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2011 NCAA Division I FCS Football Season
2011 NCAA Division I FCS season
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Regular season
DurationSeptember - November
Payton AwardBo Levi Mitchell, Eastern Washington
Buchanan AwardMatt Evans, New Hampshire
Playoff
DurationNovember 26 - December 17
January 7, 2012
Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX
ChampionNorth Dakota State
NCAA Division I FCS football seasons

The 2011 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, was organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The season began on September 1, 2011, and concluded with the 2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on January 7, 2012, at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. North Dakota State won their first FCS championship, defeating Sam Houston State by a final score of 17-6.

New FCS program

  • The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), which played its first football season in school history, was technically a new FCS program. However, UTSA announced before the 2011 season that it was transitioning to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Roadrunners played one season as an FCS independent, and under NCAA rules for transitioning programs were ineligible for the FCS playoffs. They will then join the Western Athletic Conference in 2012, but will be ineligible for FBS bowl games. UTSA will become a full FBS member upon completion of the transition in 2013. The Roadrunners, coached by former Miami head coach Larry Coker, play at the Alamodome in downtown San Antonio.

Teams transitioning to FBS

In addition to UTSA, three other schools began transitions to the FBS. They are subject to the same restrictions as UTSA regarding postseason eligibility until 2013.

FCS team wins over FBS teams

Conference standings

2011 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 7 Montana State +^   7 1         10 3  
No. 5 Montana +^   (7
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Portland State   5 3         7 4  
Eastern Washington   5 3         6 5  
Weber State   5 3         5 6  
Northern Arizona   3 5         4 7  
Sacramento State   3 5         4 7  
Idaho State   1 7         2 9  
Northern Colorado   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Montana later vacated five wins, conference co-championship, and playoff participation; Idaho State ineligible for FCS playoffs due to APR violations
Rankings from The Sports Network poll
2011 Big South Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 18 Stony Brook $^   6 0         9 4  
No. 25 Liberty   5 1         7 4  
Coastal Carolina   3 3         7 4  
Presbyterian   3 3         4 7  
Gardner-Webb   2 4         4 7  
VMI   2 4         2 9  
Charleston Southern   0 6         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
As of January 12, 2012; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 9 Towson $^   7 1         9 3  
No. 10 Old Dominion ^   6 2         10 3  
No. 8 Maine ^   6 2         9 4  
No. 11 New Hampshire ^   6 2         8 4  
No. 17 Delaware   5 3         7 4  
No. 15 James Madison ^   5 3         8 5  
William & Mary   3 5         5 6  
Rhode Island   2 6         3 8  
Villanova   1 7         2 9  
Richmond   0 8         3 8  
UMass   0 0         5 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • UMass' conference record is listed as 0-0 because they were in the process of transitioning to FBS
As of January 9, 2012; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Great West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 23 North Dakota +   3 1         8 3  
Cal Poly +   3 1         6 5  
South Dakota   2 2         6 5  
Southern Utah   1 3         6 5  
UC Davis   1 3         4 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 16 Harvard $   7 0         9 1  
Brown   4 3         7 3  
Dartmouth   4 3         5 5  
Penn   4 3         5 5  
Yale   4 3         5 5  
Cornell   3 4         5 5  
Columbia   1 6         1 9  
Princeton   1 6         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • The Ivy League does not participate in the FCS Playoffs
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 19 Norfolk State $^   7 1         9 3  
Bethune-Cookman   6 2         8 3  
South Carolina State   6 2         7 4  
Florida A&M   5 3         7 4  
Hampton   5 3         7 4  
Howard   4 4         5 6  
Morgan State   4 4         5 6  
North Carolina A&T   4 4         5 6  
Delaware State   1 7         3 8  
North Carolina Central   1 7         2 9  
Savannah State   1 7         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Missouri Valley Football Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 North Dakota State +^   7 1         14 1  
No. 2 Northern Iowa +^   7 1         10 3  
No. 18 Illinois State   5 3         7 4  
Indiana State   4 4         6 5  
South Dakota State   4 4         5 6  
Youngstown State   4 4         6 5  
Southern Illinois   2 6         4 7  
Missouri State   2 6         2 9  
Western Illinois   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Duquesne +   7 1         9 2  
Albany +^   7 1         8 4  
Bryant   5 3         7 4  
Monmouth   4 4         5 6  
Wagner   4 4         4 7  
Sacred Heart   3 5         5 6  
Central Connecticut   3 5         4 7  
Robert Morris   2 6         2 9  
Saint Francis (PA)   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 OVC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 21 Tennessee Tech +^   6 2         7 4  
Eastern Kentucky +^   6 2         7 5  
Jacksonville State +   6 2         7 4  
Murray State   5 3         7 4  
Tennessee State   4 4         5 6  
UT Martin   4 4         5 6  
Austin Peay   2 6         3 8  
Southeast Missouri State   2 6         3 8  
Eastern Illinois   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Lehigh $^   6 0         11 2  
Georgetown   4 2         8 3  
Holy Cross   4 2         6 5  
Bucknell   3 3         6 5  
Colgate   2 4         5 6  
Lafayette   2 4         4 7  
Fordham   0 0         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Fordham was ineligible for conference title because they offer football scholarships while other Patriot League members do not
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
San Diego +   7 1         9 2  
Drake +   7 1         9 2  
Jacksonville   6 2         7 4  
Campbell   5 3         6 5  
Dayton   4 4         6 5  
Marist   3 5         4 7  
Butler   3 5         5 6  
Davidson   2 6         4 7  
Morehead State   2 6         3 8  
Valparaiso   1 7         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Georgia Southern $^   7 1         11 3  
No. 12 Wofford ^   6 2         8 4  
No. 9 Appalachian State ^   6 2         8 4  
Furman   5 3         6 5  
Samford   4 4         6 5  
Chattanooga   3 5         5 6  
Elon   3 5         5 6  
The Citadel   2 6         4 7  
Western Carolina   0 8         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 Sam Houston State $^   7 0         14 1  
No. 15 Central Arkansas ^   6 1         9 4  
Stephen F. Austin   5 2         6 5  
McNeese State   4 3         6 5  
Northwestern State   3 4         5 6  
Lamar   2 5         4 7  
Southeastern Louisiana   1 6         3 8  
Nicholls State   0 7         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Alabama A&M xy   7 2         8 4  
Alabama State x   7 2         8 3  
No. 21 Jackson State x   7 2         9 2  
Alcorn State   1 8         2 8  
Mississippi Valley State   1 8         1 10  
West
Grambling State xy$   6 3         8 4  
Arkansas-Pine Bluff   5 4         6 5  
Prairie View A&M   5 4         5 6  
Southern   4 5         4 7  
Texas Southern   2 7         4 7  
Championship: Grambling State 16, Alabama A&M 15
December 10, 2011
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Jackson State and Southern are ineligible to participate in the SWAC Championship Game due to low APR scores.
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
South Alabama           6 4  
Texas State           6 6  
UTSA           4 6  
Georgia State           3 8  

