NCAA Division II Football Championship

The NCAA Division II Football Championship is an American college football tournament played annually to determine a champion at the NCAA Division II level. It was first held in 1973, as a single-elimination tournament with eight teams. The tournament field has subsequently been expanded three times; in 1988 it became 16 teams, in 2004 it became 24 teams, and in 2016 it became 28 teams.

The National Championship game has been held in seven different cities; Sacramento, California (1973–1975), Wichita Falls, Texas (1976–1977), Longview, Texas (1978), Albuquerque, New Mexico (1979–1980), McAllen, Texas (1981–1985), Florence, Alabama (1986–2013), and Kansas City, Kansas (2014–2017).[2] The 2018 game will be played at the McKinney ISD Stadium and Community Event Center in McKinney, Texas.[3] Since 1994, the games have been broadcast on ESPN.

Prior to 1973, for what was then called the "NCAA College Division," champions were selected by polls conducted at the end of each regular season by two major wire services; in some years the two polls named different number one teams.

NCAA Division II Football Championship
2005 Div2 Championship Logo
Logo used for the 2005 NCAA Division II National Championship Game
In operation1973–present
Preceded bySmall college polls
Number of playoff teams28
Championship trophyNCAA Division II National Championship Trophy
Television partner(s)ESPNU[1]
Most playoff appearancesNorth Alabama
Northwest Missouri State (19)
Most playoff championshipsNorthwest Missouri State (6)
Current championValdosta State University (4)

NCAA College Division wire service national champions

Polls were conducted by the Associated Press (AP) and United Press International (UPI) at the end of each regular season. The AP would poll a panel of writers, while UPI would poll a panel of coaches.

National champions by polling

Year UPI number one AP number one
1958 Mississippi Southern (no poll)
1959 Bowling Green (no poll)
1960 Ohio
1961 Pittsburg State
1962 Southern Miss Florida A&M
1963 Delaware Northern Illinois
1964 Cal State Los Angeles Wittenberg
1965 North Dakota State
1966 San Diego State
1967 San Diego State
1968 San Diego State North Dakota State
1969 North Dakota State
1970 Arkansas State
1971 Delaware
1972 Delaware
1973dagger Tennessee State
1974dagger Louisiana Tech Central Michigan

daggerWhile the NCAA started Division II playoffs in 1973, AP and UPI still conducted their polls these years.

NCAA Division II champions

Since 1973, a post-season tournament has been held to determine the Division II Champion. The current format, in use since 2016, features 28 teams. The 28 teams are organized into 4 super-regions of 7 teams each, the top-seeded team in each super-region gets a bye during the first round. The champions of the four super-regions meet in the semi-final round, and the winners of the two semi-final games meet in a neutral-site championship game. Prior to the championship game itself, the game is held at the higher-seeded team's stadium. The championship game has been played at several sites through history, starting in 2018 it will be held at the McKinney Independent School District Stadium, a 12,000 seat facility that opened in August, 2018.

