2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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The 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season, or the college football season, began on August 30, 2007,[2] progressed through the regular season and bowl season, and (aside from all-star exhibition games that followed) concluded with the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 7, 2008, where the top ranked Ohio State Buckeyes were defeated by the second ranked Louisiana State University Tigers, who became the BCS National Champions and undisputed national champions (topping all the major year-end football polls). For the first time since 2003, and only the second time in BCS history, no teams finished the season undefeated. And only one BCS conference team finished with 1 loss.

Only one conference change in 2007, Temple left the Independent ranks to become the 13th member of the MAC.

Preseason rankings[edit]

Many publications release their predictions of the top teams prior to the beginning of the season. For 2007, numerous publications chose the University of Southern California as the top ranked team. These included; Real Football 365,[3] ESPN,[4] Rivals.com[5] College Football News.[6] They were also ranked first in the Coaches Poll[7] and AP Poll.[8] The Coaches' Poll plays an important part in the season because the final ballot represents one-third of the ranking to determine which two teams play in the BCS National Championship Game. Rounding out the top five in the Coaches Poll were: LSU, defending BCS National Champion Florida, Texas, and Michigan.[7]

Rules changes for 2007[edit]

After coaches expressed their disapproval of the timing changes made in the 2006 season, the following changes were made:

  • On kickoffs, the clock will not start until the ball is touched in the field of play.
  • On change of possession, the clock will not start until the snap.

The attempt to reduce the time of games sought by those rules was successful, reducing the average college football page from 3:21 hours in 2005 to 3:07 hours in 2006.[9] However, the reduced game time also reduced the average number of plays in a game by 13, 66 fewer offensive yards per game and average points per game by 5.[9]

Other rules changes for the 2007 season include:

  • Moving the kick-off yard-line from 35 to 30, which matches the yard-line used in the National Football League from 1994 to 2010, to reduce the number of touchbacks.[9]
  • Paring the 25-second play clock to 15 seconds after TV timeouts.[9]
  • Team time-outs for televised games are shortened from 60 seconds to 30 seconds.[9]
  • Allowing penalties against the kicking team on kickoffs to be assessed at the end of the runback, avoiding a re-kick, also matching the NFL rule.[9]
  • Once the umpire gives the ball to the kicker, the 25 second play clock starts.[9]
  • Kickoffs out of bounds are now penalized 35 yards from the spot of the kick or a re-kick with a five-yard penalty.[9]
  • Defenders cannot use any part of a teammate to jump over an opponent to block a kick.[9]

Key matchups, upsets, and "The Curse of #2"[edit]

