1998 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1998 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 1998
Playoff
Duration November 28 – December 19, 1998
Championship site Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
Champion UMass Minutemen
Payton Award Jerry AzumahRB (New Hampshire)
Buchanan Award James MiltonLB (Western Illinois)
Division I-AA football season

The 1998 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 1998, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 19, 1998, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The UMass Minutemen won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Georgia Southern Eagles by a final score of 55−43[1]

Conference standings[edit]

1998 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
New England
#8 Connecticut x^   6 2         10 3  
#12 UMass x^   6 2         12 3  
Maine   3 5         6 5  
New Hampshire   3 5         4 7  
Rhode Island   2 6         3 8  
Mid–Atlantic
#5 Richmond x^   7 1         9 3  
#22 Delaware   4 4         7 4  
Villanova   4 4         6 5  
#16 William & Mary   4 4         7 4  
Northeastern   3 5         5 6  
James Madison   2 6         3 8  
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I–AA Poll
1998 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Georgia Southern ^   8 0         14 1  
#6 Appalachian State ^   6 2         10 3  
Western Carolina   5 3         6 5  
Chattanooga   4 4         5 6  
The Citadel   4 4         5 6  
East Tennessee State   3 5         4 7  
Wofford   3 5         4 7  
Furman   3 5         5 6  
VMI   0 8         1 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Atlantic 10 Conference – Richmond
Big Sky Conference – Montana
Gateway Football Conference – Western Illinois
Ivy League – Penn
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – Fairfield and Georgetown
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Florida A&M and Hampton
Northeast Conference – Monmouth and Robert Morris
Ohio Valley Conference – Tennessee State
Patriot League – Lehigh
Pioneer Football League – Drake
Southern Conference – Georgia Southern
Southland Conference – Northwestern State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Southern

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
November 28
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 4–5
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 12
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 19
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, TN
               
Georgia Southern* 49
Colgate 28
Georgia Southern* 52
Connecticut 30
Connecticut* 42
Hampton 34
Georgia Southern* 42
Western Illinois 14
Florida A&M* 27
Troy State 17
Florida A&M 21
Western Illinois* 24
Western Illinois* 52
Montana 9
Georgia Southern 43
Massachusetts 55
Richmond* 23
Lehigh 24
Lehigh 21
Massachusetts* 27
McNeese State* 19
Massachusetts 21
Massachusetts 41
Northwestern State* 31
Appalachian State* 45
Tennessee State 31
Appalachian State 20
Northwestern State* 31
Northwestern State* 48
Illinois State 28

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1998 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 16. Retrieved December 29, 2013.