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1986 Polls

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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

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Oklahoma NA Big 8
1 Preseason 2 Michigan NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 3 Miami (FL) NA Ind
1 Preseason 4 UCLA NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 5 Alabama NA SEC
1 Preseason 6 Penn State NA Ind
1 Preseason 7 Texas A&M NA SWC
1 Preseason 8 Nebraska NA Big 8
1 Preseason 9 Ohio State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 10 Tennessee NA SEC
1 Preseason 11 Florida State NA Ind
1 Preseason 12 Baylor NA SWC
1 Preseason 13 Florida NA SEC
1 Preseason 14 Auburn NA SEC
1 Preseason 15 Louisiana State NA SEC
1 Preseason 16 Georgia NA SEC
1 Preseason 16 Washington NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 18 Brigham Young NA WAC
1 Preseason 19 Arkansas NA SWC
1 Preseason 20 Michigan State NA Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1986-09-09 1 Oklahoma 1 NC Big 8
2 1986-09-09 2 Miami (FL) 3 Up 1 Ind
2 1986-09-09 3 Michigan 2 Down 1 Big Ten
2 1986-09-09 4 Alabama 5 Up 1 SEC
2 1986-09-09 5 Penn State 6 Up 1 Ind
2 1986-09-09 6 Nebraska 8 Up 2 Big 8
2 1986-09-09 7 Texas A&M 7 NC SWC
2 1986-09-09 8 Tennessee 10 Up 2 SEC
2 1986-09-09 9 Auburn 14 Up 5 SEC
2 1986-09-09 10 Ohio State 9 Down 1 Big Ten
2 1986-09-09 11 Brigham Young 18 Up 7 WAC
2 1986-09-09 12 Baylor 12 NC SWC
2 1986-09-09 13 Florida 13 NC SEC
2 1986-09-09 14 Louisiana State 15 Up 1 SEC
2 1986-09-09 15 Florida State 11 Down 4 Ind
2 1986-09-09 16 UCLA 4 Down 12 Pac-10
2 1986-09-09 17 Washington 16 Down 1 Pac-10
2 1986-09-09 18 Arkansas 19 Up 1 SWC
2 1986-09-09 19 Georgia 16 Down 3 SEC
2 1986-09-09 20 Michigan State 20 NC Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1986-09-16 1 Oklahoma 1 NC Big 8
3 1986-09-16 2 Miami (FL) 2 NC Ind
3 1986-09-16 3 Michigan 3 NC Big Ten
3 1986-09-16 4 Alabama 4 NC SEC
3 1986-09-16 5 Penn State 5 NC Ind
3 1986-09-16 6 Nebraska 6 NC Big 8
3 1986-09-16 7 Washington 17 Up 10 Pac-10
3 1986-09-16 8 Louisiana State 14 Up 6 SEC
3 1986-09-16 9 Baylor 12 Up 3 SWC
3 1986-09-16 10 Auburn 9 Down 1 SEC
3 1986-09-16 11 Brigham Young 11 NC WAC
3 1986-09-16 12 Arkansas 18 Up 6 SWC
3 1986-09-16 13 Florida 13 NC SEC
3 1986-09-16 14 Georgia 19 Up 5 SEC
3 1986-09-16 15 Florida State 15 NC Ind
3 1986-09-16 16 Texas A&M 7 Down 9 SWC
3 1986-09-16 17 Arizona Up  Pac-10
3 1986-09-16 18 Arizona State Up  Pac-10
3 1986-09-16 19 UCLA 16 Down 3 Pac-10
