1976 NAIA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust–November 1976
PostseasonNovember–December 1976
National ChampionshipRedlands, CA
ChampionsWestminster (PA) (2)

The 1976 NAIA Division II football season was the 21st season of college football sponsored by the NAIA and the seventh season of play of the NAIA's lower division for football.

The season was played from August to November 1976 and culminated in the 1976 NAIA Division II Football National Championship, played on the campus of the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.[1]

Westminster (PA) defeated Redlands in the championship game, 20–13, to win their second NAIA national title.

Conference standings

1976 Frontier Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Carroll (MT) $ 4 0 0     7 1 0
Western Montana 2 2 0     3 5 0
Rocky Mountain 2 2 0     2 6 0
Eastern Montana 1 3 0     3 6 0
Montana Tech 1 3 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1976 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Northwood $ 4 1 0     5 2 1
Grand Valley State 3 2 0     8 2 0
Wayne State (MI) 3 2 0     6 2 0
Ferris State 3 2 0     5 5 0
Hillsdale 2 3 0     5 5 0
Saginaw Valley State 0 5 0     3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1976 Heart of America Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Missouri Valley $ 5 0 1     8 1 1
Graceland 4 2 0     6 3 0
Ottawa 3 3 0     5 4 0
William Jewell 3 3 0     3 6 0
Central Methodist 3 3 0     3 7 0
Tarkio 2 4 0     5 5 0
Baker 0 5 1     2 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1976 Hoosier–Buckeye Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Defiance + 6 2 0     6 3 0
Findlay + 6 2 0     6 3 0
Hanover + 6 2 0     6 3 0
Wilmington (OH) 5 2 1     5 3 1
Taylor 4 4 0     5 4 0
Manchester (IN) 4 4 0     4 5 0
Anderson (IN) 3 5 0     3 6 0
Bluffton 1 7 0     1 8 0
Earlham 0 7 1     1 7 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1976 Illini–Badger Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Milton $ 4 0 0     7 2 0
Eureka 3 1 0     6 3 0
Northeastern Illinois 2 2 0     3 6 0
Concordia (IL) 1 3 0     2 6 1
Lakeland 0 4 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1976 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Friends $ 8 0 0     8 1 0
Sterling 6 2 0     6 3 0
Bethany (KS) 5 3 0     6 4 0
Bethel (KS) 5 3 0     5 4 0
McPherson 4 4 0     4 5 0
Southwestern (KS) 3 5 0     3 6 0
St. Mary of the Plains 3 5 0     3 6 0
Kansas Wesleyan 2 6 0     3 7 0
Tabor 0 8 0     0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1976 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Saint John's (MN) $^ 7 0 0     10 0 1
St. Olaf 5 2 0     7 3 0
St. Thomas (MN) 5 2 0     7 3 0
Concordia–Moorhead 5 2 0     6 3 0
Gustavus Adolphus 3 4 0     5 5 0
Hamline 2 5 0     4 5 0
Augsburg 1 6 0     1 8 0
Macalester 0 7 0     0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • St. Thomas (MN) received a non-conference forfeit win from St. Cloud State.
1976 Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Midland + 4 1 0     8 2 0
Hastings + 4 1 0     7 3 0
Nebraska Wesleyan + 4 1 0     6 3 0
Doane 2 3 0     5 5 0
Dana 1 4 0     3 5 0
Concordia (NE) 0 5 0     1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1976 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Dakota State + 4 1 0     8 2 0
Dakota Wesleyan + 4 1 0     8 2 0
Black Hills State 3 2 0     5 5 0
South Dakota Tech 2 3 0     4 4 1
Huron 1 3 1     4 5 1
South Dakota–Springfield 0 4 1     ? ? ?
  • + – Conference co-champions
1976 Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Trinity (TX) $ 4 0 0     6 5 0
Sul Ross 3 1 0     7 2 0
McMurry 1 3 0     3 8 0
Tarleton State 1 3 0     2 7 0
Austin 0 4 0     3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1976 Tri-State Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Northwestern (IA) $ 4 0 0     5 5 0
Bethel (MN) 3 1 0     7 2 0
Yankton 2 2 0     0 6 4
Sioux Falls 1 3 0     1 8 0
Westmar 0 4 0     0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1976 NAIA Division II independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas Lutheran ^         10 1 0
Westminster (PA) ^         10 1 0
Cal Lutheran         9 1 0
Benedictine (KS)         7 4 0
  • ^ – NAIA Division II playoff participant

Postseason

Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Redlands, CA
      
  Westminster (PA) 31
  Texas Lutheran* 0
  Westminster (PA) 20
  Redlands* 13
  Valley City State 39
  Redlands* (OT) 40

See also

References

  1. ^ "NAIA Championship History" (PDF). NAIA. pp. 4–11. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 15, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015.