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1996 NCAA Division II football season

The 1996 NCAA Division II football season, part of National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 7, 1996, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 14, 1996 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Northern Colorado Bears defeated the Carson–Newman, 23–14, to win their first Division II national title.[2]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Jarrett Anderson, running back from Truman.

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

School 1995 Conference 1996 Conference
Norfolk State CIAA (D-II) I-AA Independent
Portland State D-II Independent Big Sky (I-AA)
Saint Joseph's (IN) MIFC D-II Independent

Program changes

Conference standings

1996 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Texas A&M-Kingsville $^   7 0         8 3  
Central Oklahoma ^   5 2         9 3  
Texas A&M-Commerce   4 3         7 3  
Angelo State   4 3         6 4  
Abilene Christian   4 3         6 4  
Tarleton State   2 5         5 5  
Eastern New Mexico   2 5         3 8  
West Texas A&M   0 7         1 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant

1996 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
NW. Missouri State +^   8 1         11 2  
Pittsburg State +^   8 1         8 3  
Truman State   7 2         7 4  
Missouri Western State   5 4         7 4  
Missouri Southern State   5 4         6 4  
Emporia State   5 4         5 6  
Washburn   4 5         4 6  
Central Missouri State   2 7         4 7  
Missouri-Rolla   1 8         3 8  
Southwest Baptist   0 9         0 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Conference summaries

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Virginia State
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference – Salve Regina
Gulf South Conference – Valdosta State
Lone Star Conference – Texas A&M–Kingsville
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Northwest Missouri State and Pittsburg State
Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference – Ferris State
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha
Northern California Athletic Conference‡ – Cal State Chico
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Duluth
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Bloomsburg (East), Clarion (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Chadron State
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman and Catawba
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Albany State
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Fairmont State and Glenville State


1996 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 16
Finals Site Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champions Northern Colorado (1st title)
Runner-Up Carson–Newman (1st championship game)
Semifinalists Clarion
UC Davis

The 1996 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 23rd 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 tenth time.

Playoff bracket

First round
Campus sites
Campus sites
Campus sites
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Clarion 42
Bloomsburg 29
Clarion 23
Ferris State 21
Ferris State 24
Indiana (PA) 23
Clarion 18
Northern Colorado 19
Northern Colorado 24
Pittsburg State 21
Northern Colorado 27
Northwest Missouri State 26
Northwest Missouri State 22
Nebraska–Omaha 21
Northern Colorado 23
Carson–Newman 14
Valdosta State 38
Albany State (GA) 28
Valdosta State 19
Carson–Newman 24
Carson–Newman 41
West Georgia 7
Carson–Newman 29
UC Davis 26
Central Oklahoma 23
Chadron State 21
Central Oklahoma 7
UC Davis 26
UC Davis 17
Texas A&M–Kingsville† 14


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