3 1986-09-16 20 Notre Dame Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1986-09-23 1 Oklahoma 1 NC Big 8
4 1986-09-23 2 Miami (FL) 2 NC Ind
4 1986-09-23 3 Alabama 4 Up 1 SEC
4 1986-09-23 4 Nebraska 6 Up 2 Big 8
4 1986-09-23 5 Michigan 3 Down 2 Big Ten
4 1986-09-23 6 Washington 7 Up 1 Pac-10
4 1986-09-23 7 Penn State 5 Down 2 Ind
4 1986-09-23 8 Auburn 10 Up 2 SEC
4 1986-09-23 9 Arkansas 12 Up 3 SWC
4 1986-09-23 10 Arizona 17 Up 7 Pac-10
4 1986-09-23 11 Arizona State 18 Up 7 Pac-10
4 1986-09-23 12 Southern California Up  Pac-10
4 1986-09-23 13 Maryland Up  ACC
4 1986-09-23 14 Texas A&M 16 Up 2 SWC
4 1986-09-23 15 Iowa Up  Big Ten
4 1986-09-23 16 UCLA 19 Up 3 Pac-10
4 1986-09-23 17 Baylor 9 Down 8 SWC
4 1986-09-23 18 Louisiana State 8 Down 10 SEC
4 1986-09-23 19 Michigan State Up  Big Ten
4 1986-09-23 20 Florida State 15 Down 5 Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1986-09-30 1 Miami (FL) 2 Up 1 Ind
5 1986-09-30 2 Alabama 3 Up 1 SEC
5 1986-09-30 3 Nebraska 4 Up 1 Big 8
5 1986-09-30 4 Michigan 5 Up 1 Big Ten
5 1986-09-30 5 Penn State 7 Up 2 Ind
5 1986-09-30 6 Oklahoma 1 Down 5 Big 8
5 1986-09-30 7 Auburn 8 Up 1 SEC
5 1986-09-30 8 Arkansas 9 Up 1 SWC
5 1986-09-30 9 Southern California 12 Up 3 Pac-10
5 1986-09-30 10 Arizona 10 NC Pac-10
5 1986-09-30 11 Iowa 15 Up 4 Big Ten
5 1986-09-30 12 Washington 6 Down 6 Pac-10
5 1986-09-30 13 Baylor 17 Up 4 SWC
5 1986-09-30 14 Texas A&M 14 NC SWC
5 1986-09-30 15 UCLA 16 Up 1 Pac-10
5 1986-09-30 16 Arizona State 11 Down 5 Pac-10
5 1986-09-30 17 Michigan State 19 Up 2 Big Ten
5 1986-09-30 18 Louisiana State 18 NC SEC
5 1986-09-30 19 Fresno State Up  PCAA
5 1986-09-30 20 North Carolina State Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1986-10-07 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
6 1986-10-07 2 Alabama 2 NC SEC
6 1986-10-07 3 Nebraska 3 NC Big 8
6 1986-10-07 4 Michigan 4 NC Big Ten
6 1986-10-07 5 Penn State 5 NC Ind
6 1986-10-07 6 Oklahoma 6 NC Big 8
6 1986-10-07 7 Auburn 7 NC SEC
6 1986-10-07 8 Arkansas 8 NC SWC
6 1986-10-07 9 Southern California 9 NC Pac-10
6 1986-10-07 10 Iowa 11 Up 1 Big Ten
6 1986-10-07 11 Arizona 10 Down 1 Pac-10
6 1986-10-07 12 Washington 12 NC Pac-10
6 1986-10-07 13 Baylor 13 NC SWC
6 1986-10-07 14 Texas A&M 14 NC SWC
6 1986-10-07 15 Arizona State 16 Up 1 Pac-10
6 1986-10-07 16 Louisiana State 18 Up 2 SEC
6 1986-10-07 17 North Carolina State 20 Up 3 ACC
6 1986-10-07 18 Stanford Up  Pac-10
6 1986-10-07 19 Mississippi State Up  SEC
