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1982 NCAA Division I-AA football season

The 1982 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 1982 and concluded with the 1982 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 18, 1982, at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels won their second I-AA championship, defeating the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens in the Pioneer Bowl, 17−14.[1][2][3]

1982 NCAA Division I-AA season
NCAA logo.svg
Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Playoff
DurationNovember 27–December 18
Championship dateDecember 18, 1982
Championship siteMemorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, Texas
ChampionEastern Kentucky Colonels
NCAA Division I-AA football seasons

Conference changes and new programsEdit

Before the 1982 season, three conferences, and all of their members, were shifted from Division I-A to Division I-AA:

  • Ivy League — Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale
  • Southern Conference — Appalachian State, Chattanooga, East Tennessee State, Furman, Marshall, The Citadel, VMI, and Western Carolina
  • Southland Conference — Arkansas State, Lamar, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, and Texas–Arlington
School 1981 Conference 1982 Conference
Alabama State D-II Independent SWAC (I-AA)
Colgate I-A Independent I-AA Independent
Holy Cross I-A Independent I-AA Independent
Indiana State I-A Independent I-AA Independent
Richmond I-A Independent I-AA Independent
Western Kentucky Ohio Valley I-AA Independent
William & Mary I-A Independent I-AA Independent

Conference standingsEdit

1982 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#19 Montana $^ 5 2 0     6 6 0
#11 Idaho ^ 5 2 0     9 4 0
Montana State 5 2 0     6 5 0
#15 Boise State 4 3 0     8 3 0
Nevada 3 4 0     6 5 0
Northern Arizona 3 4 0     4 7 0
Weber State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Idaho State 1 6 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Montana earned automatic berth and Idaho earned at-large berth in I-AA playoffs.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
(released before championship playoffs)
1982 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Harvard + 5 2 0     7 3 0
Penn + 5 2 0     7 3 0
Dartmouth + 5 2 0     5 5 0
Princeton 3 4 0     3 7 0
Yale 3 4 0     4 6 0
Brown 3 4 0     5 5 0
Cornell 3 4 0     4 6 0
Columbia 1 6 0     1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
(released before championship playoffs)
1982 Mid-Continent football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Eastern Illinois +^ 2 0 1     11 1 1
Northern Iowa + 2 0 1     4 6 1
Southwest Missouri State 1 2 0     5 6 0
Western Illinois 0 3 0     2 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
1982 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 South Carolina State $^ 4 1 0     9 3 0
Florida A&M 4 1 0     6 5 0
Bethune–Cookman 3 2 0     5 5 0
Howard 2 3 0     6 5 0
Delaware State 2 3 0     4 7 0
North Carolina A&T 0 5 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1982 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Eastern Kentucky $^ 7 0 0     13 0 0
Akron 5 2 0     6 5 0
Middle Tennessee 4 3 0     8 3 0
Youngstown State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Morehead State 2 5 0     5 6 0
Murray State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Austin Peay 2 5 0     3 7 0
Tennessee Tech 1 6 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1982 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Furman $^   6 1         9 3  
#17 Chattanooga   5 1         7 4  
Western Carolina   4 2         6 5  
The Citadel   3 4         5 6  
Appalachian State   3 4         4 7  
VMI   2 3         5 6  
East Tennessee State   2 5         2 9  
Marshall   1 6         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
1982 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Louisiana Tech $^ 5 0 0     10 3 0
#12 Northeast Louisiana 4 1 0     8 3 0
Arkansas State 2 3 0     5 6 0
McNeese State 2 3 0     4 6 1
Lamar 1 4 0     4 7 0
Texas–Arlington 1 4 0     3 8 0
North Texas State 0 0 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
1982 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Jackson State $^ 6 0 0     9 3 0
Southern 5 1 0     8 3 0
#10 Grambling State 4 2 0     8 3 0
Alcorn State 3 3 0     5 6 0
Mississippi Valley State 2 4 0     5 5 0
Texas Southern 1 5 0     1 9 1
Prairie View A&M 0 6 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1982 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Boston University +^ 3 2 0     5 6 0
Maine + 3 2 0     7 4 0
Connecticut + 3 2 0     5 6 0
UMass + 3 2 0     5 6 0
Rhode Island 2 3 0     7 4 0
New Hampshire 1 4 0     4 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll
1982 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Delaware ^ 0 0 0     12 2 0
#4 Tennessee State ^ 0 0 0     10 1 1
#13 Holy Cross 0 0 0     8 3 0
James Madison 0 0 0     8 3 0
#9 Colgate ^ 0 0 0     8 4 0
#20 Lafayette 0 0 0     7 3 0
Nicholls State 0 0 0     7 4 0
#18 Northwestern State 0 0 0     6 5 0
Western Kentucky 0 0 0     5 5 0
SE Louisiana         4 7 0
Bucknell 0 0 0     4 6 0
Lehigh 0 0 0     4 6 0
Southeastern Louisiana 0 0 0     4 7 0
Northeastern 0 0 0     3 6 0
William & Mary 0 0 0     3 8 0
Richmond 0 0 0     0 10 0
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

Conference championsEdit

Conference champions

Big Sky Conference – Montana
Ivy LeagueDartmouth, Harvard, and Penn
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – South Carolina State
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Kentucky
Southern ConferenceFurman
Southland ConferenceLouisiana Tech
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – Boston University, Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts

PostseasonEdit

The playoffs expanded from eight to twelve teams this season; four years later, in 1986, the field was expanded to sixteen teams.

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracketEdit

The top four teams were seeded, and received first-round byes.[4]

First Round
November 27
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 4
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 11
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 18
Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, Texas
                           
           
  (1) Eastern Kentucky*   38
  Idaho*   21
    Idaho   30  
  Montana   7     (1) Eastern Kentucky*   13
 
    (4) Tennessee State   7  
  (4) Tennessee State*   20
  Eastern Illinois*   16 Pioneer Bowl
    Eastern Illinois   19  
  Jackson State   13     (1) Eastern Kentucky   17
 
    (3) Delaware   14
  (2) Louisiana Tech*   38
  Furman*   0
    South Carolina State   3  
  South Carolina State   17     (2) Louisiana Tech*   0
 
    (3) Delaware   17  
  (3) Delaware*   20
  Colgate*   21
    Colgate   13  
  Boston U.   7  

* Next to team name denotes host institution[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1982 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "Breaks seal Colonels' win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 19, 1982. p. 10F.
  3. ^ "E. Kentucky 17, Delaware 14". Beaver County Times. (Pennsylvania). December 19, 1982. p. C14.
  4. ^ "Blue Hens Get Berth; Earn Opening Bye". The Daily Times. Salisbury, Maryland. AP. November 22, 1982. p. 10. Retrieved February 6, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Playoffs, NCAA Div. I-AA". Detroit Free Press. November 27, 1982. p. 4D. Retrieved February 9, 2019 – via newspapers.com.