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 9[2]
Week 2
Sep 16[3]
Week 3
Sep 23[4]
Week 4
Sep 30[5]
Week 5
Oct 7[6]
Week 6
Oct 14[7]
Week 7
Oct 21[8]
Week 8
Oct 28[9]
Week 9
Nov 4[10]
Week 10
Nov 11[11]
Week 11
Nov 18[12]
Week 12
Nov 25[13]
Week 13
Dec 2[14]
Week 14 (Final)
Jan 3[15]
1. Oklahoma (44) Oklahoma (1-0) (55) Oklahoma (1-0) (55) Oklahoma (2-0) (55) Miami (FL) (4-0) (56) Miami (FL) (5-0) (55) Miami (FL) (6-0) (56) Miami (FL) (7-0) (55) Miami (FL) (7-0) (55) Miami (FL) (8-0) (53) Miami (FL) (9-0) (57) Miami (FL) (10-0) (56) Miami (FL) (10-0) (54) Miami (FL) (11-0) (53) Penn State (12-0) (54) 1.
2. Michigan (6) Miami (FL) (2-0) (1) Miami (FL) (2-0) (1) Miami (FL) (3-0) (1) Alabama (4-0) (1) Alabama (5-0) (2) Alabama (6-0) (2) Alabama (7-0) (3) Penn State (7-0) (4) Penn State (8-0) (4) Michigan (9-0) (1) Penn State (10-0) (3) Penn State (11-0) (4) Penn State (11-0) (5) Miami (FL) (11-1) 2.
3. Miami (FL) (1) Michigan (0-0) (1) Michigan (1-0) Alabama (4-0) Nebraska (3-0) Nebraska (4-0) Nebraska (5-0) Nebraska (6-0) Michigan (7-0) (1) Michigan (8-0) (1) Penn State (9-0) (1) Oklahoma (9-1) Oklahoma (10-1) Oklahoma (10-1) Oklahoma (11-1) (3) 3.
4. UCLA (3) Alabama (2-0) Alabama (3-0) (1) Nebraska (2-0) (1) Michigan (3-0) Michigan (4-0) Michigan (5-0) Michigan (6-0) Oklahoma (6-1) Oklahoma (7-1) Oklahoma (8-1) Arizona State (9-0-1) (1) Michigan (10-1) Michigan (10-1) Arizona State (10-1-1) 4.
5. Alabama Penn State (1-0) (1) Penn State (1-0) (1) Michigan (2-0) Penn State (3-0) (1) Penn State (4-0) (1) Oklahoma (4-1) Oklahoma (5-1) Auburn (7-0) Arizona State (7-0-1) Arizona State (8-0-1) (1) Nebraska (9-1) LSU (8-2) LSU (9-2) Nebraska (10-2) 5.
6. Penn State (3) Nebraska (1-0) (1) Nebraska (1-0) (1) Washington (2-0) (1) Oklahoma (2-1) Oklahoma (3-1) Penn State (5-0) (1) Penn State (6-0) (1) Washington (6-1) Alabama (8-1) (1) Nebraska (8-1) (1) Michigan (9-1) Nebraska (9-2) Nebraska (9-2) Auburn (10-2) 6.
7. Texas A&M (1) Texas A&M (0-0) Washington (1-0) (1) Penn State (2-0) (1) Auburn (3-0) Auburn (4-0) Auburn (5-0) Auburn (6-0) Arizona State (6-0-1) Nebraska (7-1) Texas A&M (7-1) Ohio State (9-2) Alabama (9-2) Arizona State (9-1-1) Ohio State (10-3) 7.
8. Nebraska (1) Tennessee (1-0) LSU (1-0) Auburn (2-0) Arkansas (3-0) Arkansas (4-0) Iowa (5-0) Washington (5-1) Alabama (7-1) Texas A&M (7-1) Auburn (8-1) LSU (7-2) Arizona State (9-1-1) Texas A&M (9-2) Michigan (11-2) 8.
9. Ohio State Auburn (1-0) Baylor (2-0) Arkansas (2-0) USC (3-0) USC (4-0) Washington (4-1) Arizona State (5-0-1) Nebraska (6-1) Auburn (7-1) Ohio State (8-2) Alabama (9-2) Arkansas (9-2) Arkansas (9-2) Alabama (10-3) 9.
10. Tennessee Ohio State (0-1) Auburn (1-0) Arizona (3-0) Arizona (4-0) Iowa (4-0) Arizona State (4-0-1) Texas A&M (5-1) Texas A&M (6-1) Arkansas (7-1) Washington (7-2) USC (7-2) Texas A&M (8-2) Auburn (9-2) LSU (9-3) 10.
11. Florida State BYU (1-0) BYU (2-0) Arizona State (2-0) Iowa (3-0) Arizona (4-0) Texas A&M (4-1) Iowa (5-1) Iowa (6-1) Ohio State (7-2) Alabama (8-2) Arkansas (8-2) Ohio State (9-3) Ohio State (9-3) Arizona (9-3) 11.
