1978 NCAA Division II football season

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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.[1]

Conference standings[edit]

1978 Mid-Continent football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Youngstown State ^ 5 0 0     10 2 0
Akron 4 1 0     6 5 0
Eastern Illinois ^ 3 2 0     12 2 0
Northern Michigan 1 3 1     5 4 1
Western Illinois 1 3 1     3 6 1
Northern Iowa 0 5 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AP Poll
1978 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
SW Missouri State 6 0 0     8 3 0
NE Missouri State 5 1 0     6 4 1
Missouri-Rolla 4 2 0     8 3 0
SE Missouri State 2 4 0     6 5 0
Lincoln (MO) 2 4 0     3 8 0
Central Missouri State 2 4 0     2 8 0
NW Missouri State 0 6 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant


Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Association of Mid-Continent UniversitiesEastern Illinois
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Norfolk State
Far Western Football Conference – UC Davis
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Grand Valley State
Gulf South Conference – Jacksonville State
Lone Star Conference – Angelo State
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Southwest Missouri State
North Central Conference – South Dakota
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Morris
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – East Stroudsburg
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Western State
South Atlantic Conference – Elon and Presbyterian
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Florida A&M

Postseason[edit]

1978 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 8
Finals Site Lobo Stadium
Longview, TX
Champions Eastern Illinois (1st title)
Runner-Up Delaware (2nd championship game)
Semifinalists Winston-Salem State
Youngstown State

The 1978 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the sixth single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Lobo Stadium in Longview, Texas for the first time.

Playoff bracket[edit]

  First round
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Lobo Stadium
Longview, TX
                           
   Winston–Salem State 17  
 Cal Poly 10  
   Winston–Salem State 0  
   Delaware 41  
 Delaware 42
   Jacksonville State 21  
     Delaware 9
   Eastern Illinois 10
   Youngstown State 21  
 Nebraska–Omaha 14  
   Youngstown State 22
   Eastern Illinois 26  
 Eastern Illinois 35
   UC Davis 31  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1978 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 2, 2014.