1975 NCAA Division II football season
|1975 NCAA Division II football season|
|Regular season||September – November 1975|
|Playoffs||November – December 1975|
|National Championship||Hughes Stadium
The 1975 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 13 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California.
Conference and program changes
- The South Atlantic Conference (SAC-8) was formed as a football-only conference by eight teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
|School||1974 Conference||1975 Conference|
|Elon||Conference Carolinas (NAIA)||South Atlantic|
|Gardner–Webb||NAIA Independent||South Atlantic|
Big Sky Conference – Boise State
|1975 NCAA Division II National Football Championship playoffs|
The championship game was the Camellia Bowl, held at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California for the third and final time. The Northern Michigan Wildcats defeated the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 16–14 to win their first national title. Of all current members of Division II, as of 2015, Northern Michigan was the first to win the playoff national championship. They went from winless (0–10) in 1974 to 13–1 and national champions in 1975, led by sophomore quarterback Steve Mariucci, later a head coach in the NFL for nine seasons.
Grantland Rice Bowl
|Boise State *||21|
|North Dakota *||14|
|Northern Iowa *||12|
* Denotes host institution
- "1975 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
- "Winless in '74, then a title in '75". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 14, 1975. p. 10B.
- "Fumbles cost Boise 24-21". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 30, 1975. p. 3B.