1996 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonSeptember 7 – November 16, 1996
PlayoffsNovember 23 – December 14, 1996[1]
National ChampionshipBraly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
ChampionNorthern Colorado
Harlon Hill TrophyJarrett Anderson, Truman

The 1996 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 on September 7, 1996, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 14, 1996, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Northern Colorado Bears defeated the Carson–Newman, 23–14, to win their first Division II national title.[2]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Jarrett Anderson, running back from Truman.

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

School 1995 Conference 1996 Conference
Jacksonville State Independent I-AA Independent
Mississippi College Gulf South -
Norfolk State CIAA (D-II) I-AA Independent
Portland State Independent Big Sky (I-AA)
Saint Joseph's (IN) MIFC D-II Independent

Program changes

Conference standings

1996 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Salve Regina $   8 0         9 0  
Bentley   7 1         7 3  
Stonehill   7 2         8 2  
Sacred Heart   4 3         4 6  
Merrimack   5 4         5 4  
UMass Lowell   4 4         6 4  
MIT   3 5         4 5  
Nichols   2 5         2 8  
Western New England   2 6         2 7  
Curry   1 7         3 7  
Assumption   1 8         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
1996 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 Texas A&M–Kingsville $^   7 0         8 3  
No. 9 Central Oklahoma ^   5 2         9 3  
Texas A&M–Commerce   4 3         7 3  
Angelo State   4 3         6 4  
Abilene Christian   4 3         6 4  
Tarleton State   2 5         5 5  
Eastern New Mexico   2 5         3 8  
West Texas A&M   0 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1996 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Northwest Missouri State +^   8 1         11 2  
No. 7 Pittsburg State +^   8 1         8 3  
Truman State   7 2         7 4  
Missouri Western State   5 4         7 4  
Missouri Southern State   5 4         6 4  
Emporia State   5 4         5 6  
Washburn   4 5         4 6  
Central Missouri State   2 7         4 7  
Missouri–Rolla   1 8         3 8  
Southwest Baptist   0 9         0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1996 Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Ferris State $^   9 1         10 2  
Grand Valley State   8 2         8 3  
Northern Michigan   7 3         7 3  
Saginaw Valley State   7 3         7 3  
Hillsdale   6 4         6 5  
Northwood   5 5         6 5  
Ashland   4 6         4 7  
Indianapolis   3 7         4 7  
St. Francis (IL)   2 8         3 8  
Michigan Tech   2 8         2 8  
Wayne State (MI)   2 8         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
1996 North Central Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. T–4 Nebraska–Omaha $^   8 1         10 2  
No. 15 Northern Colorado ^   6 3         12 3  
No. 19 North Dakota   6 3         7 3  
South Dakota State   6 3         7 4  
North Dakota State   5 4         6 4  
South Dakota   4 5         6 5  
Mankato State   4 5         5 6  
St. Cloud State   4 5         5 6  
Augustana (SD)   2 7         3 8  
Morningside   0 9         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1996 Northern California Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Chico State $   3 1         5 5  
Sonoma State   2 2         2 8  
Humboldt State   1 3         3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Both games vs. same conference opponent counted in conference standings
Rankings from Division II Football Committee poll
1996 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Chadron State $^   7 1         10 2  
Western State   6 2         6 5  
New Mexico Highlands   5 3         8 3  
Fort Hays State   5 3         7 3  
Fort Lewis   4 4         5 5  
Nebraska–Kearney   4 4         4 7  
Adams State   2 6         4 7  
Mesa State   2 6         2 8  
Colorado Mines   1 7         3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
1996 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Carson–Newman +^   6 1         12 2  
No. 18 Catawba +   6 1         9 2  
Presbyterian   4 3         5 6  
Elon   4 3         4 7  
Mars Hill   3 4         5 5  
Wingate   2 5         4 6  
Gardner–Webb   2 5         2 9  
Lenoir–Rhyne   1 6         1 9  
Newberry   0 0         7 4  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1996 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Saint Joseph's (IN)           9 2  
No. 17 UC Davis ^           8 5  
Albany           7 3  
New Haven           7 3  
Mercyhurst           4 5  
Mississippi College           4 6  
Quincy           1 8  
  • ^ – 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 State
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference – Salve Regina
Gulf South Conference – Valdosta State
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&M–Kingsville
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Northwest Missouri State and Pittsburg State
Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference – Ferris State
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha
Northern California Athletic Conference‡ – Cal State Chico
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Duluth
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Bloomsburg (East), Clarion (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Chadron State
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman and Catawba
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Fairmont State and Glenville State

Postseason

1996 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams16
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach
  • championship

The 1996 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 23rd 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 tenth time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
        
Clarion 42
Bloomsburg 29
Clarion 23
Ferris State 21
Ferris State 24
Indiana (PA) 23
Clarion 18
Northern Colorado 19
Northern Colorado 24
Pittsburg State 21
Northern Colorado 27
Northwest Missouri State 26
Northwest Missouri State 22
Nebraska–Omaha 21
Northern Colorado 23
Carson–Newman 14
Valdosta State 38
Albany State 28
Valdosta State 19
Carson–Newman 24
Carson–Newman 41
West Georgia 7
Carson–Newman 29
UC Davis 26
Central Oklahoma 23
Chadron State 21
Central Oklahoma 7
UC Davis 26
UC Davis 17
Texas A&M–Kingsville14

References

  1. ^ "1995-1999 Northern Colorado Schedules". College Football Warehouse. cfbdatawarehouse.com. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  2. ^ "1996 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Texas A&M University-Commerce History & Traditions". Texas A&M-Commerce. tamuc.edu. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "History of Truman State University". Truman State. truman.edu. Retrieved January 7, 2014.