2004 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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2004 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August 28 – November
Playoff
Duration November 27, 2004 – December 17, 2004
Championship site Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
Champion James Madison
Payton Award QB Lang Campbell, William & Mary
Buchanan Award LB Jordan Beck, Cal Poly
Division I-AA football season

The 2004 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 on August 28, 2004, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 17, 2004, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. James Madison won their first I-AA championship, defeating Montana by a final score of 31−21.

I-AA team wins over I-A teams[edit]

Conference Standings[edit]

2004 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 James Madison $^   7 1         13 2  
#3 William & Mary $^   7 1         11 3  
#7 Delaware $^   7 1         9 4  
#6 New Hampshire ^   7 2         11 3  
Northeastern   4 4         5 6  
Villanova   4 5         7 4  
Maine   4 5         6 6  
UMass   4 5         6 6  
Hofstra   3 5         5 6  
Rhode Island   2 6         4 7  
Richmond   2 6         3 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2004 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Montana $^   6 1         12 3  
E. Washington ^   6 1         9 4  
Montana State   4 3         6 5  
Portland State   4 3         7 4  
Northern Arizona   3 4         4 7  
Idaho State   2 5         3 8  
Sacramento State   2 5         3 8  
Weber State   1 6         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2004 Big South football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#24 Coastal Carolina $   4 0         10 1  
Liberty   3 1         6 5  
Gardner–Webb   2 2         5 6  
Charleston Southern   1 3         5 5  
VMI   0 4         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2004 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Furman $^   6 1         10 3  
#10 Georgia Southern ^   6 1         9 3  
#18 Wofford   4 3         8 3  
Appalachian State   4 3         6 5  
Western Carolina   2 5         4 7  
The Citadel   2 5         3 7  
Elon   2 5         3 8  
Chattanooga   2 5         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

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

December 17
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee

                       
1 Southern Illinois* (10–1) 31
Eastern Washington (8–3) 35
Eastern Washington* 34
Sam Houston State 35
Sam Houston State* (9–2) 54
Western Kentucky (9–2) 24
Sam Houston State 13
Montana* 34
Montana* (9–2) 56
Northwestern State (8–3) 7
Montana* 47
New Hampshire 17
New Hampshire (9–2) 27
4 Georgia Southern* (9–2) 3
Montana 21
James Madison 31
3 William & Mary* (9–2) 42
Hampton (10–1) 35
3 William & Mary* 44
Delaware 38
Delaware* (8–3) 28
Lafayette (8–3) 14
3 William & Mary* 34
James Madison 48
James Madison (9–2) 14
Lehigh* (9–2) 13
James Madison 14
2 Furman* 13
Jacksonville State (9–1) 7
2 Furman* (9–2) 49

* Denotes host institution

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