2013 NCAA Division II football season

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The 2013 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 31, 2013, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 21, 2013, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama. This was the final championship played in Florence, after twenty-eight straight finals, before the game moves to Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats defeated the Lenoir–Rhyne Bears, 43-28, to win their fourth national title.[1]

It was the first season for the Mountain East Conference, a league founded by eight schools that announced in June 2012 that they would leave the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC)—a move that led to the demise of the WVIAC. These eight schools were soon joined by three other football-playing schools, plus one non-football WVIAC member that had been left out of the original split.

The 2013 Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to running back Franklyn Quiteh from Bloomsburg.

Conference standings[edit]

Super Region 1[edit]

2013 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern
Elizabeth City State x   4 3         4 6  
Bowie State   3 4         5 5  
Chowan   3 4         4 6  
Virginia Union   3 4         3 7  
Lincoln (PA)   0 7         1 9  
Virginia State1   7 0         9 1  
Southern
#14 Winston-Salem St. x^   7 0         10 2  
Fayetteville State   5 2         6 4  
Shaw   4 3         6 4  
St. Augustine's   4 3         6 4  
Johnson C. Smith   3 4         4 6  
Livingstone   1 6         3 7  
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
^ – Division II playoff participant
  • As a result of an attack by Virginia State players of a Winston-Salem State player during a CIAA luncheon before the conference championship game, the ruled Virginia State ineligible for postseason and awarded Winston-Salem State the conference championship.
    Rankings from AFCA Poll


2013 Mountain East Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#9 Shepherd ^   9 0         11 1  
Concord   7 2         8 3  
Urbana   7 2         7 4  
Charleston   6 3         6 5  
Glenville State   5 4         6 5  
West Virginia Wesleyan   5 4         5 5  
Notre Dame (OH)   4 5         5 6  
West Liberty   3 6         3 8  
Fairmont State   2 7         3 8  
Virginia-Wise   2 7         2 9  
West Virginia State   0 10         0 11  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2013 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
American Int'l College ^   9 1         9 3  
New Haven   8 2         8 3  
Stonehill   8 2         8 3  
Merrimack   6 4         7 4  
Assumption   6 4         6 5  
Bentley   5 5         6 5  
LIU Post   4 6         5 6  
So. Connecticut St.   3 7         3 8  
St. Anselm   1 9         1 10  
Pace   0 10         0 11  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2013 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
#16 Bloomsburg x^   6 1         10 2  
#4 West Chester ^   6 1         13 2  
Shippensburg   6 1         7 4  
East Stroudsburg   4 3         7 4  
Kutztown   3 4         4 7  
Lock Haven   2 5         3 8  
Millersville   1 6         1 10  
Cheyney   0 7         0 11  
West
#21 Slippery Rock x^   6 1         9 3  
#24 Indiana (PA)   5 2         9 2  
California (PA)   4 3         7 4  
Mercyhurst   4 3         7 4  
Gannon   4 3         6 5  
Edinboro   3 4         5 6  
Clarion   2 5         4 7  
Seton Hill   0 7         1 10  
Championship: Bloomsburg 42, Slippery Rock 38
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll



Super Region 2[edit]

2013 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#10 North Alabama §^   5 1         10 3  
West Alabama §   5 1         8 3  
Delta State   4 2         7 3  
Valdosta State   3 3         6 4  
West Georgia   3 3         6 5  
Florida Tech   1 5         5 7  
Shorter   0 6         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2013 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Lenoir–Rhyne ^   7 0         13 2  
#17 Carson–Newman ^   5 2         10 3  
#23 Newberry ^   5 2         9 3  
Catawba   3 4         6 5  
Wingate   3 4         4 6  
Tusculum   2 5         4 7  
Brevard   2 5         3 8  
Mars Hill   1 6         3 8  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Coaches
2013 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Albany State x   4 0         5 4  
Fort Valley State   3 1         4 6  
Benedict College   2 2         4 6  
Clark Atlanta   1 2         3 7  
Morehouse College   0 4         2 8  
West
#25 Tuskegee ^   4 1         8 2  
Miles College x   4 1         6 4  
Lane College   2 3         6 4  
Stillman College   2 3         6 5  
Central State   2 4         2 8  
Kentucky State   1 4         5 5  
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll



