1985 saw only a few changes in terms of conference and team changes.
1985 FCS Over FBS Victories (22)
- Cal State Fullerton @ Montana, 31-30
- Richmond @ Virginia Tech, 24-14
- Kent State @ Akron, 24-0
- Navy @ Delaware, 16-13
- Louisiana @ Louisiana Tech, 24-23
- Ohio @ Marshall, 31-7
- Nevada @ Cal State Fullerton, 30-3
- Northern Iowa @ Kansas State, 10-6
- Eastern Michigan @ Akron, 16-12
- Furman @ North Carolina State, 42-20
- Oregon State @ Grambling State, 23-6
- North Texas @ Kansas State, 22-10
- Drake @ Iowa State, 20-17
- Wichita State @ Texas-Arlington, 31-3
- Wichita State @ West Texas A&M, 33-21
- Eastern Washington @ Long Beach State, 30-23
- Temple @ Delaware, 17-10
- Wichita State @ Illinois State, 26-0
- UNLV @ Nevada, 48-7
- Eastern Kentucky @ Louisville, 45-21
- McNeese @ Louisiana, 14-3
- West Texas A&M @ New Mexico State, 55-25
There was one tie between I-A and I-AA teams in 1985:
- Murray State @ Memphis, 10-10
Georgia Southern (13-2 Overall as I-AA Independent) won their first I-AA/FCS title 44-42 over Furman (12-2 Overall, 6-0 Southern Conference).
The Association of Mid-Continent Universities of Eastern Illinois, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, and Western Illinois moved to the Gateway Conference.
The seasons of 1982 through 1985 presented a bizarre scenario in the Missouri Valley Conference. Some teams were classified as I-A (Tulsa and Wichita State) while others were classified as I-AA (Drake, Illinois State, Indiana State, Southern Illinois, and West Texas A&M). We decided to stay true to the classifications at the time with those considered I-AA showing up on the list for 1985.
To make matters a bit more confusing Illinois State and Southern Illinois were part of both the Gateway Conference AND the Missouri Valley Conference. However, both were still considered I-AA programs.
Villanova restarted its program for 1985 and was classified as an I-AA independent. Akron was not in the NCAA handbook.
For the fourth straight season the I-AA Playoffs saw no changes. 12 teams were selected with the top four seeds receiving a bye and campus sites used for the first three rounds. The title game was held in the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington for the first time on December 21.