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The 2007 NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) football season, part of the college football season, began on August 25, 2007 and concluded on December 14, 2007 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the Appalachian State Mountaineers defeated the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens to win the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

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Rule changes for 2007

The clock rules adopted in the 2006 season were reversed, after coaches in all divisions disapproved of them. The attempt to reduce the time of games sought by those rules was successful, reducing the average college football game from 3 hours and 21 minutes in 2005 to 3 hours and 7 seven minutes in 2006. The reduced game time also reduced the average number of plays in a game by 13, fewer offensive yards per game by 66, and average points per game by 5.

Rules changes for the 2007 season include:[4]

  • Moving the kick-off yard-line from 35 to 30, which matches the yard-line used in the National Football League, to reduce the number of touchbacks.
  • Paring the 25-second play clock to 15 seconds after TV timeouts.
  • Shortening teams' three allotted timeouts per half by 30 seconds each, from 1:25 to 55 seconds.
  • Allowing penalties against the kicking team on kickoffs to be assessed at the end of the runback, avoiding a re-kick, also matching the NFL rule.

FCS team wins over FBS teams

Conference standings

Gateway Football Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Northern Iowa 6 0 12 1 469 219
Southern Illinois 5 1 12 2 530 243
Youngstown State 3 3 7 4 301 203
Western Illinois 3 3 6 5 273 215
Missouri State 2 4 6 5 399 388
Illinois State 2 4 4 7 324 338
Indiana State 0 6 0 11 123 541
Pioneer Football League
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Dayton 6 1 11 1 466 187
San Diego 6 1 9 2 488 287
Morehead State 5 2 7 4 277 216
Davidson 4 3 6 4 312 282
Drake 3 4 6 5 293 293
Valparaiso 2 5 5 6 245 321
Jacksonville 2 5 3 8 240 351
Butler 0 7 4 7 241 345
Southern Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Appalachian State 5 2 13 2 641 400
Wofford 5 2 9 4 444 323
Georgia Southern 4 3 7 4 402 348
Elon 4 3 7 4 400 334
The Citadel 4 3 7 4 434 310
Furman 4 3 6 5 348 350
Chattanooga 2 5 2 9 255 369
Western Carolina 0 7 1 10 285 504

Conference champions

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Automatic berths

Conference Champion
Big Sky Conference Montana and Eastern Washington
Colonial Athletic Association Massachusetts and Richmond
Gateway Football Conference Northern Iowa
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Delaware State
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Kentucky
Patriot League Fordham
Southern Conference Appalachian State and Wofford
Southland Conference McNeese State

Invitation

Conference Champion
Big South Conference Liberty
Great West Football Conference South Dakota State
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Duquesne, Iona, and Marist
Northeast Conference Albany
Pioneer Football League Dayton

Abstains

Conference Champion
Ivy League Harvard
Southwestern Athletic Conference Jackson State

Postseason

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

  First Round[5]
November 23 and 24
Quarterfinals
December 1
Semifinals
December 7 and 8
National Championship Game

December 14
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee

                                     
 New Hampshire 35  
1  Northern Iowa* 38  
  1  Northern Iowa* 27  
 
   Delaware 39  
 Delaware State 7
 Delaware* 44  
   Delaware 20  
  4  Southern Illinois* 17  
 Eastern Illinois 11  
4  Southern Illinois* 30  
  4  Southern Illinois* 34
 
   Massachusetts 27  
 Fordham 35
 Massachusetts* 49  
   Delaware 21
   Appalachian State* 49
 Eastern Washington 44  
2  McNeese State* 15  
   Eastern Washington 35
 
   Appalachian State* 38  
 James Madison 27
 Appalachian State* 28  
   Appalachian State* 55
   Richmond 35  
 Wofford 23  
3  Montana* 22  
   Wofford* 10
 
   Richmond 21  
 Eastern Kentucky 14
 Richmond* 31  

* Host institution

SWAC Championship Game

Date Location Venue West Div. Champion East Div. Champion Result
December 15 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Grambling State Jackson State Jackson State, 42–31[6]

Gridiron Classic

The Gridiron Classic is an annual game between the champions of the Northeast Conference and the Pioneer Football League that has been held since December 2006.

Date Location Venue NEC Champion PFL Champion Result
December 1 Dayton, Ohio Welcome Stadium Albany Dayton Dayton, 42–21[7]

Final poll standings

Standings are from The Sports Network final 2007 poll.

Rank[8] Team Record
1 Appalachian State Mountaineers 13–2
2 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens 11–4
3 Southern Illinois Salukis 13–2
4 Northern Iowa Panthers 12–1
5 Richmond Spiders 11–3
6 Wofford Terriers 9–4
7 Massachusetts Minutemen 8–4
8 Eastern Washington Eagles 9–4
9 North Dakota State Bison 10–1
10 Montana Grizzlies 11–1
11 McNeese State Cowboys 11–1
12 James Madison Dukes 8–4
13 Eastern Kentucky Colonels 9–3
14 New Hampshire Wildcats 7–5
15 Delaware State Hornets 10–2
16 Youngstown State Penguins 7–4
17 Georgia Southern Eagles 7–4
18 Eastern Illinois Panthers 8–4
19 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 7–4
20 Fordham Rams 8–4
21 Harvard Crimson 8–2
22 Yale Bulldogs 9–1
23 Elon Phoenix 7–4
24 Cal Poly Mustangs 7–4
25 Grambling State Tigers 8–4

See also

Historic games

Notes and references

External links


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