2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2012 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams 120 full members, 4 transitional
Duration August 30 – December 8
Preseason AP #1 USC Trojans
Post-season
Duration December 15, 2012 – January 7, 2013 (excluding all-star games)
Bowl games 37 (35 team-competitive and 2 all-star)
Heisman Trophy Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, QB
Championship bowl game
2013 BCS Championship Game
Site Sun Life Stadium Miami Gardens, Florida
Winner Alabama Crimson Tide
Division I FBS football seasons
← 2011
2013 →

The 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season, play of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level, began on August 30, 2012, and, not including all-star games, concluded with the 2013 BCS National Championship Game on January 7, 2013, in which the Alabama Crimson Tide repeated as unanimous national champions. Although the Ohio State Buckeyes ended up as one of the two major undefeated team of the regular season, they were ineligible to play in the post-season due to sanctions imposed on them earlier in the year.

Rule changes[edit]

The NCAA Rules Committee approved the following rule changes for the 2012 season (mainly for safety reasons):

  • Kickoffs will be moved up to the 35-yard line from the 30, mirroring a similar change by the NFL in the 2011 season and rescinding a rule change made in the 2007 season.
  • The kicking team will only have a five-yard running head start on kickoffs, again mirroring the NFL changes in 2011.
  • Touchbacks will move from the 20-yard line to the 25-yard line only on kickoffs and free kicks after a safety. Touchbacks on punts rolling into the end zone, fumbles into the end zone, and interceptions in the end zone will remain at the 20-yard line.
  • Players will be forbidden to leap over other players when blocking punts.
  • Players who lose their helmets during a play (except when caused by fouls such as grabbing the facemask) will have to leave the field for one play. When a helmet is lost during play by the ball carrier, the play is dead immediately. Any action made by or against a helmetless player is penalized as a personal foul (15 yards).
  • Offensive players in the tackle box at the snap who are not in motion are allowed to block below the waist legally without restriction. All other players are restricted from blocking below the waist with some exceptions (i.e. blocking straight-on), modifying a rule change from the 2011 season.[1]

Conference realignment[edit]

Membership changes[edit]

Includes schools transitioning to FBS.

School Former Conference New Conference
Fresno State Bulldogs WAC Mountain West
Hawaiʻi Warriors WAC Mountain West
Massachusetts Minutemen CAA MAC
Missouri Tigers Big 12 SEC
Nevada Wolf Pack WAC Mountain West
South Alabama Jaguars FCS Independent Sun Belt
TCU Horned Frogs Mountain West Big 12
Temple Owls MAC Big East
Texas A&M Aggies Big 12 SEC
Texas State Bobcats Southland WAC
UTSA Roadrunners FCS Independent WAC
West Virginia Mountaineers Big East Big 12

Teams transitioning to FBS[edit]

On April 9, 2012, Georgia State University, currently a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, announced that it would rejoin the Sun Belt Conference effective in July 2013. Georgia State had been a charter Sun Belt member in 1976, but had left the conference in 1981. The Panthers will begin their FBS transition with the 2012 season, and start playing a full Sun Belt schedule upon joining the conference. Full FBS membership, along with bowl eligibility, will follow in 2014. The Panthers, who have been coached by Bill Curry since starting a football program in 2010, play home games at the Georgia Dome near the school's campus in downtown Atlanta.[2]

Georgia State joins four other schools that are in the second and final years of FBS transitions—future Sun Belt colleagues South Alabama, former CAA football-only member and incoming MAC football member UMass, and incoming WAC members Texas State and UTSA.

Records[edit]

