1982 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust – November 1982
PlayoffsDecember 1982
National ChampionshipPalm Bowl
Veterans Stadium
McAllen, TX
ChampionSouthwest Texas State (2)

The 1982 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1982, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 11, 1982, at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas. During the game's five-year stretch in McAllen, the "City of Palms", it was referred to as the Palm Bowl.

Southwest Texas State defeated UC Davis in the championship game, 34–9, to win their second overall and second consecutive Division II national title.[1]

Conference changes and new programs

School 1981 Conference 1982 Conference
Alabama State Independent SWAC (I-AA)
Cal Poly CCAA Western
Cal Poly Pomona CCAA Western
Cal State Northridge CCAA Western
Central Florida D-III Independent D-II Independent
Portland State Independent Western
Santa Clara Independent Western
Valdosta State New program Gulf South

Conference standings

1981 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northern
No. 8 Virginia Union xy$^ 6 1 0 8 3 0
Hampton 5 2 0 8 2 0
Norfolk State 5 2 0 6 4 0
Elizabeth City State 3 4 0 5 5 0
Virginia State 2 5 0 2 8 0
Saint Paul's (VA) 0 7 0 2 8 0
Southern
North Carolina Central xy 6 1 0 7 4 0
Johnson C. Smith 6 1 0 7 3 0
Livingstone 3 4 0 5 5 0
Fayetteville State 2 5 0 2 8 0
Winston-Salem State 2 5 0 2 8 0
Bowie State 1 6 0 2 8 0
Championship: Virginia Union 33, North Carolina Central 26
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1982 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Hillsdale $^ 6 0 0 12 1 0
Grand Valley State 5 1 0 7 3 0
Northwood 4 2 0 6 4 0
Wayne State (MI) 2 4 0 3 7 0
Ferris State 2 4 0 2 6 0
Michigan Tech 1 5 0 1 8 0
Saginaw Valley State 1 5 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant
1982 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 5 Jacksonville State $^ 7 0 0 10 2 0
Mississippi College 6 1 0 8 3 0
North Alabama 4 3 0 7 3 0
Delta State 3 4 0 6 4 0
Livingston 3 4 0 6 4 0
Valdosta State 2 4 0 6 5 1
Troy State 2 5 0 2 8 0
Tennessee–Martin 0 6 0 5 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1982 Heartland Collegiate Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Ashland $ 6 1 0 8 2 0
Butler 5 2 0 7 3 0
Evansville 5 2 0 6 4 0
Franklin (IN) 5 2 0 6 4 0
Indiana Central 3 4 0 4 6 0
Saint Joseph's (IN) 2 5 0 4 6 0
Valparaiso 1 6 0 3 7 0
Georgetown (KY) 1 6 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1982 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Southwest Texas State $^ 7 0 0 14 0 0
Angelo State 4 3 0 7 3 0
East Texas State 4 3 0 6 4 0
Abilene Christian 4 3 0 6 4 0
Stephen F. Austin 4 3 0 6 5 0
Texas A&I 2 5 0 5 6 0
Howard Payne 1 6 0 3 7 0
Sam Houston State 1 6 0 3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1982 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
NE Missouri State $^ 5 0 0 9 2 0
Central Missouri State 3 2 0 7 3 0
Missouri-Rolla 3 2 0 8 3 0
SE Missouri State 3 2 0 5 5 1
NW Missouri State 0 4 1 2 7 1
Lincoln (MO) 0 4 1 1 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant


1982 Northern California Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 UC Davis $^ 5 0 0 12 1 0
Sacramento State 3 2 0 8 3 0
Cal State Hayward 3 2 0 4 5 1
San Francisco State 2 3 0 4 6 0
Chico State 1 4 0 5 5 0
Humboldt State 1 4 0 3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1982 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 North Dakota State $^ 7 0 0 12 1 0
North Dakota 5 2 0 7 3 0
South Dakota * 4 2 1 6 5 0
Northern Colorado 4 3 0 5 3 1
Nebraska–Omaha 3 4 0 6 5 0
South Dakota State * 2 4 1 4 6 0
Augustana (SD) 2 5 0 4 7 0
Morningside 0 7 0 2 9 0
St. Cloud State 0 0 0 4 5 0
Mankato State 0 0 0 2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • * – South Dakota and South Dakota State split two head-to-head games, which counted as a tie for each team in the conference standings.
    † – ineligible for the conference title
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1982 Western Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Cal Poly $ 4 0 0 6 5 0
Santa Clara 3 1 0 7 4 0
Cal State Northridge 2 2 0 4 7 0
Cal Poly Pomona 1 3 0 1 10 0
Portland State 0 4 0 2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1982 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Eastern Washington     8 2 0
Saint Mary's     7 2 1
No. 6 Northern Michigan ^     8 3 0
Central State (OH)     7 4 0
Liberty     7 4 0
Towson State     7 4 0
Arkansas–Pine Bluff     5 5 1
American International     4 6 0
New Haven     4 6 0
Morgan State     4 7 0
Sonoma State     2 9 0
Central Connecticut     1 7 1
UCF     0 10 0
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll

Conference summaries

See also: List of NCAA Division II football seasons

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia Union
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Hillsdale
Gulf South Conference – Jacksonville State
Lone Star Conference – Southwest Texas State
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Northeast Missouri State
North Central Conference – North Dakota State
Northern California Athletic ConferenceUC Davis
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota State–Moorhead
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – East Stroudsburg
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado Mesa
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Fort Valley State

Postseason

1982 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams8
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach

The 1982 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 10th single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas, for the second time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
McAllen, TX
         
Southwest Texas State 27
Fort Valley State 6
Southwest Texas State 19
Jacksonville State 14
Jacksonville State 34
Northeast Missouri State 21
Southwest Texas State 34
UC Davis 9
North Dakota State 21
Virginia Union 20
North Dakota State 14
UC Davis 19
UC Davis 42
Northern Michigan 21

See also

References

  1. ^ "1982 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.