1985 NCAA Division II football season

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The 1985 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 1985, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 14, 1985 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 North Alabama Lions, 35–7, to win their second Division II national title.[1]

Conference standings[edit]

1985 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas A&I $ 5 0 0     8 3 0
Angelo State 3 2 0     7 4 0
Eastern New Mexico 3 2 0     5 5 0
Abilene Christian 2 3 0     5 4 2
East Texas State 2 3 0     5 5 0
Howard Payne 0 5 0     2 6 2
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant

Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Hampton
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Hillsdale
Gulf South Conference – North Alabama
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&I
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Northeast Missouri State
North Central Conference – North Dakota State
Northern California Athletic Conference – UC Davis
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Duluth
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Bloomsburg
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado Mesa
South Atlantic Conference – Mars Hill
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State and Fort Valley State


1985 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 8
Finals Site Veterans Stadium
McAllen, TX
Champions North Dakota State (2nd title)
Runner-Up North Alabama (1st championship game)
Semifinalists South Dakota

The 1985 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 13th 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 fifth, and final, time.

Playoff bracket[edit]

First round
Campus sites
Campus sites
McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
McAllen, TX
North Dakota State 31
UC Davis 12
North Dakota State 16
South Dakota 7
South Dakota 13**
Central State (OH) 10
North Dakota State 35
North Alabama 7
Bloomsburg 38
Hampton 28
Bloomsburg 0
North Alabama 34
North Alabama 14
Fort Valley State 7

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1985 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.