|1984 NCAA Division I-AA season|
|Duration||November 24–December 15|
|Championship date||December 15, 1984|
|Championship site||Johnson Hagood Stadium|
Charleston, South Carolina
|NCAA Division I-AA football seasons|
The 1984 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 1984, and concluded with the 1984 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 15, 1984, at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. The Montana State Bobcats won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs by a final score of 19−6.
Conference changes and new programs
- Prior to the season, the Gulf Star Conference was formed by six I-AA Independent and Division II teams from Louisiana and Texas. The league would continue for three seasons before being absorbed by the Southland Conference in 1987.
|School||1983 Conference||1984 Conference|
|Eastern Washington||D-II Independent||I-AA Independent|
|Florida A&M||MEAC||I-AA Independent|
|Morgan State||D-II Independent||MEAC (I-AA)|
|Nicholls State||I-AA Independent||Gulf Star|
|Northwestern State||I-AA Independent||Gulf Star|
|Sam Houston State||Lone Star (D-II)||Gulf Star (I-AA)|
|Southeastern Louisiana||I-AA Independent||Gulf Star|
|Southwest Texas State||Lone Star (D-II)||Gulf Star (I-AA)|
|Stephen F. Austin||Lone Star (D-II)||Gulf Star (I-AA)|
Big Sky Conference – Montana State
NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket
|National Championship Game|
|(1) Alcorn State||21|
|Louisiana Tech||66||Murfreesboro, TN|
|Mississippi Valley State||19||Louisiana Tech||21|
|Terre Haute, IN|
|Richmond, KY||Middle Tennessee||13|
|(4) Indiana State||41|
|Eastern Kentucky||10||Charleston, SC – Hagood Stadium|
|Middle Tennessee||27||Louisiana Tech||6|
|Richmond, VA||(3) Montana State||19|
|(2) Rhode Island||23|
|Boston University||33||(2) Rhode Island||20|
|Jonesboro, AR||(3) Montana State||32|
|(3) Montana State||31|
*indicates overtime period
- "1984 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
- "ISU gets first round bye". Palladium-Item. Richmond, Indiana. AP. November 19, 1984. p. A7. Retrieved May 5, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
- "Top-rated Tennessee State finds 14 players ineligible". Alabama Journal. Montgomery, Alabama. November 19, 1984. p. 17. Retrieved May 5, 2019 – via newspapers.com.