1986 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1986 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I-A football rankings. Unlike most sports, college football's governing body, the NCAA, does not bestow a national championship, instead that title is bestowed by one or more different polling agencies. There are two main weekly polls that begin in the preseason—the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.

Legend[edit]

  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
  National Champion
(#–#)
  Win-loss record
(Italics)
  Number of first place votes
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Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP Poll[edit]

Preseason
Aug 24[1]
Week 1
Sep 2
Week 2
Sep 9
Week 3
Sep 16
Week 4
Sep 23
Week 5
Sep 30
Week 6
Oct 7
Week 7
Oct 14
Week 8
Oct 21
Week 9
Oct 28
Week 10
Nov 4
Week 11
Nov 11
Week 12
Nov 18
Week 13
Nov 25
Week 14
Dec 2
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[2]
1. Oklahoma (44) Penn State (12-0) (54) 1.
2. Michigan (6) Miami (FL) (11-1) 2.
3. Miami (FL) (1) Oklahoma (11-1) (3) 3.
4. UCLA (3) Arizona State (10-1-1) 4.
5. Alabama Nebraska (10-2) 5.
6. Penn State (3) Auburn (10-2) 6.
7. Texas A&M (1) Ohio State (10-3) 7.
8. Nebraska (1) Michigan (11-2) 8.
9. Ohio State Alabama (10-3) 9.
10. Tennessee LSU (9-3) 10.
11. Florida State Arizona (9-3) 11.
12. Baylor Baylor (9-3) 12.
13. Florida Texas A&M (9-3) 13.
14. Auburn UCLA (8-3-1) 14.
15. LSU Arkansas (9-3) 15.
16. Georgia т Iowa (9-3) 16.
17. Washington т Clemson (8-2-2) 17.
18. BYU Washington (8-3-1) 18.
19. Arkansas Boston College (9-3) 19.
20. Michigan State Virginia Tech (9-2-1) 20.
Preseason
Aug 24[1]
Week 1
Sep 2
Week 2
Sep 9
Week 3
Sep 16
Week 4
Sep 23
Week 5
Sep 30
Week 6
Oct 7
Week 7
Oct 14
Week 8
Oct 21
Week 9
Oct 28
Week 10
Nov 4
Week 11
Nov 11
Week 12
Nov 18
Week 13
Nov 25
Week 14
Dec 2
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[2]
None None None None None None None None None None None None None None Dropped:
  • Georgia
  • NC State
  • Stanford

Coaches' Poll[edit]

Preseason
Aug 19[3]
Week 1
Sep 2
Week 2
Sep 9
Week 3
Sep 16
Week 4
Sep 23
Week 5
Sep 30
Week 6
Oct 7
Week 7
Oct 14
Week 8
Oct 21[4]
Week 9
Oct 28
Week 10
Nov 4
Week 11
Nov 11
Week 12
Nov 18
Week 13
Nov 25
Week 14
Dec 2
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[5]
1. Oklahoma (36) Miami (FL) (7-0) (47) Penn State (12-0) (50) 1.
2. Michigan (1) Alabama (7-0) (3) Miami (FL) (11-1) 2.
3. Texas A&M (5) Nebraska (6-0) Oklahoma (11-1) 3.
4. UCLA (2) Michigan (6-0) Nebraska (10-2) 4.
5. Penn State (2) Penn State (6-0) Arizona State (10-1-1) 5.
6. Alabama (1) Oklahoma (5-1) Ohio State (10-3) 6.
7. Miami (FL) (3) Auburn (6-0) Michigan (11-2) 7.
8. Nebraska Washington (5-1) Auburn (10-2) 8.
9. Ohio State Arizona State (5-0-1) Alabama (10-3) 9.
10. Tennessee Texas A&M (5-1) Arizona (9-3) 10.
11. Florida State LSU (4-1) LSU (9-3) 11.
12. Baylor Iowa (5-1) Texas A&M (9-3) 12.
13. Auburn Arkansas (5-1) Baylor (9-3) 13.
14. Arkansas Mississippi State (6-1) UCLA (8-3-1) 14.
15. Georgia Arizona (5-1) Iowa (9-3) 15.
16. BYU т Clemson (5-1) Arkansas (9-3) 16.
17. Washington т UCLA (4-2) т Washington (8-3-1) 17.
18. Iowa Stanford (5-1) т Boston College (9-3) 18.
19. LSU NC State (4-1-1) Clemson (8-2-2) 19.
20. Maryland Baylor (4-3) т
North Carolina (4-1-1) т
Florida State (7-4-1) 20.
Preseason
Aug 19[3]
Week 1
Sep 2
Week 2
Sep 9
Week 3
Sep 16
Week 4
Sep 23
Week 5
Sep 30
Week 6
Oct 7
Week 7
Oct 14
Week 8
Oct 21[4]
Week 9
Oct 28
Week 10
Nov 4
Week 11
Nov 11
Week 12
Nov 18
Week 13
Nov 25
Week 14
Dec 2
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[5]
None None None None None None None None None None None None None None Dropped:
  • Stanford
  • San Jose State
  • Virginia Tech

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 1 College Ranking Goes to Oklahoma". Albuquerque Journal. August 24, 1986. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Final AP Top 20". The Oklahoman. January 4, 1987. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Coaches Think Oklahoma Is Top College Football Team". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. August 19, 1986. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Penn State Still Fifth". The Daily News (Huntingdon, PA). October 21, 1986. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Penn State Voted National Champion". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. January 4, 1987. Retrieved December 18, 2016.