1976 NCAA Division III football season

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The 1976 NCAA Division III football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level, began in August 1976, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship in December 1976 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. The Saint John's Johnnies won their first Division III championship, defeating the Towson State Tigers by a final score of 31−28. [1]

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Conference and program changes

Conference standings

1976 College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Sewanee $400  540
Centre 310  540
Rose–Hulman 130  550
Southwestern (TN) 130  450
Principia 130  260
  • $ Conference champion
1976 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Carroll (WI) $^701  811
Augustana (IL) ^620  730
Illinois Wesleyan 530  630
Wheaton (IL) 530  630
North Central (IL) 431  531
Millikin 440  450
Carthage 350  360
Elmhurst 170  270
North Park 080  180
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
1976 Independent College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Alfred $301  422
St. Lawrence ^410  920
Ithaca 211  621
Hobart 230  540
RPI 120  450
RIT 050  360
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
1976 Indiana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Saint Joseph's (IN) +410  630
Evansville +410  460
Indiana Central 320  640
Butler 230  640
Valparaiso 230  271
DePauw 050  280
  • + Conference co-champions
1976 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
William Penn $610  820
Buena Vista 511  711
Central (IA) 520  720
Luther 430  450
Wartburg 331  441
Simpson 340  450
Dubuque 160  190
Upper Iowa 070  280
  • $ Conference champion
1976 Metropolitan Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
C. W. Post $300  820
Merchant Marine 410  810
Hofstra 230  440
Seton Hall 121  352
Fordham 121  531
Wagner 140  271
  • $ Conference champion
1976 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Albion $500  900
Hope 410  630
Alma 320  540
Kalamazoo 230  341
Adrian 140  360
Olivet 050  090
  • $ Conference champion
1976 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Northern
Albright x^600  820
Lycoming 510  810
Juniata 330  630
Upsala 330  630
Wilkes 240  350
Susquehanna 240  360
Delaware Valley 060  080
Southern
Franklin & Marshall x810  810
Widener 610  810
Moravian 620  720
Muhlenberg 531  531
Western Maryland 331  441
Dickinson 450  450
Lebanon Valley 350  360
Johns Hopkins 241  351
Swarthmore 151  171
Ursinus 090  090
Gettysburg *110  370
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • * – Ineligible due to insufficient conference games
1976 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Saint John's (MN) $^700  1001
St. Olaf 520  730
St. Thomas (MN) 520  730
Concordia–Moorhead 520  630
Gustavus Adolphus 340  550
Hamline 250  450
Augsburg 160  180
Macalester 070  080
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • St. Thomas (MN) received a non-conference forfeit win from St. Cloud State.
1976 New England Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Nichols $710  810
Bridgewater State 530  630
Massachusetts Maritime 530  530
Plymouth State 530  540
Curry 440  540
Framingham State 440  540
Maine Maritime 440  440
New Haven 170  170
Boston State 170  170
  • $ Conference champion
1976 New Jersey State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Glassboro State $410  550
Montclair State 410  451
Kean 221  541
Trenton State 221  341
William Paterson 230  440
Jersey City State 050  180
  • $ Conference champion
1976 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Blue Division
Baldwin–Wallace xy500  720
Otterbein 410  621
Marietta 320  540
Ohio Wesleyan 230  350
Mount Union 140  360
Denison 050  171
Red Division
Wittenberg xy$500  820
Ohio Northern 410  720
Muskingum 320  630
Capital 230  531
Wooster 140  450
Heidelberg 050  080
Not competing for championship
Kenyon     630
Oberlin     160
Championship: Wittenberg 16, Baldwin–Wallace 14
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
1976 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Randolph–Macon $310  531
Hampden–Sydney 310  740
Washington and Lee 220  550
Emory & Henry 220  460
Bridgewater 040  180
  • $ Conference champion
  • Randolph–Macon was voted champion by conference coaches on November 23.
1976 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Allegheny $610  620
Carnegie Mellon 511  611
Washington & Jefferson 520  630
Bethany (WV) 430  450
Case Western Reserve 250  360
Hiram 250  360
John Carroll 250  360
Thiel 151  161
  • $ Conference champion
1976 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Redlands $^500  1020
Occidental 320  530
La Verne 320  540
Whittier 230  640
Claremont-Mudd 230  260
Pomona-Pitzer 050  270
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA Division II playoff participant
1976 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Colorado College     711
Maryville (TN)     720
Saint Peter's     520
Wabash     730
Canisius     630
Norwich     630
Rochester (NY)     441
Albany     450
Cortland     450
Brockport     351
Dayton     470
Saint Mary's     360
San Diego     171
Fairleigh Dickinson–Florham     160
Georgetown     170

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 1976 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the fourth annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division III college football. The championship game was held at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama for the fourth consecutive year. Like the previous championship, eight teams competed in this edition. [2]

Playoff bracket

Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
Semifinals
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Garrett-Harrison Stadium
Phenix City, AL
         
Saint John's (MN) 46
Augustana (IL) 7
St. John's (MN)61
Buena Vista 0
Buena Vista (OT) 20
Carroll (WI) 14
St. John's (MN)31
Towson State 28
St. Lawrence 26
Albright 7
St. Lawrence 36
Towson State38
Towson State 14
C.W. Post 10

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References

  1. "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  2. "1976 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved October 31, 2014.