The 1970 NCAA College Division football season was the 15th season of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the NCAA College Division level.

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

School 1969 Conference 1970 Conference
Cal State Fullerton New Program CCAA
Fordham Reactivated Program Independent
Georgetown Reactivated Program Independent
Saint Mary's Reactivated Program Independent

Conference standings

1970 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Montana $ 5 0 0 10 1 0
Boise State 2 1 0 8 3 0
Idaho State 3 2 0 5 5 0
Weber State 3 3 0 5 5 1
Idaho 2 2 0 4 7 0
Montana State 1 5 0 2 8 0
Northern Arizona 0 3 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1970 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 20 UPI Cal Poly $ 3 0 0 8 2 0
Cal State Fullerton 3 1 0 6 4 1
Valley State 1 2 0 4 6 0
Cal Poly Pomona 1 3 0 5 5 0
UC Riverside 0 2 0 4 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from College Division poll
1970 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northern
Morgan State x 5 0 0 8 2 0
Virginia State y$ 5 1 0 8 2 0
Delaware State 4 1 0 6 2 0
Howard 3 2 0 7 2 0
Saint Paul's (VA) 1 1 0 3 5 0
Norfolk State 2 3 0 3 6 0
Virginia Union 1 4 0 3 6 0
Maryland Eastern Shore 1 5 0 1 8 0
Hampton 0 5 0 0 9 0
Southern
Johnson C. Smith xy 6 0 0 8 2 0
Elizabeth City State 4 1 0 6 3 0
North Carolina Central 3 1 0 5 4 0
Shaw 3 2 1 3 5 1
Fayetteville State 1 3 1 3 5 1
Livingstone 1 4 0 2 7 0
Winston-Salem State 1 5 0 3 5 0
North Carolina A&T 0 3 0 4 6 0
Championship: Virginia State 32, Johnson C. Smith 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
1970 College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Southwestern (TN) + 3 1 0 7 1 0
Washington University + 3 1 0 5 4 0
Centre 2 2 0 4 5 0
Washington and Lee 1 3 0 2 7 0
Sewanee 1 3 0 2 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1970 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Carthage $ 7 0 1 7 1 1
Carroll (WI) 7 1 0 8 1 0
Illinois Wesleyan 5 2 1 5 3 1
Millikin 5 3 0 5 4 0
Elmhurst 4 4 0 4 5 0
Augustana (IL) 2 5 0 3 6 0
North Park 2 5 1 2 6 1
Wheaton (IL) 1 6 1 1 7 1
North Central (IL) 0 8 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1970 Eastern Football Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Montclair State + 3 1 0 9 1 0
Southern Connecticut State + 3 1 0 5 3 1
Central Connecticut State 2 1 1 5 3 1
Bridgeport 1 3 0 4 6 0
Glassboro State 0 3 1 3 4 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1970 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Chico State + 3 1 0 8 3 0
Cal State Hayward + 3 1 0 7 4 0
UC Davis 2 2 0 6 4 0
Humboldt State 2 2 0 5 5 0
San Francisco State 0 4 0 0 9 1
Sonoma State * 0 0 0 4 4 1
Sacramento State * 0 0 0 4 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • * – ineligible for conference championship
1970 Gulf States Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Southwestern Louisiana $ 5 0 0 9 2 0
Northwestern State 3 2 0 7 3 0
Northeast Louisiana 3 2 0 5 4 0
McNeese State 2 3 0 5 6 0
Southeastern Louisiana 2 3 0 4 6 0
Louisiana Tech 0 5 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1970 Indiana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Evansville $ 4 0 0 6 3 0
Saint Joseph's (IN) 3 1 0 7 2 0
Butler 2 2 0 3 6 1
Valparaiso 1 3 0 5 3 1
DePauw 0 4 0 4 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1970 Iowa Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Luther $ 6 1 0 8 2 0
Central (IA) 5 2 0 6 2 0
Simpson 5 2 0 6 2 0
William Penn 5 2 0 6 3 0
Wartburg 3 4 0 3 6 0
Dubuque 2 5 0 2 7 0
Upper Iowa 1 6 0 1 6 1
Buena Vista 1 6 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1970 Mason–Dixon Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Hampden–Sydney $ 4 0 0 9 2 0
Randolph–Macon 3 1 0 7 2 0
Towson State 2 1 0 6 2 0
Bridgewater 2 2 0 4 5 0
Western Maryland 1 3 0 4 5 0
Gallaudet 0 2 0 3 4 0
Johns Hopkins 0 3 0 5 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1970 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Adrian + 4 1 0 6 3 0
Alma + 4 1 0 5 3 0
Hope 3 2 0 5 4 0
Albion 3 2 0 3 6 0
Kalamazoo 1 4 0 3 5 0
Olivet 0 5 0 0 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1970 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 12 Toledo $ 5 0 0 12 0 0
Miami 3 2 0 7 3 0
Ohio 3 2 0 4 5 0
Western Michigan 2 3 0 7 3 0
Kent State 1 4 0 3 7 0
Bowling Green 1 4 0 2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1970 Mid-South Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Jacksonville State $ 5 0 0 10 0 0
Tennessee–Martin 4 1 0 7 3 0
Troy State 3 2 0 6 4 1
Delta State 2 3 0 3 6 1
Florence State 1 4 0 5 5 0
Livingston 0 5 0 4 5 0
1970 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northern
Susquehanna x 5 1 0 7 3 0
Albright 4 2 0 4 5 0
Upsala 3 3 1 3 4 1
Lycoming 3 4 0 3 5 0
Delaware Valley 1 4 0 1 7 0
Juniata 1 6 0 2 6 1
Wagner * 3 1 0 5 3 1
Wilkes * 0 2 1 3 4 1
Southern
Moravian x 6 1 2 6 1 2
Muhlenberg 7 2 0 7 2 0
Johns Hopkins 5 2 0 5 4 0
