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1988 NCAA Division I-A football season

1988 NCAA Division I-A season
Number of teams 104
Preseason AP #1 Florida State Seminoles[1]
Post-season
Bowl games 17
Heisman Trophy Barry Sanders Oklahoma State RB
Winner Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Division I-A football seasons
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UCLA's Bruins, featuring stellar quarterback Troy Aikman, had attained the #1 ranking for weeks 7 and 8 after demolishing then #2 Nebraska 41-28, before sustaining a huge upset loss to unheralded Washington State 34-30 in week 9, opening the door for Notre Dame. The 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with Notre Dame winning the national championship. The Fighting Irish won the title via a 34-21 defeat of previously unbeaten West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona.

Notre Dame had several notable victories this season, including a 19–17 victory over #9 Michigan, won on a last drive field goal, which started off the championship season. The season's marquee game was a 31–30 victory over #1 Miami. Entering the game, Miami had a 36 game regular season winning streak, 20 straight road victories and a 16-game winning streak overall. This year was also the first time Notre Dame and USC had ever met when ranked #1 and #2. Most notable about this game is Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz's decision to leave behind two of his stars, Tony Brooks and Ricky Watters because they were late, cementing discipline as the main theme of this championship team.

This year's edition of the UCLA-USC rivalry game featured a second ranked USC and a fourth ranked UCLA. For the second year in a row the Rose Bowl berth was on the line but for USC it also had national title implications as the rivalry game with Notre Dame was the following week. USC beat UCLA but lost to Notre Dame, and then lost to Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders ran the Wing T offense all the way to the Heisman Trophy and numerous rushing records.

Rulechanges

  • Defensive teams can now return blocked PAT kicks and interceptions on two-point conversion attempts for a defensive score worth two points. Fumbles on PAT/two point conversions cannot be recovered and advanced by the offensive team other than the fumbling player, and the defense cannot convert fumbles into two point defensive scores.
  • Teams are permitted to take consecutive time-outs, previously this was prohibited.
  • Illegal use of hands penalties are increased from 5 to 10 yards.

Conference standings

1988 ACC football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #9 Clemson
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This page is a soft redirect. [[NC State Wolfpack football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.NC State]]
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This page is a soft redirect. Wake Forest
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This page is a soft redirect. Maryland
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Duke Blue Devils football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Duke]]
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This page is a soft redirect. [[North Carolina Tar Heels football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.North Carolina]]
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Georgia Tech]]
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Rankings from AP Poll
1988 Big 8 football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #10 Nebraska
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This page is a soft redirect. #14 Oklahoma
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This page is a soft redirect. #11 Oklahoma State
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This page is a soft redirect. Colorado
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This page is a soft redirect. Iowa State
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Missouri Tigers football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Missouri]]
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This page is a soft redirect. Kansas
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This page is a soft redirect. Kansas State
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Rankings from AP Poll
1988 Big Ten football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #4 Michigan
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This page is a soft redirect. Michigan State
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This page is a soft redirect.Illinois]]
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This page is a soft redirect. Iowa
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This page is a soft redirect. #20 Indiana
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This page is a soft redirect. Purdue
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This page is a soft redirect. Ohio State
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This page is a soft redirect. Northwestern
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This page is a soft redirect. Wisconsin
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This page is a soft redirect. Minnesota
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† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
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1988 Mid-American football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Western Michigan Broncos football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Western Michigan]]
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Ball State Cardinals football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Ball State]]
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Central Michigan Chippewas football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Central Michigan]]
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Ohio Bobcats football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Ohio]]
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Toledo Rockets football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Toledo]]
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Kent State Golden Flashes football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Bowling Green Falcons football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Bowling Green]]
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Miami Redskins football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Miami]]
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† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1988 Pacific-10 football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #7 USC
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This page is a soft redirect. #6 UCLA
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This page is a soft redirect. #16 Washington State
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Arizona Wildcats football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Arizona]]
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Arizona State Sun Devils football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Arizona State]]
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This page is a soft redirect. Washington
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This page is a soft redirect. Oregon
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This page is a soft redirect. Oregon State
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This page is a soft redirect. Stanford
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This page is a soft redirect. [[California Golden Bears football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.California]]
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Rankings from AP Poll
1988 SEC football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #8 Auburn §
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This page is a soft redirect. #19 LSU §
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This page is a soft redirect. #15 Georgia
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This page is a soft redirect. #17 Alabama
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This page is a soft redirect. Florida
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This page is a soft redirect. Tennessee
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Ole Miss Rebels football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Ole Miss]]
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This page is a soft redirect. Kentucky
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Vanderbilt Commodores football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Vanderbilt]]
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Mississippi State Bulldogs football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Mississippi State]]
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Rankings from AP Poll
1988 Southwest Conference football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #12 Arkansas
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This page is a soft redirect. Texas A&M*
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Houston Cougars football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Houston]]
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This page is a soft redirect. Texas Tech
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This page is a soft redirect. Baylor
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This page is a soft redirect. Texas
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This page is a soft redirect. [[TCU Horned Frogs football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.TCU]]
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Rice Owls football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Rice]]
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  • *- Ineligible for conference championship and postseason bowl games due to NCAA sanctions.
    Rankings from AP Poll
1988 WAC football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. Wyoming
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This page is a soft redirect.UTEP]]
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This page is a soft redirect.BYU]]
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This page is a soft redirect. Utah
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This page is a soft redirect.San Diego State]]
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This page is a soft redirect.New Mexico]]
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Colorado State Rams football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Colorado State]]
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Rankings from AP Poll
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Season summary

