2016 NCAA Division III football season

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The 2016 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 on September 5, 2016 and ended with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, on December 16, 2016 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia.

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Conference changes and new programs

Two programs changed conference affiliations.

School2015 conference2016 conference
Carroll MWC CCIW [1]
Nebraska Wesleyan Great Plains
(NAIA)
IIAC [2]

A full list of Division III teams can be viewed on the D3football website. [3]

This was also the final season of competition for two Division III conferences. The New England Football Conference will be absorbed by the Commonwealth Coast Conference, [4] and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, which had lost most of its membership in 2012 when seven schools left to form the Southern Athletic Association, will end its sponsorship of football and continue as a non-football conference.

Conference standings

2016 American Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 Mary Hardin–Baylor $^ 60    150 
No. 13 Hardin–Simmons ^ 51    92 
Sul Ross  42    64 
East Texas Baptist  33    73 
McMurry # 24    45 
Louisiana College  15    46 
Howard Payne  06    010 
Belhaven *     28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • # – Provisional NCAA Division III member
    * – Provisional NCAA Division III member; games not counted in standings
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 Centennial Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 11 Johns Hopkins $^ 90    111 
Muhlenberg  81    92 
Franklin & Marshall  63    74 
Susquehanna  63    64 
Moravian  45    55 
Juniata  36    46 
Gettysburg  36    37 
McDaniel  36    37 
Ursinus  27    28 
Dickinson  18    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 10 North Central (IL) $^ 80    111 
No. 8 Wheaton (IL) ^ 71    112 
Illinois Wesleyan  62    72 
Carthage  53    73 
Elmhurst  44    55 
Millikin  35    46 
Augustana (IL)  26    37 
Carroll (WI)  17    19 
North Park  08    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Husson $^ 70    92 
Norwich  52    55 
SUNY Maritime  43    65 
Castleton  43    46 
Mount Ida  43    46 
Becker  25    37 
Gallaudet  16    28 
Anna Maria  16    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
2016 Empire 8 Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 12 Alfred $^ 80    121 
No. 25 St. John Fisher  62    83 
Brockport  62    74 
Utica  53    74 
Ithaca  44    55 
Buffalo State  35    55 
Cortland  35    56 
Hartwick  17    28 
Morrisville State  08    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Franklin (IN) + 71    82 
Rose-Hulman +^ 71    83 
Mount St. Joseph  62    64 
Bluffton  53    73 
Defiance  44    55 
Hanover  44    46 
Manchester  26    28 
Anderson (IN)  17    19 
Earlham  08    010 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
2016 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 17 Coe $^ 80    111 
Central (IA)  62    82 
Dubuque  62    82 
Wartburg  53    64 
Nebraska Wesleyan  35    46 
Buena Vista  35    37 
Luther  26    37 
Simpson  26    37 
Loras  17    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 Liberty League football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 24 St. Lawrence + 61    91 
No. 19 Hobart +^ 61    92 
Merchant Marine  43    54 
Springfield  43    55 
WPI  34    64 
RPI  34    65 
Union (NY)  25    37 
Rochester (NY)  07    18 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Bridgewater State $^ 80    83 
Framingham State  62    83 
Plymouth State  44    64 
UMass Dartmouth  44    55 
Western Connecticut  44    55 
Fitchburg State  35    55 
Massachusetts Maritime  35    46 
Worcester State  35    37 
Westfield State  17    28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2016 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Olivet $^ 60    92 
Hope  51    73 
Alma  42    73 
Trine  33    64 
Adrian  24    46 
Kalamazoo  15    37 
Albion  06    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
2016 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 20 Stevenson $^ 81    92 
Delaware Valley  72    92 
Albright  72    83 
Widener  63    64 
King's  54    55 
Lebanon Valley  45    46 
Wilkes  36    37 
Lycoming  27    37 
FDU Florham  27    28 
Misericordia  18    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 Midwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 21 Monmouth (IL) $^ 80    101 
St. Norbert  71    73 
Lake Forest  62    82 
Macalester  62    73 
Illinois College  53    64 
Cornell (IA)  44    55 
Beloit  26    37 
Lawrence  26    37 
Knox  26    28 
Ripon  26    28 
Grinnell  08    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 St. Thomas (MN) $^ 80    121 
