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The 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season saw the Oklahoma Sooners, led by head coach Barry Switzer, continue their long history of excellence by winning Oklahoma's sixth national championship.

Oklahoma finished the season 11-1, with their only loss to Miami at home, in a game future NFL star Troy Aikman was lost for the season. The Sooners regrouped and went undefeated the rest of the way, capping off a tremendous season with a win over Penn State in the Orange Bowl.

Michigan would finish #2, the highest finish of a Bo Schembechler led team. The team shined on defense, led by All-Americans Mike Hammerstein and Mark Messner.

Tennessee finished off a terrific season with a victory over #2 Miami in the Sugar Bowl. This team won the school's first SEC championship in 16 years and was nicknamed the "Sugar Vols". The SEC title was the first of three for coach Johnny Majors.

Air Force Falcons, under Fisher DeBerry had what is considered their best season ever, defeating Texas in the Bluebonnet bowl and finishing #5.

This years edition of the Iron Bowl is widely considered to be one of the greatest ever. Despite Auburn having heisman trophy winner Bo Jackson on its side, Alabama took this game with a last second field goal.


AP Final Poll

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Michigan
  3. Penn State
  4. Tennessee
  5. Florida
  6. Texas A&M
  7. UCLA
  8. Air Force
  9. Miami (FL)
  10. Iowa
  11. Nebraska
  12. Arkansas
  13. Alabama
  14. Ohio State
  15. Florida State
  16. BYU
  17. Baylor
  18. Maryland
  19. Georgia Tech
  20. LSU

Final Coaches Poll

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Michigan
  3. Penn St.
  4. Tennessee
  5. Air Force
  6. UCLA
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Miami (FL)
  9. Iowa
  10. Nebraska
  11. Ohio St.
  12. Arkansas
  13. Florida St.
  14. Alabama
  15. Baylor
  16. Fresno St.
  17. Brigham Young
  18. Georgia Tech
  19. Maryland
  20. Louisiana St.

Notable rivalry games

#1 and #2 Progress

WEEKS #1 #2 Event
PRE-1 Oklahoma Auburn Auburn 49, LA-Lafayette 7 Sep 7
2-4 Auburn Oklahoma Tennessee 38, Auburn 20 Sep 28
5-6 Iowa Oklahoma Miami 27, Oklahoma 14 Oct 12
7 Iowa Michigan Iowa 12, Michigan 10 Oct 19
8-9 Iowa Florida Ohio State 22, Iowa 13 Nov 2
10 Florida Penn State Georgia 24, Florida 3 Nov 9
11-12 Penn State Nebraska Oklahoma 27, Nebraska 7 Nov 23
13 Penn State Air Force Miami 58, Notre Dame 7 Nov 30
14-15 Penn State Miami Oklahoma 25, Penn State 10 Jan 1

Bowl games

Heisman Trophy voting

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the

Most Outstanding Player of the year
Winner: Bo Jackson, Auburn, RB (1,509 points)

Other annual awards




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