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1973 NCAA Division II football season

The 1973 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. The season began in September and concluded with the Division II Championship on December 15 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California. This was the first season for Division II (and Division III) football, which were formerly in the College Division in 1972 and prior.

1973 NCAA Division II football season
Regular season September –
November 1973
Playoffs December 1–15
National Championship Camellia Bowl
Hughes Stadium
Sacramento, California
Champion Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech won their first Division II championship, defeating Western Kentucky 34–0 in the Camellia Bowl championship game.[1][2]

Contents

Conference changes and new programsEdit

Conference standingsEdit

1973 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Boise State $^ 6 0 0     10 3 0
Montana State 5 1 0     7 4 0
Idaho 3 2 0     4 7 0
Northern Arizona 2 3 0     4 6 0
Montana 2 4 0     4 6 0
Weber State 2 4 0     3 8 0
Idaho State 0 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
1973 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 AP / #9 UPI Cal Poly $ 4 0 0     9 1 0
UC Riverside 3 1 0     8 2 0
Cal State Fullerton 1 3 0     7 4 0
Cal Poly Pomona 1 3 0     4 6 1
Cal State Northridge 1 3 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from College Division poll
1973 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
UC Davis + 4 1 0     7 3 0
Chico State + 4 1 0     7 3 0
San Francisco State 3 2 0     7 2 1
Cal State Hayward 3 2 0     3 7 0
Humboldt State 1 4 0     2 6 2
Sacramento State 0 5 0     1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from College Division poll
1973 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
North Carolina Central $ 5 1 0     7 4 0
South Carolina State 4 1 1     7 3 1
Howard 4 2 0     8 2 0
Morgan State 4 2 0     6 3 0
Maryland Eastern Shore 2 4 0     4 5 0
North Carolina A&T 1 4 1     4 6 1
Delaware State 0 6 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1973 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
SE Missouri State $ 5 1 0     6 4 0
NW Missouri State 4 2 0     6 5 0
Lincoln (MO) 3 3 0     5 6 0
SW Missouri State 3 3 0     3 7 0
Missouri-Rolla 2 3 1     3 6 2
NE Missouri State 2 3 1     2 7 2
Central Missouri State 1 5 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant


1973 OVC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Western Kentucky $^ 7 0 0     12 1 0
Murray State 5 2 0     7 3 0
Eastern Kentucky 4 3 0     7 4 0
Morehead State 4 3 0     6 5 0
East Tennessee State 3 4 0     4 7 0
Middle Tennessee 3 4 0     4 6 0
Tennessee Tech 1 6 0     2 8 1
Austin Peay 1 6 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from Associated Press poll
1973 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Louisiana Tech $^ 5 0 0     12 1 0
Arkansas State 3 2 0     7 3 0
Lamar 3 2 0     5 5 0
McNeese State 2 3 0     7 3 0
Texas–Arlington 2 3 0     4 6 0
SW Louisiana 0 5 0     0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
1973 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 AP / #7 UPI Grambling +^ 5 1 0     10 3 0
Jackson State + 5 1 0     9 2 0
Alcorn A&M 3 2 1     7 2 1
Southern 3 3 0     6 4 0
Texas Southern 2 3 1     5 5 1
Mississippi Valley State 2 4 0     3 5 0
Prairie View A&M 0 6 0     2 6 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – College Division playoff participant
Rankings from College Division poll
1973 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Connecticut $ 5 0 1     8 2 1
Rhode Island 4 2 0     6 2 2
UMass 4 2 0     6 5 0
New Hampshire 2 3 0     4 5 0
Boston University 2 3 0     3 7 0
Maine 2 4 0     3 7 0
Vermont 1 5 0     3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summariesEdit

PostseasonEdit

1973 NCAA Division II National Football Championship playoffs
Teams 8
Finals Site
Champions
Runner-Up
Semifinalists
Winning Coach

The 1973 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the first single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The inaugural edition had only eight teams; of the four quarterfinal games, three were played on campus and a fourth was in Atlantic City, New Jersey,[3] the final edition of the Boardwalk Bowl. The semifinals were held at the Grantland Rice Bowl in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,[4] and the Pioneer Bowl in Wichita Falls, Texas.[5][6]

The championship game was the Camellia Bowl, held at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defeated the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 34–0 to win their first national title.[2][7]

Playoff bracketEdit

First round
Atlantic City, NJ
& 3 campus sites


December 1
Semifinals
Grantland Rice Bowl
Pioneer Bowl

December 8
Championship
Camellia Bowl
Hughes Stadium
Sacramento, CA
December 15
         
Grambling 17
Delaware 8
Grambling 20
Western Kentucky 28
Western Kentucky * 25
Lehigh 16
Western Kentucky 0
Louisiana Tech 34
Louisiana Tech * 18
Western Illinois 13
Louisiana Tech 38
Boise State 34
Boise State * 53
South Dakota 10

* Denotes host institution

College Division final pollsEdit

United Press International (UPI) and the Associated Press (AP) continued to rank teams in their College Division or "small college" polls, which had started in 1958 and 1960, respectively. In 1973, UPI published their final poll at the end of the regular season, while the AP waited until postseason games had been completed. Both wire services named the Tennessee State Tigers as the number one team; Tennessee State did not compete in the playoffs "because five of its starters would not be eligible to play."[8] The players in question had sat out their freshmen year ("redshirt") and then played four seasons;[8] under NCAA rules at the time, such players were not eligible for postseason play as fifth-year seniors. During the regular season, the Tigers were undefeated (10–0) and had outscored their opponents 333–87.[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "All-Time Conference Champions" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 15–28. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Western Kentucky (Louisiana Tech) champs after 34-0 romp". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 16, 1973. p. 20.
  3. ^ "Boise St. smears South Dakota". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 2, 1973. p. 19.
  4. ^ "Western Kentucky triumphs". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 9, 1973. p. 19.
  5. ^ "Boise in semis". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 8, 1973. p. 17.
  6. ^ "Late TD tops Boise". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 9, 1973. p. 19.
  7. ^ "1973 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Finocchiaro, Ray (November 15, 1973). "5 Ineligible So Tennessee State Quits Playoff". The News Journal. Wilmington, Delaware. Retrieved February 28, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  9. ^ http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/t/tennessee_state/1970-1974_yearly_results.php
  10. ^ "College Football Small College Poll". The Republic. Columbus, Indiana. United Press International. November 28, 1973. Retrieved February 28, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Associated Press (December 19, 1973). "Tennessee St. Picked No. 1 In Grid Poll". The Northwest Arkansas Times. Fayetteville, Arkansas. Retrieved February 28, 2017 – via newspapers.com.