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2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season

Conference changes and new programsEdit

One team left the FCS to transition to FBS while two schools added football at the FCS level, all moves officially taking effect on July 1, 2015.

School 2014 conference 2015 conference
Charlotte Independent C–USA (FBS)
East Tennessee State No program Independent
Kennesaw State No program Big South

Updated stadiumsEdit

No FCS schools opened new stadiums for the 2015 season, however two new programs debuted in the season:

FCS team wins over FBS teamsEdit

(FCS rankings from the STATS poll)

Conference standingsEdit

2015 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#18 Southern Utah $^   7 1         8 4  
#10 Portland State ^   6 2         9 3  
#14 Montana ^   6 2         8 5  
North Dakota   5 3         7 4  
Northern Arizona   5 3         7 4  
Eastern Washington   5 3         6 5  
Weber State   5 3         6 5  
Northern Colorado   3 5         6 5  
Montana State   3 5         5 6  
Cal Poly   3 5         4 7  
UC Davis   2 6         2 9  
Idaho State   1 7         2 9  
Sacramento State   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 Big South football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Charleston Southern $^   6 0         10 3  
#16 Coastal Carolina ^   4 2         9 3  
Liberty   3 3         6 5  
Monmouth   3 3         5 6  
Kennesaw State   2 4         6 5  
Gardner–Webb*   2 4         4 7  
Presbyterian   1 5         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • *Gardner-Webb ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Richmond +^   6 2         10 4  
#11 James Madison +^   6 2         9 3  
#12 William & Mary +^   6 2         9 4  
Towson   5 3         7 4  
New Hampshire ^   5 3         7 5  
Villanova   5 3         6 5  
Stony Brook   3 5         5 5  
Delaware   3 5         4 7  
Elon   3 5         4 7  
Maine   3 5         3 8  
Albany   2 6         3 8  
Rhode Island   1 7         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#20 Harvard +   6 1         9 1  
#23 Dartmouth +   6 1         9 1  
Penn +   6 1         7 3  
Yale   3 4         6 4  
Brown   3 4         5 5  
Princeton   2 5         5 5  
Columbia   1 6         2 8  
Cornell   1 6         1 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • The Ivy League does not participate in the FCS Playoffs
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#21 North Carolina A&T +   7 1         10 2  
Bethune-Cookman +   7 1         9 2  
North Carolina Central +   7 1         8 3  
South Carolina State   6 2         7 4  
Hampton   5 3         6 5  
Morgan State   4 4         4 6  
Norfolk State   4 4         4 7  
Savannah State*   1 7         1 9  
Florida A&M*   1 7         1 10  
Delaware State   1 7         1 10  
Howard   1 7         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • Florida A&M and Savannah State ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 MVFC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 North Dakota State +^   7 1         13 2  
#5 Illinois State +^   7 1         10 3  
#8 Northern Iowa ^   5 3         9 5  
#15 South Dakota State ^   5 3         8 4  
Western Illinois ^   5 3         7 6  
Indiana State   3 5         5 6  
Youngstown State   3 5         5 6  
South Dakota   3 5         5 6  
Southern Illinois   2 6         3 8  
Missouri State   0 8         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 NEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Duquesne $^   5 1         8 4  
Saint Francis (PA)   4 2         6 4  
Sacred Heart   3 3         6 5  
Bryant   3 3         5 6  
Central Connecticut   3 3         4 7  
Robert Morris   2 4         4 7  
Wagner   1 5         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 OVC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Jacksonville State $^   8 0         13 2  
No. 25 Eastern Illinois ^   7 1         7 5  
Tennessee–Martin   6 2         7 4  
Eastern Kentucky   5 3         6 5  
SE Missouri State   3 4         4 7  
Tennessee Tech   3 5         4 7  
Murray State   2 6         3 8  
Tennessee State   1 6         4 6  
Austin Peay   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#17 Colgate $^   6 0         9 5  
#19 Fordham ^   5 1         9 3  
Lehigh   4 2         6 5  
Holy Cross   3 3         6 5  
Georgetown   2 4         4 7  
Bucknell   1 5         4 7  
Lafayette   0 6         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Dayton +^   7 1         10 2  
San Diego +   7 1         9 2  
Jacksonville*   6 2         9 2  
Morehead State   6 2         7 4  
Butler   4 4         6 5  
Drake   4 4         5 6  
Marist   4 4         5 6  
Campbell   3 5         5 6  
Stetson   1 7         3 8  
Valparaiso   1 7         2 9  
Davidson   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • *Jacksonville ineligible for PFL title and FCS Playoffs due to matters regarding the PFL’s financial aid rules
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#9 Chattanooga +^   6 1         9 4  
#13 The Citadel +^   6 1         9 4  
Western Carolina   5 2         7 4  
Samford   3 4         6 5  
Wofford   3 4         5 6  
Mercer   2 5         5 6  
Furman   2 5         4 7  
VMI   1 6         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 McNeese State $^   9 0         10 1  
#3 Sam Houston State ^   7 2         11 4  
Central Arkansas   7 2         7 4  
Incarnate Word*   5 4         6 5  
Northwestern State   4 5         4 7  
Lamar   4 5         5 6  
Stephen F. Austin   4 5         4 7  
Nicholls State   3 6         3 8  
Abilene Christian*   3 6         3 8  
SE Louisiana   3 6         4 7  
Houston Baptist   0 8         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word ineligible for FCS Playoffs due to transition from Division II
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Alcorn State xy$   7 2         9 4  
Alabama State*   5 4         6 5  
Alabama A&M   3 6         3 8  
Jackson State   3 6         3 8  
Mississippi Valley State   1 8         1 10  
West
#24 Grambling State xy   9 0         9 3  
Prairie View A&M   8 1         8 2  
Southern   6 3         6 5  
Texas Southern   2 7         3 7  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   1 8         2 9  
Championship: Alcorn State 49, Grambling State 21
December 5, 2015
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama State ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Tennessee State           2 9  