Date Visitor Home Source Significance
September 1 Appalachian State 34 Michigan 32 ESPN.com[10] In the game that set the tone for the rest of the season, the two-time D-I FCS national champions shocked the fifth-ranked Wolverines in the Big House. It was the first time a D-I FCS team had defeated a ranked Div-I FBS team. The game was among the first to be broadcast on the new Big Ten Network following its launch. Appalachian State would go on to win the 2007 D-I FCS Championship.
September 3 Florida State 18 Clemson 24 ESPN[11]
SI.com[12]
The Bowden Bowl debut for the new FSU offensive staff including coordinator Jimbo Fisher. Clemson jumped out to a 24–3 halftime lead and held on for the win.
September 8 Virginia Tech 7 LSU 48 ESPN.com[13]
SI.com[12]
Lindy's[14]
This early SEC-ACC showdown promised to be a defensive battle, but quickly became lopsided, as the Hokies were torched for 298 yards rushing and 302 passing.
September 8 Miami (FL) 13 Oklahoma 51 ESPN.com[13]
SI.com[12]
The Hurricanes get blown out in the first major road test for new head coach Randy Shannon.
September 22 Ball State 40 Nebraska 41 ESPN.com[15] The 24th-ranked Huskers only narrowly managed to hang on to win thanks to a late dropped pass and missed field goal by Ball State, but it was the first sign of shakiness in what would end up being a 5–7 season for Nebraska. It also foreshadowed Ball State's rise to national prominence the following season.
September 29 Oklahoma 24 Colorado 27 ESPN.com[16] Colorado upsets No. 3 Oklahoma, in a major blow to OU's national title hopes and a major step forward in second-year coach Dan Hawkins' rebuilding of the Buffaloes program.
September 29 California 31 Oregon 24 ESPN.com[17] Cal temporarily stamped itself as USC's main contender for the Pac-10 title sealing the deal as Marcus Ezeff forces the ball out of Cameron Colvin's outstretched arms and into end zone in the last minute of play.[18]
October 6 Florida 24 LSU 28 SI.com[12]
ESPN[11]
Lindy's[14]
In front of a record home crowd, LSU comes from behind to complete the sweep of its top ranking, adding the USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive polls to the AP writers' poll they earned the previous week.
October 6 Nebraska 6 Missouri 41 ESPN[11]
Rivals.com[19]
What promised to be a Big 12 North showdown turned into a Mizzou blowout, thanks to 403 yards passing, two passing TDs, and two rushing TDs from Chase Daniel, plus a strong performance from the Tigers' maligned defense.
October 6 Oklahoma 28 Texas 21 SI.com[12]
ESPN[11]
Lindy's[14]
Oklahoma wins the Red River Shootout in Dallas, keeping itself atop the Big 12 South and on the fringes of the national championship picture.
October 6 Stanford 24 Southern California 23 ESPN[11]
Lindy's[14]
In a season littered with upsets, Stanford pulls off a shocking upset when they stun the Trojans 24–23 on a fourth and goal TD pass by Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard to WR Mark Bradford with 49 seconds left to play. USC quarterback John David Booty breaks his finger during this game.
October 13 LSU 37 Kentucky 43 (3 OT) FoxSports.com[20] The Wildcats claim their first Number 1 scalp since 1964 in a three-overtime thriller in Lexington, helping erase memories of the final play of LSU's last visit in 2002.
October 13 Missouri 31 Oklahoma 41 FoxSports.com[20] This game between top 15 teams proved to be a preview of the Big 12 Championship Game. Oklahoma proved their worth by taking advantage of several Mizzou mistakes, including returning a Jeremy Maclin fumble for the go-ahead touchdown.
October 13 Oregon State 31 California 28 FoxSports.com[20] Oregon State defeats a top three team for the second consecutive year. The clock runs out on California after the Golden Bears' Kevin Riley is tackled in bounds in field goal range without a timeout remaining.
October 18 South Florida 27 Rutgers 30 ESPN.com[21] For the second straight year, the Scarlet Knights knock off an unbeaten top-5 Big East rival on a Thursday night in Piscataway, thanks in no small part to 181 yards on the ground from Ray Rice.
October 20 Auburn 24 LSU 30 Rivals.com[22] LSU had the ball in field goal range at the end of the game, but did not use its remaining timeout, instead calling a pass into the end zone, which goes for the winning TD with 1 second left, keeping their national championship hopes alive.
October 20 Florida 45 Kentucky 37 Rivals.com[22] The Gators take charge of the SEC East race for the time being, defeating the Wildcats for the 21st straight time behind Tim Tebow's 4 total TDs. Andre' Woodson also improves his Heisman stock, throwing for 5 scores in a losing cause.
October 20 Tennessee 17 Alabama 41 Rivals.com[22] On the Third Saturday in October, John Parker Wilson throws for a career-high 363 yards and three TDs to lead the Tide to a spanking of the Vols.
October 25 Boston College 14 Virginia Tech 10 ESPN.com[21] Held scoreless until the final 2:11 at Blacksburg, the Eagles stay in the midst of the national title race thanks to a Matt Ryan TD pass, a recovered onside kick, and a second Ryan TD pass. This also proved to be a preview of the ACC Championship Game.
October 27 West Virginia 31 Rutgers 3 SI.com[12]
