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Live updates for the 2022 DII football championship

DII football: 2022 selection show
1:39 pm, November 26, 2022
12:44 pm, November 20, 2022

Upsets, shutouts and big performances: What you missed in Round 1

The DII football championship is heading to the second round with half the field remaining. Super Region One fans were treated to some thrilling nailbiters, while in Super Region Three, well, it was quite the opposite. It was a week when the ranked teams came to play and only three “underdogs” advanced in upset style.

For those following my bracket predictions, I did reasonably well. In Saturday’s first round, I projected two of the upsets, and nine out of 12 winners in total. Of the three games I predicted incorrectly, I had only one winning next weekend, which means seven of my projected quarterfinalists are still in play.

PREDICTIONS:'s DII analyst Wayne Cavadi predicts the DII football championship bracket

Weather played a large role in several of Saturday's matchups, but Ferris State is getting accustomed to big wins (this one 41-7 over Davenport) in the snow during the DII football championship.


Scores: First round of the 2022 DII football championship

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All four No. 2 seeds advanced. Three No. 3 survived while only two No. 4 seeds advanced. Now, on to the upsets.

Slippery Rock hangs on to upset Assumption 17-14

Fresh off its third NE10 championship in program history, the Greyhounds earned the right to host in the first round. Slippery Rock didn’t take any chances, jumping out to an early 10-0 lead and clamping down on defense in pulling off the only Super Region One upset on Saturday.

There wasn’t a whole lot of offense in this one, as both teams went scoreless in the final stanza. The Rock outgained Assumption by 60 yards but still only combined for 286 yards on the day. The victory puts Slippery Rock in an all-PSAC battle against No. 2 Shepherd. The last time these two PSAC powers met in the playoffs was in 2019. It was a high-flying affair as The Rock won 51-30 in a game that featured the then-Harlon Hill winner Roland Rivers III and future Harlon Hill winner Tyson Bagent both throwing for 400-plus yards and four touchdowns. Only Bagent remains in the rematch, so this should be one to watch closely.

Wingate dominates No. 4 Virginia Union 32-7

Wingate came out on a mission and never let Virginia Union get comfortable. Jumping out to a big lead would only help the Bulldogs in taking Jada Byers — college football’s leading rusher — out of the game. While Byers once again eclipsed the 100-yard mark, the Wingate pass defense made things awfully difficult on Panthers’ quarterback Jahkari Grant all day long.

This one was over at the half. Wingate was up 20-0 after the first 30 minutes thanks to a pair of second-quarter pick-sixes by the Bulldogs defense. Wingate also added seven sacks, a fumble recovery and a safety all while keeping Byers out of the end zone. That has been the secret to defeating Virginia Union, as Byers had scored at least once in every victory it had. Wingate looks to keep its run going on the road against No. 1 Benedict. It will be Benedict’s first-ever DII tournament game.

Northwest Missouri State continues postseason success in commanding victory

If you read my preview, you’ll remember I said Northwest Missouri State and Ouachita Baptist was the first-round game to watch in this Super Region. It pitted DII football’s No. 4 rushing offense (the Tigers) versus the No. 2 rushing defense of the Bearcats. If you recall I said, “the Bearcats have had the cheat code on taking down run-heavy teams.”

That couldn’t have been truer on Saturday, as the Bearcats' defense powered them to a 47-17 victory. The Bearcats held TJ Cole — who had over 1600 yards and 26 touchdowns entering the game — to a season-low 19 yards and no scores (his first game without a touchdown this season) and Kendal Givens — who had over 900 yards and 12 touchdowns entering the game — to 20 yards rushing and an essentially meaningless touchdown with 10 seconds left. On the opposite side, Mike Hohensee had a career day under center, throwing for a season-high 322 yards and two touchdowns while completing 76.6% of his passes. The Bearcats have no time to celebrate, unfortunately. No. 1 Grand Valley State awaits.

Shutout shoutouts

I went back and took a look at recent history and all the brackets over the past five years. Last year, there wasn’t a single shutout in the DII football championship and in years 2016-19 (remember, there was no tournament in 2020) there was one shutout in each tournament. So, that makes four total shutouts over the past five years, or what comes out to an average of less than one per tournament.

That’s why Delta State and Pittsburg State deserve some love. Both teams dismantled their opponents, and both came in shutout fashion. Delta State won 51-0 while its defense limited Fayetteville State to 250 total yards, forcing five turnovers and having a pair of scores on a fumble return and special teams score. The Gorillas held UIndy to 258 total yards and kept all-purpose dynamo Toriano Clinton under 90 total yards rushing and receiving in a 35-0 win. Pittsburg State’s defense picked Christian Conkling off five times, scoring on one of them and started the fun with a 98-yard kickoff return on special teams. Just two very complete, impressive performances.

