The 2007 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began in August 2007, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, in December 2007 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks won their first Division III championship by defeating the Mount Union Purple Raiders, 31−21. This was the third of seven straight championship games between Mount Union (3 wins) and Wisconsin–Whitewater (4 wins).

The Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in Division III football, was awarded to Justin Beaver, running back from Wisconsin–Whitewater.[1]

Conference standings

2007 American Southwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 3 Mary Hardin–Baylor $^   8 0     12 2  
Mississippi College   6 2     8 2  
Hardin–Simmons   6 2     6 4  
East Texas Baptist   5 3     5 5  
Louisiana College   4 4     5 5  
Sul Ross   3 5     5 5  
Texas Lutheran   2 6     2 8  
McMurry   1 7     2 8  
Howard Payne   1 7     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Atlantic Central Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 5 Wesley $^   4 0     11 2  
No. 14 Salisbury ^   3 1     9 2  
Brockport   2 2     5 5  
Apprentice §   1 3     4 6  
Frostburg State   0 4     2 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • § – Not an NCAA member
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Centennial Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 8 Muhlenberg $^   8 0     11 1  
Dickinson   6 2     9 2  
Ursinus   5 3     7 3  
Gettysburg   5 3     6 5  
Moravian   4 4     6 4  
Franklin & Marshall   4 4     4 6  
Johns Hopkins   3 5     4 6  
McDaniel   1 7     1 9  
Juniata   0 8     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 11 North Central (IL) +^   6 1     9 3  
Illinois Wesleyan +   6 1     7 3  
Wheaton (IL)   5 2     8 2  
Carthage   4 3     7 3  
Elmhurst   3 4     6 4  
Augustana (IL)   3 4     5 5  
Millikin   1 6     2 8  
North Park   0 7     1 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Empire 8 Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 7 St. John Fisher +^   5 1     11 2  
Hartwick +^   5 1     8 3  
Alfred   4 2     8 3  
No. 21 Ithaca ^   4 2     8 3  
Springfield   2 4     4 6  
Utica   1 5     3 7  
Norwich   0 6     2 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 18 Franklin (IN) $^   7 0     9 2  
Mount St. Joseph ^   6 1     9 2  
Rose-Hulman   4 3     7 3  
Defiance   4 3     5 5  
Anderson (IN)   3 4     4 6  
Hanover   2 5     2 8  
Manchester   1 6     3 7  
Bluffton   1 6     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Illini–Badger Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Concordia (WI) +^   6 1     7 4  
Lakeland +   6 1     6 4  
Aurora   4 3     5 5  
Benedictine (IL)   4 3     5 5  
Greenville   4 3     5 5  
Concordia (IL)   2 5     3 7  
Eureka   2 5     2 8  
MacMurray   0 7     0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2007 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 6 Central (IA) $^   8 0     12 1  
No. 20 Wartburg   7 1     8 2  
Coe   5 3     7 3  
Dubuque   5 3     7 3  
Luther   4 4     5 5  
Buena Vista   3 5     5 5  
Simpson   3 5     4 6  
Loras   1 7     2 8  
Cornell (IA)   0 8     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Liberty League football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
RPI +^   6 1     8 2  
Hobart +^   6 1     8 3  
Rochester (NY)   5 2     6 5  
Union (NY)   5 2     5 5  
St. Lawrence   3 4     4 5  
WPI   1 6     4 6  
Susquehanna   1 6     2 8  
Merchant Marine   1 6     1 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2007 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Hope +   6 1     6 4  
Olivet +^   6 1     6 5  
Alma   5 2     5 5  
Adrian   4 3     7 3  
Tri-State   4 3     6 4  
Albion   2 5     2 8  
Wisconsin Lutheran   1 6     1 9  
Kalamazoo   0 7     1 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2007 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Widener $^   7 0     8 3  
Albright   5 2     7 4  
Delaware Valley   5 2     5 5  
Wilkes   4 3     4 6  
Lebanon Valley   3 4     4 6  
Lycoming   3 4     3 7  
King's   1 6     1 9  
FDU Florham   0 7     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Midwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
St. Norbert $^   9 0     10 1  
Monmouth (IL)   7 2     7 3  
Ripon   7 2     7 3  
Carroll (WI)   5 4     5 5  
Lake Forest   5 4     5 5  
Illinois College   4 5     4 6  
Lawrence   4 5     4 6  
Knox   2 7     3 7  
Beloit   1 8     1 9  
Grinnell   1 8     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2007 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 4 Bethel (MN) $^   8 0     12 2  
No. 9 Saint John's (MN) ^   7 1     10 2  
St. Olaf   6 2     8 2  
Concordia–Moorhead   5 3     7 3  
Augsburg   3 5     5 5  
Gustavus Adolphus   3 5     5 5  
St. Thomas (MN)   2 6     2 8  
Carleton   1 7     3 7  
Hamline   1 7     3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 New England Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Bogan Division
Coast Guard xy   7 0     8 2  
Bridgewater State   5 2     6 4  
Maine Maritime   4 3     5 4  
Westfield State   4 3     5 4  
Worcester State   3 4     4 6  
