Northern Colorado Bears

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The Northern Colorado Bears are the athletic teams representing the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado in intercollegiate athletics. The university sponsors seventeen teams including men and women's basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, and track and field; women's-only soccer, softball, swimming and diving, and volleyball; and men's-only baseball, football, and wrestling. The Bears compete in NCAA Division I, with the football team competing at the FCS level, and most teams are members of the Big Sky Conference. Three Northern Colorado teams have separate affiliations in sports that the Big Sky does not sponsor. The baseball and the women's swimming and diving teams are affiliate members of the Western Athletic Conference and the wrestling team is a member of the Big 12 Conference.


Northern Colorado Bears college football
First Season
Team History
Northern Colorado Bears (1924-present)
Big Sky Conference (2006-present)
Great West Football Conference (2004-05)
North Central Conference (1980-2002)
Independent (1976-79)
Great Plains Athletic Conference (1972-75)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (1923-71)
Nottingham Field (1995-present)
Jackson Field
Key People
Players • Coaches

Programs by season


Season/Date Opponent Venue
September 16, 1978 at Abilene Christian Shotwell Stadium


Season/Date Opponent Venue
October 27, 1984 vs. Omaha Jackson Field
Big Sky Conference
Full members (all sports) Eastern Washington Eagles • Idaho Vandals • Idaho State Bengals • Montana Grizzlies • Montana State Bobcats • Northern Arizona Lumberjacks • Northern Colorado Bears • Portland State Vikings • Southern Utah Thunderbirds • Weber State Wildcats
Football-only members Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs • Sacramento State Hornets • UC Davis Aggies
Former members Boise State Broncos • Cal State Northridge Matadors • Gonzaga Bulldogs • Nevada Wolf Pack • North Dakota Fighting Hawks
Football Venues Washington-Grizzly Stadium
FBS Conferences American Athletic Conference • Atlantic Coast Conference • Big 12 Conference • Big Ten Conference • Conference USA • Mid-American Conference • Mountain West Conference • Pac-12 Conference • Southeastern Conference • Sun Belt Conference
FCS Conferences Big Sky Conference • Big South Conference • Colonial Athletic Association • Ivy League • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference • Missouri Valley Football Conference • Northeast Conference • Ohio Valley Conference • Patriot League • Pioneer Football League • Southern Conference • Southland Conference • Southwestern Athletic Conference
Other Conferences Current: ASUN Conference • Big East Conference • West Coast Conference
Former: Big Eight Conference • Southwest Conference