1987–88 NCAA football bowl games

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1987–88 NCAA football bowl games
Season 1987
Number of bowls 18
Bowl games December 13, 1987 –
January 2, 1988
National Championship Orange Bowl
Location of Championship Miami, Florida
Champions Miami Hurricanes
Bowl record by conference
Conference Bowls Record Final AP Poll
Independent 9 2–6–1 (0.278) 5
SEC 6 3–2–1 (0.583) 4
Big Ten 4 3–1 (0.750) 3
Pac-10 4 3–1 (0.750) 3
Big 8 3 1–2 (0.333) 3
SWC 3 2–1 (0.667) 1
WAC 3 0–3 (0.000) 0
ACC 2 2–0 (1.000) 1
MAC 1 1–0 (1.000) 0
PCAA 1 0–1 (0.000) 0

The 1987–88 NCAA football bowl games concluded the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season, featuring 18 games. Twenty ranked teams participated, and seven of the eighteen matchups were between two ranked teams.[1] The Miami Hurricanes were declared the national champions, after upsetting #1 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.[2][3]

Seventeen of the bowl games ended with a winner, while there was a lone tie (Auburn vs Syracuse in the Sugar Bowl).

Nine independent teams competed, along with six SEC teams, four Big Ten, four Pac-10, three WAC, three Big 8, three SWC, two ACC, one MAC, and one PCAA.

The largest margin of victory occurred twice; Clemson beat Penn State and Texas A&M beat Notre Dame, both 35-10.

The "bowl week" started on December 13 with the California Bowl, and concluded on January 2, 1988 with the Hall of Fame Bowl and the Peach Bowl.

Bowl schedule[edit]

Date Game Site Television Teams Affiliations Results
Dec. 13 California Bowl Bulldog Stadium
Fresno, California
Eastern Michigan Hurons (9–2)
San Jose State Spartans (10–1)
MAC
PCAA
Eastern Michigan 30
San Jose State 27
Dec. 19 Independence Bowl Independence Stadium
Shreveport, Louisiana
Mizlou Washington Huskies (6–4–1)
Tulane Green Wave (6–5)
Pac-10
Independent
Washington 24
Tulane 12
Dec. 22 All-American Bowl Legion Field
Birmingham, Alabama
Raycom BYU Cougars (9–3)
Virginia Cavaliers (7–4)
WAC
ACC
Virginia 22
BYU 16
Dec. 25 Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
ABC #10 UCLA Bruins (9–2)
Florida Gators (6–5)
Pac-10
SEC
UCLA 20
Florida 16
John Hancock Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium
El Paso, Texas
CBS West Virginia Mountaineers (6–5)
#11 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9–2)
Independent
Big 8
Oklahoma State 35
West Virginia 33
Dec. 29 Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, Tennessee
Raycom Arkansas Razorbacks (9–3)
#15 Georgia Bulldogs (8–3)
SWC
SEC
Georgia 20
Arkansas 17
Dec. 30 Freedom Bowl Anaheim Stadium
Anaheim, California
Mizlou Air Force Falcons (9–3)
Arizona State Sun Devils (6–4–1)
WAC
Pac-10
Arizona State 33
Air Force 28
SeaWorld Holiday Bowl Jack Murphy Stadium
San Diego
ESPN #18 Iowa Hawkeyes (9–3)
Wyoming Cowboys (10–2)
Big Ten
WAC
Iowa 20
Wyoming 19
Dec. 31 Mazda Gator Bowl Gator Bowl Stadium
Jacksonville, Florida
CBS #9 South Carolina Gamecocks (8–3)
#7 LSU Tigers (9–1–1)
Independent
SEC
LSU 30
South Carolina 13
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl Astrodome
Houston
Mizlou #19 Pittsburgh Panthers (8–3)
Texas Longhorns (6–5)
Independent
SWC
Texas 32
Pittsburgh 27
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
NBC #16 USC Trojans (8–3)
#8 Michigan State Spartans (8–2–1)
Pac-10
Big Ten
Michigan State 20
USC 17
Orange Bowl
National Championship
Orange Bowl
Miami
NBC #2 Miami Hurricanes (11–0)
#1 Oklahoma Sooners (11–0)
Independent
Big 8
Miami 20
Oklahoma 14
Florida Citrus Bowl Florida Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
ABC #14 Clemson Tigers (9–2)
#20 Penn State Nittany Lions (8–3)
ACC
Independent
Clemson 35
Penn State 10
Sunkist Fiesta Bowl Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, Arizona
NBC #3 Florida State Seminoles (10–1)
#5 Nebraska Cornhuskers (10–1)
Independent
Big 8
Florida State 31
Nebraska 28
Cotton Bowl Classic Cotton Bowl
Dallas
CBS #12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8–3)
#8 Texas A&M Aggies (9–2)
Independent
SWC
Texas A&M 35
Notre Dame 10
USF&G Sugar Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans
ABC #6 Auburn Tigers (9–1–1)
#4 Syracuse Orangemen (11–0)
SEC
Independent
Auburn 16
Syracuse 16
Jan. 2 Hall of Fame Bowl Tampa Stadium
Tampa, Florida
NBC Michigan Wolverines (7–4)
Alabama Crimson Tide (7–4)
Big Ten
SEC
Michigan 28
Alabama 24
Peach Bowl Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta
Mizlou #17 Tennessee Volunteers (9–2–1)
Indiana Hoosiers (8–3)
SEC
Big Ten
Tennessee 27
Indiana 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AP and Coaches Yearly Final Polls". cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  2. ^ "Recognized National Championships by Year". cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  3. ^ Keith Meador. "1987 Oklahoma at Miami (FL) Game Recap - SoonerStats - Oklahoma Sooners Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Softball Scores, Records, and Stats". soonerstats.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19.