2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season
|2007 NCAA Division I FBS season|
|Number of teams||119|
|Duration||August 30 – December 1|
|Preseason AP #1||USC Trojans|
|Duration||December 20, 2007 –
January 7, 2008
|Bowl games||36 (32 team-competitive and 4 all-star games)|
|Heisman Trophy||Tim Tebow, Florida QB|
|Bowl Championship Series|
|2008 BCS Championship Game|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Division I FBS football seasons|
The 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season, or the college football season, began on August 30, 2007, 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 just the second time in the BCS era, no teams finished the season undefeated, and only one AQ-conference team finished with 1 loss (#7 Kansas, who did not participate in the Big 12 championship game).
- 1 Conference and program changes
- 2 Preseason rankings
- 3 Rules changes
- 4 Key matchups, upsets, and "The Curse of #2"
- 5 Conference standings
- 6 Conference championship games
- 7 Bowl games
- 8 Heisman Trophy voting
- 9 Other major award winners
- 10 All-America selections
- 11 Milestones
- 12 Coaching changes
- 13 Notes and references
- 14 External links
Conference and program changes
No teams upgraded from Division I-AA, leaving the number of Division I-A schools fixed at 119.
- There was only one conference change in 2007, with Temple leaving the Independent ranks to become the 13th member of the MAC.
|School||2006 Conference||2007 Conference|
|Temple Owls||I-A Independent||MAC|
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, ESPN, Rivals.com College Football News. They were also ranked first in the Coaches Poll and AP Poll. 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.
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. 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.
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.
- Paring the 25-second play clock to 15 seconds after TV timeouts.
- Team time-outs for televised games are shortened from 60 seconds to 30 seconds.
- 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.
- Once the umpire gives the ball to the kicker, the 25 second play clock starts.
- Kickoffs out of bounds are now penalized 35 yards from the spot of the kick or a re-kick with a five-yard penalty.
- Defenders cannot use any part of a teammate to jump over an opponent to block a kick.
Key matchups, upsets, and "The Curse of #2"
|September 1||Appalachian State 34||Michigan 32||ESPN.com||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. Michigan would go on to beat Florida and Heisman winner Tim Tebow in the Capital One Bowl.|
|September 3||Florida State 18||Clemson 24||ESPN
|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
|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
|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||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||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||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.|
|October 6||Florida 24||LSU 28||SI.com
|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
|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
|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
|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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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
|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||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||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||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||The Ducks keep themselves in the national title race and knock out the Trojans.|
|November 3||Arizona State 23||Oregon 35||ESPN.com||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||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
|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
|The Mountaineers survive a scare from the Cardinals to stay in the national title race.|
|November 10||Virginia 48||Miami 0||ESPN.com||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||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||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
|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||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 10||Illinois 28||Ohio St. 21||ESPN.com||Illinois pulls off a shocking upset of top ranked Ohio State, in Columbus, to put the Buckeyes' hopes of a national championship in jeopardy.|
|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||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
|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||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||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||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
|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.|
|November 24||Alabama 10||Auburn 17||ESPN
|Auburn wins their sixth straight Iron Bowl.|
|November 24||Connecticut 21||West Virginia 66||ESPN.com||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||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||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
|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||Prior to the 100th 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
The media has dubbed this season as the "Year of the Upset". An unranked or lower-ranked opponent defeated a higher-ranked team 59 times over the course of the regular 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. 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. Arizona added to the total on 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. Nick Saban would later compare the loss to Pearl Harbor and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Note: In the Mid-American Conference, only division games count toward the divisional championship.
- Rankings indicate position in final 2007 AP Poll.
Conference championship games
All games played on December 1, 2007.
- Big 12 Conference (Big 12) – Oklahoma 38, Missouri 17, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas
- Conference USA (CUSA) – UCF 44, Tulsa 25 at Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, Florida
- Mid-American Conference (MAC) – Central Michigan 38, Miami (Ohio) 10 at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
- Southeastern Conference (SEC) – LSU 21, Tennessee 14 at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
- Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) – Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 16, at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida.
Other conference champions
- Big East: Connecticut, West Virginia – West Virginia received the BCS bid
- Big Ten: Ohio State
- Mountain West: BYU
- Pacific-10: Arizona State, Southern California – Southern California received the BCS bid
- Sun Belt: Florida Atlantic, Troy – Florida Atlantic won the New Orleans Bowl bid.
- Western Athletic Conference (WAC): Hawaiʻi
Bowl Championship Series
(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
|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
Post-BCS All-Star Games
- Cornerstone Bancard Hula Bowl – January 12, Aloha Stadium, ʻAiea, Hawaiʻi – ʻAina (East) 38, Kai (West) 7.
- East-West Shrine Game – January 19, Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas – West 31, East 17.
- Under Armour Senior Bowl – January 26, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama – South 17, North 16.
- Western Refining Texas vs. The Nation Game – February 2, UTEP Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas – Texas (players who went to high school or college in that state) 41, The Nation 14
Bowl Challenge Cup standings
† Winner of the Bowl Challenge Cup – § NCAA record for bowl victories in a conference in one bowl season.
