2006 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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The 2006 NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) football season, part of the college football season, began on August 26, 2006 and concluded on December 15, 2006 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the Appalachian State Mountaineers defeated the Massachusetts Minutemen to win the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

Rule changes for 2006[edit]

There are several rules that have changed for the 2006 season.[4] Following are some highlights:

  • Players may only wear clear eyeshields. Previously, both tinted and orange were also allowed.
  • The kicking tee has been lowered from two inches tall to only one inch.
  • Halftime lasts twenty minutes. Previously, it was only fifteen minutes.
  • On a kickoff, the game clock starts when the ball is kicked rather than when the receiving team touches it.
    • This rule change has resulted in controversy, highlighted by the matchup between Wisconsin and Penn State on November 4, 2006, in which Wisconsin deliberately went off-sides on two consecutive kickoffs to run extra time off the clock at the close of the first half.[5]
  • On a change of possession, the clock starts when the referee marks the ball ready for play, instead of on the snap.
  • The referee may no longer stop the game due to excessive crowd noise.
  • When a live-ball penalty such as an illegal formation occurs on a kick, the receiving team may choose either to add the penalty yardage to the end of the return or require the kick to be attempted again with the spot moved back. Previously, only the latter option was available.
  • If a team scores at the end of the game, they will not kick the extra point unless it would affect the outcome of the game.
  • Instant replay is now officially sanctioned and standardized. All plays are reviewed by the replay officials as the play occurs. They may call down to the on-field officials to stop play if they need extra time to make a review. Each coach may also make one challenge per game. In the case of a coach's challenge, the coach must have at least one time-out remaining. If the challenge is upheld the coach gets the time-out back but the challenge is spent. If the challenge is rejected, both the challenge and the time-out are spent.

FCS team wins over FBS teams[edit]

Conference champions[edit]

Automatic berths[edit]

Conference Champion
Atlantic 10 Conference Massachusetts
Big Sky Conference Montana
Gateway Football Conference Youngstown State
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hampton
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Illinois and UT Martin
Patriot League Colgate, Lafayette, and Lehigh
Southern Conference Appalachian State
Southland Conference McNeese State


Conference Champion
Big South Conference Coastal Carolina
Great West Football Conference North Dakota State
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Duquesne and Marist
Northeast Conference Monmouth
Pioneer Football League San Diego


Conference Champion
Ivy League Princeton and Yale
Southwestern Athletic Conference Alabama A&M


NCAA FCS Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round[6]
November 25
Campus Sites
December 2
Campus Sites
December 8 and December 9
Campus Sites
National Championship Game

December 15
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Coastal Carolina 28
1 Appalachian State* 45
1 Appalachian State* 38
Montana State 17
Furman 13
Montana State* 31
1 Appalachian State* 49
4 Youngstown State 24
James Madison 31
4 Youngstown State* 35
4 Youngstown State* 28
Illinois State 21
Illinois State 24
Eastern Illinois* 13
1 Appalachian State 28
3 Massachusetts* 17
McNeese State 6
2 Montana* 31
2 Montana* 20
Southern Illinois 3
UT Martin 30
Southern Illinois* 36
2 Montana* 17
3 Massachusetts 19
Lafayette 14
3 Massachusetts* 35
3 Massachusetts* 24
New Hampshire 17
New Hampshire 41
Hampton* 38

* Host institution

SWAC Championship Game[edit]

Date Location Venue West Div. Champion East Div. Champion Result
December 16 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Arkansas-Pine Bluff Alabama A&M Alabama A&M, 22–13[7]

Gridiron Classic[edit]

The Gridiron Classic is an annual game between the champions of the Northeast Conference and the Pioneer Football League that has been held since December 2006.

Date Location Venue NEC Champion PFL Champion Result
December 2 West Long Branch, New Jersey Kessler Field Monmouth San Diego San Diego, 27–7[8]

Final poll standings[edit]

Standings are from The Sports Network final 2006 poll.

Rank[9] Team Record
1 Appalachian State Mountaineers 14–1
2 Massachusetts Minutemen 13–2
3 Montana Grizzlies 12–2
4 Youngstown State Penguins 11–3
5 North Dakota State Bison 10–1
6 New Hampshire Wildcats 9–4
7 Southern Illinois Salukis 9–4
8 Illinois State Redbirds 9–4
9 James Madison Dukes 9–3
10 Montana State Bobcats 8–5
11 Hampton Pirates 10–2
12 Furman Paladins 8–4
13 UT Martin Skyhawks 9–3
14 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 9–3
15 Eastern Illinois Panthers 8–5
16 Cal Poly Mustangs 7–4
17 Northern Iowa Panthers 7–4
18 Princeton Tigers 9–1
19 Portland State Vikings 7–4
20 San Diego Toreros 11–1
21 McNeese State Cowboys 7–5
22 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 7–4
23 Wofford Terriers 7–4
24 Central Arkansas Bears 8–3
25 Yale Bulldogs 8–2

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (2007-12-14). "Appalachian State defeats UMass to repeat as I-AA champs". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Ricky Santos wins the 2006 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Kyle Shotwell wins 2006 Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  4. ^ "2006 Rules Changes" (PDF). NCAA. Archived from the original on 1 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-25. 
  5. ^ Jack Carey (2006-11-07). "Wisconsin finds loophole in speed-up rule". USA Today. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  6. ^ "2006 Playoff Bracket". NCAA. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (2006-12-15). "Alabama A&M 22, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 13". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (2006-12-02). "San Diego 27, Monmouth 7". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  9. ^ "Final Sports Network's 2006 FCS College Football Poll". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 

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