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.

Abstains

Postseason

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

  First Round
November 26
Campus Sites
    Second Round
December 3
Campus Sites
    Quarterfinals
December 9 and December 10
Campus Sites
    Semifinals
December 16 and December 17
Campus Sites
    National Championship Game

January 7
Pizza Hut Park,
Frisco, Texas

                                               
      Stony Brook 27  
  Albany 28     1 Sam Houston State* 34    
  Stony Brook* 31         1 Sam Houston State* 49  
    Montana State 13    
    New Hampshire 25    
  Montana State* 26  
    1 Sam Houston State* 31  
    4 Montana 28    
      Central Arkansas 14  
  Central Arkansas 34     4 Montana* 41    
  Tennessee Tech* 14         4 Montana* 48  
    5 Northern Iowa 10  
    Wofford 21    
  5 Northern Iowa* 28  
    1 Sam Houston State 6
    2 North Dakota State 17
      James Madison 14  
  James Madison 20     2 North Dakota State* 26    
  Eastern Kentucky* 17         2 North Dakota State* 24  
    Lehigh 0    
    Lehigh 40    
  Towson* 38  
    2 North Dakota State* 35  
    3 Georgia Southern 7  
      Old Dominion 48  
  Norfolk State 18     3 Georgia Southern* 55    
  Old Dominion* 35         3 Georgia Southern* 35  
    Maine 23  
    Maine 34    
  Appalachian State* 12  

* Host institution

SWAC Championship Game

Date Location Venue West Div. Champion East Div. Champion Result
December 10 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Grambling State Alabama A&M GSU 16 - AAMU 15[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ "UMass Announces Elevation to FBS Football and Invitation from MAC" (Press release). UMass Athletics. April 20, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ Benson, Reggie (December 10, 2011). "Bulldogs come up short again against Tigers". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved 2011.

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