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2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season

 

2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season

2015 NCAA Division I FCS season
Duration August 29 – November 21, 2015
Playoff
Duration November 28, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Championship site Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
Division I FCS football season
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The 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level.

Contents

  • Conference changes and new programs 1
  • Updated stadiums 2
  • FCS team wins over FBS teams 3
  • Conference standings 4
  • Conference summaries 5
    • Championship games 5.1
    • Other conference winners 5.2
  • Playoff qualifiers 6
    • Automatic berths for conference champions 6.1
    • Abstentions 6.2
  • Postseason 7
    • NCAA FCS Playoff bracket 7.1
  • Coaching changes 8
    • Preseason and in-season 8.1
  • See also 9
  • References 10

Conference changes and new programs

One team left the FCS to transition to FBS while two schools added football at the FCS level, all moves officially taking effect on July 1, 2015.

School 2014 conference 2015 conference
Charlotte Independent C–USA (FBS)
East Tennessee State No program Independent
Kennesaw State No program Big South

Updated stadiums

No FCS schools opened new stadiums for the 2015 season, however two new programs debuted in the season:

FCS team wins over FBS teams

  • October 3:
    • #18 Georgia State 33
  • October 10:
    • #25 Portland State 66, North Texas 7
      • This game saw the largest victory margin ever by an FCS team over an FBS team, surpassing Lehigh's 58–0 win over Harvard in 1981, the year before Harvard and the rest of the Ivy League moved from FBS to FCS (then Divisions I-A and I-AA respectively). Portland State also became the first FCS team to defeat two FBS teams in the same season since North Dakota State in 2007.[2]

