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1976 NCAA Division II football season

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1976 NCAA Division II football season

The 1976 NCAA Division II football season, part of National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1976, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship in December 1976 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Montana State Bobcats defeated the Akron Zips, 24-13, to win their first Division II national title.[1]

Conference changes and new programs

School 1975 Conference 1976 Conference
Alabama State SIAC D-II Independent
Eastern Michigan D-II Independent MAC (D-I)
Illinois State D-II Independent D-I Independent

Conference standings

1976 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
SE Missouri State + 4 1 1     7 3 1
NE Missouri State + 4 1 1     5 3 1
NW Missouri State 4 2 0     8 2 0
SW Missouri State 4 2 0     5 3 0
Missouri-Rolla 2 4 0     4 6 1
Central Missouri State 2 4 0     3 8 0
Lincoln (MO) 0 6 0     0 11 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant


Conference summaries

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Norfolk State
Far Western Football Conference – UC Davis
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Northwood
Gulf South Conference – Troy State
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&I
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Northeast Missouri State and Southeast Missouri State
North Central Conference – North Dakota State
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Morris
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – East Stroudsburg
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Western State
South Atlantic Conference – Elon
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Division II) – Bethune-Cookman
Yankee Conference – New Hampshire

Postseason

1976 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 8
Finals Site Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, TX
Champions Montana State (1st title)
Runner-Up Akron (1st championship game)
Semifinalists Northern Michigan
North Dakota State

The 1976 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the fourth single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas for the first time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Memorial Stadium
Wichita Falls, TX
                 
Akron 26
UNLV 6
Akron 29
Northern Michigan 26
Northern Michigan 28
Delaware 17
Akron 13
Montana State 24
North Dakota State 10
Eastern Kentucky 7
North Dakota State 3
Montana State 10
Montana State 17
New Hampshire 16

References

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