2017 NCAA Division II football season

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2017 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust 30 - November 11, 2017
PlayoffsNovember 18 - December 16, 2017
National ChampionshipChildren's Mercy Park
Kansas City, KS
December 16, 2017
ChampionTexas A&M–Commerce
Harlon Hill TrophyLuis Perez (QB, Texas A&M–Commerce)

The 2017 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level, began on August 31, 2017 and ended with the Division II championship on December 16, 2017 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.[1] Northwest Missouri State were the defending champions from the previous season.[2] Texas A&M–Commerce won the school's first Division II National Championship and second overall.

Coverage of the Division 2 Playoffs were on ESPN 3, ESPN's streaming service up until the championship in which was broadcast on ESPN 2.

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

Membership changes[edit]

School Former conference New conference
Brevard Tornadoes South Atlantic Independent (D-III)
Davenport Panthers Independent (NAIA) GLIAC
Findlay Oilers GLIAC G-MAC
Hillsdale Chargers GLIAC G-MAC
Lake Erie Storm GLIAC G-MAC
Limestone Saints Independent South Atlantic
Ohio Dominican Panthers GLIAC G-MAC
Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies Lone Star CSFL (NAIA)
Saint Joseph's Pumas GLVC School closed
Walsh Cavaliers GLIAC G-MAC

Oklahoma Baptist completed their transition to Division II and became eligible for the postseason.

Regional realignment[edit]

The GNAC and NSIC moved from Super Region 3 to Super Region 4, while the GLIAC and GLVC moved in the opposite direction. The newly-expanded G-MAC joined Super Region 1, replacing the CIAA, which moved to Super Region 2.

Conference standings[edit]

Super Region 1[edit]

2017 Great Midwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Ohio Dominican $   7 0         7 3  
#22 Findlay ^   6 1         10 3  
Hillsdale   5 2         7 4  
Walsh   4 3         4 7  
Lake Erie   2 5         2 8  
Alderson Broaddus   2 5         3 8  
Kentucky Wesleyan   1 6         2 8  
Malone   1 6         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Mountain East Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#14 Shepherd $^   10 0         10 1  
Notre Dame (OH)   8 2         8 3  
Fairmont State   8 2         8 3  
West Virginia State   5 5         6 5  
West Virginia Wesleyan   5 5         5 6  
Virginia–Wise   4 6         5 6  
Urbana   4 6         5 6  
Charleston (WV)   4 6         4 6  
Glenville State   3 7         4 7  
West Liberty   3 7         3 8  
Concord   1 9         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#9 Assumption $^   8 1         11 2  
LIU Post   7 2         8 2  
Bentley   6 3         6 4  
New Haven   5 4         6 4  
Stonehill   5 4         6 4  
Southern Connecticut   5 4         5 5  
Merrimack   4 5         4 6  
Pace   2 7         3 7  
American International   2 7         2 8  
Saint Anselm   1 8         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
#25 Shippensburg x^   6 1         10 2  
West Chester xy^   6 1         9 4  
Kutztown   5 2         8 3  
Bloomsburg   4 3         7 4  
Millersville   3 4         4 7  
East Stroudsburg   2 5         3 8  
Lock Haven   2 5         2 9  
Cheyney   0 7         1 10  
West
#3 Indiana (PA) xy$^   7 0         13 1  
California (PA) ^   5 2         9 3  
Slippery Rock   5 2         8 3  
Edinboro   4 3         7 4  
Gannon   3 4         5 6  
Mercyhurst   3 4         5 6  
Clarion   1 6         1 10  
Seton Hill   0 7         0 11  
Championship: Indiana (PA) 24, West Chester 7
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 2[edit]

