2006 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonSeptember 2 – November 11, 2006
PlayoffsNovember 18 – December 16, 2006[1]
National ChampionshipBraly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
ChampionGrand Valley State
Harlon Hill TrophyDanny Woodhead, Chadron State

The 2006 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 2, 2006, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 16, 2006 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama.

Grand Valley State defeated Northwest Missouri State in the championship game, 17–14, to win their fourth Division II national title.[2]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Danny Woodhead, running back from Chadron State.

Conference changes and new programs

School Former conference New conference
Brevard Tornadoes New program Independent
Central Arkansas Bears Gulf South Independent (FCS)
Central State Marauders Independent GLFC
Central Washington Wildcats GNAC NCC
Chowan Hawks Independent (D-III) Independent
Dixie State Trailblazers Junior college Independent
Fort Hays State Tigers RMAC MIAA
Humboldt State Lumberjacks GNAC Independent
Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers Mid-South (NAIA) GLFC
Lincoln Blue Tigers Independent GLFC
Mary Marauders DAC (NAIA) Independent
Missouri–Rolla Miners Independent GLFC
Saint Joseph's Pumas Independent GLFC
Tiffin Dragons Independent GLFC
Upper Iowa Peacocks Independent NSIC
West Virginia Tech Golden Bears WVIAC Mid-South (NAIA)
Western New Mexico Mustangs Independent RMAC
Western Oregon Wolves GNAC Independent
Western Washington Vikings GNAC NCC
Winston-Salem State Rams CIAA Independent (FCS)

Upper Iowa completed their transition to Division II and became eligible for the postseason. West Georgia changed the name of its athletic teams from Braves to Wolves due to NCAA rules regarding Native American mascots.

Conference standings

Northeast Region

2006 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Bryant +^   7 2     8 3  
C. W. Post +   7 2     7 3  
Merrimack +^   7 2     8 4  
Southern Connecticut +^   7 2     7 4  
American International   6 3     6 4  
Bentley   4 5     6 5  
Assumption   4 5     4 6  
Pace   2 7     3 7  
Stonehill   1 8     1 9  
Saint Anselm   0 9     0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
2006 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East
No. 4 Bloomsburg x^   6 0     12 2  
No. 24 West Chester ^   5 1     9 4  
East Stroudsburg   4 2     7 4  
Millersville   3 3     5 6  
Kutztown   2 4     4 6  
Cheyney   1 5     1 10  
Mansfield   0 6     0 10  
West
No. 25 Indiana (PA) x   5 1     8 2  
California (PA) x   5 1     8 3  
Slippery Rock   4 2     7 4  
Edinboro   3 3     6 5  
Shippensburg   3 3     5 6  
Lock Haven   1 5     2 9  
Clarion   0 6     1 10  
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2006 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 8 Shepherd $^   7 0     11 1  
West Liberty State   4 3     7 4  
Charleston (WV)   4 3     5 6  
Glenville State   4 3     5 6  
Fairmont State   3 4     4 7  
Concord   3 4     3 8  
West Virginia State   2 5     5 6  
West Virginia Wesleyan   1 6     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


Southeast Region

2006 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Eastern
No. 21 Elizabeth City St. xy^   7 0     9 3  
Virginia Union   5 2     7 3  
Bowie State   3 4     5 5  
Shaw   2 5     3 7  
Virginia State   2 5     2 8  
Saint Paul's   1 6     2 8  
Western
No. 9 NC Central xy$^   7 0     11 1  
Johnson C. Smith   4 3     7 4  
St. Augustine's   4 3     4 6  
Fayetteville State   2 5     3 7  
Livingstone   1 6     1 9  
Championship: NC Central 17, Elizabeth City St. 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • † – St. Augustine's vacated all four wins.
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2006 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 6 North Alabama $^   8 0     11 1  
No. 3 Delta State ^   7 1     12 3  
No. 14 Valdosta State   6 2     8 2  
Henderson State   6 2     8 3  
Arkansas Tech   5 3     7 3  
Harding   5 3     6 4  
West Alabama   3 5     6 5  
Ouachita Baptist   1 7     2 8  
Southern Arkansas   1 7     2 9  
West Georgia   1 7     1 9  
Arkansas–Monticello   1 7     1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2006 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 12 Newberry $^   6 1     11 2  
Wingate   5 2     8 3  
Presbyterian   5 2     7 4  
Carson–Newman   4 3     8 3  
Catawba   3 4     6 4  
Tusculum   3 4     6 5  
Mars Hill   1 6     4 7  
Lenoir–Rhyne   1 6     3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2006 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Tuskegee +   6 1     9 3  
Albany State +^   6 1     7 4  
Lane   5 2     8 3  
Kentucky State   4 3     7 4  
Stillman   4 3     5 5  
Fort Valley State   4 3     4 7  
Clark Atlanta   3 4     5 5  
Benedict   2 5     3 7  
Morehouse   1 6     2 9  
Miles   0 7     5 5  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2006 NCAA Division II Southeast Region independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North Greenville       10 2  
Brevard #       2 6  
Chowan #       0 10  
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Northwest Region

