2003 NCAA Division I-AA Football Season
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2003 NCAA Division I-AA Football Season
2003 NCAA Division I-AA season
NCAA logo.svg
Regular season
DurationAugust-November
Payton AwardJamaal Branch (RB, Colgate)
Buchanan AwardJared Allen (DE, Idaho State)
Playoff
DurationNovember 29-December 19
December 19, 2003
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee
ChampionDelaware
Division I-AA football season

The 2003 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 2003, and concluded with the 2003 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 19, 2003, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Colgate Raiders by a final score of 40-0.[1]

Conference changes and new programs

Conference standings

2003 Atlantic 10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Delaware $^   8 1         15 1  
#11 UMass $^   8 1         10 3  
#20 Northeastern   6 3         8 4  
#25 Villanova   5 4         7 4  
Maine   4 4         6 5  
William & Mary   4 4         5 5  
James Madison   4 5         6 6  
New Hampshire   3 6         5 7  
Rhode Island   3 6         4 8  
Hofstra   2 6         2 10  
Richmond   1 8         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2003 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#14 Montana +^   5 2         9 4  
#10 N Arizona +^   5 2         9 4  
#21 Montana State +^   5 2         7 6  
#22 Idaho State   4 3         8 4  
Weber State   4 3         8 4  
Eastern Washington   3 4         6 5  
Portland State   1 6         4 7  
Sacramento State   1 6         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2003 Big South football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Gardner-Webb $   4 0         8 4  
Liberty   3 1         6 6  
VMI   2 2         6 6  
Coastal Carolina   1 3         6 5  
Charleston Southern   0 4         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Northern Iowa +^   6 1         10 3  
#9 Southern Illinois +^   6 1         10 2  
#6 Western Illinois ^   5 2         9 4  
#7 Western Kentucky ^   5 2         9 4  
Illinois State   3 4         6 6  
Youngstown State   2 5         5 7  
Southwest Missouri State   1 6         4 7  
Indiana State   0 7         3 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#12 Penn $   7 0         10 0  
Harvard   4 3         7 3  
Brown   4 3         5 5  
Yale   4 3         6 4  
Dartmouth   4 3         5 5  
Columbia   3 4         4 6  
Princeton   2 5         2 8  
Cornell   0 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
2003 MAAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Duquesne $   5 0         8 3  
Iona   4 1         6 5  
Marist   2 3         4 6  
La Salle   2 3         3 8  
Saint Peter's   2 3         2 8  
Siena   0 5         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#16 North Carolina A&T $^   7 1         10 2  
#15 Bethune-Cookman ^   6 2         9 2  
South Carolina State   5 2         8 4  
Hampton   5 2         7 4  
Morgan State   4 3         6 5  
Florida A&M   3 4         6 6  
Howard   2 5         4 7  
Delaware State   1 6         1 10  
Norfolk State   0 8         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 NEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Monmouth +   6 1         10 2  
Albany +   6 1         7 4  
Robert Morris   4 3         6 4  
Stony Brook   4 3         6 4  
Sacred Heart   3 4         6 5  
Wagner   3 4         6 5  
Central Connecticut   2 4         3 8  
Saint Francis (PA)   0 7         1 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 18 Jacksonville State $^   7 1         8 4  
Eastern Kentucky   6 2         7 5  
Samford   5 3         7 4  
Tennessee State   5 3         7 5  
Southeast Missouri State   5 3         5 7  
Murray State   3 5         4 8  
Eastern Illinois   3 5         4 8  
Tennessee Tech   1 7         2 9  
UT Martin   1 7         2 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Colgate $^   7 0         15 1  
#23 Lehigh   6 1         8 3  
Fordham   4 3         9 3  
Bucknell   4 3         6 6  
Towson   3 4         6 6  
Lafayette   2 5         5 6  
Georgetown   1 6         4 8  
Holy Cross   1 6         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from poll=The Sports Network poll
2003 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
Valparaiso $   3 1         8 4  
San Diego   3 1         8 2  
Dayton   2 2         8 2  
Drake   1 3         6 6  
Butler   1 3         2 9  
South Division
Morehead State   3 0         8 3  
Jacksonville   1 3         4 6  
Austin Peay   1 3         4 7  
Davidson   1 3         3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2003 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Wofford $^   8 0         12 2  
Appalachian State   6 2         7 4  
#24 Georgia Southern   5 3         7 4  
Furman   4 4         6 5  
The Citadel   4 4         6 6  
Western Carolina   3 5         4 7  
Chattanooga   3 5         3 9  
East Tennessee State   2 6         5 7  
Elon   1 7         2 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll
2003 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 McNeese State $^ 5 0 0     10 2 0
Stephen F. Austin 4 1 0     7 4 0
Northwestern State 2 3 0     7 5 0
Texas State 2 3 0     5 7 0
Sam Houston State 2 3 0     3 8 0
Nicholls State 0 5 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
2003 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Alabama State x   5 2         8 5  
Alcorn State x   5 2         7 5  
Alabama A&M   4 3         8 4  
Jackson State   2 5         2 10  
Mississippi Valley State   1 6         2 9  
West
#13 Southern x$   6 1         12 1  
#17 Grambling State x   6 1         9 3  
Texas Southern   3 4         5 6  
Arkansas-Pine Bluff   3 4         4 7  
Prairie View A&M   0 7         1 10  
Championship: Southern 20, Alabama State 9
December 13, 2003
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
2003 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Florida Atlantic ^   0 0         11 3  
#19 Northern Colorado   0 0         9 2  
Cal Poly   0 0         7 4  
Southeastern Louisiana   0 0         5 7  
Southern Utah   0 0         4 7  
Saint Mary's   0 0         1 11  
FIU   0 0         0 10  
Savannah State   0 0         0 12  
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Record adjusted for 2 vacated wins by Florida International
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

