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1983 NCAA Division I-AA football season

The 1983 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 1983, and concluded with the 1983 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 17, 1983, at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. The Southern Illinois Salukis won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Western Carolina Catamounts by a final score of 43−7.[1]

1983 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Playoff
DurationNovember 27–December 17
Championship dateDecember 17, 1983
Championship siteJohnson Hagood Stadium
Charleston, South Carolina
ChampionSouthern Illinois Salukis
Division I-AA football season

Contents

Conference changes and new programsEdit

School 1982 Conference 1983 Conference
North Texas State I-A Independent Southland (I-AA)

Conference standingsEdit

1983 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 Nevada $^ 6 1 0     9 5 0
#12 Idaho State ^ 5 2 0     8 4 0
Idaho 4 3 0     8 3 0
Boise State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Weber State 3 4 0     6 5 0
Montana 3 4 0     4 6 0
Northern Arizona 2 5 0     4 7 0
Montana State 1 6 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Nevada-Reno earned automatic berth and
    Idaho State earned at-large berth in I-AA playoffs.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
(released before championship playoffs)
1983 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Harvard + 5 1 1     6 2 2
Penn + 5 1 1     6 3 1
Brown 4 2 1     4 5 1
Dartmouth 4 2 1     4 5 1
Cornell 3 3 1     3 6 1
Princeton 2 5 0     4 6 0
Columbia 1 5 1     1 7 2
Yale 1 6 0     1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1983 Mid-Continent football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6 Eastern Illinois $^ 3 0 0     9 3 0
Southwest Missouri State 2 1 0     6 5 0
Northern Iowa 1 2 0     6 5 0
Western Illinois 0 3 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
1983 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#18 South Carolina State $ 4 0 0     7 3 0
Delaware State 3 1 0     7 3 1
Bethune–Cookman 1 3 0     4 4 1
North Carolina A&T 1 3 0     3 7 1
Howard 1 3 0     1 9 0
Florida A&M 0 0 0     7 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Florida A&M games did not count as conference games in 1983
Rankings from Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1983 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tulsa $ 5 0 0     8 3 0
#1 I-AA Southern Illinois ^ 5 1 0     13 1 0
#5 I-AA Indiana State ^ 3 2 0     9 4 0
New Mexico State 3 2 0     5 6 0
Illinois State 2 2 1     6 4 1
Wichita State 3 3 0     3 8 0
Drake 1 6 0     1 10 0
West Texas State 0 5 1     0 10 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • The MVC was a hybrid of Division I-A and I-AA programs in 1983. Tulsa and Wichita State were Div I-A and the rest were Div I-AA
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

Note: The Missouri Valley Conference included both Div. I and Div. I-AA teams in 1983

1983 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 8 Eastern Kentucky $^ 6 1 0     7 2 1
No. 16 Middle Tennessee 5 2 0     8 2 0
Akron 5 2 0     8 3 0
Murray State 4 3 0     7 4 0
Austin Peay 3 4 0     6 5 0
Youngstown State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Tennessee Tech 2 5 0     2 8 0
Morehead State 1 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1983 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Furman $^ 6 0 1     10 2 1
#9 Western Carolina ^ 5 0 1     11 3 1
Chattanooga 5 2 0     7 4 0
Appalachian State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Marshall 3 4 0     4 7 0
VMI 1 5 0     2 9 0
The Citadel 1 6 0     3 8 0
East Tennessee State 1 6 0     3 8 0
Davidson 0 5 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
1983 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 North Texas State +^ 5 1 0     8 4 0
#13 Northeast Louisiana + 5 1 0     8 3 0
McNeese State 3 3 0     6 5 0
Arkansas State 3 3 0     5 5 1
Texas–Arlington 2 4 0     5 6 0
Louisiana Tech 2 4 0     4 7 0
Lamar 1 5 0     2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
1983 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Grambling State $ 6 0 1     8 1 2
#15 Jackson State 5 2 0     8 3 0
Southern 5 2 0     7 4 0
#19 Mississippi Valley State 4 2 1     7 2 1
Alcorn State 4 3 0     7 3 1
Texas Southern 2 5 0     4 6 0
Alabama State 0 6 0     2 9 0
Prairie View A&M 0 6 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1983 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13t Boston University +^ 4 1 0     9 4 0
Connecticut + 4 1 0     5 6 0
#20 New Hampshire 3 2 0     7 3 0
Rhode Island 2 3 0     6 4 0
UMass 2 3 0     3 8 0
Maine 0 5 0     4 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll
1983 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Holy Cross ^ 0 0 0     9 1 1
#17 Tennessee State 0 0 0     8 2 1
#7 Colgate ^ 0 0 0     8 3 0
Lehigh 0 0 0     8 3 0
Lafayette 0 0 0     6 4 0
Northeastern 0 0 0     6 4 1
Southeastern Louisiana 0 0 0     6 5 0
William & Mary 0 0 0     6 5 0
Nicholls State 0 0 0     5 6 0
Bucknell 0 0 0     4 5 1
Delaware 0 0 0     4 7 0
Northwestern State 0 0 0     4 7 0
James Madison 0 0 0     3 8 0
Richmond 0 0 0     3 8 0
Western Kentucky 0 0 0     2 8 1
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

Conference championsEdit

Conference champions

Big Sky Conference – Nevada
Ivy LeagueHarvard and Penn
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – South Carolina State
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Kentucky
Southern ConferenceFurman
Southland ConferenceNorth Texas State and Northeast Louisiana
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Grambling State
Yankee Conference – Boston University and Connecticut

PostseasonEdit

The top four teams were seeded, and received first-round byes.[2]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracketEdit

First Round
November 26
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 3
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 10
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 17
Neutral Site
                           
    Carbondale, IL        
Terre Haute, IN
  (1) Southern Illinois   23
  Indiana State   16** Carbondale, IL
    Indiana State   7  
  Eastern Illinois   13     (1) Southern Illinois   23
  Reno, NV
Pocatello, ID     Nevada   7  
  (4) North Texas State   17
  Idaho State   20 Charleston, SCHagood Stadium
    Nevada   20*  
  Nevada   27     (1) Southern Illinois   43
  Worcester, MA
Cullowhee, NC     Western Carolina   7
  (2) Holy Cross   21
  Western Carolina   24 Greenville, SC
    Western Carolina   28  
  Colgate   23     Western Carolina   14
  Greenville, SC
Richmond, KY     (3) Furman   7  
  (3) Furman   35
  Eastern Kentucky   20
    Boston University   16  
  Boston University   24  

* indicates overtime period

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1983 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Sutton, Stan (November 21, 1983). "Eastern, minus a bye, to face Boston U. in playoff opener". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, Kentucky. p. D1. Retrieved May 8, 2019 – via newspapers.com.