1997 NCAA Division II football season

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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. The Northern Colorado Bears defeated the New Haven Chargers, 51–0, to win their second Division II national title.[2]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Irvin Sigler, running back from Bloomsburg.

Conference standings[edit]

1997 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Overall
Texas A&M-Kingsville ^   9 0         9 2  
Angelo State ^   8 1         10 2  
Central Oklahoma   7 2         9 2  
West Texas A&M   6 3         7 4  
SW Oklahoma State   5 4         5 5  
Abilene Christian   5 4         7 4  
Northeastern State   4 4         4 7  
SE Oklahoma State   3 5         3 7  
Harding   3 5         5 5  
Ouachita Baptist   3 5         4 6  
Texas A&M-Commerce   3 6         3 8  
Eastern New Mexico   3 6         5 6  
Midwestern State   3 6         3 7  
Tarleton State   3 6         4 7  
East Central   0 8         0 10  
North
Central Oklahoma x   5 1         9 2  
SW Oklahoma State x   5 1         5 5  
Northeastern State   4 2         4 7  
Harding   3 3         5 5  
Ouachita Baptist   3 3         4 6  
SE Oklahoma State   1 5         3 7  
East Central   0 6         0 10  
South
Texas A&M-Kingsville x^   7 0         9 2  
Angelo State ^   6 1         10 2  
Abilene Christian   4 3         7 4  
West Texas A&M   4 3         7 4  
Eastern New Mexico   2 5         5 6  
Tarleton State   2 5         4 7  
Texas A&M-Commerce   3 5         3 8  
Midwestern State   1 6         3 7  
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AFCA Poll
1997 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
NW Missouri State ^   9 0         12 1  
Pittsburg State ^   8 1         9 2  
Missouri Southern State   6 3         7 3  
Truman State   6 3         6 4  
Emporia State   5 4         7 4  
Central Missouri State   4 5         5 6  
Missouri Western State   3 6         5 6  
Washburn   2 7         3 8  
Missouri-Rolla   2 7         3 8  
Southwest Baptist   0 9         0 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Livingstone, Virginia State, and Virginia Union
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference – Albany
Gulf South Conference – Southern Arkansas and West Georgia
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&M–Kingsville
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Northwest Missouri State
Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference – Grand Valley State and Ashland
North Central Conference – Northern Colorado
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Winona State
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Bloomsburg (East), Slippery Rock (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Western State
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Glenville State and Shepherd

Postseason[edit]

1997 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 16
Finals Site Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champions Northern Colorado (2nd title)
Runner-Up New Haven (1st championship game)
Semifinalists Carson–Newman
UC Davis

The 1997 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 24th single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama for the 11th time.

Playoff bracket[edit]

  First round
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
                             
 UC Davis 37  
 Texas A&M–Kingsville† 34  
   UC Davis 50  
 
   Angelo State 33  
 Angelo State 46
 Western State 20  
   UC Davis 25  
   New Haven 27  
 New Haven 47  
 Glenville State 7  
   New Haven 49
 
   Slippery Rock 21  
 Slippery Rock 30
 Ashland 20  
   New Haven 0
   Northern Colorado 51
 Northwest Missouri State 39  
 North Dakota State 28  
   Northwest Missouri State 19
 
   Northern Colorado 35  
 Northern Colorado 24
 Pittsburg State 16  
   Northern Colorado 30
   Carson–Newman 29  
 Carson–Newman 21  
 North Alabama 7  
   Carson–Newman 23
 
   Albany State (GA) 22  
 Albany State (GA) 10
 Southern Arkansas 6  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1995-1999 Northern Colorado Schedules". College Football Warehouse. cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "1997 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved January 7, 2014.