NCAA Division I FCS Consensus Mid-Major Football National Championship

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The NCAA Division I FCS Mid Major National Football Championship was a label that began in 2001 and ended after the 2007 season. Prior to 2001, mid-major National Champions were named by various polls like Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette and the Dopke polls, but no "consensus" champion was named. Beginning with the 2008 season, the Sports Network ceased the mid-major poll and began including the teams previously ranked in the mid-major poll into more serious consideration for the full Division I FCS poll.

Generally, the teams that were ranked in the poll were from three conferences, the Pioneer Football League, the Northeast Conference, and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Association (before pulling sponsorship of FCS football after the 2007 season). These conferences were three of six Division I FCS football conferences that did not receive automatic bids to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision championship tournament. (Beginning with the 2010 season, the winner of the Northeast Conference has been awarded an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. The Pioneer Football League did not receive an automatic bid, or any at-large bids for that matter, until 2013.)

The Sports Network Cup was awarded annually to the winner. Like the Stanley Cup, the Sports Network Cup was a traveling trophy. It spent the year at the winning school and was passed on to the next winner annually.

The polls that were used to determine the annual champion are the Sports Network (for which the trophy is named), Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette, and the Dopke College Sports Report Polls.

(Notes: A team did not have to be named the national champion by all three polls in order to win the Sports Network Cup. They were only named so by the Sports Network. Hence, the trophy was named the Sports Network Cup. "Consensus" in this instance then meant more in the regard of the Sports Network's authority to name a national champion rather than an agreement by all three major polls.)

Mid-major national football consensus champions[edit]

Year Champion Coach League Record
2001 Sacred Heart Pioneers Jim Fleming Northeast Conference 11–0
2002 Dayton Flyers Mike Kelly Pioneer Football League 11–1
2003[1] Duquesne Dukes Greg Gattuso Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 8–3
2004 Monmouth Hawks Kevin Callahan Northeast Conference 10–1
2005 San Diego Toreros Jim Harbaugh Pioneer Football League 10–1
2006 San Diego Toreros Jim Harbaugh Pioneer Football League 11–1
2007 Dayton Flyers Mike Kelly Pioneer Football League 11–1

Sports Network Cup champions[edit]

The voting for the Sports Network Cup champions consisted of media covering FCS mid-major schools, as well as media relations professionals from each of the eligible institutions.[2]

Season Champion Runner-up
2001[3] Sacred Heart Pioneers 15 Dayton Flyers 6
2002[4] Dayton Flyers 17 Albany Great Danes 7
2003[5] Duquesne Dukes 12 San Diego Toreros 6
2004[6] Monmouth Hawks 19 Drake Bulldogs 5
2005[7] San Diego Toreros 26 Dayton Flyers 0
2006[8] San Diego Toreros 20 Monmouth Hawks 0
2007[9] Dayton Flyers 30 San Diego Toreros 0

*Note: Score equals the number of first place votes

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