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1986 NCAA Division II football season


1986 NCAA Division II football season

The 1986 NCAA Division II football season, part of National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1986, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 13, 1986 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The championship would remain hosted in Florence for the next twenty-eight seasons through 2013 before moving to Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The North Dakota State Bison defeated the South Dakota Coyotes, 27–7, to win their third Division II national title.[1]

The first ever Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the best player in Division II, was awarded to Jeff Bentrim, quarterback for North Dakota State.


  • Conference standings 1
  • Conference summaries 2
  • Postseason 3
    • Playoff bracket 3.1
  • References 4

Conference standings

1986 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
West Texas State $ 6 0 0     7 4 0
Texas A&I 4 2 0     9 2 0
Abilene Christian 4 2 0     7 3 0
Eastern New Mexico 3 3 0     8 3 0
Angelo State 3 3 0     6 5 0
East Texas State 1 5 0     2 9 0
Howard Payne 0 6 0     0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant

1986 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Central Missouri State $ 5 0 0     8 3 0
SE Missouri State 4 1 0     6 5 0
NE Missouri State 3 2 0     5 5 0
Missouri-Rolla 2 3 0     5 6 0
NW Missouri State 1 4 0     2 9 0
Lincoln (MO) 0 5 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant

Conference summaries

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia Union
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Hillsdale
Gulf South Conference – Troy State
Lone Star Conference – West Texas State
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Central Missouri State
North Central Conference – North Dakota State
Northern California Athletic Conference – UC Davis
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Morris
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Indiana (PA)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado Mesa
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State


1986 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 8
Finals Site Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champions North Dakota State (3rd title)
Runner-Up South Dakota (1st championship game)
Semifinalists Central State (OH)
Troy State

The 1986 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 14th single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama for the first time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Campus sites
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
North Dakota State 50
Ashland 0
North Dakota State 35
Central State (OH) 12
Central State (OH) 31
Towson State 0
North Dakota State 27
South Dakota 7
Troy State 31
Virginia Union 7
Troy State 28
South Dakota 42
South Dakota 26
UC Davis 23


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