Super Region 3[edit]

2013 Great American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#13 Henderson State ^   10 0         11 1  
Harding   8 2         9 2  
Ouachita Baptist   7 3         7 3  
Southern Arkansas   6 4         6 4  
SW Oklahoma State   6 4         6 5  
East Central   5 5         5 5  
Arkansas Tech   5 5         5 6  
Arkansas-Monticello   4 6         5 6  
NW Oklahoma State   2 8         2 9  
SE Oklahoma State   2 8         2 9  
Southern Nazarene   0 10         0 11  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2013 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Azusa Pacific   9 1         9 2  
Central Washington   7 3         7 4  
Western Oregon   7 3         7 4  
Dixie State   4 6         4 7  
Simon Fraser   3 7         3 7  
Humboldt State   0 10         0 11  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2013 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 NW Missouri St. ^   10 0         15 0  
#20 Emporia State ^   9 1         9 2  
#19 Pittsburg State   7 2         10 2  
Missouri Western State   7 3         8 3  
Washburn   7 3         8 3  
Missouri Southern State   5 3         7 3  
Central Missouri   5 4         6 4  
Fort Hays State   4 5         6 5  
Nebraska–Kearney   3 6         3 8  
Lindenwood   2 6         3 6  
Lincoln   2 8         3 8  
Central Oklahoma   2 8         2 8  
Northeastern State   2 8         2 9  
Southwest Baptist   1 9         1 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#8 Minnesota-Duluth x^   10 1         11 2  
#5 St. Cloud State ^   10 1         12 2  
Mary   6 5         6 5  
MSU-Moorhead   4 7         4 7  
Northern State   4 7         4 7  
Minnesota-Crookston   2 9         2 9  
Bemidji State   3 8         3 8  
Minot State   2 9         2 9  
South
#6 MSU-Mankato x^   11 0         11 1  
Southwest Minnesota State   7 4         7 5  
Winona State   6 5         6 5  
Sioux Falls   6 5         6 5  
Upper Iowa   6 5         6 5  
Concordia-St. Paul   5 6         5 6  
Augustana College   4 7         4 7  
Wayne State (NE)   2 9         2 9  
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll



Super Region 4[edit]

2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#22 Saginaw Valley St. x^   9 1         9 3  
Ferris State   8 2         8 3  
#3 Grand Valley State ^   7 2         12 3  
Michigan Tech   6 4         6 4  
Hillsdale   5 4         5 6  
Northern Michigan   3 7         3 7  
Wayne State (MI)   3 7         3 8  
Northwood (MI)   1 8         2 9  
South
#12 Ohio Dominican x^   9 0         10 1  
Findlay   6 3         8 3  
Ashland   5 5         5 5  
Lake Erie   3 6         4 7  
Walsh   3 6         3 8  
Malone   1 8         2 9  
Tiffin   1 8         2 9  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2013 Great Lakes Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#18 Indianapolis ^   7 0         10 2  
Truman State   5 2         7 4  
St. Joseph's (IN)   5 2         6 3  
Missouri S&T   5 2         6 5  
McKendree   3 4         4 6  
William Jewell   2 5         3 8  
Quincy   1 6         2 9  
Kentucky Wesleyan   0 7         0 11  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2013 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern New Mexico §   5 1         7 3  
Tarleton State §   5 1         7 3  
#11 West Texas A&M ^   4 2         11 3  
Midwestern State   3 3         7 3  
Texas A&M-Commerce   2 4         7 5  
Angelo State   2 4         5 6  
Texas A&M-Kingsville   0 6         2 8  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2013 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 CSU–Pueblo ^   9 0         11 1  
Colorado Mines   7 2         8 3  
Chadron State   7 2         8 3  
Adams State   5 4         7 4  
Colorado Mesa   4 5         5 6  
Western New Mexico   4 5         4 6  
Fort Lewis   3 6         4 7  
Black Hills State   2 6         2 8  
Western State (CO)   2 6         2 8  
New Mexico Highlands   1 8         2 9  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll



Independents[edit]

2013 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#15 UNC Pembroke ^           9 2  
South Dakota Mines           6 4  
North Greenville           5 6  
Alderson Broaddus           4 6  
OK Panhandle State           4 7  
McMurry           3 8  
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Winston-Salem State (10–2, 7–0)

Following an attack on Winston-Salem State players by Virginia State players during a news conference before the CIAA Championship Game at Bowman Gray Stadium during the week, the CIAA declared Virginia State ineligible. Winston-Salem State was awarded the championship by forfeit.

Great American Conference – Henderson State (11–1, 10–0)

This was the first season in which the GAC champion received an automatic berth to the Division II playoffs. The conference was founded in 2011 by schools that left the Gulf South and Lone Star Conferences.

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Ohio Dominican (10–1, 9–0)

Great Lakes Valley Conference – Indianapolis (10–2, 7–0)

Great Northwest Athletic Conference – Azusa Pacific (10–2, 9–1)

Gulf South Conference – North Alabama (10–3, 5–1) and West Alabama (8–3, 5–1)

Lone Star Conference – Eastern New Mexico (7–3, 5–1) and Tarleton State (7–3, 5–1)

Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Northwest Missouri State (14–0, 10–0)

Mountain East Conference – Shepherd (11–1, 9–0)

The Mountain East was not eligible for an automatic berth in the Division II playoffs. Under NCAA rules, a new Division II conference is not eligible for such berths until its third season as an official conference, which for the Mountain East will be the 2015 season. Shepherd received an at-large bid.

Northeast-10 Conference – American International (9–3, 8–1) and Stonehill (8–3, 8–1)

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota State-Mankato (11–1, 10–0)

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Bloomsburg (10–2, 6–1)

Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado State-Pueblo (11–1, 9–0)

South Atlantic Conference – Lenoir-Rhyne (13–1, 7–0)

Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State (5–4, 4–0)

Playoffs[edit]

2013 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 24
Finals Site Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, Alabama
Champions Northwest Missouri State (4th title)
Runner-Up Lenoir–Rhyne (1st championship game)
Semifinalists West Chester
Grand Valley State

The 2013 NCAA Division II National Football Championship playoffs involved 24 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football.[2] The tournament began on November 23, 2013 and concluded on December 21, 2013 with the 2013 NCAA Division II National Football Championship game at Braly Municipal Stadium near the campus of the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama.[3]

Playoff Format[edit]

Two teams in each super regional earned first-round byes. The first-round winners advanced to face a bye team in their super regional. Second-round winners met in the quarterfinals and quarterfinal winners advanced to play in the semifinals.

First-round, second-round, quarterfinal and semifinal games were played on the campus of one of the competing institutions as determined by the NCAA Division II Football Committee. The home team at the championship was determined by the Division II Football Committee and the Shoals National Championship Committee.

Playoff Participants[edit]

Schools[edit]

School Conference Regular
Season
Record
American International Northeast-10 Conference 9–2
Bloomsburg Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 10–1
Carson-Newman South Atlantic Conference 10–2
Colorado State-Pueblo Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 11–0
Emporia State Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 9–1
Grand Valley State Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–2
Henderson State Great American Conference 11–0
Indianapolis Great Lakes Valley Conference 10–0
Lenoir-Rhyne South Atlantic Conference 10–1
Minnesota State-Mankato Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 11–0
Minnesota-Duluth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 10–1
Newberry South Atlantic Conference 9–2
North Alabama Gulf South Conference 8–2
Northwest Missouri State Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 11–0
Ohio Dominican Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 10–0
Saginaw Valley State Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–2
Shepherd Mountain East Conference 10–0
Slippery Rock Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 9–2
St. Cloud State Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 10–1
Tuskegee Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–2
UNC Pembroke Independent 9–1
West Chester Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 10–1
West Texas A&M Lone Star Conference 9–2
Winston-Salem State Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association 10–1

