1985 saw only a few changes in terms of conference and team changes.

1985 FCS Over FBS Victories (22)

  1. Cal State Fullerton @ Montana, 31-30
  2. Richmond @ Virginia Tech, 24-14
  3. Kent State @ Akron, 24-0
  4. Navy @ Delaware, 16-13
  5. Louisiana @ Louisiana Tech, 24-23
  6. Ohio @ Marshall, 31-7
  7. Nevada @ Cal State Fullerton, 30-3
  8. Northern Iowa @ Kansas State, 10-6
  9. Eastern Michigan @ Akron, 16-12
  10. Furman @ North Carolina State, 42-20
  11. Oregon State @ Grambling State, 23-6
  12. North Texas @ Kansas State, 22-10
  13. Drake @ Iowa State, 20-17
  14. Wichita State @ Texas-Arlington, 31-3
  15. Wichita State @ West Texas A&M, 33-21
  16. Eastern Washington @ Long Beach State, 30-23
  17. Temple @ Delaware, 17-10
  18. Wichita State @ Illinois State, 26-0
  19. UNLV @ Nevada, 48-7
  20. Eastern Kentucky @ Louisville, 45-21
  21. McNeese @ Louisiana, 14-3
  22. West Texas A&M @ New Mexico State, 55-25

There was one tie between I-A and I-AA teams in 1985:

  1. Murray State @ Memphis, 10-10

National Champion

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).

Conference Changes

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 (DrakeIllinois StateIndiana StateSouthern 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.

Team Changes

Villanova restarted its program for 1985 and was classified as an I-AA independent. Akron was not in the NCAA handbook.

Playoff Notes

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.

1984 Season ———————————————————————————————————————— 1986 Season