Fitchburg State   3 4     3 6  
Massachusetts Maritime   1 6     3 7  
Framingham State   1 6     2 7  
Boyd Division
No. 23 Curry xy$^   7 0     12 1  
Plymouth State   6 1     9 1  
Nichols   4 3     5 4  
UMass Dartmouth   4 3     5 5  
Endicott   3 4     3 6  
MIT   2 5     2 7  
Western New England   1 6     3 7  
Salve Regina   1 6     2 7  
Championship: Curry 10, Coast Guard 7
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 New England Small College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Middlebury $   7 1     7 1  
Trinity (CT)   6 2     6 2  
Williams   6 2     6 2  
Tufts   5 3     5 3  
Amherst   4 4     4 4  
Wesleyan   4 4     4 4  
Bowdoin   3 5     3 5  
Colby   2 6     2 6  
Hamilton   2 6     2 6  
Bates   1 7     1 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
2007 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 15 TCNJ +^   6 1     9 3  
Cortland +   6 1     8 3  
Montclair State   5 2     9 2  
Kean   3 4     5 5  
William Paterson   3 4     5 5  
Rowan   2 5     4 6  
Western Connecticut   2 5     4 6  
Buffalo State   1 6     2 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 10 Wabash $^   7 0     11 2  
Wittenberg   6 1     8 2  
Oberlin   5 2     5 5  
Ohio Wesleyan   4 3     4 6  
Wooster   4 3     4 6  
Allegheny   3 4     5 5  
Denison   3 4     4 6  
Earlham   2 5     3 7  
Kenyon   1 6     2 8  
Hiram   0 7     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 24 Whitworth $   6 0     8 2  
Pacific Lutheran   4 2     7 2  
Linfield   4 2     6 3  
Willamette   3 3     4 6  
Puget Sound   2 4     4 5  
Menlo   2 4     2 8  
Lewis & Clark   0 6     0 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 2 Mount Union $^   9 0     14 1  
No. 13 Capital ^   7 2     8 3  
Ohio Northern   6 3     7 3  
Baldwin–Wallace   5 4     6 4  
John Carroll   5 4     6 4  
Otterbein   5 4     5 5  
Heidelberg   3 6     4 6  
Marietta   3 6     3 7  
Wilmington (OH)   2 7     2 8  
Muskingum   0 9     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Randolph–Macon +   5 1     8 2  
Hampden–Sydney +^   5 1     8 3  
Washington and Lee   4 2     6 3  
Bridgewater   3 3     7 3  
Guilford   2 4     6 4  
Catholic University   1 5     5 5  
Emory & Henry   1 5     4 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2007 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 17 Washington & Jefferson $^   6 0     10 1  
Waynesburg   5 1     8 3  
Grove City   3 3     4 6  
Westminster (PA)   2 4     5 5  
Bethany (WV)   2 4     4 6  
Thomas More   2 4     4 6  
Thiel   1 5     3 7  
Geneva #       8 3  
St. Vincent #       0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • # – Provisional NCAA Divisional III member; games not counted in standings
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 25 Redlands +^   5 1     8 2  
Cal Lutheran +   5 1     5 4  
Occidental   4 2     7 2  
Whittier   3 3     4 5  
Claremont–Mudd–Scripps   2 4     3 6  
Pomona–Pitzer   1 5     2 7  
La Verne   1 5     1 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 16 Trinity (TX) +^   6 1     9 2  
Millsaps +   6 1     8 2  
DePauw   5 2     8 2  
Centre   4 3     6 4  
Rhodes   4 3     6 4  
Austin   2 5     4 6  
Colorado College   1 6     4 6  
Sewanee   0 7     1 8  
Birmingham–Southern #       1 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division III member; games not counted in standings
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 University Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 22 Case Western Reserve $^   3 0     11 1  
Carnegie Mellon   2 1     7 4  
Washington University   1 2     7 3  
Chicago   0 3     4 5  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North
Northwestern (MN) xy$#   7 0     7 2  
Martin Luther   5 2     6 3  
Crown #   4 3     5 3  
Minnesota–Morris #   4 3     4 4  
Trinity Bible §   1 6     1 8  
South
Rockford xy   5 2     6 3  
Westminster (MO)   4 3     4 5  
Blackburn   3 4     3 6  
Maranatha Baptist   1 6     2 7  
Principia   1 6     1 8  
Championship: Northwestern (MN) 28, Rockford 27
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • # – Provisional NCAA Division III member
    § – Not an NCAA member
2007 USA South Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 19 North Carolina Wesleyan $^   7 0     9 3  
Christopher Newport   6 1     7 3  
Maryville (TN)   4 3     7 3  
Ferrum   4 3     5 5  
Methodist   4 3     4 6  
Shenandoah   2 5     2 8  
Greensboro   1 6     2 8  
Averett   0 7     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 1 Wisconsin–Whitewater $^   7 0     14 1  
No. 12 Wisconsin–Eau Claire ^   5 2     9 3  
Wisconsin–Oshkosh   4 3     7 3  
Wisconsin–Stevens Point   3 4     6 4  
Wisconsin–La Crosse   3 4     5 4  
Wisconsin–Stout   3 4     4 6  
Wisconsin–River Falls   2 5     3 7  
Wisconsin–Platteville   1 6     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2007 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Chapman       6 3  
Husson       6 3  
Huntingdon       5 5  
Macalester       4 5  
Morrisville State #       3 7  
Mount Ida       3 7  
Gallaudet       2 6  
Becker       2 7  
SUNY Maritime       2 8  
LaGrange       0 10  
  • # – Provisional Division III member

