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1984 NCAA Division II football season


1984 NCAA Division II football season

The 1984 NCAA Division II football season, part of National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1984, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 8, 1984 at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas. During the game's five-year stretch in McAllen, the "City of Palms", it was referred to as the Palm Bowl.

Troy State defeated North Dakota State in the championship game, 18–17, 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 1983 Conference 1984 Conference
Eastern Washington D-II Independent I-AA Independent
Sam Houston State Lone Star (D-II) Gulf Star (I-AA)
Texas State Lone Star (D-II) Gulf Star (I-AA)
Stephen F. Austin Lone Star (D-II) Gulf Star (I-AA)

Conference standings

1984 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Angelo State $ 4 0 0     8 3 0
Texas A&I 3 1 0     6 5 0
Abilene Christian 2 2 0     3 7 0
East Texas State 1 3 0     5 5 0
Howard Payne 0 4 0     1 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant

Conference summaries

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Norfolk State
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Saginaw Valley State
Gulf South Conference – Troy State
Lone Star Conference – Angelo State
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Northwest Missouri State
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha and North Dakota State
Northern California Athletic Conference – UC Davis
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Morris and Minnesota State–Moorhead
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – California (PA)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Fort Lewis
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State


1984 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 8
Finals Site Veterans Stadium
McAllen, TX
Champions Troy State (1st title)
Runner-Up North Dakota State (3rd championship game)
Semifinalists Nebraska–Omaha
Towson State

The 1984 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 12th single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen, Texas for the fourth consecutive time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Campus sites
McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium
McAllen, TX
North Dakota State 31
UC Davis 25
North Dakota State 25
Nebraska–Omaha 14
Nebraska–Omaha 28
Northwest Missouri State 15
North Dakota State 17
Troy State 18
Troy State 31
Central State (OH) 21
Troy State 45
Towson State 3
Towson State 31
Norfolk State 21


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