Year Champion[4] Runner-up Score Venue Location Attendance Winning head coach
1973 Louisiana Tech (1) Western Kentucky 34–0 Hughes Stadium Sacramento, California 12,016 Maxie Lambright
1974 Central Michigan (1) Delaware 54–14 Hughes Stadium Sacramento, California 14,137 Roy Kramer
1975 Northern Michigan (1) Western Kentucky 16–14 Hughes Stadium Sacramento California 12,017 Gil Krueger
1976 Montana State (1) Akron 24–13 Memorial Stadium Wichita Falls, Texas 13,200 Sonny Holland
1977 Lehigh (1) Jacksonville State 33–0 Memorial Stadium Wichita Falls, Texas 14,114 John Whitehead
1978 Eastern Illinois (1) Delaware 10–9 Lobo Stadium Longview, Texas 5,500 Darrell Mudra
1979 Delaware (1) Youngstown State 38–21 University Stadium Albuquerque, New Mexico 4,000 Tubby Raymond
1980 Cal Poly SLO (1) Eastern Illinois 21–13 University Stadium Albuquerque, New Mexico 2,056[5] Joe Harper
1981 Southwest Texas State (1) North Dakota State 42–13 Veterans Memorial Stadium McAllen, Texas 9,415 Jim Wacker
1982 Southwest Texas State (2) UC Davis 34–9 Veterans Memorial Stadium McAllen, Texas 8,000 Jim Wacker
1983 North Dakota State (1) Central State 41–21 Veterans Memorial Stadium McAllen, Texas 5,275 Don Morton
1984 Troy State (1) North Dakota State 18–17 Veterans Memorial Stadium McAllen, Texas 4,500 Chan Gailey
1985 North Dakota State (2) North Alabama 35–7 Veterans Memorial Stadium McAllen, Texas 6,000 Earle Solomonson
1986 North Dakota State (3) South Dakota 27–7 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 11,506 Earle Solomonson
1987 Troy State (2) Portland State 31–17 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 10,600 Rick Rhoades
1988 North Dakota State (4) Portland State 35–21 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,763 Rocky Hager
1989 Mississippi College Jacksonville State 3–0 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,763 John M. Williams
1990 North Dakota State (5) Indiana (PA) 51–11 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 10,080 Rocky Hager
1991 Pittsburg State (1) Jacksonville State 23–6 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 11,500 Chuck Broyles
1992 Jacksonville State (1) Pittsburg State 17–13 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 11,733 Bill Burgess
1993 North Alabama (1) Indiana (PA) 41–34 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 15,361 Bobby Wallace
1994 North Alabama (2) Texas A&M–Kingsville 16–10 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 13,526 Bobby Wallace
1995 North Alabama (3) Pittsburg State 27–7 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 15,241 Bobby Wallace
1996 Northern Colorado (1) Carson–Newman 23–14 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 5,745 Joe Glenn
1997 Northern Colorado (2) New Haven 51–0 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 3,352 Joe Glenn
1998 Northwest Missouri State (1) Carson–Newman 24–6 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,149 Mel Tjeerdsma
1999 Northwest Missouri State (2) Carson–Newman 58–52 (4OT) Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 8,451 Mel Tjeerdsma
2000 Delta State (1) Bloomsburg 63–34 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 7,123 Steve Campbell
2001 North Dakota (1) Grand Valley State 17–14 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,113 Dale Lennon
2002 Grand Valley State (1) Valdosta State 31–24 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 9,783 Brian Kelly
2003 Grand Valley State (2) North Dakota 10–3 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 7,236 Brian Kelly
2004 Valdosta State (1) Pittsburg State 36–31 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 8,604 Chris Hatcher
2005 Grand Valley State (3) Northwest Missouri State 21–17 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,837 Chuck Martin
2006 Grand Valley State (4) Northwest Missouri State 17–14 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 7,437 Chuck Martin
2007 Valdosta State (2) Northwest Missouri State 25–20 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 7,532 David Dean
2008 Minnesota–Duluth (1) Northwest Missouri State 21–14 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,215 Bob Nielson
2009 Northwest Missouri State (3) Grand Valley State 30–23 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,211 Mel Tjeerdsma
2010 Minnesota–Duluth (2) Delta State 20–17 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 4,027 Bob Nielson
2011 Pittsburg State (2) Wayne State (MI) 35–21 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 7,276 Tim Beck
2012 Valdosta State (3) Winston-Salem State 35–7 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 7,525 David Dean
2013 Northwest Missouri State (4) Lenoir–Rhyne 43–28 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,543 Adam Dorrel
2014 CSU–Pueblo (1) Minnesota State–Mankato 13–0 Children's Mercy Park Kansas City, Kansas 6,762 John Wristen
2015 Northwest Missouri State (5) Shepherd 34–7 Children's Mercy Park Kansas City, Kansas 16,181 Adam Dorrel
2016 Northwest Missouri State (6) North Alabama 29–3 Children's Mercy Park Kansas City, Kansas 9,576[6] Adam Dorrel
2017 Texas A&M–Commerce (1) West Florida 37–27 Children's Mercy Park Kansas City, Kansas 4,259 Colby Carthel
2018 Valdosta State (4) Ferris State 49–47 McKinney ISD Stadium McKinney, Texas 4,306 Kerwin Bell

† Mississippi College's 1989 tournament participation, along with its championship, were vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

Teams that moved to Division I

Most of the participants in early national championship games have moved into Division I, the main catalyst for their moves being the creation of Division I-AA, now the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), in 1978. The following Division II title game participants later moved to Division I:

