1986 NCAA Division II football season

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1986 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust – November 1986
PlayoffsNovember 29 – December 13, 1986
National Championship Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champion North Dakota State (3)
Harlon Hill Trophy Jeff Bentrim, North Dakota State

The 1986 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 1986, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 13, 1986, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The championship would remain hosted in Florence for the next twenty-eight seasons through 2013 before moving to Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The North Dakota State Bison defeated the South Dakota Coyotes, 27–7, to win their third Division II national title. [1]

Contents

The first Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the best player in Division II, was awarded to Jeff Bentrim, quarterback for North Dakota State.

Conference changes and new programs

Indiana Central University changed its name to the University of Indianapolis. [2]

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Southern Utah RMAC Western

Conference standings

1986 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hillsdale $^500  1020
No. 17 Grand Valley State 410  920
Saginaw Valley State 320  540
Ferris State 230  550
Northwood 140  180
Wayne State (MI) 050  370
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1986 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 Troy State $^800  1020
No. 13 Valdosta State 710  920
Mississippi College 530  740
Delta State 431  641
Jacksonville State 431  541
West Georgia 260  470
Livingston 260  380
Tennessee–Martin 260  380
North Alabama 170  470
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1986 Heartland Collegiate Conference standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Ashland $^600  920
Indianapolis 510  720
Butler 330  550
Valparaiso 330  370
Saint Joseph's (IN) 240  640
Franklin (IN) 240  370
Evansville 060  280
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
1986 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
West Texas State $600  740
No. 8 Texas A&I 420  920
Abilene Christian 420  730
Eastern New Mexico 330  830
Angelo State 330  650
East Texas State 150  290
Howard Payne 060  0100
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1986 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Central Missouri State $500  830
SE Missouri State 410  650
NE Missouri State 320  550
Missouri–Rolla 230  560
NW Missouri State 140  290
Lincoln (MO) 050  1100
  • $ Conference champion
1986 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 North Dakota State $^900  1300
No. 6 South Dakota ^810  1130
Mankato State 630  641
South Dakota State 540  650
Nebraska–Omaha 450  560
St. Cloud State 450  470
Augustana (SD) 360  560
Northern Colorado 360  380
North Dakota 270  290
Morningside 180  1100
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1986 Northern California Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 UC Davis $^500  1010
Chico State 410  730
Cal State Hayward 320  730
Sonoma State 230  460
San Francisco State 140  290
Humboldt State 050  290
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from Division II Football Committee poll
1986 Western Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Sacramento State $510  641
No. 9 Cal State Northridge 420  830
Portland State 420  650
Southern Utah State 330  830
Cal Poly 330  550
Santa Clara 240  470
Cal Lutheran 060  380
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from Division II Football Committee poll
1986 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 Central State (OH) ^    1011
No. T–18 New Haven     820
No. 7 Towson State ^    831
UCF     650
Northern Michigan     550
Saint Mary's     550
Michigan Tech     360
Liberty     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 – Hillsdale
Gulf South Conference – Troy State
Lone Star Conference – West Texas State
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Central Missouri State
North Central Conference – North Dakota State
Northern California Athletic Conference – UC Davis
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Morris
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Indiana (PA)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado Mesa
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State
Western Football Conference - Sacramento State

Postseason

1986 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams8
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach

The 1986 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 14th single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, for the first time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
         
North Dakota State 50
Ashland 0
North Dakota State35
Central State (OH) 12
Central State (OH) 31
Towson State 0
North Dakota State27
South Dakota 7
Troy State 31
Virginia Union 7
Troy State 28
South Dakota42
South Dakota 26
UC Davis 23

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References

  1. "1986 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  2. https://www.uindy.edu/registrar/files/17_19_complete_catalog.pdf