1998 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonSeptember 5 – November 14, 1998
PlayoffsNovember 21 – December 12, 1998[1]
National ChampionshipBraly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
ChampionNorthwest Missouri State
Harlon Hill TrophyBrian Shay, Emporia State

The 1998 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 5, 1998, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 12, 1998, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats defeated the Carson–Newman, 24–6, to win their first Division II national title.[2]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Brian Shay, running back from Emporia State.

Conference changes and new programs

School 1997 Conference 1998 Conference
Alabama A&M Southern Intercollegiate D-II Independent
Findlay MSFA (NAIA) MIFC
Mercyhurst D-II Independent MIFC
Sacred Heart Eastern Northeast (I-AA)
Westminster (PA) MSFA (NAIA) MIFC

Program changes

Conference standings

1998 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Livingstone +   5 2     7 3  
Winston-Salem State +   5 2     5 5  
Virginia Union   4 3     8 3  
Bowie State   4 3     6 3  
Johnson C. Smith   4 3     6 4  
Fayetteville State   4 3     5 5  
North Carolina Central   3 4     4 6  
Virginia State   2 5     3 7  
Elizabeth City State   1 7     2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
1998 Eastern Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Atlantic Division
Albany xy$   7 1     10 1  
Southern Connecticut   6 2     8 2  
C. W. Post   6 2     7 3  
Pace   3 5     5 5  
Stony Brook   3 5     3 6  
Bay State Division
Bentley x   7 2     8 2  
American International xy   7 2     7 4  
Merrimack   2 6     3 6  
Stonehill   2 6     2 8  
UMass Lowell   2 6     2 8  
Assumption   0 8     0 9  
Championship: Albany 25, American International 24
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
1998 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 18 West Georgia +^   8 1     10 2  
No. 17 Delta State +^   8 1     8 3  
North Alabama   7 2     8 2  
Southern Arkansas   7 2     8 2  
Arkansas Tech   4 5     5 5  
Central Arkansas   4 5     5 5  
Valdosta State   4 5     5 6  
West Alabama   2 7     3 7  
Henderson State   1 8     2 9  
Arkansas–Monticello   0 9     0 11  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1998 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 2 NW Missouri State $^   9 0     15 0  
No. 10 Emporia State   7 2     9 2  
Central Missouri State   6 3     8 3  
Pittsburg State   6 3     7 3  
Truman State   6 3     6 5  
Missouri Western   3 6     5 6  
Washburn   3 6     4 6  
Missouri Southern   3 6     3 7  
Southwest Baptist   2 7     3 8  
Missouri–Rolla   0 9     0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1998 Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Grand Valley State $^   9 1     9 3  
Saginaw Valley State   8 2     9 2  
Indianapolis   8 2     8 2  
Ashland   7 3     7 3  
Northwood   7 3     7 3  
Findlay   5 5     5 5  
Mercyhurst   5 5     5 5  
Ferris State   5 5     5 6  
Northern Michigan   4 5     5 5  
Michigan Tech   4 6     4 6  
Hillsdale   3 7     3 8  
Westminster (PA)   2 7     3 7  
Wayne State (MI)   2 8     2 9  
St. Francis (IL)   0 10     0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
1998 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 6 Northern Colorado +^   8 1     11 2  
No. 16 Nebraska–Omaha +^   8 1     9 3  
No. 7 North Dakota ^   7 2     8 3  
North Dakota State   6 3     7 4  
South Dakota State   5 4     6 5  
Minnesota State   4 5     5 6  
St. Cloud State   3 6     3 8  
Augustana (SD)   2 7     4 7  
South Dakota   1 8     3 8  
Morningside   1 8     2 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1998 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Chadron State +^   7 1     9 3  
Western State (CO) +   7 1     7 3  
New Mexico Highlands   6 2     8 3  
Nebraska–Kearney   5 3     5 5  
Fort Hays State   4 4     6 5  
Adams State   3 5     4 6  
Mesa State   2 6     5 6  
Colorado Mines   2 6     3 7  
Fort Lewis   0 8     0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
1998 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 3 Carson–Newman $^   7 0     12 2  
Presbyterian   6 1     8 3  
Catawba   4 3     6 4  
Gardner–Webb   4 3     6 5  
Newberry   3 4     6 5  
Wingate   3 4     5 6  
Lenoir–Rhyne   1 6     2 9  
Mars Hill   0 7     1 10  
Tusculum *   0 0     5 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • * – provisional conference member
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1998 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Tuskegee   6 0     10 2  
No. 12 Fort Valley State ^   5 1     11 2  
Albany State   5 1     9 2  
Savannah State   4 2     7 4  
Kentucky State   4 2     5 6  
Lane   2 4     4 6  
Miles   2 4     4 6  
Clark Atlanta   2 4     3 7  
Morehouse   0 6     3 8  
Morris Brown   0 6     0 11  
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division II Football Committee poll
1998 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 4 UC Davis ^       10 2  
Saint Joseph's (IN)       7 4  
New Haven       5 5  
Elon       5 6  
Quincy       4 6  
  • ^ – 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 – Livingstone and Winston-Salem State
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference – Albany
Gulf South Conference – Delta State and West Georgia
Lone Star Conference – Central Oklahoma
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Northwest Missouri State
Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference – Grand Valley State
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha and Northern Colorado
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Winona State
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Millersville (East), Slippery Rock (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Chadron State and Western State
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Tuskegee
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Shepherd

Postseason

1998 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams16
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach
  • championship

The 1998 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 25th 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 12th time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
        
Carson–Newman 30
West Georgia 20
Carson–Newman 38
Fort Valley State 31
Fort Valley State 21
Delta State 14
Carson–Newman 47
Slippery Rock 21
Slippery Rock 37
Grand Valley State 14
Slippery Rock 31
Shepherd 20
Shepherd 9
IUP 6
Carson–Newman 6
Northwest Missouri State 24
Northwest Missouri State 28
Nebraska–Omaha 14
Northwest Missouri State 42
Northern Colorado 17
Northern Colorado 52
North Dakota 24
Northwest Missouri State 49
Texas A&M–Kingsville† 34
Central Oklahoma 21
Chadron State 19
Central Oklahoma 21
Texas A&M–Kingsville24*
Texas A&M–Kingsville54
UC Davis 21

See also

References

  1. ^ "1995-1999 Carson-Newman Schedules". College Football Warehouse. cfbdatawarehouse.com. Archived from the original on 2014-01-11. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  2. ^ "1998 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "Mankato State University to Change Name to Minnesota State University, Mankato". Mankato State University. PRnewsWire. September 18, 1998. Retrieved March 5, 2018.