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 2007 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 35th annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division III college football. The championship Stagg Bowl game was held at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia for the 15th time.[2]

Qualification

Twenty-two conferences met the requirements for an automatic ("Pool A") bid to the playoffs. Besides the NESCAC, which does not participate in the playoffs, four conferences had no Pool A bid. The NWC was in the second year of the two-year waiting period, while the ACFC, UAA, and UMAC failed to meet the seven-member requirement. The PAC received a Pool A bid for the first time, having attained seven members and passed through the waiting period.

Schools not in Pool A conferences were eligible for Pool B. The number of Pool B bids was determined by calculating the ratio of Pool A conferences to schools in those conferences and applying that ratio to the number of Pool B schools. The 22 Pool A conferences contained 190 schools, an average of 8.6 teams per conference. Thirty schools were in Pool B, enough for three bids.

The remaining seven playoff spots were at-large ("Pool C") teams.

Playoff bracket

First Round
Campus Sites
Second Round
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
Semifinals
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Salem Football Stadium
Salem, Virginia
Mount Union 42
Ithaca 18 Mount Union 59
TCNJ 17 TCNJ 7
RPI 14 Mount Union 52
Curry 42 St. John Fisher 10
Hartwick 21 Curry 7
St. John Fisher 24 St. John Fisher 38
Hobart 7 Mount Union 62
Central (IA) 38 Bethel (MN) 14
Olivet 17 Central (IA) 37
Saint John's (MN) 41 Saint John's (MN) 7
Redlands 13 Central (IA) 13
Wisconsin–Eau Claire 24 Bethel (MN) 27
St. Norbert 20 Wisconsin–Eau Claire 12
Bethel (MN) 28 Bethel (MN) 21
Concordia Wisconsin 0 Mount Union 21
North Carolina Wesleyan 35* Wisconsin–Whitewater 31
Washington & Jefferson 34 North Carolina Wesleyan 0
Mary Hardin–Baylor 52 Mary Hardin–Baylor 64
Trinity (TX) 23 Mary Hardin–Baylor 27
Muhlenberg 31 Wesley 10
Salisbury 21 Muhlenberg 21
Wesley 45 Wesley 38
Hampden–Sydney 17 Mary Hardin–Baylor 7
Wisconsin–Whitewater 34 Wisconsin–Whitewater 16
Capital 14 Wisconsin–Whitewater 59
North Central (IL) 44 North Central (IL) 28
Franklin 42 Wisconsin–Whitewater 47
Wabash 31 Wabash 7
Mount St. Joseph 21 Wabash 38
Case 21 Case 23
Widener 20

Overtime

Bowl games

Date Bowl Location Home team Away team Score
November 17 ECAC North Atlantic Bowl Currier Field
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Plymouth State Bridgewater State 24–21
November 17 Victory Bowl Reeves Field
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Malone
(NAIA)
Geneva 45–17

See also

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "2007 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved November 30, 2014.