NCAA Division I Football Championship

The NCAA Division I Football Championship is a annual post-season college football game, played since 2006, used to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). From 1978 to 2005, the game was known as the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship.

The game serves as the final match of an annual postseason bracket tournament between top teams in FCS. Since 2013, 24 teams participate in the tournament, with some teams receiving automatic bids upon winning their conference championship, and other teams determined by a selection committee. The reigning national champions are the North Dakota State Bison, who have won seven championship games in the past eight seasons (2011–2015, 2017–2018).

The FCS is the highest division in college football to hold a playoff tournament sanctioned by the NCAA to determine its champion. The four-team College Football Playoff used by the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) is not sanctioned by the NCAA.

NCAA Division I
Football Championship
NCAA Division I FCS logo
StadiumToyota Stadium (2010–present)
LocationFrisco, Texas (2010–present)
Previous stadiumsFinley Stadium (1997–2009)
Marshall University Stadium (1992–1996)
various (1978–1991)
Previous locationsChattanooga, Tennessee (1997–2009)
Huntington, West Virginia (1992–1996)
various (1978–1991)
Operated2006–present
Preceded byNCAA Division I-AA Football Championship (1978–2005)
2017 season matchup
North Dakota State vs. James Madison
(North Dakota State 17–13)
2018 season matchup
North Dakota State vs. Eastern Washington
(North Dakota State 38–24)

History

Playoff format

In the inaugural season of Division I-AA, the 1978 postseason included just four teams; three regional champions (East, West, and South) plus an at-large selection.[1] The field doubled to eight teams in 1981, with champions of five conferences—Big Sky, Mid-Eastern, Ohio Valley, Southwestern, and Yankee—receiving automatic bids.[2] The top four teams were seeded, and then matched against the four remaining teams based on geographical proximity.[3] The tournament was expanded to 12 teams in 1982, with each of the top four seeds receiving a first-round bye and a home game in the quarterfinals.[4] Champions of the Southern and Southland conferences also received automatic bids.[5]

The number of automatic bids has varied over time, due to changes in the number and size of conferences, with an automatic bid typically granted only to champions of conferences with at least six teams.[6] Initially, the tournament was played in December; since the expansion to twelve teams in 1982, earlier rounds have been held in late November.

The playoffs expanded to a 16-team format in 1986, requiring four postseason victories to win the title. Initially, only the top four teams were seeded,[7] with other teams geographically placed in the bracket. From 1995 through 2000, all 16 teams were seeded, independent of geography. In 2001, the number of seeded teams was reduced to four, with the seeded teams assured of home games in early tournament rounds, and other teams once again placed in the bracket to minimize travel.[8] Home team designation in games between unseeded teams is determined based on several factors, including attendance history and revenue potential.[9]

In April 2008, the NCAA announced that the playoff field would expand to 20 teams in 2010, with the Big South and Northeast Conference earning automatic bids for the first time.[10] That bracket structure included seeding of the top five teams. Twelve teams received first-round byes; the remaining eight teams played first-round games, with the four winners advancing to face the top four seeds. The playoffs expanded to 24 teams beginning in 2013, with the champion of the Pioneer Football League receiving an automatic bid for the first time.[11] The number of seeded teams was increased to eight, with the 16 unseeded teams playing in first-round games.

The field is traditionally set the Sunday before Thanksgiving and play begins that weekend.

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Appalachian State's National Championship trophies for 2005 (I-AA), 2006 (FCS), and 2007 (FCS).
Playoff Format
Season(s) Bracket
size
Seeded
teams
1st round
byes
1978–1980 4
1981 8 4
1982–1985 12 4 4
1986–1994 16 4
1995–2000 16
2001–2009 4
2010–2012 20 5 12
2013–present 24 8 8

Team selection

At-large selections and seeding within the bracket are determined by the FCS Playoff Selection Committee, which consists of one athletic director from each conference with an automatic bid.[12] As of the 2018 season, there are 10 conferences with automatic bids and the selection committee makes 14 at-large selections.[12] For the 2018 season, the committee was chaired by Dr. Brad Teague of the University of Central Arkansas.[13]

Championship game

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The 2015 championship game between North Dakota State and Jacksonville State at Toyota Stadium

The tournament culminates with the national championship game, played between the two remaining teams from the playoff bracket. Originally played in December, with the 2010 expansion to a 20-team field, the championship game moved to January, with two or three weeks between the semifinals and final.

