2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2006 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams119
DurationAugust 31 – December 2
Preseason AP No. 1 Ohio State
Post-season
DurationDecember 19, 2006 –
January 8, 2007
Bowl games 32
Heisman Trophy Troy Smith (quarterback, Ohio State)
Bowl Championship Series
2007 BCS Championship Game
Site University of Phoenix Stadium,
Glendale, Arizona
Champion(s) Florida
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
  2005
2007  

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).

Contents

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. [1]

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.

Rules changes

The NCAA instituted the following rule changes for the 2006 season. [2]

Conference standings

2006 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Atlantic Division
No. 18 Wake Forest x$ 62    113 
No. 20 Boston College  53    103 
Maryland  53    94 
Clemson  53    85 
Florida State  35    76 
NC State  26    39 
Coastal Division
Georgia Tech x 71    95 
No. 19 Virginia Tech  62    103 
Virginia  44    57 
Miami  35    76 
North Carolina  26    39 
Duke  08    012 
Championship: Wake Forest 9, Georgia Tech 6
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Northern Division
Nebraska x 62    95 
Missouri  44    85 
Kansas State  44    76 
Kansas  35    66 
Colorado  26    210 
Iowa State  17    48 
Southern Division
No. 11 Oklahoma x$ 71    113 
No. 13 Texas  62    103 
Texas A&M  53    94 
Texas Tech  44    85 
Oklahoma State  35    76 
Baylor  35    48 
Championship: Oklahoma 21, Nebraska 7
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Big East Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 Louisville $ 61    121 
No. 10 West Virginia  52    112 
No. 12 Rutgers  52    112 
South Florida  43    94 
Cincinnati  43    85 
Pittsburgh  25    66 
Connecticut  16    48 
Syracuse  06    08 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Ohio State $ 80    121 
No. 7 Wisconsin  71    121 
No. 8 Michigan % 71    112 
No. 24 Penn State  53    94 
Purdue  53    86 
Minnesota  35    67 
Indiana  35    57 
Iowa  26    67 
Northwestern  26    48 
Michigan State  17    48 
Illinois  17    210 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Conference USA football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Southern Miss x 62    95 
East Carolina  53    76 
Marshall  44    57 
UCF  35    48 
UAB  26    39 
Memphis  17    210 
West Division
Houston x$ 71    104 
Rice  62    76 
Tulsa  53    85 
SMU  44    66 
UTEP  35    57 
Tulane  26    48 
Championship: Houston 34, Southern Miss 20
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Ohio x 71    95 
Kent State  53    66 
Akron  35    57 
Bowling Green  35    48 
Miami  26    210 
Buffalo  17    210 
West Division
Central Michigan x$ 71    104 
Western Michigan  62    85 
Northern Illinois  53    76 
Ball State  53    57 
Toledo  35    57 
Eastern Michigan  17    111 
Championship: Central Michigan 31, Ohio 10
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
2006 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 16 BYU $ 80    112 
No. 22 TCU  62    112 
Utah  53    85 
Wyoming  53    66 
New Mexico  44    67 
Air Force  35    48 
San Diego State  35    39 
Colorado State  17    48 
UNLV  17    210 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 USC + 72    112 
No. 14 California + 72    103 
No. 21 Oregon State  63    104 
UCLA  54    76 
Oregon  45    76 
Arizona State  45    76 
Arizona  45    66 
Washington State  45    66 
Washington  36    57 
Stanford  18    111 
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Eastern Division
No. 1 Florida x$# 71    131 
No. 25 Tennessee  53    94 
Kentucky  44    85 
No. 23 Georgia  44    94 
South Carolina  35    85 
Vanderbilt  17    48 
Western Division
No. 15 Arkansas x 71    104 
No. 9 Auburn  62    112 
No. 3 LSU % 62    112 
Alabama  26    67 
Ole Miss  26    48 
Mississippi State  17    39 
Championship: Florida 38, Arkansas 28
    1. BCS National Champion
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • Alabama had all victories vacated by the NCAA in 2010. As such, the official record for Alabama is 0–7 (0–6).
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Troy + 61    85 
Middle Tennessee + 61    76 
Arkansas State  43    66 
Florida Atlantic  43    57 
Louisiana–Lafayette  34    66 
Louisiana–Monroe  34    48 
North Texas  25    39 
FIU  07    012 
  • + Conference co-champions
2006 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 Boise State $ 80    130 
Hawaii  71    113 
San Jose State  53    94 
Nevada  53    85 
Fresno State  44    48 
Idaho  35    48 
New Mexico State  26    48 
Louisiana Tech  17    310 
Utah State  17    111 
  • $ Conference champion and BCS representative as top non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 17 Notre Dame %     103 
Navy      94 
Army      39 
Temple      111 
  • % BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference champions

Conference championship games

Rankings reflect the Week 14 AP Poll before the games were played.

