1989 NCAA Division I-A football season

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1989 NCAA Division I-A season
Number of teams 106
Preseason AP #1 Michigan Wolverines[1]
Post-season
Bowl games 18
Heisman Trophy Andre Ware, Houston QB
Winner Miami Hurricanes
Division I-A football seasons
← 1988
1990 →

The 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with Miami winning its third National Championship during the 1980s, cementing its claim as the decade's top team, winning more titles than any other program.

Notre Dame signed a six-year, $30 million deal with NBC, granting the network the exclusive rights to broadcast Notre Dame football.

Florida State begins 0–2, but finishes the season 10–2, having beaten the National Champions Miami earlier in the season and beating Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl.

Two big names retired from the coaching ranks, Michigan's Bo Schembechler and Oklahoma's Barry Switzer, while Steve Spurrier was hired by Florida away from Duke in an effort to clean up after a decade of NCAA sanctions.

The number of schools increased by 2 to 106 with the addition of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs as an independent, and the SMU Mustangs of the Southwest Conference resuming play in the wake of the so-called "death penalty".

Houston quarterback Andre Ware ran the run and shoot offense all the way to the Heisman Trophy and numerous records.

Rule Changes[edit]

  • Use of a kicking tee for field goals and extra points is prohibited.[2]
  • Five-yard delay of game penalties will be enforced on home teams when crowd noise is too loud for opponents to hear signals.

Conference Standings[edit]

1989 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#18 Virginia § 6 1 0     10 3 0
Duke § 6 1 0     8 4 0
#12 Clemson 5 2 0     10 2 0
Georgia Tech 4 3 0     7 4 0
NC State 4 3 0     7 5 0
Maryland 2 5 0     3 7 1
Wake Forest 1 6 0     2 8 1
North Carolina 0 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1989 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Colorado 7 0 0     11 1 0
#11 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
Oklahoma 5 2 0     7 4 0
Iowa State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Oklahoma State 3 4 0     4 7 0
Kansas 2 5 0     4 7 0
Missouri 1 6 0     2 9 0
Kansas State 0 7 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1989 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7/8 Michigan 8 0 0     10 2 0
#10/10 Illinois 7 1 0     10 2 0
#16/16 Michigan State 6 2 0     8 4 0
#24/NR Ohio State 6 2 0     8 4 0
Minnesota 4 4 0     6 5 0
Indiana 3 5 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 2 6 0     3 8 0
Wisconsin 1 7 0     2 9 0
Northwestern 0 8 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
1989 Big West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Fresno State 7 0 0     11 1 0
Cal State Fullerton 5 2 0     6 4 1
San Jose State 5 2 0     6 5 0
Utah State 4 3 0     4 7 0
UNLV 3 4 0     4 7 0
Long Beach State 2 5 0     4 8 0
Pacific 2 5 0     2 10 0
New Mexico State 0 7 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1989 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ball State 6 1 1     7 3 2
Eastern Michigan 6 2 0     7 3 1
Toledo 6 2 0     6 5 0
Central Michigan 5 2 1     5 5 1
Bowling Green 5 3 0     5 6 0
Western Michigan 3 5 0     5 6 0
Miami 2 5 1     2 8 1
Ohio 1 6 1     1 9 1
Kent State 0 8 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1989 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 USC 6 0 1     9 2 1
#23 Washington 5 3 0     8 4 0
Oregon 5 3 0     8 4 0
#25 Arizona 5 3 0     8 4 0
Arizona State 3 3 1     6 4 1
Oregon State 3 4 1     4 7 1
Washington State 3 5 0     6 5 0
Stanford 3 5 0     3 8 0
UCLA 2 5 1     3 7 1
California 2 6 0     4 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1989 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9 Alabama § 6 1 0     10 2 0
#5 Tennessee § 6 1 0     11 1 0
#6 Auburn § 6 1 0     10 2 0
Florida 4 3 0     7 5 0
Ole Miss 4 3 0     8 4 0
Georgia 4 3 0     6 6 0
Kentucky 2 5 0     6 5 0
LSU 2 5 0     4 7 0
Mississippi State 1 6 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 0 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1989 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Arkansas 7 1 0     10 2 0
#14 Houston 6 2 0     9 2 0
#20 Texas A&M 6 2 0     8 4 0
Texas Tech 5 3 0     9 3 0
Baylor 4 4 0     5 6 0
Texas 4 4 0     5 6 0
TCU 2 6 0     4 7 0
Rice 2 6 0     2 8 1
SMU 0 8 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1989 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Miami         11 1 0
#2 Notre Dame         12 1 0
#3 Florida State         10 2 0
Northern Illinois         9 2 0
#15 Penn State         8 3 1
#17 Pittsburgh         8 3 1
#21 West Virginia         8 3 1
Syracuse         8 4 0
Southwestern Louisiana         7 4 0
Akron         6 4 1
South Carolina         6 4 1
Virginia Tech         6 4 1
Louisiana Tech         5 4 1
Army         6 5 0
Louisville         6 5 0
East Carolina         5 5 1
Tulsa         6 6 0
Southern Miss         5 6 0
Tulane         4 8 0
Navy         3 8 0
Rutgers         2 7 2
Boston College         2 9 0
Memphis         2 9 0
Cincinnati         1 9 1
Temple         1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll
1989 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#22 BYU 7 1 0     10 3 0
Air Force 5 1 1     8 4 1
Hawaii 5 2 1     9 3 1
Wyoming 5 3 0     5 6 0
San Diego State 4 3 0     6 5 1
Colorado State 4 3 0     5 5 1
Utah 2 6 0     4 8 0
UTEP 1 7 0     2 10 0
New Mexico 0 7 0     2 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

