2008 NCAA Division III football season

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The 2008 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 2008, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2008 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their tenth Division III championship by defeating the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks, 31−26. This was the fourth of seven straight championship games between Mount Union (3 wins) and Wisconsin–Whitewater (4 wins).

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The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Greg Micheli, quarterback from Mount Union. [1]

Program changes

Conference standings

2008 American Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#3 Mary Hardin–Baylor $^ 80    122 
#7 Hardin–Simmons ^ 71    92 
Louisiana College  53    73 
East Texas Baptist  53    55 
Mississippi College  53    55 
Texas Lutheran  35    46 
Sul Ross  26    37 
Howard Payne  17    28 
McMurry  08    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 Atlantic Central Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#13 Wesley $^ 30    92 
#24 Salisbury  21    92 
Frostburg State  12    36 
Apprentice § 03    27 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
    § – Not an NCAA member
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 Centennial Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#25 Muhlenberg $^ 71    92 
Johns Hopkins  62    83 
Moravian  62    83 
Dickinson  53    64 
Gettysburg  53    55 
Franklin & Marshall  35    46 
Ursinus  26    37 
McDaniel  17    28 
Juniata  17    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#5 North Central (IL) $^ 70    111 
#9 Wheaton (IL) ^ 52    113 
Augustana (IL)  52    73 
Elmhurst  43    73 
Illinois Wesleyan  34    64 
Carthage  34    55 
Millikin  16    37 
North Park  07    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 Empire 8 Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#23 Ithaca $^ 51    92 
Hartwick  42    73 
Alfred  42    74 
St. John Fisher  42    74 
Springfield  24    46 
Utica  24    37 
Norwich  06    28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#8 Franklin $^ 70    112 
Rose–Hulman  52    73 
Anderson (IN)  43    55 
Defiance  43    46 
Manchester  34    55 
Mount St. Joseph  34    55 
Hanover  25    27 
Bluffton  07    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#10 Wartburg $^ 71    103 
Buena Vista  62    73 
Simpson  53    73 
Loras  53    64 
Central College (IA)  44    64 
Luther  44    55 
Coe  44    46 
Dubuque  17    28 
Cornell (IA)  08    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D2football.com
2008 Liberty League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#17 Hobart $^ 61    92 
RPI  52    82 
WPI  43    73 
Union (NY)  43    54 
Susquehanna  34    46 
Rochester (NY)  34    37 
Merchant Marine  25    37 
St. Lawrence  16    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#20 Trine $^ 60    101 
Adrian  51    82 
Alma  33    55 
Albion  33    46 
Hope  33    37 
Kalamazoo  15    28 
Olivet  06    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Albright + 52    83 
Delaware Valley + 52    83 
Lycoming +^ 52    74 
Lebanon Valley  43    64 
Wilkes  43    46 
Widener  25    46 
King's  25    37 
FDU Florham  16    37 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2008 Midwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#16 Monmouth (IL) $^ 90    111 
Ripon  81    82 
St. Norbert  72    73 
Carroll (WI)  63    73 
Beloit  45    55 
Illinois College  45    46 
Lake Forest  36    37 
Grinnell  27    37 
Knox  27    37 
Lawrence  09    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Saint John's (MN) $^ 62    83 
Carleton  53    73 
St. Thomas (MN)  53    73 
Concordia–Moorhead  53    64 
Gustavus Adolphus  44    64 
St. Olaf  44    64 
Bethel (MN)  44    55 
Augsburg  35    55 
Hamline  08    28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2008 New England Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Bogan Division
Bridgewater State x 61    73 
Maine Maritime xy 61    74 
Westfield State  43    64 
Fitchburg State  43    46 
Framingham State  34    55 
Coast Guard  34    36 
Worcester State  25    28 
Massachusetts Maritime  07    010 
Boyd Division
Plymouth State xy$^ 70    102 
#22 Curry ^ 61    102 
UMass Dartmouth  43    64 
MIT  34    55 
Salve Regina  34    45 
Western New England  34    37 
Endicott  25    37 
Nichols  07    28 
Championship: Plymouth State 46, Maine Maritime 16
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 New England Small College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Trinity (CT) $ 80     
Williams  62     
Amherst  53     
Middlebury  53     
Bowdoin  44     
Tufts  44     
Colby  35     
Bates  26     
Hamilton  26     
Wesleyan  17     
  • $ Conference champion
2008 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#6 Cortland $^ 90    112 
Rowan  72    82 
Montclair State  72    83 
Brockport  63    74 
Kean  63    74 
TCNJ  45    46 
William Paterson  36    46 
Western Connecticut  27    28 
Buffalo State  18    19 
Morrisville State # 09    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
    # – Provisional Division III member
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#18 Wabash $^ 70    102 
Wooster  61    82 
Denison  43    64 
Wittenberg  43    64 
Allegheny  43    55 
Earlham  43    46 
Hiram  25    37 
Oberlin  25    28 
Ohio Wesleyan  25    28 
Kenyon  07    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 Northern Athletics Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Aurora $^ 70    92 
Concordia (WI)  52    55 
Lakeland  52    55 
Benedictine (IL)  43    46 
Wisconsin Lutheran  34    46 
Concordia (IL)  25    37 
Rockford  25    28 
Maranatha Baptist  07    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2008 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#4 Willamette $^ 60    111 
Linfield  51    63 
Whitworth  42    63 
Pacific Lutheran  33    36 
Menlo  24    37 
Puget Sound  15    36 
Lewis & Clark  06    18 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#1 Mount Union $^ 90    150 
#19 Otterbein ^ 81    92 
Baldwin–Wallace  54    55 
Ohio Northern  54    55 
Capital  45    55 
John Carroll  45    55 
Wilmington (OH)  45    46 
Heidelberg  36    46 
Muskingum  27    37 
Marietta  18    28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Catholic University + 42    92 
Hampden–Sydney + 42    82 
Emory & Henry + 42    64 
Randolph–Macon +^ 42    65 
Bridgewater  33    46 
Guilford  15    46 
Washington and Lee  15    46 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2008 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Thomas More $^ 60    83 
#11 Washington & Jefferson ^ 51    112 
Grove City  33    64 
Westminster (PA)  33    55 
Waynesburg  24    55 
Bethany (WV)  15    37 
Thiel  15    28 
Geneva #     55 
St. Vincent #     19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
    # – Provisional Divisional III member; games not counted in standings
2008 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
LaGrange $^ 70    92 
Huntingdon  61    82 
Greenville  52    64 
Westminster (MO)  43    45 
Eureka * 25    36 
Blackburn  25    37 
MacMurray * 16    19 
Principia  16    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
    * – MacMurray later forfeited a win over Eureka.
2008 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#15 Occidental $^ 60    91 
California Lutheran  51    72 
Redlands  42    72 
Claremont–Mudd–Scripps  33    45 
La Verne  24    27 
Pomona–Pitzer  15    27 
Whittier  06    18 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#12 Millsaps $^ 70    111 
DePauw  52    82 
Trinity (TX)  52    82 
Centre  52    73 
Austin  34    55 
Rhodes  25    46 
Sewanee  16    28 
Colorado College  07    09 
Birmingham–Southern #     37 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
    # – Provisional Division III member; games not counted in standings
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 University Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#21 Case Western Reserve $^ 30    101 
Carnegie Mellon  12    55 
Washington University  12    55 
Chicago  12    36 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Northwestern (MN) $ 40    92 
Crown  31    54 
Martin Luther  22    73 
Minnesota–Morris  13    36 
St. Scholastica  04    17 
  • $ Conference champion
2008 USA South Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Christopher Newport $^ 70    82 
Ferrum  52    73 
North Carolina Wesleyan  52    64 
Averett  43    55 
Maryville (TN)  43    55 
Shenandoah  25    37 
Methodist  16    28 
Greensboro  07    28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2008 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#2 Wisconsin–Whitewater +^ 61    132 
#14 Wisconsin–Stevens Point +^ 61    92 
Wisconsin–Eau Claire  43    64 
Wisconsin–Stout  34    55 
Wisconsin–La Crosse  34    37 
Wisconsin–Oshkosh  25    45 
Wisconsin–Platteville  25    46 
Wisconsin–River Falls  25    37 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2008 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Husson      73 
Chapman      54 
SUNY Maritime      45 
Macalester      46 
Mount Ida      46 
Becker      27 
Gallaudet      28 

