1988 NCAA Division I-AA football season

The 1988 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I-AA level, began in August 1988, and concluded with the 1988 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 17, 1988, at Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho. The Furman Paladins won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Georgia Southern Eagles by a final score of 17−12.[1]

1988 NCAA Division I-AA season
Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Payton AwardDave Meggett (RB, Towson State)
Playoff
DurationNovember 26–December 17
Championship dateDecember 17, 1988
Championship siteHolt Arena
Pocatello, Idaho
ChampionFurman Paladins
NCAA Division I-AA football seasons

Conference changes and new programs

School1987 Conference1988 Conference
Tennessee StateI-AA IndependentOhio Valley
Youngstown StateOhio ValleyI-AA Independent

Conference standings

1988 Big Sky football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
#1 Idaho $^ 7 1 0  11 2 0
#16 Montana ^ 6 2 0  8 4 0
#12 Boise State ^ 5 3 0  8 4 0
Nevada 4 4 0  7 4 0
Northern Arizona 4 4 0  6 5 0
Weber State 4 4 0  5 6 0
Montana State 4 4 0  4 7 0
Eastern Washington 2 6 0  2 8 0
Idaho State 0 8 0  0 11 0
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Idaho earned automatic berth and Montana and
    Boise State earned at-large berths in I-AA playoffs.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
(released before playoffs)
1988 Colonial League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Lafayette $ 5 0 0  8 2 1
#19 Holy Cross 3 1 0  9 2 0
Lehigh 2 3 0  6 5 0
Bucknell 2 3 0  3 7 0
Colgate 2 3 0  2 9 0
Davidson 0 4 0  0 10 0
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from poll=The Sports Network poll
1988 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#3 Western Illinois $^  6 0     10 2  
Southwest Missouri State  4 2     5 5  
Indiana State  4 2     5 6  
Northern Iowa  3 3     5 6  
Eastern Illinois  2 4     5 6  
Southern Illinois  2 4     4 7  
Illinois State  0 6     1 10  
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1988 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Penn + 6 1 0  9 1 0
Cornell + 6 1 0  7 2 1
Princeton 4 3 0  6 4 0
Dartmouth 4 3 0  5 5 0
Yale 3 3 1  3 6 1
Columbia 2 5 0  2 8 0
Harvard 2 5 0  2 8 0
Brown 0 6 1  0 9 1
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
(released before championship playoffs)
1988 MEAC football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Bethune–Cookman $ 4 2 0  5 6 0
#18 Florida A&M 4 2 0  6 4 1
Delaware State 4 2 0  5 5 0
Howard 3 3 0  7 4 0
South Carolina State 3 3 0  4 6 0
North Carolina A&T 2 4 0  2 9 0
Morgan State 0 6 0  1 10 0
  • $ Conference champion
  • Both Delaware State & Florida A&M received forfeit losses for the same game. Bethune–Cookman was awarded the conference title
Rankings from Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1988 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 7 Eastern Kentucky $^ 6 0 0  11 3 0
No. 17 Middle Tennessee State 4 2 0  7 4 0
Murray State 4 2 0  4 6 0
Tennessee State 2 4 0  3 7 1
Austin Peay 2 4 0  3 8 0
Morehead State 2 4 0  3 8 0
Tennessee Tech 1 5 0  1 10 0
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1988 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
#4 Furman +^ 6 1 0  13 2 0
#6 Marshall +^ 6 1 0  11 2 0
#14 The Citadel ^ 5 2 0  8 4 0
Appalachian State 4 3 0  6 4 1
Chattanooga 3 3 0  4 7 0
VMI 1 5 0  2 9 0
East Tennessee State 1 6 0  2 9 0
Western Carolina 1 6 0  2 9 0
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
1988 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
#8 Northwestern State $^ 6 0 0  10 3 0
#9 Stephen F. Austin ^ 5 1 0  10 3 0
#10 North Texas ^ 4 2 0  8 4 0
McNeese State 3 3 0  6 5 0
Northeast Louisiana 2 4 0  5 6 0
SW Texas State 1 5 0  4 7 0
Sam Houston State 0 6 0  3 8 0
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
1988 SWAC football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
#5 Jackson State $^ 7 0 0  8 1 2
#20 Grambling State 5 2 0  8 3 0
Alabama State 4 3 0  7 3 0
Alcorn State 4 3 0  6 4 0
Southern 4 3 0  6 5 0
Prairie View A&M 3 4 0  5 5 0
Mississippi Valley State 1 6 0  3 8 0
Texas Southern 0 7 0  0 11 0
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1988 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
#15 Delaware +^ 6 2 0  7 5 0
#10t UMass +^ 6 2 0  8 4 0
Connecticut 4 4 0  7 4 0
Maine 4 4 0  7 4 0
New Hampshire 4 4 0  6 5 0
Villanova 4 4 0  5 5 1
Boston University 3 5 0  4 7 0
Rhode Island 3 5 0  3 8 0
Richmond 2 6 0  4 7 0
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll
1988 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
#2 Georgia Southern ^ 0 0 0  10 2 0
#13 Western Kentucky ^ 0 0 0  9 4 0
Liberty 0 0 0  8 3 0
Nicholls State 0 0 0  7 4 0
William & Mary 0 0 0  6 4 1
Towson 0 0 0  5 5 0
Arkansas State 0 0 0  5 6 0
James Madison 0 0 0  5 6 0
Louisiana Tech 0 0 0  4 7 0
Northeastern 0 0 0  4 7 0
Youngstown State 0 0 0  4 7 0
Lamar 0 0 0  3 8 0
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

Conference champions

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Idaho
Colonial League – Lafayette
Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference – Western Illinois
Ivy League – Cornell and Penn
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Bethune-Cookman, Delaware State, and Florida A&M
Ohio Valley Conference – Eastern Kentucky
Southern Conference – Furman and Marshall
Southland Conference – Northwestern State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – Delaware and Massachusetts

Postseason

The top four teams were seeded, and thus assured of home games in the first round.[2]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket

First Round
November 26
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 3
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 10
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 17
Holt Arena
Pocatello, Idaho
        
Montana 19
(1) Idaho* 38
(1) Idaho* 38
Northwestern State 30
Northwestern State 22
Boise State* 13
(1) Idaho 7
(4) Furman* 38
Delaware 7
(4) Furman* 21
(4) Furman 13
Marshall* 9
North Texas 0
Marshall* 7
(4) Furman 17
(2) Georgia Southern 12
The Citadel 20
(2) Georgia Southern* 38
(2) Georgia Southern* 27
Stephen F. Austin 6
Jackson State 0
Stephen F. Austin* 24
(2) Georgia Southern* 21
Eastern Kentucky 17
Western Kentucky 35
(3) Western Illinois* 32
Western Kentucky 24
Eastern Kentucky* 41
UMass 17
Eastern Kentucky* 28

* Next to team name denotes host institution
Source: [1]

References

  1. "1988 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  2. Hardesty, Abe (November 21, 1988). "Citadel, Furman get I-AA berths". The Greenville News. Greenville, South Carolina. p. 5D. Retrieved April 27, 2019 via newspapers.com.
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