ESPN[11]
Steve Slaton's three rushing TDs and Pat White's 156 rushing yards lead the Mountaineers to an unexpected blowout.
October 27 Florida 30 Georgia 42 ESPN[11] Georgia defeats Florida in the Florida vs. Georgia Football Classic. After scoring the first touchdown, the entire Georgia team cleared its bench and celebrated in the end zone. This game gave the Bulldogs momentum to win out the rest of the season and finish No. 2 overall in the final AP poll.
October 27 South Carolina 24 Tennessee 27 (OT) ESPN[11] The Vols blow a 21–0 halftime lead, but tie the game with a last-second field goal, and win in overtime after the Gamecocks miss a field goal that would have sent the game to a second overtime. Tennessee stays in the thick of the SEC East race.
October 27 California 20 Arizona State 31 ESPN.com[21] The unbeaten Sun Devils come from behind to win and put themselves in the midst of the national title race.
October 27 Southern California 17 Oregon 24 ESPN.com[21] The Ducks keep themselves in the national title race and knock out the Trojans.
November 3 Arizona State 23 Oregon 35 ESPN.com[23] The Ducks convincingly win at home, knocking the Sun Devils from the unbeaten ranks and taking control of the Pac-10 race for the time being.
November 3 Navy 46 Notre Dame 44 (3 OT) ESPN.com[21] In a triple-overtime thriller, the Midshipmen defeat the Irish for the first time since 1963, when Roger Staubach was at the controls for Navy. This ends a 43-game Irish winning streak in the series, the longest between annual opponents in Division I history.
November 3 LSU 41 Alabama 34 SI.com[12]
ESPN[11][21][23]
Lindy's[14]
In Nick Saban's first outing for the Tide against his former team, the Tide have the lead in the fourth, but LSU scores two TDs in the final four minutes to stay in the thick of the national title race.
November 8 Louisville 31 West Virginia 38 SI.com[12]
ESPN[11]
Lindy's[14]
The Mountaineers survive a scare from the Cardinals to stay in the national title race.
November 10 Virginia 48 Miami 0 ESPN.com[24] With dozens of former Miami players returning for the final game Miami would ever play in the historic Orange Bowl, Virginia spoiled the party by sending them off with a 48 to 0 shellacking. Ironically, the majority of the capacity crowd had already left the stadium when the final whistle blew as a huge "Thanks for the Memories" banner was unfurled.
November 10 Connecticut 3 Cincinnati 27 ESPN.com[25] In a matchup between two of the country's most surprising teams, the Bearcats get an easier-than-expected upset win.
November 10 Florida 51 South Carolina 31 ESPN.com[21] In his annual game against his former team, the Ol' Ball Coach has no answer to Tim Tebow, who runs for five TDs and passes for two more.
November 10 Southern California 24 California 17 SI.com[12]
ESPN[11]
The Trojans continue the Bears' late-season tailspin and stay in contention for a BCS bowl berth.
November 10 Navy 74 North Texas 62 ESPN.com[26] Navy and North Texas combine for a new FBS record for points in a regulation game with 136 as the Midshipmen clinch bowl eligibility with a 74–62 win.
November 15 Arizona 34 Oregon 24 Pac-10 Arizona upsets No. 2 ranked Oregon, who seemed like the clear cut favorite to win the Pac-10 after defeating USC and Arizona State. During this game Dennis Dixon left with a torn ACL and was out for the remainder of the season, essentially ending his Heisman Trophy campaign and Oregon's Pac-10 and national championship hopes.
November 17 Boston College 20 Clemson 17 ESPN.com[27] In a showdown for a place in the ACC Championship Game, Matt Ryan strikes with a late TD pass to give the Eagles the lead, and they hold on to punch their ticket to Jacksonville.
November 17 Ohio State 14 Michigan 3 SI.com[12]
ESPN[11][21][23]
On a rainy day in The Big House, the Buckeyes get 220 yards on the ground from Chris Wells and a dominant defensive effort to win their fourth straight game in the storied rivalry and assured themselves of no worse than a trip to Pasadena, but with events that followed, it became New Orleans while the Buckeyes were "in the clubhouse" as the Big Ten season ended.
November 17 Oklahoma 27 Texas Tech 34 ESPN.com[23] A bad night on the South Plains for the Sooners: First they lose quarterback Sam Bradford to a first-quarter concussion, then their national title hopes disappear behind 420 passing yards from Graham Harrell.
November 22 Southern California 44 Arizona State 24 ESPN.com[23] The Trojans win over the Sun Devils and create a logjam atop the Pac-10.
November 23 Arkansas 50 LSU 48 CBS LSU was ranked number one in the country in the BCS, and most major polls. The Razorbacks outlasted the Tigers in a grueling three overtime game to win the game in which star running back (and 2007 Heisman Trophy runner up) Darren McFadden rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns, and threw for one touchdown to lift Arkansas to a 50-48 victory in front of 92,606 people (the official attendance) at Tiger Stadium. The "Wild Hog" formation (Arkansas' name for the Wildcat offense) was run prominently in the game, led by McFadden, in which he was a triple threat to run, hand off, or throw.