ConferenceChampionRunner-UpScoreSite
ACC No. 16 Wake Forest No. 23 Georgia Tech 9–6 Alltel Stadium

Jacksonville, Florida

Big 12 No. 8 Oklahoma No. 19 Nebraska 21–7 Arrowhead Stadium

Kansas City, Missouri

Conference USA Houston Southern Miss 34–20 Robertson Stadium

Houston

MAC Central Michigan Ohio 31–10 Ford Field

Detroit

SEC No. 4 Florida No. 8 Arkansas 38–28 Georgia Dome

Atlanta

Other conference champions

Rankings are from the Week 15 AP Poll.

ConferenceWinner(s)
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.

BCS rankings progress

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.

WEEKNo. 1No. 2EVENT
OCT 15 Ohio State USC Oregon State 33, USC 31
OCT 22Ohio State Michigan Ohio St 44, Minnesota 0
OCT 29Ohio StateMichiganOhio St 17, Illinois 10
NOV 5Ohio StateMichiganOhio St 54, Northwestern 10
NOV 12Ohio StateMichiganOhio St 42, Michigan 39
NOV 19Ohio StateMichiganOhio St 42, Michigan 39
NOV 26Ohio StateUSC UCLA 13, USC 9
DEC 3Ohio State Florida Florida 38, Arkansas 28

Bowl games

Winners are listed in boldface.

Bowl Championship Series

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 gameDatePlaying as visitorPlaying as homeScore
BCS National Championship Game January 8No. 2 Florida No. 1 Ohio State 41 – 14
Sugar Bowl January 3No. 11 Notre Dame No. 4 LSU 14 – 41
Orange Bowl January 2No. 5 Louisville No. 15 Wake Forest 24 – 13
Fiesta Bowl January 1No. 9 Boise State No. 7 Oklahoma 43 – 42 (OT)
Rose Bowl January 1No. 8 Southern California No. 3 Michigan 32 – 18

January bowl games

Bowl gameDayPlaying as visitorPlaying as homeScore
GMAC Bowl 7th Ohio Southern Mississippi 7 – 28
International Bowl 6th Western Michigan Cincinnati 24 – 27
Cotton Bowl 1stNo. 10 Auburn No. 22 Nebraska 17 – 14
Capital One Bowl 1stNo. 12 Arkansas No. 6 Wisconsin 14 – 17
Gator Bowl 1st Georgia Tech No. 13 West Virginia 35 – 38
Outback Bowl 1stNo. 17 Tennessee Penn State 10 – 20

December bowl games

Bowl gameDayPlaying as visitorPlaying as homeScore
MPC Computers Bowl 31st Miami Nevada 21 – 20
Chick-fil-A Bowl 30th Georgia No. 14 Virginia Tech 31 – 24
Alamo Bowl 30thNo. 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 29thNo. 24 Oregon State Missouri 39 – 38
Music City Bowl 29th Clemson Kentucky 20 – 28
Holiday Bowl 28thNo. 21 Texas A&M No. 20 California 10 – 45
Texas Bowl 28thNo. 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 21stNo. 19 BYU Oregon 38 – 8
Poinsettia Bowl 19th Northern Illinois No. 25 TCU 7 – 37

Bowl Challenge Cup standings

ConferenceWinsLossesPct.
Big East Conference 501.000
Mountain West Conference 31.750
Western Athletic Conference 31.750
Southeastern Conference 63.667
Atlantic Coast Conference 44.500
Pacific-10 Conference 33.500
Sun Belt Conference 11.500
Big 12 Conference 35.375
Big Ten Conference 25.286
Mid-American Conference 13.250
Conference USA 14.200
Independents02.000

Awards and honors

Heisman Trophy voting

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

Other major award winners

Postseason coaching changes

SchoolFormer CoachInterimNew Coach
Air Force Fisher DeBerry [11] Troy Calhoun [12]
Alabama Mike Shula [13] Joe Kines [13] Nick Saban [14]
Army Bobby Ross [15] Stan Brock [15]
Arizona State Dirk Koetter [16] Dennis Erickson [17]
Boston College Tom O'Brien [18] Frank Spaziani Jeff Jagodzinski [19]
Central Michigan Brian Kelly [20] Jeff Quinn [21] Butch Jones [22]
Cincinnati Mark Dantonio [23] Brian Kelly [20]
Florida International Don Strock [24] Mario Cristobal [25]
Idaho Dennis Erickson [26] Robb Akey [27]
Iowa State Dan McCarney [28] Gene Chizik [29]
Louisiana Tech Jack Bicknell III [30] Derek Dooley [31]
Louisville Bobby Petrino [32] Steve Kragthorpe [33]
Miami (FL) Larry Coker [34] Randy Shannon [35]
Michigan State John L. Smith [36] Mark Dantonio [23]
Minnesota Glen Mason [37] Tim Brewster [38]
North Carolina John Bunting [39] Butch Davis [40]
NC State Chuck Amato [41] Tom O'Brien [18]
North Texas Darrell Dickey [42] Todd Dodge [43]
Rice Todd Graham [44] David Bailiff [45]
Stanford Walt Harris [46] Jim Harbaugh [47]
Tulane Chris Scelfo [48] Bob Toledo [49]
Tulsa Steve Kragthorpe [33] Todd Graham [44]
UAB Watson Brown [50] Neil Callaway [51]

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