2004 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust 26 – November 6, 2004
PlayoffsNovember 13 – December 11, 2004[1]
National ChampionshipBraly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
ChampionValdosta State
Harlon Hill TrophyChad Friehauf, Colorado Mines

The 2004 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 August 26, 2004, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 11, 2004 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Valdosta State Blazers defeated the Pittsburg State Gorillas, 36–31, to win their first Division II national title.[2]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Chad Friehauf, quarterback from Colorado Mines.

Conference changes and new programs

School Former conference New conference
Gannon Independent GLIAC
Kentucky Wesleyan Independent Mid-South (NAIA)
Minnesota–Duluth NSIC NCC
New Haven Independent Dropped program
Northern Colorado Independent Great West (I-AA)
North Dakota State NCC Great West (I-AA)
South Dakota State NCC Great West (I-AA)
Upper Iowa IIAC (D-III) Independent

Regional realignment

The South Region was renamed the Southeast Region but stayed the same, while the Northeast Region lost the GLIAC. The West Region lost the GNAC, gained the MIAA, and became the Southwest Region. The new Northwest Region contained the GLIAC and GNAC, plus the NCC and NSIC from the former Midwest Region.

Conference standings

Northeast Region

2004 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 20 Bentley +^   8 1     8 2  
C. W. Post +^   8 1     8 3  
Southern Connecticut   7 2     8 2  
Merrimack   7 2     8 2  
American International   5 4     5 4  
Bryant   4 5     4 5  
Saint Anselm   3 6     4 6  
Stonehill   2 7     2 7  
Assumption   1 8     1 9  
Pace   0 9     0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2004 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East
No. 7 West Chester x^   6 0     11 4  
No. 12 East Stroudsburg ^   5 1     10 2  
Bloomsburg   4 2     7 3  
Millersville   3 3     5 5  
Kutztown   2 4     4 6  
Mansfield   1 5     1 9  
Cheyney   0 6     1 10  
West
No. 15 Shippensburg x^   5 1     10 2  
No. 18 Edinboro x^   5 1     9 3  
Indiana (PA) x   5 1     7 3  
California (PA)   2 4     6 4  
Slippery Rock   2 4     4 7  
Clarion   1 5     3 8  
Lock Haven   1 5     3 8  
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2004 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Shepherd $   7 0     7 3  
Glenville State   5 2     5 6  
West Virginia Wesleyan   4 3     6 5  
Fairmont State   4 3     5 5  
Concord   4 3     5 6  
West Virginia State   2 5     3 8  
West Virginia Tech   2 5     2 9  
West Liberty State   0 7     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
2004 NCAA Division II Northeast Region independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Charleston (WV)       3 7  

Southeast Region

2004 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Eastern
Shaw xy$   5 2     10 2  
Bowie State   4 3     5 5  
Virginia State   3 4     6 4  
Virginia Union   2 5     2 8  
Elizabeth City State   2 5     3 7  
Western
Fayetteville State xy^   6 1     8 4  
North Carolina Central x   6 1     8 2  
Winston-Salem State   4 3     4 6  
Livingstone   2 5     2 8  
St. Augustine's   0 4     0 6  
Johnson C. Smith   0 7     0 10  
Championship: Shaw 10, Fayetteville State 7
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • In 2008, St. Augustine's vacated 4 wins including 3 in conference play.
2004 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 1 Valdosta State $^   9 0     13 1  
No. 16 Arkansas Tech ^   8 1     10 2  
Central Arkansas   6 3     8 3  
Delta State   6 3     6 4  
Arkansas–Monticello   5 4     6 5  
Harding   4 5     6 5  
North Alabama   4 5     5 5  
Southern Arkansas   3 6     5 6  
West Georgia   2 6     2 7  
Ouachita Baptist   2 6     2 7  
Henderson State   2 7     2 8  
West Alabama   2 7     2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2004 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 14 Carson–Newman $^   6 1     9 3  
Wingate   4 3     8 3  
Catawba ^   4 3     7 4  
Tusculum   4 3     6 4  
Presbyterian   4 3     6 5  
Mars Hill   3 4     6 4  
Lenoir–Rhyne   2 5     3 8  
Newberry   1 6     5 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2004 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 5 Albany State $^   8 0     11 1  
No. 22 Tuskegee   7 1     10 2  
Miles   6 2     7 3  
Kentucky State   5 3     7 4  
Fort Valley State   4 4     7 4  
Morehouse   3 5     4 6  
Benedict   2 6     3 8  
Clark Atlanta   1 7     1 9  
Lane   0 8     2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2004 NCAA Division II Southeast Region independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Stillman #       5 5  
North Greenville       3 7  
  • # – Provisional Division II member

