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1973 NCAA Division III football season

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1973 NCAA Division III football season

The 1973 NCAA Division III football season, part of National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level, began in August 1973, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship in December 1973 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. In the first ever season of Division III football after these teams split away from the Division I Small College Division after the 1972 season.

Wittenberg won their first Division III championship, defeating Juniata in the championship game by a final score of 41−0.[1]

Conference changes and new programs

School 1972 Conference 1973 Conference
Albany New Program D-III Independent

Conference champions

Conference champions


The 1973 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the first single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division III college football. The inaugural edition had only four teams (in comparison with the 32 teams competing as of 2014). The championship game was held at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. The Wittenberg Tigers defeated the Juniata College Eagles, 41-0, to win their first national title.[2]

NCAA Division III Playoff bracket

Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Garrett-Harrison Stadium
Phenix City, AL
Juniata 35
Bridgeport 14
Juniata 0
Wittenberg 41
Wittenberg 21
San Diego 14


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