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The 2008 NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) football season, part of the college football season, began on August 28, 2008 and concluded on December 19, 2008 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the Richmond Spiders defeated the Montana Grizzlies to win the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

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Rule changes for 2008

The NCAA football rules committee made several rule changes for 2008, and includes the following:[4][5]

  • 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.

FCS team wins over FBS teams

Notable upsets

Conference champions

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Automatic berths

Conference Champion Record*
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

Invitation

Conference Champion Record*
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

Abstains

Conference Champion Record*
Ivy League Brown 7–3, 6–1
Southwestern Athletic Conference Grambling State 11–2, 7–0

*Overall record, Conference record

Postseason

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket

  First Round[6]
November 29
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 6
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 12 and December 13
Campus Sites
National Championship Game

December 19
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee

                                     
 Wofford 35  
1  James Madison* 38  
  1  James Madison* 31  
 
   Villanova 27  
 Colgate 28
 Villanova* 55  
  1  James Madison* 27  
  4  Montana 35  
 Texas State 13  
4  Montana* 31  
  4  Montana* 24
 
   Weber State 13  
 Weber State 49
 Cal Poly* 35  
  4  Montana 7
   Richmond 24
 South Carolina State 21  
2  Appalachian State* 37  
  2  Appalachian State* 13
 
   Richmond 33  
 Eastern Kentucky 10
 Richmond* 38  
   Richmond 21
  3  Northern Iowa* 20  
 Maine 15  
3  Northern Iowa* 40  
  3  Northern Iowa* 36
 
   New Hampshire 34  
 New Hampshire 29
 Southern Illinois* 20  

* Host institution

SWAC Championship Game

Date Location Venue West Div. Champion East Div. Champion Result
December 13 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Grambling State Jackson State Grambling State, 41–9[7]

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 6 Albany, New York University Field Albany Jacksonville Albany, 28–0[8]

Final poll standings

Standings are from The Sports Network final 2008 poll.

Rank[9] Team Record
1 Richmond Spiders 13–3
2 Montana Grizzlies 14–2
3 James Madison Dukes 12–2
4 Northern Iowa Panthers 12–3
5 Appalachian State Mountaineers 11–3
6 Villanova Wildcats 10–3
7 Weber State Wildcats 10–4
8 New Hampshire Wildcats 10–3
9 Wofford Terriers 9–3
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
14 Liberty Flames 10–2
15 Harvard Crimson 9–1
16 Colgate Raiders 9–3
17 Elon Phoenix 8–4
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

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Associated Press (2008-12-19). "Richmond cruises to first football title". ESPN. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=283540257. Retrieved 2008-12-20.  
  2. ^ "Armanti Edwards wins 2008 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/2008payton_edwards.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-20.  
  3. ^ "Greg Peach captures 2008 Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/2008buchanan_peach.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-20.  
  4. ^ NCAA (2008-02-13). "NCAA Football Rules Committee Proposes Rules to Enhance Student-Athlete Safety and Encourage Consistent Pace of Play". Press release. http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=1182.  
  5. ^ Olin Buchanan (2008-02-13). "More new timing rules among NCAA proposal". Rivals. http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?cid=774255. Retrieved 2008-02-13.  
  6. ^ "2008 Playoff Bracket". NCAA. http://www.ncaa.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/ncaa/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2008-FCSFBBracket. Retrieved 2008-12-24.  
  7. ^ Associated Press (2008-12-13). "Grambling St. 41, Jackson St. 9". ESPN. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=283482755. Retrieved 2008-12-20.  
  8. ^ Associated Press (2008-12-06). "Albany, N.Y. 28, Jacksonville 0". ESPN. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=283410399. Retrieved 2008-12-20.  
  9. ^ "Final Sports Network's 2008 FCS College Football Poll". The Sports Network. http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/2008_poll.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-01.  

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