|1985 NCAA Division I-A season|
|Number of teams||105|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Oklahoma|
|Heisman Trophy||Bo Jackson (running back, Auburn)|
|Division I-A football seasons|
The 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season saw the Oklahoma Sooners, led by head coach Barry Switzer, win the national championship.
Oklahoma finished the season 11–1, with their only loss to Miami at home, in a game in which future NFL star Troy Aikman was lost for the season. The Sooners regrouped and went undefeated the rest of the way, finishing the season with a win over Penn State in the Orange Bowl.
Michigan would finish No. 2, the highest finish of a Bo Schembechler led team. The team shined on defense, led by All-Americans Mike Hammerstein and Mark Messner.
Tennessee finished the season with a victory over No. 2 Miami in the Sugar Bowl. This team won the school's first SEC championship in 16 years and was nicknamed the "Sugar Vols". The SEC title was the first of three for coach Johnny Majors.
Air Force Falcons, under Fisher DeBerry had what is considered their best season ever, defeating Texas in the Bluebonnet Bowl and finishing No. 8 in the AP Poll (No. 5 in the Coaches' Poll).
This year's edition of the Iron Bowl is widely considered to be one of the greatest ever. Despite Auburn having Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson on its side, Alabama won this game with a last second field goal.
This would be the last year for the 1-A/1-AA hybrid Missouri Valley Conference in football. 5 of the 7 teams in the conference (Drake, Illinois State, Indiana State, Southern Illinois, and West Texas State) had been playing Division 1-AA football since the 1982 season, while Tulsa and Wichita State would remain 1-A, becoming independents the following season.
|WEEKS||No. 1||No. 2||Event|
|PRE-1||Oklahoma||Auburn||Auburn 49, LA-Lafayette 7||Sep 7|
|2–4||Auburn||Oklahoma||Tennessee 38, Auburn 20||Sep 28|
|5–6||Iowa||Oklahoma||Oklahoma 14, Texas 7||Oct 12|
|7||Iowa||Michigan||Iowa 12, Michigan 10||Oct 19|
|8–9||Iowa||Florida||Ohio State 22, Iowa 13||Nov 2|
|10||Florida||Penn State||Georgia 24, Florida 3||Nov 9|
|11–12||Penn State||Nebraska||Oklahoma 27, Nebraska 7||Nov 23|
|13||Penn State||Air Force||Miami 58, Notre Dame 7||Nov 30|
|14–15||Penn State||Miami||Oklahoma 25, Penn State 10||Jan 1|
The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the
Most Outstanding Player of the year
Winner: Bo Jackson, Auburn, RB (1,509 points)
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