1999 NCAA Division I-A football season

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The 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season saw Florida State named national champions, defeating Virginia Tech in the BCS Sugar Bowl.

Florida State became the first team in history to start out preseason #1 and remain there through the entire season. Their 12-0 season gave them 109 victories in the 90's, the most for any decade. Virginia Tech also had a remarkable season behind freshman quarterback Michael Vick, who was being touted as college football's best player.

Vick was outshined in the national championship game by Florida State Wide Receiver Peter Warrick. Warrick had early problems with the law, charged with a misdemeanor he sat out two games early in the season. But he scored three touchdowns in the title game, earning MVP honors.

The BCS adopted a new rule after the previous season, nicknamed the "Kansas State Rule," which stated that any team ranked in the top four in the final BCS poll is ensured of an invitation to a BCS bowl game.

A lot of teams faced debacles. East Carolina faced Hurricane Floyd, and in that same week, faced the #9 Miami Hurricanes. The Pirates were down 23-3, but scored 24 unanswered points to win the football game, 27-23.

Kansas State finished 6th in the BCS standings but again received no BCS bowl invitation, this time being passed over in favor of Michigan (ranked 8th). Kansas State's predicament demonstrated early on the problem of trying to balance historic bowl ties and creating a system which gives top bowl bids to the most deserving teams. In addition, for a second straight season, an undefeated team from outside the BCS conferences (Marshall) went undefeated but did not receive a bid to a BCS bowl game, which illustrated the problem of non-BCS teams being shut out of the major BCS bowls.

Four members from each of the WAC's two divisions, the Mountain and Pacific, broke off from the unstable 16-team conference to form the Mountain West Conference.

Arkansas State left the ranks of the Independents to join the Big West Conference, as its seventh member.

Two schools made the move up to Division I-A football this season: University at Buffalo and Middle Tennessee State University.

Also, two schools adopted new names this season. Northeast Louisiana and Southwestern Louisiana became Louisiana–Monroe and Louisiana–Lafayette, respectively.

Rule changes[edit]

The NCAA Rules Committee adopted the following changes for the 1999 season:[1]

  • Holding penalties committed behind the line of scrimmage will be enforced from the previous spot, modifying a 1991 rule that penalized holding (as well as illegal use of hands and clipping) committed behind the scrimmage line from the spot of the foul.
  • The penalty for intentional grounding was changed from a five-yard penalty from the spot of the foul plus loss-of-down to simply a loss-of-down at the spot of the foul.
  • Bandannas that are visible are considered illegal equipment.
  • Offensive teams may not break a huddle with 12 or more players.
  • Continuing action dead-ball fouls against both teams are disregarded, however any disqualified players must leave the game.

Conference standings[edit]