2006 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 1 Grand Valley State $^   10 0     15 0  
No. 18 Northwood ^   8 2     8 3  
Ferris State   7 3     8 3  
Michigan Tech   6 4     6 4  
Saginaw Valley State   6 4     6 4  
Wayne State (MI)   6 4     6 5  
Indianapolis   5 5     6 5  
Hillsdale   5 5     5 6  
Ashland   4 6     4 6  
Mercyhurst   3 7     3 7  
Northern Michigan   3 7     3 7  
Findlay   1 9     2 9  
Gannon   1 9     1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2006 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 7 North Dakota +^   7 1     11 2  
No. 11 Nebraska–Omaha +^   7 1     8 3  
No. 13 South Dakota ^   6 2     9 4  
Minnesota–Duluth   4 4     6 4  
Central Washington   3 5     6 5  
Augustana (SD)   3 5     5 6  
Western Washington   3 5     5 6  
Minnesota State   2 6     4 7  
St. Cloud State   1 7     3 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2006 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 23 Bemidji State $   8 0     9 3  
No. 19 Winona State ^   7 1     9 3  
MSU Moorhead   4 4     6 5  
Concordia–St. Paul   4 4     5 6  
Wayne State (NE)   4 4     5 6  
Northern State   3 5     4 7  
SW Minnesota State   3 5     4 7  
Upper Iowa   3 5     3 8  
Minnesota–Crookston   0 8     0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2006 Great Lakes Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 22 Tiffin +   4 1     10 1  
Saint Joseph's (IN) +   4 1     8 3  
Central State #   2 1     2 5  
Missouri–Rolla   2 2     6 5  
Lincoln (MO)   1 3     1 8  
Kentucky Wesleyan   0 5     0 11  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2006 NCAA Division II Northwest Region independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Humboldt State       9 1  
Mary #       6 4  
Western Oregon       6 4  
Dixie State #       1 10  
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Southwest Region

2006 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North
SE Oklahoma State   5 4     6 4  
SW Oklahoma State   4 5     6 5  
Texas A&M–Commerce   4 5     5 5  
Central Oklahoma   4 5     5 6  
Northeastern State   4 5     4 6  
East Central   2 7     2 8  
South
No. 10 W. Texas A&M $^   8 1     11 2  
No. 17 Midwestern St. ^   7 2     10 3  
No. 20 Abilene Christian ^   7 2     8 3  
Tarleton State   6 3     6 4  
Angelo State   2 7     3 7  
Eastern New Mexico   2 7     3 7  
Texas A&M–Kingsville   2 7     3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2006 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 2 NW Missouri State $^   9 0     14 1  
No. 15 Pittsburg State   7 2     10 2  
No. 16 Missouri Western ^   7 2     9 3  
Washburn   6 3     7 4  
Truman   6 3     6 5  
Central Missouri   3 6     5 6  
Missouri Southern   3 6     5 6  
Emporia State   2 7     3 8  
Fort Hays State   1 8     1 10  
Southwest Baptist   1 8     1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2006 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 5 Chadron State $^   8 0     12 1  
Fort Lewis   6 2     7 4  
Nebraska–Kearney   5 3     6 4  
Adams State   4 4     6 5  
New Mexico Highlands   3 5     6 5  
Western New Mexico   3 5     5 5  
Mesa State   3 5     4 7  
Colorado Mines   2 6     4 7  
Western State   2 6     3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2006 NCAA Division II Southwest Region independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
OK Panhandle State       0 10  
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Conference summaries

See also: List of NCAA Division II football seasons

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – North Carolina Central
Great Lakes Football ConferenceSaint Joseph's (IN)
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Grand Valley State
Gulf South Conference – North Alabama
Lone Star Conference – West Texas A&M
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Northwest Missouri State
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha and North Dakota
Northeast-10 Conference – Bryant, C.W. Post, Merrimack, and Southern Connecticut State
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Bemidji State
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Bloomsburg (East), California (PA) and Indiana (PA) (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Chadron State
South Atlantic Conference – Newberry
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State and Tuskegee
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Shepherd

Postseason

2006 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams24
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach
  • championship

The 2006 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 33rd 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 19th time.

Seeded teams

Playoff bracket

  First round
November 18
Campus Sites
Second round
November 25
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 2
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 9 and 10
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 16
Braly Municipal Stadium,
Florence, Alabama
                                               
       
       
  1 Grand Valley State* 35  
    5 South Dakota 17  
5 South Dakota 31
4 Northwood* 28  
  1 Grand Valley State* 30  
Super Region 3
  3 North Dakota 20  
       
       
  2 Nebraska–Omaha* 35
    3 North Dakota 38  
3 North Dakota* 42
6 Winona State 0  
  1 Grand Valley State* 49  
  5 Delta State 30  
       
       
  1 North Carolina Central* 17
    5 Delta State 24  
5 Delta State 17
4 Elizabeth City State* 10  
  5 Delta State 27
Super Region 2
  2 North Alabama* 10  
       
       
  2 North Alabama* 38
    3 Newberry 20  
3 Newberry* 34
6 Albany State 28  
1 Grand Valley State 17
1 NW Missouri State 14
       
       
  1 Shepherd* 31  
    4 Merrimack 7  
4 Merrimack* 28
5 S. Connecticut 26  
  1 Shepherd* 21  
Super Region 1
  2 Bloomsburg 24  
       
       
  2 Bloomsburg* 21
    6 West Chester 20  
6 West Chester 31
3 Bryant* 29  
  2 Bloomsburg 3
  1 NW Missouri State* 33  
     
     
  1 NW Missouri State* 27
    4 Midwestern State 0  
4 Midwestern State* 28
5 Missouri Western 26  
  1 NW Missouri State* 28      
Super Region 4
  2 Chadron State 21        
     
     
  2 Chadron State* 43
    3 West Texas A&M 17  
3 West Texas A&M*† 30
6 Abilene Christian 27  

Home team    † Overtime

See also

References

  1. ^ "2005-2009 Grand Valley State Schedules". College Football Warehouse. cfbdatawarehouse.com. Archived from the original on January 11, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "2006 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved January 23, 2014.