2015 NCAA Division II football season

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2015 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonSeptember 4 – November 14, 2015
PlayoffsNovember 21 – December 19, 2015
National Championship Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS December 19, 2015
Champion Northwest Missouri State
Harlon Hill Trophy Jason Vander Laan, Ferris State

The 2015 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 4, 2015 and ended with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 19, 2015 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Northwest Missouri State won their second national title in three seasons and fifth overall.

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Conference and program changes

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
McMurry War Hawks Lone Star American Southwest (D-III)
Oklahoma Baptist Bison CSFL (NAIA) Great American
Paine Lions SIAC Dropped program

Northwestern Oklahoma State and Virginia–Wise completed their transitions to Division II and became eligible for the postseason.

Conference standings

Super Region 1

2015 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Northern
Bowie State xy^ 70    93 
Virginia Union ^ 61    82 
Chowan  43    64 
Virginia State  43    64 
Elizabeth City State  25    45 
Lincoln (PA)  16    37 
Southern
Winston-Salem St. xy$ 52    65 
Livingstone  43    53 
Johnson C. Smith  34    46 
Fayetteville State  43    46 
Shaw  16    19 
St. Augustine's  16    19 
Championship: Winston–Salem St. 17, Bowie St. 14
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Mountain East Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Shepherd $^ 100    131 
No. 20 Charleston (WV) ^ 91    102 
Glenville State  64    74 
Fairmont State  64    64 
Concord  55    55 
Notre Dame (OH)  55    56 
West Liberty  55    56 
West Virginia State  55    56 
West Virginia Wesleyan  28    28 
Urbana  19    29 
Virginia–Wise  19    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 17 Assumption y$^ 81    112 
New Haven y 72    74 
Merrimack  63    65 
LIU Post  54    74 
Stonehill  54    74 
Bentley  54    56 
American International  45    47 
Southern Connecticut  36    47 
Saint Anselm  27    38 
Pace  09    110 
Championship: Assumption 17, New Haven 14
  • $ Conference champion
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
West Chester xy 61    74 
Shippensburg  52    83 
Bloomsburg  52    74 
Kutztown  52    74 
East Stroudsburg  43    65 
Lock Haven  25    29 
Millersville  16    29 
Cheyney  07    011 
West
No. 7 Slippery Rock xy$^ 61    111 
No. 19 Indiana (PA) x^ 61    92 
California (PA)  52    83 
Clarion  43    74 
Gannon  34    65 
Mercyhurst  25    56 
Seton Hill  25    38 
Edinboro  07    011 
Championship: Slippery Rock 61, West Chester 12
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 2

2015 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 West Georgia +^ 61    122 
No. 15 North Alabama +^ 61    93 
No. 14 Valdosta State ^ 52    93 
Florida Tech  52    74 
West Alabama  34    74 
Delta State  25    65 
Shorter  16    28 
Mississippi College # 07    28 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 25 Catawba $^ 61    93 
No. 21 Carson–Newman ^ 52    93 
Mars Hill  52    65 
Newberry ^ 43    75 
Wingate  34    65 
Lenoir–Rhyne  34    55 
Tusculum  25    47 
Brevard  07    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
Albany State xy 40    64 
Fort Valley State  31    54 
Morehouse  22    55 
Clark Atlanta  13    18 
Benedict  04    010 
West
Miles xy$ 50    75 
No. 11 Tuskegee ^ 41    103 
Central State  23    55 
Kentucky State  23    37 
Stillman  14    36 
Lane  14    37 
Championship: Miles 20, Albany State 7
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 NCAA Division II Super Region 2 independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Greenville      73 
UNC Pembroke      64 
Limestone      28 
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 3

2015 Great American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 12 Henderson St. $^ 101    101 
SW Oklahoma State  83    83 
Arkansas Tech  83    83 
Harding  74    74 
Ouachita Baptist  74    74 
Southern Arkansas  74    74 
SE Oklahoma State  65    65 
East Central  65    65 
NW Oklahoma State  38    38 
Oklahoma Baptist # 29    29 
Arkansas–Monticello  110    110 
Southern Nazarene  110    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 16 Humboldt State $^ 60    102 
Western Oregon  51    74 
Azusa Pacific  33    64 
Central Washington  33    55 
South Dakota Mines  24    65 
Dixie State  24    37 
Simon Fraser  06    09 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 NW Missouri St. $^ 110    150 
No. 8 Emporia State ^ 92    113 
Fort Hays State  83    84 
Central Missouri  83    83 
Central Oklahoma  65    75 
Missouri Western  65    65 
Pittsburg State  65    65 
Washburn  56    56 
Lindenwood  38    38 
Northeastern State  38    38 
Missouri Southern  110    110 
Nebraska–Kearney  011    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North
Minnesota–Duluth  83    93 
Bemidji State  74    74 
Northern State  65    65 
St. Cloud State  65    65 
MSU Moorhead  65    65 
Minot State  110    110 
Mary  110    110 
Minnesota–Crookston  110    110 
South
No. 13 Minnesota State $^ 101    102 
No. 24 Augustana (SD) ^ 92    93 
No. 22 Sioux Falls ^ 92    93 
SW Minnesota State  83    83 
Upper Iowa  65    65 
Winona State  56    56 
Wayne State (NE)  47    47 
Concordia–St. Paul  110    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 4

