2010 NCAA Division I FCS season
Regular season
DurationSeptember – November
Payton AwardJeremy Moses, Stephen F. Austin
Buchanan AwardJ. C. Sherritt, Eastern Washington
Playoff
DurationNovember 27 – December 18
Championship dateJanuary 7, 2011
Championship sitePizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas
ChampionEastern Washington
NCAA Division I FCS football seasons

The 2010 NCAA Division I FCS football season, the 2010 season of college football for teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), began in September 2010 and concluded with the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on January 7, 2011. In the title game, Eastern Washington defeated Delaware, 20–19, to claim their first Division I national title in any team sport.

For the first time since 1997, the final game was played at a new location—Pizza Hut Park in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas.[1] Every title game since 1997 had been held at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but the NCAA opened the hosting rights for the 2010–2012 championship games for bids during the 2009 season, as the hosting contract between the NCAA and the Chattanooga organizers was set to expire. In addition to Frisco and Chattanooga, three other cities submitted bids:[2]

The field of bidders was eventually cut to Chattanooga and Frisco, with Frisco being announced as the winner on February 26, 2010.[1]

The January finish to the season was the result of an expanded playoff schedule. The championship tournament expanded from 16 teams to 20, with the Big South and Northeast Conference earning automatic bids for the first time. Eight teams played first-round games, with the remaining participants receiving byes into the second round. The playoffs began at their normal time on Thanksgiving weekend, specifically on November 27. According to early reports, the championship game would be played sometime between December 29 and January 7,[3] with the latter date ultimately chosen.

Conference and program changes

New FCS programs

Two FCS programs began play in the 2010 season, and a third officially launched its program but chose not to compete until 2011:

Conference changes

School 2009 conference 2010 conference
Hofstra CAA Dropped program
Northeastern CAA Dropped program
Savannah State FCS independent MEAC

FCS team wins over FBS teams

Conference standings

2010 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 1 Eastern Washington +^   7 1     13 2  
No. 11 Montana State +^   7 1     9 3  
No. 20 Montana   5 3     7 4  
Weber State   5 3     6 5  
Sacramento State   5 3     6 5  
Northern Arizona   4 4     6 5  
Northern Colorado   2 6     3 8  
Portland State   1 7     2 9  
Idaho State   0 8     1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Big South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 21 Liberty +   5 1     8 3  
Stony Brook +   5 1     6 5  
Coastal Carolina +^   5 1     6 6  
Gardner–Webb   2 4     4 7  
VMI   2 4     3 8  
Charleston Southern   1 5     3 8  
Presbyterian   1 5     2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 2 Delaware +^   6 2     12 3  
No. 10 William & Mary +^   6 2     8 4  
No. 3 Villanova ^   5 3     9 5  
No. 7 New Hampshire ^   5 3     8 5  
UMass   4 4     6 5  
Richmond   4 4     6 5  
Rhode Island   4 4     5 6  
James Madison   3 5     6 5  
Maine   3 5     4 7  
Towson   0 8     1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Great West Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Southern Utah $   4 0     6 5  
UC Davis   3 1     6 5  
No. 24 Cal Poly   2 2     7 4  
South Dakota   1 3     4 7  
North Dakota   0 4     3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Ivy League football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 18 Penn $   7 0     9 1  
Harvard   5 2     7 3  
Yale   5 2     7 3  
Brown   5 2     6 4  
Dartmouth   3 4     6 4  
Columbia   2 5     4 6  
Cornell   1 6     2 8  
Princeton   0 7     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 15 Bethune–Cookman +^   7 1     10 2  
No. 16 South Carolina State +^   7 1     9 3  
Florida A&M +   7 1     8 3  
Hampton   5 3     6 5  
Norfolk State   4 4     6 5  
Morgan State   3 5     4 7  
Delaware State   2 6     3 8  
North Carolina A&T   1 7     1 10  
Howard   0 8     1 10  
North Carolina Central *   0 0     3 8  
Savannah State *   0 0     1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • * Not eligible for conference championship
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 19 Northern Iowa $^   6 2     7 5  
No. 17 Western Illinois ^   5 3     8 5  
No. 9 North Dakota State ^   4 4     9 5  
Indiana State   4 4     6 5  
Illinois State   4 4     6 5  
South Dakota State   4 4     5 6  
Missouri State   4 4     5 6  
Southern Illinois   4 4     5 6  
Youngstown State   1 7     3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Robert Morris +^   7 1     8 3  
Central Connecticut State +   7 1     8 3  
Duquesne   5 3     7 4  
Bryant   4 4     7 4  
Albany   4 4     6 5  
Wagner   3 5     5 6  
Monmouth   3 5     3 8  
Sacred Heart   2 6     4 7  
Saint Francis (PA)   1 7     1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
2010 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 13 Southeast Missouri State $^   7 1     9 3  
No. 12 Jacksonville State ^   6 2     9 3  
Eastern Kentucky   5 2     6 5  
Murray State   5 3     6 5  
UT Martin   5 3     6 5  
Tennessee Tech   4 4     5 6  
Eastern Illinois   2 6     2 9  
Austin Peay   1 7     2 9  
Tennessee State   0 7     3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Patriot League football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 14 Lehigh $^   5 0     10 3  
Colgate   3 2     7 4  
Holy Cross   3 2     6 5  
Georgetown   2 3     4 7  
Lafayette   1 4     2 9  
Bucknell   1 4     1 10  
Fordham   0 0     5 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 22 Jacksonville +   8 0     10 1  
No. 25 Dayton +   8 0     10 1  
Drake   6 2     7 4  
San Diego   5 3     5 6  
Morehead State   4 4     5 6  
Davidson   3 5     3 8  
Butler   2 6     4 7  
Marist   2 6     3 8  
Campbell   2 6     3 8  
Valparaiso   0 8     0 11  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Southern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 4 Appalachian State +^   7 1     10 3  
No. 6 Wofford +^   7 1     10 3  
No. 5 Georgia Southern ^   5 3     10 5  
Chattanooga   5 3     6 5  
Elon   5 3     6 5  
Furman   3 5     5 6  
Samford   2 6     4 7  
The Citadel   1 7     3 8  
Western Carolina   1 7     2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 Southland Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 8 Stephen F. Austin $^   6 1     9 3  
McNeese State   5 2     6 5  
Central Arkansas   4 3     7 4  
Sam Houston State   4 3     6 5  
Northwestern State   4 3     5 6  
Nicholls State   3 4     4 7  
Texas State   1 6     4 7  
Southeastern Louisiana   1 6     2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2010 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East
Alabama State xy   6 3     7 5  
Jackson State x   6 3     8 3  
Alcorn State   4 5     5 6  
Alabama A&M   2 7     3 8  
Mississippi Valley State   0 9     0 10  
West
Texas Southern xy$   8 1     9 3  
No. 23 Grambling State x   8 1     9 2  
Prairie View A&M   6 3     7 4  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   4 5     5 6  
Southern   1 8     2 9  
Championship: Texas Southern 11, Alabama State 6
December 11, 2010
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2010 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Old Dominion       8 3  
Georgia State       6 5  
Lamar       5 6  
North Carolina Central       3 8  
Savannah State       1 10  