Division I FBS (formerly I-A)
Division I FCS (formerly I-AA)

Postseason bowls

Regional bowls

From 1964 to 1972, four regional bowl games were played in order to provide postseason action,[4] however these games took place after the AP and UPI polls were completed, therefore these games did not factor in selecting a national champion for the College Division. The bowl games were:

Region 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
East Tangerine Bowl Boardwalk Bowl
Orlando, Florida Atlantic City, New Jersey
Mideast Grantland Rice Bowl
Murfreesboro, Tennessee Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Midwest Pecan Bowl Pioneer Bowl
Abilene, Texas Arlington, Texas Wichita Falls, Texas
West Camellia Bowl
Sacramento, California

Winners of regional bowls[4]

Year West Midwest Mideast East
1964 Montana State State College (IA) Middle Tennessee State East Carolina
1965 Cal State Los Angeles North Dakota State Ball State / Tennessee State (tie) East Carolina
1966 San Diego State North Dakota Tennessee State Morgan State
1967 San Diego State Texas-Arlington Eastern Kentucky Tennessee-Martin
1968 Humboldt State North Dakota State Louisiana Tech Delaware
1969 North Dakota State Arkansas State East Tennessee State Delaware
1970 North Dakota State Arkansas State Tennessee State Delaware
1971 Boise State Louisiana Tech Tennessee State Delaware
1972 North Dakota Tennessee State Louisiana Tech Massachusetts

Playoff bowls

From 1973 to 1977, some of the tournament games were also known by bowl names;

Map

NCAA Division II Football Championship is located in the United States
Northwest Missouri State
Northwest Missouri State
North Dakota State
North Dakota State
Grand Valley State
Grand Valley State
North Alabama
North Alabama
Valdosta State
Valdosta State
Southwest Texas State
Southwest Texas State
Troy State
Troy
State
Pittsburg State
Pittsburg State
Northern Colorado
Northern Colorado
Minnesota–Duluth
Minnesota–Duluth
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech
Central Michigan
Central Michigan
Northern Michigan
Northern Michigan
Montana State
Montana State
Lehigh
Lehigh
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Illinois
Delaware
Delaware
Cal Poly SLO
Cal Poly SLO
Mississippi College
Mississippi College
Jacksonville State
Jacksonville State
Delta State
Delta State
North Dakota
North Dakota
CSU–Pueblo
CSU–Pueblo
Schools with Division II championships
Gold pog.svg – 6 championships, Red pog.svg – 5 championships, Blue pog.svg – 4 championships
Pink pog.svg – 3 championships, Black pog.svg – 2 championships, White pog.svg – 1 championship
Italics indicate schools that have since moved to Division I

See also

Nwmsu-trophy
National football championship trophy room at Bearcat Stadium at Northwest Missouri State University. The two trophies in the middle are for the team's 1998 and 1999 national championships. The four trophies on the left are for appearances in the 2005–2008 title games.

References

  1. ^ https://www.tvpassport.com/tv-listings/stations/espn-u-hd/6245/2018-12-15
  2. ^ "Kansas City to host 14 NCAA championships". Sporting Kansas City.
  3. ^ "NCAA seeks new D2 football title game host because Sporting KC will renovate field". KansasCity.com. Kansas City Star. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Division II All-Time Championship Results Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 2. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "Cal Poly-SLO, Martin wreck Eastern Illinois". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, Illinois. AP. December 14, 1980. Retrieved February 26, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ http://www.espn.com/college-football/game?gameId=400928521

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1974 NCAA Division II football season

The 1974 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in September and concluded with the Division II Championship on December 14 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California.

Central Michigan defeated Delaware 54–15 in the Camellia Bowl to win their only Division II national title. CMU moved up to Division I in 1975.

1975 NCAA Division II football season

The 1975 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in September and concluded with the Division II Championship on December 13 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California.

Northern Michigan defeated Western Kentucky in the championship game, 16–14, to win their first Division II national title.

1978 NCAA Division II football season

The 1978 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1978, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship in December 1978 at Lobo Stadium in Longview, Texas. The Eastern Illinois Panthers defeated the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens, 10–9, to win their first Division II national title.

