|2007 NCAA Division I FBS season|
|Number of teams||119|
|Duration||August 30 – December 1|
|Preseason AP No. 1||USC|
|Duration||December 20, 2007 – |
January 7, 2008
|Heisman Trophy||Tim Tebow (quarterback, Florida)|
|Bowl Championship Series|
|2008 BCS Championship Game|
|Site|| Louisiana Superdome,|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|NCAA Division I FBS football seasons|
The 2007 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 30, 2007 and ended on December 1, 2007. The postseason concluded on January 7, 2008 with the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans, where the #2-ranked LSU Tigers defeated the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes to win their second BCS and third overall national title.
For just the second time in the Bowl Championship Series era, no FBS team finished the season undefeated. Kansas was the only team from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference to finish the entire season with just one loss.
After coaches expressed their disapproval of the timing changes made in the 2006 season, the following changes were made:
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:
The only change in conference membership for the 2007 season occurred when Temple left its Independent status to become the 13th member of the Mid-American Conference.
No teams upgraded from Division I FCS, leaving the number of Division I FBS schools fixed at 119.
|School||2006 Conference||2007 Conference|
|Temple Owls||I-A Independent||MAC|
The 2007 season was highlighted by the remarkable frequency with which ranked teams fell to lower-ranked or unranked opponents, leading the media to dub the 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. Teams ranked in the top five of the AP Poll were defeated by unranked opponents 13 times during the regular season, setting a new record in the history of the AP Poll 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.
The chaos began on the first weekend of the season when FCS program Appalachian State defeated #5 Michigan on the road at Michigan Stadium in what was immediately hailed as one of the greatest upsets in the history of college football. Appalachian State became just the second FCS team to defeat a ranked FBS opponent, and the first to do so against a top-five team.
The 2007 season became known for the "Curse of the #2", where the team ranked #2 by the AP Poll was defeated seven times in the final nine weeks of the regular season:
The #1 and #2 ranked teams had not lost in the same week of the season since 1996. In 2007 alone, #1 and #2 fell during the same weekend three times, including in both of the final two weeks of the regular season:
All games were played on December 1, 2007. Rankings reflect the Week 14 AP Poll before the games were played.
|ACC||#6 Virginia Tech||#12 Boston College||30–16||Jacksonville Municipal Stadium|
|Big 12||#9 Oklahoma||#1 Missouri||38–17||Alamodome|
|Conference USA||UCF||Tulsa||44–25||Bright House Networks Stadium|
|MAC||Central Michigan||Miami (Ohio)||35–10||Ford Field|
|SEC||#5 LSU||#14 Tennessee||21–14||Georgia Dome|
Rankings are from the Week 15 AP Poll.
|Big East||Connecticut, #11 West Virginia*|
|Big Ten||#1 Ohio State|
|Mountain West||#19 BYU|
|Pac-10||#12 Arizona State, #6 USC*|
|Sun Belt||Florida Atlantic, Troy|
* Received conference's automatic BCS bowl bid
Winners are listed in boldface.
