2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season
|2013 NCAA Division I FCS season|
|Duration||August 29 – November 23, 2013|
|Duration||November 30, 2013 – January 4, 2014|
|Championship site||Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX|
|Champion||North Dakota State|
|Payton Award||Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois|
|Buchanan Award||Brad Daly, DE, Montana State|
|Division I FCS football season|
The 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, is organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level.
- 1 Notable changes
- 2 Conference changes and new programs
- 3 New, expanded, renovated, and temporary stadiums
- 4 FCS team wins over FBS teams
- 5 Conference standings
- 6 Conference summaries
- 7 Playoff qualifiers
- 8 Postseason
- 9 Coaching changes
- 10 NFL Draft Selections
- 11 See also
- 12 References
For 2013, the FCS playoffs expanded for the first time since 2010. The Pioneer Football League champion now receives an automatic bid into the FCS playoffs, which increased to 24 teams.
Under a standard provision of NCAA rules, all FCS programs were allowed to play 12 regular-season games (not counting conference title games) in 2013, and also in 2014. In years when the period starting with the Thursday before Labor Day and ending with the final Saturday in November contains 14 Saturdays, FCS programs may play 12 games instead of the regular 11. After 2014, the next season in which 12-game seasons are allowed will be 2019.
Conference changes and new programs
Several teams changed conferences from the 2012 season, with all moves officially taking effect on July 1, 2013.
Albany and Stony Brook became football-only members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Previously, they had respectively been football-only members of the Northeast Conference and Big South Conference.
Old Dominion joined Conference USA (C-USA) and started its FBS transition. ODU was technically an FCS independent in 2013 before becoming a provisional FBS member in 2014 and a full FBS member in 2015.
The Southland Conference added four schools—two with established football programs, one launching a new program, and another (New Orleans) without varsity football. The established programs were Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word, both joining from the Division II Lone Star Conference. While technically considered FCS independents in 2013, they played Division II schedules this season. Both will be counted as FCS members for scheduling purposes in 2014, at which time they will start playing full Southland Conference schedules. Houston Baptist, arriving from the Division I Great West Conference, fielded a football team for the first time in 2013, but only played a partial schedule. Houston Baptist will also begin playing a full Southland schedule in 2014.
Monmouth announced in December 2012 that it would leave the Northeast Conference (NEC) for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), effective in July 2013. As the MAAC has not sponsored football since 2007, Monmouth's football plans were uncertain. Those plans became clear on February 14, 2013, when the Big South Conference announced that Monmouth would become a football-only member of that league in 2014. Since Monmouth was transitioning from the limited-scholarship NEC to a conference that allows the full FCS limit of 63 scholarship equivalents, the Hawks played the 2013 football season as an independent.
In addition to the schools changing conferences, three others launched FCS football programs. Charlotte, which rejoined C-USA after eight years in the Atlantic 10 Conference, played as an FCS independent in its first football season, as part of its announced plan to become a full FBS member in 2015. The 49ers will be counted as an FBS program for scheduling purposes in 2014 and will become a C-USA football member in 2015. Two other schools, Mercer and Stetson, reinstated varsity football after decades-long absences—Mercer had last played in 1941 and Stetson in 1956. Both initially planned to operate as non-scholarship programs in the Pioneer Football League. However, Mercer would later commit to scholarship football when it accepted an invitation to join the Southern Conference (SoCon) in 2014.
Two other SoCon members, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, were officially announced on March 27, 2013 as future Sun Belt members. Both schools began FBS transitions in 2013 in advance of their 2014 entry into the Sun Belt. They will be counted as FBS members for scheduling purposes in 2014, and will be eligible for the Sun Belt football championship, but will not be eligible for bowl games until completing their transitions in 2015.
This was also the last season for two other programs in their then-current conferences. Elon will leave the SoCon for the CAA in July 2014; at the same time, VMI will leave the Big South and return to the SoCon after an 11-year absence.
|School||2012 Conference||2013 Conference|
|Abilene Christian||Lone Star (DII)||Independent|
|Charlotte||New for 2013||Independent|
|Georgia State||CAA||Sun Belt (FBS)|
|Houston Baptist||New for 2013||Independent|
|Incarnate Word||Lone Star||Independent|
|Mercer||New for 2013||Pioneer League|
|Stetson||New for 2013||Pioneer League|
|Stony Brook||Big South||CAA|
New, expanded, renovated, and temporary stadiums
- Albany made its CAA debut in Bob Ford Field, a new 8,500-seat on-campus stadium. University Field, which Albany had used for both football and track since 1970, is now solely a track venue.
- Charlotte made its football debut in Jerry Richardson Stadium, a new on-campus facility. Its initial capacity is 15,300, but it can be expanded to 25,000 with temporary seating. The stadium design allows future expansion to 40,000.
- Mercer plays at the Moye Complex, a new on-campus venue with a capacity of 10,200.
- Stetson plays at the already-existing Spec Martin Stadium, an off-campus stadium owned by Stetson's home city of DeLand, Florida. The stadium holds 6,000.
