|1990 NCAA Division II football season|
|Regular season||August – November 1990|
|Playoffs||November 17 – December 8, 1990|
|National Championship||Braly Municipal Stadium|
|Champion||North Dakota State (5)|
|Harlon Hill Trophy||Chris Simdorn, North Dakota State|
The 1990 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 1990, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 8, 1990, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The North Dakota State Bison defeated the Indiana (PA) Crimson Hawks, then known as the Indians, 51–11, to win their fifth Division II national title.
Conference and program changes
- One program departed Division II for Division I-AA prior to the season.
- The Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference (MIFC) was founded prior to the season by the football-playing members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (six teams) and the Heartland Collegiate Conference (five teams). As such, the GLIAC abandoned its sponsorship of football and the Heartland disbanded.
|School||1989 Conference||1990 Conference|
|Central Florida||D-II Independent||I-AA Independent|
|Grand Valley State||GLIAC||MIFC|
|Lincoln (MO)||MIAA||Dropped Program|
|Saginaw Valley State||GLIAC||MIFC|
|Saint Joseph's (IN)||Heartland||MIFC|
|Troy State||Gulf South||D-II Independent|
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Winston-Salem State
|1990 NCAA Division II Football Championship|
The 1990 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the 18th 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 fifth time.
Braly Municipal Stadium
|North Dakota State||51|
|North Dakota State||17|
|North Dakota State||47|
|Cal State Northridge||7|
|North Dakota State||39|
|Northeast Missouri State||3|
|East Texas State||28|
|East Texas State||20|
|Grand Valley State||14|
- "1990 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.