The game was played after Tigers coach Les Miles famously mispronounced Arkansas as ar-Kansas, as in the pronunciation of the state of Kansas, in the week preceding the game. This was thought to act as a motivator for Arkansas in the game, because after the game McFadden was quoted as saying, "They weren't saying it right so we wanted to let them know how to say it." LSU went on to represent the West in the 2007 SEC Championship Game against the Tennessee Volunteers, and after winning the contest went on to win the 2008 BCS National Championship Game against the Ohio State Buckeyes, becoming the first ever team to win the BCS National Championship with 2 losses. This game ended up being the last that Houston Nutt coached at Arkansas, resigning a few days later and announcing himself as new head coach of Ole Miss. (see Arkansas–Ole Miss rivalry#Houston Nutt controversy and Houston Nutt#Resignation).

November 23 Texas 30 Texas A&M 38 ESPN[11] A&M wins consecutive games against their archrivals for the first time since 1994, sending coach Dennis Franchione out on a high note. The result essentially assured Oklahoma of the Big 12 South title; the Sooners removed any doubt the next day with a shellacking of their own in-state rivals, Oklahoma State.
November 23 Boise State 27 Hawaiʻi 39 SI.com[12]
ESPN[11][21][23]
Lindy's[14]
Thanks to 495 passing yards from Colt Brennan, the Warriors beat the Broncos for the first time ever in WAC play, and win the outright WAC title for the first time ever. The following week, they came back from a 21–0 first-quarter hole against Washington to complete an unbeaten regular season, ultimately following in the footsteps of the previous year's Broncos and earning a BCS berth, although in their bowl Hawaii was beaten soundly by Georgia, whereas Boise State had beaten Oklahoma in 2006.
November 24 Alabama 10 Auburn 17 ESPN[11]
Lindy's[14]
Not even Nick Saban's $4 million a year salary is enough to keep Auburn from winning their sixth straight Iron Bowl.
November 24 Connecticut 21 West Virginia 66 ESPN.com[23] In a battle for the Big East title, the Mountaineers destroy the Huskies behind 517 yards rushing, 186 of them from Pat White, and state their case for a berth in the BCS championship game... at least until a shocking home loss to archrival Pitt the following week.
November 24 Missouri 36 Kansas 28 ESPN.com[21] The Tigers take a 21–0 lead in the third quarter, and hold on to book a rematch with Oklahoma for the Big 12 title and a chance to make the BCS championship game.
November 24 Virginia Tech 33 Virginia 21 ESPN.com[28] The Hokies take home the Commonwealth Cup and win a trip to Jacksonville for a rematch with Boston College, this time for the ACC title and a BCS berth.
December 1 UCLA 7 Southern California 24 SI.com[12]
ESPN[11]
Southern California got a measure of revenge for last year's upset and earned another trip to "The Granddaddy of 'Em All."
December 1 Pittsburgh 13 West Virginia 9 ESPNU.com[29] Prior to the 100th edition of the Backyard Brawl, the Mountaineers had all but guaranteed themselves a spot in the National Championship. With one game remaining against the rival Panthers at 4–7, West Virginia was expected to secure their position. But with a 13–9 victory, the Panthers eliminated the Mountaineers from championship contention, putting an end to their National Championship hopes.

Year of the upset[edit]

The media has dubbed this season as the "Year of the Upset".[30] An unranked or lower-ranked opponent defeated a higher-ranked team 59 times over the course of the season. This list does not include other upsets involving two unranked teams. A record-setting 13 unranked teams defeated top 5 teams during the regular season. The No. 2 ranked team lost 7 times throughout the year, as of December 1.

