Northwest Missouri State, North Dakota State, Grand Valley State and North Alabama are all past contenders that have played in the NCAA Division II Football Championship since its inception in 1973. For a school to qualify for Division II, it must sponsor five sports for men and five for women, or four for men and six for women.Continue Reading
As of 2015, Northwest Missouri State appeared in the championships nine times during the 42 years of Division II’s existence, winning five times. During a match up against Carson Newman in 1999, the Bearcats came back from losing 27 to seven at halftime to win the game 58 to 52 in the fourth overtime.
North Dakota State follows in number of appearances with seven, winning five games in the process. In 2008, the Bison moved to Division I, and they have steadily made appearances in the championships, winning three consecutive titles between 2011 and 2013.
Grand Valley State stacks up third with six trips to the final game of the season, winning all but two games. The Lakers won the final back to back between 2002 and 2003 and again during 2005 and 2006.
North Alabama made it the championships four times, winning three games in a row between 1993 and 1995 and holding the record for the division. .Learn more about American Football