|2003 NCAA Division I-AA season|
|Payton Award||Jamaal Branch (RB, Colgate)|
|Buchanan Award||Jared Allen (DE, Idaho State)|
|Duration||November 29–December 19|
|Championship date||December 19, 2003|
|Championship site||Finley Stadium|
|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.
Conference changes and new programs
|School||2002 Conference||2003 Conference|
|Coastal Carolina||New Program||Big South|
|East Tennessee State||Southern||Dropped Program|
|Jacksonville State||Southland||Ohio Valley|
|St. John's (NY)||Northeast||Dropped Program|
|Samford||I-AA Independent||Ohio Valley|
|Southeastern Louisiana||Revived Program||I-AA Independent|
Atlantic 10 Conference – Delaware and UMass
NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket
|National Championship Game |
|North Carolina A&T||0|
* By team name denotes host institution
* By score denotes overtime period(s)
- "2003 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 16. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
- Nelson, Marcus (November 24, 2003). "500 gather to watch announcement". The Palm Beach Post. p. 5C. Retrieved February 2, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
- Gordillo, Jim (November 23, 2003). "Selection Sunday primer for Division I-AA playoffs". The Southern Illinoisan. Carbondale, Illinois. p. 3B. Retrieved February 2, 2019 – via newspapers.com.