The 2010 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 sixth 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 Eric Watt, quarterback from Trine.[1]

Conference changes and new programs

School 2009 conference 2010 conference
Menlo Northwest (Division III) Independent (NAIA)

Conference standings

2010 American Southwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 5 Mary Hardin–Baylor $^   8 0     12 1  
Louisiana College   7 1     7 3  
No. 24 Hardin–Simmons   6 2     8 2  
McMurry   4 4     6 4  
East Texas Baptist   4 4     5 5  
Texas Lutheran   3 5     4 6  
Mississippi College   2 6     4 6  
Howard Payne   1 7     2 8  
Sul Ross   1 7     1 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Atlantic Central Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 4 Wesley $^   3 0     12 1  
Salisbury ^   2 1     7 3  
Frostburg State   1 2     2 8  
Apprentice §   0 3     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • § – Not an NCAA member
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Centennial Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Ursinus +   7 2     8 2  
Johns Hopkins +   7 2     8 3  
Muhlenberg +^   7 2     7 4  
Moravian   6 3     7 4  
Gettysburg   5 4     6 4  
Franklin & Marshall   5 4     6 5  
McDaniel   4 5     5 5  
Dickinson   3 6     3 7  
Susquehanna   1 8     2 8  
Juniata   0 9     0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2010 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 3 North Central (IL) $^   7 0     12 1  
No. 11 Wheaton (IL) ^   6 1     10 2  
Illinois Wesleyan   4 3     7 3  
Augustana (IL)   4 3     6 4  
Carthage   3 4     6 4  
Elmhurst   3 4     6 4  
Millikin   1 6     4 6  
North Park   0 7     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
SUNY Maritime $^   7 0     10 1  
Norwich   5 2     8 3  
Castleton   5 2     5 4  
Mount Ida   5 2     6 5  
Gallaudet   3 4     3 5  
Becker   2 5     2 8  
Husson   1 6     1 9  
Anna Maria   0 7     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2010 Empire 8 Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 13 Alfred $^   5 0     10 3  
St. John Fisher   3 2     9 2  
Springfield   3 2     9 2  
Ithaca   3 2     6 4  
Hartwick   1 4     4 5  
Utica   0 5     5 5  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 22 Franklin (IN) $^   8 0     9 2  
Hanover   6 2     7 3  
Defiance   6 2     6 4  
Rose-Hulman   5 3     6 4  
Mount St. Joseph   4 4     5 5  
Bluffton   3 5     4 6  
Anderson (IN)   3 5     3 7  
Manchester   1 7     2 8  
Earlham   0 8     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 12 Wartburg $^   8 0     10 1  
No. 14 Coe ^   7 1     9 2  
Central (IA)   6 2     8 2  
Loras   4 4     5 5  
Luther   4 4     5 5  
Dubuque   3 5     4 6  
Buena Vista   2 6     3 7  
Simpson   2 6     2 8  
Cornell (IA)   0 8     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Liberty League football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
St. Lawrence $^   5 1     5 6  
RPI   4 2     6 4  
Hobart   3 3     5 4  
Rochester (NY)   3 3     4 5  
Merchant Marine   3 3     4 6  
Union (NY)   2 4     2 7  
WPI   1 5     3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2010 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 10 Trine $^   6 0     11 1  
Adrian   4 2     5 5  
Albion   4 2     5 5  
Hope   3 3     3 7  
Alma   2 4     3 7  
Kalamazoo   2 4     3 7  
Olivet   0 6     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 16 Delaware Valley $^   6 1     9 3  
Lebanon Valley   5 2     6 5  
Wilkes   5 2     6 5  
Lycoming   4 3     6 4  
Widener   4 3     5 5  
Albright   3 4     5 5  
King's   1 6     1 9  
FDU Florham   0 7     3 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Midwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
St. Norbert $^   7 2     7 4  
Carroll (WI)   6 3     7 3  
Ripon   6 3     7 3  
Monmouth (IL)   6 3     6 4  
Grinnell   5 4     6 4  
Beloit   5 4     5 5  
Illinois College   5 4     5 5  
Lake Forest   2 7     2 8  
Lawrence   2 7     2 8  
Knox   1 8     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2010 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 7 St. Thomas (MN) $^   8 0     12 1  
No. 6 Bethel (MN) ^   7 1     12 2  
Saint John's (MN)   6 2     7 3  
St. Olaf   4 4     6 4  
Concordia–Moorhead   4 4     5 5  
Gustavus Adolphus   3 5     4 6  
Augsburg   2 6     4 6  
Carleton   2 6     3 7  
Hamline   0 8     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 New England Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Bogan Division
Framingham State x   6 1     9 2  
Maine Maritime xy   6 1     8 3  
Massachusetts Maritime   4 3     5 5  
Westfield State   4 3     5 5  
Bridgewater State   3 4     5 5  
Worcester State   3 4     5 5  
Coast Guard   1 6     2 7  
Fitchburg State   1 6     1 9  
Boyd Division
Western New England x   6 1     9 2  
Endicott xy$^   6 1     9 3  
Salve Regina   5 2     6 4  
Curry   4 3     6 4  
Plymouth State   4 3     6 4  
UMass Dartmouth   2 5     3 7  
