1990 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Payton AwardWalter Dean (RB, Grambling State)
Playoff
DurationNovember 25–December 15
Championship dateDecember 15, 1990
Championship sitePaulson Stadium
Statesboro, Georgia
ChampionGeorgia Southern
NCAA Division I-AA football seasons

The 1990 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-AA level, began in August 1990, and concluded with the 1990 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 15, 1990, at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Georgia. The Georgia Southern Eagles won their fourth I-AA championship, defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack by a score of 36–13.[1]

Notable changes

Conference changes

School 1989 Conference 1990 Conference
Central Florida D-II Independent I-AA Independent
Davidson I-AA Independent D-III Independent
Fordham I-AA Independent Patriot
Lamar I-AA Independent Dropped Program

Conference standings

1990 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Nevada $^ 7 1 0 13 2 0
No. 13 Idaho ^ 6 2 0 9 4 0
No. 10 Boise State ^ 6 2 0 10 4 0
Montana 4 4 0 7 4 0
Montana State 3 5 0 5 6 0
Northern Arizona 3 5 0 5 6 0
Weber State 3 5 0 5 6 0
Eastern Washington 3 5 0 5 6 0
Idaho State 1 7 0 3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Poll
1990 Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 6 Southwest Missouri State +^ 5 1 0 9 3 0
No. 11 Northern Iowa +^ 5 1 0 8 4 0
Eastern Illinois 3 3 0 5 6 0
Illinois State 3 3 0 5 6 0
Western Illinois 3 3 0 3 8 0
Indiana State 1 5 0 4 7 0
Southern Illinois 1 5 0 2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 Ivy League football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 17 Dartmouth + 6 1 0 7 2 1
Cornell + 6 1 0 7 3 0
Yale 5 2 0 6 4 0
Harvard 3 4 0 5 5 0
Penn 3 4 0 3 7 0
Princeton 2 5 0 3 7 0
Brown 2 5 0 2 8 0
Columbia 1 6 0 1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Florida A&M $ 6 0 0 7 4 0
No. 19 North Carolina A&T 5 1 0 9 2 0
Delaware State 4 2 0 7 3 0
Howard 3 3 0 6 5 0
South Carolina State 2 4 0 4 6 0
Bethune–Cookman 1 5 0 4 7 0
Morgan State 0 6 0 1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Middle Tennessee +^ 5 1 0 11 2 0
No. 5 Eastern Kentucky +^ 5 1 0 10 2 0
Tennessee State 4 2 0 7 4 0
Tennessee Tech 3 3 0 6 5 0
Morehead State 3 3 0 5 6 0
Murray State 1 5 0 2 9 0
Austin Peay 0 6 0 0 11 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 Patriot League football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 8 Holy Cross $ 5 0 0 9 1 1
Bucknell 3 2 0 7 4 0
Colgate 3 2 0 7 4 0
Lehigh 3 2 0 7 4 0
Lafayette 1 4 0 4 7 0
Fordham 0 5 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 Southern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 12 Furman $^   6 1     9 4  
Appalachian State   5 2     6 5  
Chattanooga   4 2     6 5  
No. 15 The Citadel ^   4 3     7 5  
Marshall   4 3     6 5  
Western Carolina   2 5     3 8  
VMI   1 5     4 7  
East Tennessee State   1 6     2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
1990 Southland Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 14 Northeast Louisiana $^ 5 1 0 7 5 0
McNeese State 4 2 0 5 6 0
Southwest Texas State 3 3 0 6 5 0
Northwestern State 3 3 0 5 6 0
Sam Houston State 3 3 0 4 7 0
North Texas 2 4 0 6 5 0
Stephen F. Austin 1 5 0 1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 16 Jackson State $^ 5 1 0 8 4 0
Alabama State 4 2 0 8 2 1
Grambling State 3 3 0 8 3 0
Mississippi Valley State 3 3 0 5 6 0
Southern 2 4 0 4 7 0
Texas Southern 2 4 0 4 7 0
Alcorn State 2 4 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 9 UMass $^ 7 1 0 8 2 1
No. 19 New Hampshire 5 3 0 7 3 1
Delaware 5 3 0 6 5 0
Connecticut 5 3 0 6 5 0
Villanova 5 3 0 6 5 0
Boston University 4 4 0 5 6 0
Maine 2 6 0 3 8 0
Rhode Island 2 6 0 5 6 0
Richmond 1 7 0 1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1990 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Youngstown State ^     11 1 0
No. 7 William & Mary ^     10 2 0
No. 3 Georgia Southern ^     9 3 0
No. 18 UCF ^     9 3 0
Liberty     7 4 0
Samford     6 4 1
James Madison     5 6 0
Nicholls State     5 6 0
Arkansas State     3 7 1
Western Kentucky     2 8 0
Towson     2 9 0
Northeastern     1 10 0
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll

Conference champions

See also: List of NCAA Division I-AA/FCS football seasons

Conference Champion
Big Sky Conference Nevada
Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference Northern Iowa
Ivy League Cornell and Dartmouth
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Florida A&M
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State
Patriot League Holy Cross
Southern Conference Furman
Southland Conference Northeast Louisiana
Southwestern Athletic Conference Jackson State
Yankee Conference Massachusetts

Postseason

The top four teams were seeded, and thus assured of home games in the opening round.[2][3] The location of the final, the Georgia Southern Eagles' Paulson Stadium, had been predetermined via a three-year agreement the university reached with the NCAA in February 1989.[4]

NCAA Division I-AA playoff bracket

First Round
November 24
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
December 1
Campus sites
Semifinals
December 8
Campus sites
National Championship Game
December 15
Paulson Stadium
Statesboro, GA
        
Jackson State 7
(1) Middle Tennessee State* 28
(1) Middle Tennessee State 13
Boise State* 20
Northern Iowa 3
Boise State* 20
Boise State 52
(4) Nevada* 59***
Northeast Louisiana 14
(4) Nevada* 27
(4) Nevada* 42***
Furman 35
Furman 45
Eastern Kentucky* 17
(4) Nevada 13
(3) Georgia Southern 36
UCF 20
(2) Youngstown State* 17
UCF* 52
William & Mary 38
UMass 0
William & Mary* 38
UCF 7
(3) Georgia Southern* 44
The Citadel 0
(3) Georgia Southern* 31
(3) Georgia Southern* 28
Idaho 27
Idaho 41
Southwest Missouri State* 35

* By team name denotes host institution
* By score denotes overtime periods
Source:[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "1990 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Baden, Larry (November 24, 1990). "Division I-AA Playoffs at a glance". Reno Gazette-Journal. Reno, Nevada. p. 88. Retrieved April 20, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Baden, Larry (November 24, 1990). "Playoff". Reno Gazette-Journal. Reno, Nevada. p. 82. Retrieved April 20, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Georgia Southern to host NCAA title". Rocky Mount Telegram. Rocky Mount, North Carolina. AP. February 24, 1989. p. 11. Retrieved April 21, 2019 – via newspapers.com.