|2008 NCAA Division I FCS season|
|Regular season||August 28 – November 22|
|Playoffs||November 29 – December 19|
|National Championship||Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN|
|Payton Award||Armanti Edwards|
|Buchanan Award||Greg Peach|
|Division I FCS football season
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 at the 2008 NCAA Division I National Football Championship game, where the Richmond Spiders defeated the Montana Grizzlies to win the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
Rule changes for 2008 
- 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 
- August 30 – Arkansas-Monticello 21, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (Division II over Division I FCS)
- August 31 – Fayetteville State 33, North Carolina Central 22 (Division II over Division I FCS)
- September 4 – St. Francis (IL) 21, Valparaiso 0 (NAIA over Division I FCS non-scholarship)
- September 4 – Washburn 35, Missouri State 27 (Division II over Division I FCS)
- September 5 – Stonehill 14, Wagner 13 (Division II over Division I FCS)
- September 6 – Methodist 32, Campbell 21 (Division III over Division I FCS non-scholarship)
- September 6 – UNC Pembroke 21, Davidson 9 (Division II over Division I FCS non-scholarship)
- September 6 – Henderson State 34, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (Division II over Division I FCS)
- September 13 – Franklin 31, Butler 28 (Division III over Division I FCS non-scholarship)
- September 20 – UNC Pembroke 22, Jacksonville 21 (Division II over Division I FCS non-scholarship)
- September 20 – Marian 13, Valparaiso 10 (NAIA over Division I FCS non-scholarship)
- October 4 – Tuskegee 34, Alabama A&M 24 (Division II over Division I FCS)
- October 11 – Wesley 23, Iona 12 (Division III over Division I FCS)
Conference champions 
Automatic berths 
|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|
|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|
|Ivy League||Brown||7–3, 6–1|
|Southwestern Athletic Conference||Grambling State||11–2, 7–0|
*Overall record, Conference record
NCAA FCS Playoff bracket 
December 12 and December 13
|National Championship Game
|South Carolina State||21|
* Host institution
|Date||Location||Venue||West Div. Champion||East Div. Champion||Result|
|December 13||Birmingham, Alabama||Legion Field||Grambling State||Jackson State||Grambling State, 41–9|
Gridiron Classic 
|Date||Location||Venue||NEC Champion||PFL Champion||Result|
|December 6||Albany, New York||University Field||Albany||Jacksonville||Albany, 28–0|
Final poll standings 
Standings are from The Sports Network final 2008 poll.
|3||James Madison Dukes||12–2|
|4||Northern Iowa Panthers||12–3|
|5||Appalachian State Mountaineers||11–3|
|7||Weber State Wildcats||10–4|
|8||New Hampshire Wildcats||10–3|
|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|
|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 
- Associated Press (2008-12-19). "Richmond cruises to first football title". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "Armanti Edwards wins 2008 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "Greg Peach captures 2008 Buck Buchanan Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "NCAA Football Rules Committee Proposes Rules to Enhance Student-Athlete Safety and Encourage Consistent Pace of Play" (Press release). NCAA. 2008-02-13. Archived from the original on 23 December 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
- Olin Buchanan (2008-02-13). "More new timing rules among NCAA proposal". Rivals. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
- "2008 Playoff Bracket". NCAA. Archived from the original on 27 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- Associated Press (2008-12-13). "Grambling St. 41, Jackson St. 9". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- Associated Press (2008-12-06). "Albany, N.Y. 28, Jacksonville 0". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "Final Sports Network's 2008 FCS College Football Poll". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
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