1981 NCAA Division II football season

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1981 NCAA Division II football season
Regular season August – November 1981
Playoffs December 1981
National Championship Palm Bowl
Veterans Stadium
McAllen, TX
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.

Southwest Texas State defeated North Dakota State in the championship game, 42–13, to win their first Division II national title.[1]

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

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)

Conference standings[edit]

1981 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
CalState Northridge $ 2 0 0     6 4 1
Cal Poly Pomona 1 1 0     4 7 0
Cal Poly 0 2 0     4 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1981 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
UC Davis + 4 1 0     6 4 0
Cal State Hayward + 4 1 0     6 4 1
Humboldt State 3 2 0     6 4 0
Chico State 3 2 0     5 5 0
Sacramento State 1 4 0     5 6 0
San Francisco State 0 5 0     3 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1981 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Southwest Texas State $^ 6 1 0     13 1 0
Texas A&I 5 2 0     9 2 0
Abilene Christian 5 2 0     8 2 0
Angelo State 5 2 0     8 3 0
East Texas State 4 3 0     7 4 0
Sam Houston State 2 5 0     3 7 0
Howard Payne 1 6 0     3 7 0
Stephen F. Austin 0 7 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
1981 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
NE Missouri State $ 4 1 0     6 4 0
Missouri-Rolla 3 1 1     6 3 1
NW Missouri State 3 2 0     6 4 0
Central Missouri State 2 2 1     4 4 3
SE Missouri State 2 3 0     2 9 0
Lincoln (MO) 0 5 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant


Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia Union
Far Western Football Conference – UC Davis and Cal State–Hayward
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Grand Valley State
Gulf South Conference – Jacksonville State
Lone Star Conference – Southwest Texas State
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Northeast Missouri State
North Central Conference – North Dakota State
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota State–Moorhead
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Shippensburg
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – New Mexico Highlands
South Atlantic Conference – Elon
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Alabama A&M

Postseason[edit]

1981 NCAA Division II National Football Championship playoffs
Teams 8
Finals Site
Champions
Runner-Up
Semifinalists
Winning Coach

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.

Playoff bracket[edit]

First round
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
McAllen, TX
                 
Northern Michigan 55
Elizabeth City State 6
Northern Michigan 0
Southwest Texas State 62
Southwest Texas State 38
Jacksonville State 22
Southwest Texas State 42
North Dakota State 13
North Dakota State 24
Puget Sound 10
North Dakota State 18
Shippensburg State 6
Shippensburg State 40
Virginia Union 27

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.