Playoff qualifiers

Automatic berths for conference champions

At large qualifiers

No teams from the conferences that do not have automatic bids—currently the Great West Conference and Pioneer Football League—received bids. In order for a team from a conference without an automatic bid to be eligible for the playoffs, it must have a minimum of seven Division I wins, with at least two against teams in automatic bid conferences. The team in question also must be ranked an average of 16 or better in the national rankings.[citation needed]

Abstains

(Overall Record, Conference Record)

Postseason

NCAA Division I playoff bracket

First Round
November 27
Campus sites
Second Round
December 4
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
December 10 and 11
Campus sites
Semifinals
December 17 and 18
Campus sites
National Championship Game

January 7
Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas

Western Illinois 14
Western Illinois 17 1 Appalachian State* 42
Coastal Carolina* 10 1 Appalachian State* 24
Villanova 42
Villanova 54
Stephen F. Austin* 24
Villanova 31
5 Eastern Washington* 41
North Dakota State 42
Robert Morris 17 4 Montana State* 17
North Dakota State* 43 North Dakota State 31
5 Eastern Washington* 38
SE Missouri State 17
5 Eastern Washington* 37
5 Eastern Washington 20
3 Delaware 19
Georgia Southern 31
South Carolina State 16 2 William & Mary* 15
Georgia Southern* 41 Georgia Southern 23
Wofford* 20
Wofford 17
Jacksonville State* 14
Georgia Southern 10
3 Delaware* 27
Lehigh 20
Lehigh 14 3 Delaware* 42
Northern Iowa* 7 3 Delaware* 16
New Hampshire 3
New Hampshire 45
Bethune–Cookman* 20

* Host institution

SWAC Championship Game

Main article: SWAC Championship Game

Date Location Venue West Div. Champion East Div. Champion Result
December 11[5] Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Texas Southern Alabama State TSU 11 – ASU 6

Global Kilimanjaro Bowl

Main article: 2011 Kilimanjaro Bowl

On September 1, 2010, Drake University announced it would participate in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, the first American football game played on the continent of Africa. The game featured the Drake Bulldogs versus Mexican All-Star team CONADEIP. Due to the seasonal difference in Africa, the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl was played on May 21, 2011.[6]

Date Location Venue Mexican Team USA Team Result
May 21, 2011 Arusha, Tanzania Sheikh Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium CONADEIP Stars Drake Bulldogs Drake 17 – CONADEIP 7

Final poll standings

References

  1. ^ a b Caplan, Jeff (February 26, 2010). "20 teams to compete for FCS crown". ESPN. Archived from the original on February 28, 2010. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
  2. ^ Coulson, David (October 19, 2009). "Around FCS: Serious competition for FCS title game". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on May 30, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "Frisco, Texas Submits Bid To Host NCAA Division I Football Championship Game" (Press release). Southland Conference. October 14, 2009. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "Va. Tech suffers 2nd loss in 6 days as James Madison pulls off upset". ESPN. Associated Press. September 11, 2010. Archived from the original on September 14, 2010. Retrieved September 11, 2010.
  5. ^ "2009 Legion Field Schedule" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 2, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 2009.
  6. ^ Drake University (September 1, 2010). "Drake To Play First American Football Game In Africa". GoDrakeBulldogs.com. Retrieved September 1, 2010.

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