1976 NCAA Division II football season

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1976 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust – November 1976
PlayoffsNovember 27 –
December 11, 1976
National Championship Pioneer Bowl
Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, TX
Champion Montana State

The 1976 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1976 and concluded with the championship game on December 11 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Montana State Bobcats defeated the Akron Zips 24–13 in the Pioneer Bowl to win their only Division II national title. [1] [2] [3]

Contents

Conference changes and new programs

School1975 Conference1976 Conference
Alabama State SIAC D-II Independent
Cal State Los Angeles CCAA Independent
Eastern Michigan Independent MAC (D-I)
Illinois State Independent D-I Independent

Conference standings

1976 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Montana State $^600  1210
Idaho 510  740
Northern Arizona 420  830
Montana 330  460
Boise State 240  551
Weber State 150  290
Idaho State 060  090
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II AP Poll
1976 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Cal Poly $200  711
Cal Poly Pomona 110  451
Cal State Northridge 020  830
  • $ Conference champion
1976 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Norfolk State $710  830
Hampton 620  740
Fayetteville State 530  730
Virginia Union 530  740
Livingstone 440  650
Winston-Salem State 440  460
Johnson C. Smith 350  470
Virginia State 350  470
Elizabeth City State 350  370
Saint Paul's (VA) 170  380
Shaw 170  270
  • $ Conference champion
1976 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
UC Davis $500  820
Humboldt State 410  550
Chico State 230  560
San Francisco State 230  470
Sacramento State 230  280
Cal State Hayward 050  181
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1976 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Northwood $410  521
Grand Valley State 320  820
Wayne State (MI) 320  620
Ferris State 320  550
Hillsdale 230  550
Saginaw Valley State 050  370
  • $ Conference champion
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 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 South Carolina State +510  1010
Morgan State +510  640
North Carolina A&T 321  641
Howard 321  551
North Carolina Central 240  650
Delaware State 150  371
Maryland Eastern Shore 150  290
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1976 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
SE Missouri State +411  731
NE Missouri State +411  531
NW Missouri State 420  820
SW Missouri State 420  560
Missouri–Rolla 240  461
Central Missouri State 240  380
Lincoln (MO) 060  0110
  • + Conference co-champions
1976 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. T–8 North Dakota State $^600  930
South Dakota State 411  541
Northern Iowa 420  830
South Dakota 321  451
North Dakota 141  171
Augustana (SD) 150  460
Morningside 051  171
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AP Poll
1976 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 Eastern Kentucky $^610  830
Tennessee Tech 520  830
Murray State 430  560
Austin Peay 340  560
Western Kentucky 340  451
East Tennessee State 340  370
Middle Tennessee 250  470
Morehead State 250  290
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • Morehead State record adjusted for forfeit to Marshall
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1976 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Alcorn State $ 51    82 
Grambling State  42    84 
Southern  42    83 
Prairie View A&M  33    65 
Jackson State  33    54 
Mississippi Valley State  15    46 
Texas Southern  15    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1976 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. T–10 New Hampshire $^410  830
UMass 320  550
Maine 230  650
Rhode Island 230  350
Boston University 230  370
Connecticut 230  290
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1976 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 Northern Michigan ^    1120
No. 3 Akron ^    1030
No. 7 UNLV ^    930
No. 4 Delaware ^    831
Nevada     830
Portland State     830
Tennessee State     721
Northern Colorado     630
Santa Clara     740
Chattanooga     641
Central State (OH)     650
Lehigh     650
Cal State Los Angeles     531
Arkansas–Pine Bluff     550
Eastern Illinois     560
Lafayette     550
Bucknell     450
Youngstown State     460
Nebraska–Omaha     380
Northeastern     270
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from Associated Press poll

Conference summaries

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Montana State
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Norfolk State
Far Western Football Conference – UC Davis
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Northwood
Gulf South Conference – Troy State
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&I
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Northeast Missouri State and Southeast Missouri State
North Central Conference – North Dakota State
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Morris
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – East Stroudsburg
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Western State
South Atlantic Conference – Elon
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Division II) – Bethune-Cookman
Yankee Conference – New Hampshire

Postseason

1976 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams8
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach
Attendance13,200
(Pioneer Bowl)

The 1976 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the fourth single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's Division II college football. The championship game (Pioneer Bowl) was held at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas for the first time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites

November 27
Semifinals
Campus sites
Knute Rockne Bowl
Grantland Rice Bowl
December 4
Championship
Pioneer Bowl
Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, TX
December 11
         
Akron*27
UNLV 6
Akron*29
Northern Michigan 26
Northern Michigan 28
Delaware* 17
Akron 13
Montana State24
North Dakota State 10
Eastern Kentucky* 7
North Dakota State* 3
Montana State10
Montana State*17
New Hampshire 16

*Denotes host institution

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References

  1. "1976 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  2. "Montana State wins title". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 12, 1976. p. 4B.
  3. "Dennehy leads Montana State's bowl win". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 12, 1976. p. D1.