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1985 USFL Season

By Patrick Mondout

The third and final USFL regular season saw the league reduced from 18 teams to 14 and realignment to just two (Eastern and Western) conferences with no divisions.

Each conference winner and the runner-up plus the top four remaining teams qualified for the playoffs.

1985 USFL Standings

WESTERN W L T PCT PF PA
Oakland Invaders 13 4 1 .750 473 359
Denver Gold 11 7 0 .611 433 389
Houston Gamblers 10 8 0 .556 544 388
Arizona Outlaws 8 10 0 .444 376 405
Portland Breakers 6 12 0 .333 275 422
San Antonio Gunslingers 5 13 0 .278 296 436
Los Angeles Express 3 15 0 .167 266 456
EASTERN W L T PCT PF PA
Birmingham Stallions 13 5 0 .722 436 299
New Jersey Generals 11 7 0 .611 418 377
Memphis Showboats 11 7 0 .611 428 337
Baltimore Stars 10 7 1 .583 368 260
Tampa Bay Bandits 10 8 0 .556 405 422
Jacksonville Bulls 9 9 0 .500 407 402
Orlando Renegades 5 13 0 .278 308 481
Playoff teams in bold.

1985 By Week: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Playoffs Championship

  1985 QUARTERFINALS  
  Birmingham 22 Houston 20  
  Memphis 48 Denver 7  
  Oakland 48 Tampa Bay 27  
  Baltimore 20 New Jersey 17  
  USFL PLAYOFFS  
  1985 SEMIFINALS  
  Oakland 28 Memphis 19  
  Baltimore 28 Birmingham 14  
  USFL PLAYOFFS  
  1985 USFL  
  Baltimore 28 Oakland 24  
  at Giants Stadium  
  CHAMPIONSHIP  



USFL Bibliography
Books:
The $1 League: The Rise and Fall of the USFL by Jim Byrne
The Sporting News Official USFL Guide and Register, 1984
The Sporting News Official USFL Guide and Register, 1985
USFL Media Guides (each team published one each year)

Magazines:
Kickoff Magazine (published by league; 9 issues per year + playoffs; sold at games)
The Sporting News (regular coverage + special "preview" inserts)

These and many other USFL items can be found at eBay - check our links on the far right of this page!


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--Patrick Mondout



 


The inability to pay Rick Neuhisel (pictured) or his Gunslinger teammates near the end of the 1985 season was a sign of things to come for the doomed league.

Photo by Michael Ponzini, 2006 Super70s.com


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