1986 NCAA Division I-AA football season
|1986 NCAA Division I-AA season|
|Duration||August – November 1986|
|Duration||November 29 – December 20, 1986|
|Championship site||Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA|
|Champion||Georgia Southern Eagles|
|Division I-AA football season|
The 1986 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 1986, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 20, 1986, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. The Georgia Southern Eagles won their second consecutive I-AA championship, defeating the Arkansas State Indians (now Red Wolves) by a final score of 48−21.
Conference changes and new programs
- Prior to the season, the Colonial League, now known as the Patriot League, was established as a six-member, football-only league for teams in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. The Colonial League, however, was totally separate from the current Colonial Athletic Association.
- Prior to the 1986 season, the Gateway Conference was formed out of the four remaining members of the disbanded Association of Mid-Continent Universities (Eastern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Western Illinois, Southwest Missouri State) and two former members of the Missouri Valley Conference (Illinois State and Southern Illinois). The MVC stopped sponsoring Division I-A football after the 1985 season.
|Template:1986 Colonial League football standings||
|Template:1986 Gateway football standings||Template:1986 Gulf Star football standings||Template:1986 MEAC football standings|
|Template:1986 Ohio Valley football standings||
|Template:1986 SWAC football standings||
|Template:1986 Division I-AA independent football standings|
Big Sky Conference – Nevada
NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket
|National Championship Game
Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA
|North Carolina A&T||21|
|Sam Houston State||7|
|William & Mary*||21|
* Denotes host institution
- "1986 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 26, 2013.