1985 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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The 1985 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 Football Championship Subdivision level, began in August 1985, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 21, 1985, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. The Georgia Southern Eagles won their first I-AA championship, defeating the Furman Paladins by a final score of 44−42.[1]

Conference standings[edit]

1985 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Idaho 6 1 0     9 3 0
#2 Nevada 6 1 0     11 2 0
Boise State 5 2 0     7 4 0
Weber State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Idaho State 3 4 0     5 6 0
Montana 2 5 0     3 8 0
Northern Arizona 1 6 0     3 8 0
Montana State 1 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
  • Idaho earned automatic berth in NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship. Nevada earned at-large berth in NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship.
    Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA poll (released before championship playoffs)
1985 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Furman ^ 6 0 0     12 2 0
Appalachian State 6 1 0     8 3 0
Chattanooga 5 2 0     6 5 0
Marshall 3 3 1     7 3 1
The Citadel 2 4 1     5 5 1
Western Carolina 2 4 1     4 6 1
VMI 1 4 1     3 7 1
Davidson 0 6 0     1 10 0
East Tennessee State 0 7 0     0 10 1
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Idaho
Gateway Collegiate Athletic ConferenceNorthern Iowa
Ivy League – Penn
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – Delaware State
Ohio Valley Conference – Middle Tennessee State
Southern Conference – Furman Paladins
Southland Conference – Louisiana Tech
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Arkansas State
Yankee Conference – Rhode Island

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
November 30
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 7
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 14
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 21
                           
    Murfreesboro, TN        
Statesboro, GA
  Middle Tennessee State   21
  Georgia Southern   27 Cedar Falls, IA
    Georgia Southern   28  
  Jackson State   0     Georgia Southern   40
  Cedar Falls, IA
Moscow, ID     Northern Iowa   33  
  Northern Iowa   17
  Idaho   38 Tacoma, WATacoma Dome
    Eastern Washington   14  
  Eastern Washington   42     Georgia Southern   44
  Greenville, SC
Kingston, RI     Furman   42
  Furman   59
  Rhode Island   35 Greenville, SC
    Rhode Island   15  
  Akron   27     Furman   35
  Reno, NV
Jonesboro, AR     Nevada   12  
  Nevada   24
  Arkansas State   10
    Arkansas State   23  
  Grambling State   7  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1984 NCAA Division I Football Championship". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 26, 2013.