2018 NCAA Division II football season

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2018 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust 30 - November 10, 2018
PlayoffsNovember 17 - December 15, 2018
National Championship McKinney Independent School District Stadium
McKinney, TX
December 15, 2018
Champion Valdosta State
Harlon Hill Trophy Jayru Campbell (QB, Ferris State)

The 2018 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 30, 2018 and ended with the Division II championship on December 15, 2018 at the McKinney Independent School District Stadium in McKinney, Texas, hosted by the Lone Star Conference. [1]

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Originally, the game was awarded to another bid by the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas [2] but, due to field repairs, that contract was terminated in September 2018. [3]

Texas A&M–Commerce Lions were the defending champions from the previous season. [4]

Headlines

Conference changes and new programs

Membership changes

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
Cheyney Wolves PSAC Dropped program
North Alabama Lions Gulf South Independent (FCS)
North Greenville Crusaders Independent Gulf South
Tiffin Dragons GLIAC G-MAC

Division II team wins over FCS teams

Conference standings

Super Region 1

2018 Great Midwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 15 Hillsdale $^ 80    103 
Ohio Dominican  62    92 
Tiffin  62    92 
Findlay  62    83 
Walsh  44    46 
Alderson Broaddus  35    47 
Kentucky Wesleyan  26    37 
Malone  17    28 
Lake Erie  08    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2018 Mountain East Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 Notre Dame (OH) $^ 100    131 
Fairmont State  82    92 
Shepherd  73    73 
Charleston (WV)  64    65 
West Virginia State  55    65 
Glenville State  55    56 
Urbana  46    56 
Virginia–Wise  46    46 
West Liberty  37    38 
Concord  28    29 
West Virginia Wesleyan  19    110 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2018 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 21 LIU Post $^ 90    101 
No. 23 New Haven ^ 81    93 
Pace  63    73 
Assumption  63    64 
Merrimack  54    55 
Bentley  45    46 
Southern Connecticut  36    46 
Stonehill  27    28 
American International  18    18 
Saint Anselm  18    18 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2018 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
No. 17 West Chester xy$^ 60    101 
Kutztown ^ 51    92 
Bloomsburg  42    65 
Shippensburg  33    65 
Millersville  24    29 
Lock Haven  15    29 
East Stroudsburg  06    29 
West
No. 12 Slippery Rock xy^ 70    113 
Indiana (PA)  52    83 
California (PA)  52    74 
Edinboro  34    65 
Mercyhurst  34    56 
Clarion  25    47 
Gannon  25    29 
Seton Hill  16    110 
Championship: West Chester 33, Slippery Rock 10
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 2

2018 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Northern
No. 19 Bowie State xy$^ 51    103 
Virginia Union x 51    82 
Chowan  42    64 
Virginia State  33    45 
Lincoln (PA)  15    19 
Elizabeth City State  06    17 
Southern
Fayetteville State xy 51    63 
Shaw  42    55 
Winston-Salem State  42    54 
Johnson C. Smith  24    38 
St. Augustine's  24    27 
Livingstone  15    36 
Championship: Bowie State 30, Fayetteville State 10
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2018 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 1 Valdosta State $^ 80    140 
No. 16 West Georgia ^ 71    102 
Florida Tech ^ 53    84 
West Alabama ^ 53    84 
West Florida  44    65 
North Greenville  34    46 
Delta State  26    28 
Mississippi College  16    37 
Shorter  08    011 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2018 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Lenoir–Rhyne $^ 70    122 
No. 24 Wingate ^ 52    94 
Carson–Newman  43    74 
Tusculum  43    55 
Newberry  34    56 
Mars Hill  34    46 
Catawba  25    47 
Limestone  07    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2018 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East
Albany State xy 60    74 
Benedict  42    63 
Morehouse  33    73 
Clark Atlanta  24    37 
Fort Valley State  24    28 
West
Miles xy$ 42    56 
Central State  33    55 
Tuskegee  33    55 
Lane  24    36 
Kentucky State  06    010 
Championship: Miles 50, Albany State 23
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2018 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
UNC Pembroke      28 
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 3