Games in which the lower-ranked or unranked team was the betting favorite are in italics.

A particularly telling statistic was pointed out by ESPN on November 10. At that point of the season, nine teams ranked in the top five of the AP Poll had lost to unranked teams (or in the case of Michigan, an FCS team). This had never happened in the history of the AP Poll, which was first conducted in 1936, in a season when at least 20 teams were ranked.[31] The only other season to see more such upsets was 1967, which was one of seven seasons when the AP Poll ranked only 10 teams.[31] Arizona added to the total November 15 against Oregon, and Texas Tech made it 11 against Oklahoma two days later. The day after Thanksgiving saw unranked Arkansas beat LSU, bringing the total to 12. On December 1, Pitt defeated WVU 13–9, making the total 13.

The "Curse of the #2" was apparent this season. The first No. 2 team to lose was USC, 24–23 to Stanford. The next weekend, California lost to Oregon State, followed the next week by South Florida's loss to Rutgers. Boston College fell to Florida State, making the total four. Oregon then lost to Arizona, and Kansas lost to No. 4 Missouri. Maybe the most shocking loss of all was in the final week of the season, when West Virginia's loss to Pitt kicked them out of the national championship, bringing the total of victims of the curse to seven.

Note: Since 1996, there had not been a weekend when No. 1 and No. 2 lost on the same day. In 2007 alone, No. 1 and No. 2 fell three times during the season. The first time was when LSU fell to Kentucky in three overtimes, and Cal lost to Oregon State. Then, LSU stumbled again against Arkansas in three OTs, and Kansas followed with a loss to Missouri. In the final weekend of the season, not only did No. 2 West Virginia lose to Pitt, but, in the Big 12 Championship, Missouri fell to No. 9 Oklahoma, opening up the BCS Championship.

Note: While not ranked at the time, Alabama lost to Louisiana-Monroe. Had this been almost any other unranked team, this would have been forgotten, but because it was a program with a proud tradition, like the Crimson Tide, this was the season's upset that was most closely compared to Michigan's home opener loss to Appalachian State. While Louisiana-Monroe is an FBS team, most experts felt that Appalachian State would have had little trouble defeating Louisiana-Monroe. This loss by Alabama, while between unranked teams, was often listed in the top three most surprising upsets of the year along with the Michigan loss to Appalachian State, and USC's loss to Stanford.

Conference standings[edit]

Note: In the Mid-American Conference, only division games count toward the divisional championship.

2007 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
#10 Boston College x   6 2         11 3  
#21 Clemson   5 3         9 4  
Wake Forest   5 3         9 4  
Florida State   4 4         7 6  
Maryland   3 5         6 7  
NC State   3 5         5 7  
Coastal
#9 Virginia Tech x   7 1         11 3  
Virginia   6 2         9 4  
Georgia Tech   4 4         7 6  
North Carolina   3 5         4 8  
Miami   2 6         5 7  
Duke   0 8         1 11  

Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 16
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2007 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#4 Missouri xy   7 1         12 2  
#7 Kansas x   7 1         12 1  
Colorado   4 4         6 7  
Kansas State   3 5         5 7  
Nebraska   2 6         5 7  
Iowa State   2 6         3 9  
South
#8 Oklahoma xy   6 2         11 3  
#10 Texas   5 3         10 3  
#22 Texas Tech   4 4         9 4  
Oklahoma State   4 4         7 6  
Texas A&M   4 4         7 6  
Baylor   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Oklahoma 38, Missouri 17
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2007 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 West Virginia §   5 2         11 2  
#25 Connecticut §   5 2         9 4  
#17 Cincinnati   4 3         10 3  
South Florida   4 3         9 4  
Rutgers   3 4         8 5  
Louisville   3 4         6 6  
Pittsburgh   3 4         5 7  
Syracuse   1 6         2 10  
† – BCS representative as champion
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2007 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5/4 Ohio State   7 1         11 2  
#18/19 Michigan   6 2         9 4  
#20/18 Illinois   6 2         9 4  
#24/21 Wisconsin   5 3         9 4  
#NR/25 Penn State   0* 4         0* 4  
Iowa   4 4         6 6  
Purdue   3 5         8 5  
Indiana   3 5         7 6  
Michigan State   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 6  
Minnesota   0 8         1 11  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
2007 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
UCF x   7 1         10 4  
East Carolina   6 2         8 5  
Memphis   6 2         7 6  
Southern Miss   5 3         7 6  
Marshall   3 5         3 9  
UAB   1 7         2 10  
West
Tulsa xy   6 2         10 4  
Houston x   6 2         8 5  
Tulane   3 5         4 8  
Rice   3 5         3 9  
UTEP   2 6         4 8  
SMU   0 8         1 11  
Championship: UCF 44, Tulsa 25
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2007 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Navy           8 5  
Army           3 9  
Notre Dame           3 9  
Rankings from AP Poll
2007 Mid-American Conference football standings
Div     Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L         W   L  
East
Miami xy   4 2         5 2         6 7  
Bowling Green x   4 2         6 2         8 5  
Buffalo x   4 2         5 3         5 7  
Ohio   3 3         4 4         6 6  
Temple   3 3         4 4         4 8  
Akron   2 4         3 5         4 8  
Kent State   1 5         1 7         3 9  
West
Central Michigan xy   4 1         6 1         8 6  
Ball State x   4 1         5 2         7 6  
Eastern Michigan   3 2         3 4         4 8  
Western Michigan   2 3         3 4         5 7  
Toledo   2 3         3 5         5 7  
Northern Illinois   0 5         1 6         2 10  
Championship: Central Michigan 35, Miami 10
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
  • 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
2007 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#14 BYU   8 0         11 2  
Air Force   6 2         9 4  
New Mexico   5 3         9 4  
Utah   5 3         9 4  
TCU   4 4         8 5  
San Diego State   3 5         4 8  
Wyoming   2 6         5 7  
Colorado State   2 6         3 9  
UNLV   1 7         2 10  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2007 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 USC   7 2         11 2  
#16 Arizona State   7 2         10 3  
#25 Oregon State   6 3         9 4  
#23 Oregon   5 4         9 4  
UCLA   5 4         6 7  
Arizona   4 5         5 7  
California   3 6         7 6  
Washington State   3 6         5 7  
Stanford   3 6         4 8  
Washington   2 7         4 9  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2007 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#12 Tennessee xy   6 2         10 4  
#2 Georgia x   6 2         11 2  
#13 Florida   5 3         9 4  
South Carolina   3 5         6 6  
Kentucky   3 5         8 5  
Vanderbilt   2 6         5 7  
Western Division
#1 LSU x   6 2         12 2  
#15 Auburn   5 3         9 4  
Arkansas   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Alabama   4 4         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         3 9  
Championship: LSU 21, Tennessee 14
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama had 5 victories vacated by the NCAA in 2010. As such, the official record for Alabama is 2–6 (1-4).
    Rankings from AP Poll
2007 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Florida Atlantic §   6 1         8 5  
Troy §   6 1         8 4  
Middle Tennessee   4 3         5 7  
Louisiana–Monroe   4 3         6 6  
Arkansas State   3 4         5 7  
Louisiana–Lafayette   3 4         3 9  
FIU   1 6         1 11  
North Texas   1 6         2 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2007 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#19 Hawaii   8 0         12 1  
Boise State   7 1         10 3  
Fresno State   6 2         9 4  
Nevada   4 4         6 7  
Louisiana Tech   4 4         5 7  
San Jose State   4 4         5 7  
Utah State   2 6         2 10  
New Mexico State   1 7         4 9  
Idaho   0 8         1 11  
† – Conference champion and BCS representative as top
000non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference championship games[edit]

All games played on December 1, 2007.

