NCAA Division II Football Championship

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NCAA Division II Football Championship
2005 Div2 Championship Logo.png
Logo used for the 2005 NCAA Division II National Championship Game
In operation 1973–present
Preceded by Small college polls
Number of playoff teams 28
Championship trophy NCAA Division II National Championship Trophy
Television partner(s) ESPN2
Most playoff appearances North Alabama
Northwest Missouri State (19)
Most playoff championships Northwest Missouri State (6)
Current champion Northwest Missouri State (6)

The NCAA Division II Football Championship is an American college football tournament played annually to determine a champion at the NCAA Division II level. It was first held in 1973, as a single-elimination tournament with eight teams. The tournament field has subsequently been expanded three times; in 1988 it became 16 teams, in 2004 it became 24 teams, and in 2016 it became 28 teams.

The National Championship game has been held in seven different cities; Sacramento, California (1973–1975), Wichita Falls, Texas (1976–1977), Longview, Texas (1978), Albuquerque, New Mexico (1979–1980), McAllen, Texas (1981–1985), Florence, Alabama (1986–2013), and Kansas City, Kansas (2014–2016). The 2017 game will also be played in Kansas City.[1] Since 1994, the games have been broadcast on ESPN.

Prior to 1973, for what was then called the "NCAA College Division," champions were selected by polls conducted at the end of each regular season by two major wire services; in some years the two polls named different number one teams.

NCAA College Division wire service national champions[edit]

Polls were conducted by the Associated Press (AP) and United Press International (UPI) at the end of each regular season. The AP would poll a panel of writers, while UPI would poll a panel of coaches.

National champions by polling

Year UPI number one AP number one
1958 Southern Miss (no poll)
1959 Bowling Green (no poll)
1960 Ohio
1961 Pittsburg State
1962 Southern Miss Florida A&M
1963 Delaware Northern Illinois
1964 Cal State Los Angeles Wittenberg
1965 North Dakota State
1966 San Diego State
1967 San Diego State
1968 San Diego State North Dakota State
1969 North Dakota State
1970 Arkansas State
1971 Delaware
1972 Delaware
1973dagger Tennessee State
1974dagger Louisiana Tech Central Michigan

daggerWhile the NCAA started Division II playoffs in 1973, AP and UPI still conducted their polls these years.

NCAA Division II champions[edit]

Year Champion[2] Runner-up Score Venue Location Attendance Winning Head Coach
1973 Louisiana Tech Western Kentucky 34–0 Hughes Stadium Sacramento, California - Lambright, MaxieMaxie Lambright
1974 Central Michigan Delaware 54–14 Hughes Stadium Sacramento, California - Kramer, RoyRoy Kramer
1975 Northern Michigan Western Kentucky 16–14 Hughes Stadium Sacramento California - Krueger, GilGil Krueger
1976 Montana State Akron 24–13 Memorial Stadium Wichita Falls, Texas 13,200 Holland, SonnySonny Holland
1977 Lehigh Jacksonville State 33–0 Memorial Stadium Wichita Falls, Texas 14,114 Whitehead, JohnJohn Whitehead
1978 Eastern Illinois Delaware 10–9 Lobo Stadium Longview, Texas 5,500 Mudra, DarrellDarrell Mudra
1979 Delaware Youngstown State 38–21 University Stadium Albuquerque, New Mexico 4,000 Raymond, TubbyTubby Raymond
1980 Cal Poly SLO Eastern Illinois 21–13 University Stadium Albuquerque, New Mexico 2,056[3] Harper, JoeJoe Harper
1981 Southwest Texas State North Dakota State 42–13 Veterans Memorial Stadium McAllen, Texas 9,415 Wacker, JimJim Wacker
1982 Southwest Texas State UC Davis 34–9 Veterans Memorial Stadium McAllen, Texas 8,000 Wacker, JimJim Wacker
1983 North Dakota State Central State 41–21 Veterans Memorial Stadium McAllen, Texas 5,275 Morton, DonDon Morton
1984 Troy State North Dakota State 18–17 Veterans Memorial Stadium McAllen, Texas 4,500 Gailey, ChanChan Gailey
1985 North Dakota State North Alabama 35–7 Veterans Memorial Stadium McAllen, Texas 6,000 Solomonson, EarleEarle Solomonson
1986 North Dakota State South Dakota 27–7 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 11,506 Solomonson, EarleEarle Solomonson
1987 Troy State Portland State 31–17 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 10,600 Rhoades, RickRick Rhoades
1988 North Dakota State Portland State 35–21 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,763 Hager, RockyRocky Hager
1989 Mississippi College Jacksonville State 3–0 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,763 Williams, John M.John M. Williams
1990 North Dakota State Indiana (PA) 51–11 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 10,080 Hager, RockyRocky Hager
1991 Pittsburg State Jacksonville State 23–6 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 11,500 Broyles, ChuckChuck Broyles
1992 Jacksonville State Pittsburg State 17–13 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 11,733 Burgess, BillBill Burgess
1993 North Alabama Indiana (PA) 41–34 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 15,361 Wallace, BobbyBobby Wallace
1994 North Alabama Texas A&M–Kingsville 16–10 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 13,526 Wallace, BobbyBobby Wallace
1995 North Alabama Pittsburg State 27–7 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 15,241 Wallace, BobbyBobby Wallace
1996 Northern Colorado Carson–Newman 23–14 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 5,745 Glenn, JoeJoe Glenn
1997 Northern Colorado New Haven 51–0 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 3,352 Glenn, JoeJoe Glenn
1998 Northwest Missouri State Carson–Newman 24–6 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,149 Tjeerdsma, MelMel Tjeerdsma
1999 Northwest Missouri State Carson–Newman 58–52 (4OT) Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 8,451 Tjeerdsma, MelMel Tjeerdsma
2000 Delta State Bloomsburg 63–34 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 7,123 Campbell, SteveSteve Campbell
2001 North Dakota Grand Valley State 17–14 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,113 Lennon, DaleDale Lennon
2002 Grand Valley State Valdosta State 31–24 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 9,783 Kelly, BrianBrian Kelly
2003 Grand Valley State North Dakota 10–3 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 7,236 Kelly, BrianBrian Kelly
2004 Valdosta State Pittsburg State 36–31 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 8,604 Hatcher, ChrisChris Hatcher
2005 Grand Valley State Northwest Missouri State 21–17 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,837 Martin, ChuckChuck Martin
2006 Grand Valley State Northwest Missouri State 17–14 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 7,437 Martin, ChuckChuck Martin
2007 Valdosta State Northwest Missouri State 25–20 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 7,532 Dean, DavidDavid Dean
2008 Minnesota–Duluth Northwest Missouri State 21–14 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,215 Nielson, BobBob Nielson
2009 Northwest Missouri State Grand Valley State 30–23 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,211 Tjeerdsma, MelMel Tjeerdsma
2010 Minnesota–Duluth Delta State 20–17 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 4,027 Nielson, BobBob Nielson
2011 Pittsburg State Wayne State (MI) 35–21 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 7,276 Beck, TimTim Beck
2012 Valdosta State Winston-Salem State 35–7 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 7,525 Dean, DavidDavid Dean
2013 Northwest Missouri State Lenoir–Rhyne 43–28 Braly Municipal Stadium Florence, Alabama 6,543 Dorrel, AdamAdam Dorrel
2014 CSU–Pueblo Minnesota State–Mankato 13–0 Children's Mercy Park Kansas City, Kansas 6,762 Wristen, JohnJohn Wristen
2015 Northwest Missouri State Shepherd 34–7 Children's Mercy Park Kansas City, Kansas 16,181 Dorrel, AdamAdam Dorrel
2016 Northwest Missouri State North Alabama 29–3 Children's Mercy Park Kansas City, Kansas 9,576[4] Dorrel, AdamAdam Dorrel

