1983 NCAA Division II football season

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1983 NCAA Division II football season
Regular season August – November 1983
Playoffs December 1983
National Championship Palm Bowl
Veterans Stadium
McAllen, TX
Champion North Dakota State

The 1983 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 1983, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 10, 1983, 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. The North Dakota State Bison defeated the Central State (Ohio), 41–21, to win their first Division II national title.[1]

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

School 1981 Conference 1982 Conference
Cal Poly Pomona Western Dropped Program

Conference standings[edit]

1983 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Southwest Texas State $^ 6 1 0     9 2 0
East Texas State 6 1 0     8 2 0
Stephen F. Austin 5 2 0     7 4 0
Abilene Christian 4 3 0     7 3 0
Angelo State 3 4 0     5 6 0
Texas A&I 2 5 0     2 9 0
Sam Houston State 1 6 0     4 7 0
Howard Payne 1 6 0     4 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant


1983 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Missouri-Rolla + 4 1 0     8 2 0
Central Missouri State + 4 1 0     6 5 0
NE Missouri State 3 2 0     4 7 0
NW Missouri State 2 3 0     5 6 0
SE Missouri State 1 4 0     1 9 0
Lincoln (MO) 1 4 0     2 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant


1983 Northern California Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
UC Davis $^ 6 0 0     11 1 0
Sacramento State 4 1 1     5 5 1
Chico State 3 2 1     4 5 1
Cal State Hayward 3 3 0     6 4 0
Humboldt State 3 3 0     4 6 0
San Francisco State 1 5 0     2 8 0
Sonoma State 0 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
1983 Western Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
CalState Northridge + 2 1 0     6 4 0
Santa Clara + 2 1 0     6 4 0
Cal Poly 1 2 0     5 6 0
Portland State 1 2 0     3 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia Union
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Saginaw Valley State
Gulf South Conference – North Alabama
Lone Star Conference – East Texas State and Southwest Texas State
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Central Missouri State and Missouri–Rolla
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha and North Dakota State
Northern California Athletic Conference – UC Davis
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Winona State
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Clarion
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado Mesa
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Fort Valley State

Postseason[edit]

1983 NCAA Division II National Football Championship playoffs
Teams 8
Finals Site
Champions
Runner-Up
Semifinalists
Winning Coach

The 1983 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 11th 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 third consecutive time.

Playoff bracket[edit]

First round
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
McAllen, TX
                 
UC Davis 25
Butler 6
UC Davis 17
North Dakota State 26
North Dakota State 24
Towson State 17
North Dakota State 41
Central State (OH) 21
North Alabama 16
Virginia Union 14
North Alabama 24
Central State (OH) 27
Central State (OH) 24
Southwest Texas State 16

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1983 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.