|2006 NCAA Division I FBS season|
|Number of teams||119|
|Duration||August 31 – December 2|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Ohio State|
|Duration||December 19, 2006 – |
January 8, 2007
|Heisman Trophy||Troy Smith (quarterback, Ohio State)|
|Bowl Championship Series|
|2007 BCS Championship Game|
|Site|| University of Phoenix Stadium,|
|NCAA Division I FBS football seasons|
The 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the highest level of college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The regular season began on August 31, 2006 and ended on December 2, 2006. The postseason concluded on January 8, 2007 with the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona, where the No. 2 Florida Gators defeated the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes by a score of 41–14 to win the national title.
The Boise State Broncos were the year's only undefeated team in both levels of Division I football after defeating Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.
The NCAA instituted the following rule changes for the 2006 season.
Rankings reflect the Week 14 AP Poll before the games were played.
|ACC||No. 16 Wake Forest||No. 23 Georgia Tech||9–6||Alltel Stadium|
|Big 12||No. 8 Oklahoma||No. 19 Nebraska||21–7||Arrowhead Stadium|
|Conference USA||Houston||Southern Miss||34–20||Robertson Stadium|
|MAC||Central Michigan||Ohio||31–10||Ford Field|
|SEC||No. 4 Florida||No. 8 Arkansas||38–28||Georgia Dome|
Rankings are from the Week 15 AP Poll.
|Big East||No. 6 Louisville|
|Big Ten||No. 1 Ohio State|
|Mountain West||No. 19 BYU|
|Pac-10||No. 20 California , No. 8 USC *|
|Sun Belt||Middle Tennessee , Troy|
|WAC||No. 9 Boise State|
* Received conference's automatic BCS bowl bid.
Ohio State was ranked No. 1 in all of the BCS-component polls (AP, Coaches', USA Today) in the preseason and the 14 polls taken in the regular season. When the BCS rankings began on October 15, Ohio State was No. 1 on all 8 rankings released during the season.
|WEEK||No. 1||No. 2||EVENT|
|OCT 15||Ohio State||USC||Oregon State 33, USC 31|
|OCT 22||Ohio State||Michigan||Ohio St 44, Minnesota 0|
|OCT 29||Ohio State||Michigan||Ohio St 17, Illinois 10|
|NOV 5||Ohio State||Michigan||Ohio St 54, Northwestern 10|
|NOV 12||Ohio State||Michigan||Ohio St 42, Michigan 39|
|NOV 19||Ohio State||Michigan||Ohio St 42, Michigan 39|
|NOV 26||Ohio State||USC||UCLA 13, USC 9|
|DEC 3||Ohio State||Florida||Florida 38, Arkansas 28|
Winners are listed in boldface.
The Bowl Championship Series selected the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams to play for the national championship on January 8. The 2006 season marked a change for the BCS system, as the BCS National Championship Game became a standalone bowl game for the first time, to be played at the site of one of the four BCS bowls (the Fiesta, Orange, Sugar, and Rose Bowls) on a rotating basis. Under the previous format used from 1998 to 2006, the BCS National Championship coincided with one of the BCS bowls. The 2007 BCS Championship Game was played in Glendale, Arizona, the week after the Fiesta Bowl had been played there.
Rankings are from the Week 15 AP Poll.