  • The FBS record for most consecutive passes attempted from the start of a season with no interceptions, previously set by Trent Dilfer of Fresno State in 1993, was broken twice on October 20:
  • On November 10, Cameron broke Russell Wilson's FBS career record for most consecutive passes attempted without an interception (379) in Louisiana Tech's 62–55 win over Texas State.[4] Cameron's interception-free streak ended one week later in the second quarter of the Bulldogs' 48–41 overtime loss to Utah State.[5] His single-season streak ended at 428 attempts,[6] and his overall record, which included pass attempts in the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl, ended at 444.[5]
  • In the same game in which Cameron broke Wilson's no-interceptions mark, his teammate, running back Kenneth Dixon, set three single-season FBS freshman records:[4]
    • Dixon finished the game with 25 total touchdowns, breaking the record of 23 set by Marshall Faulk of San Diego State in 1991. He finished the season with 28 touchdowns (the Bulldogs did not play in a bowl despite a 9–3 record).[7]
    • Of those 25 touchdowns, 24 were on the ground, breaking the previous record of 21 rushing touchdowns set by Faulk and equaled in 2009 by Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech. Dixon ended the season with 27 rushing TDs.[7]
    • Dixon ended the game with 150 points on the season, breaking Faulk's previous record of 140. He ended the season with 168 points.[7]
  • On November 24, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball scored his 79th career touchdown during the Badgers' 24–21 loss to Penn State, breaking the previous record of Miami (OH) running back Travis Prentice.[8]
  • In the Big Ten Championship Game on December 1, Ball added to his collection of FBS records. In the Badgers' 70–31 win over Nebraska, he scored three touchdowns, all on the ground. Ball, who had entered the game tied with Prentice for the most FBS career rushing touchdowns, took sole possession of the record, ending the game with 76. He also tied Prentice's FBS record for most career games with multiple touchdowns, at 25.[9]

Most watched regular season games in 2012[edit]

Rank Date Matchup Channel Viewers TV Rating Significance
1 December 1, 4:00 ET #3 Georgia vs. #2 Alabama CBS 16.2 Million* 9.8 Rating SEC Championship
2 November 24, 8:00 ET #1 Notre Dame vs. USC ABC 16.06 Million* 9.4 Rating Notre Dame-USC Rivalry
3 November 3, 8:00 ET #1 Alabama vs. #5 LSU CBS 11.3 Million 6.8 Rating Alabama-LSU Rivalry
4 November 10, 3:30 ET #15 Texas A&M vs. #1 Alabama CBS 9.6 Million 6.1 Rating Manziel beats Bama
5 November 24, 12:00 ET #19 Michigan vs. #4** Ohio State ABC 9.5 Million 5.8 Rating The Game
6 October 27, 8:00 ET #5 Notre Dame vs. #8 Oklahoma ABC 8.63 Million 5.2 Rating
7 November 24, 3:30 ET #4 Florida vs. #10 Florida State ABC 8.47 Million 5.1 Rating Florida-Florida State Rivalry
8 November 17, 8:00 ET #13 Stanford vs. #2 Oregon ABC 8.3 Million 5.1 Rating
9 September 1, 8:00 ET #8** Michigan vs. #2** Alabama ABC 7.92 Million 4.8 Rating Cowboys Classic
10 October 6, 3:30 ET #4** LSU vs. #10** Florida CBS 7.5 Million 4.6 Rating Florida-LSU Rivalry[1]

Note(*): Games rate in the top six most watched games of the last 20 years. Note(**): Rankings reflect AP Poll Standings. (All others rankings reflect BCS Standings at the time of the game)

New, expanded, renovated, and temporary stadiums[edit]

Expanded stadiums[edit]

  • Boise State moved their track and field program out of Bronco Stadium leading to an expansion of the bleachers over the existing track in the end zones. The new permanent additions increased capacity from 33,500 to 37,000 and will be ready for the start of the 2012 season. They are also currently building a new football facility in the north end zone to be ready for the 2013 season.
  • TCU completed a major renovation of Amon G. Carter Stadium, although the listed capacity increased only by about 600, to 45,000.
  • Texas State nearly doubled the size of Bobcat Stadium as part of its FBS transition. The venue, formerly holding slightly more than 16,000, now holds 30,000.
  • Nebraska The University of Nebraska plans to expand Memorial Stadium by adding approximately 6,000 new seats. Each new seating area will include dedicated restrooms and concessions areas. A new grand lobby, expanded concourse, and additional first-aid areas would also be added.No current East Stadium seats will be removed and no season ticket holders will be required to relocate their seats as part of this project. A very exciting aspect of the expansion is the opportunity for the collaboration of the Athletic Department and Academics.The Nebraska Athletic Research Facility in the East Stadium is envisioned as using cutting-edge imaging technologies and research to better understand foundations of behavior that contribute to health, injury and disease from childhood obesity to college performance.Cost: $63.5 million

