2015 NCAA Division II football season

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2015 NCAA Division II football season
Regular season September 4 – November 14, 2015
Playoffs November 21 – December 19, 2015
National Championship Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS December 19, 2015
Champion Northwest Missouri State
Harlon Hill Trophy Jason Vander Laan, Ferris State

The 2015 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 on September 4, 2015 and ended with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 19, 2015 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Northwest Missouri State won their second national title in three seasons and fifth overall.

Conference and program changes[edit]

School 2014 Conference 2015 Conference
Oklahoma Baptist Central States Football League Great American

Conference standings[edit]

Super Region 1[edit]

2015 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern
Bowie State x^   7 0         9 2  
Virginia Union ^   6 1         8 2  
Chowan   4 3         6 4  
Virginia State   4 3         6 4  
Elizabeth City State   2 5         4 5  
Lincoln (PA)   1 6         3 7  
Southern
Winston-Salem St. x$   5 2         6 5  
Livingstone   4 3         5 3  
Johnson C. Smith   3 4         4 6  
Fayetteville State   4 3         4 6  
Shaw   1 6         1 9  
St. Augustine's   1 6         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2015 Mountain East Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Shepherd $^   10 0         10 0  
#15 Charleston (WV) ^   9 1         10 1  
Glenville State   6 4         7 4  
Fairmont State   6 4         6 4  
Concord   5 5         5 5  
Notre Dame (OH)   5 5         5 6  
West Liberty   5 5         5 6  
West Virginia State   5 5         5 6  
West Virginia Wesleyan   2 8         2 8  
Urbana   1 9         2 9  
UVa–Wise   1 9         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#19 Assumption ^   9 1         10 1  
New Haven   7 2         7 4  
Merrimack   6 3         6 5  
LIU Post   5 4         7 4  
Stonehill   5 4         7 4  
Bentley   5 4         5 6  
American International   4 5         4 7  
So. Connecticut St.   3 6         4 7  
St. Anselm   2 7         3 8  
Pace   0 9         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2015 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
West Chester x   6 1         7 4  
Shippensburg   5 2         8 3  
Bloomsburg   5 2         7 4  
Kutztown   5 2         7 4  
East Stroudsburg   4 3         6 5  
Lock Haven   2 5         2 9  
Millersville   1 6         2 9  
Cheyney   0 7         0 11  
West
#10 Slippery Rock x$^   6 1         10 1  
IUP ^   6 1         8 2  
California (PA)   5 2         8 3  
Clarion   4 3         7 4  
Gannon   3 4         6 5  
Mercyhurst   2 5         5 6  
Seton Hill   2 5         3 8  
Edinboro   0 7         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 2[edit]

2015 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 West Georgia $^   6 1         10 1  
#14 North Alabama ^   6 1         8 2  
#17 Valdosta State ^   5 2         8 2  
Florida Tech   5 2         7 4  
West Alabama   3 4         7 4  
Delta State   2 5         6 5  
Shorter   1 6         2 8  
Mississippi College   0 7         2 8  
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Catawba $^   6 1         9 2  
Carson–Newman ^   5 2         9 2  
Mars Hill   5 2         6 5  
Newberry ^   4 3         7 4  
Wingate   3 4         6 5  
Lenoir–Rhyne   3 4         5 5  
Tusculum   2 5         4 7  
Brevard   0 7         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Coaches


2015 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Albany State x   4 0         6 4  
Fort Valley State   3 1         5 4  
Morehouse   2 2         5 5  
Clark Atlanta   1 3         1 8  
Benedict   0 4         0 10  
West
Miles x$   5 0         7 4  
#23 Tuskegee ^   4 1         8 2  
Central State   2 3         5 5  
Kentucky State   2 3         3 7  
Stillman   1 4         3 6  
Lane   1 4         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


Super Region 3[edit]

2015 Great American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11 Henderson State $^   10 1         10 1  
SW Oklahoma State   8 3         8 3  
Arkansas Tech   8 3         8 3  
Harding   7 4         7 4  
Ouachita Baptist   7 4         7 4  
Southern Arkansas   7 4         7 4  
SE Oklahoma State   6 5         6 5  
East Central   6 5         6 5  
NW Oklahoma State   3 8         3 8  
Oklahoma Baptist   2 9         2 9  
Arkansas-Monticello   1 10         1 10  
Southern Nazarene   1 10         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#16 Humboldt State   6 0         10 2  
Western Oregon   5 1         7 4  
Azusa Pacific   3 3         6 4  
Central Washington   3 3         5 5  
South Dakota Mines   2 4         6 5  
Dixie State   2 4         3 7  
Simon Fraser (BC)   0 6         0 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 NW Missouri St. $^   11 0         15 0  
#8 Emporia State ^   9 2         11 3  
Fort Hays State   8 3         8 4  
Central Missouri   8 3         8 3  
Central Oklahoma   6 5         7 5  
Missouri Western   6 5         6 5  
Pittsburg State   6 5         6 5  
Washburn   5 6         5 6  
Lindenwood   3 8         3 8  
Northeastern State   3 8         3 8  
Missouri Southern   1 10         1 10  
Nebraska–Kearney   0 11         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#18 Minnesota–Duluth x   8 3         8 3  
Bemidji State   7 4         7 4  
Northern State   6 5         6 5  
St. Cloud State   6 5         6 5  
MSU–Moorhead   6 5         6 5  
Minot State   1 10         1 10  
Mary   1 10         1 10  
Minnesota–Crookston   1 10         1 10  
South
#7 Minnesota State x$^   10 1         10 1  
Augustana (SD) ^   9 2         9 2  
#10 Sioux Falls ^   9 2         9 2  
SW Minnesota State   8 3         8 3  
Upper Iowa   6 5         6 5  
Winona State   5 6         5 6  
Wayne State (NE)   4 7         4 7  
Concordia-St. Paul   1 10         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AFCA Poll


