1998 NCAA Division II football season

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1998 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonSeptember 5 – November 14, 1998
PlayoffsNovember 21 – December 12, 1998 [1]
National Championship Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champion Northwest Missouri State
Harlon Hill Trophy Brian Shay, Emporia State

The 1998 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 5, 1998, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 12, 1998, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats defeated the Carson–Newman, 24–6, to win their first Division II national title. [2]

Contents

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Brian Shay, running back from Emporia State.

Conference changes and new programs

School1997 Conference1998 Conference
Alabama A&M Southern Intercollegiate D-II Independent
Findlay MSFA (NAIA) MIFC
Mercyhurst D-II Independent MIFC
Sacred Heart Eastern (D-II) Northeast
Westminster (PA) MSFA (NAIA) MIFC

Program changes

Conference standings

1998 Eastern Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Atlantic Division
Albany xy$ 71    101 
Southern Connecticut  62    82 
C. W. Post  62    73 
Pace  35    55 
Stony Brook  35    36 
Bay State Division
Bentley x 72    82 
American International xy 72    74 
Merrimack  26    36 
Stonehill  26    28 
UMass Lowell  26    28 
Assumption  08    09 
Championship: Albany 25, American International 24
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
1998 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 18 West Georgia +^ 81    102 
No. 17 Delta State +^ 81    83 
North Alabama  72    82 
Southern Arkansas  72    82 
Arkansas Tech  45    55 
Central Arkansas  45    55 
Valdosta State  45    56 
West Alabama  27    37 
Henderson State  18    29 
Arkansas–Monticello  09    011 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1998 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 NW Missouri State $^ 90    150 
No. 10 Emporia State  72    92 
Central Missouri State  63    83 
Pittsburg State  63    73 
Truman State  63    65 
Missouri Western  36    56 
Washburn  36    46 
Missouri Southern  36    37 
Southwest Baptist  27    38 
Missouri–Rolla  09    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1998 Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Grand Valley State $^ 91    93 
Saginaw Valley State  82    92 
Indianapolis  82    82 
Ashland  73    73 
Northwood  73    73 
Findlay  55    55 
Mercyhurst  55    55 
Ferris State  55    56 
Northern Michigan  45    55 
Michigan Tech  46    46 
Hillsdale  37    38 
Westminster (PA)  27    37 
Wayne State (MI)  28    29 
St. Francis (IL)  010    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
1998 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 Northern Colorado +^ 81    112 
No. 16 Nebraska–Omaha +^ 81    93 
No. 7 North Dakota ^ 72    83 
North Dakota State  63    74 
South Dakota State  54    65 
Minnesota State  45    56 
St. Cloud State  36    38 
Augustana (SD)  27    47 
South Dakota  18    38 
Morningside  18    27 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1998 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Chadron State +^ 71    93 
Western State (CO) + 71    73 
New Mexico Highlands  62    83 
Nebraska–Kearney  53    55 
Fort Hays State  44    65 
Adams State  35    46 
Mesa State  26    56 
Colorado Mines  26    37 
Fort Lewis  08    010 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
1998 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 Carson–Newman $^ 70    122 
Presbyterian  61    83 
Catawba  43    64 
Gardner–Webb  43    65 
Newberry  34    65 
Wingate  34    56 
Lenoir–Rhyne  16    29 
Mars Hill  07    110 
Tusculum * 00    56 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • * – provisional conference member
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1998 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Tuskegee  60    102 
No. 12 Fort Valley State ^ 51    112 
Albany State  51    92 
Savannah State  42    74 
Kentucky State  42    56 
Lane  24    46 
Miles  24    46 
Clark Atlanta  24    37 
Morehouse  06    38 
Morris Brown  06    011 
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1998 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 UC Davis ^     102 
Saint Joseph's (IN)      74 
New Haven      55 
Elon      56 
Quincy      46 
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll

Conference summaries

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Livingstone and Winston-Salem State
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference – Albany
Gulf South Conference – Delta State and West Georgia
Lone Star Conference – Central Oklahoma
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Northwest Missouri State
Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference – Grand Valley State
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha and Northern Colorado
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Winona State
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Millersville (East), Slippery Rock (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Chadron State and Western State
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Tuskegee
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Shepherd

Postseason

1998 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams16
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach
  • championship

The 1998 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 25th 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 12th time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
        
Carson–Newman 30
West Georgia 20
Carson–Newman38
Fort Valley State 31
Fort Valley State 21
Delta State 14
Carson–Newman47
Slippery Rock 21
Slippery Rock 37
Grand Valley State 14
Slippery Rock31
Shepherd 20
Shepherd 9
IUP 6
Carson–Newman 6
Northwest Missouri State24
Northwest Missouri State 28
Nebraska–Omaha 14
Northwest Missouri State42
Northern Colorado 17
Northern Colorado 52
North Dakota 24
Northwest Missouri State49
Texas A&M–Kingsville† 34
Central Oklahoma 21
Chadron State 19
Central Oklahoma 21
Texas A&M–Kingsville24*
Texas A&M–Kingsville 54
UC Davis 21

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