2010 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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The 2010 NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) football season, part of the college football season, began in September 2010 and concluded with the national championship game on January 7, 2011 won by Eastern Washington. The Eagles defeated Delaware 20–19 to claim their first Division I national title in any team sport.

For the first time since 1997, the final game was played at a new location—Pizza Hut Park in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas.[1] Every title game since 1997 had been held at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but the NCAA opened the hosting rights for the 2010–2012 championship games for bids during the 2009 season, as the hosting contract between the NCAA and the Chattanooga organizers was set to expire. In addition to Frisco and Chattanooga, three other cities submitted bids:[2]

The field of bidders was eventually cut to Chattanooga and Frisco, with Frisco being announced as the winner on February 26, 2010.[1]

The January finish to the season was the result of an expanded playoff schedule. The championship tournament expanded from 16 teams to 20, with the Big South and Northeast Conference earning automatic bids for the first time. Eight teams played first-round games, with the remaining participants receiving byes into the second round. The playoffs began at their normal time on Thanksgiving weekend, specifically on November 27. According to early reports, the championship game would be played sometime between December 29, 2010 and January 7, 2011,[3] and January 7 was ultimately chosen.

New FCS programs[edit]

Two FCS programs began play in the 2010 season, and a third officially launched its program but chose not to compete until 2011:

  • Georgia State University fielded the first football team in its history. The Panthers play all home games at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, with the upper decks being covered so that the fans are restricted to the lower tier of the 71,000+ capacity stadium. Coached by Bill Curry, a former FBS head coach, they participate in the Colonial Athletic Association, although they will not play a full conference schedule until 2012.
  • Lamar University revived its program after a 21-season absence. The Cardinals play their home games in Provost Umphrey Stadium, the same venue that hosted the Cardinals before their demise after the 1989 season but was extensively renovated for their FCS return. The Southland Conference members, coached by former NFL player Ray Woodard, did not play a full conference schedule until 2011.
  • UTSA officially began its football program during this season, however all of its players were redshirted so that the season could be used for practice only.

FCS team wins over FBS teams[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

2010 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Eastern Washington §^   7 1         13 2  
#11 Montana State §^   7 1         9 3  
#20 Montana   5 3         7 4  
Weber State   5 3         6 5  
Sacramento State   5 3         6 5  
Northern Arizona   4 4         6 5  
Northern Colorado   2 6         3 8  
Portland State   1 7         2 9  
Idaho State   0 8         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 Big South football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#21 Liberty §   5 1         8 3  
Stony Brook §   5 1         6 5  
Coastal Carolina §^   5 1         6 6  
Gardner–Webb   2 4         4 7  
VMI   2 4         3 8  
Charleston Southern   1 5         3 8  
Presbyterian   1 5         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Delaware §^   6 2         12 3  
#10 William & Mary §^   6 2         8 4  
#3 Villanova ^   5 3         9 5  
#7 New Hampshire ^   5 3         8 5  
UMass   4 4         6 5  
Richmond   4 4         6 5  
Rhode Island   4 4         5 6  
James Madison   3 5         6 5  
Maine   3 5         4 7  
Towson   0 8         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Old Dominion           8 3  
Georgia State           6 5  
Lamar           5 6  
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 Great West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Southern Utah   4 0         6 5  
UC Davis   3 1         6 5  
#24 Cal Poly SLO   2 2         7 4  
South Dakota   1 3         4 7  
North Dakota   0 4         3 8  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#18 Penn   7 0         9 1  
Harvard   5 2         7 3  
Yale   5 2         7 3  
Brown   5 2         6 4  
Dartmouth   3 4         6 4  
Columbia   2 5         4 6  
Cornell   1 6         2 8  
Princeton   0 7         1 9  
† – Conference champion
2010 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#15 Bethune-Cookman §^   7 1         10 2  
#16 South Carolina State §^   7 1         9 3  
Florida A&M §   7 1         8 3  
Hampton   5 3         6 5  
Norfolk State   4 4         6 5  
Morgan State   3 5         4 7  
Delaware State   2 6         3 8  
North Carolina A&T   1 7         1 10  
North Carolina Central*   0 0         3 8  
Savannah State*   0 0         1 10  
Howard   0 8         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
2010 MVFC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#19 Northern Iowa ^   6 2         7 5  
#17 Western Illinois ^   5 3         8 5  
#9 North Dakota State ^   4 4         8 5  
Indiana State   4 4         6 5  
Illinois State   4 4         6 5  
South Dakota State   4 4         5 6  
Missouri State   4 4         5 6  
Southern Illinois   4 4         5 6  
Youngstown State   1 7         3 8  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 NEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Robert Morris §^   7 1         8 3  
Central Connecticut State §   7 1         8 3  
Duquesne   5 3         7 4  
Bryant   4 4         7 4  
Albany   4 4         6 5  
Wagner   3 5         5 6  
Monmouth   3 5         3 8  
Sacred Heart   2 6         4 7  
Saint Francis (PA)   1 7         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 OVC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#13 Southeast Missouri State ^   7 1         9 3  
#12 Jacksonville State ^   6 2         9 3  
Eastern Kentucky   5 2         6 5  
Murray State   5 3         6 5  
UT Martin   5 3         6 5  
Tennessee Tech   4 4         5 6  
Eastern Illinois   2 6         2 9  
Austin Peay   1 7         2 9  
Tennessee State   0 7         3 8  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#14 Lehigh ^   5 0         10 3  
Colgate   3 2         7 4  
Holy Cross   3 2         6 5  
Georgetown   2 3         4 7  
Lafayette   1 4         2 9  
Bucknell   1 4         1 10  
Fordham   0 0         5 6  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#22 Jacksonville §   8 0         10 1  
#25 Dayton §   8 0         10 1  
Drake   6 2         7 4  
San Diego   5 3         5 6  
Morehead State   4 4         5 6  
Davidson   3 5         3 8  
Butler   2 6         4 7  
Marist   2 6         3 8  
Campbell   2 6         3 8  
Valparaiso   0 8         0 11  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Appalachian State §^   7 1         10 3  
#6 Wofford §^   7 1         10 3  
#5 Georgia Southern ^   5 3         10 5  
Chattanooga   5 3         6 5  
Elon   5 3         6 5  
Furman   3 5         5 6  
Samford   2 6         4 7  
The Citadel   1 7         3 8  
Western Carolina   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8 Stephen F. Austin ^   6 1         9 3  
McNeese State   5 2         6 5  
Central Arkansas   4 3         7 4  
Sam Houston State   4 3         6 5  
Northwestern State   4 3         5 6  
Nicholls State   3 4         4 7  
Texas State   1 6         4 7  
Southeastern Louisiana   1 6         2 9  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Alabama State xy   6 3         7 4  
Jackson State x   6 3         8 3  
Alcorn State   4 5         5 6  
Alabama A&M   2 7         3 8  
Mississippi Valley State   0 9         0 10  
West
Texas Southern xy   8 1         8 3  
#23 Grambling State x   8 1         9 2  
Prairie View A&M   6 3         7 4  
Arkansas-Pine Bluff   4 5         5 6  
Southern   1 8         2 9  
Championship: Texas Southern 11, Alabama State 6
December 11, 2010
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

