1982 NCAA Division II football season
|1982 NCAA Division II football season|
|Regular season||August – November 1982|
|National Championship||Palm Bowl
|Champions||Southwest Texas State (2)|
|Division II football season
The 1982 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 1982, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 11, 1982 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
- One team upgraded from Division II to Division I-AA prior to the season.
- The Far Western Football Conference changed its name to the Northern California Athletic Conference. Its membership remained the same.
- The Western Football Conference was formed by five football-playing schools in California.
|School||1981 Conference||1982 Conference|
|Alabama State||D-II Independent||SWAC (I-AA)|
|Central Florida||D-III Independent||D-II Independent|
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia Union
|1982 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
|Finals Site||Veterans Stadium
|Champions||Southwest Texas State (2nd title)|
|Runner-Up||UC Davis (1st championship game)|
North Dakota State
The 1982 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 10th 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 second time.
McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
|Southwest Texas State||27|
|Fort Valley State||6|
|Southwest Texas State||19|
|Northwest Missouri State||21|
|Southwest Texas State||34|
|North Dakota State||21|
|North Dakota State||14|
- "1982 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.