1977 NCAA Division II football season

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1977 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust – November 1977
PlayoffsNovember 26 –
December 10, 1977
National Championship Pioneer Bowl
Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, TX
Champion Lehigh

The 1977 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 1977 and concluded with the championship game on December 10 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Lehigh Engineers defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks 33–0 in the Pioneer Bowl to win their first Division II national title. [1]

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This was the last season prior to the creation of Division I-AA, now named Division I-Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), which debuted in 1978. [2]

Conference changes and new programs

School1975 Conference1976 Conference
Tennessee–Chattanooga D-II Independent Southern (I-A)

Conference standings

1977 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. T–5 Boise State $600  920
No. T–5 Northern Arizona ^510  930
Montana State 330  640
Weber State 240  460
Idaho State 240  380
Idaho 240  380
Montana 150  460
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • Boise State concluded its regular season after the NCAA Division II playoffs started; runner-up Northern Arizona was awarded playoff bid.
Rankings from NCAA Division II AP Poll
1977 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Cal Poly $200  640
Cal State Northridge 110  731
Cal Poly Pomona 020  280
  • $ Conference champion
1977 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 UC Davis $^500  1110
Chico State 311  621
Cal State Hayward 221  631
San Francisco State 230  550
Humboldt State 131  541
Sacramento State 041  0101
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1977 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Grand Valley State $410  730
Wayne State (MI) 320  740
Hillsdale 230  640
Northwood 230  540
Saginaw Valley State 230  650
Ferris State 230  370
  • $ Conference champion
1977 Indiana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Saint Joseph's (IN) +310  540
Butler +310  550
Indiana Central 211  621
Valparaiso 121  361
Evansville 040  180
  • + Conference co-champions
1977 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 South Carolina State $600  911
North Carolina A&T 510  740
Delaware State 420  740
Morgan State 330  461
Howard 240  550
Maryland Eastern Shore 150  380
North Carolina Central 060  1100
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1977 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
SE Missouri State +411  731
Missouri-Rolla +411  731
NE Missouri State 420  830
SW Missouri State 321  631
NW Missouri State 231  551
Central Missouri State 240  370
Lincoln (MO) 060  1100
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
1977 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 North Dakota State $^601  921
Augustana (SD) 430  740
Northern Iowa 430  650
South Dakota State 331  541
Nebraska–Omaha *223  362
North Dakota 241  471
South Dakota *241  470
Morningside 151  261
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • * – Nebraska–Omaha and South Dakota split two head-to-head games, which counted as a tie for each team in the conference standings.
Rankings from AP Poll
1977 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Austin Peay $610  830
Tennessee Tech 520  920
Eastern Kentucky 430  550
Murray State 430  650
Middle Tennessee 340  380
Morehead State 241  262
East Tennessee State 250  380
Western Kentucky 151  181
  • $ Conference champion
1977 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Grambling State $600  1010
Jackson State 510  830
Texas Southern 321  641
Mississippi Valley State 240  550
Alcorn State 240  380
Southern 141  371
Prairie View A&M 150  380
  • $ Conference champion
1977 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 UMass $500  830
Rhode Island 410  650
New Hampshire 320  820
Boston University 140  370
Maine 140  370
Connecticut 140  1100
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1977 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 8 Lehigh ^    1220
UNLV     920
No. T–5 Nevada     830
Northern Michigan     730
Portland State     740
Delaware     631
Akron     641
Central State (OH)     560
Arkansas–Pine Bluff     451
Bucknell     450
Cal State Los Angeles     450
Northeastern     361
Northern Colorado     370
Santa Clara     271
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from Associated Press poll

Conference summaries

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Boise State
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Winston-Salem State
Far Western Football Conference – UC Davis
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Grand Valley State
Gulf South Conference – Jacksonville State
Lone Star Conference – Abilene Christian and Texas A&I
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Missouri–Rolla and Southeast Missouri State
North Central Conference – North Dakota State
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Morris
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Clarion
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Western State
South Atlantic Conference – Elon
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Division II) – Florida A&M
Yankee Conference – Massachusetts

Postseason

1977 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams8
Finals Site
Champion
  • Lehigh
  • (1st title, 1st title game)
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning Coach

The 1977 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the fifth single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of Division II college football. The championship game was held at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas for the second time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites

November 26
Semifinals
Campus sites
Knute Rockne Bowl
Grantland Rice Bowl
December 3
Championship
Pioneer Bowl
Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, TX
December 10
         
UC Davis*34
Bethune–Cookman 16
UC Davis* 30
Lehigh39
Lehigh 30
UMass* 23
Lehigh33
Jacksonville State 0
North Dakota State*20
Northern Michigan 6
North Dakota State 7
Jacksonville State*31
Jacksonville State 35
Northern Arizona* 0

*Denotes host institution

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References

  1. "1977 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  2. "Big schools win battle". St. Petersburg Independent. (Florida). Associated Press. January 13, 1978. p. 5C.