2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2008 NCAA Division I FBS season
2008 Florida Gators football team celebrates in Florida Field (January 11 2009).jpg
Florida Gators celebrating after winning the 2009 BCS Championship Game
Number of teams119 + 1 transitional [n 1]
DurationAugust 28 – December 6
Preseason AP No. 1 Georgia
Post-season
DurationDecember 20, 2008 – January 31, 2009
Bowl games 34
Heisman Trophy Sam Bradford (quarterback, Oklahoma)
Bowl Championship Series
2009 BCS Championship Game
Site Dolphin Stadium,
Miami Gardens, Florida
Champion(s) Florida
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
  2007
2009  

The 2008 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 28, 2008 and ended on December 6, 2008. The postseason concluded on January 8, 2009 with the BCS National Championship Game in Miami Gardens, Florida, which featured the top two teams ranked by the Bowl Championship Series (BCS): the No. 2 Florida Gators and No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners. [1] Florida defeated Oklahoma by a score of 24–14 to win their second BCS title in three years and third overall national championship in school history. The Utah Utes were selected national champions by Anderson & Hester after beating the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, finishing the season as the nation's only undefeated team. [2]

Rule changes

The NCAA football rules committee made rule changes for 2008, including the following: [3] [4]

Conference and program changes

Western Kentucky upgraded from Division I FCS and played the 2008 season as a transitional Division I FBS member.

School2007 Conference2008 Conference
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers FCS Independent FBS Independent

Most-watched regular season games

RankDateMatchupChannelViewers
1December 6, 4:00 ET No. 2 Florida vs. No. 1 Alabama CBS, SEC Championship 15.061 Million
2November 1, 8:00 ET No. 1 Texas vs. No. 7 Texas Tech ESPN on ABC 12.204 Million
3September 13, 8:00 ET No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 1 USC ESPN on ABC 11.800 Million
4November 22, 8:00 ET No. 2 Texas Tech vs. No. 5 Oklahoma ESPN on ABC 10.742 Million
5October 25, 8:00 ET No. 3 Penn State vs. No. 9 Ohio State ESPN on ABC 10.367 Million
6November 29, 8:00 ET No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 12 Oklahoma State ESPN on ABC 9.525 Million
7December 6, 8:00 ET No. 20 Missouri vs. No. 2 Oklahoma ESPN on ABC, Big 12 Championship 8.762 Million
8November 8, 8:00 ET No. 9 Oklahoma State vs. No. 2 Texas Tech, No. 21 California vs No. 7 USC Regional ESPN on ABC 8.483 Million
9November 8, 3:30 ET No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 16 LSU CBS 8.137 Million
10October 11, 12:00 ET No. 5 Texas vs. No. 1 Oklahoma ESPN on ABC 7.726 Million

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Conference standings

2008 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Atlantic Division
Boston College xy 53    95 
No. 21 Florida State x 53    94 
Maryland  44    85 
Wake Forest  44    85 
Clemson  44    76 
NC State  44    67 
Coastal Division
No. 15 Virginia Tech xy$ 53    104 
No. 22 Georgia Tech x 53    94 
North Carolina  04    05 
Miami  44    76 
Virginia  35    57 
Duke  17    48 

Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 12
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • North Carolina vacated 8 wins, including 4 ACC wins
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Northern Division
No. 19 Missouri xy 53    104 
Nebraska x 53    94 
Kansas  44    85 
Colorado  26    57 
Kansas State  26    57 
Iowa State  08    210 
Southern Division
No. 5 Oklahoma xy$ 71    122 
No. 4 Texas x% 71    121 
No. 12 Texas Tech x 71    112 
No. 16 Oklahoma State  53    94 
Baylor  26    48 
Texas A&M  26    48 
Championship: Oklahoma 62, Missouri 21
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Big East Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 17 Cincinnati $ 61    113 
Pittsburgh  52    94 
No. 23 West Virginia  52    94 
Rutgers  52    85 
Connecticut  34    85 
South Florida  25    85 
Louisville  16    57 
Syracuse  16    39 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Penn State $+ 71    112 
No. 9 Ohio State %+ 71    103 
No. 24 Michigan State  62    94 
Northwestern  53    94 
No. 20 Iowa  53    94 
Wisconsin  35    76 
Minnesota  35    76 
Illinois  35    57 
Purdue  26    48 
Michigan  26    39 
Indiana  17    39 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Conference USA football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
East Carolina x$ 62    95 
Memphis  44    67 
Southern Miss  44    76 
UAB  35    48 
UCF  35    48 
Marshall  35    48 
West Division
Tulsa xy 71    113 
Rice x 71    103 
Houston  62    85 
UTEP  44    57 
Tulane  17    210 
SMU  08    111 
Championship: East Carolina 27, Tulsa 24
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Buffalo x$ 53    86 
Bowling Green  44    66 
Temple  44    57 
Ohio  35    48 
Akron  35    57 
Kent State  35    48 
Miami  17    210 
West Division
Ball State x 80    122 
Central Michigan  62    85 
Western Michigan  62    94 
Northern Illinois  53    67 
Toledo  26    39 
Eastern Michigan  26    39 
Championship: Buffalo 42, Ball State 24
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
2008 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 Utah $ 80    130 
No. 7 TCU  71    112 
No. 25 BYU  62    103 
Air Force  53    85 
Colorado State  44    76 
UNLV  26    57 
New Mexico  26    48 
Wyoming  17    48 
San Diego State  17    210 
  • $ Conference champion and BCS representative as top non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 USC $ 81    121 
No. 10 Oregon  72    103 
No. 19 Oregon State  72    94 
California  63    94 
Arizona  54    85 
Arizona State  45    57 
Stanford  45    57 
UCLA  36    48 
Washington State  18    211 
Washington  09    012 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Eastern Division
No. 1 Florida x$# 71    131 
No. 13 Georgia  62    103 
Vanderbilt  44    76 
South Carolina  44    76 
Tennessee  35    57 
Kentucky  26    76 
Western Division
No. 6 Alabama x% 80    122 
No. 14 Ole Miss  53    94 
LSU  35    85 
Arkansas  26    57 
Auburn  26    57 
Mississippi State  26    48 
Championship: Florida 31, Alabama 20
    1. BCS National Champion
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Troy $ 61    85 
Louisiana–Lafayette  52    66 
Florida Atlantic  43    76 
Arkansas State  43    66 
FIU  34    57 
Middle Tennessee  34    57 
Louisiana–Monroe  34    48 
North Texas  07    111 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 11 Boise State $ 80    121 
Louisiana Tech  53    85 
Nevada  53    76 
Hawaii  53    77 
Fresno State  44    76 
San Jose State  44    66 
Utah State  35    39 
New Mexico State  17    39 
Idaho  17    210 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Navy      85 
Notre Dame      76 
Army      39 
WKU      210 
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference champions

Conference championship games

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

DateConferenceWinnerRunner-UpScoreSiteTV
December 6 ACC Virginia Tech No. 18 Boston College 30–12 Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
ABC
December 6 Big 12 No. 4 Oklahoma No. 19 Missouri 62–21 Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
ABC
December 6 Conference USA East Carolina Tulsa 27–24 Skelly Field at H. A. Chapman Stadium
Tulsa, Oklahoma
ESPN2
December 5 MAC Buffalo No. 12 Ball State 42–24 Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
ESPN2
December 6 SEC No. 2 Florida No. 1 Alabama 31–20 Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Georgia
CBS

Other conference champions

Rankings are from the Week 15 AP Poll.

ConferenceChampion
Big East No. 12 Cincinnati
Big Ten No. 6 Penn State

#10 Ohio State

Mountain West No. 7 Utah
Pac-10 No. 5 USC
Sun Belt Troy
WAC No. 9 Boise State

Bowl games

Winners are listed in boldface.

Bowl Championship Series

After the completion of the regular season and conference championship games, seven teams had secured BCS berths: ACC champion Virginia Tech, Big East champion Cincinnati, Big Ten champion Penn State, Big 12 champion Oklahoma, Pac-10 champion USC, SEC champion Florida, and Mountain West champion Utah, who qualified as the highest-ranked BCS non-AQ conference champion. With Oklahoma and Florida being selected to play in the championship, Texas and Alabama assumed their conference's berths in the Fiesta and Sugar Bowls, respectively. The remaining at-large berth was awarded to Ohio State, who were selected despite being ranked No. 10 by the BCS, behind No. 9 Boise State. No. 7 Texas Tech did not receive an at-large bid because the Big 12 had already been awarded the maximum of two BCS selections per conference.