12. Baylor Baylor (1-0) Arkansas (1-0) USC (2-0) Washington (2-1) Washington (3-1) LSU (3-1) LSU (4-1) LSU (5-1) UCLA (6-2) LSU (6-2) Washington (7-2-1) Arizona (8-2) Washington (8-2-1) Baylor (9-3) 12.
13. Florida Florida (1-1) Florida (1-1) Maryland(3-0) Baylor (3-1) Baylor (4-1) Mississippi State (5-1) Mississippi State (6-1) Arkansas (6-1) Washington (6-2) USC (6-2) Texas A&M (7-2) Washington (8-2-1) Alabama (9-3) Texas A&M (9-3) 13.
14. Auburn LSU (0-0) Georgia (1-0) Texas A&M (1-1) Texas A&M (2-1) Texas A&M (3-1) Arkansas (4-1) Arkansas (5-1) Arizona (6-1) USC (6-2) Arizona (7-2) Arizona (7-2) Auburn (8-2) Baylor (8-3) UCLA (8-3-1) 14.
15. LSU Florida State (1-1) Florida State (1-1) Iowa (2-0) UCLA (2-1) Arizona State (3-0-1) USC (4-1) Arizona (5-1) UCLA (5-2) NC State (6-1-1) Clemson (7-2) Auburn (8-2) UCLA (7-3-1) UCLA (7-3-1) Arkansas (9-3) 15.
16. Georgia т UCLA (0-1) Texas A&M (0-1) UCLA (1-1) Arizona State (2-0-1) LSU (2-1) Arizona (4-1) Clemson (5-1) NC State (5-1-1) Iowa (6-2) Stanford (7-2) Stanford (7-2) Baylor (8-3) Arizona (8-3) Iowa (9-3) 16.
17. Washington т Washington (0-0) Arizona (2-0) Baylor (2-1) Michigan State (2-1) NC State (3-0-1) Clemson (4-1) UCLA (4-2) Ohio State (6-2) Arizona (6-2) Arkansas (7-2) Baylor (7-3) USC (7-3) Georgia (8-3) Clemson (8-2-2) 17.
18. BYU Arkansas (0-0) Arizona State (1-0) LSU (1-1) LSU (1-1) Stanford (4-0) North Carolina (4-0-1) SMU (5-1) USC (5-2) LSU (5-2) Baylor (6-3) UCLA (6-3-1) Georgia (7-3) NC State (8-2-1) Washington (8-3-1) 18.
19. Arkansas Georgia (0-0) UCLA (0-1) Michigan State (1-1) Fresno State (3-0) Mississippi State (4-1) UCLA (3-2) Stanford (5-1) Mississippi State (6-2) Georgia (6-2) UCLA (6-3) Clemson (7-2-1) NC State (8-2-1) Iowa (8-3) Boston College (9-3) 19.
20. Michigan State Michigan State (0-0) Notre Dame (0-1) Florida State (1-1-1) NC State (3-0-1) Clemson (3-1)
  • Baylor (4-2) т
  • SMU (4-1) т
NC State (4-1-1) Florida State (4-2-1) Clemson (6-2) Mississippi (6-2-1) Georgia (7-3) Iowa (8-3) Stanford (8-3) Virginia Tech (9-2-1) 20.
Preseason
Aug 24[1]
Week 1
Sep 9[2]
Week 2
Sep 16[3]
Week 3
Sep 23[4]
Week 4
Sep 30[5]
Week 5
Oct 7[6]
Week 6
Oct 14[7]
Week 7
Oct 21[8]
Week 8
Oct 28[9]
Week 9
Nov 4[10]
Week 10
Nov 11[11]
Week 11
Nov 18[12]
Week 12
Nov 25[13]
Week 13
Dec 2[14]
Week 14 (Final)
Jan 3[15]
None Dropped:
  • Michigan State
  • Ohio State
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • BYU
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Notre Dame
Dropped:
  • Maryland
  • Florida State
Dropped:
  • Fresno State
  • Michigan State
  • UCLA
Dropped:
  • NC State
  • Stanford
Dropped:
  • Baylor
  • North Carolina
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Clemson
  • SMU
  • Stanford
Dropped:
  • Florida State
  • Mississippi State
Dropped:
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • NC State
Dropped:
  • Mississippi
Dropped:
  • Clemson
  • Stanford
Dropped:
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Georgia
  • NC State
  • Stanford

Coaches' Poll[edit]

Preseason
Aug 19[16]
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[17]
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[18]
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[16]
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[17]
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[18]
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. ^ "September 9, 1986 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ "September 16, 1986 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ "September 23, 1986 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ "September 30, 1986 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ "October 7, 1986 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  7. ^ "October 14, 1986 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  8. ^ "October 28, 1986 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  9. ^ "October 28, 1986 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  10. ^ "November 4, 1986 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  11. ^ "November 11, 1986 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  12. ^ "November 18, 1986 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ "November 25, 1986 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  14. ^ "December 2, 1986 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Final AP Top 20". The Oklahoman. January 4, 1987. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Coaches Think Oklahoma Is Top College Football Team". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. August 19, 1986. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Penn State Still Fifth". The Daily News (Huntingdon, PA). October 21, 1986. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Penn State Voted National Champion". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. January 4, 1987. Retrieved December 18, 2016.