FCS team wins over FBS teams
(FCS rankings from the Sports Network poll; FBS rankings from the AP Poll)
- August 31:
- #4 Eastern Washington 49, #25 Oregon State 46 (this is the third time an FCS team has beat an FBS team that was ranked in the AP poll, after James Madison's victory over #13 Virginia Tech in 2010 and Appalachian State's upset of #5 Michigan in 2007).
- McNeese State 53, South Florida 21
- #17 Northern Iowa 28, Iowa State 20
- #21 Eastern Illinois 40, San Diego State 19
- September 7:
|Conference||Champion||Runner-up||Score||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|SWAC||Southern||Jackson State||34-272OT||Dray Joseph, QB, Southern
Arnold Walker, RB, Alcorn State
|Jer-ryan Harris, LB, Arkansas-Pine Bluff||Dawson Odums, Southern|
Other conference winners
Note: Records are regular-season only, and do not include playoff games.
|Conference||Champion||Record||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|Big Sky||Eastern Washington||10-2 (8-0)||Vernon Adams, QB (Eastern Washington)||Brad Daly (Montana State)
Sullivan Grosz (Cal Poly)
|Beau Baldwin (Eastern Washington)|
|Big South||Coastal Carolina
|Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB (Coastal Carolina)||Quinn Backus, LB (Coastal Carolina)|
|CAA||Maine||10-2 (7-1)||Terrance West, RB (Towson)||Stephon Robertson, LB (James Madison)||Jack Cosgrove (Maine)|
|Quinn Epperly, QB (Princeton)||Zack Hodges, DE (Harvard)|
South Carolina State
|Greg McGhee, QB (Howard)||Joe Thomas, LB (South Carolina State)||Brian Jenkins (Bethune-Cookman)|
|MVFC||North Dakota State||11-0 (8-0)||Brock Jensen, QB (North Dakota State)||Tyler Starr, LB (South Dakota)||Craig Bohl (North Dakota State)|
|Keshaudas Spence, RB (Sacred Heart)||Troy Moore, DL (Sacred Heart)||Mark Nofri (Sacred Heart)|
|OVC||Eastern Illinois||11-1 (8-0)||Jimmy Garoppolo, QB (Eastern Illinois)||Anthony Bass, DE (Tennessee State)||Dino Babers (Eastern Illinois)|
|Patriot||Lafayette||5-6 (4-1)||Michael Nebrich, QB (Fordham)||Stephen Hodge, LB (Fordham)||Joe Moorhead (Fordham)|
|Mason Mills, QB (San Diego)||Terrence Fede, DE (Marist)||Jim Parady (Marist)|
|Jacob Huesman, So., QB (Chattanooga)||Davis Tull, Jr., DL (Chattanooga)||Russ Huesman (Chattanooga)|
|Southland||Southeastern Louisiana||10-2 (7-0)||Bryan Bennett (Southeastern Louisiana) POY
Cody Stroud (McNeese State) OPOY
|Cqulin Hubert (Southeastern Louisiana)||Ron Roberts (Southeastern Louisiana)|
Automatic berths for conference champions
- Big Sky Conference – Eastern Washington
- Big South Conference – Coastal Carolina
- Colonial Athletic Association – Maine
- Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Bethune-Cookman
- Missouri Valley Football Conference – North Dakota State
- Northeast Conference – Sacred Heart
- Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Illinois
- Patriot League – Lafayette
- Pioneer Football League - Butler
- Southern Conference – Furman
- Southland Conference – Southeastern Louisiana
At large qualifiers
- Big Sky Conference - Montana, Northern Arizona, Southern Utah
- Big South Conference - None
- Colonial Athletic Association - New Hampshire, Towson
- Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference - South Carolina State
- Missouri Valley Football Conference - South Dakota State
- Northeast Conference - None
- Ohio Valley Conference - Jacksonville State, Tennessee State
- Patriot League - Fordham
- Pioneer Football League - None
- Southern Conference - Samford
- Southland Conference - McNeese State, Sam Houston State
NCAA FCS Playoff bracket
December 13 and 14
December 20 and 21
|National Championship Game
|Furman||30||1||North Dakota State*||38|
|South Carolina State*||20||1||North Dakota State*||48|
|1||North Dakota State*||52|
|Sam Houston State||29|
|Southern Utah||20||4||Southeastern Louisiana*||30|
|Sam Houston State*||51||4||Southeastern Louisiana*||17|
|1||North Dakota State||35|
|Tennessee State||31||2||Eastern Illinois*||51|
|South Dakota State||17|
|South Dakota State||26||3||Eastern Washington*||41|
|Northern Arizona*||7||3||Eastern Washington*||35|
* Home team † Overtime
Preseason and in-season
This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2013. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2013, see 2012 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.
|North Carolina Central||Henry Frazier, III||August 22||Fired||Dwayne Foster (interim)|
|Grambling State||Doug Williams||September 11||Fired||George Ragsdale (interim)|
|Grambling State||George Ragsdale||October 17||Fired||Dennis Winston (interim)|
|Valparaiso||Dale Carlson||November 10||Fired||Mike Gravier (interim)|
End of season
NFL Draft Selections
Listed below are all FCS players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft
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