From 1997 through 2009, the title game was played at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the home field of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In the five prior years (1992–1996) it was held at Marshall University Stadium (now Joan C. Edwards Stadium) in Huntington, West Virginia.

Since 2010, the title game has been played in Frisco, Texas, a suburb north of Dallas, at Toyota Stadium , a multi-purpose stadium primarily used by FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. The stadium was known as Pizza Hut Park until the day after the championship game of the 2011 season, and then as FC Dallas Stadium until September 2013. The original contract with Frisco began in the 2010 season and ran through the 2012 season.[14] The contract has since been extended three times; first through the 2015 season,[15] then through the 2019 season,[16] and most recently through the 2024 season with an option for the 2025 season.[17]

Non-participants

Three FCS conferences usually do not participate in the tournament. The Ivy League, which has been at the FCS level since 1982 and prohibits its members from awarding athletic scholarships in any sport, plays a strict ten-game regular season and does not participate in any postseason football, citing academic concerns.[18][19] The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), two conferences consisting of historically black colleges and universities, opt to play the Celebration Bowl (which was established in 2015) instead of the FCS tournament. MEAC gave up its automatic spot in the tournament prior to the 2015 season, while SWAC (whose regular season extends through the Turkey Day Classic and Bayou Classic at the end of November and holds its own championship game in December) has not sent a team to the tournament since 1997.[20] Teams from the MEAC and SWAC may accept at-large bids, so long as they aren't committed to other postseason games that would conflict with the tournament. The most recent team from the MEAC to accept a bid were the 2016 North Carolina A&T Aggies, while the most recent SWAC team to participate in the tournament were the Jackson State Tigers in 1997.

Historically, conferences in FCS that did not offer athletic scholarships were not granted automatic bids into the tournament and, although in theory were eligible for at-large bids, never received any. The last non-scholarship conference in the subdivision, the Pioneer Football League, now receives a tournament bid, which was initiated with the 2013 postseason.

FCS conferences

Conference Nickname Founded Football members Sports Headquarters
Big Sky Conference Big Sky 1963 12 16 Ogden, Utah
Big South Conference Big South 1983 10 19 Charlotte, North Carolina
Colonial Athletic Association CAA 1979 10 21 Richmond, Virginia
Ivy League % 1954 8 33 Princeton, New Jersey
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference dagger MEAC 1970 13 16 Norfolk, Virginia
Missouri Valley Football Conference MVFC 1982 10 1 St. Louis, Missouri
Northeast Conference NEC 1981 10 22 Somerset, New Jersey
Ohio Valley Conference OVC 1948 12 18 Brentwood, Tennessee
Patriot League 1986 10 24 Center Valley, Pennsylvania
Pioneer Football League PFL 1991 11 1 St. Louis, Missouri
Southern Conference SoCon 1921 10 20 Spartanburg, South Carolina
Southland Conference 1963 11 17 Frisco, Texas
Southwestern Athletic Conference double-dagger SWAC 1920 10 18 Birmingham, Alabama

% The Ivy League abstains from the championship tournament and all postseason play.

dagger The MEAC champion, since 2015, forgoes its automatic bid to allow its champion to participate in the Celebration Bowl. Non-champions are eligible for at-large bids (an example being the 2016 North Carolina A&T Aggies football team).

double-dagger The SWAC abstains from the championship tournament to allow for a longer regular season, a conference championship game, and participation in the Celebration Bowl against the MEAC champion since 2015.

Champions

The following table lists the champion for each season, starting with the inaugural season of Division I-AA play, 1978.[21] The runner-up, and score of the championship game, are also noted, along with the stadium, host city, attendance at the championship game, and head coach of the championship team.

