|1990 NCAA Division I-AA season|
|Payton Award||Walter Dean (RB, Grambling State)|
|Duration||November 25–December 15|
|Championship date||December 15, 1990|
|Championship site||Paulson Stadium|
|NCAA Division I-AA football seasons|
The 1990 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 1990, and concluded with the 1990 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 15, 1990, at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Georgia. The Georgia Southern Eagles won their fourth I-AA championship, defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack by a final score of 36–13.
- The Colonial League changed its name to the Patriot League, which it retains today, after it began to sponsor non-football sports.
|School||1989 Conference||1990 Conference|
|Central Florida||D-II Independent||I-AA Independent|
|Davidson||I-AA Independent||D-III Independent|
|Big Sky Conference||Nevada|
|Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference||Northern Iowa|
|Ivy League||Cornell and Dartmouth|
|Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||Florida A&M|
|Ohio Valley Conference||Eastern Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State|
|Patriot League||Holy Cross|
|Southland Conference||Northeast Louisiana|
|Southwestern Athletic Conference||Jackson State|
The top four teams were seeded, and thus assured of home games in the opening round. The location of the final, the Georgia Southern Eagles' Paulson Stadium, had been predetermined via a three-year agreement the university reached with the NCAA in February 1989.
NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket
|National Championship Game |
|(1) Middle Tennessee State*||28|
|(1) Middle Tennessee State||13|
|(3) Georgia Southern||36|
|(2) Youngstown State*||17|
|William & Mary||38|
|William & Mary*||38|
|(3) Georgia Southern*||44|
|(3) Georgia Southern*||31|
|(3) Georgia Southern*||28|
|Southwest Missouri State*||35|
* By team name denotes host institution
* By score denotes overtime periods
- "1990 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
- Baden, Larry (November 24, 1990). "Division I-AA Playoffs at a glance". Reno Gazette-Journal. Reno, Nevada. p. 88. Retrieved April 20, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
- Baden, Larry (November 24, 1990). "Playoff". Reno Gazette-Journal. Reno, Nevada. p. 82. Retrieved April 20, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
- "Georgia Southern to host NCAA title". Rocky Mount Telegram. Rocky Mount, North Carolina. AP. February 24, 1989. p. 11. Retrieved April 21, 2019 – via newspapers.com.