|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|
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.
Tennessee finished the season with a victory over #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 #8 in the AP Poll (#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.
- Kickoffs that sail through the end zone untouched will be placed at the 20-yard line, rescinding a rule adopted in 1984 that required the ball be placed at the 30-yard line.
- Offensive lineman will be allowed to use extended arms and open hands on all blocks, not just retreat blocks.
- The use of two goalposts is prohibited. All goalposts must now be of the "tuning fork" or "slingshot" style, with the crossbar rising from a single post.
- The seven-man officiating crew is now mandatory for all Division I-A conferences.
AP Final Poll
- Penn State
- Texas A&M
- Air Force
- Miami (FL)
- Ohio State
- Florida State
- Georgia Tech
Final Coaches Poll
- Penn St.
- Air Force
- Texas A&M
- Miami (FL)
- Ohio St.
- Florida St.
- Fresno St.
- Brigham Young
- Georgia Tech
Notable rivalry games
- Alabama 25, Auburn 23
- Arizona 16, Arizona State 13
- Florida 38, Florida State 14
- Georgia 24, Florida 3
- Georgia Tech 20, Georgia 16
- Iowa 57, Iowa State 3
- LSU 31, Tulane 19
- Michigan 31, Michigan State 0
- Michigan 27, Ohio State 17
- Minnesota 27, Wisconsin 18
- Navy 17, Army 7
- Notre Dame 37, USC 3
- Oklahoma 27, Nebraska 7
- Oklahoma 13, Oklahoma State 0
- Oklahoma 14, Texas 7
- Oregon 34, Oregon State 13
- Stanford 24, California 22
- Texas A&M 42, Texas 10
- USC 17, UCLA 13
- Washington State 21, Washington 20
AP Poll #1 and #2 progress
|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|
- Rose Bowl: #13 UCLA 45, #4 Iowa 28
- Fiesta: #5 Michigan 27, #7 Nebraska 23
- Sugar Bowl: #8 Tennessee 35, #2 Miami (FL) 7
- Cotton Bowl Classic: #11 Texas A&M 36, #16 Auburn 16
- Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma 25, #1 Penn State 10
- Florida Citrus Bowl: #17 Ohio State 10, #9 Brigham Young 7
- Gator Bowl: #18 Florida State 34, #19 Oklahoma State 23
- Holiday Bowl: #14 Arkansas 18, Arizona State 17
- Peach Bowl: Army 31, Illinois 29
- Sun Bowl: #20 Arizona 13, Georgia 13
- Independence Bowl: Minnesota 20, Clemson 13
- Liberty Bowl: Baylor 21, #12 LSU 7
- Aloha Bowl: #15 Alabama 24, USC 3
- Bluebonnet Bowl: #11 Air Force 24, Texas 16
- California Bowl: Fresno State 51, #20 Bowling Green 7
- Hall of Fame Classic: #18 Georgia Tech 17, Michigan State 14
- Freedom Bowl: Washington 20, Colorado 17
- Cherry Bowl: Maryland 35, Syracuse 18
Heisman Trophy voting
The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the
- 2. Chuck Long, Iowa, QB (1,464 points)
- 3. Robbie Bosco, Brigham Young, QB (459 points)
- 4. Lorenzo White, Michigan State, RB (391 points)
- 5. Vinny Testaverde, Miami-Fl, QB (249 points)
- 6. Jim Everett, Purdue QB (77 points)
- 7. Napoleon McCallum, Navy RB (72 points)
Other annual awards
- Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year) - Chuck Long, Iowa
- Walter Camp Award (Back) - Bo Jackson, Auburn
- Davey O'Brien Award (Quarterback) - Chuck Long, Iowa
- Dick Butkus Award (Linebacker) - Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma
- Lombardi Award (Lineman or Linebacker) - Tony Casillas, Oklahoma
- Outland Trophy (Interior Lineman) - Mike Ruth, Boston College, 0T
- Paul "Bear" Bryant Award - Fisher DeBerry, Air Force
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