† Mississippi College's 1989 tournament participation, along with its championship, were vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

NCAA Division II Football Championship is located in the US
Northwest Missouri State
Northwest Missouri State
North Dakota State
North Dakota State
Grand Valley State
Grand Valley State
North Alabama
North Alabama
Valdosta State
Valdosta State
Southwest Texas State
Southwest Texas State
TroyState
Troy
State
Pittsburg State
Pittsburg State
Northern Colorado
Northern Colorado
Minnesota–Duluth
Minnesota–Duluth
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech
Central Michigan
Central Michigan
Northern Michigan
Northern Michigan
Montana State
Montana State
Lehigh
Lehigh
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Illinois
Delaware
Delaware
Cal Poly SLO
Cal Poly SLO
Mississippi College
Mississippi College
Jacksonville State
Jacksonville State
Delta State
Delta State
North Dakota
North Dakota
CSU–Pueblo
CSU–Pueblo
Schools with Division II championships
Gold pog.svg – 6 championships, Red pog.svg – 5 championships, Blue pog.svg – 4 championships
Pink pog.svg – 3 championships, Black pog.svg – 2 championships, White pog.svg – 1 championship
Italics indicate schools that have since moved to Division I

Teams that moved to Division I[edit]

Most of the participants in early national championship games have moved into Division I, the main catalyst for their moves being the creation of Division I-AA, now the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), in 1978. The following Division II title game participants later moved to Division I:

Postseason bowls[edit]

Regional bowls[edit]

From 1964 to 1972, four regional bowl games were played in order to provide postseason action,[2] however these games took place after the AP and UPI polls were completed, therefore these games did not factor in selecting a national champion for the College Division. The bowl games were:

Region 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
East Tangerine Bowl Boardwalk Bowl
Orlando, Florida Atlantic City, New Jersey
Mideast Grantland Rice Bowl
Murfreesboro, Tennessee Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Midwest Pecan Bowl Pioneer Bowl
Abilene, Texas Arlington, Texas Wichita Falls, Texas
West Camellia Bowl
Sacramento, California

Winners of regional bowls[2]

Year West Midwest Mideast East
1964 Montana State State College (IA) Middle Tennessee State East Carolina
1965 Cal State Los Angeles North Dakota State Ball State / Tennessee State (tie) East Carolina
1966 San Diego State North Dakota Tennessee State Morgan State
1967 San Diego State Texas-Arlington Eastern Kentucky Tennessee-Martin
1968 Humboldt State North Dakota State Louisiana Tech Delaware
1969 North Dakota State Arkansas State East Tennessee State Delaware
1970 North Dakota State Arkansas State Tennessee State Delaware
1971 Boise State Louisiana Tech Tennessee State Delaware
1972 North Dakota Tennessee State Louisiana Tech Massachusetts

Playoff bowls[edit]

From 1973 to 1977, some of the tournament games were also known by bowl names;

See also[edit]

National football championship trophy room at Bearcat Stadium at Northwest Missouri State University. The two trophies in the middle are for the team's 1998 and 1999 national championships. The four trophies on the left are for appearances in the 2005–2008 title games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kansas City to host 14 NCAA championships". Sporting Kansas City. 
  2. ^ a b c "Division II All-Time Championship Results Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 2. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ AP (December 14, 1980). "Cal Poly-SLO, Martin wreck Eastern Illinois"Paid subscription required. The Pantagraph. Bloomington, Illinois. Retrieved February 26, 2017 – via newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ http://www.espn.com/college-football/game?gameId=400928521

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