Renovated stadiums[edit]

  • California returned to California Memorial Stadium following major renovations, which included a full seismic retrofit (as the stadium is located directly on a major fault). The stadium's capacity was reduced from its previous 71,800 to 62,700. The Golden Bears played their 2011 home schedule at AT&T Park in San Francisco, and also played a technically neutral-site game against Fresno State at Candlestick Park, also in San Francisco.
  • Clemson renovated the video systems at Clemson Memorial Stadium prior to the start of the 2012 season. A new Jumbotron was installed on the primary scoreboard behind the East endzone, while two smaller Jumbotrons were installed on each side of the WestZone stands. In addition, video ribbons were installed along the facings of the upper decks.
  • Michigan State completed a complete overhaul of their sound system and video boards. With the addition of two video boards in the north end zone, a video ribbon along the entire north edge and installed the fourth largest scoreboard in the NCAA in the south end zone.

Temporary stadiums[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

2012 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
#10 Florida State xy   7 1         12 2  
#11 Clemson x   7 1         11 2  
NC State   4 4         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         5 7  
Maryland   2 6         4 8  
Boston College   1 7         2 10  
Coastal
Georgia Tech xy   5 3         7 7  
North Carolina*   5 3         8 4  
Miami*   5 3         7 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         7 6  
Duke   3 5         6 7  
Virginia   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Florida State 21, Georgia Tech 15
† – BCS representative as conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • North Carolina ineligible for championship and postseason due to NCAA sanctions. Miami ineligible for championship and postseason due to a self-imposed postseason ban.
    As of January 8, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#13 Louisville §   5 2         11 2  
Cincinnati §   5 2         10 3  
Rutgers §   5 2         9 4  
Syracuse §   5 2         8 5  
Pittsburgh   3 4         6 7  
Connecticut   2 5         5 7  
Temple   2 5         4 7  
South Florida   1 6         3 9  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends
#25 Nebraska xy   7 1         10 4  
#24 Michigan   6 2         8 5  
#17 Northwestern   5 3         10 3  
Michigan State   3 5         7 6  
Iowa   2 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Leaders
#3 Ohio State* x   8 0         12 0  
Penn State*   6 2         8 4  
Wisconsin y   4 4         8 6  
Purdue   3 5         6 7  
Indiana   2 6         4 8  
Illinois   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Wisconsin 70, Nebraska 31
† – BCS representative as conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for conference championship game and post-season bowl games due to NCAA sanctions
    Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#12 Kansas State §   8 1         11 2  
#15 Oklahoma §   8 1         10 3  
#19 Texas   5 4         9 4  
Oklahoma State   5 4         8 5  
Baylor   4 5         8 5  
TCU   4 5         7 6  
Texas Tech   4 5         8 5  
West Virginia   4 5         7 6  
Iowa State   3 6         6 7  
Kansas   0 9         1 11  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
UCF xy   7 1         10 4  
East Carolina x   7 1         8 5  
Marshall   4 4         5 7  
Memphis   4 4         4 8  
UAB   2 6         3 9  
Southern Miss   0 8         0 12  
West
Tulsa xy   7 1         10 3  
SMU   5 3         7 6  
Rice   4 4         7 6  
Houston   4 4         5 7  
UTEP   2 6         3 9  
Tulane   2 6         2 10  
Championship: Tulsa 33, UCF 27
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Notre Dame               12 1  
BYU               8 5  
Navy               8 5  
Army               2 10  
‡ – BCS at-large representative
As of January 7, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Kent State x   8 0         11 3  
Bowling Green   6 2         8 5  
Ohio   4 4         9 4  
Buffalo   3 5         4 8  
Miami   3 5         4 8  
UMass   1 7         1 11  
Akron   0 8         1 11  
West
#22 Northern Illinois x   8 0         12 2  
Toledo   6 2         9 4  
Ball State   6 2         9 4  
Central Michigan   4 4         7 6  
Western Michigan   2 6         4 8  
Eastern Michigan   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Northern Illinois 44, Kent State 37
† – Conference champion and BCS representative as top
000non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
x – Division champion/co-champions
  • UMass not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of FBS transition
    Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#18 Boise State §   7 1         11 2  
Fresno State §   7 1         9 4  
San Diego State §   7 1         9 4  
Air Force   5 3         6 7  
Nevada   4 4         7 6  
Wyoming   3 5         4 8  
Colorado State   3 5         4 8  
UNLV   2 6         2 11  
New Mexico   1 7         4 9  
Hawaii   1 7         3 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Pacific-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#2 Oregon x   8 1         12 1  
#7 Stanford xy   8 1         12 2  
#20 Oregon State   6 3         9 4  
Washington   5 4         7 6  
California   2 7         3 9  
Washington State   1 8         3 9  
South
UCLA x   6 3         9 5  
Arizona State   5 4         8 5  
USC   5 4         7 6  
Arizona   4 5         8 5  
Utah   3 6         5 7  
Colorado   1 8         1 11  
Championship: Stanford 27, UCLA 24
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
As of January 8, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll
2012 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#5 Georgia xy   7 1         12 2  
#9 Florida x   7 1         11 2  
#8 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
#23 Vanderbilt   5 3         9 4  
Missouri   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
#1 Alabama x#   7 1         13 1  
#14 LSU   6 2         10 3  
#5 Texas A&M   6 2         11 2  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 8  
Auburn   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Alabama 32, Georgia 28
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Arkansas State   7 1         10 3  
Louisiana–Lafayette   6 2         9 4  
Louisiana–Monroe   6 2         8 5  
Middle Tennessee   6 2         8 4  
WKU   4 4         7 6  
Troy   3 5         5 7  
North Texas   3 5         4 8  
Florida Atlantic   2 6         3 9  
FIU   2 6         3 9  
South Alabama*   1 7         2 11  
† – Conference champion
  • South Alabama not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of their transition to the FBS.
    Rankings from AP Poll
2012 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#16 Utah State   6 0         11 2  
#21 San Jose State   5 1         11 2  
Louisiana Tech   4 2         9 3  
UTSA*   3 3         8 4  
Texas State*   2 4         4 8  
Idaho   1 5         1 11  
New Mexico State   0 6         1 11  
† – Conference champion
  • Texas State and UTSA are not eligible for conference title nor bowl games as part of their transition to the FBS.
    As of December 15, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries[edit]

