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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 (1-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
2 1986-09-09 2 Miami (FL) (2-0-0) 3 Up 1 Ind
2 1986-09-09 3 Michigan 2 Down 1 Big Ten
2 1986-09-09 4 Alabama (2-0-0) 5 Up 1 SEC
2 1986-09-09 5 Penn State (1-0-0) 6 Up 1 Ind
2 1986-09-09 6 Nebraska (1-0-0) 8 Up 2 Big 8
2 1986-09-09 7 Texas A&M 7 NC SWC
2 1986-09-09 8 Tennessee (1-0-0) 10 Up 2 SEC
2 1986-09-09 9 Auburn (1-0-0) 14 Up 5 SEC
2 1986-09-09 10 Ohio State (0-1-0) 9 Down 1 Big Ten
2 1986-09-09 11 Brigham Young (1-0-0) 18 Up 7 WAC
2 1986-09-09 12 Baylor (1-0-0) 12 NC SWC
2 1986-09-09 13 Florida (1-1-0) 13 NC SEC
2 1986-09-09 14 Louisiana State 15 Up 1 SEC
2 1986-09-09 15 Florida State (1-1-0) 11 Down 4 Ind
2 1986-09-09 16 UCLA (0-1-0) 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 (1-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
3 1986-09-16 2 Miami (FL) (3-0-0) 2 NC Ind
3 1986-09-16 3 Michigan (1-0-0) 3 NC Big Ten
3 1986-09-16 4 Alabama (3-0-0) 4 NC SEC
3 1986-09-16 5 Penn State (1-0-0) 5 NC Ind
3 1986-09-16 6 Nebraska (1-0-0) 6 NC Big 8
3 1986-09-16 7 Washington (1-0-0) 17 Up 10 Pac-10
3 1986-09-16 8 Louisiana State (1-0-0) 14 Up 6 SEC
3 1986-09-16 9 Baylor (2-0-0) 12 Up 3 SWC
3 1986-09-16 10 Auburn (1-0-0) 9 Down 1 SEC
3 1986-09-16 11 Brigham Young (2-0-0) 11 NC WAC
3 1986-09-16 12 Arkansas (1-0-0) 18 Up 6 SWC
3 1986-09-16 13 Florida (1-1-0) 13 NC SEC
3 1986-09-16 14 Georgia (1-0-0) 19 Up 5 SEC
3 1986-09-16 15 Florida State (1-1-0) 15 NC Ind
3 1986-09-16 16 Texas A&M (0-1-0) 7 Down 9 SWC
3 1986-09-16 17 Arizona (2-0-0) Up  Pac-10
3 1986-09-16 18 Arizona State (1-0-0) Up  Pac-10
3 1986-09-16 19 UCLA (0-1-0) 16 Down 3 Pac-10
3 1986-09-16 20 Notre Dame (0-1-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1986-09-23 1 Oklahoma (2-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
4 1986-09-23 2 Miami (FL) (3-0-0) 2 NC Ind
4 1986-09-23 3 Alabama (4-0-0) 4 Up 1 SEC
4 1986-09-23 4 Nebraska (2-0-0) 6 Up 2 Big 8
4 1986-09-23 5 Michigan (2-0-0) 3 Down 2 Big Ten
4 1986-09-23 6 Washington (2-0-0) 7 Up 1 Pac-10
4 1986-09-23 7 Penn State (2-0-0) 5 Down 2 Ind
4 1986-09-23 8 Auburn (2-0-0) 10 Up 2 SEC
4 1986-09-23 9 Arkansas (2-0-0) 12 Up 3 SWC
4 1986-09-23 10 Arizona (3-0-0) 17 Up 7 Pac-10
4 1986-09-23 11 Arizona State (2-0-0) 18 Up 7 Pac-10
4 1986-09-23 12 Southern California (2-0-0) Up  Pac-10
4 1986-09-23 13 Maryland (3-0-0) Up  ACC
4 1986-09-23 14 Texas A&M (1-1-0) 16 Up 2 SWC
4 1986-09-23 15 Iowa (2-0-0) Up  Big Ten
4 1986-09-23 16 UCLA (1-1-0) 19 Up 3 Pac-10
