2014 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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2014 NCAA Division I FCS season
Duration August 23 – November 22, 2014
Playoff
Duration November 29, 2014 – January 10, 2015
Championship site Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Champion North Dakota State
Payton Award John Robertson, QB, Villanova
Buchanan Award Kyle Emanuel, DE, North Dakota State
Division I FCS football season

The 2014 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.

Notable changes[edit]

Under a standard provision of NCAA rules, all FCS programs were allowed to play 12 regular-season games (not counting conference title games) 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 this season, the next season in which 12-game seasons are allowed will be 2019.[1]

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

Several teams changed conferences from the 2013 season, with all moves officially taking effect on July 1, 2014.

School 2013 Conference 2014 Conference
Abilene Christian Independent Southland
Appalachian State SoCon Sun Belt (FBS)
Elon SoCon CAA
Georgia Southern SoCon Sun Belt (FBS)
Houston Baptist Independent Southland
Incarnate Word Independent Southland
Mercer Pioneer SoCon
Monmouth Independent Big South
Old Dominion Independent C-USA (FBS)
VMI Big South SoCon

Other headlines[edit]

FCS team wins over FBS teams[edit]

(FCS rankings from the Sports Network poll; FBS rankings from the AP Poll)

FCS results by conference against FBS opponents[edit]

FCS Conference GP Record Win % PF PA PD
Ivy League 1 1–0 1.000 49 43 +6
MVFC 12 2–10 .167 212 384 –172
Southland 13 2–11 .154 235 656 –421
Big South 8 1–7 .125 123 348 –225
OVC 11 1–10 .091 159 495 –336
MEAC 14 1–13 .071 146 673 –527
Pioneer 1 0–1 .000 0 66 –66
Patriot 2 0–2 .000 41 72 –31
NEC 2 0–2 .000 31 72 –41
SWAC 5 0–5 .000 40 224 –184
Southern 11 0–11 .000 154 443 –289
CAA 11 0–11 .000 121 487 –366
Big Sky 17 0–17 .000 266 696 –430
FCS Independents 0 0–0 0 0 0
TOTAL 108 8–100 .074 1577 4659 –3082
FBS Conference GP Record Win % PF PA PD
SEC 14 14–0 1.000 685 131 +554
ACC 14 14–0 1.000 636 173 +463
Big Ten 11 11–0 1.000 391 156 +235
MWC 10 10–0 1.000 354 157 +197
American 8 8–0 1.000 352 81 +271
Pac-12 8 8–0 1.000 410 142 +268
Big 12 8 7–1 .875 357 156 +201
MAC 13 11–2 .846 462 196 +266
Sun Belt 9 7–2 .778 445 165 +280
C-USA 9 7–2 .778 367 126 +241
FBS Independents 4 3–1 .750 200 94 +106
TOTAL 108 100–8 .926 4659 1577 +3082

Conference standings[edit]