Super Region 4[edit]

2015 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#2 Ferris State x$^   10 0         11 1  
#12 Grand Valley State ^   8 2         12 3  
Michigan Tech   7 3         7 3  
Wayne State (MI)   5 5         6 5  
Northwood (MI)   5 5         5 6  
Northern Michigan   4 6         5 6  
Hillsdale   5 5         5 6  
Saginaw Valley State   1 9         1 10  
South
#3 Ashland x$^   10 0         10 1  
Ohio Dominican   7 3         8 3  
Tiffin   4 6         5 6  
Findlay   5 5         6 5  
Lake Erie   2 8         2 9  
Walsh   2 8         2 8  
Malone   0 10         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2015 Great Lakes Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Indianapolis $^   8 0         10 2  
McKendree   6 2         8 2  
Missouri S&T   5 3         5 5  
Truman   4 4         5 6  
William Jewell   4 4         4 7  
St. Joseph's   3 5         4 6  
Southwest Baptist   3 5         4 6  
Quincy   3 5         4 7  
Lincoln   0 8         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11 Texas A&M-Commerce   6 0         8 4  
#10 Midwestern State   5 1         10 2  
#24 Angelo State   2 2         5 2  
Eastern New Mexico   2 2         5 2  
West Texas A&M   1 3         2 4  
Tarleton State   1 4         1 5  
Texas A&M-Kingsville   0 4         1 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2015 RMAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#16 Colorado Mesa   7 0         8 1  
#4 CSU–Pueblo   7 0         8 1  
#21 Colorado Mines   5 2         7 2  
Fort Lewis   4 3         5 4  
Chadron State   3 4         4 5  
Adams State   3 4         3 6  
Western State (CO)   3 4         3 6  
Western New Mexico   2 5         3 6  
New Mexico Highlands   1 6         1 8  
Black Hills State   0 7         0 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Independents[edit]

2015 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Greenville           8 3  
Alderson Broaddus           7 4  
UNC Pembroke           6 4  
Kentucky Wesleyan           5 5  
OK Panhandle State           5 5  
Limestone           2 8  
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Postseason[edit]

The 2015 NCAA Division II Football Championship Postseason involved 28 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football.[1]

Playoff bracket[edit]

  First round
November 21, 2015
Second round
November 28, 2015
Quarterfinals
December 5, 2015
Semifinals
December 12, 2015
Championship
December 19, 2015
                                               
 
  1 Shepherd* 17  
    5 Indiana (PA) 13  
4 Charleston (WV)* 21
5 Indiana (PA) 47  
  1 Shepherd* 28  
  2 Slippery Rock 16  
2 Slippery Rock* 40  
7 Virginia Union 21  
  2 Slippery Rock* 41
    3 Assumption 39  
3 Assumption* 51
6 Bowie State 29  
  1 Shepherd* 34  
  6 Grand Valley State 32  
 
 
  1 Midwestern State* 17
    4 CSU–Pueblo 26  
4 CSU–Pueblo* 27
5 Indianapolis 14  
  4 CSU-Pueblo* 7
  6 Grand Valley State 31  
2 Ferris State* 48  
7 Texas A&M–Commerce 30  
  2 Ferris State* 34
    6 Grand Valley State 38  
3 Ashland* 28
6 Grand Valley State 45  
  1 Shepherd 7
  1 NW Missouri State* 34


 
  1 West Georgia* 27  
    4 Valdosta State 20  
4 Valdosta State* 61
5 Carson–Newman 59  
  1 West Georgia* 35  
  6 Tuskegee 6  
2 North Alabama Lions* 50  
7 Newberry 7  
  2 North Alabama* 31
    6 Tuskegee 35  
3 Catawba* 16
6 Tuskegee 26  
  1 West Georgia 23
  1 NW Missouri State* 38  
 
 
  1 NW Missouri State* 54
    4 Humboldt State 7  
4 Humboldt State* 45
5 Augustana (SD) 31  
  1 NW Missouri State* 38
  7 Emporia State 17  
2 Minnesota State* 49  
7 Emporia State 51  
  7 Emporia State 29
    3 Henderson State* 3  
3 Henderson State* 23
6 Sioux Falls 16  

Home team    † Overtime    Winner

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 Division II Football Tournament". NCAA.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015.