6 1986-10-07 20 Clemson Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1986-10-14 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
7 1986-10-14 2 Alabama 2 NC SEC
7 1986-10-14 3 Nebraska 3 NC Big 8
7 1986-10-14 4 Michigan 4 NC Big Ten
7 1986-10-14 5 Oklahoma 6 Up 1 Big 8
7 1986-10-14 6 Penn State 5 Down 1 Ind
7 1986-10-14 7 Auburn 7 NC SEC
7 1986-10-14 8 Iowa 10 Up 2 Big Ten
7 1986-10-14 9 Washington 12 Up 3 Pac-10
7 1986-10-14 10 Arizona State 15 Up 5 Pac-10
7 1986-10-14 11 Texas A&M 14 Up 3 SWC
7 1986-10-14 12 Louisiana State 16 Up 4 SEC
7 1986-10-14 13 Mississippi State 19 Up 6 SEC
7 1986-10-14 14 Arkansas 8 Down 6 SWC
7 1986-10-14 15 Southern California 9 Down 6 Pac-10
7 1986-10-14 16 Arizona 11 Down 5 Pac-10
7 1986-10-14 17 Clemson 20 Up 3 ACC
7 1986-10-14 18 North Carolina Up  ACC
7 1986-10-14 19 UCLA Up  Pac-10
7 1986-10-14 20 Baylor 13 Down 7 SWC
7 1986-10-14 20 Southern Methodist Up  SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1986-10-21 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
8 1986-10-21 2 Alabama 2 NC SEC
8 1986-10-21 3 Nebraska 3 NC Big 8
8 1986-10-21 4 Michigan 4 NC Big Ten
8 1986-10-21 5 Oklahoma 5 NC Big 8
8 1986-10-21 6 Penn State 6 NC Ind
8 1986-10-21 7 Auburn 7 NC SEC
8 1986-10-21 8 Washington 9 Up 1 Pac-10
8 1986-10-21 9 Arizona State 10 Up 1 Pac-10
8 1986-10-21 10 Texas A&M 11 Up 1 SWC
8 1986-10-21 11 Iowa 8 Down 3 Big Ten
8 1986-10-21 12 Louisiana State 12 NC SEC
8 1986-10-21 13 Mississippi State 13 NC SEC
8 1986-10-21 14 Arkansas 14 NC SWC
8 1986-10-21 15 Arizona 16 Up 1 Pac-10
8 1986-10-21 16 Clemson 17 Up 1 ACC
8 1986-10-21 17 UCLA 19 Up 2 Pac-10
8 1986-10-21 18 Southern Methodist 20 Up 2 SWC
8 1986-10-21 19 Stanford Up  Pac-10
8 1986-10-21 20 North Carolina State Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1986-10-28 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
9 1986-10-28 2 Penn State 6 Up 4 Ind
9 1986-10-28 3 Michigan 4 Up 1 Big Ten
9 1986-10-28 4 Oklahoma 5 Up 1 Big 8
9 1986-10-28 5 Auburn 7 Up 2 SEC
9 1986-10-28 6 Washington 8 Up 2 Pac-10
9 1986-10-28 7 Arizona State 9 Up 2 Pac-10
9 1986-10-28 8 Alabama 2 Down 6 SEC
9 1986-10-28 9 Nebraska 3 Down 6 Big 8
9 1986-10-28 10 Texas A&M 10 NC SWC
9 1986-10-28 11 Iowa 11 NC Big Ten
9 1986-10-28 12 Louisiana State 12 NC SEC
9 1986-10-28 13 Arkansas 14 Up 1 SWC
9 1986-10-28 14 Arizona 15 Up 1 Pac-10
9 1986-10-28 15 UCLA 17 Up 2 Pac-10
9 1986-10-28 16 North Carolina State 20 Up 4 ACC
9 1986-10-28 17 Ohio State Up  Big Ten
9 1986-10-28 18 Southern California Up  Pac-10
9 1986-10-28 19 Mississippi State 13 Down 6 SEC
