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1978 NCAA Division II football season


1978 NCAA Division II football season

The 1978 NCAA Division II football season, part of National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1978, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship in December 1978 at Lobo Stadium in Longview, Texas. The Eastern Illinois Panthers defeated the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens, 10–9, to win their first Division II national title.[1]


  • Conference changes and new programs 1
  • Conference standings 2
  • Conference summaries 3
  • Postseason 4
    • Playoff bracket 4.1
  • References 5

Conference changes and new programs

School 1977 Conference 1978 Conference
Akron D-II Independent Mid-Continent
Bucknell D-II Independent I-AA Independent
Eastern Illinois D-II Independent Mid-Continent
Lafayette D-II Independent I-AA Independent
Lehigh D-II Independent I-AA Independent
Nevada D-II Independent I-AA Independent
Northern Colorado GPAC North Central
Northern Iowa North Central Mid-Continent
Portland State D-II Independent I-AA Independent
UNLV D-II Independent I-A Independent

Conference standings

1978 Mid-Continent football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Youngstown State $^ 5 0 0     10 2 0
Akron 4 1 0     6 5 0
Eastern Illinois ^ 3 2 0     12 2 0
Northern Michigan 1 3 1     5 4 1
Western Illinois 1 3 1     3 6 1
Northern Iowa 0 5 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
1978 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
SW Missouri State $ 6 0 0     8 3 0
NE Missouri State 5 1 0     6 4 1
Missouri-Rolla 4 2 0     8 3 0
SE Missouri State 2 4 0     6 5 0
Lincoln (MO) 2 4 0     3 8 0
Central Missouri State 2 4 0     2 8 0
NW Missouri State 0 6 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant

Conference summaries

Conference Champions

Association of Mid-Continent UniversitiesYoungstown State
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Norfolk State
Far Western Football Conference – UC Davis
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Grand Valley State
Gulf South Conference – Jacksonville State
Lone Star Conference – Angelo State
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Southwest Missouri State
North Central Conference – South Dakota
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Morris
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – East Stroudsburg
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Western State
South Atlantic Conference – Elon and Presbyterian
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Florida A&M


1978 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 8
Finals Site Lobo Stadium
Longview, TX
Champions Eastern Illinois (1st title)
Runner-Up Delaware (2nd championship game)
Semifinalists Winston-Salem State
Youngstown State

The 1978 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the sixth single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Lobo Stadium in Longview, Texas for the first time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Campus sites
Lobo Stadium
Longview, TX
Winston–Salem State 17
Cal Poly 10
Winston–Salem State 0
Delaware 41
Delaware 42
Jacksonville State 21
Delaware 9
Eastern Illinois 10
Youngstown State 21
Nebraska–Omaha 14
Youngstown State 22
Eastern Illinois 26
Eastern Illinois 35
UC Davis 31


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