|1993 NCAA Division I-AA season|
|Duration||August – November 1993|
|Payton Award||Doug Nussmeier – QB (Idaho)|
|Duration||November 27 –|
December 18, 1993
|Championship date||December 18, 1993|
|Championship site||Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, West Virginia|
|Champion||Youngstown State Penguins|
|Division I-AA football season|
The 1993 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 Football Championship Subdivision level, began in August 1993, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 18 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia. The Youngstown State Penguins won their second I-AA championship, defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd by a final score of 17−5, a home game for Marshall. It was the third consecutive year that Marshall and Youngstown State faced off in National Championship Game.
Conference changes and new programs
- A 1991 NCAA rule change required athletic programs maintain all of their sports at the same division level by the 1993 season. As such, many Division I programs with football teams at the Division II and Division III levels were forced to upgrade their programs to the Division I-AA level.
- The rule change directly led to the establishment of the Pioneer Football League, a non-scholarship football conference at the Division I-AA level with six founding members, all formerly in Division III: Butler, Dayton, Drake, Evansville, San Diego, and Valparaiso.
- It also led to the creation of the American West Conference, initially a football-only conference at the Division I-AA level with five founding members, all formerly in Division II: UC Davis, Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge, Sacramento State, and Southern Utah.
- The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, an existing Division I conference, also began sponsoring football in order to accommodate these new I-AA football programs.
American West Conference – Southern Utah and UC Davis
NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket
|National Championship Game |
|(1) Georgia Southern*||14|
|(1) Georgia Southern||14|
|(4) Boston U.*||27**|
|(4) Boston U.||14|
|William & Mary||28|
|(3) McNeese State*||34|
|(3) McNeese State*||28|
|Stephen F. Austin||20|
* Next to team name denotes host institution
* Next to score denotes overtime period
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