4 1986-09-23 17 Baylor (2-1-0) 9 Down 8 SWC
4 1986-09-23 18 Louisiana State (1-1-0) 8 Down 10 SEC
4 1986-09-23 19 Michigan State (1-1-0) Up  Big Ten
4 1986-09-23 20 Florida State (1-1-1) 15 Down 5 Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1986-09-30 1 Miami (FL) (4-0-0) 2 Up 1 Ind
5 1986-09-30 2 Alabama (4-0-0) 3 Up 1 SEC
5 1986-09-30 3 Nebraska (3-0-0) 4 Up 1 Big 8
5 1986-09-30 4 Michigan (3-0-0) 5 Up 1 Big Ten
5 1986-09-30 5 Penn State (3-0-0) 7 Up 2 Ind
5 1986-09-30 6 Oklahoma (2-1-0) 1 Down 5 Big 8
5 1986-09-30 7 Auburn (3-0-0) 8 Up 1 SEC
5 1986-09-30 8 Arkansas (3-0-0) 9 Up 1 SWC
5 1986-09-30 9 Southern California (3-0-0) 12 Up 3 Pac-10
5 1986-09-30 10 Arizona (4-0-0) 10 NC Pac-10
5 1986-09-30 11 Iowa (3-0-0) 15 Up 4 Big Ten
5 1986-09-30 12 Washington (2-1-0) 6 Down 6 Pac-10
5 1986-09-30 13 Baylor (3-1-0) 17 Up 4 SWC
5 1986-09-30 14 Texas A&M (2-1-0) 14 NC SWC
5 1986-09-30 15 UCLA (2-1-0) 16 Up 1 Pac-10
5 1986-09-30 16 Arizona State (2-0-1) 11 Down 5 Pac-10
5 1986-09-30 17 Michigan State (2-1-0) 19 Up 2 Big Ten
5 1986-09-30 18 Louisiana State (1-1-0) 18 NC SEC
5 1986-09-30 19 Fresno State (3-0-0) Up  PCAA
5 1986-09-30 20 North Carolina State (3-0-1) Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1986-10-07 1 Miami (FL) (5-0-0) 1 NC Ind
6 1986-10-07 2 Alabama (5-0-0) 2 NC SEC
6 1986-10-07 3 Nebraska (4-0-0) 3 NC Big 8
6 1986-10-07 4 Michigan (4-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
6 1986-10-07 5 Penn State (4-0-0) 5 NC Ind
6 1986-10-07 6 Oklahoma (3-1-0) 6 NC Big 8
6 1986-10-07 7 Auburn (4-0-0) 7 NC SEC
6 1986-10-07 8 Arkansas (4-0-0) 8 NC SWC
6 1986-10-07 9 Southern California (4-0-0) 9 NC Pac-10
6 1986-10-07 10 Iowa (4-0-0) 11 Up 1 Big Ten
6 1986-10-07 11 Arizona (4-0-0) 10 Down 1 Pac-10
6 1986-10-07 12 Washington (3-1-0) 12 NC Pac-10
6 1986-10-07 13 Baylor (4-1-0) 13 NC SWC
6 1986-10-07 14 Texas A&M (3-1-0) 14 NC SWC
6 1986-10-07 15 Arizona State (3-0-1) 16 Up 1 Pac-10
6 1986-10-07 16 Louisiana State (2-1-0) 18 Up 2 SEC
6 1986-10-07 17 North Carolina State (3-0-1) 20 Up 3 ACC
6 1986-10-07 18 Stanford (4-0-0) Up  Pac-10
6 1986-10-07 19 Mississippi State (4-1-0) Up  SEC
6 1986-10-07 20 Clemson (3-1-0) Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1986-10-14 1 Miami (FL) (6-0-0) 1 NC Ind
7 1986-10-14 2 Alabama (6-0-0) 2 NC SEC
7 1986-10-14 3 Nebraska (5-0-0) 3 NC Big 8
7 1986-10-14 4 Michigan (5-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
7 1986-10-14 5 Oklahoma (4-1-0) 6 Up 1 Big 8
7 1986-10-14 6 Penn State (5-0-0) 5 Down 1 Ind
7 1986-10-14 7 Auburn (5-0-0) 7 NC SEC