2014 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Eastern Washington $^   7 1         11 3  
#13 Montana ^   6 2         9 5  
#20 Montana State ^   6 2         8 5  
#25 Idaho State   6 2         8 4  
Cal Poly   5 3         7 5  
Northern Arizona   5 3         7 5  
Sacramento State   4 4         7 5  
North Dakota   3 5         5 7  
Southern Utah   3 5         3 9  
Northern Colorado   2 6         3 8  
Portland State   2 6         3 9  
Weber State   2 6         2 10  
UC Davis   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2014 Big South football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Coastal Carolina +^   4 1         12 2  
#17 Liberty +^   4 1         9 5  
Charleston Southern   3 2         8 4  
Presbyterian   3 2         6 5  
Monmouth   1 4         6 5  
Gardner–Webb   0 5         4 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2014 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 New Hampshire $^   8 0         12 2  
#7 Villanova ^   7 1         11 3  
#18 James Madison ^   6 2         9 4  
#16 Richmond ^   5 3         9 5  
William & Mary   4 4         7 5  
Delaware   4 4         6 6  
Maine   4 4         5 6  
Stony Brook   4 4         5 7  
Albany   3 5         7 5  
Towson   2 6         4 8  
Rhode Island   1 7         1 11  
Elon   0 8         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2014 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#15 Harvard $   7 0         10 0  
Dartmouth   6 1         8 2  
Yale   5 2         8 2  
Princeton   4 3         5 5  
Brown   3 4         5 5  
Penn   2 5         2 8  
Cornell   1 6         1 9  
Columbia   0 7         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • The Ivy League does not participate in the FCS Playoffs
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2014 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#23 Bethune-Cookman +   6 2         9 3  
North Carolina A&T +   6 2         9 3  
South Carolina State +   6 2         8 4  
North Carolina Central +   6 2         7 5  
Morgan State +^   6 2         7 6  
Norfolk State   4 4         4 8  
Howard   3 5         5 7  
Florida A&M*   3 5         3 9  
Hampton   2 6         3 9  
Delaware State   2 6         2 10  
Savannah State*   0 8         0 12  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Florida A&M and Savannah State ineligible for FCS Playoffs due to APR violation
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2014 MVFC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 North Dakota St. +^   7 1         15 1  
#2 Illinois State +^   7 1         13 2  
#10 Northern Iowa ^   6 2         9 5  
#12 South Dakota St. ^   5 3         9 5  
#19 Indiana State ^   4 4         8 6  
#22 Youngstown State   4 4         7 5  
Southern Illinois   3 5         6 6  
Western Illinois   3 5         5 7  
Missouri State   1 7         4 8  
South Dakota   0 8         2 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2014 NEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Sacred Heart +^   5 1         9 3  
Wagner +   5 1         7 4  
Bryant   4 2         8 3  
Saint Francis (PA)*   3 3         5 6  
Duquesne   2 4         6 6  
Central Connecticut   1 5         3 9  
Robert Morris   1 5         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Saint Francis (PA) ineligible for FCS Playoffs due to APR violation
As of 15 November 2014; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2014 OVC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#9 Jacksonville State $^   8 0         10 2  
#21 Eastern Kentucky ^   6 2         9 4  
Tennessee–Martin   5 3         6 6  
Eastern Illinois   5 3         5 7  
Tennessee Tech   4 4         5 7  
Tennessee State   3 5         6 6  
SE Missouri State   3 5         5 7  
Murray State   1 7         3 9  
Austin Peay   1 7         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
As of 6 December 2014 (UTC); Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2014 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11 Fordham $^   6 0         11 3  
Bucknell   4 2         8 3  
Lafayette   3 3         5 6  
Colgate   3 3         5 7  
Holy Cross   2 4         4 8  
Lehigh   2 4         3 8  
Georgetown   1 5         3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
As of December 6, 2014; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2014 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
San Diego $^   7 1         9 3  
Jacksonville*   7 1         9 2  
Dayton   6 2         8 3  
Drake   6 2         7 4  
Campbell   4 4         5 7  
Marist   4 4         4 7  
Stetson   3 5         5 7  
Morehead State   3 5         4 8  
Butler   2 6         4 7  
Valparaiso   2 6         4 8  
Davidson   0 8         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Jacksonville ineligible for PFL title and FCS Playoffs due to matters regarding the PFL’s financial aid rules
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2014 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8 Chattanooga $^   7 0         10 4  
Samford   5 2         7 4  
Western Carolina   5 2         7 5  
Wofford   4 3         6 5  
The Citadel   3 4         5 7  
Furman   2 5         3 9  
Mercer   1 6         6 6  
VMI   1 6         2 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
As of poll=The Sports Network Poll[3]; Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Sam Houston St +^   7 1         11 5  
#14 SE Louisiana +^   7 1         9 4  
Lamar   5 3         8 4  
Stephen F. Austin ^   5 3         8 5  
Central Arkansas   5 3         6 6  
McNeese State   4 4         6 5  
Abilene Christian*   4 4         6 6  
Northwestern State   4 4         6 6  
Incarnate Word*   2 6         2 9  
Houston Baptist   1 7         2 9  
Nicholls State   0 8         0 12  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word ineligible for FCS Playoffs due to transition from Division II
As of 19 December 2014; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2014 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Alcorn State x$   7 2         10 3  
Alabama State*   5 4         7 5  
Jackson State   3 6         5 7  
Alabama A&M   3 6         4 8  
Mississippi Valley State*   1 8         2 9  
West
Southern x   8 1         9 4  
Grambling State   7 2         7 5  
Prairie View A&M*   5 4         5 5  
Texas Southern   3 6         5 6  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff*   3 6         4 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • Alabama State, Arkansas–Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State, and Prairie View A&M ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
As of 15 November 2014; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2014 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Charlotte           5 6  
  • Charlotte ineligible for FCS playoffs as part of FBS transition
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

Conference summaries[edit]

Championship games[edit]

Conference Champion Runner-up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
SWAC Alcorn State Southern 38–24 Malcolm Cyrus (RB, Alabama State)
John Gibbs, Jr. (QB, Alcorn State)
Jerome Howard (LB, Prairie View A&M) Broderick Fobbs (Grambling State)

