NCAA Division 2 Football Teams: Great Athletics with a More Balanced Schedule
D2 is an interesting division, as you’ll find much of the athletic talent seen at the D1 level with a little more balance between athletics, academics and a social life. While D2 football players still must commit a significant amount of time and energy to their team, they will get more time back in their schedule than at a D1 football college.
What is Division 2 in football?
Division 2 football is an intermediate-level football division governed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). While the overall athletic competitiveness is slightly less than that of NCAA Division 1 football, Division 2 football players are still formidable athletes! Division 2 football teams also have different parameters around the number and type of scholarships they can offer compared to the well-funded Division 1 level and the Division 3 level, which does not offer athletic scholarships.
Can Division 2 schools give full athletic scholarships?
D2 schools can give full athletic scholarships. However, unlike at the D1-FBS level, full-ride athletic scholarships are not guaranteed. Instead, coaches can divide up their scholarship money among athletes however they choose, awarding the most money to athletes in unique positions or athletes they believe can make the most impact on the success of the team.
How many Division 2 football teams are there?
There are 169 Division 2 football programs and 17 conferences, which include the CIAA, G-MAC, GAC, GLIAC, GLVC, GNAC, Gulf South, Independent, LSC, MEC, MIAA, NE-10, NSIC, PSAC, RMAC, SAC and SIAC conferences.
D2 football rankings
The NCAA creates its rankings each year based on votes cast by Division 2 coaches. The votes are translated into points, and the more points a team has, the higher up on the rankings they are. The D2 football rankings are divided into super regions. Here are the top five teams in each region.
Super Region One
- Slippery Rock
Super Region Two
- West Alabama
- Virginia State
- West Georgia
- Bowie State
Super Region Three
- Fort Hays State
- Ferris State
- Ouachita Baptist
Super Region Four
- Minnesota State
- Central Washington
- Midwestern State
- Winona State
- Sioux Falls
Other websites will also create their own D2 football rankings, but the top schools typically align from list to list. We’ve compiled the full list of NCAA Division 2 football schools. Search for Division 2 college by state, conference and more below.