|2014 NCAA Division I FCS season|
|Duration||August 23 – November 22|
|Payton Award||John Robertson, QB, Villanova|
|Buchanan Award||Kyle Emanuel, DE, North Dakota State|
|Duration||November 29 – December 20|
|Championship date||January 10, 2015|
|Championship site||Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX|
|Champion||North Dakota State|
|NCAA Division I FCS football seasons|
The 2014 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 23, 2014, and concluded with the 2015 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game played on January 10, 2015, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Under a standard provision of NCAA rules, all FCS programs were allowed to play 12 regular-season games (not counting conference title games) in 2014. 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. After this season, the next season in which 12-game seasons are allowed will be 2019.
Conference changes and new programs
Several teams changed conferences from the 2013 season, with all moves officially taking effect on July 1, 2014.
|School||2013 Conference||2014 Conference|
|Appalachian State||SoCon||Sun Belt (FBS)|
|Georgia Southern||SoCon||Sun Belt (FBS)|
|Old Dominion||Independent||C-USA (FBS)|
- May 14 – The NCAA announces its Academic Progress Rate (APR) sanctions for the 2014–15 school year. A total of 36 programs in 11 sports are declared ineligible for postseason play due to failure to meet the required APR benchmark, including the following seven FCS teams:
- Alabama State
- Arkansas–Pine Bluff
- Florida A&M
- Mississippi Valley State
- Prairie View A&M
- Saint Francis
- Savannah State
- In addition to the above teams, the entire athletic program at Southern, including the football team, is ineligible for postseason play due to failure to supply usable academic data to the NCAA.
FCS team wins over FBS teams
(FCS rankings from the Sports Network poll; FBS rankings from the AP Poll)
- August 30:
- September 6:
- September 13:
- September 20:
- September 27:
- October 11:
FCS results by conference against FBS opponents
|Conference||Champion||Runner-up||Score||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|SWAC||Alcorn State||Southern||38–24||Malcolm Cyrus (RB, Alabama State)
John Gibbs, Jr. (QB, Alcorn State)
|Jerome Howard (LB, Prairie View A&M)||Broderick Fobbs (Grambling State)|
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||Eastern Washington||10–2 (7–1)||Vernon Adams (QB, Eastern Washington)||Zack Wagenmann (DE, Montana)||Mike Kramer (Idaho State)|
|Big South||Coastal Carolina
|Alex Ross (QB, Coastal Carolina)||Quinn Backus (LB, Coastal Carolina)||Joe Moglia (Coastal Carolina)|
Harold Nichols (Presbyterian)
|CAA||New Hampshire||10–1 (8–0)||John Robertson (QB, Villanova)||Mike Reilly (DL, William & Mary)||Sean McDonnell (New Hampshire)|
|Ivy||Harvard||10–0 (7–0)||Tyler Varga (RB, Yale)||Zack Hodges (DE, Harvard)
Mike Zeuli (LB, Princeton)
|Tim Murphy (Harvard)|
North Carolina A&T
North Carolina Central
South Carolina State
|Tarik Cohen (RB, North Carolina A&T)
Greg McGhee (QB, Howard)
|Javon Hargrave (DT, South Carolina State)||Lee Hull (Morgan State)|
North Dakota State
|Marshaun Coprich (RB, Illinois State)||Kyle Emanuel (DE, North Dakota State)||Brock Spack (Illinois State)|
|Khairi Dickson (RB, Saint Francis (PA))||Jeff Covitz (DE, Bryant)||Mark Nofri (Sacred Heart)|
|OVC||Jacksonville State||10–1 (8–0)||Dy'Shawn Mobley (RB, Eastern Kentucky)||Devaunte Sigler (DT, Jacksonville State)||John Grass (Jacksonville State)|
|Patriot||Fordham||10–2 (6–0)||Mike Nebrich (QB, Fordham)||Evan Byers (LB, Bucknell)||Joe Susan (Bucknell)|
|Pioneer||San Diego||9–1 (7–1)||Connor Kacsor (RB, Dayton)||Donald Payne (S, Stetson)||Dale Lindsey (San Diego)|
|Southern||Chattanooga||9–3 (7–0)||Jacob Huesman (QB, Chattanooga)||Davis Tull (DL, Chattanooga)||Russ Huesman (Chattanooga)|
|Southland||Sam Houston State
|Bryan Bennett (QB, Southeastern Louisiana)
Gus Johnson (RB, Stephen F. Austin)
|Jonathan Woodard (DE, Central Arkansas)||Clint Conque (Stephen F. Austin)|
Automatic berths for conference champions
|Big Sky Conference||Eastern Washington||11th||2013||Semifinals (L – Towson)|
|Big South Conference||Liberty||1st||–||–|
|Colonial Athletic Association||New Hampshire||13th||2013||Semifinals (L – North Dakota State)|
|Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||Morgan State||1st||–||–|
|Missouri Valley Football Conference||North Dakota State||5th||2013||National Champions (W – Towson)|
|Northeast Conference||Sacred Heart||2nd||2013||First Round (L – Fordham)|
|Ohio Valley Conference||Jacksonville State||5th||2013||Quarterfinals (L – Eastern Washington)|
|Patriot League||Fordham||4th||2013||Second Round (L – Towson)|
|Pioneer Football League||San Diego||1st||–||–|
|Southern Conference||Chattanooga||2nd||1984||First Round (L – Arkansas State)|
|Southland Conference||Sam Houston State||8th||2013||Second Round (L – Southeastern Louisiana)|
At large qualifiers
NCAA FCS Playoff bracket
December 12 and 13
December 19 and 20
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
|Sacred Heart||22||1||New Hampshire*||44|
|Eastern Kentucky*||16||1||New Hampshire*||18|
|San Diego||14||4||Eastern Washington*||37|
|Stephen F. Austin||10||5||Illinois State*||41|
|Northern Iowa*||44||5||Illinois State||27|
|2||North Dakota State||29|
|South Dakota State||24|
|South Dakota State||47||2||North Dakota State*||27|
|Montana State*||40||2||North Dakota State*||39|
|Morgan State||24||7||Coastal Carolina*||36|
|Richmond*||46||2||North Dakota State*||35|
|Sam Houston State||3|
|Sam Houston State||37|
|Southeastern Louisiana||17||3||Jacksonville State*||26|
|Sam Houston State*||21||Sam Houston State||34|
|Game||Date/TV||Location||Winning Team||Losing Team||Score||MVP|
|Legacy Bowl||March 21, 2015||KINCHO Stadium
|Kwansei Gakuin (JAFA)
Preseason and in-season
This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2014. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2014, see 2013 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.
|Nicholls State||Charlie Stubbs||September 14||Resigned||Steve Axman (interim)|
|Florida A&M||Earl Holmes||October 29||Fired||Corey Fuller (interim)|
End of season
|School||Outgoing coach||Date announced||Reason||Replacement|
|Nicholls State||Steve Axman||November 20||Resigned||Tim Rebowe|
|VMI||Sparky Woods||November 24||Fired||Scott Wachenheim|
|Bethune-Cookman||Brian Jenkins||December 16||Hired by Alabama State||Terry Sims|
|Florida A&M||Corey Fuller||December 23||Permanent Replacement||Alex Wood|
- 2014 NCAA Division I FCS football rankings
- 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season
- 2014 NCAA Division II football season
- 2014 NCAA Division III football season
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