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1986 Bowl Games

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National Champion: Penn State (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Vinny Testaverde (Miami (FL))
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno (Penn State)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ AP Final #1: Penn State

18 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1987-01-02 Fiesta Bowl Penn State 14 Miami (FL) 10 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
1987-01-01 Citrus Bowl Auburn 16 Southern California 7 Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
1987-01-01 Cotton Bowl Ohio State 28 Texas A&M 12 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
1987-01-01 Orange Bowl Oklahoma 42 Arkansas 8 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1987-01-01 Rose Bowl Arizona State 22 Michigan 15 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1987-01-01 Sugar Bowl Nebraska 30 Louisiana State 15 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1986-12-31 All-American Bowl Florida State 27 Indiana 13 All-American Bowl (Birmingham, AL)
1986-12-31 Bluebonnet Bowl Baylor 21 Colorado 9 Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
1986-12-31 Peach Bowl Virginia Tech 25 North Carolina State 24 Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)
1986-12-30 Freedom Bowl UCLA 31 Brigham Young 10 Freedom Bowl (Anaheim, CA)
1986-12-30 Holiday Bowl Iowa 39 San Diego State 38 Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)
1986-12-29 Liberty Bowl Tennessee 21 Minnesota 14 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
1986-12-27 Aloha Bowl Arizona 30 North Carolina 21 Aloha Bowl (Honolulu, HI)
1986-12-27 Gator Bowl Clemson 27 Stanford 21 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
1986-12-25 Sun Bowl Alabama 28 Washington 6 Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)
1986-12-23 Hall of Fame Bowl Boston College 27 Georgia 24 Hall of Fame Bowl (Tampa, FL)
1986-12-20 Independence Bowl Mississippi 20 Texas Tech 17 Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA)
1986-12-13 California Bowl San Jose State 37 Miami (OH) 7 California Bowl (Fresno, CA)