2015 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 Ferris State +^ 100    111 
No. 10 Ashland +^ 100    101 
No. 4 Grand Valley State ^ 82    123 
Ohio Dominican  73    83 
Michigan Tech  73    73 
Findlay  55    65 
Wayne State (MI)  55    65 
Hillsdale  55    56 
Northwood  55    56 
Northern Michigan  46    56 
Tiffin  46    56 
Walsh  28    28 
Lake Erie  28    29 
Saginaw Valley State  19    110 
Malone  010    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2015 Great Lakes Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 18 Indianapolis $^ 80    102 
McKendree  62    82 
Missouri S&T  53    55 
Truman  44    56 
William Jewell  44    47 
Saint Joseph's (IN)  35    46 
Southwest Baptist  35    46 
Quincy  35    37 
Lincoln (MO)  08    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 23 Texas A&M–Commerce $^ 60    84 
No. 9 Midwestern State ^ 51    102 
Angelo State  33    74 
West Texas A&M  33    64 
Eastern New Mexico  33    66 
Tarleton State  15    37 
Texas A&M–Kingsville  06    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2015 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 CSU–Pueblo $^ 90    122 
Colorado Mesa  81    92 
Colorado Mines  63    83 
Fort Lewis  63    74 
Chadron State  45    56 
Western State  45    47 
Western New Mexico  36    47 
Adams State  36    38 
New Mexico Highlands  27    29 
Black Hills State  09    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2015 NCAA Division II Super Region 4 independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Alderson Broaddus      74 
OK Panhandle State      55 
Kentucky Wesleyan      56 
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Postseason

The 2015 NCAA Division II Football Championship Postseason involved 28 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. [1] Miles College, the SIAC champion, was not eligible to postseason due to its participation to the 2015 Turkey Day Classic against Alabama State (FCS).

Playoff bracket

 First round
November 21, 2015
Second round
November 28, 2015
Quarterfinals
December 5, 2015
Semifinals
December 12, 2015
Championship
December 19, 2015
                        
 
 1 Shepherd *17 
  5Indiana (PA)13 
4 Charleston (WV)*21
5 Indiana (PA) 47 
 1Shepherd*28 
 2Slippery Rock16 
2 Slippery Rock *40 
7 Virginia Union 21 
 2Slippery Rock*41
  3Assumption39 
3 Assumption *51
6 Bowie State 29 
 1Shepherd*34 
 6Grand Valley State32 
 
 
 1 Midwestern State*17
  4CSU–Pueblo26 
4 CSU–Pueblo *27
5 Indianapolis 14 
 4CSU-Pueblo*7
 6Grand Valley State31 
2 Ferris State *48 
7 Texas A&M–Commerce 30 
 2Ferris State*34
  6Grand Valley State38 
3 Ashland*28
6 Grand Valley State 45 
 1Shepherd7
 1NW Missouri State34
 
 1 West Georgia *27 
  4Valdosta State20 
4 Valdosta State *61
5 Carson–Newman 59 
 1West Georgia*35 
 6Tuskegee6 
2 North Alabama *50 
7 Newberry 7 
 2North Alabama*31
  6Tuskegee35 
3 Catawba*16
6 Tuskegee 26 
 1West Georgia23
 1NW Missouri State*38 
 
 
 1 NW Missouri State *54
  4Humboldt State7 
4 Humboldt State*45
5 Augustana (SD) 31 
 1NW Missouri State*38
 7Emporia State17 
2 Minnesota State*49 
7 Emporia State 51 
 7Emporia State29
  3Henderson State*3 
3 Henderson State*23
6 Sioux Falls 16 

* Home team    Overtime   Winner

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References

  1. "2015 Division II Football Tournament". NCAA.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015.