2014 NCAA Division II football season

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2014 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonSeptember 4 – November 15, 2014
PlayoffsNovember 22 – December 20, 2014
National Championship Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS December 20, 2014
Champion CSU–Pueblo (1)
Harlon Hill Trophy Jason Vander Laan, Ferris State

The 2014 NCAA Division II football season, play of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 4, 2014 and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 20, 2014 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. CSU–Pueblo won the national title with a 13–0 win over Minnesota State. This was CSU–Pueblo's first national title.

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Conference changes and new programs

Membership changes

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers GLVC Independent
Limestone Saints New program Independent
Lincoln Blue Tigers MIAA GLVC
McMurry War Hawks Independent Lone Star
Mississippi College Choctaws American Southwest (D-III) Gulf South
Paine Lions New program SIAC
South Dakota Mines Hardrockers Independent GNAC
Southwest Baptist Bearcats MIAA GLVC

Azusa Pacific, Shorter, and Southern Nazarene completed their transitions to Division II and became eligible for the postseason. McMurry chose in January 2014 to abandon their transition to Division II in favor of a return to Division III, but still completed their Lone Star Conference schedule as planned.

Azusa Pacific University university in Azusa, California, USA

Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private, evangelical Christian university in Azusa, California. The university was founded in 1899, with classes opening on March 3, 1900, in Whittier, California, and began offering degrees in 1939. The university's seminary, the Graduate School of Theology, holds to a Wesleyan-Arminian doctrinal theology. APU offers more than 100 associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional locations across Southern California.

Shorter University

Shorter University is a private Baptist university in Rome, Georgia. It was founded in 1873 and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through seven colleges and schools. In the fall of 2016, it enrolled 1,817 students. The 155-acre (0.63 km2) main academic and residential campus is located 72 miles (116 km) northwest of Atlanta, Georgia in Rome. There are adult education and graduate programs at distance learning facilities in North Atlanta and Rome. In addition Shorter operates the Robert H. Ledbetter College of Business and the School of Nursing at off-campus facilities in the Rome area.

Southern Nazarene University Christian liberal arts college located in Bethany, Oklahoma, United States

Southern Nazarene University (SNU) is a private Nazarene liberal arts college in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Conference standings

Super Region 1

2014 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Northern
#22 Virginia State xy$^ 70    103 
Virginia Union  52    73 
Bowie State  52    55 
Elizabeth City State  34    46 
Chowan  16    28 
Lincoln (PA)  07    19 
Southern
#24 Winston-Salem St. xy 70    92 
Fayetteville State  52    55 
St. Augustine's  34    37 
Livingstone  25    55 
Johnson C. Smith  25    37 
Shaw  25    37 
Championship: Virginia State 21, Winston–Salem State 17
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2014 Mountain East Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#5 Concord $^ 100    131 
Shepherd  82    82 
Charleston (WV)  73    83 
Notre Dame (OH)  73    74 
West Liberty  64    65 
Glenville State  55    56 
West Virginia Wesleyan  46    46 
Fairmont State  37    37 
Urbana  28    38 
Virginia–Wise # 28    29 
West Virginia State  19    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2014 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
American International y 81    83 
LIU Post y$^ 72    84 
Assumption  63    74 
New Haven  63    65 
Saint Anselm  54    65 
Stonehill  45    56 
Merrimack  45    47 
Bentley  36    56 
Southern Connecticut  27    29 
Pace  09    110 
Championship: LIU Post 58, American International 25
  • $ Conference champion
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2014 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
#12 Bloomsburg xy^ 90    112 
#15 West Chester ^ 81    112 
East Stroudsburg  54    65 
Kutztown  54    65 
Shippensburg  54    65 
Lock Haven  27    29 
Millersville  18    110 
Cheyney  09    011 
West
Slippery Rock xy$^ 72    93 
Gannon x 72    92 
California (PA)  63    83 
Mercyhurst  63    74 
Indiana (PA)  54    65 
Edinboro  27    38 
Seton Hill  27    38 
Clarion  27    29 
Championship: Slippery Rock 28, Bloomsburg 26
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 2

