|2006 NCAA Division I FCS season|
|Duration||August 26 – November 18|
|Payton Award||Ricky Santos|
|Buchanan Award||Kyle Shotwell|
|Duration||November 25 – December 15|
|Championship date||December 15, 2006|
|Championship site||Finley Stadium|
|NCAA Division I FCS football seasons|
The 2006 NCAA Division I FCS football season, the 2006 season of college football for teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), began on August 26, 2006 and concluded on December 15, 2006, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the 2006 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game where the Appalachian State Mountaineers defeated the UMass Minutemen, 28–17.
There are several rules that have changed for the 2006 season. Following are some highlights:
- Players may only wear clear eyeshields. Previously, both tinted and orange were also allowed.
- The kicking tee has been lowered from two inches tall to only one inch.
- Halftime lasts twenty minutes. Previously, it was only fifteen minutes.
- On a kickoff, the game clock starts when the ball is kicked rather than when the receiving team touches it.
- On a change of possession, the clock starts when the referee marks the ball ready for play, instead of on the snap.
- The referee may no longer stop the game due to excessive crowd noise.
- When a live-ball penalty such as an illegal formation occurs on a kick, the receiving team may choose either to add the penalty yardage to the end of the return or require the kick to be attempted again with the spot moved back. Previously, only the latter option was available.
- If a team scores at the end of the game, they will not kick the extra point unless it would affect the outcome of the game.
- Instant replay is now officially sanctioned and standardized. All plays are reviewed by the replay officials as the play occurs. They may call down to the on-field officials to stop play if they need extra time to make a review. Each coach may also make one challenge per game. In the case of a coach's challenge, the coach must have at least one time-out remaining. If the challenge is upheld the coach gets the time-out back but the challenge is spent. If the challenge is rejected, both the challenge and the time-out are spent.
Conference changes and new programs
|School||2005 Conference||2006 Conference|
|Austin Peay||Pioneer||FCS Independent|
|Northern Colorado||Great West||Big Sky|
FCS team wins over FBS teams
- September 2 – Montana State 19, Colorado 10
- September 2 – Portland State 17 New Mexico 7
- September 2 – Richmond 13, Duke 0
- September 9 – New Hampshire 34, Northwestern 17
- September 16 – Southern Illinois 35, Indiana 28
- September 23 – North Dakota State 29, Ball State 24
- October 28 - Cal Poly SLO 16, San Diego State 14
|Atlantic 10 Conference||Massachusetts|
|Big Sky Conference||Montana|
|Gateway Football Conference||Youngstown State|
|Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||Hampton|
|Ohio Valley Conference||Eastern Illinois and UT Martin|
|Patriot League||Colgate, Lafayette, and Lehigh|
|Southern Conference||Appalachian State|
|Southland Conference||McNeese State|
|Big South Conference||Coastal Carolina|
|Great West Football Conference||North Dakota State|
|Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||Duquesne and Marist|
|Pioneer Football League||San Diego|
|Ivy League||Princeton and Yale|
|Southwestern Athletic Conference||Alabama A&M|
NCAA FCS Playoff bracket
December 8 and December 9
|National Championship Game|
* Host institution
|Date||Location||Venue||West Div. Champion||East Div. Champion||Result|
|December 16||Birmingham, Alabama||Legion Field||Arkansas-Pine Bluff||Alabama A&M||Alabama A&M, 22–13|
|Date||Location||Venue||NEC Champion||PFL Champion||Result|
|December 2||West Long Branch, New Jersey||Kessler Field||Monmouth||San Diego||San Diego, 27–7|
Final poll standings
Standings are from The Sports Network final 2006 poll.
|1||Appalachian State Mountaineers||14–1|
|4||Youngstown State Penguins||11–3|
|5||North Dakota State Bison||10–1|
|6||New Hampshire Wildcats||9–4|
|7||Southern Illinois Salukis||9–4|
|8||Illinois State Redbirds||9–4|
|9||James Madison Dukes||9–3|
|10||Montana State Bobcats||8–5|
|13||UT Martin Skyhawks||9–3|
|14||Coastal Carolina Chanticleers||9–3|
|15||Eastern Illinois Panthers||8–5|
|16||Cal Poly Mustangs||7–4|
|17||Northern Iowa Panthers||7–4|
|19||Portland State Vikings||7–4|
|20||San Diego Toreros||11–1|
|21||McNeese State Cowboys||7–5|
|22||South Dakota State Jackrabbits||7–4|
|24||Central Arkansas Bears||8–3|
- "Ricky Santos wins the 2006 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "Kyle Shotwell wins 2006 Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "Appalachian State defeats UMass to repeat as I-AA champs". ESPN. Associated Press. 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "2006 Rules Changes" (PDF). NCAA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 September 2006. Retrieved 25 September 2006.
- Jack Carey (2006-11-07). "Wisconsin finds loophole in speed-up rule". USA Today. Retrieved 2006-11-10.
- "2006 Playoff Bracket". NCAA. Retrieved 2008-12-20.[permanent dead link]
- Associated Press (2006-12-15). "Alabama A&M 22, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 13". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- Associated Press (2006-12-02). "San Diego 27, Monmouth 7". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "Final Sports Network's 2006 FCS College Football Poll". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- Media related to 2006 NCAA Division I FCS football season at Wikimedia Commons