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1988 NCAA Division I-AA football season

The 1988 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 1988, and concluded with the 1988 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 17, 1988, at Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho. The Furman Paladins won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Georgia Southern Eagles by a final score of 17−12.[1]

1988 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Payton AwardDave Meggett (RB, Towson State)
Playoff
DurationNovember 26–December 17
Championship dateDecember 17, 1988
Championship siteHolt Arena
Pocatello, Idaho
ChampionFurman Paladins
Division I-AA football season

Contents

Conference changes and new programsEdit

Conference standingsEdit

1988 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Idaho $^ 7 1 0     11 2 0
#16 Montana ^ 6 2 0     8 4 0
#12 Boise State ^ 5 3 0     8 4 0
Nevada 4 4 0     7 4 0
Northern Arizona 4 4 0     6 5 0
Weber State 4 4 0     5 6 0
Montana State 4 4 0     4 7 0
Eastern Washington 2 6 0     2 8 0
Idaho State 0 8 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Idaho earned automatic berth and Montana and
    Boise State earned at-large berths in I-AA playoffs.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
(released before playoffs)
1988 Colonial League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Lafayette $ 5 0 0     8 2 1
#19 Holy Cross 3 1 0     9 2 0
Lehigh 2 3 0     6 5 0
Bucknell 2 3 0     3 7 0
Colgate 2 3 0     2 9 0
Davidson 0 4 0     0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from poll=The Sports Network poll
1988 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Western Illinois $^   6 0         10 2  
Southwest Missouri State   4 2         5 5  
Indiana State   4 2         5 6  
Northern Iowa   3 3         5 6  
Eastern Illinois   2 4         5 6  
Southern Illinois   2 4         4 7  
Illinois State   0 6         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1988 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Penn + 6 1 0     9 1 0
Cornell + 6 1 0     7 2 1
Princeton 4 3 0     6 4 0
Dartmouth 4 3 0     5 5 0
Yale 3 3 1     3 6 1
Columbia 2 5 0     2 8 0
Harvard 2 5 0     2 8 0
Brown 0 6 1     0 9 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
(released before championship playoffs)
1988 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Bethune–Cookman $ 4 2 0     5 6 0
#18 Florida A&M 4 2 0     6 4 1
Delaware State 4 2 0     5 5 0
Howard 3 3 0     7 4 0
South Carolina State 3 3 0     4 6 0
North Carolina A&T 2 4 0     2 9 0
Morgan State 0 6 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Both Delaware State & Florida A&M received forfeit losses for the same game. Bethune–Cookman was awarded the conference title
Rankings from Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1988 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 7 Eastern Kentucky $^ 6 0 0     11 3 0
No. 17 Middle Tennessee State 4 2 0     7 4 0
Murray State 4 2 0     4 6 0
Tennessee State 2 4 0     3 7 1
Austin Peay 2 4 0     3 8 0
Morehead State 2 4 0     3 8 0
Tennessee Tech 1 5 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1988 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Furman +^ 6 1 0     13 2 0
#6 Marshall +^ 6 1 0     11 2 0
#14 The Citadel ^ 5 2 0     8 4 0
Appalachian State 4 3 0     6 4 1
Chattanooga 3 3 0     4 7 0
VMI 1 5 0     2 9 0
East Tennessee State 1 6 0     2 9 0
Western Carolina 1 6 0     2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
1988 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Northwestern State $^ 6 0 0     10 3 0
#9 Stephen F. Austin ^ 5 1 0     10 3 0
#10 North Texas ^ 4 2 0     8 4 0
McNeese State 3 3 0     6 5 0
Northeast Louisiana 2 4 0     5 6 0
SW Texas State 1 5 0     4 7 0
Sam Houston State 0 6 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
1988 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Jackson State $^ 7 0 0     8 1 2
#20 Grambling State 5 2 0     8 3 0
Alabama State 4 3 0     7 3 0
Alcorn State 4 3 0     6 4 0
Southern 4 3 0     6 5 0
Prairie View A&M 3 4 0     5 5 0
Mississippi Valley State 1 6 0     3 8 0
Texas Southern 0 7 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1988 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#15 Delaware +^ 6 2 0     7 5 0
#10t UMass +^ 6 2 0     8 4 0
Connecticut 4 4 0     7 4 0
Maine 4 4 0     7 4 0
New Hampshire 4 4 0     6 5 0
Villanova 4 4 0     5 5 1
Boston University 3 5 0     4 7 0
Rhode Island 3 5 0     3 8 0
Richmond 2 6 0     4 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll
1988 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Georgia Southern ^ 0 0 0     10 2 0
#13 Western Kentucky ^ 0 0 0     9 4 0
Liberty 0 0 0     8 3 0
Nicholls State 0 0 0     7 4 0
William & Mary 0 0 0     6 4 1
Towson 0 0 0     5 5 0
Arkansas State 0 0 0     5 6 0
James Madison 0 0 0     5 6 0
Louisiana Tech 0 0 0     4 7 0
Northeastern 0 0 0     4 7 0
Youngstown State 0 0 0     4 7 0
Lamar 0 0 0     3 8 0
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

Conference championsEdit

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Idaho
Colonial League – Lafayette
Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference – Western Illinois
Ivy League – Cornell and Penn
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Bethune-Cookman, Delaware State, and Florida A&M
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Kentucky
Southern Conference – Furman and Marshall
Southland Conference – Northwestern State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – Delaware and Massachusetts

PostseasonEdit

The top four teams were seeded, and thus assured of home games in the first round.[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
Holt Arena
Pocatello, Idaho
        
Montana 19
(1) Idaho* 38
(1) Idaho* 38
Northwestern State 30
Northwestern State 22
Boise State* 13
(1) Idaho 7
(4) Furman* 38
Delaware 7
(4) Furman* 21
(4) Furman 13
Marshall* 9
North Texas 0
Marshall* 7
(4) Furman 17
(2) Georgia Southern 12
The Citadel 20
(2) Georgia Southern* 38
(2) Georgia Southern* 27
Stephen F. Austin 6
Jackson State 0
Stephen F. Austin* 24
(2) Georgia Southern* 21
Eastern Kentucky 17
Western Kentucky 35
(3) Western Illinois* 32
Western Kentucky 24
Eastern Kentucky* 41
UMass 17
Eastern Kentucky* 28

* Next to team name denotes host institution
Source: [1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "1988 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Hardesty, Abe (November 21, 1988). "Citadel, Furman get I-AA berths". The Greenville News. Greenville, South Carolina. p. 5D. Retrieved April 27, 2019 – via newspapers.com.