2004 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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2004 NCAA Division I-AA season
Regular season
DurationAugust 28 – November
Playoff
DurationNovember 27, 2004 – December 17, 2004
Championship dateDecember 17, 2004
Championship siteFinley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
ChampionJames Madison
Payton AwardQB Lang Campbell, William & Mary
Buchanan AwardLB 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.

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

School 2003 Conference 2004 Conference
UC Davis D-II Independent Great West (I-AA)
Cal Poly I-AA Independent Great West
North Dakota State North Central (D-II) Great West (I-AA)
Northern Colorado D-II Independent Great West (I-AA)
Siena MAAC Dropped Program
St. Mary's (CA) I-AA Independent Dropped Program
Southern Utah I-AA Independent Great West
South Dakota State North Central (D-II) Great West (I-AA)
Towson Patriot Atlantic 10

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         6 5  
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  
#2 Montana $^   6 1         12 3  
#8 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
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2004 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#9 Southern Illinois $^   7 0         10 2  
#11 Western Kentucky ^   6 1         9 3  
#25 Northern Iowa   5 2         7 4  
Southwest Missouri State   3 4         6 5  
Western Illinois   2 5         4 7  
Illinois State   2 5         4 7  
Youngstown State   2 5         4 7  
Indiana State   1 6         4 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2004 Great West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#16 Cal Poly $   4 1         9 2  
UC Davis   3 2         6 4  
#23 North Dakota State   2 3         8 3  
South Dakota State   2 3         6 5  
Southern Utah   2 3         6 5  
Northern Colorado   2 3         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
2004 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#13 Harvard $   7 0         10 0  
#21 Penn   6 1         8 2  
Cornell   4 3         4 6  
Brown   3 4         6 4  
Princeton   3 4         5 5  
Yale   3 4         5 5  
Dartmouth   1 6         1 9  
Columbia   1 6         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
2004 MAAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Duquesne $   4 0         7 3  
Marist   3 1         3 6  
La Salle   1 3         3 7  
Saint Peter's   1 3         3 7  
Iona   1 3         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2004 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#12 Hampton +^   6 1         10 2  
#22 South Carolina State +   6 1         9 2  
Bethune–Cookman   4 3         6 4  
Delaware State   4 3         4 7  
Howard   3 4         6 5  
Morgan State   3 4         5 6  
North Carolina A&T   1 6         3 8  
Norfolk State   1 6         1 8  
Florida A&M   0 0         3 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Florida A&M games did not count as conference games in 2004
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2004 NEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Monmouth +   6 1         10 1  
Central Connecticut +   6 1         8 2  
Albany   4 3         4 7  
Sacred Heart   3 4         6 4  
Robert Morris   3 4         6 5  
Wagner   3 4         6 5  
Stony Brook   2 5         3 7  
Saint Francis (PA)   1 6         3 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2004 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 14 Jacksonville State $^   7 1         9 2  
Murray State   6 2         7 4  
Eastern Kentucky   6 2         6 5  
Eastern Illinois   4 4         5 6  
Tennessee Tech   3 4         6 5  
Samford   3 5         4 7  
Southeast Missouri State   3 5         3 8  
Tennessee State   2 5         4 7  
UT Martin   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2004 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#15 Lehigh +^   5 1         9 3  
#19 Lafayette +^   5 1         8 4  
Bucknell   4 2         7 4  
Colgate   4 2         7 4  
Fordham   2 4         5 6  
Holy Cross   1 5         3 8  
Georgetown   0 6         3 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from poll=The Sports Network poll
2004 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
Drake $   4 0         10 2  
San Diego   3 1         7 4  
Dayton   2 2         7 3  
Valparaiso   1 3         5 6  
Butler   0 4         1 10  
South Division
Morehead State   2 1         6 6  
Jacksonville   2 1         3 7  
Davidson   1 2         2 7  
Austin Peay   1 2         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network 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
2004 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Sam Houston State +^ 4 1 0     11 3 0
#17 Northwestern State +^ 4 1 0     8 4 0
Texas State 3 2 0     5 6 0
Nicholls State 2 3 0     5 5 0
McNeese State 1 4 0     4 7 0
Stephen F. Austin 1 4 0     6 4 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
2004 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
#20 Alabama State x$   6 1         10 2  
Alabama A&M   5 2         7 4  
Alcorn State   4 3         7 4  
Jackson State   3 4         4 7  
Mississippi Valley State   1 6         3 8  
West
Southern x   6 1         8 4  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   5 2         6 3  
Grambling State   3 4         6 5  
Prairie View A&M   1 6         3 8  
Texas Southern   0 7         0 11  
Championship: Alabama State 40, Southern 35
December 11, 2004
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
2004 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Florida Atlantic   0 0         8 3  
Southeastern Louisiana   0 0         7 4  
FIU   0 0         3 6  
Florida A&M   0 0         3 8  
Savannah State   0 0         2 8  

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

References[edit]