2016 NAIA football season
Regular seasonAugust 25 – November 12
PostseasonNovember 19 – December 17
National ChampionshipMunicipal Stadium
Daytona Beach, FL
ChampionSt. Francis (IN)
Player of the YearLogan Brettell
(QB, Baker)

A number of regional competitions took place under the NAIA association in the 2016 season of American college football. The national championship was won by University of Saint Francis (Indiana).

Conference standings

2016 Central States Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 22 Arizona Christian $   6 0         7 3  
No. 21 Langston   5 1         7 2  
Wayland Baptist   4 2         7 3  
SAGU   2 4         4 6  
Lyon   2 4         3 8  
Bacone   2 4         2 8  
Texas College   0 6         0 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll
2016 Frontier Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 7 Montana Tech $^   9 1         10 2  
No. 4 Eastern Oregon ^   8 2         10 3  
No. 20 Montana Western   6 4         7 4  
Southern Oregon   5 5         5 6  
Carroll (MT)   4 6         4 6  
Rocky Mountain   4 6         4 7  
College of Idaho   3 7         4 7  
MSU Northern   1 9         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll
2016 Great Plains Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Morningside $^   8 0         10 2  
No. 10 Doane ^   7 1         9 2  
No. 16 Dakota Wesleyan   6 2         8 3  
No. 19 Concordia (NE)   5 3         7 3  
Northwestern (IA) *   4 4         4 6  
Midland   3 5         6 5  
Dordt   2 6         5 6  
Hastings   1 7         4 7  
Briar Cliff   0 8         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
    * – Northwestern later forfeited a win against Midland.
Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll
2016 Heart of America Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
No. 9 Grand View x^   4 1         9 3  
No. 25 William Penn x   4 1         7 4  
No. 24 Benedictine (KS)   3 2         8 4  
Graceland   3 2         5 6  
Peru State   1 4         5 6  
Culver–Stockton   0 5         1 10  
South
No. 2 Baker x^   5 0         14 1  
No. 11 Missouri Valley ^   4 1         9 3  
MidAmerica Nazarene   3 2         6 5  
Evangel   2 3         4 7  
Central Methodist   1 4         2 9  
Avila   0 5         0 11  
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll
2016 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 12 Tabor $^   8 1         8 3  
No. 17 Kansas Wesleyan   7 2         9 2  
Saint Mary (KS)   7 2         8 3  
No. 13 Sterling ^   7 2         8 3  
Friends   5 4         6 5  
Ottawa   4 5         4 7  
Bethel (KS)   3 6         3 7  
Southwestern (KS)   2 7         2 8  
Bethany (KS)   1 8         1 10  
McPherson   1 8         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll
2016 Mid-South Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 25 Georgetown (KY) x   5 1         7 4  
Pikeville x   5 1         6 5  
Union (KY)   4 2         5 6  
Cumberlands (KY)   3 3         4 6  
Kentucky Christian   3 3         3 8  
Bluefield   1 5         1 10  
Cincinnati Christian   0 6         0 11  
West Division
No. 3 Reinhardt x^   5 0         13 1  
No. 8 Lindsey Wilson ^   4 1         11 2  
Faulkner   3 2         6 4  
Cumberland (TN)   2 3         5 6  
Bethel (TN)   1 4         7 4  
Campbellsville   0 5         2 8  
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll


2016 Mid-States Football Association standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mideast League
No. 5 Marian (IN) x^   6 0         11 1  
No. 1 Saint Francis (IN) ^   5 1         13 1  
Concordia (MI)   4 2         7 4  
Siena Heights   2 4         5 5  
Taylor   2 4         4 7  
Missouri Baptist   2 4         3 8  
Lindenwood–Belleville   0 6         0 10  
Midwest League
No. 15 Robert Morris (IL) x^   5 0         7 4  
Saint Xavier   3 2         6 4  
Saint Francis (IL)   2 3         5 6  
Saint Ambrose   2 3         4 6  
Olivet Nazarene   2 3         4 7  
Trinity International   1 4         4 7  
  • x – League champion/co-champions
    ^ – NAIA playoff participant
Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll
2016 North Star Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 14 Dickinson State $^   6 0         9 3  
Valley City State   4 2         6 4  
Presentation   3 3         7 3  
Dakota State   3 3         6 4  
Jamestown *   3 3         4 7  
Mayville State   2 4         4 6  
Waldorf   0 6         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
    * – Jamestown later forfeited or vacated all its wins. Valley City State and Waldorf were given wins by forfeit.
Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll
2016 Sun Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 18 Southeastern $^   5 0         7 3  
Warner   4 1         8 2  
Webber International   2 2         5 4  
Point   2 3         4 6  
Edward Waters   1 3         3 6  
Ave Maria   0 5         0 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
Rankings from NAIA Coaches' Poll
2016 NAIA independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Davenport           5 5  

References