2000 NCAA Division I-A football season

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2000 NCAA Division I-A season
Dolphin Stadium.jpg
Sun Life Stadium (formerly named Pro Player Stadium) was the site of the national championship
Number of teams 116[1]
Preseason AP #1 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Post-season
Duration December 20, 2000 –
January 3, 2001
Bowl games 25
Heisman Trophy Chris Weinke, Florida State QB
Championship bowl game
2001 Orange Bowl
Site Pro Player Stadium,
Miami Gardens, Florida
Winner Oklahoma Sooners
Division I-A football seasons
← 1999
2001 →

The 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with the Oklahoma Sooners claiming their first national championship and their first conference championship since the departure of head coach Barry Switzer.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was in his second season as head coach, having been the defensive coordinator of Steve Spurrier's 1996 National Champion Florida Gators, and also having helped Bill Snyder turn the Kansas State Wildcats around in the early 1990s. Stoops erased a three-game losing streak against rival Texas by a score of 63–14, one of the worst defeats in Texas' football history. Despite the lopsided victory, this game marked a return of the Red River Shootout to a rivalry game with national title implications.

The BCS title game was not without controversy, as the system shut fourth-ranked Washington out of the championship game, despite being the only team who had beaten each #2 Miami and #5 Oregon State and having the same 10-1 record as #3 Florida State during the regular season. 10–1 Miami, who handed #3 Florida State their only loss, was ranked higher in both the AP Writers' Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, and had the same record as the Seminoles, was also seen as a possible title contender.

Virginia Tech also was left out of the BCS bowls, despite being ranked higher than one of the at-large teams, Notre Dame.

The South Carolina Gamecocks broke a 21-game losing streak, stretching back into 1998, to go 8–4 including a win over Ohio State in the Outback Bowl.

Two new bowl games began in the 2000 season: the Silicon Valley Bowl, which had a contractual tie-in with the WAC, and the Galleryfurniture.com Bowl.

Nevada left the Big West Conference to become the ninth member of the Western Athletic Conference.

Two new teams joined Division I-A football this season; University of Connecticut and University of South Florida.

Rules Changes[edit]

The following rules changes were passed by the NCAA Rules Committee in 2000:

  • The definition of an illegal block is expanded to include any high-low or low-high combination block by any two offensive players when the initial contact clearly occurs beyond the neutral zone.
  • Crack-back blocks are now prohibited from any offensive player in motion in any direction (previously it was in motion toward the ball) and the restricted zone is now 10 yards beyond the neutral zone in all directions.
  • Offensive teams in the process of substituting or simulated substituting are prohibited from rushing to the line of scrimmage to snap the ball to give the defense a disadvantage. The penalty for a first offense is five yards, additional violations are considered unsportsmanlike conduct (15 yards).
  • Defensive players lined up within one yard of the line of scrimmage are prevented from rushing up to the line with the obvious intent of causing an offensive player to false start.
  • Passers within five yards of the sideline from the original position of the ball (aka the "Tackle Box") are allowed to throw the ball so it lands beyond the neutral zone without penalty.

Conference standings[edit]