Conference summariesEdit

Championship gamesEdit

Conference Champion Runner-up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
SWAC Alcorn State Grambling State 49–21 Johnathan Williams
(Grambling)
Kourtney Berry
(Alabama State)
Broderick Fobbs
(Grambling)

Other conference winnersEdit

Note: Records are regular-season only, and do not include playoff games.

Conference Champion Record Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
Big Sky Southern Utah 8–3 (7–1) Cooper Kupp
(Eastern Washington)
James Cowser
(Southern Utah)
Bruce Barnum
(Portland State)
Big South Charleston Southern 9–2 (6–0) De'Angelo Henderson
(Coastal Carolina)
Chima Uzowihe
(Liberty)
Jamey Chadwell
(Charleston Southern)
CAA James Madison
Richmond
William & Mary
9–2 (6–2)
8–3 (6–2)
8–3 (6–2)
Vad Lee
(James Madison)
DeAndre Houston-Carson
(William & Mary)
Victor Ochi
(Stony Brook)
Danny Rocco
(Richmond)
Ivy Dartmouth
Harvard
Penn
9–1 (6–1)
9–1 (6–1)
7–3 (6–1)
Scott Hosch
(Harvard)
Tyler Drake
(Yale)
Ray Priore
(Penn)
MEAC Bethune-Cookman
North Carolina A&T
North Carolina Central
9–2 (7–1)
9–2 (7–1)
8–3 (7–1)
Tarik Cohen
(North Carolina A&T)
Javon Hargrave
(South Carolina State)
Terry Sims
(Bethune-Cookman)
MVFC Illinois State
North Dakota State
9–2 (7–1)
9–2 (7–1)
Marshaun Coprich
(Illinois State)
Deiondre' Hall
(Northern Iowa)
Bob Nielson
(Western Illinois)
NEC Duquesne 8–3 (5–1) Ricardo McCray
(Bryant)
Christian Kuntz
(Duquesne)
Chris Villarrial
(Saint Francis)
OVC Jacksonville State 10–1 (8–0) Eli Jenkins
(Jacksonville State)
Dino Fanti
(Eastern Illinois)
Noah Spence
(Eastern Kentucky)
John Grass
(Jacksonville State)
Patriot Colgate 7–4 (6–0) Chase Edmonds
(Fordham)
Clayton Ewell
(Bucknell)
Dan Hunt
(Colgate)
Pioneer Dayton
San Diego
10–1 (7–1)
9–2 (7–1)
Austin Gahafer
(Morehead State)
Donald Payne
(Stetson)
Rick Chamberlin
(Dayton)
Southern Chattanooga
The Citadel
8–3 (6–1)
8–3 (6–1)
Jacob Huesman
(Chattanooga)
Mitchell Jeter
(The Citadel)
Mike Houston
(The Citadel)
Southland McNeese State 10–0 (9–0) Kade Harrington
(Lamar)
Wallace Scott
(McNeese State)
Matt Viator
(McNeese State)

Playoff qualifiersEdit

Automatic berths for conference championsEdit

Conference Team Appearance Last bid Result
Big Sky Conference Southern Utah 2nd 2013 First Round (L – Sam Houston State)
Big South Conference Charleston Southern 1st
Colonial Athletic Association Richmond 10th 2014 Second Round (L – Coastal Carolina)
Missouri Valley Football Conference North Dakota State 6th 2014 National Champions (W – Illinois State)
Northeast Conference Duquesne 1st
Ohio Valley Conference Jacksonville State 6th 2014 Second Round (L – Sam Houston State)
Patriot League Colgate 10th 2012 First Round (L – Wagner)
Pioneer Football League Dayton 1st
Southern Conference Chattanooga 3rd 2014 Quarterfinals (L – New Hampshire)
Southland Conference McNeese State 16th 2013 Second Round (L – Jacksonville State)

