1988 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust – November 1988
PlayoffsNovember 19 – December 10, 1988
National ChampionshipBraly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
ChampionNorth Dakota State (4)
Harlon Hill TrophyJohnny Bailey, Texas A&I

The 1988 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 1988, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 10, 1988, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The North Dakota State Bison defeated the Portland State Vikings, 35–21, to win their fourth Division II national title. The tournament bracket also expanded for the first time, from 8 teams to 16 teams.[1]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Johnny Bailey, running back from Texas A&I, for the second consecutive year.

Conference changes and new programs

School 1987 Conference 1988 Conference
Cameron NAIA Independent Lone Star
Central State (OK) NAIA Independent Lone Star
Evansville Heartland Mid-South (NAIA)
Wofford NAIA Independent Independent

Conference standings

1988 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northern
Virginia State xy 5 1 0 7 4 0
Virginia Union 4 2 0 7 2 0
Hampton 3 3 0 7 3 0
Norfolk State 2 4 0 5 5 0
Elizabeth City State 1 4 1 2 7 1
Southern
No. 5 Winston-Salem State xy$^ 5 1 0 10 2 0
No. 20 Bowie State ^ 4 1 1 9 2 1
No. 17 North Carolina Central ^ 4 1 1 9 2 1
Johnson C. Smith 1 4 1 2 7 1
Livingstone 1 5 0 3 6 0
Fayetteville State 0 4 2 0 7 2
Championship: Winston-Salem State 13, Virginia State 9
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
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 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 9 Tennessee–Martin +^ 7 1 0 11 2 0
No. 7 Jacksonville State +^ 7 1 0 10 2 0
No. 6 Mississippi College +^ 7 1 0 9 3 0
Valdosta State 4 3 1 6 3 1
Troy State 3 5 0 4 6 0
West Georgia 3 5 0 4 6 0
Delta State 2 5 1 4 6 1
North Alabama 2 6 0 2 8 0
Livingston 0 8 0 0 11 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1988 Heartland Collegiate Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Butler $^ 3 0 1 8 2 1
Saint Joseph's (IN) 3 1 0 4 6 0
Ashland 2 2 0 6 4 0
Indianapolis 1 2 1 5 4 1
Valparaiso 0 4 0 0 9 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
1988 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 Texas A&I $^ 6 1 0 10 3 0
No. 15 East Texas State 5 2 0 8 3 0
Angelo State 5 2 0 6 4 0
Cameron 4 3 0 5 3 1
Central State (OK) 4 3 0 4 5 0
Abilene Christian 3 4 0 3 7 0
West Texas State 1 6 0 2 8 0
Eastern New Mexico 0 6 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1988 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
NE Missouri State + 5 1 0 7 3 0
SE Missouri State + 5 1 0 6 4 0
Central Missouri State + 5 1 0 6 5 0
Missouri–Rolla 2 4 0 2 8 0
NW Missouri State 2 4 0 2 9 0
Southwest Baptist 1 5 0 2 8 0
Lincoln (MO) 1 5 0 1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1988 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 North Dakota State $^ 9 0 0 14 0 0
No. 18 Augustana (SD) ^ 6 3 0 8 4 0
South Dakota State 6 3 0 7 4 0
North Dakota 5 4 0 7 4 0
No. 17 St. Cloud State 5 4 0 7 4 0
South Dakota 4 5 0 6 5 0
Northern Colorado 4 5 0 5 5 0
Nebraska–Omaha 4 5 0 6 5 0
Mankato State 2 7 0 3 8 0
Morningside 0 9 0 0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1988 Northern California Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 13 UC Davis $^ 5 0 0 7 3 1
Sonoma State 3 2 0 5 5 0
Chico State 3 2 0 3 7 0
Humboldt State 2 3 0 4 6 0
Cal State Hayward 1 4 0 2 9 0
San Francisco State 1 4 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1988 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 12 Albany State $ 6 1 0 8 2 0
Savannah State 6 1 0 8 2 0
Alabama A&M 6 1 0 7 3 0
Fort Valley State 4 3 0 5 5 0
Tuskegee 3 4 0 3 6 0
Morehouse 2 5 0 4 7 0
Clark (GA) 1 6 0 1 8 0
Morris Brown 0 7 0 0 10 0
Knoxville 0 0 0 4 4 1
Lane 0 0 0 4 5 0
Miles 0 0 0 2 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1988 Western Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Portland State $^ 6 0 0 11 3 1
No. 10 Sacramento State ^ 4 2 0 10 3 0
Santa Clara 4 2 0 7 4 0
Cal Poly 3 3 0 5 4 1
Cal State Northridge 2 4 0 6 5 0
Southern Utah State 2 4 0 4 7 0
Cal Lutheran 0 6 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from Division II Football Committee poll
1988 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Saint Mary's     10 0 0
Liberty     8 3 0
New Haven     7 3 0
Springfield (MA)     6 3 1
Central Connecticut     5 3 1
Michigan Tech     6 4 0
UCF     6 5 0
American International     5 5 0
Wofford     5 5 0

Conference summaries

See also: List of NCAA Division II football seasons

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Winston-Salem State
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Hillsdale
Gulf South Conference – Jacksonville State, Mississippi College, and Tennessee–Martin
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&I
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Central Missouri State, Southeast Missouri State, and Northeast Missouri State
North Central Conference – North Dakota State
Northern California Athletic Conference – UC Davis
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota State–Moorhead
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Millersville (East), Shippensburg (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado Mesa
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman, Catawba, and Lenoir-Rhyne
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State
Western Football League – Portland State

Postseason

1988 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams16
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach
  • championship

The 1988 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 16th single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, for the third time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
        
North Dakota State 41
Augustana (SD) 7
North Dakota State 36
Millersville 26
Millersville 27
IUP 24
North Dakota State 42
Sacramento State 20
Sacramento State 35
UC Davis 14
Sacramento State 56
North Carolina Central 7
North Carolina Central 31
Winston-Salem State 16
North Dakota State 35
Portland State 21
Texas A&I 39
Mississippi College 15
Texas A&I 34
Tennessee–Martin 0
Tennessee–Martin 23
Butler 6
Texas A&I 27
Portland State 35
Portland State 34
Bowie State 17
Portland State 20
Jacksonville State 13
Jacksonville State 63
West Chester 24

See also

References

  1. ^ "1988 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.