1989 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with Miami winning its third National Championship during the 1980s, cementing its claim as the decade's top team, winning more titles than any other program.
Notre Dame signed a six-year, $30 million deal with NBC, granting the network the exclusive rights to broadcast Notre Dame football. However, the deal would not start until 1991.
Florida State began 0–2 but finished the season 10–2, having beaten the National Champions Miami earlier in the season and beating Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl.
Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer resigned June 19 after 16 seasons, during which he led the Sooners to three national championships (1974, 1975, 1985).
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler retired following the season. Steve Spurrier was hired by Florida away from Duke in an effort to clean up after a decade of NCAA sanctions.
Houston quarterback Andre Ware ran the run and shoot offense all the way to the Heisman Trophy and numerous records.
Rule changes [ edit ]
Use of a kicking tee for field goals and extra points is prohibited, repealing a rule put forth in 1948; all such kicks must now be made off the ground.
  Five-yard delay of game penalties will be enforced on home teams when crowd noise is too loud for opponents to hear signals.
Conference and program changes [ edit ]
One team upgraded from Division I-AA and one resumed play after being suspended for two seasons, thus increasing the number of Division I-A teams from 104 to 106.
Conference standings [ edit ]
#1 and #2 progress [ edit ]
Notre Dame 36,
Notre Dame 24, Michigan 19
Florida State 24, Miami 10
Miami 27, Notre Dame 10
Auburn 30, Alabama 20
Notre Dame 21, Colorado 6
Notable rivalry games [ edit ]
Auburn 30 Alabama 20 First Iron Bowl Played in Auburn
Bowl games [ edit ]
Rose Bowl: #12 USC 17, #3 Michigan 10
Sugar Bowl: #2 Miami (FL) 33, #7 Alabama 25
Cotton Bowl Classic: #8 Tennessee 31, #10 Arkansas 27
Fiesta Bowl: #5 Florida State 41, #6 Nebraska 17
Florida Citrus Bowl: #11 Illinois 31, #15 Virginia 21
Orange Bowl: #4 Notre Dame 21, #1 Colorado 6
Hall of Fame Bowl: #9 Auburn 31, #21 Ohio State 14
Gator Bowl: #14 Clemson 27, #17 West Virginia 7
John Hancock Bowl: #24 Pittsburgh 31, #16 Texas A&M 28
Copper Bowl: Arizona 17, NC State 10
Holiday Bowl: #18 Penn State 50, #19 BYU 39
Freedom Bowl: Washington 34, Florida 7
Peach Bowl: Syracuse 19, Georgia 18
All-American Bowl: #25 Texas Tech 49, #20 Duke 21
Liberty Bowl: Mississippi 42, Air Force 29
Aloha Bowl: #22 Michigan State 33, #23 Hawaii 13
Independence Bowl: Oregon 27, Tulsa 24 California Bowl: Fresno State 27, Ball State 6
Final AP poll [ edit ]
Ohio State Arizona
Final Coaches poll [ edit ]
Heisman Trophy [ edit ]
Andre Ware, Houston, Jr. QB
Anthony Thompson, Indiana, Sr. RB
Major Harris, West Virginia, Jr. QB
Tony Rice, Notre Dame, Sr. QB Darian Hagan, Colorado, So. QB
Other major awards [ edit ]
Maxwell (Player): Anthony Thompson, Indiana
Camp (Back): Anthony Thompson, Indiana
O'Brien Award (QB): Andre Ware, Houston
Rockne (Lineman): Chris Zorich, Notre Dame, NT
Lombardi (Linebacker): Percy Snow, Michigan St.
Outland (Interior): Mohammed Elewonibi, BYU
Coach of the Year: Bill McCartney, Colorado
References [ edit ]