|Bowl game||Date||Playing as visitor||Playing as home||Score|
|BCS National Championship Game||January 8||No. 2 Florida||No. 1 Ohio State||41 – 14|
|Sugar Bowl||January 3||No. 11 Notre Dame||No. 4 LSU||14 – 41|
|Orange Bowl||January 2||No. 5 Louisville||No. 15 Wake Forest||24 – 13|
|Fiesta Bowl||January 1||No. 9 Boise State||No. 7 Oklahoma||43 – 42 (OT)|
|Rose Bowl||January 1||No. 8 Southern California||No. 3 Michigan||32 – 18|
|Bowl game||Day||Playing as visitor||Playing as home||Score|
|GMAC Bowl||7th||Ohio||Southern Mississippi||7 – 28|
|International Bowl||6th||Western Michigan||Cincinnati||24 – 27|
|Cotton Bowl||1st||No. 10 Auburn||No. 22 Nebraska||17 – 14|
|Capital One Bowl||1st||No. 12 Arkansas||No. 6 Wisconsin||14 – 17|
|Gator Bowl||1st||Georgia Tech||No. 13 West Virginia||35 – 38|
|Outback Bowl||1st||No. 17 Tennessee||Penn State||10 – 20|
|Bowl game||Day||Playing as visitor||Playing as home||Score|
|MPC Computers Bowl||31st||Miami||Nevada||21 – 20|
|Chick-fil-A Bowl||30th||Georgia||No. 14 Virginia Tech||31 – 24|
|Alamo Bowl||30th||No. 18 Texas||Iowa||26 – 24|
|Meineke Car Care Bowl||30th||Navy||No. 23 Boston College||24 – 25|
|Champs Sports Bowl||29th||Purdue||Maryland||7 – 24|
|Insight Bowl||29th||Texas Tech||Minnesota||44 – 41|
|Liberty Bowl||29th||Houston||South Carolina||36 – 44|
|Sun Bowl||29th||No. 24 Oregon State||Missouri||39 – 38|
|Music City Bowl||29th||Clemson||Kentucky||20 – 28|
|Holiday Bowl||28th||No. 21 Texas A&M||No. 20 California||10 – 45|
|Texas Bowl||28th||No. 16 Rutgers||Kansas State||37 – 10|
|Independence Bowl||28th||Oklahoma State||Alabama||34 – 31|
|Emerald Bowl||27th||Florida State||UCLA||44 – 27|
|Motor City Bowl||26th||Middle Tennessee||Central Michigan||14 – 31|
|Hawaii Bowl||24th||Arizona State||Hawaii||24 – 41|
|Armed Forces Bowl||23rd||Tulsa||Utah||13 – 25|
|New Mexico Bowl||23rd||New Mexico||San José State||12 – 20|
|PapaJohns.com Bowl||23rd||South Florida||East Carolina||24 – 7|
|New Orleans Bowl||22nd||Rice||Troy||17 – 41|
|Las Vegas Bowl||21st||No. 19 BYU||Oregon||38 – 8|
|Poinsettia Bowl||19th||Northern Illinois||No. 25 TCU||7 – 37|
|Big East Conference||5||0||1.000|
|Mountain West Conference||3||1||.750|
|Western Athletic Conference||3||1||.750|
|Atlantic Coast Conference||4||4||.500|
|Sun Belt Conference||1||1||.500|
|Big 12 Conference||3||5||.375|
|Big Ten Conference||2||5||.286|
The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.
|School||Former Coach||Interim||New Coach|
|Air Force||Fisher DeBerry||Troy Calhoun|
|Alabama||Mike Shula||Joe Kines||Nick Saban|
|Army||Bobby Ross||Stan Brock|
|Arizona State||Dirk Koetter||Dennis Erickson|
|Boston College||Tom O'Brien||Frank Spaziani||Jeff Jagodzinski|
|Central Michigan||Brian Kelly||Jeff Quinn||Butch Jones|
|Cincinnati||Mark Dantonio||Brian Kelly|
|Florida International||Don Strock||Mario Cristobal|
|Idaho||Dennis Erickson||Robb Akey|
|Iowa State||Dan McCarney||Gene Chizik|
|Louisiana Tech||Jack Bicknell III||Derek Dooley|
|Louisville||Bobby Petrino||Steve Kragthorpe|
|Miami (FL)||Larry Coker||Randy Shannon|
|Michigan State||John L. Smith||Mark Dantonio|
|Minnesota||Glen Mason||Tim Brewster|
|North Carolina||John Bunting||Butch Davis|
|NC State||Chuck Amato||Tom O'Brien|
|North Texas||Darrell Dickey||Todd Dodge|
|Rice||Todd Graham||David Bailiff|
|Stanford||Walt Harris||Jim Harbaugh|
|Tulane||Chris Scelfo||Bob Toledo|
|Tulsa||Steve Kragthorpe||Todd Graham|
|UAB||Watson Brown||Neil Callaway|
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