Big performances

In an opening weekend with just three upsets — and nary a one in Super Region Four — and dominated by lopsided victories, let’s take a look at some stars that stood out that weren’t discussed above.

  • Brandon Alt, QB, Bemidji State: 260 pass, 4 TD
  • Brendan Beaulieu, WR, Bemidji State: 138 receiving, 4 TD
  • Ronnie Brown, RB, Shepherd: 223 rush, 2 TD
  • Max Fine, WR, CSU Pueblo: 219 receiving, 2 TD
  • Kashan Griffin, WR, Northwest Missouri State: 109 receiving, 1 TD
  • Ra’veion Hargrove, RB, West Florida: 121 rush, 1 TD
  • Byron ‘Peewee’ Jarrett, QB, West Florida: 147 total yards, 4 TD
  • John Matocha, QB, Colorado School of Mines: 316 pass, 4 TD, 1 rush TD
  • Max McLeod, WR, Colorado School of Mines: 127 receiving, 3 TD
  • Mylik Mitchell, QB, Ferris State: 155 pass, 3 TD, 1 rush TD
  • Tre Stewart, RB, Limestone: 106 rush, 1 TD

What to watch in Round 2

Obviously, with just 16 teams remaining in play, every game is a big one, but next week has some intriguing storylines.

Northwest Missouri State travels to Grand Valley State in a matchup of the two active DII football teams with the most championships in history. The Bearcats have six, the Lakers have four. West Florida and Delta State split the Gulf South Conference regular-season title and now face off in what is essentially the GSC championship game. The two faced earlier this season in one of the better games all year, with Delta State winning 45-42 in double overtime. Colorado School of Mines and Minnesota State meet in a showdown of the last two teams from Super Region Four to advance to the semifinals. Ferris State and Pittsburg State should be a doozy as two of the best, more well-rounded teams in the nation. 

Full slate for Saturday, Nov. 26 (times TBD)

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The 2022 DII football championship bracket previewed and predicted

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It's the most wonderful time of the year. The road to McKinney, TX, and the 2022 DII football championship game begins Saturday, Nov. 19 with play in all four Super Regions.

Twenty-eight teams heard their names called on Sunday's selection show. As always, it came with some question marks from passionate fan bases and even insiders but narrowing down the field is no easy task.

But here it is — Wayne Cavadi's picks for every Super Region winner:

  • Super Region One: No. 2 Shepherd
  • Super Region Two: No. 3 West Florida
  • Super Region Three: No. 1 Grand Valley State
  • Super Region Four: No. 1 Angelo State

For a deeper breakdown of each Super Region and predictions on the semifinals, click here.

10:32 pm, November 13, 2022

Teams announced for 2022 NCAA Division II football championship

Grand Valley State is among the top seeds

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division II Football Committee announced today the field of 28 teams
for the 2022 NCAA Division II Football Championship.

MORE: Click or tap here for the full 2022 DII football championship field release

Twelve first-round games will be conducted on the campus of one of the competing institutions. In addition, one team per super regional has earned a first-round bye. The first-round winners will all advance to the second round with games on the campus of one of the competing institutions. Second- round winners will meet in the quarterfinals at various campus sites. Quarterfinal winners will advance to play in the semifinals on the campus of one of the competing institutions. Seven teams selected per super regional make up the field of 28 teams.

All contests shall start at 1 p.m. local time. Other times may be established if approved by the committee.

Ferris State defeated Valdosta State 58-17 in the 2021 national championship game to claim the NCAA title.

BRACKET: Click or tap here for the full 2022 DII football championship bracket

The championship game will be played December 17, at 1 p.m. Eastern time at McKinney ISD Stadium in McKinney, Texas and will be broadcast live on ESPNU HD.

1:56 pm, November 13, 2022

DII football Saturday: Look back at the big games before the selection show

Be sure to check out the final regular-season Power 10 rankings, 15 Harlon Hill hopefuls, and some of Saturday's big games that may very well impact Sunday's selection show. 


7:51 pm, November 11, 2022

How to watch the 2022 DII Football selection show

The 2022 DII football selection show will be here on at 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 13. The 28-team interactive bracket will be updated shortly after the show concludes. 

When: 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 13 

Where: Streams here on

The championship game is Saturday, Dec. 17 at McKinney ISD Stadium in McKinney, Texas. 