- 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
The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player
- Winner: Tim Tebow, So. Florida QB (1,957 pts)
- 2. Darren McFadden, Jr. Arkansas RB (1,703 pts)
- 3. Colt Brennan, Sr. Hawaii QB (632 pts)
- 4. Chase Daniel Jr. Missouri QB (425 pts)
- 5. Dennis Dixon, Sr. Oregon QB (178 pts)
Other major award winners
- Walter Camp Award (top player): Darren McFadden, Arkansas
- Maxwell Award (top player): Tim Tebow, Florida
- Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player): Glenn Dorsey, LSU
- Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player): Dan Connor, Penn St
- Dave Rimington Trophy (center): Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas
- Davey O'Brien Award (quarterback): Tim Tebow, Florida
- Dick Butkus Award (linebacker): James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
- Doak Walker Award (running back): Darren McFadden, Arkansas
- Draddy Trophy ("academic Heisman"): Dallas Griffin, Texas
- Fred Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver): Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
- Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back): Antoine Cason, Arizona
- John Mackey Award (tight end): Fred Davis, USC
- Johnny Unitas Award (Sr. quarterback): Matt Ryan, Boston College
- Lombardi Award (top lineman): Glenn Dorsey, LSU
- Lott Trophy (defensive impact): Glenn Dorsey, LSU
- Lou Groza Award (placekicker): Thomas Weber, Arizona St
- Manning Award (quarterback): Matt Ryan, Boston College
- Outland Trophy (interior lineman): Glenn Dorsey, LSU
- Ray Guy Award (punter): Durant Brooks, Georgia Tech
- Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end): Chris Long, Virginia
- Wuerffel Trophy (humanitarian-athlete): Paul Smith, Tulsa
- The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award: Mark Mangino, Kansas
- Associated Press Coach of the Year: Mark Mangino, Kansas
- Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (head coach): Mark Mangino, Kansas
- Walter Camp Coach of the Year (head coach): Mark Mangino, Kansas
- Broyles Award (assistant coach): Jim Heacock, Ohio State
- QB: Tim Tebow, sophomore, Florida.
- RB: Darren McFadden, junior, Arkansas; Kevin Smith, junior, Central Florida.
- WR: Michael Crabtree, freshman, Texas Tech; Jordy Nelson, senior, Kansas State.
- OT: Jake Long, senior, Michigan; Anthony Collins, junior, Kansas.
- G: Duke Robinson, junior, Oklahoma; Martin O'Donnell, senior, Illinois.
- C: Steve Justice, senior, Wake Forest.
- TE: Martin Rucker, senior, Missouri.
- All-purpose: Jeremy Maclin, freshman, Missouri.
- K: Thomas Weber, freshman, Arizona State.
- DE: Chris Long, senior, Virginia; George Selvie, sophomore, South Florida.
- DT: Glenn Dorsey, senior, LSU; Sedrick Ellis, senior, USC.
- LB: Dan Connor, senior, Penn State; James Laurinaitis, junior, Ohio State; Jordon Dizon, senior, Colorado.
- CB: Aqib Talib, junior, Kansas; Antoine Cason, senior, Arizona.
- S: Craig Steltz, senior, LSU; Jamie Silva, senior, Boston College.
- P: Kevin Huber, junior, Cincinnati.
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||Source|
|Most consecutive pass attempts without an interception, career||André Woodson, Kentucky, 325||September 22, vs. Arkansas||Trent Dilfer, Fresno State, 271 (1993)|||
|Most career extra points||Art Carmody, Louisville, 253||September 29, vs. NC State||Shaun Suisham, Bowling Green, 226 (2001–2004)|||
|Most consecutive pass attempts with only one interception, career||André Woodson, Kentucky, 343||October 4, vs. South Carolina||Woodson, 333 (2006–2007)|||
|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)|||
|Most points scored, both teams (regulation)||North Texas and Navy, 136||November 10||San Jose State vs. Rice, 133 points (2004-10-02)|||
|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)|||
|Most wins by two points or fewer in a season by a team||Virginia, 5||November 3 vs. Wake Forest||Columbia, 4 (1971)|||
|Most all-purpose yards by a freshman||Jeremy Maclin, Missouri, 2,713||November 17, vs. Kansas State||Terrell Willis, Rutgers, 2,026 (1993)|||
|Most touchdown passes in a career||Colt Brennan, Hawaiʻi, 131||November 23 vs. Boise State||Ty Detmer, BYU, 121 (1988–1991)|||
|Most touchdowns responsible for in a career||Colt Brennan, Hawaiʻi, 146||November 23 vs. Boise State||Ty Detmer, BYU, 136 (1988–1991)|||
|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|||
|Most career points scored by a kicker||Art Carmody, Louisville, 433||November 29, vs. Rutgers||Roman Anderson, Houston, 423 (1988–1991)|||
|Most rushing attempts in a season||Kevin Smith, UCF, 415||December 1, vs. Tulsa||Marcus Allen, USC, 403 (1981)|||
|Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season||Tim Tebow, Florida, 23||January 1, vs. Michigan||Chase Harridge, Air Force, 22 (2002)|||
|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)|||
|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)|||
|School||Former Coach||New Coach|
|Indiana||Terry Hoeppner||Bill Lynch|
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