1973 NCAA Division II football season

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The 1973 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II Football Championship Subdivision level, began in August 1973, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 16, 1978, at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California. In the first ever season of Division II football after these teams split away from the Division I Small College Division after the 1972 season. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs won their first Division II championship, defeating the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers by a final score of 34−0.[1]

Conference standings[edit]

1973 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
SE Missouri State 5 1 0     6 4 0
NW Missouri State 4 2 0     6 5 0
Lincoln (MO) 3 3 0     5 6 0
SW Missouri State 3 3 0     3 7 0
Missouri-Rolla 2 3 1     3 6 2
NE Missouri State 2 3 1     2 7 2
Central Missouri State 1 5 0     2 8 0
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant


Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic AssociationVirginia Union
Far Western Football ConferenceUC Davis and Cal State Chico
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceNorthwood
Gulf South ConferenceTroy State
Lone Star ConferenceAbilene Christian
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic AssociationSoutheast Missouri State
North Central ConferenceNorth Dakota State and South Dakota
Northern Intercollegiate ConferenceMinnesota State–Moorhead
Rocky Mountain Athletic ConferenceWestern State
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Division II) – Bethune-Cookman
Yankee ConferenceConnecticut

Postseason[edit]

The 1973 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the first single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The inaugural edition had only eight teams. The championship game was held at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defeated the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 34-0, to win their first national title.[2]

First round Semifinals Championship
                 
Grambling State 17
Delaware 8
Grambling State 20
Western Kentucky 28
Western Kentucky 25
Lehigh 16
Western Kentucky 0
Louisiana Tech 34
Louisiana Tech 18
Western Illinois 13
Louisiana Tech 38
Boise State 34
Boise State 53
South Dakota 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-Time Conference Champions" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 15–28. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "1973 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved December 17, 2013.