Other conference winners[edit]

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 (7–1) Vernon Adams (QB, Eastern Washington) Zack Wagenmann (DE, Montana) Mike Kramer (Idaho State)
Big South Coastal Carolina
Liberty
11–1 (4–1)
8–4 (4–1)
Alex Ross (QB, Coastal Carolina) Quinn Backus (LB, Coastal Carolina) Joe Moglia (Coastal Carolina)
Harold Nichols (Presbyterian)
CAA New Hampshire 10–1 (8–0) John Robertson (QB, Villanova) Mike Reilly (DL, William & Mary) Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire)
Ivy Harvard 10–0 (7–0) Tyler Varga (RB, Yale) Zack Hodges (DE, Harvard)
Mike Zeuli (LB, Princeton)
Tim Murphy (Harvard)
MEAC Bethune-Cookman
Morgan State
North Carolina A&T
North Carolina Central
South Carolina State
9–3 (6–2)
7–5 (6–2)
9–3 (6–2)
7–5 (6–2)
8–4 (6–2)
Tarik Cohen (RB, North Carolina A&T)
Greg McGhee (QB, Howard)
Javon Hargrave (DT, South Carolina State) Lee Hull (Morgan State)
MVFC Illinois State
North Dakota State
10–1 (7–1)
11–1 (7–1)
Marshaun Coprich (RB, Illinois State) Kyle Emanuel (DE, North Dakota State) Brock Spack (Illinois State)
NEC Sacred Heart
Wagner
9–2 (5–1)
7–4 (5–1)
Khairi Dickson (RB, Saint Francis (PA)) Jeff Covitz (DE, Bryant) Mark Nofri (Sacred Heart)
OVC Jacksonville State 10–1 (8–0) Dy'Shawn Mobley (RB, Eastern Kentucky) Devaunte Sigler (DT, Jacksonville State) John Grass (Jacksonville State)
Patriot Fordham 10–2 (6–0) Mike Nebrich (QB, Fordham) Evan Byers (LB, Bucknell) Joe Susan (Bucknell)
Pioneer San Diego 9–1 (7–1) Connor Kacsor (RB, Dayton) Donald Payne (S, Stetson) Dale Lindsey (San Diego)
Southern Chattanooga 9–3 (7–0) Jacob Huesman (QB, Chattanooga) Davis Tull (DL, Chattanooga) Russ Huesman (Chattanooga)
Southland Sam Houston State
Southeastern Louisiana
8–4 (7–1)
9–3 (7–1)
Bryan Bennett (QB, Southeastern Louisiana)
Gus Johnson (RB, Stephen F. Austin)
Jonathan Woodard (DE, Central Arkansas) Clint Conque (Stephen F. Austin)

Playoff qualifiers[edit]

Automatic berths for conference champions[edit]

Conference Team Appearance Last bid Result
Big Sky Conference Eastern Washington 11th 2013 Semifinals (L – Towson)
Big South Conference Liberty 1st
Colonial Athletic Association New Hampshire 13th 2013 Semifinals (L – North Dakota State)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Morgan State 1st
Missouri Valley Football Conference North Dakota State 5th 2013 National Champions (W – Towson)
Northeast Conference Sacred Heart 2nd 2013 First Round (L – Fordham)
Ohio Valley Conference Jacksonville State 5th 2013 Quarterfinals (L – Eastern Washington)
Patriot League Fordham 4th 2013 Second Round (L – Towson)
Pioneer Football League San Diego 1st
Southern Conference Chattanooga 2nd 1984 First Round (L – Arkansas State)
Southland Conference Sam Houston State 8th 2013 Second Round (L – Southeastern Louisiana)

At large qualifiers[edit]

Conference Team Appearance Last bid Result
Big Sky Conference Montana 23rd 2013 Second Round (L – Coastal Carolina)
Montana State 8th 2012 Quarterfinals (L – Sam Houston State)
Big South Conference Coastal Carolina 5th 2013 Quarterfinals (L – North Dakota State)
Colonial Athletic Association James Madison 10th 2011 Second Round (L – North Dakota State)
Richmond 9th 2009 Quarterfinals (L – Appalachian State)
Villanova 11th 2012 First Round (L – Stony Brook)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference None
Missouri Valley Football Conference Illinois State 5th 2012 Quarterfinals (L – Eastern Washington)
Indiana State 3rd 1984 Quarterfinals (L – Middle Tennessee State)
Northern Iowa 17th 2011 Quarterfinals (L – Montana)
South Dakota State 4th 2013 Second Round (L – Eastern Washington)
Northeast Conference None
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Kentucky 21st 2011 First Round (L – James Madison)
Patriot League None
Pioneer Football League
Southern Conference
Southland Conference Southeastern Louisiana 2nd 2013 Quarterfinals (L – New Hampshire)
Stephen F. Austin 6th 2010 Second Round (L – Villanova)