Season Champion Runner-up Score
(notes)
Venue Location Attendance Winning
head coach
1978 Florida A&M UMass 35–28 Memorial Stadium Wichita Falls, TX 13,604 Rudy Hubbard
1979 Eastern Kentucky Lehigh 30–7 Orlando Stadium Orlando, FL 5,500 Roy Kidd
1980 Boise State Eastern Kentucky 31–29 Hughes Stadium Sacramento, CA 8,157 Jim Criner
1981 Idaho State Eastern Kentucky 34–23 Memorial Stadium Wichita Falls, TX 11,003 Dave Kragthorpe
1982 Eastern Kentucky (2) Delaware 17–14 Memorial Stadium Wichita Falls, TX 11,257 Roy Kidd (2)
1983 Southern Illinois Western Carolina 43–7 Johnson Hagood Stadium Charleston, SC 15,950 Rey Dempsey
1984 Montana State Louisiana Tech 19–6 Johnson Hagood Stadium Charleston, SC 9,125 Dave Arnold
1985 Georgia Southern Furman 44–42 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, WA 5,306 Erk Russell
1986 Georgia Southern (2) Arkansas State 48–21 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, WA 4,419 Erk Russell (2)
1987 Northeast Louisiana Marshall 43–42 Minidome Pocatello, ID 11,513 Pat Collins
1988 Furman Georgia Southern 17–12 Holt Arena Pocatello, ID 11,500 Jimmy Satterfield
1989 Georgia Southern (3) Stephen F. Austin 37–34 Paulson Stadium Statesboro, GA 25,725 Erk Russell (3)
1990 Georgia Southern (4) Nevada 36–13 Paulson Stadium Statesboro, GA 23,204 Tim Stowers
1991 Youngstown State Marshall 25–17 Paulson Stadium Statesboro, GA 12,667 Jim Tressel
1992 Marshall Youngstown State 31–28 Marshall University Stadium Huntington, WV 31,304 Jim Donnan
1993 Youngstown State (2) Marshall 17–5 Marshall University Stadium Huntington, WV 29,218 Jim Tressel (2)
1994 Youngstown State (3) Boise State 28–14 Marshall University Stadium Huntington, WV 27,674 Jim Tressel (3)
1995 Montana Marshall 22–20 Marshall University Stadium Huntington, WV 32,106 Don Read
1996 Marshall (2) Montana 49–29 Marshall University Stadium Huntington, WV 30,052 Bob Pruett
1997 Youngstown State (4) McNeese State 10–9 Finley Stadium Chattanooga, TN 14,771 Jim Tressel (4)
1998 UMass Georgia Southern 55–43 Finley Stadium Chattanooga, TN 17,501 Mark Whipple
1999 Georgia Southern (5) Youngstown State 59–24 Finley Stadium Chattanooga, TN 20,052 Paul Johnson
2000 Georgia Southern (6) Montana 27–25 Finley Stadium Chattanooga, TN 17,156 Paul Johnson (2)
2001 Montana (2) Furman 13–6 Finley Stadium Chattanooga, TN 12,698 Joe Glenn
2002 Western Kentucky McNeese State 34–14 Finley Stadium Chattanooga, TN 12,360 Jack Harbaugh
2003 Delaware Colgate 40–0 Finley Stadium Chattanooga, TN 14,281 K. C. Keeler
2004 James Madison Montana 31–21 Finley Stadium Chattanooga, TN 16,771 Mickey Matthews
2005 Appalachian State Northern Iowa 21–16 Finley Stadium Chattanooga, TN 20,236 Jerry Moore
2006 Appalachian State (2) UMass 28–17 Finley Stadium Chattanooga, TN 22,808 Jerry Moore (2)
2007 Appalachian State (3) Delaware 49–21 Finley Stadium Chattanooga, TN 23,010 Jerry Moore (3)
2008 Richmond Montana 24–7 Finley Stadium Chattanooga, TN 17,823 Mike London
2009 Villanova Montana 23–21 Finley Stadium Chattanooga, TN 14,328 Andy Talley
2010* Eastern Washington Delaware 20–19 Pizza Hut Park Frisco, TX 13,027 Beau Baldwin
2011* North Dakota State Sam Houston State 17–6 Pizza Hut Park‡ Frisco, TX 20,586 Craig Bohl
2012* North Dakota State (2) Sam Houston State 39–13 FC Dallas Stadium Frisco, TX 21,411 Craig Bohl (2)
2013* North Dakota State (3) Towson 35–7 Toyota Stadium Frisco, TX 19,802 Craig Bohl (3)
2014* North Dakota State (4) Illinois State 29–27 Toyota Stadium Frisco, TX 20,918 Chris Klieman
2015* North Dakota State (5) Jacksonville State 37–10 Toyota Stadium Frisco, TX 21,836 Chris Klieman (2)
2016* James Madison (2) Youngstown State 28–14 Toyota Stadium Frisco, TX 14,423 Mike Houston
2017* North Dakota State (6) James Madison 17–13 Toyota Stadium Frisco, TX 19,090 Chris Klieman (3)
2018* North Dakota State (7) Eastern Washington 38–24 Toyota Stadium Frisco, TX 17,802 Chris Klieman (4)

