|1988 NCAA Division II football season|
|Regular season||August – November 1988|
|Playoffs||November 19 – December 10, 1988|
|National Championship||Braly Municipal Stadium|
|Champion||North Dakota State (4)|
|Harlon Hill Trophy||Johnny Bailey, Texas A&I|
The 1988 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1988, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 10, 1988, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The North Dakota State Bison defeated the Portland State Vikings, 35–21, to win their fourth Division II national title. The tournament bracket also expanded for the first time, from 8 teams to 16 teams.
Conference changes and new programs
|School||1987 Conference||1988 Conference|
|Cameron||NAIA Independent||Lone Star|
|Central State (OK)||NAIA Independent||Lone Star|
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Winston-Salem State
|1988 NCAA Division II Football Championship|
The 1988 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 16th single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, for the third time.
Braly Municipal Stadium
|North Dakota State||41|
|North Dakota State||36|
|North Dakota State||42|
|North Carolina Central||7|
|North Carolina Central||31|
|North Dakota State||35|
- "1988 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.