No. 9 Saint John's (MN) ^ 71    102 
Concordia–Moorhead  62    73 
Bethel (MN)  53    55 
Gustavus Adolphus  35    55 
Hamline  35    55 
Augsburg  26    28 
St. Olaf  17    28 
Carleton  17    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 New England Football Conference standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 22 Western New England $^ 70    111 
Salve Regina  61    82 
Endicott  52    55 
Nichols  43    64 
MIT  34    37 
Coast Guard  25    37 
Curry  16    36 
Maine Maritime  07    18 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 New England Small College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Trinity (CT) $ 80    80 
Tufts  71    71 
Middlebury  62    62 
Wesleyan  62    62 
Amherst  44    44 
Bates  35    35 
Colby  35    35 
Hamilton  35    35 
Bowdoin  08    08 
Williams  08    08 
  • $ Conference champion
2016 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 23 Frostburg State + 81    101 
No. 15 Wesley +^ 81    93 
Salisbury  63    83 
Christopher Newport  63    73 
Kean  54    74 
Rowan  54    64 
Montclair State  36    46 
TCNJ  27    28 
Southern Virginia  18    28 
William Paterson  18    28 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 16 Wittenberg $^ 81    102 
Denison  72    82 
DePauw  72    82 
Wabash  72    82 
Ohio Wesleyan  63    64 
Wooster  45    46 
Hiram  36    37 
Kenyon  27    37 
Allegheny  18    19 
Oberlin  09    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Lakeland +^ 51    74 
Aurora + 51    64 
Benedictine (IL)  42    64 
Wisconsin Lutheran  42    55 
Concordia (IL)  24    46 
Concordia (WI)  15    37 
Rockford  06    19 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2016 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 7 Linfield $^ 70    92 
Whitworth  61    82 
George Fox  52    54 
Pacific Lutheran  43    54 
Pacific (OR)  34    46 
Willamette  25    37 
Puget Sound  16    36 
Lewis & Clark  07    09 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 John Carroll $^ 90    122 
No. 4 Mount Union ^ 81    122 
Heidelberg  63    64 
Ohio Northern  54    55 
Otterbein  54    55 
Capital  45    46 
Muskingum  36    46 
Marietta  36    37 
Baldwin Wallace  27    37 
Wilmington (OH)  09    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Randolph–Macon $^ 61    92 
Emory & Henry  52    64 
Washington and Lee  52    64 
Shenandoah  43    64 
Bridgewater  43    55 
Hampden–Sydney  34    37 
Guilford  16    46 
Catholic University  07    37 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
2016 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 18 Thomas More $^ 80    92 
Case Western Reserve  71    91 
Washington & Jefferson  62    92 
Carnegie Mellon  62    74 
Westminster (PA)  53    83 
Saint Vincent  35    55 
Thiel  35    46 
Bethany (WV)  26    37 
Geneva  26    37 
Waynesburg  26    28 
Grove City  08    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 Southern Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Berry + 71    91 
Washington (MO) +^ 71    83 
Centre  62    82 
Hendrix  53    73 
Rhodes  44    64 
Chicago 44    46 
Millsaps  26    37 
Birmingham–Southern  17    19 
Sewanee  08    010 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2016 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Redlands $^ 70    82 
Claremont–Mudd–Scripps  52    72 
Pomona–Pitzer  52    63 
Chapman  43    54 
Cal Lutheran  43    45 
La Verne  25    27 
Occidental  16    18 
Whittier  07    09 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Southwestern (TX) $ 60    73 
Trinity (TX)  33    55 
Texas Lutheran  24    28 
Austin  15    37 
  • $ Conference champion
2016 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Northwestern (MN) $^ 81    92 
Eureka  72    82 
MacMurray  72    82 
St. Scholastica  72    73 
Minnesota–Morris  54    64 
Westminster (MO)  45    46 
Iowa Wesleyan # 36    37 
Crown  27    28 
Greenville  27    28 
Martin Luther  09    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • # – Provisional NCAA Division III member
2016 USA South Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Huntingdon +^ 61    92 
Maryville (TN) + 61    82 
North Carolina Wesleyan  42    54 
Ferrum  43    64 
Averett  43    55 
Methodist  24    36 
LaGrange  16    37 
Greensboro  07    19 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
2016 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 Wisconsin–Whitewater $^ 70    121 
No. 2 Wisconsin–Oshkosh ^ 61    132 
No. 14 Wisconsin–Platteville ^ 52    83 
Wisconsin–Stevens Point  34    64 
Wisconsin–River Falls  34    46 
Wisconsin–La Crosse  25    55 
Wisconsin–Stout  16    37 
Wisconsin–Eau Claire  16    28 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2016 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Maranatha Baptist      27 
Finlandia      17 
Alfred State #     19 
  • # – Provisional Division III member

