1986 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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1986 NCAA Division I-AA season
Duration August – November 1986
Playoff
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.[1]

Conference changes and new programs[edit]

School 1985 Conference 1986 Conference
Bucknell I-AA Independent Colonial
Colgate I-AA Independent Colonial
Delaware I-AA Independent Yankee
Eastern Illinois AMCU Gateway
Florida A&M I-AA Independent MEAC
Holy Cross I-AA Independent Colonial
Illinois State Missouri Valley Gateway
Indiana State I-AA Independent Gateway
Lafayette I-AA Independent Colonial
Lehigh I-AA Independent Colonial
Northern Iowa AMCU Gateway
Richmond I-AA Independent Yankee
Southern Illinois Missouri Valley Gateway
Southwest Missouri State AMCU Gateway
Texas–Arlington Southland Dropped Program
Western Illinois AMCU Gateway

Conference standings[edit]

Template:1986 Big Sky football standings Template:1986 Colonial League football standings Template:1986 Ivy 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
1986 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Appalachian State $^ 6 0 1     9 2 1
Western Carolina 5 2 0     6 5 0
Furman ^ 4 2 1     7 3 2
East Tennessee State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Marshall 3 3 0     6 4 1
Chattanooga 2 4 0     4 7 0
VMI 1 5 0     1 10 0
The Citadel 0 6 0     3 8 0
Davidson 0 6 0     0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
1986 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Arkansas State $^ 5 0 0     12 2 1
North Texas State 3 2 0     6 4 0
Louisiana Tech 3 2 0     6 4 1
Northeast Louisiana 3 2 0     5 6 0
McNeese State 1 4 0     2 9 0
Lamar 0 5 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll
Template:1986 SWAC football standings
1986 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#13 Delaware +^   5 2         9 4  
UMass +   5 2         8 3  
#19 Connecticut +   5 2         8 3  
New Hampshire   4 3         7 4  
Maine   3 4         7 4  
Richmond   3 4         4 7  
Boston University   3 4         4 7  
Rhode Island   0 7         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from NCAA I-AA Poll
Template:1986 Division I-AA independent football standings

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champions

Big Sky Conference – Nevada
Colonial LeagueHoly Cross
Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference – Eastern Illinois
Ivy League – Penn
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – North Carolina A&T
Ohio Valley Conference – Murray State
Southern Conference – Appalachian State
Southland Conference – Arkansas State
Southwestern Athletic Conference – Jackson State
Yankee Conference – Connecticut, Delaware, and Massachusetts

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Division I-AA Playoff bracket[edit]

First Round
November 29
Campus Sites
Quarterfinals
December 6
Campus Sites
Semifinals
December 13
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
December 20
Tacoma DomeTacoma, WA
               
Idaho 7
Nevada* 27
Nevada* 33
Tennessee State 6
Tennessee State 32
Jackson State* 23
Nevada* 38
Georgia Southern 48
North Carolina A&T 21
Georgia Southern* 52
Georgia Southern* 55
Nicholls State 31
Nicholls State 28
Appalachian State* 26
Georgia Southern 48
Arkansas State 21
Sam Houston State 7
Arkansas State* 48
Arkansas State 55
Delaware* 14
Delaware 51
William & Mary* 21
Arkansas State* 24
Eastern Kentucky 10
Murray State 21
Eastern Illinois* 28
Eastern Illinois* 22
Eastern Kentucky 24
Eastern Kentucky 23
Furman* 10

* Denotes host institution

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1986 NCAA Division I Football Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved December 26, 2013.