2007 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust 30 – November 10, 2007
PlayoffsNovember 17 – December 15, 2007[1]
National ChampionshipBraly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
ChampionValdosta State
Harlon Hill TrophyDanny Woodhead, Chadron State

The 2007 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 30, 2007, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 15, 2007 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Valdosta State Blazers defeated the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats, 25–20, to win their second Division II national title.[2]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Danny Woodhead, running back from Chadron State, for the second consecutive year.

Conference and program changes

School Former conference New conference
Mary Marauders Independent NSIC
Mansfield Mountaineers PSAC Dropped program
North Carolina Central Eagles CIAA Independent (FCS)
Presbyterian Blue Hose SAC Independent (FCS)
Seton Hill Griffins Independent (NAIA) WVIAC
UNC Pembroke Braves New program Independent

Chowan and Mary completed their transitions to Division II and became eligible for the postseason.

Conference standings

Northeast Region

2007 Northeast-10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Bryant $^   8 1         8 3  
American International   7 2         7 3  
S. Connecticut ^   7 2         9 4  
Bentley   6 3         7 3  
Stonehill   5 4         5 5  
C. W. Post   4 5         4 6  
Merrimack   4 5         4 6  
Assumption   3 6         4 7  
Pace   1 8         1 10  
Saint Anselm   0 9         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2007 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
No. 17 West Chester x^   5 0         9 3  
Bloomsburg   4 1         7 3  
Kutztown   2 3         5 6  
East Stroudsburg   2 3         3 6  
Millersville   2 3         3 8  
Cheyney   0 5         0 10  
West
No. 4 California (PA) x^   6 0         13 1  
No. 18 Indiana (PA) ^   5 1         9 3  
Slippery Rock   4 2         9 2  
Edinboro   3 3         7 4  
Shippensburg   2 4         3 8  
Lock Haven   1 5         1 10  
Clarion   0 6         0 11  
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2007 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 13 Shepherd $^   7 1         10 2  
Charleston (WV)   6 2         8 3  
West Liberty State   6 2         8 3  
West Virginia State   5 3         7 3  
Glenville State   5 3         6 5  
Fairmont State   3 5         6 5  
Seton Hill #   3 5         3 7  
West Virginia Wesleyan   1 7         3 8  
Concord   0 8         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll


Southeast Region

2007 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern
Virginia Union xy   6 1         9 3  
Elizabeth City State   5 2         5 5  
Saint Paul's   4 3         5 5  
Virginia State   3 4         4 6  
Bowie State   3 4         3 7  
Western
Shaw xy$^   6 1         8 4  
Fayetteville State   4 3         4 6  
Johnson C. Smith   2 5         3 7  
St. Augustine's   2 5         2 8  
Livingstone   0 7         0 10  
Championship: Shaw 31, Virginia Union 24 (2OT)
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • † – St. Augustine's vacated both wins.
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2007 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 10 Delta State $^   8 0         10 2  
No. 1 Valdosta State ^   7 1         13 1  
No. 6 North Alabama ^   7 1         10 2  
Henderson State   6 2         7 3  
Harding   5 3         6 4  
Arkansas Tech   3 5         5 5  
Arkansas–Monticello   3 5         4 7  
Ouachita Baptist   2 6         4 6  
Southern Arkansas   2 6         3 7  
West Georgia   1 7         2 9  
West Alabama   0 8         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2007 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 14 Carson–Newman +   5 1         10 1  
No. 12 Catawba +^   5 1         11 2  
Newberry   4 2         9 2  
Tusculum   4 2         6 5  
Wingate   2 4         7 4  
Mars Hill   1 5         5 5  
Lenoir–Rhyne   0 6         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA poll
2007 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 16 Tuskegee $   7 0         12 0  
Albany State ^   6 1         8 3  
Fort Valley State   5 2         8 3  
Morehouse   4 3         7 3  
Lane   4 3         7 3  
Stillman   3 4         7 4  
Kentucky State   3 4         3 8  
Clark Atlanta   2 5         3 8  
Benedict   1 6         2 9  
Miles   0 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2007 NCAA Division II Southeast Region independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Greenville           5 6  
UNC Pembroke           4 7  
Brevard #           2 9  
Chowan           2 9  
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Northwest Region