2014 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#13 Delta State +^ 61    92 
#16 North Alabama +^ 61    92 
#6 West Georgia ^ 52    123 
#10 Valdosta State ^ 52    103 
Florida Tech  34    65 
West Alabama  25    56 
Shorter  16    38 
Mississippi College # 07    19 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2014 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#8 Lenoir–Rhyne $^ 70    111 
Carson–Newman  52    73 
Tusculum  43    65 
Catawba  34    65 
Wingate  34    65 
Newberry  34    56 
Mars Hill  34    46 
Brevard  07    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2014 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
Albany State xy 70    73 
Morehouse  43    64 
Fort Valley State  43    64 
Benedict  25    46 
Clark Atlanta  16    37 
Paine  16    28 
West
Tuskegee xy$^ 70    93 
Miles  52    64 
Stillman  43    55 
Central State  34    46 
Kentucky State  25    37 
Lane  16    18 
Championship: Tuskegee 47, Albany State 41
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2014 NCAA Division II Super Region 2 independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Greenville      75 
UNC Pembroke      28 
Limestone      29 
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 3

2014 Great American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#9 Ouachita Baptist $^ 100    101 
#17 Harding ^ 91    92 
#25 Henderson State  82    92 
SE Oklahoma State  64    75 
East Central  64    65 
Southern Arkansas  55    55 
NW Oklahoma State # 37    37 
SW Oklahoma State  37    37 
Arkansas Tech  37    38 
Arkansas–Monticello  28    28 
Southern Nazarene  010    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2014 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#23 Azusa Pacific $ 60    101 
Humboldt State  42    82 
Central Washington  42    74 
Western Oregon  42    65 
Simon Fraser  24    29 
South Dakota Mines  15    29 
Dixie State  06    110 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2014 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#7 Pittsburg State +^ 101    112 
#14 NW Missouri State +^ 101    102 
Central Oklahoma  83    84 
Central Missouri  74    84 
Fort Hays State  74    74 
Missouri Western  74    74 
Emporia State  47    47 
Missouri Southern  47    47 
Washburn  47    47 
Nebraska–Kearney  38    38 
Lindenwood  29    29 
Northeastern State  011    011 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2014 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North
#3 Minnesota–Duluth +^ 110    131 
Northern State  83    83 
St. Cloud State  65    65 
Mary  56    56 
MSU Moorhead  47    47 
Bemidji State  38    38 
Minot State  110    110 
Minnesota–Crookston  011    011 
South
#2 Minnesota State +^ 110    141 
#18 Sioux Falls  101    111 
Concordia–St. Paul  56    56 
Augustana (SD)  65    65 
Wayne State (NE)  56    56 
Upper Iowa  65    65 
SW Minnesota State  38    38 
Winona State  47    47 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 4

2014 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#11 Ferris State $^ 100    111 
#4 Ohio Dominican ^ 91    112 
#21 Michigan Tech ^ 91    92 
Ashland  82    82 
Wayne State (MI)  64    74 
Grand Valley State  64    65 
Findlay  46    56 
Northwood  46    56 
Tiffin  46    56 
Hillsdale  46    47 
Lake Erie  37    47 
Walsh  37    47 
Northern Michigan  28    38 
Saginaw Valley St.  28    29 
Malone  19    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2014 Great Lakes Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Indianapolis $ 71    92 
Saint Joseph's (IN)  53    73 
Truman  53    63 
McKendree  53    56 
William Jewell  53    56 
Quincy  44    65 
Missouri S&T  35    47 
Southwest Baptist  17    47 
Lincoln (MO)  17    29 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2014 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Texas A&M–Commerce $ 61    93 
#20 Angelo State ^ 52    93 
Midwestern State  52    64 
West Texas A&M 43    65 
Tarleton State  43    55 
Eastern New Mexico  34    74 
McMurry # 16    28 
Texas A&M–Kingsville  07    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division III member
    † – West Texas A&M vacated 4 wins, including 3 conference wins.
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2014 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
#1 CSU–Pueblo +^ 81    141 
#19 Colorado Mines +^ 81    102 
Chadron State  72    83 
Colorado Mesa  54    65 
Western New Mexico  45    56 
Adams State  36    47 
Western State  36    47 
New Mexico Highlands  36    38 
Black Hills State  27    38 
Fort Lewis  27    38 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2014 NCAA Division II Super Region 4 independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
OK Panhandle State      73 
Alderson Broaddus      74 
Kentucky Wesleyan      74 
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Postseason

