1984 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust – November 1984
PlayoffsDecember 1984
National ChampionshipPalm Bowl
Veterans Stadium
McAllen, TX
ChampionTroy State

The 1984 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 1984, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 8, 1984, 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.

Troy State defeated North Dakota State in the championship game, 18–17, to win their first Division II national title.[1]

Conference changes and new programs

School 1983 Conference 1984 Conference
Eastern Washington D-II Independent I-AA Independent
Sam Houston State Lone Star Gulf Star (I-AA)
Texas State Lone Star Gulf Star (I-AA)
Stephen F. Austin Lone Star Gulf Star (I-AA)

Conference standings

1984 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northern
No. T–6 Norfolk State xy$^ 6 1 0 10 2 0
Hampton 4 2 1 5 3 2
Virginia State 4 3 0 5 5 0
Virginia Union 3 3 1 5 3 2
Elizabeth City State 2 4 1 4 5 1
Saint Paul's (VA) 0 7 0 3 7 0
Southern
Winston-Salem State xy 7 0 0 9 2 0
North Carolina Central 5 2 0 7 3 0
Fayetteville State 3 3 1 4 4 1
Johnson C. Smith 3 4 0 3 7 0
Livingstone 2 5 0 3 7 0
Bowie State 0 7 0 0 10 1
Championship: Norfolk State 20, Winston-Salem State 19
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1984 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Saginaw Valley State $^ 6 0 0 8 3 0
Northwood 5 1 0 6 3 0
Wayne State (MI) 4 2 0 6 5 0
Hillsdale 3 3 0 6 4 0
Michigan Tech 2 4 0 4 6 0
Ferris State 1 5 0 2 8 0
Grand Valley State 0 6 0 0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant
1984 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. T–3 Troy State $^ 7 1 0 12 1 0
No. 10 Mississippi College 5 2 1 6 2 1
North Alabama 4 1 3 7 1 3
Delta State 5 2 1 7 3 1
Jacksonville State 4 4 0 4 5 1
Livingston 3 5 0 5 5 0
Valdosta State 3 5 0 5 6 0
Tennessee–Martin 1 6 1 2 8 1
West Georgia 1 7 0 3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1984 Heartland Collegiate Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Ashland $ 5 0 1 6 3 1
Indiana Central 4 2 0 8 2 0
Butler 4 2 0 6 4 0
Franklin (IN) 3 2 1 5 4 1
Valparaiso 2 4 0 6 4 0
Saint Joseph's (IN) 1 5 0 2 7 0
Evansville 1 5 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1984 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 10 Angelo State $ 4 0 0 8 3 0
Texas A&I 3 1 0 6 5 0
Abilene Christian 2 2 0 3 7 0
East Texas State 1 3 0 5 5 0
Howard Payne 0 4 0 1 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1984 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 5 NW Missouri State $^ 5 0 0 10 2 0
Central Missouri State 4 1 0 5 6 0
NE Missouri State 3 2 0 4 7 0
Missouri–Rolla 2 3 0 6 4 0
SE Missouri State 1 4 0 1 10 0
Lincoln (MO) 0 5 0 0 10 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1984 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 North Dakota State +^ 8 1 0 11 2 0
No. 2 Nebraska–Omaha +^ 8 1 0 11 2 0
South Dakota 7 2 0 8 3 0
North Dakota 6 3 0 8 3 0
Morningside 5 4 0 6 5 0
Mankato State 3 6 0 4 7 0
Northern Colorado 3 6 0 3 8 0
St. Cloud State 2 7 0 4 7 0
South Dakota State 2 7 0 3 8 0
Augustana (SD) 0 9 0 1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1984 Northern California Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. T–6 UC Davis $^ 6 0 0 9 2 0
Sacramento State 5 1 0 6 5 0
Cal State Hayward 4 2 0 7 3 0
Chico State 2 3 1 4 5 1
Sonoma State 2 4 0 2 8 0
San Francisco State 1 4 1 1 8 1
Humboldt State 0 6 0 0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • San Francisco State forfeited 3 wins including 1 conference win over Sonoma State.
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1984 Western Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Portland State $ 3 0 0 8 3 0
Cal Poly 2 1 0 6 4 0
Santa Clara 1 2 0 7 4 0
Cal State Northridge 0 3 0 3 7 0
Cal Lutheran * 0 0 0 5 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * – Ineligible for conference title
1984 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. T–3 Central State (OH) ^     9 2 0
No. 8 Towson State ^     9 4 0
Central Connecticut     6 4 0
Northern Michigan     6 4 0
New Haven     5 5 0
Liberty     5 6 0
Saint Mary's     5 6 0
American International     4 6 0
Springfield (MA)     3 7 0
UCF     2 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 – Norfolk State
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Saginaw Valley State
Gulf South Conference – Troy State
Lone Star Conference – Angelo State
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Northwest Missouri State
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha and North Dakota State
Northern California Athletic Conference – UC Davis
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Morris and Minnesota State–Moorhead
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – California (PA)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Fort Lewis
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State

Postseason

1984 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams8
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach

The 1984 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 12th 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 fourth consecutive time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
McAllen, TX
         
North Dakota State 31
UC Davis 25
North Dakota State 25
Nebraska–Omaha 14
Nebraska–Omaha 28
Northwest Missouri State 15
North Dakota State 17
Troy State 18
Troy State 31
Central State (OH) 21
Troy State 45
Towson State 3
Towson State 31
Norfolk State 21

See also

References

  1. ^ "1984 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.