1987 NCAA Division II football season

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1987 NCAA Division II football season
Regular seasonAugust – November 1987
PlayoffsNovember 28 – December 12, 1987
National ChampionshipBraly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
ChampionTroy State (2)
Harlon Hill TrophyJohnny Bailey, Texas A&I

The 1987 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 in August 1987, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 12, 1987, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Troy State Trojans defeated the Portland State Vikings, 31–17, to win their second Division II national title.[1]

The Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded to Johnny Bailey, running back from Texas A&I.

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

  • One program departed Division II for Division I-AA prior to the season.
School 1986 Conference 1987 Conference
Central State (OH) Independent NAIA Independent
Howard Payne Lone Star NAIA Independent
Towson State Independent I-AA Independent

Conference standings[edit]

1987 Gulf South Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Troy State $^ 8 0 0     12 1 1
Mississippi College 5 3 0     6 5 0
North Alabama 4 3 1     7 3 1
Valdosta State 4 4 0     6 4 0
Delta State 3 4 1     6 4 1
Jacksonville State 3 4 1     5 4 1
Livingston 3 4 1     5 5 1
UT Martin 3 5 0     5 6 0
West Georgia 1 7 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AFCA Poll
1987 Heartland Collegiate Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Butler $ 4 0 1     8 1 1
Ashland 3 1 1     7 2 1
Indianapolis 3 2 0     6 4 0
Valparaiso 2 3 0     3 6 0
Saint Joseph's (IN) 1 3 1     5 4 1
Evansville 0 4 1     4 5 1
1987 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas A&I + 4 1 0     9 2 0
Angelo State +^ 4 1 0     9 3 0
Eastern New Mexico 3 2 0     9 2 0
Abilene Christian 2 3 0     5 6 0
West Texas State 2 3 0     5 6 0
East Texas State 0 5 0     2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
1987 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Central Missouri State + 4 0 1     7 3 1
SE Missouri State + 4 0 1     6 4 1
NE Missouri State 3 2 0     4 7 0
Missouri–Rolla 2 3 0     5 5 0
NW Missouri State 1 4 0     4 7 0
Lincoln (MO) 0 5 0     2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
1987 Northern California Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 UC Davis $ 4 1 0     6 4 0
Humboldt State 3 1 1     4 6 1
Chico State 3 2 0     3 6 0
Sonoma State 2 3 0     5 6 0
Cal State Hayward 2 3 0     2 8 0
San Francisco State 0 4 1     1 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Records adjusted for UC Davis forfeit to Humboldt State
Rankings from Division II Football Committee poll
1987 Western Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Portland State $^ 6 0 0     11 2 1
Cal State Northridge 4 2 0     7 4 0
Cal Poly 3 3 0     7 3 0
Santa Clara 3 3 0     6 5 0
Southern Utah State 2 4 0     5 6 0
Sacramento State 2 4 0     4 7 0
Cal Lutheran 1 5 0     5 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from Division II Football Committee poll

Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Winston-Salem State
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Northern Michigan
Gulf South Conference – Troy State
Lone Star Conference – Angelo State and Texas A&I
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Central Missouri State and Southeast Missouri State
North Central Conference – Minnesota State–Mankato
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 – Gardner–Webb
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Alabama A&M and Tuskegee
Western Football LeaguePortland State

Postseason[edit]

1987 NCAA Division II Football Championship
Teams8
Finals Site
Champion
Runner-up
Semifinalists
Winning Coach

The 1987 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 15th 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[edit]

First round
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
Braly Municipal Stadium
Florence, AL
         
Portland State 27
Mankato State 21
Portland State 13
Northern Michigan 7
Northern Michigan 23*
Angelo State 20
Portland State 17
Troy State 31
Central Florida 12
Indiana (PA) 10
Central Florida 10
Troy State 31
Troy State 45
Winston-Salem State 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1987 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.