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THE KICKOFF CLASSIC THROUGHOUT THE YEARS

DATE SCORE COACHES PRE-CLASSIC RANK
(FINAL AP)
AP RANK
(PRESEASON)
ATTENDANCE MVP
I
August 29, 1983
Nebraska 44
Penn State 6
Tom Osborne
Joe Paterno
No. 3
No. 1
No. 1
No. 4
71,123 Turner Gill
Nebraska, QB
II
August 27, 1984
Miami 20
Auburn 18
Jimmy Johnson
Pat Dye
No. 1
No. 3
No. 10
No. 1
51,131 Bernie Kosar
Miami, QB
III
August 29, 1985
Brigham Young 28
Boston College 14
LaVell Edwards
Jack Bicknell
No. 1
No. 5
No. 10
No Rank
51,227 Robbie Bosco
BYU, QB
IV
August 27, 1986
Alabama 16
Ohio State 10
Ray Perkins
Earle Bruce
No. 13
No. 14
No. 5
No. 9
68,296 Chris Spielman
Ohio State, LB
V
August 30, 1987
Tennessee 23
Iowa 22
Johnny Majors
Hayden Fry
No Rank
No. 16
No. 17
No. 16
54,681 Reggie Cobb
Tennessee, RB
VI
August 27, 1988
Nebraska 23
Texas A&M 14
Tom Osborne
Jackie Sherrill
No. 6
No. 10
No. 2
No. 10
58,172 Steve Taylor
Nebraska, QB
VII
August 31, 1989
Notre Dame 36
Virginia 13
Lou Holtz
George Welsh
No. 1
No Rank
No. 2
No Rank
77,323 ** Tony Rice
Notre Dame, QB
VIII
August 31, 1990
Southern California 34
Syracuse 16
Larry Smith
Dick MacPherson
No. 8
No Rank
No. 9
No Rank
57,293 Todd Marinovich
USC, QB
IX
August 28, 1991
Penn State 34
Georgia Tech 22
Joe Paterno
Bobby Ross
No. 11
No. 2
No. 7
No. 8
77,409 ** Tony Sacca
Penn State, QB
X
August 29, 1992
North Carolina State 24
Iowa 14
Dick Sheridan
Hayden Fry
No. 24
No. 10
No Rank
No. 16
46,251 Terry Jordan
NC State, QB
XI
August 28, 1993
Florida State 42
Kansas 0
Bobby Bowden
Glen Mason
No. 2
No. 22
No. 1
No Rank
51,734 Derrick Brooks
Florida State, LB
XII
August 28, 1994
Nebraska 31
West Virginia 0
Tom Osborne
Don Nehlen
No. 3
No. 7
No. 4
No. 24
58,233 Tommie Frazier
Nebraska, QB
XIII
August 27, 1995
Ohio State 38
Boston College 6
John Cooper
Dan Henning
No. 14
No. 23
No. 12
No. 22
62,711 Eddie George
Ohio State, TB
XIV
August 25, 1996
Penn State 24
Southern California 7
Joe Paterno
John Robinson
No. 13
No. 12
No. 11
No. 7
77,716 ** Curtis Enis
Penn State, RB
XV
August 24, 1997
Syracuse 34
Wisconsin 0
Paul Pasqualoni
Barry Alvarez
No. 21
No Rank
No. 17
No. 24
51,185 Donovan McNabb
Syracuse, QB
XVI
August 31, 1998
Florida State 23
Texas A&M 14
Bobby Bowden
R.C. Slocum
No. 3
No. 20
No. 2
No. 14
59,232 Peter Warrick
Florida State, WR
XVII
August 29, 1999
Miami 23
Ohio State 12
Butch Davis
John Cooper
No. 21
No. 2
No. 12
No. 9
73,037 Kenny Kelly
Miami, QB
XVIII
August 27, 2000
USC 29
Penn State 5
Paul Hackett
Joe Paterno
No Rank
No. 11
No. 15
No. 22
78,902 ** Sultan McCullough
USC, TB

** Indicates a sellout
The final AP ranking is for the season preceding playing in the Kickoff Classic. This is the team's ranking at the time of selection to play in the game.
The AP preseason ranking is the team's rank going into the game.