2018 Great American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 Ouachita Baptist $^ 110    121 
No. 20 Harding ^ 92    93 
Southern Arkansas  83    84 
SE Oklahoma State  65    65 
Arkansas–Monticello  65    66 
Henderson State  56    56 
Oklahoma Baptist  56    56 
NW Oklahoma State  47    47 
Arkansas Tech  38    38 
East Central  38    38 
Southern Nazarene  38    38 
SW Oklahoma State  38    38 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2018 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Ferris State $^ 80    151 
No. 14 Grand Valley State ^ 71    102 
Ashland  62    64 
Saginaw Valley State  53    83 
Davenport * 35    65 
Northwood  35    37 
Michigan Tech  26    46 
Northern Michigan  17    38 
Wayne State (MI)  17    29 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • * – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA poll
2018 Great Lakes Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 11 Indianapolis $^ 70    102 
Missouri S&T  61    102 
Truman  52    65 
McKendree  43    65 
Quincy  34    47 
Lincoln (MO)  25    38 
William Jewell  16    18 
Southwest Baptist  07    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2018 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 10 NW Missouri State +^ 92    103 
No. 22 Fort Hays State +^ 92    93 
Pittsburg State  83    83 
Central Oklahoma  74    84 
Emporia State  74    84 
Missouri Western  65    75 
Central Missouri  56    56 
Nebraska–Kearney  56    56 
Washburn  56    56 
Lindenwood  47    47 
Missouri Southern  110    110 
Northeastern State  011    011 
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Super Region 4

2018 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Azusa Pacific +^ 71    84 
Central Washington + 71    83 
Western Oregon  44    56 
Humboldt State  26    28 
Simon Fraser  08    19 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2018 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 Tarleton State $^ 80    121 
No. 9 Texas A&M–Commerce ^ 71    103 
No. 25 Midwestern State  62    82 
Angelo State  44    65 
West Texas A&M  44    65 
Eastern New Mexico  44    56 
Texas A&M–Kingsville  26    47 
Texas–Permian Basin  17    29 
Western New Mexico  08    010 
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2018 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North
No. 13 Minnesota–Duluth +^ 110    111 
MSU Moorhead  83    84 
Bemidji State  74    74 
St. Cloud State  74    74 
Northern State  47    47 
Minnesota–Crookston  110    110 
Minot State  110    110 
Mary  110    110 
South
No. 3 Minnesota State +^ 110    131 
Winona State  83    83 
Sioux Falls  74    74 
Augustana (SD)  74    74 
Concordia–St. Paul  56    56 
SW Minnesota State  47    47 
Wayne State (NE)  38    38 
Upper Iowa  38    38 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2018 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 7 CSU–Pueblo +^ 91    112 
No. 18 Colorado Mines +^ 91    102 
Chadron State  73    73 
Dixie State  73    74 
Colorado Mesa  64    74 
South Dakota Mines  46    56 
Adams State  46    47 
New Mexico Highlands  46    47 
Black Hills State  28    38 
Western Colorado  28    29 
Fort Lewis  19    19 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Playoffs

2018 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams28
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning Coach

The 2018 NCAA Division II Football Championship was the 46th edition of the Division II playoffs. The playoffs began on November 17 and concluded with the championship game on December 15.

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 nine, 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.

