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.
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.
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)
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.
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.