1983 NCAA Division II football season

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1983 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust – November 1983
PlayoffsDecember 1983
National Championship Palm Bowl
Veterans Stadium
McAllen, TX
Champion North Dakota State

The 1983 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 1983, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 10, 1983, at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas. During the game's five-year stretch in McAllen, the "City of Palms", it was referred to as the Palm Bowl. The North Dakota State Bison defeated the Central State (Ohio), 41–21, to win their first Division II national title. [1]

Contents

Conference changes and new programs

School1982 Conference1983 Conference
Cal Poly Pomona Western Dropped Program
Fisk SIAC CAC (D-III)
West Georgia D-III Independent Gulf South

Conference standings

1983 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Northern
No. 6 Virginia Union xy$^610  1020
Saint Paul's (VA) 430  730
Hampton 430  550
Norfolk State 340  550
Elizabeth City State 250  460
Virginia State 250  460
Southern
Winston-Salem State xy601  821
North Carolina Central 610  811
Livingstone 340  540
Johnson C. Smith 250  280
Fayetteville State 151  181
Bowie State 160  190
Championship: Virginia Union 34, Winston-Salem State 7
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1983 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Saginaw Valley State $^600  930
Hillsdale 420  820
Wayne State (MI) 420  730
Northwood 330  440
Grand Valley State 330  460
Michigan Tech 150  370
Ferris State 060  090
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant
1983 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 North Alabama $^800  1111
Mississippi College 430  830
Troy State 430  650
Livingston 440  640
Jacksonville State 440  650
Tennessee–Martin 340  470
Delta State 350  550
Valdosta State 250  560
West Georgia 150  460
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1983 Heartland Collegiate Conference standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Butler $^501  911
Indiana Central 411  631
Evansville 213  343
Ashland 240  550
Franklin (IN) 240  460
Valparaiso 240  460
Saint Joseph's (IN) 141  271
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
1983 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 Southwest Texas State +^610  920
East Texas State +610  820
Stephen F. Austin 520  740
Abilene Christian 430  730
Angelo State 340  560
Texas A&I 250  290
Sam Houston State 160  470
Howard Payne 160  280
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1983 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Missouri–Rolla +410  820
Central Missouri State +410  650
NE Missouri State 320  470
NW Missouri State 230  560
Lincoln (MO) 140  280
SE Missouri State 140  190
  • + Conference co-champions
1983 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 North Dakota State +^810  1210
No. 10 Nebraska–Omaha +810  920
South Dakota 630  740
Augustana (SD) 450  560
Northern Colorado 450  460
North Dakota 450  650
St. Cloud State 450  560
Mankato State 360  470
South Dakota State 360  560
Morningside 180  1100
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1983 Northern California Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 UC Davis $^600  1110
Sacramento State 411  551
Chico State 321  451
Cal State Hayward 330  640
Humboldt State 330  460
San Francisco State 150  280
Sonoma State 060  290
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from Division II Football Committee poll
1983 Western Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Cal State Northridge +210  640
Santa Clara +210  640
Cal Poly 120  560
Portland State 120  370
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from Division II Football Committee poll
1983 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 7 Central State (OH) ^    1210
No. 4 Towson State ^    1020
Northern Michigan     820
Saint Mary's     820
Eastern Washington     550
UCF     560
Morgan State     280
Liberty     290
New Haven     190
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll

Conference summaries

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia Union
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Saginaw Valley State
Gulf South Conference – North Alabama
Lone Star Conference – East Texas State and Southwest Texas State
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Central Missouri State and Missouri–Rolla
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha and North Dakota State
Northern California Athletic Conference – UC Davis
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Winona State
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Clarion
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado Mesa
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Fort Valley State

Postseason

1983 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams8
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach

The 1983 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 11th single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas, for the third consecutive time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
McAllen, TX
         
UC Davis 25
Butler 6
UC Davis 17
North Dakota State26
North Dakota State 24
Towson State 17
North Dakota State41
Central State (OH) 21
North Alabama 16
Virginia Union 14
North Alabama 24
Central State (OH)27
Central State (OH) 24
Southwest Texas State 16

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References

  1. "1983 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.