Lebanon Valley 5 2 1 5 3 1
Western Maryland 3 2 0 4 5 0
Pennsylvania Military 4 3 0 5 4 0
Franklin & Marshall 3 4 0 3 5 0
Ursinus 3 4 0 3 5 0
Dickinson 2 4 1 2 4 1
Swarthmore 2 6 0 2 6 0
Haverford 0 7 0 0 7 0
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * – Ineligible due to insufficient conference games
Rankings from AP Poll
1970 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Concordia–Moorhead $ 6 1 0 7 2 1
Saint John's (MN) 5 2 0 8 1 1
Gustavus Adolphus 5 2 0 6 3 0
Minnesota–Duluth 4 2 1 7 2 1
Hamline 3 4 0 6 4 0
Macalester 2 4 1 3 5 1
Augsburg 1 6 0 1 8 0
St. Thomas (MN) 1 6 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1970 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Central Missouri State + 5 1 0 9 1 0
NE Missouri State + 5 1 0 7 2 0
SE Missouri State 4 2 0 5 5 0
Lincoln (MO) 3 3 0 7 3 0
Missouri–Rolla 2 3 1 6 3 1
SW Missouri State 1 4 1 2 7 1
NW Missouri State 0 6 0 2 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1970 New Jersey State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Montclair State $ 3 0 0 9 1 0
Glassboro State 2 1 0 3 4 1
Jersey City State 1 2 0 5 3 0
Trenton State 0 3 0 2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1970 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
North Dakota State $ 6 0 0 9 0 1
North Dakota 4 1 1 5 3 1
South Dakota 3 2 1 4 4 2
Augustana (SD) 3 3 0 4 6 0
Morningside 2 4 0 3 5 0
Northern Iowa 1 5 0 2 8 0
South Dakota State 1 5 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1970 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Capital + 6 0 0 8 1 0
No. 17 Wittenberg + 5 0 0 9 0 0
Wooster 5 1 0 7 2 0
Muskingum 5 1 0 7 2 0
Mount Union 4 1 0 8 1 0
Denison 3 4 0 5 4 0
Marietta 3 4 0 4 5 0
Baldwin–Wallace 2 3 0 6 3 0
Kenyon 2 4 0 5 4 0
Heidelberg 2 5 0 3 6 0
Hiram 2 5 0 2 6 0
Otterbein 2 5 0 2 7 0
Ohio Wesleyan 1 5 0 2 7 0
Oberlin 0 5 0 2 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1970 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 12 AP / No. 9 UPI Western Kentucky $ 5 1 1 8 1 1
Eastern Kentucky 5 2 0 8 2 0
East Tennessee State 4 1 2 7 1 2
Morehead State 4 3 0 6 4 0
Middle Tennessee 2 3 1 6 3 1
Austin Peay 2 5 0 3 7 0
Tennessee Tech 2 5 0 4 6 0
Murray State 1 6 0 4 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from College Division poll
1970 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Washington & Jefferson $ 5 0 0 0 7 1
Bethany (WV) 3 2 0 6 2 0
John Carroll 2 2 1 2 5 1
Allegheny 2 3 0 2 5 0
Case Western Reserve 1 3 1 2 5 1
Thiel 1 4 0 2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1970 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Claremont-Mudd + 3 1 0 8 1 0
Redlands + 3 1 0 6 4 0
Pomona 2 2 0 6 3 0
Whittier 2 2 0 4 6 0
Occidental 0 4 0 2 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1970 Southland Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Arkansas State $ 4 0 0 11 0 0
No. 14 Abilene Christian 3 1 0 9 2 0
Trinity (TX) 2 2 0 5 6 0
Lamar Tech 1 3 0 3 7 0
Texas–Arlington 0 4 0 0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1970 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 9 AP / #14 UPI Alcorn A&M $ 6 0 0 8 1 0
No. 16 AP / #15 UPI Grambling 5 1 0 9 2 0
Texas Southern 4 2 0 6 3 0
Southern 2 3 1 5 5 1
Prairie View A&M 2 3 1 4 5 1
Jackson State 1 5 0 4 7 0
Mississippi Valley State 0 6 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from College Division poll
1970 Wisconsin State University Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Platteville State $^ 8 0 0 10 1 0
Eau Claire State 5 3 0 6 4 0
Whitewater State 5 3 0 6 4 0
Oshkosh State 5 3 0 5 5 0
Superior State 5 3 0 5 5 0
La Crosse State 4 3 1 5 4 1
Stout State 2 6 0 3 7 0
Stevens Point State 1 6 1 1 8 1
River Falls State 0 8 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant
1970 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Connecticut $ 4 0 1 4 4 2
UMass 3 1 1 4 5 1
New Hampshire 3 2 0 5 3 0
Rhode Island 3 2 0 3 5 0
Maine 1 4 0 3 5 0
Vermont 0 5 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1970 NCAA College Division independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Tampa     10 1 0
No. 5 Tennessee State     10 0 0
No. 11 Delaware     9 2 0
Hawaii     9 2 0
Northern Michigan     8 2 0
No. 19 Eastern Michigan     7 2 1
Akron     7 3 0
Central Michigan     7 3 0
Temple     7 3 0
Drake     7 4 0
Wayne State (MI)     6 2 0
Arkansas AM&N     6 3 0
Southern Illinois     6 3 0
Nevada     6 3 1
Portland State     6 4 0
UNLV     6 4 0
Boston University     5 4 0
Cortland     5 4 0
IUP     5 4 0
La Verne     5 4 0
Santa Clara     5 4 1
Lafayette     6 5 0
Colorado College     4 4 0
Drexel     4 4 0
Hofstra     5 5 0
Indiana State     5 5 0
Samford     5 5 0
Wabash     3 3 2
Saint Mary's     3 4 0
Bucknell     4 6 0
Lehigh     4 6 0
Rose Poly     3 5 1
Northeastern     3 5 0
Indiana Central     3 6 0
Lake Forest     3 6 0
Chattanooga     3 8 0
Parsons     2 7 0
Eastern Illinois     2 8 0
Milwaukee     1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

