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2019 NCAA Division I FCS football season

The 2019 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, is organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The FCS Championship Game will be played on January 11, 2020, in Frisco, Texas.[2] North Dakota State is the defending champion.[3]

2019 NCAA Division I FCS season
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Regular season
Number of teams125[1]
DurationAugust – November
Playoff
DurationNovember 30 – December 21
Championship dateJanuary 11, 2020
Championship siteToyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
NCAA Division I FCS football seasons
 

Conference changes and new programsEdit

Membership changesEdit

School Former conference New conference
Hampton Pirates FCS independent Big South
LIU Sharks[a] NE-10 (D-II) NEC
Merrimack Warriors NE-10 (D-II) NEC
North Alabama Lions FCS independent Big South
North Dakota Fighting Hawks Big Sky FCS independent[b]
Savannah State Tigers MEAC SIAC (D-II)
  1. ^ Following the 2018–19 school year, Long Island University merged its two then-existing athletic programs—the Division I non-football LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and Division II football-sponsoring LIU Post Pioneers—into a single Division I program that now competes as the LIU Sharks. The Sharks inherited LIU Brooklyn's membership in the Northeast Conference, with the former Post football team joining the NEC alongside most of LIU's other sports.
  2. ^ North Dakota will officially join the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2020, and is classified as an FCS independent for 2018 and 2019. However, to accommodate pre-existing game contracts, it still plays its Big Sky Conference schedule and conference games still count for their opponents.

The 2019 season was the last for Presbyterian in Big South Conference football. The school announced in 2017 that it had begun a transition to non-scholarship football. Presbyterian will play the 2020 season as an FCS independent before joining the non-scholarship FCS Pioneer Football League in 2021; it will remain a full but non-football Big South member.

Rule changesEdit

The following playing rule changes have been recommended by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for 2019:[4]

  • Requiring replay reviews on targeting calls be either confirmed or overturned by reviewing all aspects of the play. If the review shows not all elements of targeting exist or if there is no indisputable video evidence, the call will be overturned.
  • Players who commit a second targeting penalty in the same season will not only have to sit out the remainder of that game, but will also have to sit out their team's entire next scheduled game.
  • Eliminating the two-man wedge on kickoffs.
  • Starting with the fifth overtime period, each team will line up to attempt a two-point conversion instead of snapping the ball from the 25-yard-line.
  • Adding a two-minute break after the second and fourth overtime period.
  • Blindside blocks delivered with forcible contact will draw a 15-yard penalty (personal foul). If elements of targeting exist, the player delivering the block will be subject to ejection as with any other targeting foul.

All FCS teams are allowed to schedule 12 regular season games in the 2019 season. A standard provision of NCAA bylaws allows for 12 regular season games during years having 14 Saturdays in the period starting with the Labor Day (first Monday in September) weekend and ending with the last Saturday of November. The next time that a 12-game regular season will be allowed is 2024.[5]

"Week Zero"Edit

The regular season began with two games on Saturday, August 24:

FCS team wins over FBS teamsEdit

(FCS rankings from the STATS poll, FBS rankings from the AP poll.)