Conference standings

2015 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Eastern Washington   5 0         6 2  
Southern Utah   5 0         6 2  
#10 Portland State   4 1         7 1  
Northern Arizona   3 2         5 3  
#22 Montana   3 2         4 4  
North Dakota   3 3         5 4  
Weber State   3 3         4 5  
Montana State   2 3         4 4  
Northern Colorado   2 4         4 4  
Cal Poly   1 4         2 6  
Sacramento State   1 4         2 6  
Idaho State   1 4         2 6  
UC Davis   1 4         1 7  
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 Big South football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#24 Charleston Southern   4 0         7 1  
#2 Coastal Carolina   2 1         7 1  
Kennesaw State   2 1         6 2  
Gardner–Webb*   2 2         3 5  
Liberty   1 2         4 4  
Monmouth   1 3         3 6  
Presbyterian   0 3         1 7  
  • *Gardner-Webb ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Richmond   5 0         7 1  
#12 William & Mary   4 1         6 2  
#14 James Madison   4 2         7 2  
Towson   3 2         5 3  
Villanova   3 2         4 4  
Maine   3 2         3 5  
Delaware   2 3         3 5  
New Hampshire   2 3         4 4  
Elon   2 3         3 5  
Albany   1 4         2 6  
Rhode Island   1 4         1 7  
Stony Brook   1 5         2 5  
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#15 Harvard   4 0         7 0  
#22 Dartmouth   3 1         6 1  
Penn   3 1         4 3  
Princeton   2 2         5 2  
Brown   2 2         4 3  
Yale   1 3         4 3  
Columbia   1 3         2 5  
Cornell   0 4         0 7  
  • The Ivy League does not participate in the FCS Playoffs
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#20 North Carolina A&T   5 0         7 1  
Bethune-Cookman   5 1         7 2  
North Carolina Central   4 1         5 3  
South Carolina State   4 1         5 3  
Hampton   3 3         4 5  
Morgan State   3 2         3 4  
Norfolk State   2 3         2 6  
Savannah State*   1 4         1 6  
Florida A&M*   1 4         1 7  
Howard   1 5         1 7  
Delaware State   0 5         0 8  
  • Florida A&M and Savannah State ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 MVFC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Illinois State   5 0         7 1  
#7 North Dakota State   4 1         6 2  
#14 South Dakota State   3 2         6 2  
#23 Western Illinois   3 2         4 4  
#21 Indiana State   2 3         4 4  
#18 Northern Iowa   2 3         4 4  
South Dakota   2 3         4 4  
Southern Illinois   2 3         3 5  
#25 Youngstown State   2 3         4 4  
Missouri State   0 5         1 7  
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 NEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Duquesne   2 1         5 3  
Bryant   2 1         4 3  
Central Connecticut   2 1         3 5  
Sacred Heart   1 1         4 3  
Saint Francis (PA)   1 1         3 3  
Robert Morris   1 2         2 5  
Wagner   0 2         0 7  
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 OVC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Jacksonville State   5 0         7 1  
Eastern Illinois   5 0         5 3  
#13 Eastern Kentucky   4 1         5 3  
Tennessee–Martin   4 1         5 3  
SE Missouri State   2 2         3 5  
Tennessee State   1 4         4 4  
Murray State   1 4         2 6  
Tennessee Tech   1 5         2 7  
Austin Peay   0 6         0 9  
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Colgate   3 0         4 4  
#11 Fordham   3 1         7 2  
Georgetown   2 2         4 5  
Lehigh   2 1         4 4  
Holy Cross   1 2         4 4  
Bucknell   1 2         4 4  
Lafayette   0 4         1 8  
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Dayton   5 0         8 0  
San Diego   4 1         6 2  
Morehead State   4 1         5 3  
Marist   3 2         4 4  
Campbell   3 3         5 4  
Drake   3 3         4 5  
Butler   2 3         4 4  
Valparaiso   1 4         1 6  
Stetson   1 5         2 6  
Davidson   0 5         1 7  
Jacksonville*   0 0         6 2  
  • Jacksonville ineligible for PFL title and FCS Playoffs due to matters regarding the PFL’s financial aid rules
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Chattanooga   5 0         7 1  
The Citadel   5 0         6 2  
Western Carolina   3 2         5 3  
Furman   2 2         4 4  
Wofford   2 3         4 5  
Samford   1 4         3 5  
VMI   1 4         2 7  
Mercer   0 4         3 5  
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#10 McNeese State   6 0         7 0  
#8 Sam Houston State   5 1         5 2  
Central Arkansas   4 1         4 3  
Incarnate Word*   3 2         4 3  
SE Louisiana   3 2         4 3  
Lamar   2 3         3 4  
Stephen F. Austin   2 3         2 5  
Abilene Christian*   2 4         2 5  
Nicholls State   1 4         1 6  
Northwestern State   1 4         1 6  
Houston Baptist   0 5         2 6  
  • Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word ineligible for FCS Playoffs due to transition from Division II
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Alcorn State   3 1         4 2  
Alabama State*   3 3         3 4  
Alabama A&M   2 2         2 4  
Jackson State   2 3         2 5  
Mississippi Valley State   0 6         0 8  
West
Grambling State   6 0         6 2  
Prairie View A&M   4 1         4 2  
Southern   4 1         4 3  
Texas Southern   2 4         3 4  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   0 5         1 6  
Championship:
  • Alabama State ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll
2015 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Tennessee State           1 7  
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

Conference summaries

Championship games

Conference Champion Runner-up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
SWAC

Other conference winners

Note:

Records are regular-season only, and do not include playoff games.

Conference Champion Record Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
Big Sky
Big South
CAA
Ivy
MEAC
MVFC
NEC
OVC
Patriot
Pioneer
Southern
Southland

Playoff qualifiers

Automatic berths for conference champions

Conference Team Appearance Last bid Result
Big Sky Conference
Big South Conference
Colonial Athletic Association
Missouri Valley Football Conference
Northeast Conference
Ohio Valley Conference
Patriot League
Pioneer Football League
Southern Conference
Southland Conference

Abstentions

Postseason

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

  First Round
November 28
Campus Sites
    Second Round
December 5
Campus Sites
    Quarterfinals
December 11 and 12
Campus Sites
    Semifinals
December 18 and 19
Campus Sites
    National Championship
January 9
1:00 PM
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Home team   
 Winner
All times in Eastern Standard Time (UTC−05:00)

Coaching changes

Preseason and in-season

This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2015. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2015, see 2014 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/122370/etsu-looks-to-science-hill-for-football-stadium-to-call-home-for-next-two-seasons/
  2. ^ Sherman, Rodger (October 10, 2015). "FCS Portland State beat North Texas so badly, the Mean Green immediately fired their head coach".  
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