|2015 NCAA Division I FCS season|
|Duration||August 29 – November 21|
|Payton Award||Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington|
|Buchanan Award||Deon King, LB, Norfolk State|
|Duration||November 28 – December 19|
|Championship date||January 9, 2016|
|Championship site||Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas|
|Champion||North Dakota State|
|NCAA Division I FCS football seasons|
The 2015 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 August 29, 2015, and concluded with the 2016 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game played on January 9, 2016, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Conference changes and new programs
One team left the FCS to transition to FBS while two schools added football at the FCS level, all moves officially taking effect on July 1, 2015.
|School||2014 conference||2015 conference|
|East Tennessee State||No program||Independent|
|Kennesaw State||No program||Big South|
No FCS schools opened new stadiums for the 2015 season, however two new programs debuted in the season:
- East Tennessee State plays at Kermit Tipton Stadium located on the campus of Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee.
- Kennesaw State plays on campus at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, which has a capacity of 8,318. There are plans to expand the capacity to over 10,000.
FCS team wins over FBS teams
(FCS rankings from the STATS poll)
- September 4:
- September 5:
- September 19:
- September 26:
- October 3:
- October 10:
- #25 Portland State 66, North Texas 7
- This game saw the largest victory margin ever by an FCS team over an FBS team, surpassing Lehigh's 58–0 win over Harvard in 1981, the year before Harvard and the rest of the Ivy League moved from FBS to FCS (then Divisions I-A and I-AA respectively). Portland State also became the first FCS team to defeat two FBS teams in the same season since North Dakota State in 2007. North Texas' head coach, Dan McCarney, was fired later in the day.
- #25 Portland State 66, North Texas 7
- November 21:
|Conference||Champion||Runner-up||Score||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|SWAC||Alcorn State||Grambling State||49–21||Johnathan Williams
Other conference winners
Note: Records are regular-season only, and do not include playoff games.
|Conference||Champion||Record||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|Big Sky||Southern Utah||8–3 (7–1)||Cooper Kupp
|Big South||Charleston Southern||9–2 (6–0)||De'Angelo Henderson
William & Mary
(William & Mary)
North Carolina A&T
North Carolina Central
(North Carolina A&T)
(South Carolina State)
North Dakota State
|NEC||Duquesne||8–3 (5–1)||Ricardo McCray
|OVC||Jacksonville State||10–1 (8–0)||Eli Jenkins
|Patriot||Colgate||7–4 (6–0)||Chase Edmonds
|Southland||McNeese State||10–0 (9–0)||Kade Harrington
Automatic berths for conference champions
|Big Sky Conference||Southern Utah||2nd||2013||First Round (L – Sam Houston State)|
|Big South Conference||Charleston Southern||1st||–||–|
|Colonial Athletic Association||Richmond||10th||2014||Second Round (L – Coastal Carolina)|
|Missouri Valley Football Conference||North Dakota State||6th||2014||National Champions (W – Illinois State)|
|Ohio Valley Conference||Jacksonville State||6th||2014||Second Round (L – Sam Houston State)|
|Patriot League||Colgate||10th||2012||First Round (L – Wagner)|
|Pioneer Football League||Dayton||1st||–||–|
|Southern Conference||Chattanooga||3rd||2014||Quarterfinals (L – New Hampshire)|
|Southland Conference||McNeese State||16th||2013||Second Round (L – Jacksonville State)|
At large qualifiers
- Ivy League – Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn
- Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – North Carolina A&T
- Southwestern Athletic Conference – Alcorn State
NCAA FCS Playoff bracket
December 11 and 12
December 18 and 19
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
|Coastal Carolina*||38||The Citadel||6|
|The Citadel||41||1||Jacksonville State*||62|
|Sam Houston State||10|
|Sam Houston State*||42||Sam Houston State||34|
|Southern Utah||39||Sam Houston State*||48|
|3||North Dakota State||37|
|Western Illinois||24||2||Illinois State*||27|
|William & Mary*||52||William & Mary||13|
|3||North Dakota State*||33|
|3||North Dakota State*||37|
|South Dakota State||17||3||North Dakota State*||23|
|Northern Iowa*||53||Northern Iowa||29|
* Home team
|Game||Date/TV||Location||Winning Team||Losing Team||Score||Offensive MVP||Defensive MVP|
|Celebration Bowl||December 19
|North Carolina A&T
|Alcorn State Braves
(RB, North Carolina A&T)
(LB, North Carolina A&T)
Preseason and in-season
This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2015. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2015, see 2014 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.
|Jackson State||Harold Jackson||October 7||Fired||Derrick McCall (interim)|
End of season
- 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football rankings
- 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season
- 2015 NCAA Division II football season
- 2015 NCAA Division III football season
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