For the 2019 season, the championship game will be held on January 11, 2020, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.[22]

* Denotes championship games played in January of the following calendar year
Known as University of Louisiana at Monroe since 1999
Now Toyota Stadium

MVPs

Bo Levi Mitchell
Bo Levi Mitchell was MVP of the championship game for the 2010 season.

Since 2009, a Most Outstanding Player has been named for each championship game.[23]

Season Player Team Position
2009 Matt Szczur Villanova WR
2010 Bo Levi Mitchell Eastern Washington QB
2011 Travis Beck North Dakota State LB
2012 Brock Jensen North Dakota State QB
2013 Brock Jensen North Dakota State QB
2014 Carson Wentz North Dakota State QB
2015 Carson Wentz North Dakota State QB
2016 Bryan Schor James Madison QB
2017 Easton Stick North Dakota State QB
2018 Darrius Shepherd North Dakota State WR

Note: starting with the 2010 season, the championship game is played in January of the next calendar year.

Most appearances

The following table summarizes appearances in the championship game, by team, since the 1978 season, the first year of Division I-AA (the predecessor of FCS). Updated through completion of the 2018 season (41 championship games, 82 total appearances).

Team Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
Georgia Southern^
8
6 2 .750 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999, 2000 1988, 1998
North Dakota State
7
7 0 1.000 2011*, 2012*, 2013*, 2014*, 2015*, 2017*, 2018*
Youngstown State
7
4 3 .571 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997 1992, 1999, 2016*
Montana
7
2 5 .286 1995, 2001 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009
Marshall^
6
2 4 .333 1992, 1996 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995
Eastern Kentucky
4
2 2 .500 1979, 1982 1980, 1981
Delaware
4
1 3 .250 2003 1982, 2007, 2010*
Appalachian State^
3
3 0 1.000 2005, 2006, 2007
James Madison
3
2 1 .667 2004, 2016* 2017*
Furman
3
1 2 .333 1988 1985, 2001
UMass^
3
1 2 .333 1998 1978, 2006
Boise State^
2
1 1 .500 1980 1994
Eastern Washington
2
1 1 .500 2010* 2018*
McNeese State
2
0 2 .000 1997, 2002
Sam Houston State
2
0 2 .000 2011*, 2012*
Florida A&M
1
1 0 1.000 1978
Idaho State
1
1 0 1.000 1981
Northeast Louisiana^
1
1 0 1.000 1987
Montana State
1
1 0 1.000 1984
Richmond
1
1 0 1.000 2008
Southern Illinois
1
1 0 1.000 1983
Villanova
1
1 0 1.000 2009
Western Kentucky^
1
1 0 1.000 2002
Arkansas State^
1
0 1 .000 1986
Colgate
1
0 1 .000 2003
Illinois State
1
0 1 .000 2014*
Jacksonville State
1
0 1 .000 2015*
Lehigh
1
0 1 .000 1979
Louisiana Tech^
1
0 1 .000 1984
Nevada^
1
0 1 .000 1990
Northern Iowa
1
0 1 .000 2005
Stephen F. Austin
1
0 1 .000 1989
Towson
1
0 1 .000 2013*
Western Carolina
1
0 1 .000 1983
* Denotes championship games played in January of the following calendar year
^ Team is now a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Map

The below map shows the locations of teams that have won the championship; the color of the dot indicates the number of titles.

