NCAA Division II Football Championship

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Logo for the 2005 Division II National Championship game
National football championship trophy room at Bearcat Stadium at Northwest Missouri State University. The two trophies in the middle are national championships in 1998 and 1999. The four trophies on the left are for appearances in the title games in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Northwest also appeared in the 2009 national championship game an unprecedented fifth time in a row against Grand Valley State which defeated Northwest twice before in title games.

The NCAA Division II National Football Championship began in 1973. Prior to 1973, four regional bowl games were played in order to provide postseason action for what was then called the NCAA College Division and a poll determined the final champion.

The National Championship game was held at Sacramento, California from 1973–1975. It was in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1976–1977. The game was played in Longview, Texas in 1978. For 1979 and 1980, Albuquerque, New Mexico hosted the game. McAllen, Texas hosted the championship games from 1981–1985. From 1986 to 2013, the Division II championship game was played at Braly Municipal Stadium near the campus of the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. Between 2014 and 2017, the championship game will be played at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.[1] Since 1998 the games have been broadcast on ESPN.

NCAA College Division Wire Service National Champions[edit]

From 1964 to 1972, four regional bowl games were played that led up to a wire service poll to determine the final champion of Division II's predecessor, the NCAA College Division.

Those games were:

Winners of regional bowls[edit]

1964Montana StateNorthern IowaMiddle Tennessee StateEast Carolina
1965Los Angeles StateNorth Dakota StateBall State / Tenn State (tie game)East Carolina
1966San Diego StateNorth DakotaTennessee StateMorgan State
1967San Diego StateTexas-ArlingtonEastern KentuckyTennessee-Martin
1968Humboldt StateNorth Dakota StateLouisiana TechDelaware
1969North Dakota StateArkansas StateEast Tennessee StateDelaware
1970North Dakota StateArkansas StateTennessee StateDelaware
1971Boise StateLouisiana TechTennessee StateDelaware
1972North DakotaTennessee StateLouisiana TechMassachusetts

National champions by polling[edit]

1958Southern Miss
1959Bowling Green
1961Pittsburg State
1962Southern Miss (UPI), Florida A&M (AP)
1963Delaware (UPI), Northern Illinois (AP)
1964Los Angeles State (UPI), Wittenberg (AP)
1965North Dakota State
1966San Diego State
1967San Diego State
1968San Diego State (UPI), North Dakota State (AP)
1969North Dakota State
1970Arkansas State
1973Tennessee State
1974Louisiana Tech (UPI), Central Michigan (AP)


