1984 NCAA Division I-A football season

Last updated
1984 NCAA Division I-A season
Number of teams105
Preseason AP No. 1 Auburn [1]
Post-season
DurationDecember 15, 1984 –
January 1, 1985
Bowl games 18
Heisman Trophy Doug Flutie (quarterback, Boston College)
Champion(s) BYU
Division I-A football seasons
  1983
1985  

The 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season was topsy-turvy from start to finish. It ended with the BYU Cougars being bestowed their first and only national championship by beating Michigan in the Holiday Bowl. While the Cougars finished with a perfect 13-0 record and were the consensus National Champions, some commentators maintain this title was undeserved citing their weak schedule (none of their conference opponents in the WAC finished with fewer than four losses, and even Michigan finished the season at 6-6 after the bowl loss) and argue that the championship should have gone to the 11-1 Washington Huskies. Despite this the Cougars were voted #1 in the final AP and UPI polls. The Huskies (and five other teams) declined an invitation to play BYU in the Holiday Bowl; they decided instead to play Oklahoma in the more prestigious 1985 Orange Bowl. All subsequent national champions have come from what are now known as the Power Five conferences + Notre Dame.

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Rule changes

Conference standings

1984 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 12 Maryland $500  930
No. 20 Virginia 312  822
North Carolina 321  551
Wake Forest 330  650
Georgia Tech 221  641
NC State 150  380
Duke 150  290
Clemson 000*  740
  • $ Conference champion
  • * – Clemson was under NCAA and ACC probation and was ineligible for the ACC title. As a result, their ACC games did not count in the league standings. [2]
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 Nebraska +610  1020
No. 6 Oklahoma +610  921
No. 7 Oklahoma State 520  1020
Kansas 430  560
Missouri 241  371
Kansas State 241  371
Colorado 160  1100
Iowa State 052  272
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 13 Ohio State $720  930
Illinois 630  740
Purdue 630  750
No. 16 Iowa 531  841
Wisconsin 531  741
Michigan State 540  660
Michigan 540  660
Minnesota 360  470
Northwestern 270  290
Indiana 090  0110
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Toledo $711  831
Bowling Green 720  830
Central Michigan 621  821
Ohio 441  461
Northern Illinois 351  461
Miami 350  470
Ball State 350  380
Western Michigan 360  560
Kent State 360  470
Eastern Michigan 252  272
  • $ Conference champion
1984 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tulsa $500  650
No. 5 Indiana State ^310  930
Illinois State 320  560
Wichita State 220  290
Drake 230  470
West Texas State 130  380
Southern Illinois 050  380
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • The conference was a hybrid of NCAA Division I-A and I-AA programs. Tulsa and Wichita State were I-A and the other teams were I-AA.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1984 Pacific Coast Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Cal State Fullerton $700  1200
San Jose State 610  740
Fresno State 430  750
Long Beach State 430  560
Pacific (CA) 340  560
Utah State 240  290
New Mexico State 150  380
UNLV 070  0130
  • $ Conference champion
  • Records adjusted for UNLV's forfeit of all 11 victories}
1984 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 10 USC $710  930
No. 2 Washington 610  1110
No. 9 UCLA 520  930
Arizona 520  740
Washington State 430  650
Arizona State 340  560
Oregon 350  650
Stanford 350  560
Oregon State 170  290
California 180  290
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 Florida 501  911
No. 15 LSU $411  831
No. 14 Auburn 420  940
Georgia 420  741
No. 19 Kentucky 330  930
Tennessee 330  741
Vanderbilt 240  560
Alabama 240  560
Ole Miss 150  461
Mississippi State 150  470
  • $ Conference champion
  • Florida was assessed a postseason ban following an NCAA investigation, and the SEC subsequently vacated any championship. The Sugar Bowl automatic bid for the conference champion was awarded to LSU. Under modern rules, LSU would be credited with the conference championship.
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 8 SMU +620  1020
Houston +620  750
TCU 530  840
Arkansas 530  741
Texas 530  741
Baylor 440  560
Texas A&M 350  650
Texas Tech 260  470
Rice 080  1100
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 BYU $800  1300
Hawaii 520  740
Air Force 430  840
Utah 431  651
San Diego State 431  471
Wyoming 440  660
Colorado State 350  380
New Mexico 170  480
UTEP 170  290
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 Boston College      1020
No. 11 South Carolina      1020
Army      831
Rutgers      730
No. 17 Florida State      732
Virginia Tech      840
West Virginia      840
No. 18 Miami (FL)      850
Notre Dame      750
Southwestern Louisiana      650
Penn State      650
Syracuse      650
Temple      650
Memphis State      551
Navy      461
Southern Miss      470
Pittsburgh      371
Tulane      380
Cincinnati      290
East Carolina      290
Louisville      290
Rankings from AP Poll

AP Final poll

  1. BYU
  2. Washington
  3. Florida
  4. Nebraska
  5. Boston College
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. SMU
  9. UCLA
  10. USC
  11. South Carolina
  12. Maryland
  13. Ohio State
  14. Auburn
  15. LSU
  16. Iowa
  17. Florida State
  18. Miami (FL)
  19. Kentucky
  20. Virginia

Coaches Final Poll

  1. BYU
  2. Washington
  3. Nebraska
  4. Boston College
  5. Oklahoma State
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Florida
  8. SMU
  9. University of Southern California
  10. UCLA
  11. Maryland
  12. Ohio State
  13. South Carolina
  14. Auburn
  15. Iowa
  16. LSU
  17. Virginia
  18. West Virginia
  19. Kentucky
  20. Florida St.

Notable rivalry games

Bowl games

Heisman Trophy voting

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the Most Outstanding Player of the year.

  1. Doug Flutie , QB, Boston College (2,240 points)
  2. Keith Byars, RB, Ohio State (1,251)
  3. Robbie Bosco, QB, Brigham Young (443)
  4. Bernie Kosar, QB, Miami (FL) (320)
  5. Kenneth Davis, RB, TCU (86)
  6. Bill Fralic, OT, Pittsburgh (81 )
  7. Greg Allen, RB, Florida State (37)
  8. Chuck Long, QB, Iowa (37)
  9. Jerry Rice, WR, Mississippi Valley State (36)
  10. Rueben Mayes, RB, Washington State (32)

Source: [3] [4]

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References

  1. "1983 Preseason AP Football Poll - AP Poll Archive - Historical College Football and Basketball Polls and Rankings". Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
  2. Williams, Larry (2012). The Danny Ford Years at Clemson.
  3. "Flutie can believe it now: the Heisman is his". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 2, 1984. p. 1B.
  4. "Flutie easy winner in Heisman voting". Sunday Star-News. Wilmington, North Carolina). (New York Times). December 2, 1984. p. 1D.