Championship games[edit]

Conference Champion Runner-up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
ACC Florida StateBCS Georgia Tech 21–15 Tajh Boyd, Clemson[10] Björn Werner, Florida State[11] David Cutcliffe, Duke[12]
Big Ten WisconsinBCS Nebraska 70–31 Braxton Miller, Ohio State[13] John Simon, Ohio State[13] Bill O'Brien, Penn State[13]
C-USA Tulsa UCF 33–27 Rakeem Cato, Marshall (MVP)
Zach Line, SMU
Kemal Ishmael, UCF Bill Blankenship, Tulsa
MAC Northern IllinoisBCS Kent State 44–37 Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois[14] Chris Jones, Bowling Green[14] Darrell Hazell, Kent State[14]
Pac-12 StanfordBCS UCLA 27–24 Marqise Lee, USC[15] Will Sutton, Arizona State[15] David Shaw, Stanford[15]
SEC AlabamaBCS Georgia 32–28 Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M[16][17] Jarvis Jones, Georgia (AP)[16]
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (coaches)[17]
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M (AP and coaches)[16][17]
Will Muschamp, Florida (coaches)[17]

Other conference winners[edit]

Conference Champion Record Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
Big 12 Kansas StateBCS
Oklahoma
11–1 (8–1)
10–2 (8–1)
Collin Klein, Kansas State Arthur Brown, Kansas State Bill Snyder, Kansas State
Big East LouisvilleBCS
Cincinnati
Rutgers
Syracuse
10–2 (5–2)
9–3 (5–2)
9–3 (5–2)
7–5 (5–2)
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville Khaseem Greene, Rutgers Charlie Strong, Louisville
Kyle Flood, Rutgers
MWC Boise State
Fresno State
San Diego State
10–2 (7–1)
9–3 (7–1)
9–3 (7–1)
Derek Carr, Fresno State Phillip Thomas, Fresno State Rocky Long, San Diego State
Sun Belt Arkansas State 9–3 (7–1) Kolton Browning, Louisiana-Monroe Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky Todd Berry, Louisiana-Monroe
WAC Utah State 10–2 (6–0) Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech Travis Johnson, San Jose State Gary Andersen, Utah State

