1982 NCAA Division I-AA football season
|1982 NCAA Division I-AA season|
|Duration||August – November 1982|
|Duration||November 27–December 18|
|Championship site||Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, TX
|Champion||Eastern Kentucky Colonels|
|Division I-AA football season|
The 1982 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, began in August 1982 and concluded with the Division I-AA championship game on December 18 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels won their second I-AA championship, defeating the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens in the Pioneer Bowl, 17−14.
Conference changes and new programs
Before the 1982 season, three conferences, and all of their members, were shifted from Division I-A to Division I-AA:
- Ivy League — Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale
- Southern Conference — Appalachian State, Chattanooga, East Tennessee State, Furman, Marshall, The Citadel, VMI, and Western Carolina
- Southland Conference — Arkansas State, Lamar, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, and Texas–Arlington
|Template:1982 MEAC football standings||Template:1982 Ohio Valley football standings||
|Template:1982 SWAC football standings||
Big Sky Conference – Montana
NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket
|Charleston, IL||Tennessee State||7|
|Eastern Illinois||16||Wichita Falls, TX – Memorial Stadium|
|Jackson State||13||Eastern Kentucky||17|
|South Carolina State||3|
|South Carolina State||17||Louisiana Tech||0|
- "1982 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 26, 2013.
- "Breaks seal Colonels' win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 19, 1982. p. 10F.
- "E. Kentucky 17, Delaware 14". Beaver County Times. (Pennsylvania). December 19, 1982. p. C14.