Bids by conference[edit]

Conference Total Schools Super
Region
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1 Winston-Salem State 1
Great American Conference 1 Henderson State 3
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3 Grand Valley State
Ohio Dominican
Saginaw Valley State
4
Great Lakes Valley Conference 1 Indianapolis 4
Gulf South Conference 1 North Alabama 2
Independent 1 UNC Pembroke 2
Lone Star Conference 1 West Texas A&M 4
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 2 Northwest Missouri State
Emporia State
3
Mountain East Conference 1 Shepherd 1
Northeast-10 Conference 1 American International 1
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 3 Minnesota State-Mankato
Minnesota-Duluth
St. Cloud State
3
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3 Bloomsburg
Slippery Rock
West Chester
1
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 1 Colorado State-Pueblo 4
South Atlantic Conference 3 Carson-Newman
Lenoir-Rhyne
Newberry
2
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 1 Tuskegee 2

Playoff bracket[edit]

2013 NCAA Division II National Football Championship game
1 2 3 4 Total
Lenoir-Rhyne 7 0 7 14 28
NW Missouri St. 17 5 7 14 43
Date December 21, 2013
Stadium Braly Municipal Stadium
Location Florence, Alabama
Attendance 6,543
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN2
NCAA Division II National Football Championship game
 < 2012  2014
  First Round
November 23
Campus Sites
    Second Round
November 30
Campus Sites
    Quarterfinals
December 7
Campus Sites
    Semifinals
December 14
Campus Sites
    National Championship Game
December 21
Braly Municipal Stadium,
Florence, Alabama
                                               
      1  Shepard* 7  
  4  Winston-Salem State* 27     4  Winston-Salem State 0    
  5  Slippery Rock 20         1  Shepard* 7  
Super Region 1     3  West Chester 28    
      2  Bloomsburg* 38    
  3  West Chester* 38     3  West Chester 40  
  6  American International 7  
    SR1  West Chester 14  
    SR2  Lenoir-Rhyne* 42    
      1  Lenoir-Rhyne* 27      
  4  Carson-Newman* 37     4  Carson-Newman 20    
  5  Newberry 27         1  Lenoir-Rhyne* 42  
Super Region 2     3  North Alabama 39  
      2  UNC Pembroke* 13    
  3  North Alabama* 30     6  North Alabama 37  
  6  Tuskegee 27  
    SR2  Lenoir-Rhyne 28
    SR3  Northwest Missouri State 43
      1  Northwest Missouri State* 45      
  4  Minnesota-Duluth* 55     4  Minnesota-Duluth 21    
  5  Emporia State 13         1  Northwest Missouri State* 59  
Super Region 3     6  St. Cloud State 21    
      2  Minnesota State-Mankato* 48    
  3  Henderson State* 35     6  St. Cloud State 54  
  6  St. Cloud State 40  
    SR3  Northwest Missouri State* 27  
    SR4  Grand Valley State 13  
      1  CSU-Pueblo* 30      
  4  Grand Valley State* 40     4  Grand Valley State 34    
  5  Saginaw Valley State 7         4  Grand Valley State* 35  
Super Region 4     6  West Texas A&M 28  
      2  Ohio Dominican* 27    
  3  Indianapolis* 14     6  West Texas A&M 34  
  6  West Texas A&M 27  

Home team     Winner

Playoff Standings[edit]

Place School
1st Northwest Missouri State
2nd Lenoir-Rhyne
3rd Grand Valley State
West Chester
5th Shepherd
North Alabama
St. Cloud State
West Texas A&M
9th Bloomsburg
Carson-Newman
Colorado State-Pueblo
Minnesota-Duluth
Minnesota State-Mankato
Ohio Dominican
UNC Pembroke
Winston-Salem State
17th American International
Emporia State
Henderson State
Indianapolis
Newberry
Saginaw Valley State
Slippery Rock
Tuskegee

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "2013 Division II Football Tournament". NCAA.com. December 21, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Northwest Missouri State wins fourth Division II title". ESPN. Associated Press. December 21, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 

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