At large qualifiersEdit

Conference Team Appearance Last bid Result
Big Sky Conference Montana 24th 2014 Second Round (L – Eastern Washington)
Portland State 2nd 2000 First Round (L – Delaware)
Big South Conference Coastal Carolina 6th 2014 Quarterfinals (L – North Dakota State)
Colonial Athletic Association James Madison 11th 2014 First Round (L – Liberty)
New Hampshire 14th 2014 Semifinals (L – Illinois State)
William & Mary 10th 2010 Second Round (L – Georgia Southern)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference None
Missouri Valley Football Conference Illinois State 6th 2014 Championship Game (L – North Dakota State)
Northern Iowa 18th 2014 Second Round (L – Illinois State)
South Dakota State 5th 2014 Second Round (L – North Dakota State)
Western Illinois 10th 2010 Second Round (L – Appalachian State)
Northeast Conference None
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Illinois 16th 2013 Quarterfinals (L – Towson)
Patriot League Fordham 5th 2014 Second Round (L – New Hampshire)
Pioneer Football League None
Southern Conference The Citadel 4th 1992 Quarterfinals (L – Youngstown State)
Southland Conference Sam Houston State 9th 2014 Semifinals (L – North Dakota State)
Southwestern Athletic Conference None

AbstentionsEdit

PostseasonEdit

NCAA FCS Playoff bracketEdit

  First Round
November 28
Campus Sites
    Second Round
December 5
Campus Sites
    Quarterfinals
December 11 and 12
Campus Sites
    Semifinals
December 18 and 19
Campus Sites
    National Championship
January 9
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
                                               
      1 Jacksonville State* 41  
  Chattanooga* 50     Chattanooga 35    
  Fordham 20         1 Jacksonville State* 58  
    8 Charleston Southern 38    
      8 Charleston Southern* 14    
  Coastal Carolina* 38     The Citadel 6  
  The Citadel 41       1 Jacksonville State* 62  
    Sam Houston State 10    
      4 McNeese State* 29  
  Sam Houston State* 42     Sam Houston State 34    
  Southern Utah 39         Sam Houston State* 48  
    Colgate 21  
      5 James Madison* 38    
  New Hampshire* 20     Colgate 44  
  Colgate 27       1 Jacksonville State 10
    3 North Dakota State 37
      2 Illinois State* 36  
  Dayton* 7     Western Illinois 19    
  Western Illinois 24         2 Illinois State* 27  
    7 Richmond 39    
      7 Richmond* 48    
  William & Mary* 52     William & Mary 13  
  Duquesne 49       7 Richmond 7  
    3 North Dakota State* 33  
      3 North Dakota State* 37  
  Montana* 24     Montana 6    
  South Dakota State 17         3 North Dakota State* 23  
    Northern Iowa 13  
      6 Portland State* 17    
  Northern Iowa* 53     Northern Iowa 29  
  Eastern Illinois 17  

Home team   
 † Overtime   
 Winner

Bowl GamesEdit

Game Date/TV Location Winning Team Losing Team Score Offensive MVP Defensive MVP
Celebration Bowl December 19
ABC
Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Georgia
North Carolina A&T
10–2 (7–1)
Alcorn State Braves
9–4 (7–2)
41–34 Tarik Cohen
(RB, North Carolina A&T)
Denzel Jones
(LB, North Carolina A&T)

Coaching changesEdit

Preseason and in-seasonEdit

This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2015. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2015, see 2014 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
Jackson State Harold Jackson October 7 Fired Derrick McCall (interim)[3]
Tony Hughes[4]

End of seasonEdit

School Outgoing coach Date announced Reason Replacement
South Dakota Joe Glenn November 22 Retired[5] Bob Nielson[6]
Austin Peay Kirby Cannon November 23 Fired[7] Will Healy[8]
Montana State Rob Ash November 23 Fired[9] Jeff Choate[10]
Eastern Kentucky Dean Hood November 23 Fired[11] Mark Elder[12]
Maine Jack Cosgrove November 24 Transferred to Senior Associate Director of Athletics for UMaine[13] Joe Harasymiak[14]
Texas Southern Darrell Asberry November 29 Resigned[15] Michael Haywood[16]
Southern Illinois Dale Lennon November 30 Fired[17] Nick Hill[18]
Tennessee Tech Watson Brown December 2 Retired[19] Marcus Satterfield[20]
Jacksonville Kerwin Bell December 3 Fired[21] Ian Shields[22]
Fordham Joe Moorhead December 12 Hired as offensive coordinator by Penn State[23] Andrew Breiner[24]
McNeese State Matt Viator December 14 Hired as head coach by Louisiana–Monroe[25] Lance Guidry[26]
Western Illinois Bob Nielson December 16 Hired as head coach by South Dakota[6] Charlie Fisher[27]
Southern Utah Ed Lamb December 26 Hired as assistant head coach by BYU[28] Demario Warren
James Madison Everett Withers January 7 Hired as head coach by Texas State Mike Houston[29]
The Citadel Mike Houston January 18 Hired as head coach by James Madison[29] Brent Thompson[30]
Morgan State Lee Hull February 8, 2016 Resigned Fred Farrier (interim)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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