#1 and #2 progress

WEEKS #1 #2 Event
PRE Florida State Nebraska Miami 31, Florida St. 0 Sep 3
1 Miami Nebraska UCLA 41, Nebraska 28 Sep 10
2-6 Miami UCLA Notre Dame 31, Miami 30 Oct 15
7-8 UCLA Notre Dame Washington St. 34, UCLA 30 Oct 29
9-12 Notre Dame USC Notre Dame 27, USC 10 Nov 26
13-14 Notre Dame Miami Notre Dame 34, West Virginia 21 Jan 1

Bowl games

Polls

Final AP Poll

  1. Notre Dame
  2. Miami (FL)
  3. Florida State
  4. Michigan
  5. West Virginia
  6. UCLA
  7. Southern California
  8. Auburn
  9. Clemson
  10. Nebraska
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Arkansas
  13. [[Syracuse Orangemen football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
    This page is a soft redirect.Syracuse]]
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Georgia
  16. Washington State
  17. Alabama
  18. [[Houston Cougars football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
    This page is a soft redirect.Houston]]
  19. LSU
  20. Indiana

Final Coaches Poll

  1. Notre Dame
  2. Miami (FL)
  3. Florida State
  4. Michigan
  5. West Virginia
  6. UCLA
  7. Auburn
  8. Clemson
  9. Southern California
  10. Nebraska
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. [[Syracuse Orangemen football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
    This page is a soft redirect.Syracuse]]
  13. Arkansas
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Georgia
  16. Washington State
  17. Alabama
  18. [[NC State Wolfpack football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
    This page is a soft redirect.North Carolina State]]
  19. Indiana
  20. Wyoming

Awards

Heisman Trophy

  1. Winner: Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, Jr. RB
  2. Rodney Peete, Southern California, Sr. QB
  3. Troy Aikman, UCLA, Sr. QB
  4. Steve Walsh, Miami (FL), Jr. QB
  5. Major Harris, West Virginia, So. QB

Other major awards

  • Maxwell (Player): Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State
  • Camp (Back): Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State
  • Davey O'Brien Award (QB): Troy Aikman, UCLA
  • Rockne (Lineman): N/A
  • Lombardi (Linebacker): Tracy Rocker, Auburn
  • Outland (Interior): Tracy Rocker, Auburn
  • Coach of the Year: Don Nehlen, West Virginia

Notes

References