1999 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Florida State   8 0         12 0  
#17 Georgia Tech   5 3         8 4  
Virginia   5 3         7 5  
Clemson   5 3         6 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         7 5  
NC State   3 5         6 6  
Duke   3 5         3 8  
Maryland   2 6         5 6  
North Carolina   2 6         3 8  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1999 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#3 Nebraska xy   7 1         12 1  
#6 Kansas State x   7 1         11 1  
Colorado   5 3         7 5  
Kansas   3 5         5 7  
Iowa State   1 7         4 7  
Missouri   1 7         4 7  
South
#21 Texas xy   6 2         9 5  
#23 Texas A&M   5 3         8 4  
Oklahoma   5 3         7 5  
Texas Tech   5 3         6 5  
Oklahoma State   3 5         5 6  
Baylor   0 8         1 10  
Championship: Nebraska 22, Texas 6
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
1999 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Virginia Tech   7 0         11 1  
#15 Miami (FL)   6 1         9 4  
Boston College   4 3         8 4  
Syracuse   3 4         7 5  
West Virginia   3 4         4 7  
Pittsburgh   2 5         5 6  
Temple   2 5         2 9  
Rutgers   1 6         1 10  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1999 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4/4 Wisconsin   7 1         10 2  
#5/5 Michigan   6 2         10 2  
#7/7 Michigan State   6 2         10 2  
#11/11 Penn State   0* 3         0* 3  
#18/17 Minnesota   5 3         8 4  
#24/25 Illinois   4 4         8 4  
#25/NR Purdue   4 4         7 5  
Ohio State   3 5         6 6  
Indiana   3 5         4 7  
Northwestern   1 7         3 8  
Iowa   0 8         1 10  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
  • *All wins for Penn State (10-3, 5-3) vacated due to scandal.
    Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
1999 Big West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Boise State   5 1         10 3  
Idaho   4 2         7 4  
New Mexico State   3 2         6 5  
Utah State   3 3         4 7  
Arkansas State   2 3         4 7  
Nevada   2 4         3 8  
North Texas   1 5         2 9  
† – Conference champion
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1999 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#14 Southern Miss   6 0         9 3  
East Carolina   4 2         9 3  
Louisville   4 2         7 5  
UAB   4 2         5 6  
Memphis   4 2         5 6  
Houston   3 3         7 4  
Army   1 5         3 8  
Tulane   1 5         3 8  
Cincinnati   0 6         3 8  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1999 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Louisiana Tech           8 3  
Louisiana–Monroe           5 6  
Navy           5 7  
Notre Dame           5 7  
UCF           4 7  
Middle Tennessee           3 8  
Louisiana–Lafayette           2 9  
Rankings from AP Poll
1999 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
#10 Marshall x   8 0         13 0  
Miami   6 2         7 4  
Akron   5 3         7 4  
Ohio   5 3         5 6  
Bowling Green   3 5         5 6  
Kent State   2 6         2 9  
Buffalo   0 8         0 11  
West
Western Michigan x   6 2         7 5  
Toledo   5 3         6 5  
Northern Illinois   5 3         5 6  
Eastern Michigan   4 4         4 7  
Central Michigan   3 5         4 7  
Ball State   0 8         0 11  
Championship: Marshall 34, Western Michigan 30
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1999 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Utah §   5 2         9 3  
BYU §   5 2         8 4  
Colorado State §   5 2         8 4  
Wyoming   4 3         7 4  
San Diego State   3 4         5 6  
New Mexico   3 4         4 7  
Air Force   2 5         6 5  
UNLV   1 6         3 8  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1999 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Stanford   7 1         8 4  
#19 Oregon   6 2         9 3  
Washington   6 2         7 5  
Arizona State   5 3         6 6  
Oregon State   4 4         7 5  
Arizona   3 5         6 6  
USC   3 5         6 6  
California   3 5         4 7  
UCLA   2 6         4 7  
Washington State   1 7         3 9  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1999 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#12 Florida x   7 1         9 4  
#9 Tennessee   6 2         9 3  
#16 Georgia   5 3         8 4  
Kentucky   4 4         6 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6         5 6  
South Carolina   0 8         0 11  
Western Division
#8 Alabama x   7 1         10 3  
#13 Mississippi State   6 2         10 2  
#22 Ole Miss   4 4         8 4  
#17 Arkansas   4 4         8 4  
Auburn   2 6         5 6  
LSU   1 7         3 8  
Championship: Alabama 34, Florida 7
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1999 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Hawaii §   5 2         9 4  
TCU §   5 2         8 4  
Fresno State §   5 2         8 5  
Rice   4 3         5 6  
SMU   3 3         4 6  
UTEP   3 4         5 7  
San Jose State   1 5         3 7  
Tulsa   1 6         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Bowl games[edit]

BCS bowls[edit]

Other New Years Day bowls[edit]

December bowl games[edit]

Final Polls[edit]

Heisman Trophy voting[edit]

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the

Most Outstanding Player of the year
Winner: Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, Running Back (2042 points)

Other major awards[edit]

References[edit]