1974 NCAA Division II football season

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1974 NCAA Division II football season
Regular season September – November 1974
Playoffs November – December 1974
National Championship Hughes Stadium
Sacramento, CA
Champion Central Michigan

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.[1][2] CMU moved up to Division I in 1975.

Conference standings[edit]

1974 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Boise State $^ 6 0 0     10 2 0
Montana State 4 2 0     7 3 0
Idaho 2 2 1     2 8 1
Montana 2 3 1     3 6 1
Northern Arizona 2 3 0     3 6 0
Idaho State 2 4 0     5 5 0
Weber State 1 5 0     4 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
  • Boise State advanced to Div. II playoffs.
1974 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
UC Riverside $ 4 0 0     8 3 0
Cal Poly 2 1 1     5 4 1
Cal Poly Pomona 1 1 2     5 3 2
Cal State Northridge 1 3 0     2 9 0
Cal State Los Angeles 0 3 1     5 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1974 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
UC Davis $ 5 0 0     9 1 0
San Francisco State 2 3 0     5 6 0
Humboldt State 2 3 0     4 6 0
Chico State 2 3 0     4 7 0
Cal State Hayward 2 3 0     3 6 0
Sacramento State 2 3 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1974 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
NW Missouri State $ 5 1 0     8 2 0
Missouri-Rolla 4 1 1     6 4 1
SW Missouri State 4 2 0     7 3 0
SE Missouri State 4 2 0     7 4 0
NE Missouri State 2 4 0     4 7 0
Central Missouri State 1 4 1     3 7 1
Lincoln (MO) 0 6 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant


1974 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Louisiana Tech $^ 5 0 0     11 1 0
Lamar 4 1 0     8 2 0
Arkansas State 3 2 0     7 3 0
McNeese State 2 3 0     6 4 1
Texas–Arlington 1 4 0     1 10 0
SW Louisiana 0 5 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
1974 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
UMass $ 4 2 0     5 6 0
Maine $ 4 2 0     4 6 0
New Hampshire 3 3 0     5 4 0
Rhode Island 3 3 0     5 5 0
Boston University 3 3 0     5 4 1
Connecticut 3 3 0     4 6 0
Vermont 1 5 0     4 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Boise State
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Norfolk State
Far Western Football Conference – UC Davis
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Ferris State and Northwood
Gulf South Conference – Jacksonville State
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&I
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Northwest Missouri State
North Central Conference – North Dakota State, North Dakota, and South Dakota
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Michigan Tech
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Western State
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Division II) – Tuskegee
Yankee Conference – Maine and Massachusetts

Postseason[edit]

1974 NCAA Division II National Football Championship playoffs
Teams 8
Finals Site
Champions
Runner-Up
  • Delaware
  • 1st championship game
  • 2 tournaments
Semifinalists
Winning Coach

The 1974 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the second single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA Division II college football.

The four quarterfinal games were played on campus and all four host teams advanced. The semifinals were the Pioneer Bowl in Wichita Falls, Texas, and the Grantland Rice Bowl in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The championship game was the Camellia Bowl, held at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California for the second consecutive year. The Central Michigan Chippewas defeated the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens 54–14 to win their first national title.[1][3] After opening with a home loss to Division I Kent State, CMU won twelve straight to finish as D-II champions.[1]

Playoff bracket[edit]

First round
Campus sites

November 30
Semifinals
Pioneer Bowl
Grantland Rice Bowl
December 7
Championship
Camellia Bowl
Hughes Stadium
Sacramento, CA
December 14
                 
Central Michigan * 20
Boise State 6
Central Michigan 35
Louisiana Tech 14
Louisiana Tech * 10
Western Carolina 7
Central Michigan 54
Delaware 14
UNLV * 35
Alcorn State 22
UNLV 11
Delaware 49
Delaware * 35
Youngstown State 14

* Denotes host institution

College Division final polls[edit]

In 1974, United Press International (UPI) and the Associated Press (AP) ranked teams in their College Division or "small college" polls – which had started in 1958 and 1960, respectively – for the final time. UPI published their final poll at the end of the regular season, while the AP waited until postseason games had been completed. UPI's number one selection was the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, who during the regular season were 10–0 while outscoring opponents 294–103.[4] The Bulldogs later lost in the playoffs to the Central Michigan Chippewas, winners of the tournament. AP's number one selection was the Chippewas, who were 9–1 during the regular season and finished with an overall record of 12–1 while outscoring opponents 450–127.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Central Michigan destroys Delaware". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 15, 1974. p. 6D. 
  2. ^ "1974 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1974 NCAA Division II Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/l/louisiana_tech/1970-1974_yearly_results.php
  5. ^ http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/c/central_michigan/1970-1974_yearly_results.php
  6. ^ "LOUISIANA TECH WINS UPI FOOTBALL TITLE"Paid subscription required. The Minneapolis Star. United Press International. November 27, 1974. Retrieved February 28, 2017 – via newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ "A.P. final small college football ranking"Paid subscription required. Great Bend Tribune. Great Bend, Kansas. Associated Press. December 24, 1974. Retrieved February 28, 2017 – via newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/w/western_carolina/1970-1974_yearly_results.php