1985 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1985 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Playoff
DurationNovember 30–December 21
Championship date December 21, 1985
Championship site Tacoma Dome
Tacoma, Washington
Champion Georgia Southern
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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]

Contents

Conference changes and new programs

School1984 Conference1985 Conference
Villanova Revived Program I-AA Independent

Conference standings

1985 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 Idaho $^610  930
No. T–2 Nevada ^610  1120
Boise State 520  740
Weber State 430  650
Idaho State 340  560
Montana 250  380
Northern Arizona 160  380
Montana State 160  290
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Poll
1985 Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 Northern Iowa $^500  1120
Southwest Missouri State 221  641
Western Illinois 230  550
Southern Illinois 230  470
Eastern Illinois 230  650
Illinois State 131  632
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1985 Gulf Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Stephen F. Austin +410  920
Sam Houston State +410  830
Nicholls State 230  650
Northwestern State 230  380
Southwest Texas State 230  380
Southeastern Louisiana 140  290
  • + Conference co-champions
1985 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Penn $610  721
Harvard 520  730
Princeton 520  550
Brown 430  541
Yale 331  441
Dartmouth 241  271
Cornell 250  370
Columbia 070  0100
  • $ Conference champion
1985 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. T–12 Delaware State $400  920
Bethune–Cookman 310  640
South Carolina State 220  560
North Carolina A&T 130  650
Howard 040  470
Morgan State 000  090
  • $ Conference champion
  • Morgan State games did not count as conference games.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1985 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tulsa $300  650
West Texas State 311  631
Illinois State 311  632
Indiana State 220  460
Wichita State 230  380
Southern Illinois 130  470
Drake 150  470
  • $ Conference champion
  • Tulsa also played Houston and East Carolina and recorded those games as conference games, but the league did not count them toward Tulsa's finish. 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.
1985 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Middle Tennessee $^700  1110
No. 10 Akron ^520  840
No. 17 Murray State 520  731
No. 19 Eastern Kentucky 520  830
Youngstown State 430  560
Austin Peay 250  560
Tennessee Tech 160  1100
Morehead State 070  1100
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1985 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2t Furman $^600  1220
No. 12t Appalachian State 610  830
Chattanooga 520  650
Marshall 331  731
The Citadel 241  551
Western Carolina 241  461
VMI 141  371
Davidson 060  1100
East Tennessee State 070  0101
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
1985 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 6 Arkansas State $^510  940
No. 14 Louisiana Tech 420  830
McNeese State 312  632
Northeast Louisiana 330  650
North Texas State 231  461
Texas–Arlington 231  461
Lamar 060  290
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1985 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Grambling State +^ 61    93 
No. 15 Jackson State +^ 61    83 
Mississippi Valley State  52    83 
No. 20 Alcorn State  52    73 
Southern  34    65 
Alabama State  25    38 
Texas Southern  16    110 
Prairie View A&M  07    29 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1985 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 7 Rhode Island $^500  1030
UMass 410  740
New Hampshire 230  640
Maine 230  650
Connecticut 140  450
Boston University 140  380
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1985 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 9 Georgia Southern ^000  1320
No. 11 Eastern Washington ^000  930
No. 18 Richmond 000  830
Colgate 000  731
Delaware 000  740
Tennessee State 000  740
No. 16 William & Mary 000  740
Lafayette 000  650
James Madison 000  560
Lehigh 000  560
Holy Cross 000  461
Florida A&M 000  470
Western Kentucky 000  470
Bucknell 000  370
Northeastern 000  280
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

Conference champions

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

Postseason

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket

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   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 

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References

  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.