9 1986-10-28 20 Florida State Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1986-11-04 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
10 1986-11-04 2 Penn State 2 NC Ind
10 1986-11-04 3 Michigan 3 NC Big Ten
10 1986-11-04 4 Oklahoma 4 NC Big 8
10 1986-11-04 5 Arizona State 7 Up 2 Pac-10
10 1986-11-04 6 Alabama 8 Up 2 SEC
10 1986-11-04 7 Nebraska 9 Up 2 Big 8
10 1986-11-04 8 Texas A&M 10 Up 2 SWC
10 1986-11-04 9 Auburn 5 Down 4 SEC
10 1986-11-04 10 Arkansas 13 Up 3 SWC
10 1986-11-04 11 Ohio State 17 Up 6 Big Ten
10 1986-11-04 12 UCLA 15 Up 3 Pac-10
10 1986-11-04 13 Washington 6 Down 7 Pac-10
10 1986-11-04 14 Southern California 18 Up 4 Pac-10
10 1986-11-04 15 North Carolina State 16 Up 1 ACC
10 1986-11-04 16 Iowa 11 Down 5 Big Ten
10 1986-11-04 17 Arizona 14 Down 3 Pac-10
10 1986-11-04 18 Louisiana State 12 Down 6 SEC
10 1986-11-04 19 Georgia Up  SEC
10 1986-11-04 20 Clemson Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1986-11-11 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
11 1986-11-11 2 Michigan 3 Up 1 Big Ten
11 1986-11-11 3 Penn State 2 Down 1 Ind
11 1986-11-11 4 Oklahoma 4 NC Big 8
11 1986-11-11 5 Arizona State 5 NC Pac-10
11 1986-11-11 6 Nebraska 7 Up 1 Big 8
11 1986-11-11 7 Texas A&M 8 Up 1 SWC
11 1986-11-11 8 Auburn 9 Up 1 SEC
11 1986-11-11 9 Ohio State 11 Up 2 Big Ten
11 1986-11-11 10 Washington 13 Up 3 Pac-10
11 1986-11-11 11 Alabama 6 Down 5 SEC
11 1986-11-11 12 Louisiana State 18 Up 6 SEC
11 1986-11-11 13 Southern California 14 Up 1 Pac-10
11 1986-11-11 14 Arizona 17 Up 3 Pac-10
11 1986-11-11 15 Clemson 20 Up 5 ACC
11 1986-11-11 16 Stanford Up  Pac-10
11 1986-11-11 17 Arkansas 10 Down 7 SWC
11 1986-11-11 18 Baylor Up  SWC
11 1986-11-11 19 UCLA 12 Down 7 Pac-10
11 1986-11-11 20 Mississippi Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 1986-11-18 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
12 1986-11-18 2 Penn State 3 Up 1 Ind
12 1986-11-18 3 Oklahoma 4 Up 1 Big 8
12 1986-11-18 4 Arizona State 5 Up 1 Pac-10
12 1986-11-18 5 Nebraska 6 Up 1 Big 8
12 1986-11-18 6 Michigan 2 Down 4 Big Ten
12 1986-11-18 7 Ohio State 9 Up 2 Big Ten
12 1986-11-18 8 Louisiana State 12 Up 4 SEC
12 1986-11-18 9 Alabama 11 Up 2 SEC
12 1986-11-18 10 Southern California 13 Up 3 Pac-10
12 1986-11-18 11 Arkansas 17 Up 6 SWC
12 1986-11-18 12 Washington 10 Down 2 Pac-10
12 1986-11-18 13 Texas A&M 7 Down 6 SWC
12 1986-11-18 14 Arizona 14 NC Pac-10
12 1986-11-18 15 Auburn 8 Down 7 SEC
12 1986-11-18 16 Stanford 16 NC Pac-10
12 1986-11-18 17 Baylor 18 Up 1 SWC
12 1986-11-18 18 UCLA 19 Up 1 Pac-10
