1976 NCAA Division II football season
|1976 NCAA Division II football season|
|Regular season||August – November 1976|
|Playoffs||November 27 –
December 11, 1976
|National Championship||Pioneer Bowl
Wichita Falls, TX
The 1976 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 1976 and concluded with the championship game on December 11 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Montana State Bobcats defeated the Akron Zips 24-13 in the Pioneer Bowl to win their only Division II national title.
Conference changes and new programs
|School||1975 Conference||1976 Conference|
|Alabama State||SIAC||D-II Independent|
|Eastern Michigan||D-II Independent||MAC (D-I)|
|Illinois State||D-II Independent||D-I Independent|
Big Sky Conference – Montana State
|1976 NCAA Division II National Football Championship playoffs|
The 1976 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the fourth single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's Division II college football. The championship game (Pioneer Bowl) was held at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas for the first time.
Knute Rockne Bowl
Grantland Rice Bowl
Wichita Falls, TX
|North Dakota State||10|
|North Dakota State*||3|
* Denotes host institution
- "1976 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
- "Montana State wins title". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 12, 1976. p. 4B.
- "Dennehy leads Montana State's bowl win". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 12, 1976. p. D1.