Final BCS rankings[edit]

BCS School Record Bowl Game
1 Notre Dame 12–0 BCS Championship
2 Alabama 12–1 BCS Championship
3 Florida 11–1 Sugar
4 Oregon 11–1 Fiesta
5 Kansas State 11–1 Fiesta
6 Stanford 11–2 Rose
7 Georgia 11–2 Capital One
8 LSU 10–2 Chick-fil-A
9 Texas A&M 10–2 Cotton
10 South Carolina 10–2 Outback
11 Oklahoma 10–2 Cotton
12 Florida State 11–2 Orange
13 Oregon State 9–3 Alamo
14 Clemson 10–2 Chick-fil-A
15 Northern Illinois 12–1 Orange
16 Nebraska 10–3 Capital One
17 UCLA 9–4 Holiday
18 Michigan 8–4 Outback
19 Boise State 10–2 Maaco Las Vegas
20 Northwestern 9–3 Gator
21 Louisville 10–2 Sugar
22 Utah State 10–2 Famous Idaho Potato
23 Texas 8–4 Alamo
24 San Jose State 10–2 Military
25 Kent State 11–2 GoDaddy.com
  • Despite not being in the BCS rankings, Wisconsin (8–5) played in the Rose Bowl by virtue of being the Big Ten Champion.

Bowl games[edit]

Non-BCS games[edit]

