The 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season was topsy-turvy from start to finish. It ended with the BYU Cougars being bestowed their first and only national championship by beating Michigan in the Holiday Bowl. While the Cougars finished with a perfect 13–0 record and were the consensus National Champions, some commentators maintain this title was undeserved citing their weak schedule (none of their conference opponents in the WAC finished with fewer than four losses, and even Michigan finished the season at 6–6 after the bowl loss) and argue that the championship should have gone to the 11–1 Washington Huskies. Despite this the Cougars were voted No. 1 in the final AP and UPI polls. The Huskies (and five other teams) declined an invitation to play BYU in the Holiday Bowl; they decided instead to play Oklahoma in the more prestigious 1985 Orange Bowl. All subsequent national champions have come from what are now known as the Power Five conferences + Notre Dame.
Heisman Trophy voting
The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the Most Outstanding Player of the year.
- Doug Flutie, QB, Boston College (2,240 points)
- Keith Byars, RB, Ohio State (1,251)
- Robbie Bosco, QB, Brigham Young (443)
- Bernie Kosar, QB, Miami (FL) (320)
- Kenneth Davis, RB, TCU (86)
- Bill Fralic, OT, Pittsburgh (81 )
- Greg Allen, RB, Florida State (37)
- Chuck Long, QB, Iowa (37)
- Jerry Rice, WR, Mississippi Valley State (36)
- Rueben Mayes, RB, Washington State (32)