1984 NCAA Division I-A football season

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The 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with Brigham Young University winning their first national championship by beating an unranked Michigan team in the Holiday Bowl. BYU handed the Wolverines their 6th loss that season.

With the loss of Richmond and William and Mary the number of teams in Division 1-A fell from 112 to 110 for the 1984 season.

Rule Changes[edit]

  • Defensive pass interference will be penalized 15 yards from the previous spot if the foul occurs more than 15 yards downfield. If the foul occurred 15 yards or less downfield, the penalty will be enforced from the spot of the foul.
  • Kickoffs that go through the back of the end zone untouched will be brought out to the 30-yard line instead of the 20.
  • Clipping is limited to an area 6-10 yards from the line of scrimmage.
  • Wide receivers are only permitted to block below the waist once the ball passes the line of scrimmage.
  • Eliminating the PAT if the game has been decided, and if both teams agree.
  • Offensive face-masking is now a foul, penalized 15 yards.

Conference standings[edit]

1984 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#12 Maryland 6 0 0     9 3 0
Clemson 5 2 0     7 4 0
Georgia Tech 3 2 1     6 4 1
#20 Virginia 3 2 2     8 2 2
North Carolina 3 3 1     5 5 1
Wake Forest 3 4 0     6 5 0
NC State 1 6 0     3 8 0
Duke 1 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Nebraska § 6 1 0     10 2 0
#6 Oklahoma § 6 1 0     9 2 1
#7 Oklahoma State 5 2 0     10 2 0
Kansas 4 3 0     5 6 0
Kansas State 2 4 1     3 7 1
Missouri 2 4 1     3 7 1
Colorado 1 6 0     1 10 0
Iowa State 0 5 2     2 7 2
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13/12 Ohio State 7 2 0     9 3 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 4 0
Purdue 6 3 0     7 5 0
#16/15 Iowa 5 3 1     8 4 1
Wisconsin 5 3 1     7 4 1
Michigan 5 4 0     6 6 0
Michigan State 5 4 0     6 6 0
Minnesota 3 6 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     2 9 0
Indiana 0 9 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
1984 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Toledo 7 1 1     8 3 1
Bowling Green 7 2 0     8 3 0
Central Michigan 6 2 1     8 2 1
Ohio 4 4 1     4 6 1
Northern Illinois 3 5 1     4 6 1
Miami 3 5 0     4 7 0
Ball State 3 5 0     3 8 0
Western Michigan 3 6 0     5 6 0
Kent State 3 6 0     4 7 0
Eastern Michigan 2 5 2     2 7 2
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tulsa 5 0 0     6 5 0
Indiana State 3 1 0     9 3 0
Illinois State 3 2 0     5 6 0
Wichita State 2 2 0     2 9 0
Drake 2 3 0     4 7 0
West Texas State 1 3 0     3 8 0
Southern Illinois 0 5 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 USC 7 1 0     9 3 0
#2 Washington 6 1 0     11 1 0
#9 UCLA 5 2 0     9 3 0
Arizona 5 2 0     7 4 0
Washington State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Arizona State 3 4 0     5 6 0
Oregon 3 5 0     6 5 0
Stanford 3 5 0     5 6 0
Oregon State 1 7 0     2 9 0
California 1 8 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 Pacific Coast Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
UNLV 7 0 0     11 2 0
Cal State Fullerton 6 1 0     11 1 0
San Jose State 5 2 0     6 5 0
Fresno State 3 4 0     6 6 0
Long Beach State 3 4 0     4 7 0
Pacific 2 5 0     4 7 0
Utah State 1 5 0     1 10 0
New Mexico State 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Florida 5 0 1     9 1 1
#15 LSU 4 1 1     8 3 1
#14 Auburn 4 2 0     9 4 0
Georgia 4 2 0     7 4 1
#19 Kentucky 3 3 0     9 3 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 4 1
Alabama 2 4 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 2 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0     4 6 1
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 7 0
† – Conference champion
  • Florida's title was later vacated by the SEC.
    Rankings from AP Poll
1984 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Boston College           10 2 0
#11 South Carolina           10 2 0
Army           8 3 1
Rutgers           7 3 0
#17 Florida State           7 3 2
Virginia Tech           8 4 0
West Virginia           8 4 0
#18 Miami (FL)           8 5 0
Notre Dame           7 5 0
Southwestern Louisiana           6 5 0
Penn State           6 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
Temple           6 5 0
Memphis           5 5 1
Navy           4 6 1
Southern Miss           4 7 0
Pittsburgh           3 7 1
Tulane           3 8 0
Cincinnati           2 9 0
East Carolina           2 9 0
Louisville           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 SMU § 6 2 0     10 2 0
Houston § 6 2 0     7 5 0
TCU 5 3 0     8 4 0
Arkansas 5 3 0     7 4 1
Texas 5 3 0     7 4 1
Baylor 4 4 0     5 6 0
Texas A&M 3 5 0     6 5 0
Texas Tech 2 6 0     4 7 0
Rice 0 8 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1984 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 BYU 8 0 0     13 0 0
Hawaii 5 2 0     7 4 0
Air Force 4 3 0     8 4 0
Utah 4 3 1     6 5 1
San Diego State 4 3 1     4 7 1
Wyoming 4 4 0     6 6 0
Colorado State 3 5 0     3 8 0
New Mexico 1 7 0     4 8 0
UTEP 1 7 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

#1 and #2 progress[edit]

WEEKS #1 #2 Event
PRE Auburn Nebraska Miami 20, Auburn 18 Aug 27
2 Miami Nebraska Michigan 22, Miami 14 Sep 8
3-4 Nebraska Clemson Georgia 26, Clemson 23 Sep 22
4 Nebraska Texas Syracuse 17, Nebraska 9 Sep 29
5 Texas Ohio State Purdue 28, Ohio State 23 Oct 6
6 Texas Washington Oklahoma 15, Texas 15 Oct 13
7-8 Washington Oklahoma Kansas 28, Oklahoma 11 Oct 27
9 Washington Texas Nebraska 44, Iowa St 0 Nov 3
10 Washington Nebraska USC 16, Washington 7 Nov 10
11 Nebraska South Carolina Oklahoma 17, Nebraska 7 and Navy 38, South Carolina 21 Nov 17
12-14 Brigham Young Oklahoma BYU 38, Utah State 13 Nov 24

AP Final poll[edit]

  1. BYU
  2. Washington
  3. Florida
  4. Nebraska
  5. Boston College
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. SMU
  9. UCLA
  10. University of Southern California
  11. South Carolina
  12. Maryland
  13. Ohio State
  14. Auburn
  15. LSU
  16. Iowa
  17. Florida State
  18. Miami (FL)
  19. Kentucky
  20. Virginia

Coaches Final Poll[edit]

  1. BYU
  2. Washington
  3. Nebraska
  4. Boston College
  5. Oklahoma State
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Florida
  8. SMU
  9. University of Southern California
  10. UCLA
  11. Maryland
  12. Ohio State
  13. South Carolina
  14. Auburn
  15. Iowa
  16. LSU
  17. Virginia
  18. West Virginia
  19. Kentucky
  20. Florida St.

Notable rivalry games[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

Heisman Trophy voting[edit]

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the Most Outstanding Player of the year.

Other annual awards[edit]

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