Rankings

Main article: 1970 NCAA College Division football rankings

College Division teams (also referred to as "small college") were ranked in polls by the AP (a panel of writers) and by UPI (coaches). The national champion(s) for each season were determined by the final poll rankings, published at or near the end of the regular season, before any bowl games were played.

College Division final polls

In 1970, both UPI and AP ranked Arkansas State (10–0) number one.[1][2] The 34 coaches on the UPI board ranked Tampa second, followed by Montana, while the AP panel ranked Montana second, followed by North Dakota State. Arkansas State went on to beat Central Missouri State in the Pecan Bowl, 38–21,[3] while Montana lost to North Dakota State in the Camellia Bowl, 31–16.

Bowl games

The postseason consisted of four bowl games as regional finals, all played on December 12.

Bowl Region Location Winning team Losing team Ref
Boardwalk East Atlantic City, New Jersey Delaware 38 Morgan State 23
Grantland Rice Mideast Baton Rouge, Louisiana Tennessee State 26 Southwestern Louisiana 25
Pecan Midwest Arlington, Texas Arkansas State 38 Central Missouri State 21 [7]
Camellia West Sacramento, California North Dakota State 31 Montana 16 [8]

This was the final year for the Pecan Bowl; it was succeeded by the Pioneer Bowl in Wichita Falls in 1971.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Arkansas State Wins Small College Crown," European Stars and Stripes, Dec. 3, 1970, p22
  2. ^ "No. 1 Reflects Program At Arkansas St.," The Bee (Danville, VA), Dec. 3, 1970, p13
  3. ^ "Top-rated grid team wins bowl". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 13, 1970. p. 3, sports.
  4. ^ UPI (December 2, 1970). "Arkansas State Tops Final Poll". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, Illinois. Retrieved February 22, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ AP (December 3, 1970). "Tampa 4th in Final Small College Poll". The News-Press. Fort Myers, Florida. Retrieved February 22, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ AP (December 4, 1970). "TSU Places 5th In Final AP Poll". The Tennessean. Nashville, Tennessee. Retrieved February 22, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Pecan Bowl (2) Games". Archived from the original on 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2010-04-24.
  8. ^ "Bentson-led Bisons defeat Montana 31-16 in Camellia". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 13, 1970. p. 1, sports.