The 2014 NCAA Division II Football Championship Postseason involved 24 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. [1] The tournament began on November 22, 2014 and concluded on December 20, 2014 with the 2014 NCAA Division II National Football Championship game at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

The NCAA Division II Football Championship is an American college football tournament played annually to determine a champion at the NCAA Division II level. It was first held in 1973, as a single-elimination tournament with eight teams. The tournament field has subsequently been expanded three times; in 1988 it became 16 teams, in 2004 it became 24 teams, and in 2016 it became 28 teams.

Kansas City, Kansas Consolidated city-county in Kansas, United States

Kansas City, abbreviated as "KCK", is the third-largest city in the State of Kansas, the county seat of Wyandotte County, and the third-largest city of the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is situated at Kaw Point, which is the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers. It borders Johnson County, Kansas to the south and Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) to the east, after which Kansas City Kansas is named. It is part of a consolidated city-county government known as the "Unified Government". Wyandotte County also includes the independent cities of Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, a portion of Lake Quivira, and the unincorporated area known as Loring. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 145,786 residents.

Format

Six teams selected per super regional made up the field of 24 teams. [2]

Eight first-round games were conducted on the campus of one of the competing institutions. In addition, two teams per super regional earned first-round byes. The first-round winners advanced to face a bye team in their super regional in the second round on the campus of team that received the bye. Second-round winners met in the quarterfinals at various campus sites. Quarterfinal winners advanced to play in the semifinals on the campus of one of the competing institutions. The championship took place at Sporting Park.

Bracket

 First Round
November 22
Campus Sites
Second Round
November 29
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 6
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 13
Campus Sites
National Championship
December 20
Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas
                        
4 West Chester**46  1 Concord *51 
5 Slippery Rock 20  4West Chester36 
 1Concord*32 
 2Bloomsburg26 
3 Virginia State *282 Bloomsburg *35
6 LIU Post 17  3Virginia State14 
 1Concord13 
 2Minnesota State*47 
4 Minnesota–Duluth *25  1 Ouachita Baptist*45 
5 Northwest Missouri State 21  4Minnesota-Duluth48 
 4Minnesota–Duluth17
 2Minnesota State*44 
3 Pittsburg State *592 Minnesota State *24
6 Harding 42  3Pittsburg State21 
 2Minnesota State0
 2CSU–Pueblo13
4 North Alabama*31  1 Lenoir–Rhyne*21 
5 Valdosta State 33  5Valdosta State23 
 5Valdosta State*17
 6West Georgia31 
3 Tuskegee*172 Delta State*27
6 West Georgia 20  6West Georgia37 
 6West Georgia7
 2CSU–Pueblo*10 
4 Colorado Mines*23  1 Ferris State*33 
5 Ohio Dominican 34  5Ohio Dominican46 
 5Ohio Dominican28
 2CSU–Pueblo*31 
3 Michigan Tech*412 CSU–Pueblo *52
6 Angelo State 42  6Angelo State14 

* Home team    Overtime   Winner

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References

  1. "2014 Division II Football Tournament". NCAA.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  2. https://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2014-11-16/twenty-four-teams-challenge-2014-division-ii-football-championship