INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division II Football Committee announced Sunday the field of 28 teams for the 2018 NCAA Division II Football Championship.
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.
The first-round dates, sites, and pairings are:
|November 17||Kutztown, Pennsylvania||Hillsdale (9-2) at Kutztown (9-1)|
|November 17||Brookville, New York||Slippery Rock (9-2) at LIU Post (10-0)|
|November 17||West Chester, Pennsylvania||New Haven (8-1) at West Chester (10-0)|
|November 17||Carrollton, Georgia||Wingate (8-3) at West Georgia (10-1)|
|November 17||Hickory, North Carolina||Florida Tech (8-3) at Lenoir-Rhyne (10-1)|
|November 17||Bowie, Maryland||West Alabama (8-3) at Bowie State (9-1)|
|November 17||Big Rapids, Michigan||Harding (9-2) at Ferris State (11-0)|
|November 17||Allendale, Michigan||Northwest Missouri State (9-2) at Grand Valley State (10-1)|
|November 17||Indianapolis, Indiana||Fort Hays State (9-2) at UIndy (9-1)|
|November 17||Stephenville, Texas||Azusa Pacific (8-2) at Tarleton State (10-0)|
|November 17||Duluth, Minnesota||Texas A&M-Commerce (9-2) at Minnesota Duluth (11-0)|
|November 17||Golden, Colorado||Colorado State-Pueblo (10-1) at Colorado School of Mines (10-1)|
The following institutions earned first-round byes in each super regional and will host a second-round game on November 24, 2018.
|Super Regional One||Notre Dame (OH)||11-0|
|Super Regional Two||Valdosta State||10-0|
|Super Regional Three||Ouachita Baptist||11-0|
|Super Regional Four||Minnesota State||11-0|
All contests shall start at 1 p.m. local time. Other times may be established if approved by the committee.
Texas A&M-Commerce defeated West Florida 37-27 in the 2017 national championship game to claim last year’s NCAA title.
The championship game will be played December 15, at 4 p.m. Eastern time at McKinney ISD Stadium in McKinney, Texas and will be broadcast live on ESPNU HD/ESPN3.com.