1981 NCAA Division II football season
|1981 NCAA Division II football season|
|Regular season||August – November 1981|
|National Championship||Palm Bowl|
|Champion||Southwest Texas State|
The 1981 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 1981, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 12, 1981, at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas. During the game's five-year stretch in McAllen, the "City of Palms", it was referred to as the Palm Bowl.
Conference changes and new programs
- Prior to the 1981 season, the Mid-Continent Conference was shifted from Division II to Division I-AA; its four members, Eastern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Western Illinois, and Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State), all made the transition.
|School||1980 Conference||1981 Conference|
|Eastern Washington||Evergreen (NAIA)||D-II Independent|
|Mankato State||Northern||North Central|
|Northern Michigan||Mid-Continent||D-II Independent|
|Portland State||I-AA Independent||D-II Independent|
|Southwest Missouri State||MIAA||Mid-Continent (I-AA)|
|St. Cloud State||Northern||North Central|
|Tennessee State||Mid-Continent (D-II)||Ohio Valley (I-AA)|
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia Union
|1981 NCAA Division II Football Championship|
The 1981 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the ninth single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas, for the first time.
McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
|Elizabeth City State||6|
|Southwest Texas State||62|
|Southwest Texas State||38|
|Southwest Texas State||42|
|North Dakota State||13|
|North Dakota State||24|
|North Dakota State||18|
- "1981 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.