Other conference champions[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

Bowl Championship Series[edit]

(winner listed in boldface)

Bowl Game Date Playing as Visitor Playing as Home Score
BCS Title Game (New Orleans, LA) January 7, 2008 #2 LSU #1 Ohio State 38–24
Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) January 1, 2008 #13 Illinois #7 Southern California 49–17
Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA) January 1, 2008 #10 Hawaiʻi #5 Georgia 41–10
Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, AZ) January 2, 2008 #9 West Virginia #4 Oklahoma 48–28
Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, FL) January 3, 2008 #8 Kansas #3 Virginia Tech 24–21

Other January bowl games[edit]

Bowl Game Date Playing as Visitor Playing as Home Score
Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL) January 1, 2008 Wisconsin Tennessee 21–17
Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX) January 1, 2008 Missouri Arkansas 38–7
Capital One Bowl (Orlando, FL) January 1, 2008 Michigan Florida 41–35
Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL) January 1, 2008 Texas Tech Virginia 31–28
International Bowl (Toronto, ON, Canada) January 5, 2008 Rutgers Ball State 52–30
GMAC Bowl (Mobile, AL) January 6, 2008 Bowling Green Tulsa 63–7

December bowl games[edit]

Bowl Game Date Playing as Visitor Playing as Home Score
Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego, CA) December 20, 2007 Utah Navy 35–32[34]
New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, LA) December 21, 2007 Memphis Florida Atlantic 44–27
PapaJohns.com Bowl (Birmingham, AL) December 22, 2007 Southern Miss Cincinnati 31–21
New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, NM) December 22, 2007 Nevada New Mexico 23–0
Las Vegas Bowl (Las Vegas, NV) December 22, 2007 UCLA BYU 17–16
Hawaiʻi Bowl (Honolulu, HI) December 23, 2007 Boise State East Carolina 41–38
Motor City Bowl (Detroit, MI) December 26, 2007 Purdue Central Michigan 51–48
Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA) December 27, 2007 Arizona State Texas 52–34
Champs Sports Bowl (Orlando, FL) December 28, 2007 Boston College Michigan State 24–21
Texas Bowl (Houston, TX) December 28, 2007 TCU Houston 20–13
Emerald Bowl (San Francisco, CA) December 28, 2007 Maryland Oregon State 21–14
Meineke Car Care Bowl (Charlotte, NC) December 29, 2007 Connecticut Wake Forest 24–10
Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN) December 29, 2007 UCF Mississippi State 10–3
Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, TX) December 29, 2007 Penn State* Texas A&M 24–17
Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA) December 30, 2007 Alabama Colorado 30–24
Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, TX) December 31, 2007 California Air Force 42–36
Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX) December 31, 2007 South Florida Oregon 56–21
Humanitarian Bowl (Boise, ID) December 31, 2007 Georgia Tech Fresno State 40–28
Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN) December 31, 2007 Kentucky Florida State 35–28
Insight Bowl (Tempe, AZ) December 31, 2007 Indiana Oklahoma State 49–33
Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta, GA) December 31, 2007 Clemson Auburn 23–20 (OT)

Post-BCS All-Star Games[edit]

Bowl Challenge Cup standings[edit]

Bowl Challenge Cup
Conference Wins Losses Percent
Mountain West 4 1 .800
Southeastern§ 7 2 .777
Pacific-10 4 2 .667
Big 12 5 3 .625
Big East 3 2 .600
Big Ten 3 5 .375
Conference USA 2 4 .333
Atlantic Coast 2 6 .250
Western Athletic 1 3 .250
Mid-American 0 3 .000

† Winner of the Bowl Challenge Cup – § NCAA record for bowl victories in a conference in one bowl season.

Notes
  • The Sun Belt Conference (represented by Florida Atlantic University) is not eligible for the Bowl Challenge Cup as they only have one bowl berth. Conferences must have a minimum of three bids to be a part of the challenge. FAU defeated Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl.

