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1987 Year Summary

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National Champion: Miami (FL) (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Tim Brown (Notre Dame)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Dick MacPherson (Syracuse)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ AP Final #1: Miami (FL)

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 Southeastern Conference 10 117 67 46 4 .590 6 3 2 1 .583 8.47 5.13 5 4 Auburn
2 Pacific-10 Conference 10 114 55 51 8 .518 4 3 1 0 .750 5.32 4.87 4 3 Southern California
UCLA
3 Big Ten Conference 10 115 58 52 5 .526 4 3 1 0 .750 3.36 3.07 3 3 Michigan State
4 Big Eight Conference 8 91 47 42 2 .527 3 1 2 0 .333 2.66 2.08 2 3 Oklahoma
5 Southwest Conference 8 92 49 41 2 .543 3 2 1 0 .667 2.61 1.59 2 1 Texas A&M
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 90 45 45 0 .500 2 2 0 0 1.000 2.56 2.68 1 1 Clemson
7 Independent 24 273 142 127 4 .527 9 2 6 1 .278 1.02 0.20 4 5
8 Western Athletic Conference 9 109 51 58 0 .468 3 0 3 0 .000 -3.51 -2.71 0 0 Wyoming
9 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 8 90 42 48 0 .467 1 0 1 0 .000 -8.16 -6.37 0 0 San Jose State
10 Mid-American Conference 9 100 45 53 2 .460 1 1 0 0 1.000 -10.95 -9.15 0 0 Eastern Michigan

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/8 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 12/8 Final
Miami (FL) Ind 10 7 6 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 1
Florida State Ind 8 8 7 6 4 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2
Oklahoma Big 8 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3
Syracuse Ind           17 13 9 8 8 6 6 4 4 4 4
Louisiana State SEC 6 6 4 4 7 7 6 5 5 5 10 9 6 7 7 5
Nebraska Big 8 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 5 5 5 6
Auburn SEC 5 4 3 3 6 5 5 6 6 6 12 10 7 6 6 7
Michigan State Big Ten   17 17       19 14 20 15 13 11 9 9 8 8
UCLA Pac-10 3 3 13 13 11 11 9 8 7 7 5 5 11 10 10 9
Texas A&M SWC 15     16 15         20 19 16 15 15 13 10
Oklahoma State Big 8           19 12 19 17 12 17 13 12 11 11 11
Clemson ACC 9 10 8 9 8 8 7 7 14 10 9 8 13 13 14 12
Georgia SEC 20 20 18 20 20 16 18 12 12 10 8 14 14 14 15 13
Tennessee SEC 17 14 14 11 10 10 8 13 13 19 18 15 16 16 17 14
South Carolina Ind                 19 13 14 12 8 8 9 15
Iowa Big Ten 16     19 17             18 19 18 18 16
Notre Dame Ind 18 16 9 8 5 4 11 10 9 9 7 7 10 12 12 17
Southern California Pac-10 19                       17 17 16 18
Michigan Big Ten 7 9 19 14 12 12   20               19
Arizona State Pac-10 14 15 15 12 13 13                   20
School Conf Pre 9/8 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/13 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/17 11/24 12/1 12/8 Final
Alabama SEC   19 11 17 17 15   17 16 13 11 17 18      
Arkansas SWC 12 13 12 10   20 15       20          
Florida SEC 20       19 18 14 11 10 17            
Indiana Big Ten             20 15 11 18 16 20        
Ohio State Big Ten 4 5 5 7 9 9 17 16 15              
Oregon Pac-10             16                  
Penn State Ind 11 11 20 15 14 14 10 18 18 16 15     20 20  
Pittsburgh Ind   18 16                 19 20 19 19  
Washington Pac-10 13 12 10 18 16                      

Year Leaders

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Pass Completion Percentage

1. Jeff Burger (Auburn) 66.7
2. Chuck Hartlieb (Iowa) 65.6
3. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 65.2
4. Todd Santos (San Diego State) 62.2
5. Tommy Hodson (Louisiana State) 61.1
6. Sean Covey (Brigham Young) 60.8
7. Troy Taylor (California) 60.8
8. Mike Bates (Miami (OH)) 60.7
9. Eric Jones (Vanderbilt) 60.7
10. Jeff Francis (Tennessee) 60.2

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Don McPherson (Syracuse) 10.0
2. Chuck Hartlieb (Iowa) 9.6
3. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 9.2
4. Mike Power (Boston College) 8.0
5. Rodney Peete* (Southern California) 7.8
6. Eric Jones (Vanderbilt) 7.8
7. Steve Walsh (Miami (FL)) 7.8
8. Scott Mitchell (Utah) 7.7
9. Todd Santos (San Diego State) 7.7
10. Mike Perez* (San Jose State) 7.7

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Don McPherson (Syracuse) 164.3
2. Chuck Hartlieb (Iowa) 161.4
3. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 157.6
4. Eric Jones (Vanderbilt) 145.8
5. Rodney Peete* (Southern California) 141.5
6. Jeff Burger (Auburn) 141.0
7. Todd Santos (San Diego State) 140.7
8. Tommy Hodson (Louisiana State) 140.4
9. Terrence Jones (Tulane) 139.9
10. Dave Schnell* (Indiana) 139.8

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Willie Vaughn (Kansas) 26.9
2. Andre Rison* (Michigan State) 23.1
3. Tommy Kane (Syracuse) 22.0
4. Darryl Tillman (Southern Mississippi) 21.9
5. Tim Brown (Notre Dame) 21.7
6. Ronald Heard (Bowling Green State) 21.2
7. Dan Bitson (Tulsa) 21.0
8. Aaron Cox* (Arizona State) 20.7
9. Wayne Walker (Texas Tech) 20.6
10. Joey Hamilton (Louisville) 20.4

Total Yards Per Play

1. Mike Perez* (San Jose State) 7.1
2. Todd Santos (San Diego State) 6.6
3. Craig Burnett* (Wyoming) 6.2
4. Todd Ellis* (South Carolina) 5.7
5. Barry Garrison (New Mexico) 5.6