2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2009 NCAA Division I FBS season
Alabama vs Tennessee 2009-10-24.jpg
Alabama v. Tennessee
Number of teams120 [n 1]
DurationSeptember 3 – December 12
Preseason AP No. 1 Florida
Post-season
DurationDecember 19, 2009 –
January 7, 2010
Bowl games 34
Heisman Trophy Mark Ingram Jr. (running back, Alabama)
Bowl Championship Series
2010 BCS Championship Game
Site Rose Bowl Stadium
Pasadena, California
Champion(s) Alabama
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
  2008
2010  

The 2009 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 September 3, 2009 and ended on December 12, 2009. The postseason concluded on January 7, 2010 with the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, California, where the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Texas Longhorns by the score of 37–21.

For the first time in the history of the Heisman Trophy, the annual award for the most outstanding player in college football, two previous Heisman winners played in the same season—2008 winner Sam Bradford of Oklahoma and 2007 winner Tim Tebow of Florida. [1] For the first time since 1946, the top three vote-getters from the previous season all returned: Bradford, Colt McCoy of Texas, and Tebow, in that order. [2] Six teams finished the regular season undefeated; a record for the BCS era.

Rule changes

The NCAA football rules committee proposed several rule changes for 2009. [3] The rule changes include the following:

Conference changes

Western Kentucky joined the Sun Belt Conference after playing the 2008 as an FBS independent, completing their two-year transition from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The number of full FBS members increased to 120.

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers FBS independent Sun Belt

New and updated stadiums

Conference standings

2009 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Atlantic Division
No. 24 Clemson x 62    95 
Boston College  53    85 
Florida State  44    76 
Wake Forest  35    57 
NC State  26    57 
Maryland  17    210 
Coastal Division
No. 13 Georgia Tech * x$ 71    113 
No. 10 Virginia Tech  62    103 
No. 19 Miami  53    94 
North Carolina * 04    05 
Duke  35    57 
Virginia  26    39 
Championship: Georgia Tech 39, Clemson 34
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • North Carolina vacated 8 wins, including 4 ACC wins.
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Northern Division
No. 14 Nebraska x 62    104 
Missouri  44    85 
Kansas State  44    66 
Iowa State  35    76 
Colorado  26    39 
Kansas  17    57 
Southern Division
No. 2 Texas x$ 80    131 
Oklahoma State  62    94 
No. 21 Texas Tech  53    94 
Oklahoma  53    85 
Texas A&M  35    67 
Baylor  17    48 
Championship: Texas 13, Nebraska 12
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Big East Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Cincinnati $ 70    121 
No. 25 West Virginia  52    94 
No. 15 Pittsburgh  52    103 
Rutgers  34    94 
Connecticut  34    85 
South Florida  34    85 
Louisville  16    48 
Syracuse  16    48 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 Ohio State $ 71    112 
No. 7 Iowa % 62    112 
No. 9 Penn State  62    112 
No. 16 Wisconsin  53    103 
Northwestern  53    85 
Michigan State  44    67 
Purdue  44    57 
Minnesota  35    67 
Illinois  26    39 
Michigan  17    57 
Indiana  17    48 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Conference USA football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
East Carolina x$ 71    95 
UCF  62    85 
Southern Miss  53    76 
Marshall  44    76 
UAB  44    57 
Memphis  17    210 
West Division
Houston xy 62    104 
SMU x 62    85 
Tulsa  35    57 
UTEP  35    48 
Rice  26    210 
Tulane  17    39 
Championship: East Carolina 38, Houston 32
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Ohio xy 71    95 
Temple x 71    94 
Bowling Green  62    76 
Kent State  44    57 
Buffalo  35    57 
Akron  26    39 
Miami  17    111 
West Division
No. 23 Central Michigan x$ 80    122 
Northern Illinois  53    76 
Western Michigan  44    57 
Toledo  35    57 
Ball State  26    210 
Eastern Michigan  08    012 
Championship: Central Michigan 20, Ohio 10
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 TCU $ 80    121 
No. 12 BYU  71    112 
No. 18 Utah  62    103 
Air Force  53    85 
Wyoming  44    76 
UNLV  35    57 
San Diego State  26    48 
New Mexico  17    111 
Colorado State  08    39 
  • $ Conference champion and BCS representative as top non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 11 Oregon $ 81    103 
Arizona  63    85 
Oregon State  63    85 
Stanford  63    85 
No. 22 USC  54    94 
California  54    85 
Washington  45    57 
UCLA  36    76 
Arizona State  27    48 
Washington State  09    111 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Eastern Division
No. 3 Florida x% 80    131 
Georgia  44    85 
Tennessee  44    76 
Kentucky  35    76 
South Carolina  35    76 
Vanderbilt  08    210 
Western Division
No. 1 Alabama x$# 80    140 
No. 17 LSU  53    94 
No. 20 Ole Miss  44    94 
Arkansas  35    85 
Auburn  35    85 
Mississippi State  35    57 
Championship: Alabama 32, Florida 13
    1. BCS National Champion
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Troy $ 80    94 
Middle Tennessee  71    103 
Louisiana–Monroe  53    66 
Florida Atlantic  53    57 
Louisiana–Lafayette  44    66 
Arkansas State  35    48 
FIU  35    39 
North Texas  17    210 
WKU  08    012 
  • $ Conference champion
2009 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 Boise State $% 80    140 
Nevada  71    85 
Fresno State  62    85 
Idaho  44    85 
Hawaii  35    67 
Louisiana Tech  35    48 
Utah State  35    48 
New Mexico State  17    310 
San Jose State  17    210 
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Navy      104 
Notre Dame      66 
Army      57 
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries

