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The NCAA Division II National Football Championship began in 1973. Prior to 1973, four regional bowl games were played in order to provide postseason action for what was then called the NCAA College Division and a poll determined the final champion.
The National Championship game was held at Sacramento, California from 1973–1975. It was in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1976–1977. The game was played in Longview, Texas in 1978. For 1979 and 1980, Albuquerque, New Mexico hosted the game. McAllen, Texas hosted the championship games from 1981–1985. Since 1986 the Division II championship game has been played annually at Braly Municipal Stadium near the campus of the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. Since 1998 the games have been broadcast on ESPN.
From 1964 to 1972, four regional bowl games were played that led up to a wire service poll to determine the final champion of Division II's predecessor, the NCAA College Division.
Those games were:
|1964||Montana State||Northern Iowa||Middle Tennessee State||East Carolina|
|1965||Los Angeles State||North Dakota State||Ball State / Tenn State (tie game)||East Carolina|
|1966||San Diego State||North Dakota||Tennessee State||Morgan State|
|1967||San Diego State||Texas-Arlington||Eastern Kentucky||Tennessee-Martin|
|1968||Humboldt State||North Dakota State||Louisiana Tech||Delaware|
|1969||North Dakota State||Arkansas State||East Tennessee State||Delaware|
|1970||North Dakota State||Arkansas State||Tennessee State||Delaware|
|1971||Boise State||Louisiana Tech||Tennessee State||Delaware|
|1972||North Dakota||Tennessee State||Louisiana Tech||Massachusetts|
|1962||Southern Miss (UPI), Florida A&M (AP)|
|1963||Delaware (UPI), Northern Illinois (AP)|
|1964||Los Angeles State (UPI), Wittenberg (AP)|
|1965||North Dakota State|
|1966||San Diego State|
|1967||San Diego State|
|1968||San Diego State (UPI), North Dakota State (AP)|
|1969||North Dakota State|
|1974||Louisiana Tech (UPI), Central Michigan (AP)|
A playoff series was started in 1973 to determine the Division II champion.
|1973||Louisiana Tech||Western Kentucky||34–0||Sacramento, California|
|1974||Central Michigan||Delaware||54–14||Sacramento, California|
|1975||Northern Michigan||Western Kentucky||16–14||Sacramento, California|
|1976||Montana State||Akron||24–13||Wichita Falls, Texas|
|1977||Lehigh University||Jacksonville State||33–0||Wichita Falls, Texas|
|1978||Eastern Illinois||Delaware||10–9||Longview, Texas|
|1979||Delaware||Youngstown State||38–21||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|1980||Cal Poly-SLO||Eastern Illinois||21–13||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|1981||Southwest Texas State||North Dakota State||42–13||McAllen, Texas|
|1982||Southwest Texas State||UC Davis||34–9||McAllen, Texas|
|1983||North Dakota State||Central State||41–21||McAllen, Texas|
|1984||Troy State||North Dakota State||18–17||McAllen, Texas|
|1985||North Dakota State||North Alabama||35–7||McAllen, Texas|
|1986||North Dakota State||South Dakota||27–7||Florence, Alabama|
|1987||Troy State||Portland State||31–17||Florence, Alabama|
|1988||North Dakota State||Portland State||35–21||Florence, Alabama|
|1989||Mississippi College†||Jacksonville State||3–0||Florence, Alabama|
|1990||North Dakota State||Indiana (Pa.)||51–11||Florence, Alabama|
|1991||Pittsburg State||Jacksonville State||23–6||Florence, Alabama|
|1992||Jacksonville State||Pittsburg State||17–13||Florence, Alabama|
|1993||North Alabama||Indiana (Pa.)||41–34||Florence, Alabama|
|1994||North Alabama||Texas A&M-Kingsville||16–10||Florence, Alabama|
|1995||North Alabama||Pittsburg State||27–7||Florence, Alabama|
|1996||Northern Colorado||Carson-Newman||23–14||Florence, Alabama|
|1997||Northern Colorado||New Haven||51–0||Florence, Alabama|
|1998||Northwest Missouri State||Carson-Newman||24–6||Florence, Alabama|
|1999||Northwest Missouri State||Carson-Newman||58–52 (4OTs)||Florence, Alabama|
|2000||Delta State||Bloomsburg||63–34||Florence, Alabama|
|2001||North Dakota||Grand Valley State||17–14||Florence, Alabama|
|2002||Grand Valley State||Valdosta State||31–24||Florence, Alabama|
|2003||Grand Valley State||North Dakota||10–3||Florence, Alabama|
|2004||Valdosta State||Pittsburg State||36–31||Florence, Alabama|
|2005||Grand Valley State||Northwest Missouri State||21–17||Florence, Alabama|
|2006||Grand Valley State||Northwest Missouri State||17–14||Florence, Alabama|
|2007||Valdosta State||Northwest Missouri State||25–20||Florence, Alabama|
|2008||Minnesota–Duluth||Northwest Missouri State||21–14||Florence, Alabama|
|2009||Northwest Missouri State||Grand Valley State||30–23||Florence, Alabama|
|2010||Minnesota–Duluth||Delta State||20–17||Florence, Alabama|
|2011||Pittsburg State||Wayne State (Mi.)||35–21||Florence, Alabama|
† Mississippi College's tournament participation, along with its championship, were vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.
The teams that have won the most national championships since 1973 are:
|North Dakota State*||5||1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990|
|Grand Valley State||4||2002, 2003, 2005, 2006|
|North Alabama||3||1993, 1994, 1995|
|Northwest Missouri State||3||1998, 1999, 2009|
|Northern Colorado*||2||1996, 1997|
|Troy State*||2||1984, 1987|
|Southwest Texas State*||2||1981, 1982|
|Valdosta State||2||2004, 2007|
|Pittsburg State||2||1991, 2011|
*Inactive; see Teams that moved to Division I
Most of the participants in early national championship games have moved into Division I, the main catalyst for their moves being the creation of Division I-AA, now the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), in 1978. The following Division II title game participants later moved to Division I:
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