Non–D1 team wins over FCS teamsEdit

Conference standingsEdit

2019 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Weber State^ +   7 1         9 3  
No. 3 Sacramento St.^ +   7 1         9 3  
No. 7 Montana^   6 2         9 3  
No. 5 Montana State^   6 2         9 3  
Eastern Washington   6 2         7 5  
UC Davis   3 5         5 7  
Idaho   3 5         5 7  
Portland State   3 5         5 7  
Cal Poly   2 6         3 8  
Southern Utah   2 6         3 9  
Northern Arizona   2 6         4 8  
Northern Colorado   2 6         2 10  
Idaho State   2 6         3 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • *Although North Dakota is classified as an independent, games against them still count as Big Sky conference games.
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2019 Big South football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 14 Monmouth $^   6 0         10 2  
No. 15 Kennesaw State^   5 1         10 2  
Charleston Southern   4 2         6 6  
Campbell   3 3         6 5  
Hampton   1 5         5 7  
Gardner–Webb   1 5         3 9  
Presbyterian   1 5         2 10  
North Alabama*   0 0         4 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • *North Alabama ineligible for FCS postseason play due to transition to NCAA Division I
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2019 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 James Madison $^   8 0         11 1  
No. 25 Albany^   6 2         9 4  
No. 8 Villanova^   5 3         9 4  
New Hampshire   5 3         6 5  
Towson   4 4         7 5  
Maine   4 4         6 6  
Elon   4 4         5 6  
Richmond   4 4         5 7  
Delaware   3 5         5 7  
William & Mary   3 5         5 7  
Stony Brook   2 6         5 7  
Rhode Island   0 8         2 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2019 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 21 Dartmouth   6 1         9 1  
No. 22 Yale   6 1         9 1  
Princeton   5 2         8 2  
Penn   3 4         5 5  
Cornell   3 4         4 6  
Harvard   2 5         4 6  
Columbia   2 5         3 7  
Brown   1 6         2 8  
  • The Ivy League does not participate in the FCS Playoffs
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2019 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 20 Florida A&M*   7 1         9 2  
No. 23 North Carolina A&T   6 2         8 3  
South Carolina State   6 2         8 3  
Bethune–Cookman   4 3         7 4  
Norfolk State   4 4         5 7  
North Carolina Central   3 5         4 8  
Howard   2 6         2 10  
Morgan State   2 6         3 9  
Delaware State   1 7         2 10  
  • *Florida A&M ineligible for FCS postseason play due to NCAA sanctions
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2019 MVFC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 North Dakota State $^   8 0         12 0  
No. 6 Northern Iowa^   6 2         8 4  
No. 13 Illinois State^   5 3         8 4  
No. 10 South Dakota State ^   5 3         8 4  
Southern Illinois   5 3         7 5  
South Dakota   4 4         5 7  
Indiana State   3 5         5 7  
Youngstown State   2 6         6 6  
Missouri State   1 7         1 10  
Western Illinois   1 7         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2019 NEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 17 Central Connecticut $^   7 0         11 1  
Robert Morris   6 1         7 5  
Duquesne   4 3         6 5  
Sacred Heart   4 3         7 5  
Saint Francis   3 4         6 6  
Bryant   3 4         4 8  
Wagner   1 6         1 11  
LIU   0 7         0 10  
Merrimack*   0 0         6 5  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • *Merrimack ineligible for NEC title and FCS postseason play due to transition to NCAA Division I, and also ineligible for NEC title due to not playing a full conference schedule
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2019 OVC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 18 Austin Peay^+   7 1         9 3  
No. 12 Southeast Missouri State^+   7 1         9 3  
UT Martin   6 2         7 5  
Eastern Kentucky   5 3         7 5  
Tennessee Tech   3 5         6 6  
Jacksonville State   3 5         6 6  
Murray State   2 6         4 8  
Tennessee State   2 6         3 9  
Eastern Illinois   1 7         1 11  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2019 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Holy Cross $^   5 1         7 5  
Lafayette   4 2         4 8  
Bucknell   3 3         3 8  
Lehigh   3 3         4 7  
Colgate   3 3         4 8  
Fordham   2 4         4 8  
Georgetown   1 5         5 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2019 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
San Diego $^   8 0         9 2  
Dayton   6 2         8 3  
Drake   6 2         6 5  
Davidson   5 3         8 4  
Stetson   4 4         7 4  
Marist   4 4         4 7  
Morehead State   3 5         5 7  
Butler   2 6         3 9  
Jacksonville   1 7         3 9  
Valparaiso   1 7         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2019 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 11 Wofford $^   7 1         8 3  
No. 16 Furman^   6 2         8 4  
Chattanooga   5 3         6 6  
VMI   4 4         5 7  
Samford   4 4         5 7  
The Citadel   4 4         6 6  
Mercer   3 5         4 8  
Western Carolina   2 6         3 9  
East Tennessee State   1 7         3 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2019 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 19 Nicholls +^   7 2         8 4  
No. 9 Central Arkansas +^   7 2         9 3  
Southeastern Louisiana ^   6 3         7 4  
Sam Houston State   6 3         7 5  
McNeese State   5 4         7 5  
Incarnate Word   4 5         5 7  
Abilene Christian   4 5         5 7  
Northwestern State   3 6         3 9  
Stephen F. Austin   3 6         3 9  
Houston Baptist   2 6         5 7  
Lamar   2 7         4 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2019 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Alcorn State xy   6 1         8 3  
Alabama State   4 2         5 5  
Alabama A&M   4 3         7 5  
Jackson State   3 4         4 8  
Mississippi Valley State   1 6         2 9  
West Division
Southern xy   6 1         8 4  
Grambling State   4 3         6 5  
Prairie View A&M   3 3         5 5  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   3 4         6 5  
Texas Southern   0 7         0 11  
Championship: Alcorn State vs. Southern
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2019 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 24 North Dakota*^           7 4  
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • *North Dakota ineligible for Big Sky title due to transition to the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
As of December 4, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