|Bowl Game||Date||Playing as Visitor||Playing as Home||Score|
|BCS Title Game (New Orleans, Louisiana)||January 7, 2008||#2 LSU||#1 Ohio State||38–24|
|Rose Bowl (Pasadena, California)||January 1, 2008||#13 Illinois||#7 Southern California||49–17|
|Sugar Bowl (New Orleans)||January 1, 2008||#10 Hawaiʻi||#5 Georgia||41–10|
|Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Arizona)||January 2, 2008||#9 West Virginia||#4 Oklahoma||48–28|
|Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, Florida)||January 3, 2008||#8 Kansas||#3 Virginia Tech||24–21|
|Bowl Game||Date||Playing as Visitor||Playing as Home||Score|
|Outback Bowl (Tampa, Florida)||January 1, 2008||Wisconsin||Tennessee||21–17|
|Cotton Bowl (Dallas, Texas)||January 1, 2008||Missouri||Arkansas||38–7|
|Capital One Bowl (Orlando, Florida)||January 1, 2008||Michigan||Florida||41–35|
|Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, Florida)||January 1, 2008||Texas Tech||Virginia||31–28|
|International Bowl (Toronto, ON, Canada)||January 5, 2008||Rutgers||Ball State||52–30|
|GMAC Bowl (Mobile, Alabama)||January 6, 2008||Bowling Green||Tulsa||63–7|
|Bowl Game||Date||Playing as Visitor||Playing as Home||Score|
|Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego)||December 20, 2007||Utah||Navy||35–32|
|New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans)||December 21, 2007||Memphis||Florida Atlantic||44–27|
|PapaJohns.com Bowl (Birmingham, Alabama)||December 22, 2007||Southern Miss||Cincinnati||31–21|
|New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, New Mexico)||December 22, 2007||Nevada||New Mexico||23–0|
|Las Vegas Bowl (Las Vegas)||December 22, 2007||UCLA||BYU||17–16|
|Hawaiʻi Bowl (Honolulu)||December 23, 2007||Boise State||East Carolina||41–38|
|Motor City Bowl (Detroit)||December 26, 2007||Purdue||Central Michigan||51–48|
|Holiday Bowl (San Diego)||December 27, 2007||Arizona State||Texas||52–34|
|Champs Sports Bowl (Orlando, Florida)||December 28, 2007||Boston College||Michigan State||24–21|
|Texas Bowl (Houston)||December 28, 2007||TCU||Houston||20–13|
|Emerald Bowl (San Francisco)||December 28, 2007||Maryland||Oregon State||21–14|
|Meineke Car Care Bowl (Charlotte, North Carolina)||December 29, 2007||Connecticut||Wake Forest||24–10|
|Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Tennessee)||December 29, 2007||UCF||Mississippi State||10–3|
|Alamo Bowl (San Antonio)||December 29, 2007||Penn State||Texas A&M||24–17|
|Independence Bowl (Shreveport, Louisiana)||December 30, 2007||Alabama||Colorado||30–24|
|Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas)||December 31, 2007||California||Air Force||42–36|
|Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas)||December 31, 2007||South Florida||Oregon||56–21|
|Humanitarian Bowl (Boise, Idaho)||December 31, 2007||Georgia Tech||Fresno State||40–28|
|Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tennessee)||December 31, 2007||Kentucky||Florida State||35–28|
|Insight Bowl (Tempe, Arizona)||December 31, 2007||Indiana||Oklahoma State||49–33|
|Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta)||December 31, 2007||Clemson||Auburn||23–20 (OT)|
† Winner of the Bowl Challenge Cup – § NCAA record for bowl victories in a conference in one bowl season.
The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.
Selections were made by the Associated Press.
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|
|School||Former Coach||Interim||New Coach|
|Arkansas||Houston Nutt||Reggie Herring||Bobby Petrino|
|Baylor||Guy Morriss||Art Briles|
|Colorado State||Sonny Lubick||Steve Fairchild|
|Duke||Ted Roof||David Cutcliffe|
|Georgia Tech||Chan Gailey||Jon Tenuta||Paul Johnson|
|Hawaiʻi||June Jones||Greg McMackin|
|Houston||Art Briles||Chris Thurmond||Kevin Sumlin|
|Michigan||Lloyd Carr||Rich Rodriguez|
|Mississippi||Ed Orgeron||Houston Nutt|
|Navy||Paul Johnson||Ken Niumatalolo|
|Nebraska||Bill Callahan||Tom Osborne||Bo Pelini|
|Northern Illinois||Joe Novak||Jerry Kill|
|SMU||Phil Bennett||June Jones|
|Southern Miss||Jeff Bower||Larry Fedora|
|Texas A&M||Dennis Franchione||Gary Darnell||Mike Sherman|
|UCLA||Karl Dorrell||DeWayne Walker||Rick Neuheisel|
|Washington State||Bill Doba||Paul Wulff|
|West Virginia||Rich Rodriguez|
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