2007 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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2007 NCAA Division I FCS season
NC TrophiesASU.jpg
2007 FCS National Championship trophy (right).
Duration August 25 – November 17
Playoff
Duration November 23 – December 14
Championship site Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
Champion Appalachian State Mountaineers[1]
Payton Award Jayson Foster[2]
Buchanan Award Kroy Biermann[3]
Division I FCS football season

The 2007 NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) football season, part of the college football season, began on August 25, 2007 and concluded on December 14, 2007 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the Appalachian State Mountaineers defeated the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens to win the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

Rule changes for 2007[edit]

The clock rules adopted in the 2006 season were reversed, after coaches in all divisions disapproved of them. The attempt to reduce the time of games sought by those rules was successful, reducing the average college football game from 3 hours and 21 minutes in 2005 to 3 hours and 7 seven minutes in 2006. The reduced game time also reduced the average number of plays in a game by 13, fewer offensive yards per game by 66, and average points per game by 5.

Rules changes for the 2007 season include:[4]

  • Moving the kick-off yard-line from 35 to 30, which matches the yard-line used in the National Football League, to reduce the number of touchbacks.
  • Paring the 25-second play clock to 15 seconds after TV timeouts.
  • Shortening teams' three allotted timeouts per half by 30 seconds each, from 1:25 to 55 seconds.
  • Allowing penalties against the kicking team on kickoffs to be assessed at the end of the runback, avoiding a re-kick, also matching the NFL rule.

Other notable changes[edit]

The Atlantic 10 Conference ceased football sponsorship. The football side of the A10 was effectively taken over by the Colonial Athletic Association, with all of the A10 football members moving to the CAA.

FCS team wins over FBS teams[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Gateway Football Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Northern Iowa 6 0 12 1 469 219
Southern Illinois 5 1 12 2 530 243
Youngstown State 3 3 7 4 301 203
Western Illinois 3 3 6 5 273 215
Missouri State 2 4 6 5 399 388
Illinois State 2 4 4 7 324 338
Indiana State 0 6 0 11 123 541
Pioneer Football League
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Dayton 6 1 11 1 466 187
San Diego 6 1 9 2 488 287
Morehead State 5 2 7 4 277 216
Davidson 4 3 6 4 312 282
Drake 3 4 6 5 293 293
Valparaiso 2 5 5 6 245 321
Jacksonville 2 5 3 8 240 351
Butler 0 7 4 7 241 345
Southern Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Appalachian State 5 2 13 2 641 400
Wofford 5 2 9 4 444 323
Georgia Southern 4 3 7 4 402 348
Elon 4 3 7 4 400 334
The Citadel 4 3 7 4 434 310
Furman 4 3 6 5 348 350
Chattanooga 2 5 2 9 255 369
Western Carolina 0 7 1 10 285 504

Conference champions[edit]

Automatic berths[edit]

Conference Champion
Big Sky Conference Montana and Eastern Washington
Colonial Athletic Association Massachusetts and Richmond
Gateway Football Conference Northern Iowa
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Delaware State
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Kentucky
Patriot League Fordham
Southern Conference Appalachian State and Wofford
Southland Conference McNeese State

Invitation[edit]

Conference Champion
Big South Conference Liberty
Great West Football Conference South Dakota State
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Duquesne, Iona, and Marist
Northeast Conference Albany
Pioneer Football League Dayton

Abstains[edit]

Conference Champion
Ivy League Harvard
Southwestern Athletic Conference Jackson State

Postseason[edit]

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round[5]
November 23 and 24
Quarterfinals
December 1
Semifinals
December 7 and 8
National Championship Game

December 14
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee

                       
New Hampshire 35
1 Northern Iowa* 38
1 Northern Iowa* 27
Delaware 39
Delaware State 7
Delaware* 44
Delaware 20
4 Southern Illinois* 17
Eastern Illinois 11
4 Southern Illinois* 30
4 Southern Illinois* 34
Massachusetts 27
Fordham 35
Massachusetts* 49
Delaware 21
Appalachian State* 49
Eastern Washington 44
2 McNeese State* 15
Eastern Washington 35
Appalachian State* 38
James Madison 27
Appalachian State* 28
Appalachian State* 55
Richmond 35
Wofford 23
3 Montana* 22
Wofford* 10
Richmond 21
Eastern Kentucky 14
Richmond* 31

* Host institution

SWAC Championship Game[edit]

Date Location Venue West Div. Champion East Div. Champion Result
December 15 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Grambling State Jackson State Jackson State, 42–31[6]

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 1 Dayton, Ohio Welcome Stadium Albany Dayton Dayton, 42–21[7]

Final poll standings[edit]

Standings are from The Sports Network final 2007 poll.

Rank[8] Team Record
1 Appalachian State Mountaineers 13–2
2 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens 11–4
3 Southern Illinois Salukis 13–2
4 Northern Iowa Panthers 12–1
5 Richmond Spiders 11–3
6 Wofford Terriers 9–4
7 Massachusetts Minutemen 8–4
8 Eastern Washington Eagles 9–4
9 North Dakota State Bison 10–1
10 Montana Grizzlies 11–1
11 McNeese State Cowboys 11–1
12 James Madison Dukes 8–4
13 Eastern Kentucky Colonels 9–3
14 New Hampshire Wildcats 7–5
15 Delaware State Hornets 10–2
16 Youngstown State Penguins 7–4
17 Georgia Southern Eagles 7–4
18 Eastern Illinois Panthers 8–4
19 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 7–4
20 Fordham Rams 8–4
21 Harvard Crimson 8–2
22 Yale Bulldogs 9–1
23 Elon Phoenix 7–4
24 Cal Poly Mustangs 7–4
25 Grambling State Tigers 8–4

See also[edit]

Historic games[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (2007-12-14). "Months after Michigan upset, Appalachian State completes FCS 3-peat". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Jayson Foster wins 2007 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Kroy Biermann captures 2007 Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  4. ^ Steve Wieberg (2007-02-14). "NCAA rules committee proposes reworking football time-saving rules". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  5. ^ "2007 Playoff Bracket". NCAA. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (2007-12-15). "Grambling State 31, Jackson State 42". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (2007-12-01). "Dayton 42, Albany, N.Y. 21". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  8. ^ "Final Sports Network's 2007 FCS College Football Poll". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 

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