1972 NCAA College Division football season

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The 1972 NCAA College Division football season was the 17th and final season of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the NCAA College Division level.

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Conference standings

1972 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Montana State $510  830
Idaho State 410  730
Boise State 330  740
Montana 330  380
Idaho 230  470
Weber State 240  550
Northern Arizona 040  380
  • $ Conference champion
1972 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 AP / No. 3 UPI Cal Poly +300  811
UC Riverside +300  910
Cal State Fullerton 220  740
Valley State 130  650
Cal Poly Pomona 040  460
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from College Division poll
1972 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Northern
Virginia State xy$500  830
Virginia Union 320  630
Elizabeth City State 320  550
Norfolk State 320  370
Hampton 140  1100
Saint Paul's (VA) 050  090
Southern
Johnson C. Smith xy400  650
Winston-Salem State 310  540
Fayetteville State 220  630
Shaw 130  350
Livingstone 040  280
Championship: Virginia State 17, Johnson C. Smith 6
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
1972 College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Centre $300  450
Southwestern (TN) 120  440
Sewanee 120  350
Washington and Lee 120  360
  • $ Conference champion
1972 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Carthage $710  810
Millikin 620  720
Augustana (IL) 530  630
Carroll (WI) 530  630
Elmhurst 530  630
Illinois Wesleyan 440  450
North Park 251  261
Wheaton (IL) 170  180
North Central (IL) 071  072
  • $ Conference champion
1972 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
UC Davis $500  622
Humboldt State 410  730
Chico State 230  450
Cal State Hayward 230  280
San Francisco State 140  380
Sacramento State 140  280
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from College Division poll
1972 Independent College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Alfred $300  710
Ithaca 200  540
Hobart 320  720
St. Lawrence 120  540
RIT 020  450
RPI 030  180
  • $ Conference champion
1972 Indiana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Butler +410  550
Evansville +410  550
Wabash 220  460
Indiana Central 230  460
Valparaiso 230  640
Saint Joseph's (IN) 230  441
DePauw 150  270
  • + Conference co-champions
1972 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
William Penn +610  910
Buena Vista +610  720
Central (IA) 520  630
Dubuque 331  541
Luther 340  360
Simpson 142  252
Upper Iowa 151  451
Wartburg 160  360
  • + Conference co-champions
1972 Metropolitan Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
C. W. Post $300  630
Wagner 210  730
Hofstra 120  560
Merchant Marine 030  540
  • $ Conference champion
1972 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Alma +410  810
Adrian +410  540
Hope 311  621
Olivet 230  360
Kalamazoo 131  251
Albion 050  270
  • + Conference co-champions
1972 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Kent State $410  651
Bowling Green 311  631
Western Michigan 221  731
Miami 230  730
Toledo 230  650
Ohio 140  380
  • $ Conference champion
1972 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Carolina Central $510  920
North Carolina A&T 420  820
Morgan State 420  550
Maryland Eastern Shore 420  450
Howard 240  640
Delaware State 240  540
South Carolina State 060  190
  • $ Conference champion
1972 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Northern
Albright x700  810
Juniata 510  630
Wilkes 420  450
Delaware Valley 440  440
Upsala 340  350
Susquehanna 240  360
Lycoming 250  260
Wagner *210  730
Southern
Franklin & Marshall x800  900
Widener 610  810
Johns Hopkins 520  530
Ursinus 530  530
Dickinson 430  440
Lebanon Valley 450  450
Moravian 360  370
Muhlenberg 270  180
Swarthmore 170  070
Western Maryland 050  361
Haverford070  000
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • * – Ineligible due to insufficient conference games
    † – Haverford forfeited all games on schedule; opponents received conference victory but overall record not affected
1972 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Gustavus Adolphus $610  640
Saint John's (MN) 520  720
Concordia–Moorhead 430  630
Minnesota–Duluth 430  540
St. Thomas (MN) 340  640
Augsburg 340  540
Hamline 340  540
Macalester 070  090
  • $ Conference champion
1972 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Lincoln (MO) +510  910
NW Missouri State +510  730
SE Missouri State 420  541
NE Missouri State 231  641
SW Missouri State 240  460
Central Missouri State 141  371
Missouri–Rolla 150  290
  • + Conference co-champions
1972 New England Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Maine Maritime $310  530
Plymouth State 311  421
Curry 420  530
Nichols 320  521
Bridgewater State 220  450
Boston State 131  161
New England College 050  070
  • $ Conference champion
1972 New Jersey State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Jersey City State +410  810
Glassboro State +410  720
Montclair State +310  640
Trenton State 230  261
William Paterson 140  270
Newark State 040  260
  • $ Conference champion
1972 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Dakota +610  1010
South Dakota +610  910
North Dakota State +610  820
Mankato State 340  650
Northern Iowa 340  450
South Dakota State 250  650
Morningside 160  280
Augustana (SD) 160  280
  • + Conference co-champions
1972 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 8 Tennessee Tech $700  1020
Western Kentucky 520  730
Middle Tennessee 421  731
Morehead State 331  361
Eastern Kentucky 340  560
Murray State 250  460
East Tennessee State 250  370
Austin Peay 160  380
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from UPI poll
1972 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Thiel $610  720
John Carroll 520  730
Allegheny 520  540
Carnegie Mellon 430  450
Bethany (WV) 340  450
Case Western Reserve 340  450
Hiram 250  360
Washington & Jefferson 070  081
  • $ Conference champion
1972 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Whittier $500  721
Redlands 410  550
La Verne 320  630
Claremont-Mudd 140  360
Occidental 140  270
Pomona-Pitzer 140  270
  • $ Conference champion
1972 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 Louisiana Tech $500  1200
Texas–Arlington 410  560
No. T–10 McNeese State 320  830
Lamar 320  830
SW Louisiana 140  560
Arkansas State 140  470
Abilene Christian 140  380
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1972 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 8 AP / #9 UPI Grambling +510  1120
Jackson State +510  830
Alcorn A&M 411  531
Texas Southern 321  541
Mississippi Valley State 150  550
Prairie View A&M 150  550
Southern 150  271
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from College Division poll
1972 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
UMass $500  920
Connecticut 410  450
Vermont 320  450
New Hampshire 230  450
Maine 140  360
Rhode Island 050  370
  • $ Conference champion
1972 NCAA College Division independents football records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 Tennessee State     1110
No. 1 Delaware     1010
Colorado College     810
IUP     810
Tampa     1020
Hawaii     830
Indiana State     730
Northeastern     620
Bucknell     630
Cortland     630
San Diego     631
Arkansas–Pine Bluff     421
Eastern Michigan     640
Milwaukee     640
Samford     532
Lake Forest     431
Nevada     650
Central Michigan     551
Fordham     550
Rose-Hulman     550
Santa Clara     441
Akron     342
Saint Mary's     340
Drexel     360
Northeast Louisiana     370
Portland State     380
Wayne State (MI)     251
Northern Michigan     280
Saint Peter's     280
Chattanooga     290
Southern Illinois     181
UNLV     1100
Rankings from AP Poll

