Jacksonville State Gamecocks football
2023 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football team
First season1904 (1904)
Athletic directorGreg Seitz
Head coachRich Rodriguez
2nd season, 18–6 (.750)
StadiumBurgess–Snow Field at JSU Stadium (Capacity: 24,000)
Field surfaceTurf
LocationJacksonville, Alabama
NCAA divisionDivision I FBS
ConferenceConference USA
All-time record612–422–39 [1] (.589)
Bowl record1–0 (1.000)
Claimed national titles1 NCAA Division II (1992)
Conference titles25
RivalriesTroy (rivalry)
Samford (rivalry)
ColorsRed and white[2]
Marching bandMarching Southerners
For information on all Jacksonville State University sports, see Jacksonville State Gamecocks.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Jacksonville State University (JSU) located in the U.S. state of Alabama. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) as a member of the Conference USA. Jacksonville State's first football team was fielded in 1904. The team plays its home games at the 24,000-seat Burgess–Snow Field at JSU Stadium in Jacksonville, Alabama.[3]

On November 5, 2021, the school accepted an invitation to join Conference USA (C-USA) of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) beginning with the 2023 season.[4]


See also: List of Jacksonville State Gamecocks football seasons

Jacksonville State University's first football team, the Eagle Owls, was formed in the late 19th century. During the first half century of play, Troy University and Samford University became their rivals. Before the start of the 1947 season, not only did the team change their colors from blue and gold to red and white but the mascot changed to the Fighting Gamecocks.

Jacksonville State joined the NCAA in 1973, and played at the NCAA Division II level from 1973 to 1994. In 1995, the team moved up to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and competed in the Southland Conference from 1996 to 2002 before moving to the Ohio Valley Conference from 2003 to 2020. Jacksonville State University planned to leave the Ohio Valley Conference for the ASUN Conference in July 2021, with the team temporarily competing in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC)'s "ASUN–WAC Challenge" partnership league.[5] However, a few months later on November 5, 2021, the school accepted an invitation to join FBS Conference USA (C-USA) beginning with the 2023 season.[4]


Conference affiliations


National championships

Jacksonville State has made four appearances in the NCAA Division II National Championship Game. The Gamecocks were defeated in their first three championship game appearances, losing 33–0 to Lehigh in 1977, 3–0 to Mississippi College in 1989 (later vacated), and 23–6 to Pittsburg State in 1991. The next year, the Gamecocks defeated Pittsburg State 17–13 in 1992, reversing the results in a rematch of their 1991 championship game.

Season Coach Selector Record
1992 Bill Burgess NCAA Division II 12–1–1

Conference championships

Jacksonville State has won 25 conference championships, 18 outright and four shared.

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1962† Alabama Collegiate Conference Don Salls 4–3–2 3–0–1
1963† 4–4–1 3–0–1
1964 4–4–1 3–0
1965 Jim Blevins 7–2 3–0
1966 8–2 3–0
1970 Mid-South Conference Charley Pell 10–0 5–0
1974 Gulf South Conference Clarkie Mayfield 7–4 7–1
1977 Jim Fuller 11–3 7–1
1978 7–3 6–1
1981 8–3 6–0
1982 10–2 7–0
1988† Bill Burgess 10–2 7–1
1989 13–1 8–0
1991 12–1 6–0
1992 12–1–1 5–0–1
2003 Ohio Valley Conference Jack Crowe 8–4 7–1
2004 9–2 7–1
2011 7–4 6–2
2014 John Grass 10–2 8–0
2015 13–2 8–0
2016 10–2 7–0
2017 10–2 8–0
2018 9–4 7–1
2020 10–3 6–1
2022 ASUN Conference Rich Rodriguez 9–2 5–0

† Co-championship

Bowl games

Jacksonville State has participated in nine bowl games, and has a record of 7–2. However, most of them are not Division I bowl games.[6] Consequently, after joining Division I FBS, they participated in one bowl game, and has a record of 1–0.

