1988 NAIA Division I football season
Regular seasonAugust–November 1988
PostseasonNovember 26–December 17, 1988
National ChampionshipBurke–Tarr Stadium
Jefferson City, TN
ChampionsCarson–Newman (4)

The 1988 NAIA Division I football season, as part of the 1988 college football season in the United States and the 33rd season of college football sponsored by the NAIA, was the 19th season of play of the NAIA's top division for football.

The season was played from August to November 1988 and culminated in the 1988 NAIA Champion Bowl playoffs and the 1988 NAIA Champion Bowl, played this year on December 17, 1988 at Burke–Tarr Stadium in Jefferson City, Tennessee, on the campus of Carson–Newman College.[1]

Carson–Newman defeated Adams State in the Champion Bowl, 56–21, to win their fourth NAIA national title. It was the Eagles' third straight appearance in the Champion Bowl, going 1–1 in the previous two.[2]

Conference standings

1988 Central States Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Pittsburg State $^ 7 0 0     11 1 0
Emporia State ^ 5 2 0     8 3 0
Washburn ^ 5 2 0     7 4 0
Kearney State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Fort Hays State 3 4 0     3 6 1
Missouri Western 2 5 0     5 6 0
Missouri Southern 2 5 0     3 7 0
Wayne State (NE) 0 7 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant
1988 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Hillsdale $^ 5 0 0     10 2 0
No. 19 Northern Michigan 4 1 0     8 3 0
Grand Valley State 3 2 0     0 7 4
Saginaw Valley State 2 3 0     4 5 0
Ferris State 1 4 0     4 7 0
Wayne State (MI) 0 5 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1988 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
SE Oklahoma State $^ 4 0 0     10 1 0
SW Oklahoma State 2 2 0     6 4 0
East Central 2 2 0     4 6 0
Northeastern State 2 2 0     4 6 0
NW Oklahoma State 0 4 0     4 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant
1988 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Mesa State $^ 5 0 0     8 2 0
Adams State ^ 3 1 1     10 3 1
Western New Mexico 2 2 1     4 4 1
Western State 2 3 0     4 5 0
Colorado Mines 2 3 0     3 7 0
Fort Lewis 0 5 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant
1988 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Carson–Newman +^ 5 2 0     12 2 0
Catawba +^ 5 2 0     8 4 0
Lenoir–Rhyne + 5 2 0     6 5 0
Elon 4 3 0     6 5 0
Mars Hill 4 3 0     5 5 0
Gardner–Webb 2 5 0     4 6 1
Newberry 2 5 0     3 8 0
Presbyterian 1 6 0     3 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant

Conference champions

Conference Champion Record
Arkansas Intercollegiate Central Arkansas 6–0
NIC Moorhead State (MN) 6–0
Oklahoma Southeastern Oklahoma State 4–0
RMAC Mesa State 5–0
South Atlantic Carson–Newman
Catawba
5–2
WVIAC Fairmont State 5–0–2

Postseason

First Round
November 26, 1988
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
December 3, 1988
Campus sites
Semifinals
December 10, 1988
Campus sites
1988 Champion Bowl
December 17, 1988
Jefferson City, TN
            
  Washburn 13
  Arkansas–Monticello* 20
  Arkansas–Monticello 7
  Pittsburg State* 23
  Northern State (SD) 14
  Pittsburg State* 38
  Pittsburg State 10
  Adams State* 13
  Adams State 14
  Emporia State* 10
  Adams State 38
  SE Oklahoma State* 7
  Central Arkansas 14
  SE Oklahoma State* (OT) 21
  Adams State 21
  Carson–Newman* 56
  Mesa State 16
  Moorhead State* 26
  Moorhead State 6
  Carson–Newman* 42
  Concord 29
  Carson–Newman* 62
  Carson–Newman 13
  Central State (OH)* 0
  Catawba 10
  Central State (OH)* 24
  Central State (OH) 14
  Hillsdale* 7
  Fairmont State 7
  Hillsdale* 24

See also

References

  1. ^ "NAIA Championship History" (PDF). NAIA. pp. 4–11. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 15, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "1988 Division I NAIA Football Playoffs". JonFMorse.com. Retrieved November 23, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)