1996 NCAA Division II football season

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1996 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonSeptember 7 – November 16, 1996
PlayoffsNovember 23 – December 14, 1996 [1]
National Championship Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champion Northern Colorado
Harlon Hill Trophy Jarrett Anderson, Truman

The 1996 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 on September 7, 1996, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 14, 1996, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Northern Colorado Bears defeated the Carson–Newman, 23–14, to win their first Division II national title. [2]

Contents

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Jarrett Anderson, running back from Truman.

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

School1995 Conference1996 Conference
Jacksonville State Independent I-AA Independent
Mississippi College Gulf South -
Norfolk State CIAA (D-II) I-AA Independent
Portland State Independent Big Sky (I-AA)
Saint Joseph's (IN) MIFC D-II Independent

Program changes

Conference standings

1996 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 Texas A&M–Kingsville $^ 70    83 
No. 9 Central Oklahoma ^ 52    93 
Texas A&M–Commerce  43    73 
Angelo State  43    64 
Abilene Christian  43    64 
Tarleton State  25    55 
Eastern New Mexico  25    38 
West Texas A&M  07    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1996 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Northwest Missouri State +^ 81    112 
No. 7 Pittsburg State +^ 81    83 
Truman State  72    74 
Missouri Western State  54    74 
Missouri Southern State  54    64 
Emporia State  54    56 
Washburn  45    46 
Central Missouri State  27    47 
Missouri–Rolla  18    38 
Southwest Baptist  09    010 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1996 Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Ferris State $^ 91    102 
Grand Valley State  82    83 
Northern Michigan  73    73 
Saginaw Valley State  73    73 
Hillsdale  64    65 
Northwood  55    65 
Ashland  46    47 
Indianapolis  37    47 
St. Francis (IL)  28    38 
Michigan Tech  28    28 
Wayne State (MI)  28    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
1996 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. T–4 Nebraska–Omaha $^ 81    102 
No. 15 Northern Colorado ^ 63    123 
No. 19 North Dakota  63    73 
South Dakota State  63    74 
North Dakota State  54    64 
South Dakota  45    65 
Mankato State  45    56 
St. Cloud State  45    56 
Augustana (SD)  27    38 
Morningside  09    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1996 Northern California Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Chico State $ 31    55 
Sonoma State  22    28 
Humboldt State  13    37 
  • $ Conference champion
  • Both games vs. same conference opponent counted in conference standings
Rankings from Division II Football Committee poll
1996 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Chadron State $^ 71    102 
Western State  62    65 
New Mexico Highlands  53    83 
Fort Hays State  53    73 
Fort Lewis  44    55 
Nebraska–Kearney  44    47 
Adams State  26    47 
Mesa State  26    28 
Colorado Mines  17    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
1996 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 Carson–Newman +^ 61    122 
No. 18 Catawba + 61    92 
Presbyterian  43    56 
Elon  43    47 
Mars Hill  34    55 
Wingate  25    46 
Gardner–Webb  25    29 
Lenoir–Rhyne  16    19 
Newberry  00    74 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1996 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Saint Joseph's (IN)      92 
No. 17 UC Davis ^     85 
Albany      73 
New Haven      73 
Mercyhurst      45 
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll

Conference summaries

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia State
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference – Salve Regina
Gulf South Conference – Valdosta State
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&M–Kingsville
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Northwest Missouri State and Pittsburg State
Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference – Ferris State
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha
Northern California Athletic Conference‡ – Cal State Chico
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Duluth
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Bloomsburg (East), Clarion (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Chadron State
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman and Catawba
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Fairmont State and Glenville State

Postseason

1996 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams16
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning Coach
  • championship

The 1996 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 23rd 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 tenth time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
        
Clarion 42
Bloomsburg 29
Clarion23
Ferris State 21
Ferris State 24
Indiana (PA) 23
Clarion 18
Northern Colorado19
Northern Colorado 24
Pittsburg State 21
Northern Colorado27
Northwest Missouri State 26
Northwest Missouri State 22
Nebraska–Omaha 21
Northern Colorado23
Carson–Newman 14
Valdosta State 38
Albany State 28
Valdosta State 19
Carson–Newman24
Carson–Newman 41
West Georgia 7
Carson–Newman29
UC Davis 26
Central Oklahoma 23
Chadron State 21
Central Oklahoma 7
UC Davis26
UC Davis 17
Texas A&M–Kingsville14

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