|2002 NCAA Division I-A season|
|Number of teams||117|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Miami (FL)|
|Duration||December 17, 2002 – |
January 3, 2003
|Heisman Trophy||Carson Palmer (quarterback, USC)|
|Bowl Championship Series|
|2003 Fiesta Bowl|
|Site|| Sun Devil Stadium,|
|Division I-A football seasons|
The 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with a double overtime national championship game. Ohio State and Miami both came into the Fiesta Bowl undefeated. The underdog Buckeyes defeated the defending-champion Hurricanes 31–24, ending Miami's 34-game winning streak. Jim Tressel won the national championship in only his second year as head coach.
Rose Bowl officials were vocally upset over the loss of the Big Ten champ from the game. Former New England Patriots coach Pete Carroll returned the USC Trojans to a BCS bid in only his second season as head coach. Notre Dame also returned to prominence, as Tyrone Willingham became the first coach in Notre Dame history to win 10 games in his first season.
Beginning with the 2002 season, teams were allowed to schedule twelve regular season games instead of eleven leading to additional revenues for all teams and allowing players the enhanced opportunity to break various statistical records.
The NCAA Rules Committee adopted the following rules changes for the 2002 season:
No teams upgraded from Division I-AA, leaving the number of Division I-A schools fixed at 117.
|School||2001 Conference||2002 Conference|
|Central Florida Knights||I-A Independent||MAC|
|WEEK||No. 1||No. 2||EVENT|
|OCT 28||Oklahoma||Miami||Ohio State 34, Minnesota 3|
|NOV 4||Oklahoma||Ohio State||Texas A&M 30, Oklahoma 26|
|NOV 11||Ohio State||Miami||Ohio State 23, Illinois 16|
|NOV 18||Miami||Ohio State||Miami 28, Pittsburgh 21|
|NOV 25||Miami||Ohio State||Miami 49, Syracuse 7|
|DEC 2||Miami||Ohio State||Miami 56, Virginia Tech 45|
|BCS||School||Record||BCS Bowl game|
The Rose Bowl normally features the champions of the Big Ten and the Pac-10. However, Big Ten-champion Ohio State, finishing No. 2 in the BCS, had qualified to play in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl for the national championship against Miami (Florida)Earlier in the season, Ohio State had defeated Washington State 25–7.
After the national championship was set, the Orange Bowl had the next pick, and invited No. 3 (No. 5 BCS) Iowa from the Big Ten. When it was the Rose Bowl's turn to select, the best available team was No. 8 (No. 7 BCS) Oklahoma, who won the Big 12 Championship Game. When it came time for the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl to make a second pick, both wanted Pac-10 co-champion USC. However, a BCS rule stated that if two bowls wanted the same team, the bowl with the higher payoff had priority.The Orange Bowl immediately extended an at-large bid to the No. 5 Trojans and paired them with at-large No. 3 Iowa in a Big Ten/Pac-10 "Rose Bowl East" matchup in the 2003 Orange Bowl. The Rose Bowl was left to pair Oklahoma with Pac-10 co-champion Washington State. Rose Bowl committee executive director Mitch Dorger was not pleased with the results.
As such, the BCS instituted a new rule, whereby a bowl losing its conference champion to the BCS championship could "protect" the second-place team from that conference from going to another bowl. This left the Sugar Bowl with No. 14 BCS Florida State, the winner of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Notre Dame at 10–2 and No. 9 in the BCS standings was invited to the 2003 Gator Bowl. Kansas State at No. 8 also was left out.
The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the
Most Outstanding Player of the year
Winner: Carson Palmer (Sr.), QB, USC (1,328 points)
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