1998 NCAA Division II football season

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1998 NCAA Division II football season
Regular season September 5 – November 14, 1998
Playoffs November 21 – December 12, 1998[1]
National Championship Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
Champion Northwest Missouri State
Harlon Hill Trophy Brian Shay, Emporia State

The 1998 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on September 5, 1998, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 12, 1998, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats defeated the Carson–Newman, 24–6, to win their first Division II national title.[2]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Brian Shay, running back from Emporia State.

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

School 1997 Conference 1998 Conference
Alabama A&M Southern Intercollegiate D-II Independent
Findlay MSFA (NAIA) MIFC
Mercyhurst D-II Independent MIFC
Sacred Heart Eastern (D-II) Northeast
Westminster (PA) MSFA (NAIA) MIFC

Program changes[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

1998 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
NW Missouri State $^   9 0         15 0  
Emporia State   7 2         9 2  
Central Missouri State   6 3         8 3  
Pittsburg State   6 3         7 3  
Truman State   6 3         6 5  
Missouri Western State   3 6         5 6  
Washburn   3 6         4 6  
Missouri Southern State   3 6         3 7  
Southwest Baptist   2 7         3 8  
Missouri-Rolla   0 9         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll

Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Livingstone and Winston-Salem State
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference – Albany
Gulf South Conference – Delta State and West Georgia
Lone Star Conference – Central Oklahoma
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Northwest Missouri State
Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference – Grand Valley State
North Central Conference – Nebraska–Omaha and Northern Colorado
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Winona State
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Millersville (East), Slippery Rock (West)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Chadron State and Western State
South Atlantic Conference – Carson-Newman
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Tuskegee
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Shepherd

Postseason[edit]

1998 NCAA Division II National Football Championship playoffs
Teams 16
Finals Site
Champions
Runner-Up
Semifinalists
Winning Coach
  • championship

The 1998 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 25th 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 12th time.

Playoff bracket[edit]

First round
Campus sites
Quarterfinals
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
        
Carson–Newman 30
West Georgia 20
Carson–Newman 38
Fort Valley State 31
Fort Valley State 21
Delta State 14
Carson–Newman 47
Slippery Rock 21
Slippery Rock 37
Grand Valley State 14
Slippery Rock 31
Shepherd 20
Shepherd 9
Indiana (PA) 6
Carson–Newman 6
Northwest Missouri State 24
Northwest Missouri State 28
Nebraska–Omaha 14
Northwest Missouri State 42
Northern Colorado 17
Northern Colorado 52
North Dakota 24
Northwest Missouri State 49
Texas A&M–Kingsville† 34
Central Oklahoma 21
Chadron State 19
Central Oklahoma 21
Texas A&M–Kingsville24*
Texas A&M–Kingsville54
UC Davis 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1995-1999 Carson-Newman Schedules". College Football Warehouse. cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "1998 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mankato State University to Change Name to Minnesota State University, Mankato". Mankato State University. PRnewsWire. September 18, 1998. Retrieved March 5, 2018.