Season Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1948 Don Salls Paper Bowl Troy W 19–0
1949 Don Salls Paper Bowl West Alabama W 12–7
1950 Don Salls Paper Bowl Pensacola Naval Alumni L 6–7
1955 Don Salls Refrigerator Bowl Rhode Island W 12–10
1966 Jim Blevins Space City Classic† Arkansas–Monticello W 41–30
1970 Charley Pell Orange Blossom Classic Florida A&M W 21–7
1977 Jim Fuller Grantland Rice Bowl North Dakota State W 31–7
Jim Fuller Pioneer Bowl Lehigh L 0–33
2023 Rich Rodriguez New Orleans Bowl Louisiana W 34–31 OT

† non-Division I bowl game

Playoff history

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results

The Gamecocks have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs ten times with an overall record of 7–10.

Year Round Opponent Result
2003 First Round Western Kentucky L 7–45
2004 First Round Furman L 7–49
2010 Second Round Wofford L 14–17
2013 First Round
Second Round
McNeese State
Eastern Washington
W 55–14
W 31–10
L 24–35
2014 Second Round Sam Houston State L 26–37
2015 Second Round
National Championship Game
Charleston Southern
Sam Houston State
North Dakota State
W 41–35 OT
W 58–38
W 62–10
L 10–37
2016 Second Round Youngstown State L 24–40
2017 Second Round Kennesaw State L 7–17
2018 First Round
Second Round
East Tennessee State
W 34–27
L 27–55
2020 First Round
W 49–14
L 14–20

Division II Playoffs results

The Gamecocks have appeared in the Division II playoffs ten times with an overall record of 15–9. They were National Champions in 1992.

Year Round Opponent Result
1977 Quarterfinals
National Championship Game
Northern Arizona
North Dakota State
W 35–0
W 31–7
L 0–33
1978 Quarterfinals Delaware L 21–42
1980 Quarterfinals Cal Poly–SLO L 0–15
1981 Quarterfinals Southwest Texas State L 22–38
1982 Quarterfinals
Northwest Missouri State
Southwest Texas State
W 34–21
L 14–19
1988 First Round
West Chester
Portland State
W 63–24
L 13–20
1989 First Round
National Championship Game
Alabama A&M
North Dakota State
Angelo State
Mississippi College
W 33–9
W 21–17
W 34–16
L 0–3
1990 First Round
North Alabama
Mississippi College
W 38–14
L 7–14
1991 First Round
National Championship Game
Winston-Salem State
Mississippi College
Indiana (PA)
Pittsburg State
W 49–24
W 35–7
W 27–20
L 6–23
1992 First Round
National Championship Game
Savannah State
North Alabama
New Haven
Pittsburg State
W 41–16
W 14–12
W 46–35
W 17–13



Main article: Jacksonville State–Samford football rivalry

This unnamed rivalry started in 1904[7] back when Jacksonville wore blue and gold as the Eagle Owls and Samford University was still named Howard College. Jacksonville State leads the series 23–21–2.[citation needed][when?]


Main article: Battle for the Ol' School Bell

Jacksonville State used to play Troy in the annual Battle for the Ol' School Bell. The schools first played in 1924 and was one of the fiercest rivalries for both schools. The game hasn't been played since 2001 after Troy moved up to the FBS. Jacksonville State leads the series 32–29–2.[citation needed][when?]

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:

Future non-conference opponents

Future non-conference opponents announced as of May 2, 2024.[8]

2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Coastal Carolina at UCF Georgia Southern at UAB UAB
at Louisville at Georgia Southern
at Eastern Michigan Murray State
Southern Miss at Southern Miss


  1. ^ NCAA Statistics https://stats.ncaa.org/teams/history?utf8=✓&org_id=315&sport_code=MFB&commit=Search
  2. ^ Jacksonville State University Style Guide & Identification Standards Manual (PDF). Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  3. ^ "Jacksonville State Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
  4. ^ a b "Conference USA to add Liberty, Jacksonville State, New Mexico State, Sam Houston State beginning in 2023". ESPN. 5 November 2021. Retrieved November 8, 2021.
  5. ^ "ASUN, WAC Conferences Announce Football Partnership for 2021" (Press release). ASUN Conference. February 23, 2021. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  6. ^ "Jacksonville State's forgotten bowl history". 14 December 2023.
  7. ^ McCann, Stu (November 25, 2013). "JSU will host Samford in first round of FCS playoffs". WBMA.
  8. ^ "Jacksonville State Gamecocks Football Future Schedules". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved May 2, 2024.