|2008 NCAA Division I FCS season|
|Duration||August 28 – November 22|
|Payton Award||Armanti Edwards|
|Buchanan Award||Greg Peach|
|Duration||November 29 – December 19|
|Championship date||December 19, 2008|
|Championship site||Finley Stadium|
|NCAA Division I FCS football seasons|
The 2008 NCAA Division I FCS football season, the 2008 season of college football for teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), began on August 28, 2008, and concluded on December 19, 2008, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the 2008 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game, where the Richmond Spiders defeated the Montana Grizzlies to win the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
Rule changes for 2008
- The 25-second play clock was replaced by a 40-second version similar to one that was used in the NFL until 2005.
- The penalty for kicking the ball out of bounds on the kickoff is increased, placing the ball at the 40-yard line, similar to the NFL.
- All face-mask penalties result in a 15-yard penalty. Incidental contact with the face mask is no longer penalized.
- All horse-collar tackles are now subject to a 15-yard penalty.
- If a coach challenges a play and they win the challenge, they are given a second challenge to use later in the game, and each coach has a maximum of two challenges per game even if both are decided in their favor.
In addition to the rules changes, this was the first season in which a standard provision of NCAA rules allowed FCS teams to schedule 12 regular-season games (not counting conference championship games). In years when the period starting with the Thursday before Labor Day and ending with the final Saturday in November contains 14 Saturdays, FCS programs may play 12 games instead of the regular 11.
Conference and program changes
- The Gateway Football Conference changed its name to its now-current name, Missouri Valley Football Conference.
- Following the 2007 season, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference was forced to drop its football sponsorship after La Salle dropped its program. The two remaining teams, Iona and Marist, were forced to become independents. Iona would eventually drop its own program at the end of the 2008 season.
|School||2007 Conference||2008 Conference|
|Bryant||Northeast-10 (D-II)||FCS Independent|
|La Salle||MAAC||Dropped Program|
|North Dakota State||Great West||Missouri Valley|
|Presbyterian||D-II Independent||Big South|
|South Dakota State||Great West||Missouri Valley|
|Stony Brook||FCS Independent||Big South|
FCS team wins over FBS teams
- August 30 – Arkansas–Monticello 21, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (Division II over Division I FCS)
- August 31 – Fayetteville State 33, North Carolina Central 22 (Division II over Division I FCS)
- September 4 – St. Francis (IL) 21, Valparaiso 0 (NAIA over Division I FCS non-scholarship)
- September 4 – Washburn 35, Missouri State 27 (Division II over Division I FCS)
- September 5 – Stonehill 14, Wagner 13 (Division II over Division I FCS)
- September 6 – Methodist 32, Campbell 21 (Division III over Division I FCS non-scholarship)
- September 6 – UNC Pembroke 21, Davidson 9 (Division II over Division I FCS non-scholarship)
- September 6 – Henderson State 34, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (Division II over Division I FCS)
- September 13 – Franklin (IN) 31, Butler 28 (Division III over Division I FCS non-scholarship)
- September 20 – UNC Pembroke 22, Jacksonville 21 (Division II over Division I FCS non-scholarship)
- September 20 – Marian (IN) 13, Valparaiso 10 (NAIA over Division I FCS non-scholarship)
- October 4 – Tuskegee 34, Alabama A&M 24 (Division II over Division I FCS)
- October 11 – Wesley (DE) 23, Iona 12 (Division III over Division I FCS non-scholarship)
|Big Sky Conference||Montana||11–0, 8–0|
|Colonial Athletic Association||James Madison||10–1, 8–0|
|Missouri Valley Football Conference||Southern Illinois||9–2, 7–1|
|Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||South Carolina State||10–2, 8–0|
|Ohio Valley Conference||Eastern Kentucky||8–3, 7–1|
|Patriot League||Colgate||9–2, 5–0|
|Southern Conference||Appalachian State||10–2, 8–0|
|Southland Conference||Texas State||8–4, 5–2|
|Great West Conference||Cal Poly||8–2, 3–0|
|Big South Conference||Liberty||10–2, 5–0|
|Northeast Conference||Albany||8–3, 7–0|
|Pioneer Football League||Jacksonville||9–3, 7–1|
|Ivy League||Brown||7–3, 6–1|
|Southwestern Athletic Conference||Grambling State||11–2, 7–0|
*Overall record, Conference record
NCAA FCS Playoff bracket
December 12 and December 13
|National Championship Game|
|South Carolina State||21|
* Host institution
|Date||Location||Venue||West Div. Champion||East Div. Champion||Result|
|December 13||Birmingham, Alabama||Legion Field||Grambling State||Jackson State||Grambling State, 41–9|
|Date||Location||Venue||NEC Champion||PFL Champion||Result|
|December 6||Albany, New York||University Field||Albany||Jacksonville||Albany, 28–0|
Final poll standings
Standings are from The Sports Network final 2008 poll.
|3||James Madison Dukes||12–2|
|4||Northern Iowa Panthers||12–3|
|5||Appalachian State Mountaineers||11–3|
|7||Weber State Wildcats||10–4|
|8||New Hampshire Wildcats||10–3|
|10||Cal Poly Mustangs||8–3|
|11||Southern Illinois Salukis||9–3|
|12||Central Arkansas Bears||10–2|
|13||South Carolina State Bulldogs||10–3|
|18||Maine Black Bears||8–5|
|19||Eastern Kentucky Colonels||8–4|
|20||William & Mary Tribe||7–4|
|21||McNeese State Cowboys||7–4|
|22||Texas State Bobcats||8–5|
|23||Jacksonville State Gamecocks||8–3|
|24||Grambling State Tigers||11–2|
|25||Prairie View A&M Panthers||9–1|
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