1978 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1978 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 1978
Playoff
Duration December 9–16, 1978
Championship site Memorial Stadium, Wichita Falls, TX
Champion Florida A&M Rattlers
Division I-AA football season

The 1978 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 Football Championship Subdivision level, began in August 1978, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 16, 1978, at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. In the first ever season of Division I-AA football after these teams split away from the Division I University Division after the 1977 season. The Florida A&M Rattlers won their first I-AA championship, defeating Massachusetts Minutemen by a final score of 35−28.[1]

As of 2014, Florida A&M remains the only team from an HBCU to either make it to or win the I-AA/FCS national championship game.

Conference standings[edit]

1978 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 Northern Arizona ^   6 0         8 2  
#7 Montana State ^   4 2         8 2  
Boise State   3 3         7 4  
Weber State   2 4         4 7  
Idaho State   2 4         2 9  
Idaho   0 6         2 9  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Poll
1978 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 UMass ^ 5 0 0     9 4 0
#7 Rhode Island 3 2 0     7 3 0
Connecticut 3 2 0     4 7 0
Boston University 2 3 0     6 4 0
New Hampshire 1 3 1     6 4 1
Maine 0 4 1     3 7 1
† – Conference champion
^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll

Conference champions[edit]

Conference champions

Big Sky ConferenceNorthern Arizona
Mid-Eastern Athletic ConferenceSouth Carolina State
Ohio Valley ConferenceWestern Kentucky
Southwestern Athletic ConferenceGrambling State
Yankee ConferenceUMass

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

Semifinals
December 9
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 17
Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, TX
           
Florida A&M 15
Jackson State* 10
Florida A&M 35
UMass 28
UMass 44
Nevada* 21

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1978 NCAA Division I Football Championship". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 20, 2013.