Northwest Region

2004 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 10 Northwood +^   9 1     10 2  
No. 11 Michigan Tech +^   9 1     9 2  
No. 9 Grand Valley State ^   8 2     10 3  
No. 25 Saginaw Valley State   7 3     7 3  
Ferris State   6 4     6 5  
Findlay   5 5     6 5  
Ashland   4 6     5 6  
Hillsdale   4 6     4 7  
Mercyhurst   4 6     4 7  
Gannon   3 7     4 7  
Indianapolis   3 7     4 7  
Northern Michigan   2 8     2 8  
Wayne State (MI)   1 9     1 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2004 Great Northwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Central Washington $   5 1     7 4  
Western Washington   3 3     6 4  
Humboldt State   3 3     5 5  
Western Oregon   1 5     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
2004 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 24 Nebraska–Omaha $   5 1     8 3  
No. 19 South Dakota   4 2     9 2  
No. 4 North Dakota ^   4 2     11 3  
No. 17 St. Cloud State ^   4 2     8 3  
Minnesota State   3 3     6 5  
Minnesota–Duluth   1 5     4 7  
Augustana (SD)   0 6     3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2004 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 13 Winona State $^   7 0     10 2  
Bemidji State   5 2     8 3  
Northern State   5 2     6 5  
Concordia (MN)   4 3     7 4  
SW Minnesota State   3 4     5 6  
Minnesota–Crookston   2 5     2 8  
Wayne State (NE)   2 5     3 8  
Minnesota State–Moorhead   0 7     0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2004 NCAA Division II Northwest Region independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Saint Joseph's (IN)       7 4  
Tiffin       5 6  
Upper Iowa #       2 8  
  • # – Provisional Division II member

Southwest Region

2004 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North
No. 21 Central Oklahoma   7 2     8 2  
No. 23 SE Oklahoma State ^   7 2     8 3  
Tarleton State   6 3     7 4  
East Central   5 4     6 4  
SW Oklahoma State   1 8     1 9  
Northeastern State   0 9     0 10  
South
No. 6 Texas A&M–Kingsville $^   8 1     9 2  
Midwestern State ^   7 2     8 3  
Eastern New Mexico   5 4     6 5  
Abilene Christian   5 4     5 5  
Texas A&M–Commerce   4 5     4 6  
West Texas A&M   2 7     2 8  
Angelo State   2 7     2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2004 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 2 Pittsburg State $^   9 0     14 1  
No. 3 NW Missouri State ^   8 1     11 2  
Washburn   6 3     8 4  
Central Missouri State   5 4     7 4  
Emporia State   4 5     5 6  
Missouri Southern   4 5     5 6  
Missouri Western   4 5     5 6  
Missouri–Rolla   2 7     3 8  
Truman   2 7     2 9  
Southwest Baptist   1 8     2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2004 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 8 Colorado Mines $^   8 0     12 1  
Chadron State   6 2     7 3  
Adams State   6 2     7 4  
Fort Hays State   5 3     6 5  
Nebraska–Kearney   4 4     5 6  
Fort Lewis   3 5     4 6  
New Mexico Highlands   2 6     3 8  
Western State   2 6     3 8  
Mesa State   0 8     0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2004 NCAA Division II Southwest Region independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
OK Panhandle State       6 5  
Western New Mexico       2 8  
Lincoln (MO)       1 9  

Conference summaries

See also: List of NCAA Division II football seasons

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Shaw
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Michigan Tech and Northwood
Great Northwest Athletic Conference – Central Washington
Gulf South Conference – Valdosta State
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&M–Kingsville
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Pittsburg State
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha
Northeast-10 Conference – Bentley and C.W. Post
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Winona State
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – West Chester (East), Edinboro, Indiana (PA), and Shippensburg (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado Mines
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Shepherd

Postseason

2004 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams24
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach
  • championship

The 2004 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 31st 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 17th time. This was the first year of a 24-team playoff bracket.

Seeded teams

Playoff bracket

  First round
November 13
Campus Sites
Second round
November 20
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
November 27
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 4
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 11
Braly Municipal Stadium,
Florence, Alabama
                                               
       
       
  1 Michigan Tech* 3  
    5 North Dakota 20  
5 North Dakota†† 20
4 St. Cloud State 17  
  5 North Dakota 19  
Super Region 3
  6 Grand Valley State 15  
       
       
  2 Northwood* 7
    6 Grand Valley State 10  
6 Grand Valley State 16
3 Winona State 13  
  5 North Dakota 19  
  1 Pittsburg State 31  
       
       
  1 Pittsburg State* 70
    4 Colorado Mines 35  
4 Colorado Mines 52
5 Midwestern State 33  
  1 Pittsburg State 50
Super Region 4
  2 Northwest Missouri State 36  
       
       
  2 Northwest Missouri State* 34
    3 Texas A&M–Kingsville 14  
3 Texas A&M–Kingsville 40
6 SE Oklahoma State 30  
1 Pittsburg State 31
2 Valdosta State 36
       
       
  1 Shippensburg 28  
    4 West Chester 33  
4 West Chester 35
5 C.W. Post 3  
  4 West Chester 48  
Super Region 1
  2 East Stroudsburg 38  
       
       
  2 East Stroudsburg* 36
    6 Edinboro 32  
6 Edinboro 47
3 Bentley 44  
  4 West Chester 21
  2 Valdosta State 45  
     
     
  1 Albany State* 42
    4 Arkansas Tech 24  
4 Arkansas Tech 24
5 Catawba 20  
  1 Albany State (GA) 24      
Super Region 2
  2 Valdosta State 38        
     
     
  2 Valdosta State* 38
    3 Carson–Newman 12  
3 Carson–Newman 35
6 Fayetteville State 14  

Home team    † Overtime

See also

References

  1. ^ "2000-2004 Pittsburg Schedules". College Football Warehouse. cfbdatawarehouse.com. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "2003 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved January 20, 2014.