SI Vault
 
The Other Bowls
January 13, 1986
On display on New Year's Day were not only this year's No. 1 but, in all likelihood, the teams with the best shot at unseating Oklahoma next fall. In the Fiesta, Michigan whipped Nebraska 27-23 behind sophomore scatback Jamie Morris, who had 156 yards, and sophomore tackle Mark Messner, who made nine tackles. Texas A & M rocked Auburn 36-16 as sophomore Kevin Murray passed for a Cotton Bowl-record 292 yards. The Aggie D, which stopped Bo Jackson six times for no gain in the final quarter, loses only two starters. In the Sugar, Miami's callow 'Canes received a 35—7 lesson in humility from Tennessee that should make them stronger in '86. Finally, UCLA started just four seniors on offense and four on defense in its 45-28 upset of Iowa as the Big Ten suffered its 15th Rose Bowl defeat in 17 years.
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
January 13, 1986

The Other Bowls

View CoverRead All Articles View This Issue

SI Top 20

1. OKLAHOMA (11-1)

2. MICHIGAN (10-1-1)

3. PENN STATE (11-1)

4. FLORIDA (9-1-1)*

5. TENNESSEE (9-1-2)

6. MIAMI (10-2)

7. AIR FORCE (12-1)

8. TEXAS A & M (10-2)

9. UCLA (9-2-1)

10. IOWA (10-2)

11. ALABAMA (9-2-1)

12. ARKANSAS (10-2)

13. NEBRASKA (9-3)

14. OHIO STATE (9-3)

15. MARYLAND (9-3)

16. FLORIDA STATE (9-3)

17. FRESNO STATE (11-0-1)

18. BYU (11-3)

19. GEORGIA TECH (9-2-1)

20. BAYLOR (9-3)

*On probation

On display on New Year's Day were not only this year's No. 1 but, in all likelihood, the teams with the best shot at unseating Oklahoma next fall. In the Fiesta, Michigan whipped Nebraska 27-23 behind sophomore scatback Jamie Morris, who had 156 yards, and sophomore tackle Mark Messner, who made nine tackles. Texas A & M rocked Auburn 36-16 as sophomore Kevin Murray passed for a Cotton Bowl-record 292 yards. The Aggie D, which stopped Bo Jackson six times for no gain in the final quarter, loses only two starters. In the Sugar, Miami's callow 'Canes received a 35—7 lesson in humility from Tennessee that should make them stronger in '86. Finally, UCLA started just four seniors on offense and four on defense in its 45-28 upset of Iowa as the Big Ten suffered its 15th Rose Bowl defeat in 17 years.

UCLA freshman Eric Ball (above) ran through Iowa for 227 yards and four touchdowns; a 60-yard gallop by Jeff Powell (left) gave Tennessee a 28-7 third-quarter lead over Miami; Nebraska held Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh in check—except at the goal line.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

1