Date Game Site Television Teams Affiliations Results
Dec. 15 Gildan New Mexico Bowl University Stadium
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
1:00 pm
ESPN Nevada Wolf Pack (7-5)
Arizona Wildcats (7-5)
MWC
Pac-12
Nevada 48
Arizona 49
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Bronco Stadium
Boise State University
Boise, ID
4:30 pm
Toledo Rockets (9-3)
#22 Utah State Aggies (10-2)
MAC
WAC
Toledo 15
Utah State 41
Dec. 20 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
8:00 pm
San Diego State Aztecs (9-3)
BYU Cougars (7-5)
MWC
Independent
San Diego State 6
BYU 23
Dec. 21 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, FL
7:30 pm
Ball State Cardinals (9-3)
UCF Knights (9-4)
MAC
C-USA
Ball State 17
UCF 38
Dec. 22 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
12:00 pm
East Carolina Pirates (8-4)
Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (8-4)
C-USA
Sun Belt
East Carolina 34
Louisiana-Lafayette 43
Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Whitney, NV
3:30 pm
#19 Boise State Broncos (10-2)
Washington Huskies (7-5)
MWC
Pac-12
Boise State 28
Washington 26
Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
8:00 pm
SMU Mustangs (6-6)
Fresno State Bulldogs (9-3)
C-USA
MWC
SMU 43
Fresno State 10
Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Ford Field
Detroit, MI
7:30 pm
WKU Hilltoppers (7-5)
Central Michigan Chippewas (6-6)
Sun Belt
MAC
WKU 21
Central Michigan 24
Dec. 27 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman RFK Stadium
Washington, DC
3:00 pm
#24 San Jose State Spartans (10-2)
Bowling Green Falcons (8-4)
WAC
MAC
San Jose State 29
Bowling Green 20
Belk Bowl Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
6:30 pm
Duke Blue Devils (6-6)
Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3)
ACC
Big East
Duke 34
Cincinnati 48
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
9:45 pm
Baylor Bears (7-5)
#17 UCLA Bruins (9-4)
Big 12
Pac-12
Baylor 49
UCLA 26
Dec. 28 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl Independence Stadium
Shreveport, LA
2:00 pm
Ohio Bobcats (8-4)
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (8-4)
MAC
Sun Belt
Ohio 45
Louisiana-Monroe 14
Russell Athletic Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
5:30 pm
Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-3)
ACC
Big East
Virginia Tech 13
Rutgers 10
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Reliant Stadium
Houston, TX
9:00 pm
Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5)
Big Ten
Big 12
Minnesota 31
Texas Tech 34
Dec. 29 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX
11:45 am
Rice Owls (6-6)
Air Force Falcons (6-6)
C-USA
MWC
Rice 33
Air Force 14
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl AT&T Park
San Francisco, CA
3:15 pm
ESPN2 Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5)
Navy Midshipmen (7-4)
Pac-12
Independent
Arizona State 62
Navy 28
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
3:15 pm
ESPN Syracuse Orange (7-5)
West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5)
Big East
Big 12
Syracuse 38
West Virginia 14
Valero Alamo Bowl Alamodome
San Antonio, TX
6:45 pm
#23 Texas Longhorns (8-4)
#13 Oregon State Beavers (9-3)
Big 12
Pac-12
Texas 31
Oregon State 27
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Sun Devil Stadium
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
10:15 pm
Michigan State Spartans (6-6)
TCU Horned Frogs (7-5)
Big Ten
Big 12
Michigan State 17
TCU 16
Dec. 31 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl LP Field
Nashville, TN
12:05 pm
Vanderbilt Commodores (8-4)
NC State Wolfpack (7-5)
SEC
ACC
Vanderbilt 38
NC State 24
Hyundai Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium
University of Texas El Paso
El Paso, TX
2:00 pm
CBS Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-7)
USC Trojans (7-5)
ACC
Pac-12
Georgia Tech 21
USC 7
Autozone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, TN
3:30 pm
ESPN Iowa State Cyclones (6-6)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-3)
Big 12
C-USA
Iowa State 17
Tulsa 31
Chick-fil-A Bowl Georgia Dome
Atlanta, GA
7:30 pm
#14 Clemson Tigers (10-2)
#8 LSU Tigers (10-2)
ACC
SEC
Clemson 25
LSU 24
Jan. 1 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl EverBank Field
Jacksonville, FL
12:00 pm
ESPN2 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4)
#20 Northwestern Wildcats (9-3)
SEC
Big Ten
Mississippi State 20
Northwestern 34
Heart of Dallas Bowl Cotton Bowl
Dallas, TX
12:00 pm
ESPNU Purdue Boilermakers (6-6)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-5)
Big Ten
Big 12
Purdue 14
Oklahoma State 58
Capital One Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
1:00 pm
ABC #7 Georgia Bulldogs (11-2)
#16 Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-3)
SEC
Big Ten
Georgia 45
Nebraska 31
Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
1:00 pm
ESPN #10 South Carolina Gamecocks (10-2)
#18 Michigan Wolverines (8-4)
SEC
Big Ten
South Carolina 33
Michigan 28
Jan. 4 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, TX
8:00 pm
FOX #9 Texas A&M Aggies (10-2)
#11 Oklahoma Sooners (10-2)
SEC
Big 12
Texas A&M 41
Oklahoma 13
Jan. 5 BBVA Compass Bowl Legion Field
Birmingham, AL
1:00 pm
ESPN Pittsburgh Panthers (6-6)
Ole Miss Rebels (6-6)
Big East
SEC
Pittsburgh 17
Ole Miss 38
Jan. 6 GoDaddy.com Bowl Ladd Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL
9:00 pm
ESPN #25 Kent State Golden Flashes (11-2)
Arkansas State Red Wolves (9-3)
MAC
Sun Belt
Kent State 13
Arkansas State 17

2013 Bowl Championship Series schedule[edit]

Date Game Site Television Teams Affiliations Results
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl presented by Vizio Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
5:00 pm
ESPN #6 Stanford Cardinal (11–2)
Wisconsin Badgers (8–5)
Pac-12
Big Ten
Stanford 20
Wisconsin 14
Discover Orange Bowl Sun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
8:30 pm
#15 Northern Illinois Huskies (12–1)
#12 Florida State Seminoles (11–2)
MAC (non-AQ)
ACC
Northern Illinois 10
Florida State 31
Jan. 2 Allstate Sugar Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
8:30 pm
#21 Louisville Cardinals (10-2)
#3 Florida Gators (11-1)
Big East
SEC (At-large)
Louisville 33
Florida 23
Jan. 3 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, AZ
8:30 pm
#5 Kansas State Wildcats (11-1)
#4 Oregon Ducks (11-1)
Big 12
Pac-12 (At-large)
Oregon 35
Kansas State 17
Jan. 7 Discover BCS National Championship Sun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
8:30 pm
#1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12–0)
#2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12–1)
Independent
SEC
Notre Dame 14
Alabama 42

Bowl Challenge Cup standings[edit]

