1996 NCAA Division I-AA football season
|1996 NCAA Division I-AA season|
|Duration||August – November 1996|
|Duration||November 30 – December 21, 1996|
|Championship site||Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV|
|Champion||Marshall Thundering Herd|
|Payton Award||Archie Amerson – RB (Northern Arizona)|
|Buchanan Award||Dexter Coakley – LB (Appalachian State)|
|Division I-AA football season|
The 1996 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 1996, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 21, 1996, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia. The Marshall Thundering Herd won their second I-AA championship, defeating the defending national champion Montana Grizzlies by a final score of 49−29
Conference changes and new programs
- The American West Conference disbanded following the 1995 season and its four remaining members either became independents (Cal Poly, Sacramento State, and Southern Utah) or joined the Big Sky (Cal State Northridge).
- Prior to the season, the Northeast Conference, a preexisting Division I conference, announced it would add a football for its five members that sponsored the sport.
Big Sky Conference – Montana
NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket
|National Championship Game
|East Tennessee State||14|
|East Tennessee State*||35|
|William & Mary||35|
|William & Mary*||45|
* Denotes host institution
- "1996 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved December 28, 2013.