NCAA Division I Football Championship is located in the United States
Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern
North Dakota State
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Youngstown State
Youngstown State
Appalachian State
Appalachian State
Montana
Montana
Marshall
Marshall
EKU
EKU
JMU
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Furman
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UMass
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Boise State
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State
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Eastern Washington
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State
Northeast Louisiana
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Louisiana
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Southern Illinois
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Villanova
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Gold pog.svg – 7 championships, Red pog.svg – 6 championships, Blue pog.svg – 4 championships
Pink pog.svg – 3 championships, Black pog.svg – 2 championships, White pog.svg – 1 championship
Italics indicate schools that have since moved to FBS

Appearances by conference

The following table summarizes appearances in the championship game, by conference, since the 1978 season, the first year of Division I-AA (the predecessor of FCS). Updated through completion of the 2018 season (41 championship games, 82 total appearances). Records reflect conference affiliations at the time each game was played.

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
SoCon 16 8 8 .500 1988, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001
Big Sky 14 6 8 .429 1980, 1981, 1984, 1995, 2001, 2010* 1990, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2018*
MVFC 13 9 4 .692 1997, 2002, 2011*, 2012*, 2013*, 2014*, 2015*, 2017*, 2018* 1999, 2005, 2014*, 2016*
Independent 11 7 4 .636 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994 1979, 1982, 1988, 1992
Southland 8 1 7 .125 1987 1984, 1986, 1989, 1997, 2002, 2011*, 2012*
CAA 7 3 4 .429 2008, 2009, 2016* 2007, 2010*, 2013*, 2017*
OVC 5 2 3 .400 1979, 1982 1980, 1981, 2015*
A-10 4 3 1 .750 1998, 2003, 2004 2006
MVC 1 1 0 1.000 1983  
SIAC 1 1 0 1.000 1978  
Patriot League 1 0 1 .000   2003
Yankee 1 0 1 .000   1978
  • Games marked with an asterisk (*) were played in January of the following calendar year.
  • The Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) are historically related but independently operating entities. MVFC was known as the Gateway Football Conference until June 2008.
  • The only time two teams from the same conference have met in the championship game was the 2014 contest between MVFC teams.

Game records

  Record Team Opponent Year
Most points scored (one team) 59 Georgia Southern Youngstown State 1999
Most points scored (losing team) 43 Georgia Southern UMass 1998
Most points scored (both teams) 98 UMass (55) Georgia Southern (43) 1998
Fewest points allowed 0 Delaware Colgate 2003
Largest margin of victory 40 Delaware (40) Colgate (0) 2003
Attendance 32,106 Montana vs. Marshall 1995

See also

References

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External links

1994 NCAA Division I-AA football season

The 1994 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level, began in August 1994, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 17, 1994, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia. The Youngstown State Penguins won their third I-AA championship, defeating the Boise State Broncos by a final score of 28−14

2006 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game

The 2006 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game between the UMass Minutemen and the Appalachian State Mountaineers. The game was played on December 15, 2006, at Finley Stadium, home field of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. This was the first season that the NCAA football classification formerly known as Division I-AA operated as the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The culminating game of the 2006 NCAA Division I FCS football season, it was won by Appalachian State, 28–17.

With sponsorship by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the game was officially known as the NCAA Division I Championship presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

2007 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game

The 2007 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game between the Appalachian State Mountaineers and the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens. It was played on December 14, 2007, at Finley Stadium, home field of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The culminating game of the 2007 NCAA Division I FCS football season, it was won by Appalachian State, 49–21.

2008 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game

The 2008 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game between the Richmond Spiders and the Montana Grizzlies. It was played on December 19, 2008, at Finley Stadium, home field of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The culminating game of the 2008 NCAA Division I FCS football season, it was won by Richmond, 24–7.

