The Sports Almanac

NCAA FCS Football Champions


JAMES MADISON DUKES
Current NCAA FCS Championship Title Holders

Through the 2016 season
Championship Schools
YEAR WINNER LOSER SCORE
1978 Florida A&M Rattlers
Massachusetts Minutemen
35-28
1979 Eastern Kentucky Colonels
Lehigh Mountain Hawks
30-7
1980 Boise State Broncos
Eastern Kentucky Colonels
31-29
1981 Idaho State Bengals
Eastern Kentucky Colonels
34-23
1982 Eastern Kentucky Colonels
Delaware Blue Hens
17-14
1983 Southern Illinois Salukis
Western Carolina Catamounts
43-7
1984 Montana State Bobcats
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
19-6
1985 Georgia Southern Eagles
Furman Paladins
44-42
1986 Georgia Southern Eagles
Arkansas State Indians
48-21
1987 Northeast Lousiana Warhawks
Marshall Thundering Herd
43-42
1988 Furman Paladins
Georgia Southern Eagles
17-12
1989 Georgia Southern Eagles
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
37-34
1990 Georgia Southern Eagles
Nevada Wolf Pack
36-13
1991 Youngstown State Penguins
Marshall Thundering Herd
25-17
1992 Marshall Thundering Herd
Youngstown State Penguins
31-28
1993 Youngstown State Penguins
Marshall Thundering Herd
17-5
1994 Youngstown State Penguins
Boise State Broncos
28-14
1995 Montana Grizzlies
Marshall Thundering Herd
22-20
1996 Marshall Thundering Herd
Montana Grizzlies
49-29
1997 Youngstown State Penguins
McNeese State Cowboys
10-9
1998 Massachusetts Minutemen
Georgia Southern Eagles
12-3
1999 Georgia Southern Eagles
Youngstown State Penguins
59-24
2000 Georgia Southern Eagles
Montana Grizzlies
27-25
2001 Montana Grizzlies
Furman Paladins
13-6
2002
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
McNeese State Cowboys
34-14
2003
Delaware Blue Hens
Colgate Raiders
40-0
2004
James Madison Dukes
Montana Grizzlies
31-21
2005
Appalachian State Mountaineers
Northern Iowa Panthers
21-16
2006
Appalachian State Mountaineers
Massachusetts Minutemen
28-17
2007
Appalachian State Mountaineers
Delaware Blue Hens
49-21
2008
Richmond Spiders
Montana Grizzlies
24-7
2009
Villanova Woldcats
Montana Grizzlies
23-21
2010
Eastern Washington Eagles
Delaware Blue Hens
20-19
2011
North Dakota State Bison
Sam Houston State Bearkats
17-6
2012
North Dakota State Bison
Sam Houston State Bearkats
39-13
2013
North Dakota State Bison
Towson Tigers
35-7
2014
North Dakota State Bison
Illinois State Redbirds
29-27
2015
North Dakota State Bison
Jacksonville State Gamecocks
37-10
2016
James Madison Dukes
Youngstown State Penguins
28-14

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHOOLS
POSITION
SCHOOL
CHAMPIONSHIPS
LAST CHAMPIONSHIP
1
Georgia Southern Eagles
6
2000
2
North Dakota State Bison 5
2015
3
Youngstown State Penguins
4
1997
4
Appalachian State Mountaineers
3
2007
5
Montana Grizzlies
2
2001
6
Marshall Thundering Herd
2
1996
7
James Madison Dukes
2
2016
8
Richmond Spiders
1
2008
9
Delaware Blue Hens
1
2003
10
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
1
2002
11
Massachusetts Minutemen
1
1998
12
Furman Paladins
1
1988
13
Northeast Louisiana Warhawks
1
1987
14
Southern Illinois Salukis
1
1983
15
Idaho State Bengals
1
1981
16
Boise State Broncos
1
1980
17
Eastern Kentucky Colonels
1
1979
18
Florida A&M Rattlers
1
1978
19
Villanova Wildcats
1
2009
20
Eastern Washington Eagles
1
2010