12 1986-11-18 19 Clemson 15 Down 4 ACC
12 1986-11-18 20 Georgia Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
13 1986-11-25 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
13 1986-11-25 2 Penn State 2 NC Ind
13 1986-11-25 3 Oklahoma 3 NC Big 8
13 1986-11-25 4 Michigan 6 Up 2 Big Ten
13 1986-11-25 5 Louisiana State 8 Up 3 SEC
13 1986-11-25 6 Nebraska 5 Down 1 Big 8
13 1986-11-25 7 Alabama 9 Up 2 SEC
13 1986-11-25 8 Arizona State 4 Down 4 Pac-10
13 1986-11-25 9 Arkansas 11 Up 2 SWC
13 1986-11-25 10 Texas A&M 13 Up 3 SWC
13 1986-11-25 11 Ohio State 7 Down 4 Big Ten
13 1986-11-25 12 Arizona 14 Up 2 Pac-10
13 1986-11-25 13 Washington 12 Down 1 Pac-10
13 1986-11-25 14 Auburn 15 Up 1 SEC
13 1986-11-25 15 UCLA 18 Up 3 Pac-10
13 1986-11-25 16 Baylor 17 Up 1 SWC
13 1986-11-25 17 Southern California 10 Down 7 Pac-10
13 1986-11-25 18 Georgia 20 Up 2 SEC
13 1986-11-25 19 North Carolina State Up  ACC
13 1986-11-25 20 Iowa Up  Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
14 1986-12-02 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
14 1986-12-02 2 Penn State 2 NC Ind
14 1986-12-02 3 Oklahoma 3 NC Big 8
14 1986-12-02 4 Michigan 4 NC Big Ten
14 1986-12-02 5 Louisiana State 5 NC SEC
14 1986-12-02 6 Nebraska 6 NC Big 8
14 1986-12-02 7 Arizona State 8 Up 1 Pac-10
14 1986-12-02 8 Texas A&M 10 Up 2 SWC
14 1986-12-02 9 Arkansas 9 NC SWC
14 1986-12-02 10 Auburn 14 Up 4 SEC
14 1986-12-02 11 Ohio State 11 NC Big Ten
14 1986-12-02 12 Washington 13 Up 1 Pac-10
14 1986-12-02 13 Alabama 7 Down 6 SEC
14 1986-12-02 14 Baylor 16 Up 2 SWC
14 1986-12-02 15 UCLA 15 NC Pac-10
14 1986-12-02 16 Arizona 12 Down 4 Pac-10
14 1986-12-02 17 Georgia 18 Up 1 SEC
14 1986-12-02 18 North Carolina State 19 Up 1 ACC
14 1986-12-02 19 Iowa 20 Up 1 Big Ten
14 1986-12-02 20 Stanford Up  Pac-10
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
15 Final 1 Penn State 2 Up 1 Ind
15 Final 2 Miami (FL) 1 Down 1 Ind
15 Final 3 Oklahoma 3 NC Big 8
15 Final 4 Arizona State 7 Up 3 Pac-10
15 Final 5 Nebraska 6 Up 1 Big 8
15 Final 6 Auburn 10 Up 4 SEC
15 Final 7 Ohio State 11 Up 4 Big Ten
15 Final 8 Michigan 4 Down 4 Big Ten
15 Final 9 Alabama 13 Up 4 SEC
15 Final 10 Louisiana State 5 Down 5 SEC
15 Final 11 Arizona 16 Up 5 Pac-10
15 Final 12 Baylor 14 Up 2 SWC
15 Final 13 Texas A&M 8 Down 5 SWC
15 Final 14 UCLA 15 Up 1 Pac-10
15 Final 15 Arkansas 9 Down 6 SWC
15 Final 16 Iowa 19 Up 3 Big Ten
15 Final 17 Clemson Up  ACC
15 Final 18 Washington 12 Down 6 Pac-10
15 Final 19 Boston College Up  Ind
15 Final 20 Virginia Tech Up  Ind