Carleton is the highest-ranked school in America that offers a full 10-game schedule and is eligible for the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs. The Knights have 57 winning seasons and more than 440 victories in the history of the program. In 2008, the team's seven victories matched the program's second-highest win total over the previous 50 seasons. They played for the MIAC title and earned their first national ranking in 15 years.
Varsity Football takes place at Laird Stadium
Laird Stadium seats 7,500 for football and outdoor track and field meets, and houses handball/squash courts, a batting cage and a weight room. For football, Laird Stadium features one of the finest natural playing surfaces in the region. The stadium is one of the largest in Division III and the biggest west of the Mississippi. Circling the football field in front of the stadium is an eight-lane, 400-meter all-weather track and field facility, complete with steeplechase water jump.