Bowl GameDateVisitorHomeScoreTV
Rose Bowl Game presented by citi (Pasadena, CA)January 1 [1] #5 USC #8 Penn State [6] 38–24 ABC
FedEx Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, FL)January 1 [1] No. 12 Cincinnati No. 19 Virginia Tech [7] 7–20 FOX
Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)January 2 [1] No. 6 Utah No. 4 Alabama 31–17FOX
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, AZ)January 5 [1] No. 10 Ohio State No. 3 Texas 21–24FOX
FedEx BCS National Championship Game
(Miami Gardens, FL)
January 8 [1] No. 2 Florida No. 1 Oklahoma 24–14FOX

Other bowl games

Bowl GameDateVisitorHomeScoreTV
EagleBank Bowl (Washington, D.C.)December 20 Wake Forest Navy 29–19 ESPN
New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, NM)December 20 Colorado State Fresno State 40–35ESPN
magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl (St. Petersburg, FL)December 20 Memphis South Florida 14–41 ESPN2
Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl (Las Vegas, NV)December 20 No. 16 BYU Arizona 21–31ESPN
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, LA)December 21 Southern Mississippi Troy 30–27ESPN
SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego, CA)December 23 No. 9 Boise State No. 11 TCU 16–17ESPN
Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl (ʻAiea, HI)December 24 Hawaiʻi Notre Dame 21–49ESPN
Motor City Bowl (Detroit, MI)December 26 Florida Atlantic Central Michigan 24–21ESPN
Meineke Car Care Bowl (Charlotte, NC)December 27 West Virginia North Carolina 31–30ESPN
Champs Sports Bowl (Orlando, FL)December 27 Wisconsin [8] Florida State 13–42ESPN
Emerald Bowl (San Francisco, CA)December 27 Miami (FL) California 17–24ESPN
Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA)December 28 Northern Illinois Louisiana Tech 10–17ESPN
Papajohns.com Bowl (Birmingham, AL)December 29 NC State Rutgers 23–29ESPN2
Valero Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, TX)December 29 No. 21 Missouri No. 23 Northwestern 30–23 (OT)ESPN
Roady's Truck Stops Humanitarian Bowl (Boise, ID)December 30 Maryland Nevada 42–35ESPN2
Texas Bowl (Houston, TX)December 30 Rice Western Michigan 38–14 NFL Network
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)December 30 No. 13 Oklahoma State No. 17 Oregon 31–42ESPN
Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, TX)December 31 Houston Air Force 34–28ESPN
Brut Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)December 31 Oregon State No. 20 Pittsburgh [9] 3–0 CBS
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN)December 31 No. 24 Boston College Vanderbilt 14–16ESPN
Insight Bowl (Tempe, AZ)December 31 Kansas [10] Minnesota [11] 42–21NFL
Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta, GA)December 31 LSU No. 14 Georgia Tech 38–3ESPN
Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL)January 1 South Carolina Iowa 10–31ESPN
Konica Minolta Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)January 1 Nebraska Clemson 26–21CBS
Capital One Bowl (Orlando, FL)January 1 No. 15 Georgia No. 18 Michigan State 24–12ABC
Cotton Bowl Classic (Dallas, TX)January 2 No. 25 Ole Miss No. 7 Texas Tech 47–34FOX
AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)January 2 Kentucky East Carolina 25–19ESPN
International Bowl (Toronto, ON, Canada)January 3 Buffalo Connecticut 20–38ESPN2
GMAC Bowl (Mobile, AL)January 6 Tulsa No. 22 Ball State 45–13ESPN

Bowl Challenge Cup standings

ConferenceWinsLossesPct.
Pac-10501.000
SEC62.750
Big East42.667
C-USA42.667
MWC32.600
Big 1243.571
Sun Belt *11.500
ACC46.400
WAC14.200
Big Ten16.143
MAC05.000

* Does not meet minimum game requirement of three teams needed for a conference to be eligible.

Awards and honors

Heisman Trophy voting

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

Other major award winners

Top Player

AwardWinner
Walter Camp Award Colt McCoy, Texas
Griffin Award Colt McCoy, Texas
Maxwell Award Tim Tebow, Florida

Coaching

AwardWinner
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award Nick Saban, Alabama [12]
Associated Press Coach of the YearNick Saban, Alabama
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (head coach) Kyle Whittingham, Utah
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award Nick Saban, Alabama [13]
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Nick Saban, Alabama [14]
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (head coach)Nick Saban, Alabama
Broyles Award (assistant coach) Kevin Wilson, Oklahoma

Offense

AwardWinner
Dave Rimington Trophy (Center) A. Q. Shipley, Penn State
Davey O'Brien Award (Quarterback) Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
Doak Walker Award (Running Back) Shonn Greene, Iowa
Fred Biletnikoff Award (Wide Receiver) Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
John Mackey Award (Tight End) Chase Coffman, Missouri
Johnny Unitas Award (Sr. Quarterback) Graham Harrell, Texas Tech
Manning Award (quarterback) Tim Tebow, Florida

Defense

AwardWinner
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Defensive Player) Brian Orakpo, Texas
Chuck Bednarik Award (Defensive Player) Rey Maualuga, USC
Dick Butkus Award (Linebacker) Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
Lott Trophy (defensive impact) James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
Jim Thorpe Award (Defensive Back) Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end) Brian Orakpo, Texas