2017 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern
#18 Virginia State xy$^   7 0         10 1  
#23 Bowie State ^   6 1         9 2  
Virginia Union   5 2         6 4  
Chowan   4 3         4 6  
Elizabeth City State   2 5         4 6  
Lincoln (PA)   0 7         0 10  
Southern
Fayetteville State xy   5 2         6 5  
St. Augustine's x   5 2         5 5  
Winston-Salem State   4 3         6 4  
Shaw   2 5         3 7  
Johnson C. Smith   2 5         2 8  
Livingstone   0 7         0 10  
Championship: Virginia St. 42, Fayetteville St. 19
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#12 West Alabama $^   7 1         10 3  
#2 West Florida ^   5 3         11 4  
#21 Delta State ^   5 3         9 4  
#19 West Georgia ^   5 3         9 4  
Valdosta State   5 3         5 4  
North Alabama   5 3         5 5  
Florida Tech   3 5         5 6  
Mississippi College   1 7         1 9  
Shorter   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
As of December 14, 2019; Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#24 Wingate $^   6 1         9 2  
Catawba   5 2         9 2  
Carson–Newman   5 2         8 3  
Tusculum   3 4         5 5  
Newberry   3 4         5 6  
Limestone   3 4         4 6  
Lenoir–Rhyne   2 5         3 7  
Mars Hill   1 6         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Benedict x   5 1         7 2  
Fort Valley State xy   5 1         5 5  
Albany State   4 2         6 4  
Morehouse   2 4         4 6  
Clark Atlanta   2 4         4 6  
West
Tuskegee xy$   6 0         9 2  
Miles   4 2         6 4  
Kentucky State   2 4         3 8  
Lane   1 5         2 8  
Central State   0 6         1 9  
Championship: Tuskegee 13, Fort Valley State 6
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Greenville           4 6  
UNC Pembroke           2 8  
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 3[edit]

2017 Great American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Ouachita Baptist $^   9 2         9 3  
#6 Harding ^   8 3         11 4  
Arkansas Tech   8 3         8 4  
Southern Arkansas   7 4         7 4  
SE Oklahoma State   7 4         7 4  
Henderson State   6 5         6 5  
Arkansas–Monticello   5 6         5 6  
NW Oklahoma State   5 6         5 6  
Southern Nazarene   4 7         4 7  
SW Oklahoma State   3 8         3 8  
East Central   2 9         2 9  
Oklahoma Baptist   2 9         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#10 Ashland $^   9 0         11 2  
#5 Ferris State ^   8 1         11 2  
Grand Valley State   7 2         8 3  
Tiffin   5 4         6 5  
Northwood   5 4         7 4  
Wayne State (MI)   4 5         5 6  
Michigan Tech   3 6         4 7  
Saginaw Valley State   3 6         5 6  
Northern Michigan   1 8         1 9  
Davenport #   0 9         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Great Lakes Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#13 Indianapolis $^   7 0         11 1  
McKendree   5 2         7 4  
Missouri S&T   5 2         7 4  
Southwest Baptist   4 3         5 5  
Truman   4 3         5 6  
William Jewell   2 5         2 9  
Quincy   1 6         3 8  
Lincoln (MO)   0 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8 Fort Hays State $^   11 0         11 1  
#16 NW Missouri St. ^   9 2         9 3  
Central Missouri   8 3         9 3  
Central Oklahoma   7 4         8 4  
Pittsburg State   7 4         8 4  
Washburn   6 5         7 5  
Emporia State   6 5         6 5  
Lindenwood   4 7         4 7  
Missouri Western   4 7         4 7  
Nebraska–Kearney   3 8         3 8  
Northeastern State   1 10         1 10  
Missouri Southern   0 11         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 4[edit]

2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 Central Washington $^   8 0         11 1  
Humboldt State   6 2         8 2  
Azusa Pacific   4 4         7 4  
Western Oregon   2 6         3 8  
Simon Fraser   0 8         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 11 Midwestern St. $^   8 0         10 1  
No. 1 Texas A&M–Commerce ^   7 1         14 1  
Eastern New Mexico   6 2         8 2  
Tarleton State   4 4         6 6  
Angelo State   4 4         6 5  
Western New Mexico   3 5         4 7  
Texas A&M–Kingsville   2 6         4 7  
West Texas A&M   1 7         3 8  
Texas–Permian Basin   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
Minnesota–Duluth   9 2         9 3  
Bemidji State   8 3         8 3  
Northern State   6 5         6 5  
St. Cloud State   6 5         6 5  
MSU Moorhead   5 6         5 6  
Minot State   3 8         3 8  
Mary   1 10         1 10  
Minnesota–Crookston   0 11         0 11  
South
#4 Minnesota State $^   11 0         13 1  
#15 Winona State ^   10 1         10 2  
#20 Sioux Falls ^   9 2         9 3  
Upper Iowa   6 5         6 5  
Wayne State (NE)   6 5         6 5  
Augustana (SD)   4 7         4 7  
Concordia–St. Paul   2 9         2 9  
SW Minnesota State   2 9         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Colorado Mesa +   9 1         9 2  
#17 CSU–Pueblo +^   9 1         9 3  
Colorado Mines   7 3         7 4  
Chadron State   6 4         6 5  
Dixie State   5 5         5 6  
Fort Lewis   5 5         5 6  
South Dakota Mines   4 6         5 6  
Black Hills State   4 6         4 6  
Adams State   4 6         4 7  
New Mexico Highlands   1 9         2 9  
Western State   1 9         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Post-season[edit]