Conference champions

Conference Champions

Atlantic 10 Conference - Delaware and UMass
Big Sky Conference - Montana, Montana State, and Northern Arizona
Big South Conference - Gardner-Webb
Gateway Football Conference - Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois
Ivy League - Penn
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference - Duquesne
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference - North Carolina A&T
Northeast Conference - Albany (NY) and Monmouth
Ohio Valley Conference - Jacksonville State
Patriot League - Colgate
Pioneer Football League - Valparaiso
Southern Conference - Wofford
Southland Conference - McNeese State
Southwestern Athletic Conference - Southern

Postseason

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket

The top four teams in the tournament were seeded;[2] seeded teams were assured of hosting games in the first two rounds.[3]

First Round
November 29
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 6
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 13
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 19
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, TN
            
1 McNeese State* 3
Northern Arizona 35
Northern Arizona* 25
Florida Atlantic 48
Bethune-Cookman* 24
Florida Atlantic 32
Florida Atlantic* 24
4 Colgate 36
4 Colgate* 19
UMass 7
4 Colgate* 28
Western Illinois 27
Montana* 40
Western Illinois 43**
4 Colgate 0
2 Delaware 40
3 Wofford* 31
North Carolina A&T 0
3 Wofford* 34
Western Kentucky 17
Western Kentucky* 45
Jacksonville State 7
3 Wofford 9
2 Delaware* 24
2 Delaware* 48
Southern Illinois 7
2 Delaware* 37
Northern Iowa 7
Northern Iowa* 35
Montana State 14

* By team name denotes host institution
* By score denotes overtime period(s)

References

  1. ^ "2003 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 16. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ Nelson, Marcus (November 24, 2003). "500 gather to watch announcement". The Palm Beach Post. p. 5C. Retrieved 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Gordillo, Jim (November 23, 2003). "Selection Sunday primer for Division I-AA playoffs". The Southern Illinoisan. Carbondale, Illinois. p. 3B. Retrieved 2019 – via newspapers.com.

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