2017 NCAA Division II football season

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2017 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust 30 - November 11, 2017
PlayoffsNovember 18 - December 16, 2017
National Championship Children's Mercy Park
Kansas City, KS
December 16, 2017
Champion Texas A&M–Commerce
Harlon Hill Trophy Luis Perez (QB, Texas A&M–Commerce)

The 2017 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level, began on August 31, 2017 and ended with the Division II championship on December 16, 2017 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. [1] Northwest Missouri State were the defending champions from the previous season. [2] Texas A&M–Commerce won the school's first Division II National Championship and second overall.

Contents

Coverage of the Division 2 Playoffs were on ESPN 3, ESPN's streaming service up until the championship in which was broadcast on ESPN 2.

Conference changes and new programs

Membership changes

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
Brevard Tornadoes South Atlantic Independent (D-III)
Davenport Panthers Independent (NAIA) GLIAC
Findlay Oilers GLIAC G-MAC
Hillsdale Chargers GLIAC G-MAC
Lake Erie Storm GLIAC G-MAC
Limestone Saints Independent South Atlantic
Ohio Dominican Panthers GLIAC G-MAC
Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies Lone Star CSFL (NAIA)
Saint Joseph's Pumas GLVC School closed
Walsh Cavaliers GLIAC G-MAC

Oklahoma Baptist completed their transition to Division II and became eligible for the postseason.

Regional realignment

The GNAC and NSIC moved from Super Region 3 to Super Region 4, while the GLIAC and GLVC moved in the opposite direction. The newly-expanded G-MAC joined Super Region 1, replacing the CIAA, which moved to Super Region 2.

Conference standings

Super Region 1

2017 Great Midwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Ohio Dominican $ 70    73 
No. 22 Findlay ^ 61    103 
Hillsdale  52    74 
Walsh  43    47 
Lake Erie  25    28 
Alderson Broaddus  25    38 
Kentucky Wesleyan  16    28 
Malone  16    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Mountain East Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 14 Shepherd $^ 100    101 
Notre Dame (OH)  82    83 
Fairmont State  82    83 
West Virginia State  55    65 
West Virginia Wesleyan  55    56 
Virginia–Wise  46    56 
Urbana  46    56 
Charleston (WV)  46    46 
Glenville State  37    47 
West Liberty  37    38 
Concord  19    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 9 Assumption $^ 81    112 
LIU Post  72    82 
Bentley  63    64 
New Haven  54    64 
Stonehill  54    64 
Southern Connecticut  54    55 
Merrimack  45    46 
Pace  27    37 
American International  27    28 
Saint Anselm  18    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
No. 25 Shippensburg x^ 61    102 
West Chester xy^ 61    94 
Kutztown  52    83 
Bloomsburg  43    74 
Millersville  34    47 
East Stroudsburg  25    38 
Lock Haven  25    29 
Cheyney  07    110 
West
No. 3 Indiana (PA) xy$^ 70    131 
California (PA) ^ 52    93 
Slippery Rock  52    83 
Edinboro  43    74 
Gannon  34    56 
Mercyhurst  34    56 
Clarion  16    110 
Seton Hill  07    011 
Championship: Indiana (PA) 24, West Chester 7
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 2

2017 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Northern
No. 18 Virginia State xy$^ 70    101 
No. 23 Bowie State ^ 61    92 
Virginia Union  52    64 
Chowan  43    46 
Elizabeth City State  25    46 
Lincoln (PA)  07    010 
Southern
Fayetteville State xy 52    65 
St. Augustine's x 52    55 
Winston-Salem State  43    64 
Shaw  25    37 
Johnson C. Smith  25    28 
Livingstone  07    010 
Championship: Virginia St. 42, Fayetteville St. 19
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 12 West Alabama $^ 71    103 
No. 2 West Florida ^ 53    114 
No. 21 Delta State ^ 53    94 
No. 19 West Georgia ^ 53    94 
Valdosta State  53    54 
North Alabama  53    55 
Florida Tech  35    56 
Mississippi College  17    19 
Shorter  08    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
As of January 16, 2021; Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 24 Wingate $^ 61    92 
Catawba  52    92 
Carson–Newman  52    83 
Tusculum  34    55 
Newberry  34    56 
Limestone  34    46 
Lenoir–Rhyne  25    37 
Mars Hill  16    37 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
Benedict x 51    72 
Fort Valley State xy 51    55 
Albany State  42    64 
Morehouse  24    46 
Clark Atlanta  24    46 
West
Tuskegee xy$ 60    92 
Miles  42    64 
Kentucky State  24    38 
Lane  15    28 
Central State  06    19 
Championship: Tuskegee 13, Fort Valley State 6
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Greenville      46 
UNC Pembroke      28 
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 3

2017 Great American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Ouachita Baptist $^ 92    93 
No. 6 Harding ^ 83    114 
Arkansas Tech  83    84 
Southern Arkansas  74    74 
SE Oklahoma State  74    74 
Henderson State  65    65 
Arkansas–Monticello  56    56 
NW Oklahoma State  56    56 
Southern Nazarene  47    47 
SW Oklahoma State  38    38 
East Central  29    29 
Oklahoma Baptist  29    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 10 Ashland $^ 90    112 
No. 5 Ferris State ^ 81    112 
Grand Valley State  72    83 
Ferris Tiffin  54    65 
Northwood  54    74 
Wayne State (MI)  45    56 
Michigan Tech  36    47 
Saginaw Valley State  36    56 
Northern Michigan  18    19 
Davenport * 09    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • * – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA poll
2017 Great Lakes Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 13 Indianapolis $^ 70    111 
McKendree  52    74 
Missouri S&T  52    74 
Southwest Baptist  43    55 
Truman  43    56 
William Jewell  25    29 
Quincy  16    38 
Lincoln (MO)  07    19 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Fort Hays State $^ 110    111 
No. 16 NW Missouri St. ^ 92    93 
Central Missouri  83    93 
Central Oklahoma  74    84 
Pittsburg State  74    84 
Washburn  65    75 
Emporia State  65    65 
Lindenwood  47    47 
Missouri Western  47    47 
Nebraska–Kearney  38    38 
Northeastern State  110    110 
Missouri Southern  011    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 4