2007 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Grand Valley State $^   9 0         12 1  
No. 22 Ashland ^   8 1         8 2  
Hillsdale   7 3         8 3  
Saginaw Valley State *   7 3         7 3  
Michigan Tech   6 4         6 5  
Ferris State   5 5         6 5  
Indianapolis   5 5         6 5  
Northwood   5 5         5 5  
Northern Michigan   4 6         4 6  
Findlay   3 7         4 7  
Mercyhurst   3 7         4 7  
Wayne State (MI)   2 8         3 8  
Gannon   0 10         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • * – Saginaw Valley State forfeited wins against Gannon, Ferris State, Northern Michigan, and Findlay.
Rankings from AFCA poll
2007 North Central Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 7 Nebraska–Omaha $^   8 0         10 1  
No. 9 North Dakota ^   7 1         10 2  
No. 11 Central Washington ^   6 2         10 3  
South Dakota   5 3         6 5  
Minnesota State   3 5         5 6  
Minnesota–Duluth   3 5         4 6  
Augustana (SD)   2 6         4 7  
St. Cloud State   1 7         4 7  
Western Washington   1 7         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2007 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 23 Winona State $^   9 0         10 2  
Wayne State (NE)   7 2         7 5  
Mary   7 2         7 4  
Bemidji State   6 3         7 4  
Northern State   5 4         5 6  
Concordia–St. Paul   3 6         4 7  
MSU Moorhead   3 6         4 7  
Upper Iowa   2 7         3 8  
SW Minnesota State   2 7         2 9  
Minnesota–Crookston   1 8         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2007 Great Lakes Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Tiffin $   5 0         9 2  
Central State #   3 2         5 5  
Missouri–Rolla   3 2         4 7  
Saint Joseph's (IN)   3 2         4 7  
Kentucky Wesleyan   1 4         3 8  
Lincoln (MO)   0 5         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2007 NCAA Division II Northwest Region independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Western Oregon           9 2  
Dixie State #           3 8  
Humboldt State           2 8  
  • # – Provisional Division II member
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Southwest Region

2007 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
Texas A&M–Commerce   5 4         5 6  
SW Oklahoma State   4 5         6 5  
Central Oklahoma   4 5         4 6  
SE Oklahoma State   3 6         4 6  
Northeastern State   3 6         3 7  
East Central   2 7         2 9  
South
No. 8 W. Texas A&M $^   9 0         12 1  
No. 15 Abilene Christian ^†   8 1         10 3  
No. 21 Tarleton State   7 2         9 2  
No. 25 Midwestern State   6 3         8 3  
Eastern New Mexico   3 6         5 6  
Texas A&M–Kingsville   3 6         3 8  
Angelo State   2 7         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
  • † – Abilene Christian vacated all ten wins.
Rankings from AFCA Poll
2007 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 NW Missouri St. $^   9 0         12 2  
No. 24 Washburn ^   7 2         8 4  
Missouri Western   6 3         9 3  
Pittsburg State   6 3         8 3  
Central Missouri   6 3         7 4  
Missouri Southern   4 5         6 5  
Truman   4 5         6 5  
Fort Hays State   2 7         4 7  
Emporia State   1 8         3 8  
Southwest Baptist   0 9         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2007 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 5 Chadron State $^   8 0         12 1  
No. 19 Mesa State ^   7 1         10 2  
Colorado Mines   6 2         7 5  
Nebraska–Kearney   5 3         6 4  
Western New Mexico   4 4         4 6  
New Mexico Highlands   3 5         4 6  
Adams State   2 6         2 9  
Fort Lewis   1 7         1 9  
Western State   0 8         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll


2007 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 – Shaw
Great Lakes Football Conference – Tiffin
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Grand Valley State
Gulf South Conference – Delta State
Lone Star Conference – West Texas A&M
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Northwest Missouri State
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha
Northeast-10 Conference – Bryant
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Winona State
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – West Chester (East), California (PA) (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Chadron State
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman and Catawba
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Tuskegee
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Shepherd

Postseason

2007 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams24
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning coach
  • championship

The 2007 NCAA Division II National Football Championship playoffs involved 24 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football.[3]

The tournament began on November 17, 2008 and concluded on December 15, 2008 with the 2007 NCAA Division II National Football Championship game at Braly Municipal Stadium near the campus of the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama.[3]

In the championship game the Valdosta State University Blazers defeated the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats, 25–21, to win their second national championship.

