1983 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust – November 1983
PlayoffsDecember 1983
National ChampionshipPalm Bowl
Veterans Stadium
McAllen, TX
ChampionNorth Dakota State

The 1983 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 1983, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 10, 1983, 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. The North Dakota State Bison defeated the Central State (Ohio), 41–21, to win their first Division II national title.[1]

Conference changes and new programs

School 1982 Conference 1983 Conference
Cal Poly Pomona Western Dropped Program
Fisk SIAC CAC (D-III)
West Georgia D-III Independent Gulf South

Conference standings

1983 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northern
No. 6 Virginia Union xy$^ 6 1 0 10 2 0
Saint Paul's (VA) 4 3 0 7 3 0
Hampton 4 3 0 5 5 0
Norfolk State 3 4 0 5 5 0
Elizabeth City State 2 5 0 4 6 0
Virginia State 2 5 0 4 6 0
Southern
Winston-Salem State xy 6 0 1 8 2 1
North Carolina Central 6 1 0 8 1 1
Livingstone 3 4 0 5 4 0
Johnson C. Smith 2 5 0 2 8 0
Fayetteville State 1 5 1 1 8 1
Bowie State 1 6 0 1 9 0
Championship: Virginia Union 34, Winston-Salem State 7
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1983 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Saginaw Valley State $^ 6 0 0 9 3 0
Hillsdale 4 2 0 8 2 0
Wayne State (MI) 4 2 0 7 3 0
Northwood 3 3 0 4 4 0
Grand Valley State 3 3 0 4 6 0
Michigan Tech 1 5 0 3 7 0
Ferris State 0 6 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant
1983 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 North Alabama $^ 8 0 0 11 1 1
Mississippi College 4 3 0 8 3 0
Troy State 4 3 0 6 5 0
Livingston 4 4 0 6 4 0
Jacksonville State 4 4 0 6 5 0
Tennessee–Martin 3 4 0 4 7 0
Delta State 3 5 0 5 5 0
Valdosta State 2 5 0 5 6 0
West Georgia 1 5 0 4 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1983 Heartland Collegiate Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Butler $^ 5 0 1 9 1 1
Indiana Central 4 1 1 6 3 1
Evansville 2 1 3 3 4 3
Ashland 2 4 0 5 5 0
Franklin (IN) 2 4 0 4 6 0
Valparaiso 2 4 0 4 6 0
Saint Joseph's (IN) 1 4 1 2 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
1983 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Southwest Texas State +^ 6 1 0 9 2 0
East Texas State + 6 1 0 8 2 0
Stephen F. Austin 5 2 0 7 4 0
Abilene Christian 4 3 0 7 3 0
Angelo State 3 4 0 5 6 0
Texas A&I 2 5 0 2 9 0
Sam Houston State 1 6 0 4 7 0
Howard Payne 1 6 0 2 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1983 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Missouri–Rolla + 4 1 0 8 2 0
Central Missouri State + 4 1 0 6 5 0
NE Missouri State 3 2 0 4 7 0
NW Missouri State 2 3 0 5 6 0
Lincoln (MO) 1 4 0 2 8 0
SE Missouri State 1 4 0 1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1983 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 5 North Dakota State +^ 8 1 0 12 1 0
No. 10 Nebraska–Omaha + 8 1 0 9 2 0
South Dakota 6 3 0 7 4 0
Augustana (SD) 4 5 0 5 6 0
Northern Colorado 4 5 0 4 6 0
North Dakota 4 5 0 6 5 0
St. Cloud State 4 5 0 5 6 0
Mankato State 3 6 0 4 7 0
South Dakota State 3 6 0 5 6 0
Morningside 1 8 0 1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1983 Northern California Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 UC Davis $^ 6 0 0 11 1 0
Sacramento State 4 1 1 5 5 1
Chico State 3 2 1 4 5 1
Cal State Hayward 3 3 0 6 4 0
Humboldt State 3 3 0 4 6 0
San Francisco State 1 5 0 2 8 0
Sonoma State 0 6 0 2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1983 Western Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Cal State Northridge + 2 1 0 6 4 0
Santa Clara + 2 1 0 6 4 0
Cal Poly 1 2 0 5 6 0
Portland State 1 2 0 3 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1983 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 7 Central State (OH) ^     12 1 0
No. 4 Towson State ^     10 2 0
Northern Michigan     8 2 0
Saint Mary's     8 2 0
Eastern Washington     5 5 0
UCF     5 6 0
Central Connecticut     4 6 0
American International     4 7 0
Morgan State     2 8 0
Liberty     2 9 0
New Haven     1 9 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 – Saginaw Valley State
Gulf South Conference – North Alabama
Lone Star Conference – East Texas State and Southwest Texas State
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Central Missouri State and Missouri–Rolla
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha and North Dakota State
Northern California Athletic Conference – UC Davis
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Winona State
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Clarion
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado Mesa
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Fort Valley State

Postseason

1983 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams8
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach

The 1983 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 11th 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 third consecutive time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
McAllen, TX
         
UC Davis 25
Butler 6
UC Davis 17
North Dakota State 26
North Dakota State 24
Towson State 17
North Dakota State 41
Central State (OH) 21
North Alabama 16
Virginia Union 14
North Alabama 24
Central State (OH) 27
Central State (OH) 24
Southwest Texas State 16

See also

References

  1. ^ "1983 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.