7 1986-10-14 8 Iowa (5-0-0) 10 Up 2 Big Ten
7 1986-10-14 9 Washington (4-1-0) 12 Up 3 Pac-10
7 1986-10-14 10 Arizona State (4-0-1) 15 Up 5 Pac-10
7 1986-10-14 11 Texas A&M (4-1-0) 14 Up 3 SWC
7 1986-10-14 12 Louisiana State (3-1-0) 16 Up 4 SEC
7 1986-10-14 13 Mississippi State (5-1-0) 19 Up 6 SEC
7 1986-10-14 14 Arkansas (4-1-0) 8 Down 6 SWC
7 1986-10-14 15 Southern California (4-1-0) 9 Down 6 Pac-10
7 1986-10-14 16 Arizona (4-1-0) 11 Down 5 Pac-10
7 1986-10-14 17 Clemson (4-1-0) 20 Up 3 ACC
7 1986-10-14 18 North Carolina (4-0-1) Up  ACC
7 1986-10-14 19 UCLA (3-2-0) Up  Pac-10
7 1986-10-14 20 Baylor (4-2-0) 13 Down 7 SWC
7 1986-10-14 20 Southern Methodist (4-1-0) Up  SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1986-10-21 1 Miami (FL) (7-0-0) 1 NC Ind
8 1986-10-21 2 Alabama (7-0-0) 2 NC SEC
8 1986-10-21 3 Nebraska (6-0-0) 3 NC Big 8
8 1986-10-21 4 Michigan (6-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
8 1986-10-21 5 Oklahoma (5-1-0) 5 NC Big 8
8 1986-10-21 6 Penn State (6-0-0) 6 NC Ind
8 1986-10-21 7 Auburn (6-0-0) 7 NC SEC
8 1986-10-21 8 Washington (5-1-0) 9 Up 1 Pac-10
8 1986-10-21 9 Arizona State (5-0-1) 10 Up 1 Pac-10
8 1986-10-21 10 Texas A&M (5-1-0) 11 Up 1 SWC
8 1986-10-21 11 Iowa (5-1-0) 8 Down 3 Big Ten
8 1986-10-21 12 Louisiana State (4-1-0) 12 NC SEC
8 1986-10-21 13 Mississippi State (6-1-0) 13 NC SEC
8 1986-10-21 14 Arkansas (5-1-0) 14 NC SWC
8 1986-10-21 15 Arizona (5-1-0) 16 Up 1 Pac-10
8 1986-10-21 16 Clemson (5-1-0) 17 Up 1 ACC
8 1986-10-21 17 UCLA (4-2-0) 19 Up 2 Pac-10
8 1986-10-21 18 Southern Methodist (5-1-0) 20 Up 2 SWC
8 1986-10-21 19 Stanford (5-1-0) Up  Pac-10
8 1986-10-21 20 North Carolina State (4-1-1) Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1986-10-28 1 Miami (FL) (7-0-0) 1 NC Ind
9 1986-10-28 2 Penn State (7-0-0) 6 Up 4 Ind
9 1986-10-28 3 Michigan (7-0-0) 4 Up 1 Big Ten
9 1986-10-28 4 Oklahoma (6-1-0) 5 Up 1 Big 8
9 1986-10-28 5 Auburn (7-0-0) 7 Up 2 SEC
9 1986-10-28 6 Washington (6-1-0) 8 Up 2 Pac-10
9 1986-10-28 7 Arizona State (6-0-1) 9 Up 2 Pac-10
9 1986-10-28 8 Alabama (7-1-0) 2 Down 6 SEC
9 1986-10-28 9 Nebraska (6-1-0) 3 Down 6 Big 8
9 1986-10-28 10 Texas A&M (6-1-0) 10 NC SWC
9 1986-10-28 11 Iowa (6-1-0) 11 NC Big Ten
9 1986-10-28 12 Louisiana State (5-1-0) 12 NC SEC
9 1986-10-28 13 Arkansas (6-1-0) 14 Up 1 SWC
9 1986-10-28 14 Arizona (6-1-0) 15 Up 1 Pac-10
9 1986-10-28 15 UCLA (5-2-0) 17 Up 2 Pac-10
9 1986-10-28 16 North Carolina State (5-1-1) 20 Up 4 ACC
9 1986-10-28 17 Ohio State (6-2-0) Up  Big Ten
9 1986-10-28 18 Southern California (5-2-0) Up  Pac-10
9 1986-10-28 19 Mississippi State (6-2-0) 13 Down 6 SEC
9 1986-10-28 20 Florida State (4-2-1) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1986-11-04 1 Miami (FL) (8-0-0) 1 NC Ind
10 1986-11-04 2 Penn State (8-0-0) 2 NC Ind
10 1986-11-04 3 Michigan (8-0-0) 3 NC Big Ten
10 1986-11-04 4 Oklahoma (7-1-0) 4 NC Big 8
10 1986-11-04 5 Arizona State (7-0-1) 7 Up 2 Pac-10
10 1986-11-04 6 Alabama (8-1-0) 8 Up 2 SEC
10 1986-11-04 7 Nebraska (7-1-0) 9 Up 2 Big 8
10 1986-11-04 8 Texas A&M (7-1-0) 10 Up 2 SWC
10 1986-11-04 9 Auburn (7-1-0) 5 Down 4 SEC
10 1986-11-04 10 Arkansas (7-1-0) 13 Up 3 SWC
10 1986-11-04 11 Ohio State (7-2-0) 17 Up 6 Big Ten
10 1986-11-04 12 UCLA (6-2-0) 15 Up 3 Pac-10
10 1986-11-04 13 Washington (6-2-0) 6 Down 7 Pac-10
10 1986-11-04 14 Southern California (6-2-0) 18 Up 4 Pac-10
10 1986-11-04 15 North Carolina State (6-1-1) 16 Up 1 ACC
10 1986-11-04 16 Iowa (6-2-0) 11 Down 5 Big Ten
10 1986-11-04 17 Arizona (6-2-0) 14 Down 3 Pac-10
10 1986-11-04 18 Louisiana State (5-2-0) 12 Down 6 SEC
10 1986-11-04 19 Georgia (6-2-0) Up  SEC
10 1986-11-04 20 Clemson (6-2-0) Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1986-11-11 1 Miami (FL) (9-0-0) 1 NC Ind
11 1986-11-11 2 Michigan (9-0-0) 3 Up 1 Big Ten
11 1986-11-11 3 Penn State (9-0-0) 2 Down 1 Ind
11 1986-11-11 4 Oklahoma (8-1-0) 4 NC Big 8
11 1986-11-11 5 Arizona State (8-0-1) 5 NC Pac-10
11 1986-11-11 6 Nebraska (8-1-0) 7 Up 1 Big 8
11 1986-11-11 7 Texas A&M (7-1-0) 8 Up 1 SWC
11 1986-11-11 8 Auburn (8-1-0) 9 Up 1 SEC
11 1986-11-11 9 Ohio State (8-2-0) 11 Up 2 Big Ten
11 1986-11-11 10 Washington (7-2-0) 13 Up 3 Pac-10
11 1986-11-11 11 Alabama (8-2-0) 6 Down 5 SEC
11 1986-11-11 12 Louisiana State (6-2-0) 18 Up 6 SEC
11 1986-11-11 13 Southern California (6-2-0) 14 Up 1 Pac-10
11 1986-11-11 14 Arizona (7-2-0) 17 Up 3 Pac-10
11 1986-11-11 15 Clemson (7-2-0) 20 Up 5 ACC
11 1986-11-11 16 Stanford (7-2-0) Up  Pac-10
11 1986-11-11 17 Arkansas (7-2-0) 10 Down 7 SWC
11 1986-11-11 18 Baylor (6-3-0) Up  SWC
11 1986-11-11 19 UCLA (6-3-0) 12 Down 7 Pac-10
11 1986-11-11 20 Mississippi (6-2-1) Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 1986-11-18 1 Miami (FL) (10-0-0) 1 NC Ind
12 1986-11-18 2 Penn State (10-0-0) 3 Up 1 Ind
12 1986-11-18 3 Oklahoma (9-1-0) 4 Up 1 Big 8
12 1986-11-18 4 Arizona State (9-0-1) 5 Up 1 Pac-10
12 1986-11-18 5 Nebraska (9-1-0) 6 Up 1 Big 8
12 1986-11-18 6 Michigan (9-1-0) 2 Down 4 Big Ten
12 1986-11-18 7 Ohio State (9-2-0) 9 Up 2 Big Ten
12 1986-11-18 8 Louisiana State (7-2-0) 12 Up 4 SEC
12 1986-11-18 9 Alabama (9-2-0) 11 Up 2 SEC
12 1986-11-18 10 Southern California (7-2-0) 13 Up 3 Pac-10
12 1986-11-18 11 Arkansas (8-2-0) 17 Up 6 SWC
12 1986-11-18 12 Washington (7-2-1) 10 Down 2 Pac-10
12 1986-11-18 13 Texas A&M (7-2-0) 7 Down 6 SWC
12 1986-11-18 14 Arizona (7-2-0) 14 NC Pac-10
12 1986-11-18 15 Auburn (8-2-0) 8 Down 7 SEC
12 1986-11-18 16 Stanford (7-2-0) 16 NC Pac-10
12 1986-11-18 17 Baylor (7-3-0) 18 Up 1 SWC
12 1986-11-18 18 UCLA (6-3-1) 19 Up 1 Pac-10
12 1986-11-18 19 Clemson (7-2-1) 15 Down 4 ACC
12 1986-11-18 20 Georgia (7-3-0) Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
13 1986-11-25 1 Miami (FL) (10-0-0) 1 NC Ind
13 1986-11-25 2 Penn State (11-0-0) 2 NC Ind
13 1986-11-25 3 Oklahoma (10-1-0) 3 NC Big 8
13 1986-11-25 4 Michigan (10-1-0) 6 Up 2 Big Ten
13 1986-11-25 5 Louisiana State (8-2-0) 8 Up 3 SEC
13 1986-11-25 6 Nebraska (9-2-0) 5 Down 1 Big 8
13 1986-11-25 7 Alabama (9-2-0) 9 Up 2 SEC
13 1986-11-25 8 Arizona State (9-1-1) 4 Down 4 Pac-10
13 1986-11-25 9 Arkansas (9-2-0) 11 Up 2 SWC
13 1986-11-25 10 Texas A&M (8-2-0) 13 Up 3 SWC
13 1986-11-25 11 Ohio State (9-3-0) 7 Down 4 Big Ten
13 1986-11-25 12 Arizona (8-2-0) 14 Up 2 Pac-10
13 1986-11-25 13 Washington (8-2-1) 12 Down 1 Pac-10
13 1986-11-25 14 Auburn (8-2-0) 15 Up 1 SEC
13 1986-11-25 15 UCLA (7-3-1) 18 Up 3 Pac-10
13 1986-11-25 16 Baylor (8-3-0) 17 Up 1 SWC
13 1986-11-25 17 Southern California (7-3-0) 10 Down 7 Pac-10
13 1986-11-25 18 Georgia (7-3-0) 20 Up 2 SEC
13 1986-11-25 19 North Carolina State (8-2-1) Up  ACC
13 1986-11-25 20 Iowa (8-3-0) Up  Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
14 1986-12-02 1 Miami (FL) (11-0-0) 1 NC Ind
14 1986-12-02 2 Penn State (11-0-0) 2 NC Ind
14 1986-12-02 3 Oklahoma (10-1-0) 3 NC Big 8
14 1986-12-02 4 Michigan (10-1-0) 4 NC Big Ten
14 1986-12-02 5 Louisiana State (9-2-0) 5 NC SEC
14 1986-12-02 6 Nebraska (9-2-0) 6 NC Big 8
14 1986-12-02 7 Arizona State (9-1-1) 8 Up 1 Pac-10
14 1986-12-02 8 Texas A&M (9-2-0) 10 Up 2 SWC
14 1986-12-02 9 Arkansas (9-2-0) 9 NC SWC
14 1986-12-02 10 Auburn (9-2-0) 14 Up 4 SEC
14 1986-12-02 11 Ohio State (9-3-0) 11 NC Big Ten
14 1986-12-02 12 Washington (8-2-1) 13 Up 1 Pac-10
14 1986-12-02 13 Alabama (9-3-0) 7 Down 6 SEC
14 1986-12-02 14 Baylor (8-3-0) 16 Up 2 SWC
14 1986-12-02 15 UCLA (7-3-1) 15 NC Pac-10
14 1986-12-02 16 Arizona (8-3-0) 12 Down 4 Pac-10
14 1986-12-02 17 Georgia (8-3-0) 18 Up 1 SEC
14 1986-12-02 18 North Carolina State (8-2-1) 19 Up 1 ACC
14 1986-12-02 19 Iowa (8-3-0) 20 Up 1 Big Ten
14 1986-12-02 20 Stanford (8-3-0) 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