2015 NCAA Division II football season

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2015 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonSeptember 4 – November 14, 2015
PlayoffsNovember 21 – December 19, 2015
National ChampionshipChildren's Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS December 19, 2015
ChampionNorthwest Missouri State
Harlon Hill TrophyJason 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 Former conference New conference
McMurry War Hawks Lone Star American Southwest (D-III)
Oklahoma Baptist Bison CSFL (NAIA) Great American
Paine Lions SIAC Dropped program

Northwestern Oklahoma State and Virginia–Wise completed their transitions to Division II and became eligible for the postseason.

Conference standings[edit]

Super Region 1[edit]

2015 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern
Bowie State xy^   7 0         9 3  
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. xy$   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  
Championship: Winston–Salem St. 17, Bowie St. 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2015 Mountain East Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Shepherd $^   10 0         13 1  
No. 20 Charleston (WV) ^   9 1         10 2  
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  
Virginia–Wise   1 9         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 17 Assumption y$^   8 1         11 2  
New Haven y   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  
Southern Connecticut   3 6         4 7  
Saint Anselm   2 7         3 8  
Pace   0 9         1 10  
Championship: Assumption 17, New Haven 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA 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 xy   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
No. 7 Slippery Rock xy$^   6 1         11 1  
No. 19 Indiana (PA) x^   6 1         9 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  
Championship: Slippery Rock 61, West Chester 12
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 2[edit]

2015 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 West Georgia +^   6 1         12 2  
No. 15 North Alabama +^   6 1         9 3  
No. 14 Valdosta State ^   5 2         9 3  
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  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 25 Catawba $^   6 1         9 3  
No. 21 Carson–Newman ^   5 2         9 3  
Mars Hill   5 2         6 5  
Newberry ^   4 3         7 5  
Wingate   3 4         6 5  
Lenoir–Rhyne   3 4         5 5  
Tusculum   2 5         4 7  
Brevard   0 7         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2015 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Albany State xy   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 xy$   5 0         7 5  
No. 11 Tuskegee ^   4 1         10 3  
Central State   2 3         5 5  
Kentucky State   2 3         3 7  
Stillman   1 4         3 6  
Lane   1 4         3 7  
Championship: Miles 20, Albany State 7
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2015 NCAA Division II Super Region 2 independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Greenville           7 3  
UNC Pembroke           6 4  
Limestone           2 8  
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 3[edit]

2015 Great American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 12 Henderson St. $^   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
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 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   0 6         0 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 NW Missouri St. $^   11 0         15 0  
No. 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
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
Minnesota–Duluth   8 3         9 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
No. 13 Minnesota State $^   10 1         10 2  
No. 24 Augustana (SD) ^   9 2         9 3  
No. 22 Sioux Falls ^   9 2         9 3  
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
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


Super Region 4[edit]

2015 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Ferris State +^   10 0         11 1  
No. 10 Ashland +^   10 0         10 1  
No. 4 Grand Valley St. ^   8 2         12 3  
Ohio Dominican   7 3         8 3  
Michigan Tech   7 3         7 3  
Findlay   5 5         6 5  
Wayne State (MI)   5 5         6 5  
Hillsdale   5 5         5 6  
Northwood   5 5         5 6  
Northern Michigan   4 6         5 6  
Tiffin   4 6         5 6  
Walsh   2 8         2 8  
Lake Erie   2 8         2 9  
Saginaw Valley State   1 9         1 10  
Malone   0 10         0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2015 Great Lakes Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 18 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  
Saint Joseph's (IN)   3 5         4 6  
Southwest Baptist   3 5         4 6  
Quincy   3 5         3 7  
Lincoln (MO)   0 8         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 23 Texas A&M–Commerce $^   6 0         8 4  
No. 9 Midwestern State ^   5 1         10 2  
Angelo State   3 3         7 4  
West Texas A&M   3 3         6 4  
Eastern New Mexico   3 3         6 6  
Tarleton State   1 5         3 7  
Texas A&M–Kingsville   0 6         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2015 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 5 CSU–Pueblo $^   9 0         12 2  
Colorado Mesa   8 1         9 2  
Colorado Mines   6 3         8 3  
Fort Lewis   6 3         7 4  
Chadron State   4 5         5 6  
Western State   4 5         4 7  
Western New Mexico   3 6         4 7  
Adams State   3 6         3 8  
New Mexico Highlands   2 7         2 9  
Black Hills State   0 9         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 NCAA Division II Super Region 4 independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Alderson Broaddus           7 4  
OK Panhandle State           5 5  
Kentucky Wesleyan           5 6  
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] Miles College, the SIAC champion, was not eligible to postseason due to its participation to the 2015 Turkey Day Classic against Alabama State (FCS).

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* 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.