NCAA Division II National Football Championship - Teams That Moved To Division I

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:

Division I FBS (formerly I-A)
  • Akron (1976 runner-up)
  • Central Michigan (1974 champion)
  • Louisiana Tech (1973 champion)
  • Texas State (champion 1981, 1982 as Southwest Texas State; provisional FBS member in 2012, full FBS member in 2013)
  • Troy (1984 and 1987 champion as Troy State)
  • Western Kentucky (1973 and 1975 runner-up)
Division I FCS (formerly I-AA)
  • Cal Poly-SLO (1980 champion)
  • Delaware (1979 champion;1974 and 1978 runner-up)
  • Eastern Illinois (1978 champion;1980 runner-up)
  • Jacksonville State (1992 champion; 1977, 1989 and 1991 runner-up)
  • Lehigh (champion 1977)
  • Montana State (champion 1976)
  • North Dakota (champion 2001, runner-up 2003)
  • North Dakota State (champion 1965, 1968, 1969, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990; runner-up 1981, 1984)
  • Northern Colorado (champion 1996, 1997)
  • Portland State (runner-up 1987, 1988)
  • South Dakota (runner-up 1986)
  • UC Davis (runner-up 1982)
  • Youngstown State (runner-up 1979)

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