2012 NCAA Division III football season

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The 2012 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 2012, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2012 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Mount Union Purple Raiders won their eleventh Division III championship by defeating the St. Thomas (MN) Tommies, 28−10.

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The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Scottie Williams, running back from Elmhurst (IL). [1]

Conference standings

2012 American Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#2 Mary Hardin–Baylor $^ 70    131 
#23 Louisiana College ^ 61    83 
Hardin–Simmons  52    64 
Sul Ross  43    55 
Texas Lutheran  25    46 
East Texas Baptist  25    37 
Mississippi College  16    28 
Howard Payne  16    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 Centennial Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#22 Johns Hopkins $^ 81    102 
Muhlenberg  72    83 
Gettysburg  63    73 
Franklin & Marshall  63    74 
Susquehanna  54    64 
Ursinus  54    64 
Dickinson  45    46 
Juniata  27    37 
Moravian  27    28 
McDaniel  09    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#8 Elmhurst +^ 61    102 
#21 Wheaton (IL) + 61    82 
#7 North Central (IL) +^ 61    93 
Augustana (IL)  43    55 
Illinois Wesleyan  34    64 
Millikin  25    55 
Carthage  16    37 
North Park  07    19 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Mount Ida +^ 61    83 
Castleton + 61    74 
Gallaudet  52    73 
Norwich  42    73 
SUNY Maritime  24    36 
Becker  25    37 
Anna Maria  16    28 
Husson  16    28 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2012 Empire 8 Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#11 Salisbury $^ 61    93 
Alfred  52    64 
St. John Fisher  43    83 
Buffalo State  43    64 
Ithaca  43    64 
Utica  43    64 
Frostburg State  16    37 
Hartwick  07    37 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#20 Franklin $^ 80    93 
Hanover  62    64 
Manchester  62    64 
Bluffton  53    64 
Rose–Hulman  53    55 
Mount St. Joseph  35    46 
Defiance  26    28 
Earlham  17    19 
Anderson (IN)  08    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#15 Coe $^ 70    101 
Simpson  43    64 
Wartburg  43    64 
Central  43    55 
Dubuque  43    55 
Buena Vista  43    46 
Loras  16    28 
Luther  07    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 Liberty League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#9 Hobart $^ 70    121 
Union (NY)  61    64 
Springfield  52    83 
RPI  34    54 
Merchant Marine  34    55 
Rochester (NY)  34    45 
WPI  16    28 
St. Lawrence  07    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Adrian $^ 60    92 
Trine  51    73 
Hope  42    55 
Albion  33    64 
Kalamazoo  24    55 
Alma  15    19 
Olivet  06    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2012 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#10 Widener $^ 80    111 
Lycoming  81    82 
Delaware Valley  72    83 
Albright  63    83 
Lebanon Valley  54    64 
Wilkes  45    55 
FDU Florham  26    28 
King's  27    28 
Stevenson  27    28 
Misericordia  09    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 Midwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Lake Forest + 81    82 
St. Norbert +^ 81    83 
Carroll (WI)  72    82 
Illinois College  72    82 
Monmouth (IL)  54    55 
Ripon  54    55 
Cornell (IA)  45    46 
Grinnell  27    28 
Knox  27    28 
Lawrence  28    28 
Beloit  09    010 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2012 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#3 St. Thomas (MN) $^ 80    141 
#18 Concordia–Moorhead  62    82 
#12 Bethel (MN) ^ 62    93 
Augsburg  53    73 
St. Olaf  53    73 
Saint John's (MN)  35    55 
Gustavus Adolphus  26    37 
Carleton  17    37 
Hamline  08    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 New England Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Bogan Division
Framingham State xy$^ 70    102 
Bridgewater State ^ 61    92 
Worcester State  43    64 
Coast Guard  43    54 
Massachusetts Maritime  43    54 
Westfield State  25    37 
Fitchburg State  16    28 
Maine Maritime  07    09 
Boyd Division
Endicott x 70    92 
Salve Regina xy 61    92 
Curry  52    64 
Western New England  43    64 
MIT  43    54 
Plymouth State  16    28 
Nichols  16    19 
UMass Dartmouth  16    19 
Championship: Framingham State 28, Salve Regina 16
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2012 New England Small College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Trinity (CT) $ 80     
Middlebury  71     
Amherst  62     
Bates  53     
Wesleyan  53     
Williams  44     
Colby  35     
Bowdoin  17     
Hamilton  17     
Tufts  08     
  • $ Conference champion
2012 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#24 Cortland $^ 70    92 
#25 Rowan ^ 61    73 
Kean  52    54 
Montclair State  53    55 
Brockport  44    64 
TCNJ  35    46 
William Paterson  25    55 
Western Connecticut  17    18 
Morrisville State  17    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Ohio Wesleyan + 61    91 
#14 Wittenberg +^ 61    102 
Wabash  52    82 
Kenyon  52    64 
Allegheny  43    55 
Denison  43    46 
Oberlin  34    46 
DePauw  16    28 
Wooster  16    28 
Hiram  07    010 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 Northern Athletics Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Concordia (IL) $^ 70    101 
Concordia (WI)  61    73 
Wisconsin Lutheran  52    73 
Aurora  43    55 
Benedictine (IL)  34    55 
Lakeland  25    28 
Rockford  16    28 
Maranatha Baptist  07    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2012 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#5 Linfield $^ 60    111 
#17 Pacific Lutheran ^ 51    73 
Willamette  42    82 
Whitworth  33    73 
Pacific (OR)  24    36 
Lewis & Clark  15    45 
Puget Sound  06    09 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#1 Mount Union $^ 90    150 
#19 Heidelberg ^ 81    92 
Otterbein  72    82 
Baldwin Wallace  63    73 
John Carroll  54    64 
Ohio Northern  45    46 
Muskingum  36    37 
Capital  27    28 
Wilmington (OH)  18    19 
Marietta  09    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Washington and Lee $^ 61    83 
Randolph–Macon  52    73 
Bridgewater  43    73 
Hampden–Sydney  43    64 
Guilford  43    55 
Emory & Henry  34    64 
Catholic University  25    37 
Shenandoah  07    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2012 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Waynesburg + 71    101 
Washington & Jefferson +^ 71    83 
Thomas More  62    73 
Grove City  53    64 
Bethany (WV)  35    37 
Geneva  35    37 
Thiel  35    37 
Westminster (PA)  26    36 
St. Vincent  08    010 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2012 Southern Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Birmingham–Southern + 31    73 
Millsaps + 31    73 
Rhodes  22    63 
Centre  13    64 
Sewanee  13    37 
  • + Conference co-champions
2012 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#16 California Lutheran $^ 70    82 
Redlands  61    63 
Chapman  52    63 
La Verne  43    45 
Whittier  34    45 
Occidental  25    27 
Pomona–Pitzer  16    18 
Claremont–Mudd–Scripps  07    09 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 University Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Washington University $ 30    55 
Case Western Reserve  21    64 
Carnegie Mellon  12    65 
Chicago  03    46 
  • $ Conference champion
2012 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Greenville + 71    82 
Northwestern (MN) + 71    83 
St. Scholastica +^ 71    83 
Minnesota–Morris  53    64 
Eureka  35    46 
Martin Luther  26    46 
Westminster (MO)  26    46 
MacMurray  26    28 
Crown  17    28 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2012 USA South Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Ferrum + 52    73 
Maryville (TN) + 52    64 
Christopher Newport +^ 52    65 
Methodist  43    55 
Greensboro  34    55 
LaGrange  34    37 
North Carolina Wesleyan  25    37 
Averett  16    19 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2012 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#4 Wisconsin–Oshkosh $^ 70    131 
#13 Wisconsin–Platteville  52    82 
Wisconsin–Whitewater  52    73 
Wisconsin–Eau Claire  43    46 
Wisconsin–La Crosse  34    46 
Wisconsin–River Falls  25    28 
Wisconsin–Stout  16    37 
Wisconsin–Stevens Point  16    28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2012 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#6 Wesley ^     102 
Trinity (TX)      73 
Huntingdon      63 
Macalester      64 
Austin      28 
Presentation      28 
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 2012 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 40th 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 20th time. [2]