2017 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams28
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning Coach

The 2017 NCAA Division II Football Championship was the 45th edition of the Division II playoffs. The playoffs began on November 18 and concluded with the championship game on December 16.

The field consisted of 28 teams, seven from each of the four super regions. The participants in each region were determined by the regional rankings; if a conference's highest-ranked team was ranked in the top eight, that team qualified via the "earned access" provision, and all other participants were selected directly from the rankings. The top seed in each region received a first-round bye. After the quarterfinals, the regional winners were reseeded one through four, with #1 meeting #4 in the semifinals and #2 meeting #3.

Bracket[edit]

  First round
November 18
Second round
November 25
Quarterfinals
December 2
Semifinals
December 9
Championship
Kansas City, KS
December 16
                                               
       
       
  1 Indiana (PA)* 44  
    5 West Chester 10  
4 Shippensburg* 6
5 West Chester 27  
  1 Indiana (PA) 27  
Super Region 1
  3 Assumption 22  
2 Shepherd* 17  
7 Findlay 29  
  7 Findlay 26
    3 Assumption* 45  
3 Assumption* 40
6 California (PA) 31  
  1 Indiana (PA)* 17  
  4 West Florida 27  
       
       
  1 West Alabama* 27
    5 Delta State 20  
4 Bowie State* 35
5 Delta State 45  
  1 West Alabama* 14
Super Region 2
  6 West Florida 17  
2 Virginia State* 9  
7 West Georgia 35  
  7 West Georgia* 14
    6 West Florida 17  
3 Wingate* 0
6 West Florida 31  
4 West Florida 27
2 Texas A&M–Commerce 37
       
       
  1 Fort Hays State* 21  
    4 Ferris State 31  
4 Ferris State* 24
5 Ouachita Baptist 19  
  4 Ferris State 14  
Super Region 3
  7 Harding 16  
2 Indianapolis* 24  
7 Harding 27  
  7 Harding 34
    3 Ashland* 24  
3 Ashland* 21
6 NW Missouri State 18  
  3 Harding 17
  2 Texas A&M–Commerce* 31  
     
     
  1 Central Washington* 31
    5 Texas A&M–Commerce 34  
4 Winona State* 6
5 Texas A&M–Commerce 20  
  5 Texas A&M–Commerce 31      
Super Region 4
  2 Minnesota State* 21        
2 Minnesota State* 16  
7 CSU–Pueblo 13  
  2 Minnesota State* 63
    3 Midwestern State 21  
3 Midwestern State* 24
6 Sioux Falls 20  

Bowl games[edit]

Date Game Site Teams Affiliations Results
Dec 2 Corsicana Bowl Tiger Stadium
Corsicana, Texas
Central Oklahoma Bronchos (7–4)
Tarleton State Texans (6–5)
MIAA
Lone Star
Central Oklahoma 38
Tarleton State 31
C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl Bulldawg Stadium
Copperas Cove, Texas
Washburn Ichabods (6–5)
Angelo State Rams (6–5)
MIAA
Lone Star
Washburn 41
Angelo State 25
Live United Texarkana Bowl Razorback Stadium
Texarkana, Arkansas
Pittsburg State Gorillas (7–4)
Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (8–3)
MIAA
GAC
Pittsburg State 41
Arkansas Tech 31
Mineral Water Bowl Tiger Stadium
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Central Missouri Mules (8–3)
Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs (9–2)
MIAA
NSIC
Central Missouri 38
Minnesota–Duluth 28

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014-18 NCAA Championship Sites". NCAA.com. NCAA. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  2. ^ Boyce, David. "Northwest Missouri repeats as Division II national champions". NCAA.com. NCAA. Retrieved 6 July 2017.