Participating teams

SchoolConferenceRegular
Season
Record
RegionSeed
Azusa Pacific Great Northwest Athletic Conference 8–347
Bowie State Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association 9–224
Colorado Mines Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 10–144
CSU–Pueblo Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 10–145
Ferris State Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 11–032
Florida Tech Gulf South Conference 8–326
Fort Hays State Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 9–235
Grand Valley State Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 10–133
Harding Great American Conference 9–237
Hillsdale Great Midwest Athletic Conference 9–215
Indianapolis Great Lakes Valley Conference 9–134
Kutztown Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 9–114
Lenoir–Rhyne South Atlantic Conference 10–123
LIU Post Northeast-10 Conference 10–012
Minnesota State Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 11–041
Minnesota–Duluth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 11–043
New Haven Northeast-10 Conference 8–216
Northwest Missouri State Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 9–236
Notre Dame (OH) Mountain East Conference 11–011
Ouachita Baptist Great American Conference 11–031
Slippery Rock Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 9–217
Tarleton State Lone Star Conference 10–042
Texas A&M–Commerce Lone Star Conference 9–246
Valdosta State Gulf South Conference 10–021
West Alabama Gulf South Conference 8–325
West Chester Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 10–013
West Georgia Gulf South Conference 10–122
Wingate South Atlantic Conference 8–327

Bids by conference

ConferenceTotalSchoolsSuper
Region
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1 Bowie State 2
Great American Conference 2 Harding
Ouachita Baptist
3
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 2 Ferris State
Grand Valley State
3
Great Lakes Valley Conference 1 Indianapolis 3
Great Midwest Athletic Conference 1 Hillsdale 1
Great Northwest Athletic Conference 1 Azusa Pacific 4
Gulf South Conference 4 Florida Tech
Valdosta State
West Alabama
West Georgia
2
Lone Star Conference 2 Tarleton State
Texas A&M–Commerce
4
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 2 Fort Hays State
Northwest Missouri State
3
Mountain East Conference 1 Notre Dame (OH) 1
Northeast-10 Conference 2 LIU Post
New Haven
1
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 2 Minnesota State
Minnesota–Duluth
4
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3 Kutztown
Slippery Rock
West Chester
1
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 2 Colorado Mines
CSU–Pueblo
4
South Atlantic Conference 2 Lenoir–Rhyne
Wingate
2

Bracket

 First round
November 17
Second round
November 24
Quarterfinals
December 1
Semifinals
December 8
Championship
McKinney, TX
December 15
                        
    
    
 1 Notre Dame (OH) *19 
  5 Hillsdale 14 
4 Kutztown*26
5 Hillsdale 40 
 1 Notre Dame (OH) *21 
Super Region 1
 7 Slippery Rock 17 
2 LIU Post*14 
7 Slippery Rock 20 
 7 Slippery Rock 59
  6 New Haven*20 
3 West Chester*28
6 New Haven 35 
 4 Notre Dame (OH) 24 
 1 Valdosta State *30 
    
    
 1 Valdosta State *66
  4 Bowie State 16 
4 Bowie State *41
5 West Alabama 35 
 1 Valdosta State*61
Super Region 2
 3 Lenoir–Rhyne 21 
2 West Georgia*21 
7 Wingate 41 
 7 Wingate 17
  3 Lenoir–Rhyne *21 
3 Lenoir–Rhyne *43
6 Florida Tech 21 
1 Valdosta State 49
3 Ferris State 47
    
    
 1 Ouachita Baptist *35 
  4 Indianapolis 7 
4 Indianapolis *38
5 Fort Hays State 27 
 1 Ouachita Baptist*14 
Super Region 3
 2 Ferris State 37 
2 Ferris State *21 
7 Harding 19 
 2 Ferris State *27
  6 NW Missouri State 21 
3 Grand Valley State*17
6 NW Missouri State 42 
 3 Ferris State 42
 2 Minnesota State*25 
   
   
 1 Minnesota State *24
  5 CSU–Pueblo 10 
4 Colorado Mines*17
5 CSU–Pueblo 37 
 1 Minnesota State*13   
Super Region 4
 2 Tarleton State 10    
2 Tarleton State *58 
7 Azusa Pacific 0 
 2 Tarleton State *34
  6 Texas A&M–Commerce 28 
3 Minnesota–Duluth*17
6 Texas A&M–Commerce 33 

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