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The NCAA Division I Football Championship is an Americanmarker college football tournament played each year to determine the champion of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Prior to the year 2006, the game was known as the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship. The FCS is the highest division in college football to hold a playoff tournament to determine its champion.

The recent national champions are the Spiders of the University of Richmondmarker.

History

When Division I-AA was formed for football in 1978, the playoffs included just four teams, doubling to eight teams in its fourth season of 1981. In 1982 the I-AA playoffs were expanded to 12 teams, with each of the top four seeds receiving a first-round bye and a home game in the quarterfinals. In its ninth season of 1986, the I-AA playoffs were expanded again, to the present 16 team format, requiring four post-season victories to win the title. Eight conference champions get automatic bids, and there are eight at-large bids. The field is traditionally set the Sunday before Thanksgiving and play begins that weekend. The top four teams are seeded, however, the matchups are not strictly set up by these seedings as geographic considerations are also taken into account to minimize travel. In April 2008 the NCAA announced that the playoff field will again expand to include 20 teams beginning in 2010.

The 16 team tournament is played each year in November and December and culminates in a championship game, which has since 1997 been played in Chattanoogamarker, Tennesseemarker at Finley Stadiummarker, the home football venue of the University of Tennessee at Chattanoogamarker.

Two Football Championship Subdivision conferences usually do not participate in the tournament. The Ivy League does not participate in any post-season football. The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has a conference schedule which conflicts with the tournament, so its members do not normally participate.

Champions

Appalachian State's National Championship trophies showing the differences between 2005 (I-AA), 2006 (FCS), and 2007 (FCS).


Year Champion Runner-up Score Location Attendance Head Coach
1978 35–28 Wichita Falls, Texasmarker 13,604 Rudy Hubbard
1979 30–7 Orlando, Floridamarker 5,500 Roy Kidd
1980 31–29 Sacramento, Californiamarker 8,157 Jim Criner
1981 34–23 Wichita Falls, Texasmarker 11,003 Dave Kragthorpe
1982 17–14 Wichita Falls, Texasmarker 11,257 Roy Kidd
1983 43–7 Charleston, South Carolinamarker 15,950 Rey Dempsey
1984 19–6 Charleston, South Carolinamarker 9,125 Dave Arnold
1985 44–42 Tacoma, Washingtonmarker 5,306 Erk Russell
1986 48–21 Tacoma, Washingtonmarker 4,419 Erk Russell
1987 43–42 Pocatello, Idahomarker 11,513 Pat Collins
1988 17–12 Pocatello, Idahomarker 11,500 Jimmy Satterfield
1989 37–34 Statesboro, Georgiamarker 25,725 Erk Russell
1990 36–13 Statesboro, Georgiamarker 23,204 Tim Stowers
1991 25–17 Statesboro, Georgiamarker 12,667 Jim Tressel
1992 Marshall 31–28 Huntington, West Virginiamarker 31,304 Jim Donnan
1993 17–5 Huntington, West Virginiamarker 29,218 Jim Tressel
1994 28–14 Huntington, West Virginiamarker 27,674 Jim Tressel
1995 22–20 Huntington, West Virginiamarker 32,106 Don Read
1996 Marshall 49–29 Huntington, West Virginiamarker 30,052 Bob Pruett
1997 10–9 Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker 14,771 Jim Tressel
1998 55–43 Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker 17,501 Mark Whipple
1999 59–24 Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker 20,052 Paul Johnson
2000 27–25 Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker 17,156 Paul Johnson
2001 13–6 Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker 12,698 Joe Glenn
2002 34–14 Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker 12,360 Jack Harbaugh
2003 40–0 Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker 14,281 K. C. Keeler
2004 31–21 Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker 16,771 Mickey Matthews
2005 Appalachian State Northern Iowa 21–16 Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker 20,236 Jerry Moore
2006 Appalachian State 28–17 Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker 22,808 Jerry Moore
2007 Appalachian State 49–21 Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker 23,010 Jerry Moore
2008 Richmond Montana 24–7 Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker 17,823 Mike London


† Known as Louisiana-Monroe since 1999.

Most national championships

Team Championships Winning years
Georgia Southern 6 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999, 2000
Youngstown State 4 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997
Appalachian State 3 2005, 2006, 2007
Eastern Kentucky 2 1979, 1982
Marshall ^ 2 1992, 1996
Montana 2 1995, 2001
Boise State ^ 1 1980
Delaware 1 2003
Florida A&M 1 1978
Furman 1 1988
Idaho State 1 1981
James Madison 1 2004
Louisiana–Monroe ^ 1 1987
Massachusetts 1 1998
Montana State 1 1984
Richmond 1 2008
Southern Illinois 1 1983
Western Kentucky ^ 1 2002
^ Now a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision

See also



References

  1. NCAA Division I Football Championship - Official Web Site


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