Lineman

AwardWinner
Outland Trophy (interior lineman) Andre Smith, Alabama
Lombardi Award (Top Lineman) Brian Orakpo, Texas

Special Teams

AwardWinner
Ray Guy Award (punter) Matt Fodge, Oklahoma State
Lou Groza Award (placekicker) Graham Gano, Florida State

Other

AwardWinner
Draddy Trophy ("Academic Heisman") Alex Mack, California
Wuerffel Trophy (humanitarian-athlete) Tim Tebow, Florida [15]

All-Americans

2008 Consensus All-America Team
Special teams
PositionNameHeightWeight (lbs.)ClassHometownTeam
Kicker Louie Sakoda 5'9"175Sr. San Jose, California Utah
Punter Kevin Huber 6'1"214Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati
RS Brandon James 5'7"186Jr. St. Augustine, Florida Florida
RS Jeremy Maclin 6'0"198Jr. Kirkwood, Missouri Missouri

Statistical leaders

Coaching changes

Pre-season

Pre-season
School2008 coach2007 coach
Arkansas Bobby Petrino Houston Nutt
Baylor Art Briles Guy Morriss
Georgia Tech Paul Johnson Chan Gailey
Hawaiʻi Greg McMackin June Jones
Houston Kevin Sumlin Art Briles
Michigan Rich Rodriguez Lloyd Carr
Mississippi Houston Nutt Ed Orgeron
Navy Ken Niumatalolo Paul Johnson
Nebraska Bo Pelini Bill Callahan
Northern Illinois Jerry Kill Joe Novak
SMU June Jones Phil Bennett
Southern Mississippi Larry Fedora Jeff Bower
Texas A&M Mike Sherman Dennis Franchione
UCLA Rick Neuheisel Karl Dorrell
Washington State Paul Wulff Bill Doba

In-season

In-season
SchoolInterim CoachFormer Coach
Clemson Dabo Swinney Tommy Bowden

End of season

End of season
SchoolOutgoing coachReasonReplacement
Army Stan Brock Fired Rich Ellerson
Auburn Tommy Tuberville Resigned Gene Chizik [16]
Ball State Brady Hoke [17] Hired as head coach at San Diego State Stan Parrish
Boston College Jeff Jagodzinski Fired Frank Spaziani
Bowling Green Gregg Brandon Fired Dave Clawson
Eastern Michigan Jeff Genyk Fired Ron English [18]
Iowa State Gene ChizikHired as head coach at Auburn Paul Rhoads [19]
Kansas State Ron Prince Fired [20] Bill Snyder [21]
Miami (OH) Shane Montgomery Resigned Mike Haywood
Mississippi State Sylvester Croom Resigned Dan Mullen
New Mexico Rocky Long Resigned Mike Locksley [22]
New Mexico State Hal Mumme Fired DeWayne Walker
Oregon Mike Bellotti Resigned to become Oregon athletic director [23] Chip Kelly [23]
Purdue Joe Tiller Retired [24] Danny Hope [24]
San Diego State Chuck Long Fired Brady Hoke [17]
Syracuse Greg Robinson Fired Doug Marrone [25]
Tennessee Phillip Fulmer Fired Lane Kiffin [26]
Toledo Tom Amstutz Resigned Tim Beckman
Utah State Brent Guy Fired Gary Andersen
Washington Tyrone Willingham Fired Steve Sarkisian [27]
Wyoming Joe Glenn Fired Dave Christensen [28]

Final rankings

RankAssociated PressUSA TODAY/AFCA*
1FloridaFlorida
2UtahSouthern California
3Southern CaliforniaTexas
4TexasUtah
5OklahomaOklahoma
6AlabamaAlabama
7Texas ChristianTexas Christian
8Penn StatePenn State
9Ohio StateOregon
10OregonGeorgia
11Boise StateOhio State
12Texas TechTexas Tech
13GeorgiaBoise State
14MississippiVirginia Tech
15Virginia TechMississippi
16Oklahoma StateMissouri
17CincinnatiCincinnati
18Oregon StateOklahoma State
19MissouriOregon State
20IowaIowa
21Florida StateBrigham Young
22Georgia TechGeorgia Tech
23West VirginiaFlorida State
24Michigan StateMichigan State
25Brigham YoungCalifornia

* - The AFCA requires that their voters make the winner of the BCS Championship at the number one position in the final poll.
- Kyle Whittingham, head coach of Utah, broke the AFCA requirement and voted his team number one on his ballot.

See also

Notes

  1. Western Kentucky University was in a two-year process of transition to FBS status in 2008 (completed in 2009), and, therefore, some sources list the total for 2008 as 119.

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