4 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
1996 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Marshall $^   8 0         15 0  
#8t East Tennessee State ^   7 1         10 3  
#13 Furman ^   6 2         9 4  
#25 Appalachian State   5 3         7 4  
The Citadel   3 5         4 7  
Georgia Southern   2 6         4 7  
VMI   2 6         3 8  
Chattanooga   2 6         3 8  
Western Carolina   1 7         4 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
1996 Southland Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Troy State $^ 5 1 0     12 2 0
#19 Nicholls State ^ 4 2 0     8 4 0
#22 Stephen F. Austin 3 3 0     7 4 0
Northwestern State 3 3 0     6 5 0
Sam Houston State 3 3 0     4 7 0
Southwest Texas State 2 4 0     5 6 0
McNeese State 1 5 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
1996 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8t Jackson State $^   6 1         10 2  
Southern   5 2         7 5  
Mississippi Valley State   5 2         7 4  
Texas Southern   5 2         7 4  
Alcorn State   3 4         4 7  
Grambling State   2 5         3 8  
Alabama State   2 5         3 8  
Prairie View A&M   0 7         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
1996 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
New England
#18 New Hampshire x   6 2         8 3  
Maine   5 3         7 4  
UMass   4 4         6 5  
Connecticut   3 5         4 6  
Rhode Island   2 6         4 6  
Boston University   0 8         1 10  
Mid-Atlantic
#7 William & Mary x$^   7 1         10 3  
#14 Villanova ^   6 2         8 4  
#11 Delaware ^   6 2         8 4  
#23 James Madison   5 3         7 4  
Northeastern   3 5         6 5  
Richmond   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2001 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Cal Poly   0 0         6 5  
Saint Mary's   0 0         6 5  
Samford   0 0         5 5  
Charleston Southern   0 0         5 6  
Morris Brown   0 0         5 6  
Florida Atlantic   0 0         4 6  
Liberty   0 0         4 7  
Cal State Northridge   0 0         3 7  
Savannah State   0 0         2 7  
Elon   0 0         2 9  
Southern Utah   0 0         2 9  

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Montana
Gateway Football Conference – Northern Iowa
Ivy League – Dartmouth
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Florida A&M
Northeast ConferenceMonmouth and Robert Morris
Ohio Valley Conference – Murray State
Patriot League – Bucknell
Pioneer Football League – Dayton
Southern Conference – Marshall
Southland Football League – Troy State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – William & Mary

Postseason[edit]

The location of the title game, Marshall University Stadium, was determined before the playoffs started.[2]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
November 30
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 7
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 14
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 21
Marshall University Stadium
Huntington, West Virginia
            
16 Nicholls State 3
1 Montana* 48
1 Montana* 44
6 East Tennessee State 14
11 Villanova 29
6 East Tennessee State* 35
1 Montana* 70
4 Troy State 7
13 Florida A&M 25
4 Troy State* 29
4 Troy State* 31
5 Murray State 3
12 Western Illinois 6
5 Murray State* 34
1 Montana 29
2 Marshall 49
15 Delaware 14
2 Marshall* 59
2 Marshall* 54
10 Furman 0
10 Furman 42
7 Northern Arizona* 31
2 Marshall* 31
3 Northern Iowa 14
14 Eastern Illinois 14
3 Northern Iowa* 21
3 Northern Iowa* 38
8 William & Mary 35
9 Jackson State 6
8 William & Mary* 45

* Denotes host institution
Source: [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1996 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "Griz No. 2 in latest I-AA poll". Great Falls Tribune. Great Falls, Montana. November 12, 1996. p. 1C. Retrieved April 17, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Division I-AA tournament". The News Journal. Wilmington, Delaware. November 25, 1996. p. B7. Retrieved February 9, 2019 – via newspapers.com.