2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 7 Central Washington $^ 80    111 
Humboldt State  62    82 
Azusa Pacific  44    74 
Western Oregon  26    38 
Simon Fraser  08    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 11 Midwestern State $^ 80    101 
No. 1 Texas A&M–Commerce ^ 71    141 
Eastern New Mexico  62    82 
Tarleton State  44    66 
Angelo State  44    65 
Western New Mexico  35    47 
Texas A&M–Kingsville  26    47 
West Texas A&M  17    38 
Texas–Permian Basin  17    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North
Minnesota–Duluth  92    93 
Bemidji State  83    83 
Northern State  65    65 
St. Cloud State  65    65 
MSU Moorhead  56    56 
Minot State  38    38 
Mary  110    110 
Minnesota–Crookston  011    011 
South
No. 4 Minnesota State $^ 110    131 
No. 15 Winona State ^ 101    102 
No. 20 Sioux Falls ^ 92    93 
Upper Iowa  65    65 
Wayne State (NE)  65    65 
Augustana (SD)  47    47 
Concordia–St. Paul  29    29 
SW Minnesota State  29    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Colorado Mesa + 91    92 
No. 17 CSU–Pueblo +^ 91    93 
Colorado Mines  73    74 
Chadron State  64    65 
Dixie State  55    56 
Fort Lewis  55    56 
South Dakota Mines  46    56 
Black Hills State  46    46 
Adams State  46    47 
New Mexico Highlands  19    29 
Western State  19    110 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Post-season

2017 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams28
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning Coach

The 2017 NCAA Division II Football Championship was the 45th edition of the Division II playoffs. The playoffs began on November 18 and concluded with the championship game on December 16.

The field consisted of 28 teams, seven from each of the four super regions. The participants in each region were determined by the regional rankings; if a conference's highest-ranked team was ranked in the top eight, that team qualified via the "earned access" provision, and all other participants were selected directly from the rankings. The top seed in each region received a first-round bye. After the quarterfinals, the regional winners were reseeded one through four, with No. 1 meeting No. 4 in the semifinals and No. 2 meeting No. 3.

Bracket

 First round
November 18
Second round
November 25
Quarterfinals
December 2
Semifinals
December 9
Championship
Kansas City, KS
December 16
                        
    
    
 1 Indiana (PA) *44 
  5 West Chester 10 
4 Shippensburg*6
5 West Chester 27 
 1 Indiana (PA) 27 
Super Region 1
 3 Assumption 22 
2 Shepherd*17 
7 Findlay 29 
 7 Findlay 26
  3 Assumption *45 
3 Assumption *40
6 California (PA) 31 
 1 Indiana (PA)*17 
 4 West Florida 27 
    
    
 1 West Alabama *27
  5 Delta State 20 
4 Bowie State*35
5 Delta State 45 
 1 West Alabama*14
Super Region 2
 6 West Florida 17 
2 Virginia State*9 
7 West Georgia 35 
 7 West Georgia*14
  6 West Florida 17 
3 Wingate*0
6 West Florida 31 
4 West Florida 27
2 Texas A&M–Commerce 37
    
    
 1 Fort Hays State*21 
  4 Ferris State 31 
4 Ferris State *24
5 Ouachita Baptist 19 
 4 Ferris State 14 
Super Region 3
 7 Harding 16 
2 Indianapolis*24 
7 Harding 27 
 7 Harding 34
  3 Ashland*24 
3 Ashland *21
6 NW Missouri State 18 
 3 Harding 17
 2 Texas A&M–Commerce *31 
   
   
 1 Central Washington*31
  5 Texas A&M–Commerce 34 
4 Winona State*6
5 Texas A&M–Commerce 20 
 5 Texas A&M–Commerce 31   
Super Region 4
 2 Minnesota State*21    
2 Minnesota State *16 
7 CSU–Pueblo 13 
 2 Minnesota State *63
  3 Midwestern State 21 
3 Midwestern State *24
6 Sioux Falls 20 

Bowl games

DateGameSiteTeamsAffiliationsResults
Dec 2 Corsicana Bowl Tiger Stadium
Corsicana, Texas
Central Oklahoma Bronchos (7–4)
Tarleton State Texans (6–5)
MIAA
Lone Star
Central Oklahoma 38
Tarleton State 31
C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl Bulldawg Stadium
Copperas Cove, Texas
Washburn Ichabods (6–5)
Angelo State Rams (6–5)
MIAA
Lone Star
Washburn 41
Angelo State 25
Live United Texarkana Bowl Razorback Stadium
Texarkana, Arkansas
Pittsburg State Gorillas (7–4)
Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (8–3)
MIAA
GAC
Pittsburg State 41
Arkansas Tech 31
Mineral Water Bowl Tiger Stadium
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Central Missouri Mules (8–3)
Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs (9–2)
MIAA
NSIC
Central Missouri 38
Minnesota–Duluth 28

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