7:49 pm, November 11, 2022

DII football championship history


2021 Ferris State Tony Annese 58-17 Valdosta State McKinney, Tex.
2020 Canceled due to Covid-19 -- -- -- --
2019 West Florida Pete Shinnick 48-40 Minnesota State McKinney, Tex.
2018 Valdosta State Kerwin Bell 49-47 Ferris State McKinney, Tex.
2017 Texas A&M-Commerce Colby Carthel 37-27 West Florida Kansas City, Kan.
2016 Northwest Missouri State Adam Dorrel 29-3 North Alabama Kansas City, Kan.
2015 Northwest Missouri State Adam Dorrel 34-7 Shepherd Kansas City, Kan.
2014 Colorado State-Pueblo John Wristen 13-0 Minnesota State-Mankato Kansas City, Kan.
2013 Northwest Missouri State Adam Dorrel 43-28 Lenoir-Rhyne Florence, Ala.
2012 Valdosta State David Dean 35-7 Winston-Salem State Florence, Ala.
2011 Pittsburg State Tim Beck 35-21 Wayne State (Mich.) Florence, Ala.
2010 Minnesota-Duluth Bob Nielson 20-17 Delta State Florence, Ala.
2009 Northwest Missouri State Mel Tjeersdma 30-23 Grand Valley State Florence, Ala.
2008 Minnesota-Duluth Bob Nielson 21-14 Northwest Missouri State Florence, Ala.
2007 Valdosta State David Dean 25-20 Northwest Missouri State Florence, Ala.
2006 Grand Valley State Chuck Martin 17-14 Northwest Missouri State Florence, Ala.
2005 Grand Valley State Chuck Martin 21-17 Northwest Missouri State Florence, Ala.
2004 Valdosta State Christ Hatcher 36-31 Pittsburg State Florence, Ala.
2003 Grand Valley State Brian Kelly 10-3 North Dakota Florence, Ala.
2002 Grand Valley State Brian Kelly 31-24 Valdosta State Florence, Ala.
2001 North Dakota Dale Lennon 17-14 Grand Valley State Florence, Ala.
2000 Delta State Steve Campbell 63-34 Bloomsburg Florence, Ala.
1999 Northwest Missouri State Mel Tjeersdma 58-52 (4ot) Carson-Newman Florence, Ala.
1998 Northwest Missouri State Mel Tjeersdma 24-6 Carson-Newman Florence, Ala.
1997 Northern Colorado Joe Glenn 51-0 New Haven Florence, Ala.
1996 Northern Colorado Joe Glenn 23-14 Carson-Newman Florence, Ala.
1995 North Alabama Bobby Wallace 27-7 Pittsburg State Florence, Ala.
1994 North Alabama Bobby Wallace 16-10 Texas A&M-Kingsville Florence, Ala.
1993 North Alabama Bobby Wallace 41-34 Indiana (Pa.) Florence, Ala.
1992 Jacksonville State Bill Burgess 17-13 Pittsburg State Florence, Ala.
1991 Pittsburg State Chuck Broyles 23-6 Jacksonville State Florence, Ala.
1990 North Dakota State Rocky Hager 51-11 Indiana (Pa.) Florence, Ala.
1989 *Mississippi College John Williams 3-0 Jacksonville State Florence, Ala.
1988 North Dakota State Rocky Hager 35-21 Portland State Florence, Ala.
1987 Troy Rick Rhoades 31-17 Portland State Florence, Ala.
1986 North Dakota State Earle Solomonson 27-7 South Dakota Florence, Ala.
1985 North Dakota State Earle Solomonson 35-7 North Alabama McAllen, Texas
1984 Troy Chan Gailey 18-17 North Dakota State McAllen, Texas
1983 North Dakota State Don Morton 41-21 Central State (Ohio) McAllen, Texas
1982 Texas State Jim Wacker 34-9 UC Davis McAllen, Texas
1981 Texas State Jim Wacker 42-13 North Dakota State McAllen, Texas
1980 Cal Poly Joe Harper 21-13 Eastern Illinois Albuquerque, N.M.
1979 Delaware Tubby Raymond 38-21 Youngstown State Albuquerque, N.M.
1978 Eastern Illinois Darrell Mudra 10-9 Delaware Longview, Texas
1977 Lehigh John Whitehead 33-0 Jacksonville State Wichita Falls, Texas
1976 Montana State Sonny Holland 24-13 Akron Wichita Falls, Texas
1975 Northern Michigan Gil Krueger 16-14 Western Kentucky Sacramento, Calif.
1974 Central Michigan Roy Kramer 54-14 Delaware Sacramento, Calif.
1973 Louisiana Tech Maxie Lambright 34-0 Western Kentucky Sacramento, Calif.

*Mississippi College's participation in the 1989 Division II championship vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions