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1986 Year Summary

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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

Conference Summary

Sorted by SRS
Overall Bowls SRS Polls
Rk Conference Schs G W L T Pct G W L T Pct SRS SOS Pre Final Champion
1 Pacific-10 Conference 10 116 63 49 4 .560 6 3 3 0 .500 10.26 8.58 2 4 Arizona State
2 Southeastern Conference 10 117 70 45 2 .607 6 4 2 0 .667 6.26 2.46 6 3 Louisiana State
3 Big Ten Conference 10 118 62 56 0 .525 5 2 3 0 .400 4.39 3.34 3 3 Michigan
Ohio State
4 Big Eight Conference 8 91 47 44 0 .516 3 2 1 0 .667 2.16 1.39 2 2 Oklahoma
5 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 91 45 40 6 .527 3 1 2 0 .333 1.61 0.60 0 1 Clemson
6 Southwest Conference 9 103 53 50 0 .515 4 1 3 0 .250 0.71 0.98 3 3 Texas A&M
7 Independent 24 269 129 134 6 .491 5 4 1 0 .800 -0.27 0.08 3 4
8 Western Athletic Conference 9 106 51 55 0 .481 2 0 2 0 .000 -1.19 -0.49 1 0 San Diego State
9 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 8 90 42 48 0 .467 1 1 0 0 1.000 -6.54 -5.81 0 0 San Jose State
10 Mid-American Conference 9 99 46 53 0 .465 1 0 1 0 .000 -12.97 -10.90 0 0 Miami (OH)

AP Poll Summary

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

Year Leaders

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Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Vinny Testaverde (Miami (FL)) 165.8
2. Jim Harbaugh* (Michigan) 151.7
3. Dave Yarema (Michigan State) 150.7
4. Shawn Halloran (Boston College) 146.8
5. Tommy Hodson (Louisiana State) 142.9
6. Mark Vlasic* (Iowa) 142.6
7. Jeff Francis (Tennessee) 142.1
8. Lee Saltz (Temple) 141.8
9. Ned James (New Mexico) 141.6
10. Todd Ellis (South Carolina) 141.4

Total Yards Per Play

1. Mike Perez* (San Jose State) 7.0
2. Sammy Garza (Texas-El Paso) 6.0