1986 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1986 NCAA Division I-AA season
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Regular season
DurationAugust–November
Playoff
DurationNovember 29–December 19
Championship date December 19, 1986
Championship site Tacoma Dome
Tacoma, Washington
Champion Georgia Southern
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The 1986 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 1986, and concluded with the 1986 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game on December 19, 1986, [1] [2] at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. The Georgia Southern Eagles won their second consecutive I-AA championship, defeating the Arkansas State Indians (now Red Wolves) by a final score of 48–21. [3]

Contents

Conference changes and new programs

School1985 Conference1986 Conference
Bucknell I-AA Independent Colonial
Colgate I-AA Independent Colonial
Delaware I-AA Independent Yankee
Drake Missouri Valley Dropped Program
Eastern Illinois AMCU Gateway
Florida A&M I-AA Independent MEAC
Holy Cross I-AA Independent Colonial
Illinois State Missouri Valley Gateway
Indiana State I-AA Independent Gateway
Lafayette I-AA Independent Colonial
Lehigh I-AA Independent Colonial
Northern Iowa AMCU Gateway
Richmond I-AA Independent Yankee
Southern Illinois Missouri Valley Gateway
Southwest Missouri State AMCU Gateway
Texas–Arlington Southland Dropped Program
Western Illinois AMCU Gateway
West Texas State Missouri Valley Division II

Conference standings

1986 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Nevada $^700  1310
No. 16 Idaho ^520  840
Northern Arizona 520  740
Montana*440  640
Boise State 340  560
Weber State 250  380
Montana State 250  380
Idaho State*170  290
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • * – Montana and Idaho State played twice.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Poll
1986 Colonial League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 Holy Cross $400  1010
Lafayette 220  650
Lehigh 220  560
Colgate 130  470
Bucknell 130  370
  • $ Conference champion
  • Davidson (0–9) was a Colonial League member but did not participate in league play. It competed in the Southern Conference, though it did play non-league games against Bucknell and Lafayette.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1986 Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 Eastern Illinois $^510  1120
No. 17 Southern Illinois 420  740
Northern Iowa 420  731
Illinois State 330  550
Western Illinois 240  650
SW Missouri State 150  370
Indiana State 150  380
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1986 Gulf Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 11 Sam Houston State $^310  830
No. 12 Nicholls State ^220  1030
Northwestern State 220  551
Southwest Texas State 220  470
Stephen F. Austin 130  560
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1986 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 7 Penn $700  1000
Cornell 610  820
Brown 421  541
Dartmouth 331  361
Harvard 340  370
Yale 250  370
Princeton 250  280
Columbia 070  0100
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1986 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 20 North Carolina A&T $^410  930
Howard 320  830
Delaware State 320  740
South Carolina State 320  560
Bethune–Cookman 230  380
Morgan State 050  190
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1986 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 10 Eastern Kentucky ^610  1031
No. 18 Murray State $^610  741
Akron 430  740
Middle Tennessee State 430  650
Morehead State 340  740
Austin Peay 340  560
Youngstown State 250  290
Tennessee Tech 070  0100
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1986 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 6 Appalachian State $^601  921
Western Carolina 520  650
No. 15 Furman ^421  732
East Tennessee State 430  650
Marshall 330  641
Chattanooga 240  470
VMI 150  1100
The Citadel 060  380
Davidson 060  090
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
1986 Southland Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 Arkansas State $^500  1221
North Texas State 320  640
Louisiana Tech 320  641
Northeast Louisiana 320  560
McNeese State 140  290
Lamar 050  290
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
1986 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 9 Jackson State $^700  930
Alcorn State 520  550
Grambling State 430  740
Southern 430  551
Mississippi Valley State 331  441
Alabama State 250  470
Texas Southern 151  281
Prairie View A&M 160  380
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll
1986 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 13 Delaware +^520  940
No. 19 Connecticut +520  830
UMass +520  830
New Hampshire 430  740
Maine 340  740
Richmond 340  470
Boston University 340  470
Rhode Island 070  1100
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
1986 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 Georgia Southern ^000  1320
No. 14 Tennessee State ^000  1021
No. 8 William & Mary ^000  930
Eastern Washington 000  550
James Madison 000  551
Florida A&M 000  460
Northeastern 000  460
Western Kentucky 000  461
  • ^ NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from Div I-AA Football Committee poll

Conference champions

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Nevada
Colonial LeagueHoly Cross
Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference – Eastern Illinois
Ivy League – Penn
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – North Carolina A&T
Ohio Valley Conference – Murray State
Southern Conference – Appalachian State
Southland Conference – Arkansas State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – Connecticut, Delaware, and Massachusetts

Postseason

The playoffs expanded from twelve to sixteen teams this season, eliminating the bye for the top four seeds.

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket

The top four teams were seeded, [4] with remaining teams placed in the bracket based on geographical considerations.

First Round
November 29
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 6
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 13
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 19 [1] [2]
Tacoma Dome
Tacoma, Washington
            
Idaho 7
1 Nevada* 27
1 Nevada* 33
Tennessee State 6
Tennessee State32
Jackson State* 23
1 Nevada* 38
4 Georgia Southern48
North Carolina A&T 21
4 Georgia Southern * 52
4 Georgia Southern* 55
Nicholls State 31
Nicholls State28
Appalachian State* 26
4 Georgia Southern48
2 Arkansas State 21
Sam Houston State 7
2 Arkansas State* 48
2 Arkansas State55
Delaware* 14
Delaware 51
William & Mary* 21
2 Arkansas State* 24
Eastern Kentucky 10
Murray State 21
3 Eastern Illinois* 28
3 Eastern Illinois* 22
Eastern Kentucky24
Eastern Kentucky23
Furman* 10

*Denotes host institution

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