YearChampion[2]Runner-upScoreVenueLocationAttendanceWinning Head Coach
1973Louisiana TechWestern Kentucky34–0Hughes StadiumSacramento, California-Lambright, MaxieMaxie Lambright
1974Central MichiganDelaware54–14Hughes StadiumSacramento, California-Kramer, RoyRoy Kramer
1975Northern MichiganWestern Kentucky16–14Hughes StadiumSacramento California-Kruger, GilGil Kruger
1976Montana StateAkron24–13Memorial StadiumWichita Falls, Texas13,200Holland, SonnySonny Holland
1977LehighJacksonville State33–0Memorial StadiumWichita Falls, Texas14,114Whitehead, JohnJohn Whitehead
1978Eastern IllinoisDelaware10–9Lobo StadiumLongview, Texas5,500Mudra, DarrellDarrell Mudra
1979DelawareYoungstown State38–21University StadiumAlbuquerque, New Mexico4,000Raymond, TubbyTubby Raymond
1980Cal PolyEastern Illinois21–13University StadiumAlbuquerque, New Mexico-Harper, JoeJoe Harper
1981Southwest Texas StateNorth Dakota State42–13Veterans Memorial StadiumMcAllen, Texas9,415Wacker, JimJim Wacker
1982Southwest Texas StateUC Davis34–9Veterans Memorial StadiumMcAllen, Texas8,000Wacker, JimJim Wacker
1983North Dakota StateCentral State41–21Veterans Memorial StadiumMcAllen, Texas5,275Morton, DonDon Morton
1984Troy StateNorth Dakota State Bison18–17Veterans Memorial StadiumMcAllen, Texas4,500Gailey, ChanChan Gailey
1985North Dakota StateNorth Alabama35–7Veterans Memorial StadiumMcAllen, Texas6,000Solomonson, EarleEarle Solomonson
1986North Dakota StateSouth Dakota27–7Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama11,506Solomonson, EarleEarle Solomonson
1987Troy StatePortland State31–17Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama10,600Rhoades, RickRick Rhoades
1988North Dakota StatePortland State35–21Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama6,763Hager, RockyRocky Hager
1989Mississippi CollegeJacksonville State3–0Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama6,763Williams, John M.John M. Williams
1990North Dakota StateIndiana (PA)51–11Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama10,080Hager, RockyRocky Hager
1991Pittsburg StateJacksonville State23–6Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama11,500Broyles, ChuckChuck Broyles
1992Jacksonville StatePittsburg State17–13Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama11,733Burgess, BillBill Burgess
1993North AlabamaIndiana (PA)41–34Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama15,361Wallace, BobbyBobby Wallace
1994North AlabamaTexas A&M-Kingsville16–10Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama13,526Wallace, BobbyBobby Wallace
1995North AlabamaPittsburg State27–7Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama15,241Wallace, BobbyBobby Wallace
1996Northern ColoradoCarson-Newman23–14Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama5,745Glenn, JoeJoe Glenn
1997Northern ColoradoNew Haven51–0Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama3,352Glenn, JoeJoe Glenn
1998Northwest Missouri StateCarson-Newman58–52(4OTs)Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama6,149Tjeerdsma, MelMel Tjeerdsma
1999Northwest Missouri StateCarson-Newman59–24Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama8,451Tjeerdsma, MelMel Tjeerdsma
2000Delta StateBloomsburg63–34Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama7,123Campbell, SteveSteve Campbell
2001North DakotaGrand Valley State17–14Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama6,113Lennon, DaleDale Lennon
2002Grand Valley StateValdosta State31–24Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama9,783Kelly, BrianBrian Kelly
2003Grand Valley StateNorth Dakota10–3Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama7,236Kelly, BrianBrian Kelly
2004Valdosta StatePittsburg State36–31Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama8,604Hatcher, ChrisChris Hatcher
2005Grand Valley StateNorthwest Missouri State21–17Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama6,837Martin, ChuckChuck Martin
2006Grand Valley StateNorthwest Missouri State17–14Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama7,437Martin, ChuckChuck Martin
2007Valdosta StateNorthwest Missouri State25–20Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama7,532Dean, DavidDavid Dean
2008Minnesota-DuluthNorthwest Missouri State21–14Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama6,215Nielson, BobBob Nielson
2009Northwest Missouri StateGrand Valley State30–23Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama6,211Tjeerdsma, MelMel Tjeerdsma
2010Minnesota-DuluthDelta State20–17Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama4,027Nielson, BobBob Nielson
2011Pittsburg StateWayne State (MI)35–21Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama7,276Beck, TimTim Beck
2012Valdosta StateWinston-Salem State35–7Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama7,525Dean, DavidDavid Dean
2013Northwest Missouri StateLenoir-Rhyne43–28Braly Municipal StadiumFlorence, Alabama6,543Dorrel, AdamAdam Dorrel

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

Most national championships[edit]

The teams that have won the most national championships since 1973 are:

TeamChampionshipsWinning years
North Dakota State*51983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990
Grand Valley State42002, 2003, 2005, 2006
Northwest Missouri State41998, 1999, 2009, 2013
North Alabama31993, 1994, 1995
Valdosta State32004, 2007, 2012
Minnesota–Duluth22008, 2010
Northern Colorado*21996, 1997
Troy State*21984, 1987
Southwest Texas State*21981, 1982
Pittsburg State21991, 2011
Cal Poly*11980
Central Michigan*11974
Delta State12000
Eastern Illinois*11978
Jacksonville State*11992
Louisiana Tech*11973
Montana State*11976
North Dakota*12001
Northern Michigan11975

*Inactive; see Teams that 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:

Division I FBS (formerly I-A)
Division I FCS (formerly I-AA)

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