#1 and #2 Progress[edit]

WEEKS #1 #2 Event
PRE Michigan Notre Dame Notre Dame 36, Virginia 13 Aug 31
1-2 Notre Dame Michigan Notre Dame 24, Michigan 19 Sep 16
3-7 Notre Dame Miami Florida State 24, Miami 10 Oct 28
8-11 Notre Dame Colorado Miami 27, Notre Dame 10 Nov 25
12 Colorado Alabama Auburn 30, Alabama 20 Dec 2
13 Colorado Miami Notre Dame 21, Colorado 6 Jan 1

Notable Rivalry Games[edit]

Auburn 30 Alabama 20 First Iron Bowl Played in Auburn

Bowl games[edit]

Final AP Poll[edit]

  1. Miami (FL)
  2. Notre Dame
  3. Florida State
  4. Colorado
  5. Tennessee
  6. Auburn
  7. Michigan
  8. Southern California
  9. Alabama
  10. Illinois
  11. Nebraska
  12. Clemson
  13. Arkansas
  14. Houston
  15. Penn State
  16. Michigan State
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Virginia
  19. Texas Tech
  20. Texas A&M
  21. West Virginia
  22. BYU
  23. Washington
  24. Ohio State
  25. Arizona

Final Coaches Poll[edit]

  1. Miami (FL)
  2. Florida St.
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Colorado
  5. Tennessee
  6. Auburn
  7. Alabama
  8. Michigan
  9. Southern California
  10. Illinois
  11. Clemson
  12. Nebraska
  13. Arkansas
  14. Penn St.
  15. Virginia
  16. Texas Tech
  17. Michigan St.
  18. Brigham Young
  19. Pittsburgh
  20. Washington

Heisman Trophy[edit]

  1. Winner: Andre Ware, Houston, Jr. QB
  2. Anthony Thompson, Indiana, Sr. RB
  3. Major Harris, West Virginia, Jr. QB
  4. Tony Rice, Notre Dame, Sr. QB
  5. Darian Hagan, Colorado, So. QB

Other major awards[edit]

  • Maxwell (Player): Anthony Thompson, Indiana
  • Camp (Back): Anthony Thompson, Indiana
  • O'Brien Award (QB): Andre Ware, Houston
  • Rockne (Lineman): Chris Zorich, Notre Dame, NT
  • Lombardi (Linebacker): Percy Snow, Michigan St.
  • Outland (Interior): Mohammed Elewonibi, BYU
  • Coach of the Year: Bill McCartney, Colorado

References[edit]