1971 NCAA College Division football season

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The 1971 NCAA College Division football season was the 16th season of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the NCAA College Division level.

Conference standings[edit]

1971 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Idaho $ 4 1 0     8 3 0
#7 Boise State ^ 4 2 0     10 2 0
Montana 3 2 0     6 5 0
Weber State 3 2 1     7 2 1
Idaho State 2 3 0     6 4 0
Northern Arizona 1 3 0     5 5 0
Montana State 0 5 1     2 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
  • Idaho was in University Division and ineligible for College Division postseason
1971 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Cal Poly $ 3 0 0     6 5 0
Cal State Fullerton 3 1 0     7 4 0
Valley State 1 2 0     4 7 0
Cal Poly Pomona 1 3 0     6 5 0
UC Riverside 0 2 0     2 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1971 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 UPI Chico State + 5 1 0     9 2 0
UC Davis + 5 1 0     9 1 0
Cal State Hayward 3 2 1     7 2 1
Humboldt State 3 3 0     7 4 0
Sacramento State 2 3 1     4 5 1
San Francisco State 2 4 0     5 6 0
Sonoma State 0 6 0     2 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from College Division poll
1971 Indiana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Saint Joseph's (IN) $ 4 0 0     8 2 0
Valparaiso 3 1 0     8 2 0
Evansville 2 2 0     3 6 0
Indiana Central * 1 2 0     6 5 0
Butler 1 3 0     3 7 0
Wabash * 1 3 0     5 5 0
DePauw 0 4 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * – ineligible for conference title
1971 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 14 Toledo $ 5 0 0     12 0 0
Bowling Green 4 1 0     6 4 0
Western Michigan 2 3 0     7 3 0
Miami 2 3 0     7 3 0
Ohio 2 3 0     5 5 0
Kent State 0 5 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1971 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Morgan State $ 5 0 1     6 4 1
North Carolina Central 5 1 0     7 2 0
North Carolina A&T 3 2 1     6 4 1
South Carolina State 3 2 1     6 3 1
Maryland Eastern Shore 1 4 1     1 5 2
Howard 1 5 0     4 5 0
Delaware State 1 5 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1971 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 AP / No. 12 UPI Western Kentucky $ 6 1 0     8 2 0
Tennessee Tech 5 2 0     8 2 0
Middle Tennessee State 5 2 0     7 4 0
Morehead State 4 3 0     7 3 0
Murray State 3 3 1     5 4 1
Eastern Kentucky 3 4 0     5 6 0
Austin Peay 1 6 0     2 8 0
East Tennessee State 0 6 1     0 9 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from College Division poll
1971 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Louisiana Tech + 4 1 0     9 2 0
Trinity (TX) + 4 1 0     8 2 0
Lamar + 4 1 0     5 6 0
SW Louisiana 2 2 1     5 4 1
Arkansas State 1 3 1     4 4 1
Abilene Christian 1 4 0     5 5 0
Texas–Arlington 1 4 0     2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • Louisiana Tech record includes Pioneer Bowl win.
1971 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Grambling $ 5 1 0     9 2 0
Jackson State 4 1 1     9 1 1
#16 UPI Alcorn A&M 4 2 0     6 3 0
Texas Southern 3 2 1     7 2 1
Prairie View A&M 2 4 0     3 7 0
Mississippi Valley State 1 5 0     4 7 0
Southern 1 5 0     2 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from College Division poll
1971 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Connecticut $ 4 1 1     5 3 1
UMass $ 4 1 1     4 4 1
New Hampshire 3 2 0     4 4 1
Rhode Island 2 3 0     3 6 0
Vermont 2 3 0     2 7 0
Maine 1 4 0     2 6 0
Holy Cross 0 2 0     4 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1971 NCAA College Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Delaware         10 1 0
Rankings from AP Poll

Rankings[edit]

College Division teams (also referred to as "small college") were ranked in polls by the AP (a panel of writers) and by UPI (coaches). The national champion(s) for each season were determined by the final poll rankings, published at or near the end of the regular season, before any bowl games were played.

College Division final polls[edit]

Delaware, who during the regular season had defeated Rutgers, Villanova, and Boston University, averaged 40 points per game, and had a 9–1 record,[1] was ranked first by both UPI and AP; both polls also ranked McNeese State (9–0–1) second, and Eastern Michigan (7–0–2) third.[2][3]

Bowl games[edit]

The postseason consisted of four bowl games as regional finals, all played on December 11. This was the first year for the Pioneer Bowl; it succeeded the Pecan Bowl, which had been played in Arlington, Texas.

Top-ranked Delaware met C.W. Post in the Boardwalk Bowl; played indoors at Convention Hall,[6] Delaware won by 50 points in a rout.[7] The next two teams in the polls both lost; Eastern Michigan was defeated by Louisiana Tech in the Pioneer Bowl, and McNeese State fell to Tennessee State—led by future National Football League quarterback Joe Gilliam—in the Grantland Rice Bowl. Out west in the Camellia Bowl, Boise State mounted a 25–0 fourth quarter comeback to defeat Chico State.[8]

Bowl Region Location Winning team Losing team Ref
Boardwalk East Atlantic City, New Jersey Delaware 72 C.W. Post 22 [9][10]
Grantland Rice Mideast Baton Rouge, Louisiana Tennessee State 26 McNeese State 23 [11][12]
Pioneer Midwest Wichita Falls, Texas Louisiana Tech 14 Eastern Michigan 3 [13][14]
Camellia West Sacramento, California Boise State 32 Chico State 28 [15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Delaware Game by Game Results". www.cfbdatawarehouse.com.
  2. ^ "Delaware Named Best In Nation", Daily News (Huntingdon, Pa.), Nov. 24, 1971, p4
  3. ^ "North Dakota Number Nine", Daily Journal (Fergus Falls, Minnesota), Nov. 24, 1971, p12
  4. ^ UPI (November 24, 1971). "Final Small College Poll". Palladium-Item. Richmond, Indiana. Retrieved February 24, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "AP Football Poll: Small Colleges (final)". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. November 24, 1971. p. 12 – via news.google.com.
  6. ^ "Little All-American backs battle in Boardwalk Bowl". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. December 11, 1971. p. 22.
  7. ^ "East champs win handily in Boardwalk". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. December 12, 1971. p. 9, sports.
  8. ^ "Eric Guthrie rallies Boise". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 12, 1971. p. 9, sports.
  9. ^ "Games". www.cfbdatawarehouse.com.
  10. ^ "Delaware thrashes C.W. Post for eastern college supremacy". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. December 12, 1971. p. 16.
  11. ^ "Games". www.cfbdatawarehouse.com.
  12. ^ "Gilliam sparks Tennessee State". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. December 12, 1971. p. 9, sports.
  13. ^ "Games". www.cfbdatawarehouse.com.
  14. ^ "Louisiana Tech Pioneer winner". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. December 12, 1971. p. 9, sports.
  15. ^ "Games". www.cfbdatawarehouse.com.
  16. ^ "Boise State uses fourth quarter rally to take Camellia Bowl win". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. December 12, 1971. p. 15.