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1985 NCAA Division I-AA football season

The 1985 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I-AA level, began in August 1985, and concluded with the 1985 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 21, 1985, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. The Georgia Southern Eagles won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Furman Paladins by a final score of 44–42.[1]

1985 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Playoff
DurationNovember 30–December 21
Championship dateDecember 21, 1985
Championship siteTacoma Dome
Tacoma, Washington
ChampionGeorgia Southern Eagles
Division I-AA football season

Conference changes and new programsEdit

School 1984 Conference 1985 Conference
Villanova Revived Program I-AA Independent

Conference standingsEdit

1985 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Idaho $^ 6 1 0     9 3 0
#2 Nevada ^ 6 1 0     11 2 0
Boise State 5 2 0     7 4 0
Weber State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Idaho State 3 4 0     5 6 0
Montana 2 5 0     3 8 0
Northern Arizona 1 6 0     3 8 0
Montana State 1 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Idaho earned automatic berth and
    Nevada earned at-large berth in I-AA playoffs.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll
(released before playoffs)
1985 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Penn $ 6 1 0     7 2 1
Harvard 5 2 0     7 3 0
Princeton 5 2 0     5 5 0
Brown 4 3 0     5 4 1
Yale 3 3 1     4 4 1
Dartmouth 2 4 1     2 7 1
Cornell 2 5 0     3 7 0
Columbia 0 7 0     0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll
1985 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Northern Iowa $^ 5 0 0     11 2 0
Southwest Missouri State 2 2 1     6 4 1
Western Illinois 2 3 0     5 5 0
Southern Illinois 2 3 0     4 7 0
Eastern Illinois 2 3 0     6 5 0
Illinois State 1 3 1     6 3 2
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1985 Gulf Star football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Stephen F. Austin +   4 1         9 2  
Sam Houston State +   4 1         8 3  
Nicholls State   2 3         6 5  
Northwestern State   2 3         3 8  
Southwest Texas State   2 3         3 8  
Southeastern Louisiana   1 4         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1985 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#12t Delaware State $ 4 0 0     9 2 0
Bethune–Cookman 3 1 0     6 4 0
South Carolina State 2 2 0     5 6 0
North Carolina A&T 1 3 0     6 5 0
Howard 0 4 0     4 7 0
Morgan State 0 0 0     0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Morgan State games did not count as conference games in 1985
Rankings from Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1985 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Middle Tennessee State $^ 7 0 0     11 1 0
No. 10 Akron ^ 5 2 0     8 4 0
No. 17 Murray State 5 2 0     7 3 1
No. 19 Eastern Kentucky 5 2 0     8 3 0
Youngstown State 4 3 0     5 6 0
Austin Peay 2 5 0     5 6 0
Tennessee Tech 1 6 0     1 10 0
Morehead State 0 7 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1985 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2t Furman $^ 6 0 0     12 2 0
#12t Appalachian State 6 1 0     8 3 0
Chattanooga 5 2 0     6 5 0
Marshall 3 3 1     7 3 1
The Citadel 2 4 1     5 5 1
Western Carolina 2 4 1     4 6 1
VMI 1 4 1     3 7 1
Davidson 0 6 0     1 10 0
East Tennessee State 0 7 0     0 10 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
1985 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6 Arkansas State $^ 5 1 0     9 4 0
#14 Louisiana Tech 4 2 0     8 3 0
McNeese State 3 1 2     6 3 2
Northeast Louisiana 3 3 0     6 5 0
North Texas State 2 3 1     4 6 1
Texas–Arlington 2 3 1     4 6 1
Lamar 0 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
1985 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8 Grambling State +^   6 1         9 3  
#15 Jackson State +^   6 1         8 3  
Mississippi Valley State   5 2         8 3  
#20 Alcorn State   5 2         7 3  
Southern   3 4         6 5  
Alabama State   2 5         3 8  
Texas Southern   1 6         1 10  
Prairie View A&M   0 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1985 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Rhode Island $^ 5 0 0     10 3 0
UMass 4 1 0     7 4 0
New Hampshire 2 3 0     6 4 0
Maine 2 3 0     6 5 0
Connecticut 1 4 0     4 5 0
Boston University 1 4 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll
1985 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9 Georgia Southern ^ 0 0 0     13 2 0
#11 Eastern Washington ^ 0 0 0     9 3 0
#18 Richmond 0 0 0     8 3 0
Colgate 0 0 0     7 3 1
Delaware 0 0 0     7 4 0
Tennessee State 0 0 0     7 4 0
#16 William & Mary 0 0 0     7 4 0
Lafayette 0 0 0     6 5 0
James Madison 0 0 0     5 6 0
Lehigh 0 0 0     5 6 0
Holy Cross 0 0 0     4 6 1
Florida A&M 0 0 0     4 7 0
Western Kentucky 0 0 0     4 7 0
Bucknell 0 0 0     3 7 0
Northeastern 0 0 0     2 8 0
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

Conference championsEdit

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Idaho
Gateway Collegiate Athletic ConferenceNorthern Iowa
Ivy League – Penn
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Delaware State
Ohio Valley Conference – Middle Tennessee State
Southern Conference – Furman Paladins
Southland Conference – Arkansas State
Yankee Conference – Rhode Island

PostseasonEdit

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracketEdit

The top four teams were seeded, and received first-round byes.[2]

First Round
November 30
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 7
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 14
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 21
Neutral Site
                           
    Murfreesboro, TN        
Statesboro, GA
  (1) Middle Tennessee State   21
  Georgia Southern   27 Cedar Falls, IA
    Georgia Southern   28  
  Jackson State   0     Georgia Southern   40
  Cedar Falls, IA
Moscow, ID     (4) Northern Iowa   33  
  (4) Northern Iowa   17
  Idaho   38 Tacoma, WATacoma Dome
    Eastern Washington   14  
  Eastern Washington   42     Georgia Southern   44
  Greenville, SC
Kingston, RI     (3) Furman   42
  (3) Furman   59
  Rhode Island   35 Greenville, SC
    Rhode Island   15  
  Akron   27     (3) Furman   35
  Reno, NV
Jonesboro, AR     (2) Nevada   12  
  (2) Nevada   24
  Arkansas State   10
    Arkansas State   23  
  Grambling State   7  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1985 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Hardesty, Abe (November 25, 1985). "Furman in I-AA playoffs". The Greenville News. Greenville, South Carolina. p. 1C. Retrieved May 3, 2019 – via newspapers.com.