Playoff qualifiers[edit]

Automatic berths for conference champions[edit]

At large qualifiers[edit]

No teams from the conferences that do not have automatic bids—currently the Great West Conference and Pioneer Football League—received bids. In order for a team from a conference without an automatic bid to be eligible for the playoffs, it must have a minimum of seven Division I wins, with at least two against teams in automatic bid conferences. The team in question also must be ranked an average of 16 or better in the national rankings.[citation needed]

Abstains[edit]

(Overall Record, Conference Record)

Postseason[edit]

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket[edit]

  First Round
November 27
Campus Sites
    Second Round
December 4
Campus Sites
    Quarterfinals
December 10 and 11
Campus Sites
    Semifinals
December 17 and 18
Campus Sites
    National Championship Game

January 7
Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas

                                               
       Western Illinois 14  
   Western Illinois 17     1  Appalachian State* 42    
   Coastal Carolina* 10         1  Appalachian State* 24  
     Villanova 42    
     Villanova 54    
   Stephen F. Austin* 24  
     Villanova 31  
    5  Eastern Washington* 41    
       North Dakota State 42  
   Robert Morris 17     4  Montana State* 17    
   North Dakota State* 43          North Dakota State 31  
    5  Eastern Washington* 38  
     SE Missouri State 17    
  5  Eastern Washington* 37  
    5  Eastern Washington 20
    3  Delaware 19
       Georgia Southern 31  
   South Carolina State 16     2  William & Mary* 15    
   Georgia Southern* 41          Georgia Southern 23  
     Wofford* 20    
     Wofford 17    
   Jacksonville State* 14  
     Georgia Southern 10  
    3  Delaware* 27  
       Lehigh 20  
   Lehigh 14     3  Delaware* 42    
   Northern Iowa* 7         3  Delaware* 16  
     New Hampshire 3  
     New Hampshire 45    
   Bethune–Cookman* 20  


* Host institution

SWAC Championship Game[edit]

Date Location Venue West Div. Champion East Div. Champion Result
December 11[5] Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Texas Southern Alabama State TSU 11 - ASU 6

Global Kilimanjaro Bowl[edit]

Main article: 2011 Kilimanjaro Bowl

On September 1, 2010, Drake University announced it would participate in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, the first American football game played on the continent of Africa. The game will feature the Drake Bulldogs versus Mexican All-Star team CONADEIP. Due to the seasonal difference in Africa, the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl was played on May 21, 2011.[6]

Date Location Venue Mexican Team USA Team Result
May 21, 2011 Moshi, Tanzania Moshi Memorial Stadium CONADEIP Stars Drake Bulldogs Drake 17 - CONADEIP 7

Final poll standings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Caplan, Jeff (February 26, 2010). "20 teams to compete for FCS crown". ESPN. Archived from the original on February 28, 2010. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ Coulson, David (October 19, 2009). "Around FCS: Serious competition for FCS title game". The Sports Network. Retrieved December 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Frisco, Texas Submits Bid To Host NCAA Division I Football Championship Game" (Press release). Southland Conference. October 14, 2009. Retrieved December 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Va. Tech suffers 2nd loss in 6 days as James Madison pulls off upset". ESPN. Associated Press. September 11, 2010. Archived from the original on September 14, 2010. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "2009 Legion Field Schedule". Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Drake To Play First American Football Game In Africa". GoDrakeBulldogs.com. September 1, 2010. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 

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