Nichols   1 6     1 9  
MIT   0 7     1 8  
Championship: Endicott 38, Maine Maritime 35
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2010 New England Small College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Williams $   8 0     8 0  
Trinity (CT)   7 1     7 1  
Amherst   6 2     6 2  
Colby   4 4     4 4  
Middlebury   4 4     4 4  
Wesleyan   4 4     4 4  
Bowdoin   3 5     3 5  
Bates   2 6     2 6  
Hamilton   1 7     1 7  
Tufts   1 7     1 7  
  • $ – Conference champion
2010 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 23 Rowan +   8 1     9 1  
No. 18 Cortland +^   8 1     10 2  
No. 19 Montclair State +^   8 1     10 2  
Kean   5 4     5 5  
TCNJ   5 4     5 5  
Buffalo State   4 5     4 6  
William Paterson   3 6     4 6  
Brockport   2 7     2 8  
Morrisville State   2 7     2 8  
Western Connecticut   0 9     0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 17 Wittenberg $^   6 0     10 1  
Wabash   5 1     8 2  
Allegheny   4 2     7 3  
Wooster   4 2     5 5  
Oberlin   3 3     4 6  
Denison   2 4     4 6  
Ohio Wesleyan   2 4     2 8  
Hiram   1 5     1 9  
Kenyon   0 6     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Northern Athletics Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Benedictine (IL) $^   7 0     8 3  
Concordia (IL)   6 1     8 2  
Aurora   5 2     7 3  
Wisconsin Lutheran   4 3     6 4  
Lakeland   3 4     4 6  
Concordia (WI)   2 5     2 8  
Maranatha Baptist   1 6     1 9  
Rockford   0 7     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2010 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 9 Linfield $^   6 0     9 2  
No. 20 Pacific Lutheran   5 1     8 1  
Willamette   4 2     7 3  
Whitworth   3 3     5 5  
Lewis & Clark   2 4     4 5  
Puget Sound   1 5     2 7  
Pacific (OR)   0 6     0 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 2 Mount Union $^   9 0     14 1  
No. 8 Ohio Northern ^   8 1     10 2  
Baldwin–Wallace   6 3     7 3  
Otterbein   5 4     6 4  
Capital   5 4     5 5  
John Carroll   5 4     5 5  
Heidelberg   4 5     5 5  
Muskingum   2 7     3 7  
Marietta   1 8     2 8  
Wilmington (OH)   0 9     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Washington and Lee $^   6 0     8 3  
No. 25 Hampden–Sydney ^   5 1     9 2  
Bridgewater   4 2     8 2  
Randolph–Macon   3 3     7 3  
Catholic University   2 4     4 6  
Emory & Henry   1 5     5 5  
Guilford   0 6     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 15 Thomas More $^   7 0     11 1  
Washington & Jefferson   6 1     9 2  
Waynesburg   4 3     6 4  
Bethany (WV)   4 3     5 5  
Grove City   3 4     5 5  
Saint Vincent   3 4     3 7  
Westminster (PA)   1 6     2 8  
Thiel   0 7     0 10  
Geneva #       5 5  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • # – Provisional NCAA Divisional III member; games not counted in standings
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 21 Cal Lutheran $^   6 0     8 2  
Redlands   5 1     8 1  
Claremont–Mudd–Scripps   4 2     7 2  
Occidental   3 3     4 5  
Whittier   1 5     2 7  
La Verne   1 5     1 8  
Pomona–Pitzer   1 5     1 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
DePauw $^   6 0     9 2  
Millsaps   5 1     7 3  
Centre   3 3     6 4  
Rhodes   3 3     4 6  
Austin   2 4     4 5  
Trinity (TX)   2 4     4 6  
Sewanee   0 6     1 9  
Birmingham–Southern #       6 4  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
  • # – Provisional Division III member; games not counted in standings
2010 University Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Chicago $   3 0     8 2  
Washington University   2 1     7 3  
Case Western Reserve   1 2     8 2  
Carnegie Mellon   0 3     4 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
2010 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Greenville $   6 0     7 3  
St. Scholastica   5 2     7 3  
Crown   4 2     6 3  
Martin Luther   4 2     5 4  
Minnesota–Morris   4 2     4 4  
Westminster (MO)   3 4     5 5  
Eureka   2 5     2 8  
Northwestern (MN)   1 5     1 8  
MacMurray   0 7     0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
2010 USA South Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North Carolina Wesleyan +   6 1     7 3  
Christopher Newport +^   6 1     6 5  
Ferrum   4 3     4 6  
Shenandoah   4 3     4 6  
Averett   3 4     5 5  
Maryville (TN)   3 4     4 6  
Greensboro   1 6     2 8  
Methodist   1 6     2 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
2010 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 1 Wisconsin–Whitewater $^   7 0     15 0  
Wisconsin–Stevens Point   5 2     7 3  
Wisconsin–Stout   4 3     6 4  
Wisconsin–Platteville   3 4     5 5  
Wisconsin–Oshkosh   3 4     4 6  
Wisconsin–La Crosse   3 4     3 7  
Wisconsin–Eau Claire   2 5     4 6  
Wisconsin–River Falls   1 6     1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
Rankings from D3football.com
2010 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Macalester       6 3  
Huntingdon       6 4  
Chapman       4 5  
LaGrange       3 7  