Abstentions[edit]

Postseason[edit]

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket[edit]

  First Round
November 29
Campus Sites
    Second Round
December 6
Campus Sites
    Quarterfinals
December 12 and 13
Campus Sites
    Semifinals
December 19 and 20
Campus Sites
    National Championship
January 10
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
                                               
      Fordham 19  
  Sacred Heart 22     1 New Hampshire* 44    
  Fordham* 44         1 New Hampshire* 35  
    8 Chattanooga 30    
      Indiana State 14    
  Indiana State 36     8 Chattanooga* 35  
  Eastern Kentucky* 16       1 New Hampshire* 18  
    5 Illinois State 21    
      Montana 20  
  San Diego 14     4 Eastern Washington* 37    
  Montana* 52         4 Eastern Washington* 46  
    5 Illinois State 59  
      Northern Iowa 21    
  Stephen F. Austin 10     5 Illinois State* 41  
  Northern Iowa* 44       5 Illinois State 27
    2 North Dakota State 29
      South Dakota State 24  
  South Dakota State 47     2 North Dakota State* 27    
  Montana State* 40         2 North Dakota State* 39  
    7 Coastal Carolina 32    
      Richmond 15    
  Morgan State 24     7 Coastal Carolina* 36  
  Richmond* 46       2 North Dakota State* 35  
    Sam Houston State 3  
      Sam Houston State 37  
  Southeastern Louisiana 17     3 Jacksonville State* 26    
  Sam Houston State* 21         Sam Houston State 34  
    6 Villanova* 31  
      Liberty 22    
  Liberty 26     6 Villanova* 29  
  James Madison* 21  

Home team   
 Winner
All times in Eastern Standard Time (UTC−05:00)

Bowl games[edit]

Game Date/TV Location Winning Team Losing Team Score MVP
Legacy Bowl March 21, 2015 KINCHO Stadium
Osaka, Japan
Princeton
5–5 (2–5)
Kwansei Gakuin (JAFA)
9–1 (7–0)
36–7 Chad Kanoff
(QB, Princeton)

Coaching changes[edit]

Preseason and in-season[edit]

This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2014. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2014, see 2013 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
Nicholls State Charlie Stubbs September 14 Resigned[4] Steve Axman (interim)[5]
Florida A&M Earl Holmes October 29 Fired[6] Corey Fuller (interim)[6]

End of season[edit]

School Outgoing coach Date announced Reason Replacement
Nicholls State Steve Axman November 20 Resigned[7] Tim Rebowe[8]
VMI Sparky Woods November 24 Fired[9] Scott Wachenheim[10]
Bethune-Cookman Brian Jenkins December 16 Hired by Alabama State[11] Terry Sims[12]
Florida A&M Corey Fuller December 23 Permanent Replacement Alex Wood[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bylaws 17.9.3 and 17.9.5.1" (PDF). 2012–13 NCAA Division I Manual. NCAA. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Student-Athleties Continue To Achieve Academically" (Press release). NCAA. May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Sports Network FCS Poll". The Sports Network. 
  4. ^ "Nicholls State football coach Charlie Stubbs resigns" (Press release). NOLA.com. September 14, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Axman is interim Nicholls State football coach". USA Today. Associated Press. September 17, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Florida A&M fires Earl Holmes". ESPN. Associated Press. October 29, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Luke. "Tim Rebowe introduced as Nicholls State coach". http://theadvocate.com/. Retrieved August 1, 2015.  External link in |work= (help)
  8. ^ "Tim Rebowe named Colonels coach". espn.com. November 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  9. ^ King, Randy. "VMI declines to extend new contract to football coach Sparky Woods". Roanoke Times. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Scott Wachenheim Named VMI Head Football Coach". VMIKeydets.com. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Bethune-Cookman names Brian Jenkins Head Football Coach". Omnidian Online. December 21, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Bethune-Cookman promotes Terry Sims as new head football coach". The Orlando Sentinel. December 22, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ "FAMU announces Alex Wood as new head football coach". Tallahassee Democrat. December 23, 2014. Archived from the original on July 15, 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-10.