1998 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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The 1998 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 1998, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 19, 1998, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The UMass Minutemen won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Georgia Southern Eagles by a final score of 55−43[1]

Conference standings[edit]

1998 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Georgia Southern ^   8 0         14 1  
#6 Appalachian State ^   6 2         10 3  
Western Carolina   5 3         6 5  
Chattanooga   4 4         5 6  
The Citadel   4 4         5 6  
East Tennessee State   3 5         4 7  
Wofford   3 5         4 7  
Furman   3 5         5 6  
VMI   0 8         1 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Atlantic 10 Conference – Richmond
Big Sky Conference – Montana
Gateway Football Conference – Western Illinois
Ivy League – Penn
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Fairfield and Georgetown
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Florida A&M and Hampton
Northeast Conference – Monmouth and Robert Morris
Ohio Valley Conference – Tennessee State
Patriot League – Lehigh
Pioneer Football League – Drake
Southern Conference – Georgia Southern
Southland Conference – Northwestern State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Southern

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

  First Round
November 28
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 4–5
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 12
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 19
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, TN
                             
 Georgia Southern* 49  
 Colgate 28  
   Georgia Southern* 52  
   Connecticut 30  
 Connecticut* 42
 Hampton 34  
   Georgia Southern* 42  
   Western Illinois 14  
 Florida A&M* 27  
 Troy State 17  
   Florida A&M 21
   Western Illinois* 24  
 Western Illinois* 52
 Montana 9  
   Georgia Southern 43
   Massachusetts 55
 Richmond* 23  
 Lehigh 24  
   Lehigh 21
   Massachusetts* 27  
 McNeese State* 19
 Massachusetts 21  
   Massachusetts 41
   Northwestern State* 31  
 Appalachian State* 45  
 Tennessee State 31  
   Appalachian State 20
   Northwestern State* 31  
 Northwestern State* 48
 Illinois State 28  

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1998 NCAA Division I Football Championship". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 16. Retrieved December 29, 2013.