Conference Total Games Wins Losses Pct.
WAC 2 2 0 1.000
C-USA 5 4 1 .800
ACC 6 4 2 .667
SEC 9 6 3 .667
Big East 5 3 2 .600
Pac-12 8 4 4 .500
Sun Belt 4 2 2 .500
Big 12 9 4 5 .444
Independents 3 1 2 .333
Big Ten 7 2 5 .286
MAC 7 2 5 .286
MWC 5 1 4 .200

Awards and honors[edit]

Heisman Trophy[edit]

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

Player School Position 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Johnny Manziel Texas A&M QB 474 252 103 2029
Manti Te'o Notre Dame LB 321 309 125 1706
Collin Klein Kansas State QB 60 197 320 894
Marqise Lee USC WR 19 33 84 207
Braxton Miller Ohio State QB 3 29 77 144

Other overall[edit]

Special overall[edit]

Offense[edit]

Quarterback

Running Back

Wide Receiver

Tight End

Lineman

Defense[edit]

Defensive Line

Defensive Back

Special teams[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Assistant

All-Americans[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

Preseason and in-season[edit]

This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2012. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2012, see 2011 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
Idaho Robb Akey October 21 Fired[19] Jason Gesser (interim)
Tennessee Derek Dooley November 18 Fired[20] Jim Chaney (interim)

End of season[edit]

School Outgoing coach Date announced Reason Replacement
Kentucky Joker Phillips November 4 Fired[21] Mark Stoops[22]
Western Michigan Bill Cubit November 17 Fired[23] P. J. Fleck[24]
UTEP Mike Price November 19 Retired[25] Sean Kugler[26]
California Jeff Tedford November 20 Fired[27] Sonny Dykes[28]
Arkansas John L. Smith November 24 Fired[29] Bret Bielema[30]
Auburn Gene Chizik November 25 Fired[31] Gus Malzahn[32]
Boston College Frank Spaziani November 25 Fired[33] Steve Addazio[34]
Colorado Jon Embree November 25 Fired[35] Mike MacIntyre[36]
NC State Tom O'Brien November 25 Fired[37] Dave Doeren[38]
Purdue Danny Hope November 25 Fired[39] Darrell Hazell[40]
Southern Miss Ellis Johnson November 27 Fired[41] Todd Monken[42]
Northern Illinois Dave Doeren December 1 Hired by NC State[38] Rod Carey[43]
South Florida Skip Holtz December 2 Fired[44] Willie Taggart[45]
Idaho Jason Gesser December 3 Permanent replacement Paul Petrino[46]
Wisconsin Bret Bielema December 4 Hired by Arkansas[30] Barry Alvarez (interim)[47]
Arkansas State Gus Malzahn December 4 Hired by Auburn[32] Bryan Harsin[48]
Temple Steve Addazio December 4 Hired by Boston College[34] Matt Rhule[49]
Kent State Darrell Hazell December 4 Hired by Purdue[40] Paul Haynes[50]
FIU Mario Cristobal December 5 Fired[51] Ron Turner
Louisiana Tech Sonny Dykes December 5 Hired by California[28] Skip Holtz[52]
Tennessee Jim Chaney December 7 Permanent replacement Butch Jones[53]
Cincinnati Butch Jones December 7 Hired by Tennessee[53] Tommy Tuberville[54]
Western Kentucky Willie Taggart December 7 Hired by South Florida[45] Bobby Petrino[55]
Texas Tech Tommy Tuberville December 8 Hired by Cincinnati[54] Kliff Kingsbury[56]
San Jose State Mike MacIntyre December 10 Hired by Colorado[36] Ron Caragher[57]
Wisconsin Barry Alvarez December 19 Permanent replacement Gary Andersen[58]
Utah State Gary Andersen December 19 Hired by Wisconsin[58] Matt Wells[59]
Nevada Chris Ault December 28 Retired[60] Brian Polian
Syracuse Doug Marrone January 6 Hired by Buffalo Bills[61] Scott Shafer
Oregon Chip Kelly January 16 Hired by Philadelphia Eagles[62] Mark Helfrich[63]
New Mexico State DeWayne Walker January 24 Hired by Jacksonville Jaguars (assistant)[64] Doug Martin

See also[edit]

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