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 2010 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the 38th 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 18th time.[2]

Qualification

Twenty-three 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 ECFC and UMAC were in the second year of the two-year waiting period, while the ACFC and UAA failed to meet the seven-member requirement.

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 23 Pool A conferences contained 197 schools, an average of 8.6 teams per conference. Twenty-eight schools were in Pool B, enough for three bids.

The remaining six 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
Wesley 53
Muhlenberg 14 Wesley 44
Montclair State 16 Montclair State 7
Hampden–Sydney 14 Wesley 19
Thomas More 42 Mary Hardin–Baylor 9
Washington & Lee 14 Thomas More 7
Mary Hardin–Baylor 59 Mary Hardin–Baylor 69
Christopher Newport 7 Wesley 7
North Central (IL) 57 Wisconsin–Whitewater 27
St. Norbert 7 North Central (IL) 28
Ohio Northern 37 Ohio Northern 9
Wittenberg 14 North Central (IL) 10
Trine 45 Wisconsin–Whitewater 20
DePauw 35 Trine 31
Wisconsin–Whitewater 52 Wisconsin–Whitewater 45
Franklin 21 Wisconsin–Whitewater 31
Mount Union 49 Mount Union 21
St. Lawrence 0 Mount Union 31
Delaware Valley 23 Delaware Valley 3
Salisbury 12 Mount Union 37
Alfred 60 Alfred 7
SUNY Maritime 0 Alfred 34
SUNY Cortland 49 SUNY Cortland 20
Endicott 35 Mount Union 34
St. Thomas (MN) 57 Bethel (MN) 14
Benedictine 10 St. Thomas (MN) 24**
Linfield 42 Linfield 17
Cal Lutheran 26 St. Thomas (MN) 7
Bethel (MN) 28 Bethel (MN) 12
Wartburg 20 Bethel (MN) 15
Wheaton (IL) 31 Wheaton (IL) 10
Coe 21

Overtime

See also

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "2010 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 15. Retrieved December 3, 2014.