Postseason

Twenty-five 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 had no Pool A bid. The American Southwest, which had fallen below the required seven members in 2013 and lost its Pool A bid after the two-year grace period, was in the first year of the two-year waiting period, having now attained seven members; the SCAC had only four members.

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 25 Pool A conferences contained 222 schools, an average of 8.9 teams per conference. Twelve schools were in Pool B, enough for one bid.

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

Playoff bracket

First round
November 19, 2016
Second round
November 26, 2016
Quarterfinals
December 3, 2016
Semifinals
December 10, 2016
Championship
December 16, 2016
Salem Football Stadium
Salem, Virginia
Mary Hardin-Baylor*50
Redlands 28 Mary Hardin-Baylor*27
Hardin-Simmons* 10 Linfield 10
Linfield24Mary Hardin-Baylor*38
Wheaton*45Wheaton 16
Huntingdon 10 Wheaton31
North Central*41North Central* 14
Rose-Hulman 7 Mary Hardin-Baylor*14
Alfred*33Mount Union 12
Bridgewater State 27 Alfred*30
Western New England* 44Western New England 24
Husson 27 Alfred* 45
Hobart* 21 Mount Union70
Mount Union38Mount Union28
Johns Hopkins*42Johns Hopkins* 21
Randolph-Macon 21 Mary Hardin-Baylor10
St. Thomas*43UW-Oshkosh 7
Northwestern (MN) 0 St. Thomas*55
Coe*21Coe 6
Monmouth 14 St. Thomas* 31
St. John's*32UW-Oshkosh34
UW-Platteville 31 St. John's 14
UW-Oshkosh*49UW-Oshkosh*31
Washington U. 13 UW-Oshkosh*10
John Carroll*37John Carroll 3
Olivet 12 John Carroll* †† 20
Wesley* 38Wesley 17
Stevenson 17 John Carroll31
Thomas More* 30 UW-Whitewater* 14
Wittenberg33Wittenberg 9
UW-Whitewater*45UW-Whitewater*37
Lakeland 27

* Home team    Overtime    Winner

Bowl games

Winning teams are denoted in bold.

DateBowlStadium
City
Home teamAway teamScore
Nov. 18, 2016 ECAC Chapman Bowl Franklin Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kean SUNY-Cortland 30–27
Nov. 18, 2016ECAC President's BowlFranklin Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Washington & Jefferson Brockport 38–31
Nov. 19, 2016ECAC Lynah BowlFranklin Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Utica Westminster (PA) 33–6
Nov. 19, 2016ECAC Bushnell BowlFranklin Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
No. 24 Frostburg State No. 22 St. John Fisher 38–14
Nov. 19, 2016New England BowlGaudet Field
Middletown, Rhode Island
Salve Regina Framingham State 37–34
Nov. 19, 2016 Centennial-MAC Bowl SeriesScotty Wood Stadium
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Muhlenberg Delaware Valley 30–27
Nov. 19, 2016Centennial-MAC Bowl SeriesShirk Stadium
Reading, Pennsylvania
Albright Franklin & Marshall 28–23
Nov. 20, 2016ECAC Legacy BowlFranklin Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon Salisbury 52–20
Nov. 20, 2016ECAC Whitelaw BowlFranklin Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
SUNY-Maritime RPI 38–6

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