2000 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Florida State   8 0         11 2  
#16 Clemson   6 2         9 3  
#17 Georgia Tech   6 2         9 3  
Virginia   5 3         6 6  
NC State   4 4         8 4  
North Carolina   3 5         6 5  
Maryland   3 5         5 6  
Wake Forest   1 7         2 9  
Duke   0 8         0 11  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#9 Kansas State xy   6 2         11 3  
#8 Nebraska x   6 2         10 2  
#25 Iowa State   5 3         9 3  
Colorado   3 5         3 8  
Kansas   2 6         4 7  
Missouri   2 6         3 8  
South
#1 Oklahoma x#   8 0         13 0  
#12 Texas   7 1         9 3  
Texas A&M   5 3         7 5  
Texas Tech   3 5         7 6  
Oklahoma State   1 7         3 8  
Baylor   0 8         2 9  
Championship: Oklahoma 27, Kansas State 24
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Miami (FL)   7 0         11 1  
#6 Virginia Tech   6 1         11 1  
Pittsburgh   4 3         7 5  
Syracuse   4 3         6 5  
Boston College   3 4         7 5  
West Virginia   3 4         7 5  
Temple   1 6         4 7  
Rutgers   0 7         3 8  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11/10 Michigan §   6 2         9 3  
#13/13 Purdue §   6 2         8 4  
Northwestern §   6 2         8 4  
Ohio State   5 3         8 4  
#23/24 Wisconsin   4 4         9 4  
Minnesota   4 4         6 6  
Penn State   0* 4         0* 7  
Iowa   3 5         3 9  
Illinois   2 6         5 6  
Michigan State   2 6         5 6  
Indiana   2 6         3 8  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
§ – Conference co-champions
2000 Big West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Boise State   5 0         10 2  
Utah State   4 1         5 6  
Idaho   3 2         5 6  
New Mexico State   1 4         3 8  
North Texas   1 4         3 8  
Arkansas State   1 4         1 10  
† – Conference champion
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Louisville   6 1         9 3  
East Carolina   5 2         8 4  
Cincinnati   5 2         7 5  
Southern Miss   4 3         8 4  
UAB   3 3         7 4  
Tulane   3 4         6 5  
Memphis   2 5         4 7  
Houston   2 5         3 8  
Army   1 6         1 10  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#15 Notre Dame           9 3  
UCF           7 4  
South Florida           7 4  
Middle Tennessee           6 5  
Connecticut           3 8  
Louisiana Tech           3 9  
Louisiana–Lafayette           1 10  
Louisiana–Monroe           1 10  
Navy           1 10  
‡ – BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 Mid-American Conference football standings
Div     Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L         W   L  
East
Marshall xy   5 1         5 3         8 5  
Akron x   5 1         5 3         6 5  
Ohio   4 2         5 3         7 4  
Miami   4 2         5 3         6 5  
Bowling Green   1 5         2 6         2 9  
Buffalo   2 4         2 6         2 9  
Kent State   0 6         1 7         1 10  
West
Western Michigan xy   4 1         7 1         9 3  
Toledo x   4 1         6 1         10 1  
Northern Illinois   2 3         4 3         6 5  
Ball State   2 3         4 3         5 6  
Eastern Michigan   2 3         2 5         3 8  
Central Michigan   1 4         2 6         2 9  
Championship: Marshall 19, Western Michigan 14
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Due to an unbalanced conference schedule, the team with best division record within each division was awarded that division's championship game berth.
    Rankings from AP Poll
2000 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#14 Colorado State   6 1         10 2  
Air Force   5 2         9 3  
UNLV   4 3         8 5  
BYU   4 3         6 6  
New Mexico   3 4         5 7  
Utah   3 4         4 7  
San Diego State   3 4         3 8  
Wyoming   0 7         1 10  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Washington §   7 1         11 1  
#4 Oregon State §   7 1         11 1  
#7 Oregon §   7 1         10 2  
Stanford   4 4         5 6  
UCLA   3 5         6 6  
Arizona State   3 5         6 6  
Arizona   3 5         5 6  
USC   2 6         5 7  
Washington State   2 6         4 7  
California   2 6         3 8  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#10 Florida x   7 1         10 3  
#20 Georgia   5 3         8 4  
#19 South Carolina   5 3         8 4  
Tennessee   5 3         8 4  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 8  
Kentucky   0 8         2 9  
Western Division
#18 Auburn x   6 2         9 4  
#22 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Ole Miss   4 4         7 5  
#24 Mississippi State   4 4         8 4  
Arkansas   3 5         6 6  
Alabama   3 5         3 8  
Championship: Florida 28, Auburn 6
† – BCS representative as conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#21 TCU §   7 1         10 2  
UTEP §   7 1         8 4  
Fresno State   6 2         7 5  
San Jose State   5 3         7 5  
Tulsa   4 4         5 7  
Rice   2 6         3 8  
Hawaii   2 6         3 9  
SMU   2 6         3 9  
Nevada   1 7         2 10  
§ – 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.

Other Major Awards[edit]

References[edit]