|2016 NCAA Division III football season|
|Regular season||September 3 – November 12, 2016|
The 2016 NCAA Division III football season, part of the college football season organized by the NCAA at the Division III level in the United States, began on September 5, 2016 and ended with the NCAA Division III Football Championship, also known as the Stagg Bowl, on December 16, 2016 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Virginia.
Conference changes and new programs
Two programs changed conference affiliations.
|School||2015 conference||2016 conference|
|Nebraska Wesleyan||Great Plains
A full list of Division III teams can be viewed on the D3football website.
This was also the final season of competition for two Division III conferences. The New England Football Conference will be absorbed by the Commonwealth Coast Conference, and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, which had lost most of its membership in 2012 when seven schools left to form the Southern Athletic Association, will end its sponsorship of football and continue as a non-football conference.
|Template:2016 American Southwest Conference football standings||Template:2016 Centennial Conference football standings||Template:2016 CCIW football standings|
|Template:2016 ECFC football standings||Template:2016 Empire 8 football standings||Template:2016 HCAC football standings|
|Template:2016 Iowa IAC football standings||Template:2016 Liberty League football standings||Template:2016 MASCAC football standings|
|Template:2016 Michigan IAA football standings||Template:2016 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings||Template:2016 Midwest Conference football standings|
|Template:2016 Minnesota IAC football standings||Template:2016 New England Football Conference football standings||Template:2016 NESCAC football standings|
|Template:2016 New Jersey Athletic Conference football standings||Template:2016 North Coast Athletic Conference football standings||Template:2016 NACC football standings|
|Template:2016 Northwest Conference football standings||Template:2016 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings||Template:2016 ODAC football standings|
|Template:2016 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings||Template:2016 Southern Athletic Association football standings||Template:2016 SCIAC football standings|
|Template:2016 SCAC football standings||Template:2016 UMAC football standings||Template:2016 USA South Athletic Conference football standings|
|Template:2016 Wisconsin IAC football standings||Template:2016 Division III independents football standings|
Template:32TeamBracket * Home team † Overtime Winner
Winning teams are denoted in bold.
|Home team||Away team||Score|
|Nov. 18, 2016||ECAC Chapman Bowl||Franklin Field
|Nov. 18, 2016||ECAC President's Bowl||Franklin Field
|Washington & Jefferson||Brockport||38–31|
|Nov. 19, 2016||ECAC Lynah Bowl||Franklin Field
|Nov. 19, 2016||ECAC Bushnell Bowl||Franklin Field
|#24 Frostburg State||#22 St. John Fisher||38–14|
|Nov. 19, 2016||New England Bowl||Gaudet Field
Middletown, Rhode Island
|Salve Regina||Framingham State||37–34|
|Nov. 19, 2016||Centennial-MAC Bowl Series||Scotty Wood Stadium
|Nov. 19, 2016||Centennial-MAC Bowl Series||Shirk Stadium
|Albright||Franklin & Marshall||28–23|
|Nov. 20, 2016||ECAC Legacy Bowl||Franklin Field
|Nov. 20, 2016||ECAC Whitelaw Bowl||Franklin Field
- 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season
- 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season
- 2016 NCAA Division II football season
- 2016 NAIA football season
- "Carrol returns to CCIW", D3sports.com. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
- "NWU gives up NAIA status, will join IIAC", D3sports.com. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
- "Division III Team Pages", D3football.com. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
- "Commonwealth Coast Conference To Administer Football Championship Beginning in 2017-18" (Press release). Commonwealth Coast Conference. October 5, 2015. http://www.cccathletics.com/sports/general/2015-16/Releases/CCCFootball. Retrieved December 24, 2016.