Qualification

Twenty-four conferences met the requirements for an automatic ("Pool A") bid to the playoffs. Besides the NESCAC, which does not participate in the playoffs, two conferences (the SAA and UAA) had no Pool A bid, neither meeting the seven-member requirement.

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 24 Pool A conferences contained 214 schools, an average of 8.9 teams per conference. Fifteen schools were in Pool B, enough for one bid.

The remaining seven 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
Linfield27
Pacific Lutheran24Linfield30
North Central (IL)41 North Central (IL)14
California Lutheran21 Linfield24
Bethel (MN)24Wisconsin–Oshkosh31*
Concordia Chicago23 Bethel (MN)14
Wisconsin–Oshkosh55Wisconsin–Oshkosh37
St. Scholastica10 Wisconsin–Oshkosh14
Hobart38St. Thomas (MN)28
Washington & Lee20Hobart35
Wittenberg52 Wittenberg10
Heidelberg38 Hobart7
Elmhurst27St. Thomas (MN)47
Coe24 Elmurst17
St. Thomas (MN)48St. Thomas (MN)24
St. Norbert17 St. Thomas (MN)10
Mary Hardin–Baylor59Mount Union28
Louisiana College20Mary Hardin–Baylor63
Franklin42 Franklin17
Adrian10Mary Hardin–Baylor32
SUNY Cortland20 Wesley20
Framingham State19 SUNY Cortland6
Wesley73Wesley56
Mount Ida14 Mary Hardin–Baylor35
Widener44Mount Union48
Bridgewater State14Widener28
Salisbury17 Salisbury7
Rowan9 Widener17
Johns Hopkins42Mount Union72
Washington & Jefferson10 Johns Hopkins13
Mount Union72Mount Union55
Christopher Newport14

* Overtime

See also

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