2006 NCAA Division I FCS season
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2006 FCS National Championship trophy (middle).
Regular season
DurationAugust 26 – November 18
Payton AwardRicky Santos[1]
Buchanan AwardKyle Shotwell[2]
Playoff
DurationNovember 25 – December 15
Championship dateDecember 15, 2006
Championship siteFinley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee
ChampionAppalachian State
NCAA Division I FCS football seasons

The 2006 NCAA Division I FCS football season, the 2006 season of college football for teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), began on August 26, 2006 and concluded on December 15, 2006, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the 2006 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game where the Appalachian State Mountaineers defeated the UMass Minutemen, 28–17.[3]

Rule changes

There are several rules that have changed for the 2006 season.[4] Following are some highlights:

Conference changes and new programs

School 2005 Conference 2006 Conference
Austin Peay Pioneer FCS Independent
Northern Colorado Great West Big Sky

FCS team wins over FBS teams

Conference standings

2006 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North
No. 2 UMass x$^   8 0     13 2  
No. 6 New Hampshire ^   5 3     9 4  
Maine   5 3     6 5  
Northeastern   4 4     5 6  
Rhode Island   2 6     4 7  
Hofstra   1 7     2 9  
South
No. 9 James Madison x^   7 1     9 3  
Villanova   5 3     6 5  
Towson   4 4     7 4  
Richmond   3 5     6 5  
Delaware   3 5     5 6  
William & Mary   1 7     3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 3 Montana $^   8 0     12 2  
No. 10 Montana State ^   6 2     8 5  
No. 19 Portland State   6 2     7 4  
Northern Arizona   5 3     6 5  
Sacramento State   4 4     4 7  
Weber State   4 4     5 6  
Eastern Washington   3 5     3 8  
Idaho State   1 7     2 9  
Northern Colorado   0 8     1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Big South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 14 Coastal Carolina $^   4 0     9 3  
Charleston Southern   2 2     9 2  
Gardner–Webb   2 2     6 5  
Liberty   2 2     6 5  
VMI   0 4     1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 4 Youngstown State $^   6 1     11 3  
No. 8 Illinois State ^   5 2     9 4  
No. 17 Northern Iowa   5 2     7 4  
No. 7 Southern Illinois ^   4 3     9 4  
Western Kentucky   4 3     6 5  
Western Illinois   2 5     5 6  
Missouri State   1 6     2 9  
Indiana State   1 6     1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Great West Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 5 North Dakota State $   4 0     10 1  
No. 22 South Dakota State   3 1     7 4  
No. 16 Cal Poly   2 2     7 4  
UC Davis   1 3     6 5  
Southern Utah   0 4     3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Ivy League football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 18 Princeton +   6 1     9 1  
No. 25 Yale +   6 1     8 2  
Harvard   4 3     7 3  
Penn   3 4     5 5  
Cornell   3 4     5 5  
Dartmouth   2 5     2 8  
Columbia   2 5     5 5  
Brown   2 5     3 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Duquesne +   3 1     7 3  
Marist +   3 1     4 7  
Iona   2 2     3 7  
La Salle   1 3     3 7  
Saint Peter's   1 3     2 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
2006 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 11 Hampton $^   7 1     10 2  
Delaware State   6 2     8 3  
South Carolina State   6 2     7 4  
Florida A&M   5 3     7 4  
Howard   4 4     5 6  
Morgan State   4 4     5 6  
Bethune–Cookman   3 5     5 6  
Norfolk State   1 7     4 7  
North Carolina A&T   0 8     0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Monmouth $   6 1     10 2  
Albany   5 2     7 4  
Robert Morris   5 2     7 4  
Stony Brook   5 2     5 6  
Central Connecticut   4 3     8 3  
Saint Francis (PA)   2 5     3 8  
Sacred Heart   1 6     2 9  
Wagner   0 7     4 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
2006 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 15 Eastern Illinois +^   7 1     8 5  
No. 13 Tennessee–Martin +^   6 1     9 3  
Tennessee State   5 2     6 5  
Jacksonville State   5 3     6 5  
Eastern Kentucky   5 3     6 5  
Tennessee Tech   4 4     4 7  
Southeast Missouri State   2 6     4 7  
Samford   1 7     3 8  
Murray State   0 8     1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Patriot League football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Lafayette +^   5 1     6 6  
Lehigh +   5 1     6 5  
Holy Cross   4 2     7 4  
Bucknell   3 3     6 5  
Colgate   3 3     4 7  
Fordham   1 5     3 8  
Georgetown   0 6     2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 20 San Diego $   7 0     11 1  
Drake   6 1     9 2  
Davidson   5 2     6 4  
Jacksonville   4 3     4 6  
Butler   2 5     3 8  
Morehead State   2 5     2 9  
Dayton   1 6     4 6  
Valparaiso   1 6     3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Southern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 1 Appalachian State $^   7 0     14 1  
No. 12 Furman ^   6 1     8 4  
No. 23 Wofford   5 2     7 4  
The Citadel   4 3     5 6  
Elon   2 5     5 6  
Chattanooga   2 5     3 8  
Georgia Southern   2 5     3 8  
Western Carolina   0 7     2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2006 Southland Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 21 McNeese State $^   5 1     7 5  
Sam Houston State   4 2     6 5  
Stephen F. Austin   4 2     4 7  
Texas State   3 3     5 6  
Nicholls State   2 4     4 7  
Northwestern State   2 4     4 7  
Southeastern Louisiana   1 5     2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2006 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East
Alabama A&M x$   6 3     9 3  
Jackson State   5 4     6 5  
Alcorn State   5 4     6 5  
Mississippi Valley State   5 4     6 5  
Alabama State   5 4     5 6  
West
Arkansas–Pine Bluff x   7 2     8 4  
Southern   4 5     5 6  
Grambling State   3 6     3 8  
Texas Southern   3 6     3 8  
Prairie View A&M   2 7     3 7  
Championship: Alabama A&M 22, Arkansas–Pine Bluff 13
December 16, 2006
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
2006 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 24 Central Arkansas       8 3  
Winston Salem       4 7  
Austin Peay       3 8  
Savannah State       2 9  
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

