|1987 NCAA Division I-A season|
|Number of teams||104|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Oklahoma|
|Heisman Trophy||Tim Brown (wide receiver, Notre Dame)|
|Champion(s)||Miami (FL) (AP, Coaches, FWAA)|
|Division I-A football seasons|
The 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with Miami winning its second national championship during the '80s in an Orange Bowl match-up featuring a rare No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup between the top ranked Oklahoma Sooners and the Hurricanes.
Miami's first three games were against ranked opponents, in what was labeled as a rebuilding year, when after some late game theatrics by Michael Irvin against rival Florida State, the Hurricanes were 3–0, the national media started to take notice.
Oklahoma was also seen as quite the juggernaut, averaging 428.8 yards rushing per game with their potent wishbone offense. Miami was able to hold Oklahoma to just 179 yards on the ground, winning the game 20–14.
Also having notable seasons were Syracuse, LSU and Florida State. Syracuse finished the season 11–0–1 and ranked No. 4 after a controversial Sugar Bowl game in which Auburn kicked a late field goal to end the game in a tie. LSU went 10–1–1, ending the season ranked No. 5. This was LSU's first ten win season in 26 years and their highest ranking since 1961.
Florida State finished ranked No. 2, their only loss to Miami, and began a streak of 14 years where FSU finished in the top 5. The Seminoles beat Rose Bowl champion Michigan State and SEC champion Auburn on the road and beat Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl.
This would be the first of two years SMU would not field a team due to the NCAA's death penalty.
The loss of Wichita State and SMU and the gain of Akron decreased the number of teams to 104.
|School||1986 Conference||1987 Conference|
|Akron Zips||Ohio Valley (I-AA)||I-A Independent|
|Wichita State Shockers||I-A Independent||Program Dropped|
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