PostseasonEdit

A 24-team single-elimination tournament bracket will culminate in the 2020 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game. Champions of the following 10 conferences automatically received playoff bids:[6]

Teams were announced in a selection show on November 24, with the top eight teams seeded and receiving first-round byes.[7]

NCAA FCS Playoff bracketEdit

  First Round
November 30
Campus sites
    Second Round
December 7
Campus sites
    Quarterfinals
December 13/14
Campus sites
    Semifinals
December 21
Campus sites
    National Championship
January 11
12:00 pm EST
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
                                               
        1 North Dakota State  
    Nicholls 24       Nicholls    
    North Dakota 6          
         
        8 Central Arkansas    
    Southeast Missouri State 6       Illinois State  
    Illinois State 24        
       
        4 Sacramento State  
    Austin Peay 42       Austin Peay    
    Furman 6          
       
        5 Montana State    
    Albany 42       Albany  
    Central Connecticut 14      
   
        2 James Madison  
    Monmouth 44       Monmouth    
    Holy Cross 27          
         
        7 South Dakota State    
    Northern Iowa 17       Northern Iowa  
    San Diego 3        
     
        3 Weber State  
    Wofford 21       Kennesaw State    
    Kennesaw State 28          
       
        6 Montana    
    Southeastern Louisiana 45       Southeastern Louisiana  
    Villanova 44  

Bowl gamesEdit

FCS has a single bowl game, contested between teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Date Game Site Television Participants Affiliations Results
December 21 Celebration Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
12:00 pm
ABC North Carolina A&T Aggies (8–3)
Alcorn State/Southern
MEAC
SWAC

Coaching changesEdit

Preseason and in-seasonEdit

This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2019. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2019, see 2018 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
Howard Ron Prince November 6 Placed on administrative leave  Aaron Kelton (interim)

  Prince was placed on administrative leave by the university, "after allegations of verbal abuse and intimidation of players."[8]

End of seasonEdit

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
Gardner–Webb Carroll McCray November 24 Fired
Mercer Bobby Lamb November 24 Fired
Murray State Mitch Stewart November 24 Reassigned within athletic department
Northern Colorado Earnest Collins Jr. November 24 Fired
Eastern Kentucky Mark Elder November 25 Contract not renewed
Lamar Mike Schultz November 25 Fired
Cal Poly Tim Walsh November 25 Retired
Jacksonville Ian Shields December 3 Program discontinued None

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Road to the Championship". ncaa.com. 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "2019 FCS Playoff Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "North Dakota State Completes Perfect Season as No. 1 Ranked Team". FCS Football Insider. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "Football Rules Committee to examine targeting". ncaa.org. February 26, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Bylaw 17.10.5.1: Number of Contests, Maximum Limitations—Institutional" (PDF). 2018–19 NCAA Division I Manual. NCAA. July 2018. p. 273. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Chiusano, Anthony (November 16, 2019). "Every automatic qualifier for the 2019 FCS football playoffs". NCAA.com. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "FCS bracket revealed for 2019 Division I football championship". ncaa.com. November 24, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  8. ^ VanHaaren, Tom (November 6, 2019). "Howard places coach Ron Prince on leave amid ongoing investigation". ESPN. Retrieved November 12, 2019.