Conference champions

Automatic berths

Conference Champion
Atlantic 10 Conference Massachusetts
Big Sky Conference Montana
Gateway Football Conference Youngstown State
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hampton
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Illinois and UT Martin
Patriot League Colgate, Lafayette, and Lehigh
Southern Conference Appalachian State
Southland Conference McNeese State

Invitation

Conference Champion
Big South Conference Coastal Carolina
Great West Football Conference North Dakota State
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Duquesne and Marist
Northeast Conference Monmouth
Pioneer Football League San Diego

Abstains

Conference Champion
Ivy League Princeton and Yale
Southwestern Athletic Conference Alabama A&M

Postseason

NCAA Division I playoff bracket

First Round[6]
November 25
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
December 2
Campus sites
Semifinals
December 8 and December 9
Campus sites
National Championship Game

December 15
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee

            
Coastal Carolina 28
1 Appalachian State* 45
1 Appalachian State* 38
Montana State 17
Furman 13
Montana State* 31
1 Appalachian State* 49
4 Youngstown State 24
James Madison 31
4 Youngstown State* 35
4 Youngstown State* 28
Illinois State 21
Illinois State 24
Eastern Illinois* 13
1 Appalachian State 28
3 Massachusetts 17
McNeese State 6
2 Montana* 31
2 Montana* 20
Southern Illinois 3
UT Martin 30
Southern Illinois* 36
2 Montana* 17
3 Massachusetts 19
Lafayette 14
3 Massachusetts* 35
3 Massachusetts* 24
New Hampshire 17
New Hampshire 41
Hampton* 38

* Host institution

SWAC Championship Game

Date Location Venue West Div. Champion East Div. Champion Result
December 16 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Arkansas-Pine Bluff Alabama A&M Alabama A&M, 22–13[7]

Gridiron Classic

The Gridiron Classic is an annual game between the champions of the Northeast Conference and the Pioneer Football League that has been held since December 2006.

Date Location Venue NEC Champion PFL Champion Result
December 2 West Long Branch, New Jersey Kessler Field Monmouth San Diego San Diego, 27–7[8]

Final poll standings

Standings are from The Sports Network final 2006 poll.

Rank[9] Team Record
1 Appalachian State Mountaineers 14–1
2 Massachusetts Minutemen 13–2
3 Montana Grizzlies 12–2
4 Youngstown State Penguins 11–3
5 North Dakota State Bison 10–1
6 New Hampshire Wildcats 9–4
7 Southern Illinois Salukis 9–4
8 Illinois State Redbirds 9–4
9 James Madison Dukes 9–3
10 Montana State Bobcats 8–5
11 Hampton Pirates 10–2
12 Furman Paladins 8–4
13 UT Martin Skyhawks 9–3
14 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 9–3
15 Eastern Illinois Panthers 8–5
16 Cal Poly Mustangs 7–4
17 Northern Iowa Panthers 7–4
18 Princeton Tigers 9–1
19 Portland State Vikings 7–4
20 San Diego Toreros 11–1
21 McNeese State Cowboys 7–5
22 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 7–4
23 Wofford Terriers 7–4
24 Central Arkansas Bears 8–3
25 Yale Bulldogs 8–2

References

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  2. ^ "Kyle Shotwell wins 2006 Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  3. ^ "Appalachian State defeats UMass to repeat as I-AA champs". ESPN. Associated Press. 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
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  5. ^ Jack Carey (2006-11-07). "Wisconsin finds loophole in speed-up rule". USA Today. Retrieved 2006-11-10.
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  7. ^ Associated Press (2006-12-15). "Alabama A&M 22, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 13". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  8. ^ Associated Press (2006-12-02). "San Diego 27, Monmouth 7". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
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