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1988 NCAA Division II football season

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1988 NCAA Division II football season

The 1988 NCAA Division II football season, part of National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1988, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 10, 1988 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The North Dakota State Bison defeated the Portland State Vikings, 35–21, to win their fourth Division II national title. The tournament bracket also expanded for the first time, from 8 teams to 16 teams.[1]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Johnny Bailey, running back from Texas A&I, for the second consecutive year.

Conference standings

1988 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas A&I $^ 6 1 0     10 3 0
East Texas State 5 2 0     8 3 0
Angelo State 5 2 0     6 4 0
Cameron 4 3 0     5 3 1
Central State 4 3 0     4 5 0
Abilene Christian 3 4 0     3 7 0
West Texas State 1 6 0     2 8 0
Eastern New Mexico 0 6 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant

Conference summaries

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Winston-Salem State
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Hillsdale
Gulf South Conference – Jacksonville State, Mississippi College, and Tennessee–Martin
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&I
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Central Missouri State, Southeast Missouri State, and Northeast Missouri State
North Central Conference – North Dakota State
Northern California Athletic Conference – UC Davis
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota State–Moorhead
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Millersville (East), Shippensburg (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado Mesa
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman, Catawba, and Lenoir-Rhyne
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State
Western Football League – Portland State


1988 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 16
Finals Site Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champions North Dakota State (2nd title)
Runner-Up Portland State (2nd championship game)
Semifinalists Sacramento Stte
Texas A&I

The 1988 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 16th 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 third time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Campus sites
Campus sites
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
North Dakota State 41
Augustana (SD) 7
North Dakota State 36
Millersville 26
Millersville 27
Indiana (PA) 24
North Dakota State 42
Sacramento State 20
Sacramento State 35
UC Davis 14
Sacramento State 56
North Carolina Central 7
North Carolina Central 31
Winston-Salem State 16
North Dakota State 35
Portland State 21
Texas A&I 39
Mississippi College 15
Texas A&I 34
Tennessee–Martin 0
Tennessee–Martin 23
Butler 6
Texas A&I 27
Portland State 35
Portland State 34
Bowie State 17
Portland State 20
Jacksonville State 13
Jacksonville State 63
West Chester 24


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