1980 NCAA Division II football season

The 1980 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1980, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship in December 1980 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM. During the game's two-year stretch in New Mexico, it was referred to as the Zia Bowl.

Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo defeated Eastern Illinois in the championship game, 21–13, to win their first Division II national title.

1981 NCAA Division II football season

The 1981 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1981, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 12, 1981, at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas. During the game's five-year stretch in McAllen, the "City of Palms", it was referred to as the Palm Bowl.

Southwest Texas State defeated North Dakota State in the championship game, 42–13, to win their first Division II national title.

1982 NCAA Division II football season

The 1982 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1982, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 11, 1982, at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas. During the game's five-year stretch in McAllen, the "City of Palms", it was referred to as the Palm Bowl.

Southwest Texas State defeated UC Davis in the championship game, 34–9, to win their second overall and second consecutive Division II national title.

1983 NCAA Division II football season

The 1983 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1983, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 10, 1983, at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas. During the game's five-year stretch in McAllen, the "City of Palms", it was referred to as the Palm Bowl. The North Dakota State Bison defeated the Central State (Ohio), 41–21, to win their first Division II national title.

1984 NCAA Division II football season

The 1984 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1984, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 8, 1984, at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas. During the game's five-year stretch in McAllen, the "City of Palms", it was referred to as the Palm Bowl.

Troy State defeated North Dakota State in the championship game, 18–17, to win their first Division II national title.

1985 NCAA Division II football season

The 1985 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1985, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 14, 1985, at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas. During the game's five-year stretch in McAllen, the "City of Palms", it was referred to as the Palm Bowl. The North Dakota State Bison defeated the North Alabama Lions, 35–7, to win their second Division II national title.

1987 NCAA Division II football season

The 1987 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1987, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 12, 1987, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Troy State Trojans defeated the Portland State Vikings, 31–17, to win their second Division II national title.The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Johnny Bailey, running back from Texas A&I.

1991 NCAA Division II football season

The 1991 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1991, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 14, 1991, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Pittsburg State Gorillas defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 23–6, to win their first Division II national title.The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Ronnie West, wide receiver from Pittsburg State.

1992 NCAA Division II football season

The 1992 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1992, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 12, 1992, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks defeated the Pittsburg State Gorillas, 17–13, to win their first Division II national title.The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Ronald Moore, running back from Pittsburg State.

1996 NCAA Division II football season

The 1996 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 7, 1996, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 14, 1996, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Northern Colorado Bears defeated the Carson–Newman, 23–14, to win their first Division II national title.The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Jarrett Anderson, running back from Truman.

1997 NCAA Division II football season

The 1997 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 6, 1997, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 13, 1997, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama.

Northern Colorado defeated New Haven in the championship game, 51–0, to win their second Division II national title.The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Irvin Sigler, running back from Bloomsburg.

1998 NCAA Division II football season

The 1998 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 5, 1998, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 12, 1998, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats defeated the Carson–Newman, 24–6, to win their first Division II national title.The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Brian Shay, running back from Emporia State.

1999 NCAA Division II football season

The 1999 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on August 28, 1999, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 11, 1999, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama.

Northwest Missouri State defeated Carson–Newman in the championship game, 58–52 after four overtimes, to win their second Division II national title.The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Corte McGuffey, quarterback from Northern Colorado.

2000 NCAA Division II football season

The 2000 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 2, 2000, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 9, 2000 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Delta State Statesmen defeated the Bloomsburg Huskies, 63–34, to win their first Division II national title.The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Dusty Bonner, quarterback from Valdosta State.

2001 NCAA Division II football season

The 2001 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on August 30, 2001, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 8, 2001 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama.

North Dakota defeated Grand Valley State in the championship game, 17–14, to win their first Division II national title.The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Dusty Bonner, quarterback from Valdosta State, his second consecutive Hill Trophy.

2002 NCAA Division II football season

The 2002 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 7, 2002, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 14, 2002 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Grand Valley State Lakers defeated the Valdosta State Blazers, 31–24, to win their first Division II national title.The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Curt Anes, quarterback from Grand Valley State.

2003 NCAA Division II football season

The 2003 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 6, 2003, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 13, 2003 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Grand Valley State Lakers defeated the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, 10–3, to win their second Division II national title.The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Will Hall, quarterback from North Alabama.

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