Heisman Trophy voting[edit]

The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player

Other major award winners[edit]

All-America selections[edit]

The Associated Press All-America team:[44]

Offense

Defense

Milestones[edit]

The following teams and players set all-time NCAA Division I FBS (formerly Division I-A) records during the season:

Record Player/Team Date/Opponent Previous Record Holder[45] Source
Most consecutive pass attempts without an interception, career André Woodson, Kentucky, 325[46] September 22, vs. Arkansas Trent Dilfer, Fresno State, 271 (1993) [47]
Most career extra points Art Carmody, Louisville, 253 September 29, vs. NC State Shaun Suisham, Bowling Green, 226 (2001–2004) [48]
Most consecutive pass attempts with only one interception, career André Woodson, Kentucky, 343[49] October 4, vs. South Carolina Woodson, 333 (2006–2007)[50] [51]
Most combined rushing yards by teammates in a single game Felix Jones and Darren McFadden, Arkansas (487 yards) November 3, vs. South Carolina Tony Sands and Chip Hilleary, Kansas (476 yards) (1991-11-23) [52][53]
Most points scored, both teams (regulation) North Texas and Navy, 136 November 10 San Jose State vs. Rice, 133 points (2004-10-02) [54]
Most points scored in one quarter, both teams North Texas and Navy, 63 November 10 San Jose State vs. Hawaiʻi, 61 points (1999-11-06) [54]
Most wins by two points or fewer in a season by a team Virginia, 5 November 3 vs. Wake Forest Columbia, 4 (1971) [55]
Most all-purpose yards by a freshman Jeremy Maclin, Missouri, 2,713 November 17, vs. Kansas State Terrell Willis, Rutgers, 2,026 (1993) [56]
Most touchdown passes in a career Colt Brennan, Hawaiʻi, 131 November 23 vs. Boise State Ty Detmer, BYU, 121 (1988–1991) [57]
Most touchdowns responsible for in a career Colt Brennan, Hawaiʻi, 146 November 23 vs. Boise State Ty Detmer, BYU, 136 (1988–1991) [57]
Most touchdown passes in a season by a freshman quarterback Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, 34 November 24, vs. Oklahoma State David Neill and Colt McCoy, 29 [58]
Most career points scored by a kicker Art Carmody, Louisville, 433 November 29, vs. Rutgers Roman Anderson, Houston, 423 (1988–1991) [59]
Most rushing attempts in a season Kevin Smith, UCF, 415 December 1, vs. Tulsa Marcus Allen, USC, 403 (1981) [60]
Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season Tim Tebow, Florida, 23 January 1, vs. Michigan Chase Harridge, Air Force, 22 (2002) [61]
Most consecutive games with 300 or more yards passing by a quarterback Paul Smith, Tulsa, 14 January 6 vs. Bowling Green Ty Detmer, BYU, 13 (1990–1991) [62]
Greatest margin of victory in a bowl game Tulsa, 56 points (63–7) January 6 vs. Bowling Green Alabama, 55 points (61–6) vs. Syracuse, 1953 Orange Bowl (1953-01-01) [62]


Coaching changes[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

School Former Coach New Coach
Indiana Terry Hoeppner[63] Bill Lynch

Post-season[edit]

School Former Coach Interim New Coach
Arkansas Houston Nutt[64] Reggie Herring[65] Bobby Petrino[66]
Baylor Guy Morriss[67]   Art Briles[68]
Colorado State Sonny Lubick[69]   Steve Fairchild[70]
Duke Ted Roof[71]   David Cutcliffe[72]
Georgia Tech Chan Gailey[73] Jon Tenuta[74] Paul Johnson[75]
Hawaiʻi June Jones[76] Greg McMackin[77]
Houston Art Briles[68] Chris Thurmond[78] Kevin Sumlin[79]
Michigan Lloyd Carr[80]   Rich Rodriguez[81]
Mississippi Ed Orgeron[82]   Houston Nutt[83]
Navy Paul Johnson[75]   Ken Niumatalolo[84]
Nebraska Bill Callahan[85] Tom Osborne[86] Bo Pelini[87]
Northern Illinois Joe Novak[88]   Jerry Kill[89]
SMU Phil Bennett[90]   June Jones[91]
Southern Miss Jeff Bower[92]   Larry Fedora[93]
Texas A&M Dennis Franchione[94] Gary Darnell[95] Mike Sherman[96]
UCLA Karl Dorrell[97] DeWayne Walker[98] Rick Neuheisel[99]
Washington State Bill Doba[100]   Paul Wulff[101]
West Virginia Rich Rodriguez[81]
Bill Stewart[102]

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