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 2008 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 36th annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division III college football. The championship Stagg Bowl game was held at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia for the 16th time. [2]

Qualification

Twenty-three conferences met the requirements for an automatic ("Pool A") bid to the playoffs. Besides the NESCAC, which does not participate in the playoffs, four conferences had no Pool A bid. The SLIAC was in the first year of the two-year waiting period, while the ACFC, UAA, and UMAC failed to meet the seven-member requirement. The NWC received a Pool A bid for the first time, having attained seven members and passed through the waiting period.

Schools not in Pool A conferences were eligible for Pool B. The number of Pool B bids was determined by calculating the ratio of Pool A conferences to schools in those conferences and applying that ratio to the number of Pool B schools. The 23 Pool A conferences contained 197 schools, an average of 8.6 teams per conference. Twenty-seven schools were in Pool B, enough for three bids.

The remaining six playoff spots were at-large ("Pool C") teams.

Playoff bracket

First Round
Campus Sites
Second Round
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
Semifinals
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Salem Football Stadium
Salem, Virginia
Mount Union56
Randolph–Macon0Mount Union42
Hobart33 Hobart7
Lycoming15Mount Union41
Cortland31 Cortland14
Plymouth State14Cortland42
Curry26 Curry0
Ithaca21Mount Union45
North Central (IL)44 Wheaton (IL)24
Thomas More23 North Central (IL)28
Franklin62Franklin38
Otterbein45 Franklin28
Wabash20Wheaton (IL)45
Case Western Reserve17 Wabash28
Wheaton (IL)14Wheaton (IL)59
Trine0Mount Union31
Willamette48 Wisconsin–Whitewater26
Occidental33 Willamette27
Wisconsin–Whitewater37Wisconsin–Whitewater30
Saint John's7Wisconsin–Whitewater34
Wartburg26 Wartburg17
Wisconsin–Stevens Point21Wartburg30
Monmouth (IL)42 Monmouth (IL)28
Aurora13Wisconsin–Whitewater39
Millsaps51 Mary Hardin–Baylor13
LaGrange26Washington & Jefferson35
Washington & Jefferson35 Millsaps20
Christopher Newport29 Washington & Jefferson7
Wesley20Mary Hardin–Baylor63
Muhlenberg0 Wesley14
Mary Hardin–Baylor38Mary Hardin–Baylor46
Hardin–Simmons35

* Overtime

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