1979 NCAA Division II football season
|1979 NCAA Division II football season|
|Regular season||August – November 1979|
|National Championship||Zia Bowl
|Division II football season
The 1979 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 1979, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship in December 1979 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM. During the game's two-year stretch in New Mexico, it was referred to as the Zia Bowl. The Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens defeated the Youngstown State Penguins, 38–21, to win their first Division II national title.
Conference changes and new programs
- One program upgraded to Division I-AA while one other downgraded back to Division II.
|School||1978 Conference||1979 Conference|
|Bethune-Cookman||SIAC (II)||MEAC (I-AA)|
|Morgan State||MEAC (I-AA)||D-II Independent|
Association of Mid-Continent Universities – Youngstown State
|1979 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
|Finals Site||University Stadium
|Champions||Delaware (1st title)|
|Runner-Up||Youngstown State (1st championship game)|
The 1979 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the sixth single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM for the first time. With the game being played in New Mexico for the next two years, it was deemed the Zia Bowl.
|South Dakota State||7|
- "1979 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 3, 2014.