1983 was another relatively calm season in terms of turnover with only a few additions.

1983 FCS Over FBS Victories (21)

  1. Kent State @ Akron, 13-6
  2. Appalachian State @ Wake Forest, 27-25
  3. Akron @ Eastern Michigan, 13-0
  4. Colgate @ Army, 15-13
  5. Idaho State @ UTEP, 12-10
  6. Louisiana @ Louisiana-Monroe, 31-6
  7. Chattanooga @ Louisiana, 38-14
  8. Furman @ Georgia Tech, 17-14
  9. New Mexico State @ North Texas, 49-3
  10. Army @ Harvard, 24-21
  11. North Texas @ New Mexico, 18-8
  12. Ball State @ Indiana State, 35-14
  13. Wichita State @ Texas-Arlington, 34-24
  14. Wichita State @ Indiana State, 24-22
  15. Lehigh @ Army, 13-12
  16. New Mexico State @ Texas-Arlington, 28-7
  17. Eastern Washington @ Long Beach State, 20-17
  18. Idaho @ Pacific, 31-19
  19. Cal State Fullerton @ Idaho State, 43-10
  20. New Mexico State @ Southern Illinois, 41-3
  21. Pacific @ Nevada, 34-24

There was one tie between I-A and I-AA teams in 1983:

  1. Arkansas State @ Memphis, 14-14

National Champion

Southern Illinois (13-1 Overall, 5-1 Missouri Valley Conference) captured their first I-AA/FCS title with a crushing 43-7 victory over Western Carolina (11-3-1 Overall, 5-0-1 Southern Conference).

Conference Changes

The seasons of 1982 through 1985 presented a bizarre scenario in the 8 team Missouri Valley Conference. Some teams were classified as I-A (New Mexico StateTulsa, and Wichita State) while others were classified as I-AA (DrakeIllinois StateIndiana StateSouthern Illinois, and West Texas A&M). We decided to stay true to the classifications at the time with those considered I-AA showing up on the list for 1983.

Team Changes

North Texas officially reclassified from I-A to I-AA while remaining in the Southland Conference for 1983. Georgia Southern was in its second year of club football before returning with a varsity and I-AA team in 1984.

Eastern Washington was in the process of moving up from Division II to Division I. While the NCAA shows the Eagles as fully eligible starting in 1984, it is important to note they played 7 I-AA opponents and an I-A team in Long Beach State as well.

Davidson moved from being I-AA independent to the Southern Conference. The NCAA did not list Akron as a member of the I-AA/FCS Ohio Valley Conference and also did not have Georgia Southern as I-AA since they were in a transition to re-establishing their varsity team.

Playoff Notes

The 1983 I-AA Playoffs remained the same as 1982. 12 teams were selected for the playoffs, the top four seeds received a first-round bye, and campus sites were used for the first three rounds. The national title game was played on December 17 at Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina for the first time.

1982 Season ———————————————————————————————————————— 1984 Season