2009 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game

The 2009 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game between the Villanova Wildcats and the Montana Grizzlies. It was played on December 18, 2009, at Finley Stadium, home field of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The culminating game of the 2009 NCAA Division I FCS football season, it was won by Villanova, 23–21.

2011 NCAA Division I FCS football season

The 2011 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 September 1, 2011, and concluded with the 2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on January 7, 2012, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. North Dakota State won their first FCS championship, defeating Sam Houston State by a final score of 17–6.

2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game

The 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game between the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens and the Eastern Washington Eagles. It was played on January 7, 2011, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. The culminating game of the 2010 NCAA Division I FCS football season, it was won by Eastern Washington, 20–19.

This was the first FCS (formerly Division I-AA) title game played in Frisco, after the prior 13 editions had been contested at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. With the tournament field expanded from 16 to 20 teams, this was also the first time for the title game to be contested in January.

2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season

The 2012 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 30, 2012, and concluded with the 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on January 5, 2013, at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game

The 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game between the North Dakota State Bison and the Sam Houston State Bearkats. It was played on January 5, 2013, at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The culminating game of the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season, it was won by North Dakota State, 39–13.

With sponsorship by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the game was officially known as the NCAA FCS Championship presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The contest was a rematch of the prior season's championship game, which was also won by North Dakota State.

2015 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game

The 2015 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game that determined a national champion in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision for the 2014 season. It was played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on January 10, 2015, with kickoff at 1:00 p.m. EST, and was the culminating game of the 2014 FCS Playoffs. With sponsorship by Northwestern Mutual, the game was officially known as the NCAA FCS Championship presented by Northwestern Mutual.

2016 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game

The 2016 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game that determined a national champion in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision for the 2015 season. It was played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on January 9, 2016, with kickoff at 12:00 noon EST, and was the culminating game of the 2015 FCS Playoffs. With sponsorship from Northwestern Mutual, the game was officially known as the NCAA FCS Football Championship Presented by Northwestern Mutual.

2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game

The 2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game that determined a national champion in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision for the 2016 season. It was played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on January 7, 2017, with kickoff at 12:00 noon EST, and was the culminating game of the 2016 FCS Playoffs. With sponsorship from Northwestern Mutual, the game was officially known as the NCAA FCS Football Championship Presented by Northwestern Mutual.

2018 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game

The 2018 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game that determined a national champion in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision for the 2017 season. It was played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on January 6, 2018, with kickoff at 12:00 noon EST, and was the culminating game of the 2017 FCS Playoffs. With sponsorship from Northwestern Mutual, the game was officially known as the NCAA FCS Football Championship Presented by Northwestern Mutual.

2019 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game

The 2019 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was a postseason college football game that determined a national champion in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision for the 2018 season. It was played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on January 5, 2019, with kickoff at 12:00 noon EST, and was the culminating game of the 2018 FCS Playoffs.

Eddie Robinson Award

The Eddie Robinson Award is awarded annually to college football's top head coach in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). The award was established by The Sports Network, since merged into STATS LLC, in 1987 and is voted upon by the division's sports information directors and selected sports writers. The award is named for Eddie Robinson, the College Football Hall of Fame coach, who retired in 1997 after 56 years at Grambling State University.

Along with the Walter Payton Award and Buck Buchanan Award, it is presented the night before the annual NCAA Division I Football Championship.

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Samford Bulldogs football

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Stetson Hatters

The Stetson Hatters are composed of 18 teams representing Stetson University in intercollegiate athletics. The Hatters compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Atlantic Sun Conference for most sports, except for the football team, which competes in the Pioneer Football League.

Weber State Wildcats football

For information on all Weber State University sports, see Weber State WildcatsThe Weber State Wildcats football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Weber State University located in the U.S. state of Utah. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and is a member of the Big Sky Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1962. The team plays its home games at the 17,312-seat Stewart Stadium. They are coached by Jay Hill.

NCAA Division I Football Championship Game
Systems used to determine college football national championships
NCAA Division I-A/FBS
NCAA Division I-AA/FCS
NCAA Division II
NCAA Division III
NAIA Divisions
Additional systems
NCAA
Division I
Division II
Division III
Single-division sports
and championships

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