1981 NCAA Division II football season
|1981 NCAA Division II football season|
|Regular season||August – November 1981|
|National Championship||Palm Bowl
|Champions||Southwest Texas State|
|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. The Southwest Texas State Bobcats defeated the North Dakota State Bison, 42–13, to win their first Division II national title.
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia Union
|1981 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
|Finals Site||Veterans Stadium
|Champions||Southwest Texas State (1st title)|
|Runner-Up||North Dakota State (1st championship game)|
The 1981 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the ninth single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas for the first time.
McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
|Elizabeth City State||6|
|Southwest Texas State||62|
|Southwest Texas State||38|
|Southwest Texas State||42|
|North Dakota State||13|
|North Dakota State||24|
|North Dakota State||18|
- "1981 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.