Rankings

College Division teams (also referred to as "small college") were ranked in polls by the AP (a panel of writers) and by UPI (coaches). The national champion(s) for each season were determined by the final poll rankings, published at or near the end of the regular season, before any bowl games were played.

College Division final polls

Both the UPI and AP panels ranked Delaware (10–0) first, followed by Louisiana Tech (11–0), and Cal Poly (8–0–1). [1] [2] Louisiana Tech later defeated Tennessee Tech in the Grantland Rice Bowl, while Cal Poly lost to North Dakota in the Camellia Bowl. Delaware declined an invitation to face UMass (7–2) in the Boardwalk Bowl, and did not play in the postseason. [3]

Bowl games

The postseason consisted of four bowl games as regional finals, all played on December 10.

BowlRegionLocationWinning teamLosing teamRef
Boardwalk East Atlantic City, New Jersey UMass 35 UC Davis 14
Grantland Rice Mideast Baton Rouge, Louisiana Louisiana Tech 35 Tennessee Tech 0
Pioneer Midwest Wichita Falls, Texas Tennessee State 29 Drake 7
Camellia West Sacramento, California North Dakota 38 Cal Poly 21 [6]

Black college national championship

Grambling defeated North Carolina Central in the inaugural Pelican Bowl to capture the black college football national championship. [7]

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References

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  2. "AP Poll Picks Hens as Little Big Men", Pacific Stars and Stripes, Nov. 25, 1972, p19
  3. "Hens Scratch Bowl..." . Philadelphia Daily News . November 22, 1972. Retrieved February 22, 2017 via newspapers.com.
  4. UPI (November 22, 1972). "Delaware Names As Small College National Champs" . The Brownsville Herald . Brownsville, Texas . Retrieved February 25, 2017 via newspapers.com.
  5. "Delaware Top Squad" . The Clarion-Ledger . Jackson, Mississippi. Associated Press. November 23, 1972. Retrieved February 25, 2017 via newspapers.com.
  6. "Cal Poly upset". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. December 10, 1972. p. 4B.
  7. AP Staff Reporters (December 3, 1972). "Grambling wins and claims title". New York Times. Associated Press. Retrieved January 11, 2011.