Participants

School Conference Season Record
Abilene Christian University Lone Star Conference 9–2
Albany State University Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–2
Ashland University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–1
Bryant University Northeast Ten Conference 8–2
California University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 11–0
Catawba College South Atlantic Conference 10–1
Central Washington University North Central Conference 8–2
Chadron State College Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 11–0
Delta State University Gulf South Conference 9–1
Grand Valley State University Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 10–0
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 8–2
Mesa State College Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 10–1
University of Nebraska at Omaha North Central Conference 10–0
University of North Alabama Gulf South Conference 9–1
University of North Dakota North Central Conference 9–1
Northwest Missouri State University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 9–1
Shaw University Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association 8–3
Shepherd University West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–1
Southern Connecticut State University Northeast Ten Conference 8–3
Valdosta State University Gulf South Conference 9–1
Washburn University Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 8–3
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 9–2
West Texas A&M University Lone Star Conference 11–0
Winona State University Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 10–1

Bids by conference

Conference Total Schools Super Region
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1 Shaw University 3
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 2 Ashland University
Grand Valley State University
1
Gulf South Conference 3 Delta State University
University of North Alabama
Valdosta State University
3
Lone Star Conference 2 Abilene Christian University
West Texas A&M University
2
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 2 Northwest Missouri State University
Washburn University
2
North Central Conference 3 Central Washington University
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of North Dakota
1
Northeast Ten Conference 2 Southern Connecticut State University
Bryant University
4
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 1 Winona State University 1
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 3 California University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
4
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 2 Chadron State College
Mesa State College
2
South Atlantic Conference 1 Catawba College 3
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 1 Albany State University 3
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 1 Shepherd University 4

Playoff format

The first-round games were conducted on the campus of one of the competing institutions as determined by the NCAA Division II Football Committee. Two teams in each super regional earned first-round byes. The first-round winners advanced to face a bye team in their super regional. Second-round winners met in the quarterfinals and quarterfinal winners advanced to play in the semifinals.[3]

First-round, second-round, quarterfinal and semifinal games were played on the campus of one of the competing institutions as determined by the NCAA Division II Football Committee. The home team at the championship was determined by the Division II Football Committee and the Shoals National Championship Committee.

National television coverage

The championship game was played at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama and broadcast live on ESPN2 on December 15.[3]

Tournament Notes

Final standings

Place School
1st Valdosta State University
2nd Northwest Missouri State University
3rd California University of Pennsylvania
Grand Valley State University
5th Chadron State College
Central Washington University
University of North Alabama
Shepherd University
9th Abilene Christian University
Catawba College
Delta State University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of North Dakota
Southern Connecticut State University
West Texas A&M University
17th Albany State University
Ashland University
Bryant University
Mesa State College
Shaw University
Washburn University
West Chester University
Winona State University

Bracket and standings

Super Regional 1

First round
November 17
Second round
November 24
Super Regional finals
December 1
2 Grand Valley State 21
6 Winona State 2 3 North Dakota 14
3 North Dakota 44 4 Central Washington 21
2 Grand Valley State 41
1 Nebraska–Omaha 17
5 Ashland 24 4 Central Washington 20
4 Central Washington 40

Super Regional 3

First round
November 17
Second round
November 24
Super Regional finals
December 1
2 Northwest Missouri State 56
6 Washburn 39 3 West Texas A&M 28
3 West Texas A&M 40 2 Northwest Missouri State 26
1 Chadron State 13
1 Chadron State (3OT) 76
5 Mesa State 12 4 Abilene Christian 73
4 Abilene Christian 56

Super Regional 2

First round
November 17
Second round
November 24
Super Regional finals
December 1
2 North Alabama 20
6 Shaw 7 3 Delta State 17
3 Delta State 45 2 North Alabama 27
1 Valdosta State 37
1 Valdosta State 55
5 Albany State 35 4 Catawba 29
4 Catawba 66

Super Regional 4

First round
November 17
Second round
November 24
Super Regional finals
December 1
2 Shepherd Rams 41
6 Indiana (PA) 45 6 Indiana (PA) 34
3 West Chester 35 2 Shepherd 38
1 California (PA) 58
1 California (PA) 43
5 Bryant 28 4 S. Connecticut 7
4 S. Connecticut 45

Semifinals and championship

Semifinals
December 8
Final
December 15
      
SR1 Champion Grand Valley State 16
SR2 Champion Northwest Missouri State 34
SR2 Champion Northwest Missouri State 21
SR3 Champion Valdosta State 25
SR3 Champion Valdosta State 28
SR4 Champion California (PA) 24

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. ^ "2007 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "D-II Playoffs at a Glance". 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2009-12-14.