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

Conference championship games
ConferenceChampionRunner-UpScoreOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the Year
ACC No. 12 Georgia Tech* (vacated)No. 25 Clemson 39–34 C. J. Spiller, RB, Clemson Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Big 12 No. 3 Texas No. 21 Nebraska 13–12 Colt McCoy, QB, Texas Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
C-USA East Carolina No. 18 Houston 38–32 Case Keenum, QB, Houston (C-USA MVP)
Joe Webb, QB, UAB (OPOY)
Bruce Miller, DE, Central Florida
MAC Central Michigan Ohio 20–10 Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan Adrian Robinson, DE, Temple
SEC No. 2 Alabama No. 1 Florida 32–13 Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
Other conference champions
ConferenceChampionRecordOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the Year
Big East No. 5 Cincinnati 12–0 (7–0) Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh
Mick Williams, DT, Pittsburgh
Big Ten No. 8 Ohio State 10–2 (7–1) John Clay, RB, Wisconsin Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State
Mountain West No. 4 TCU 12–0 (8–0) Andy Dalton, QB, TCU Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU
Pac-10 No. 7 Oregon 10–2 (8–1) Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Sun Belt Troy 9–3 (8–0)Levi Brown, QB, Troy Cardia Jackson, LB, Louisiana-Monroe
Chris McCoy, DE, Middle Tennessee
WAC No. 6 Boise State 13–0 (8–0) Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State Dontay Moch, LB, Nevada

For the first time since 1983, every conference in Division I FBS, even those that did not contest a championship game, had an undisputed champion.

* In July 2011, the NCAA released its findings from a two-year investigation into allegations that a Georgia Tech player received $321 in clothing from a runner for an agent. While no conclusive evidence was brought against the player, actions taken by the Georgia Tech athletic department were perceived as an attempt to hinder the NCAA investigation into this offense. The NCAA determined that the player should have been declared ineligible for the final three games of the 2009 season. As punishment for an accused "lack of cooperation" and hindering the investigation, Georgia Tech was required to vacate the ACC Championship Game win, along with other penalties. Consequently, there is currently no official 2009 ACC football champion. [6]

Bowl games

[7]

Non-BCS Bowls
DateGameSiteTeamsWinner
Dec 19 [8] New Mexico Bowl University Stadium
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Wyoming (6–6, 4–4 MWC)
Fresno State (8–4, 6–2 WAC)
Wyoming 3528 (2 OT)
St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef 'O' Brady's Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida
Rutgers (8–4, 3–4 Big East)
UCF (8–4, 6–2 C-USA)
Rutgers 45–24
Dec 20 [9] R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans
Middle Tennessee (9–3, 7–1 Sun Belt)
Southern Miss (7–5, 5–3 C-USA)
Middle Tennessee 42–32
Dec 22 [10] Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas
No. 14 BYU (10–2, 7–1 MWC)
No. 18 Oregon State (8–4, 6–3 Pac-10)
BYU 44–20
Dec 23 SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego
No. 23 Utah (9–3, 6–2 MWC)
California (8–4, 5–4 Pac-10)
Utah 37–27
Dec 24 Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
SMU (7–5, 6–2 C-USA)
Nevada (8–4, 7–1 WAC)
SMU 45–10
Dec 26 [11] [12] [13] Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Ford Field
Detroit
Marshall (6–6, 4–4 C-USA)
Ohio (9–4, 7–1 MAC)
Marshall 26–17
Meineke Car Care Bowl Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, North Carolina
No. 17 Pittsburgh (9–3, 5–2 Big East)
North Carolina (8–4, 4–4 ACC)
Pittsburgh 19–17
Emerald Bowl AT&T Park
San Francisco
No. 24 USC (8–4, 5–4 Pac-10)
Boston College (8–4, 5–3 ACC)
USC 24–13
Dec 27 [14] Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl LP Field
Nashville, Tennessee
Clemson (8–5, 6–2 ACC)
Kentucky (7–5, 3–5 SEC)
Clemson 21–13
Dec 28 [15] Advocare V100 Independence Bowl Independence Stadium
Shreveport, Louisiana
Georgia (7–5, 4–4 SEC)
Texas A&M (6–6, 3–5 Big 12)
Georgia 44–20
Dec 29 [16] EagleBank Bowl RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.
UCLA (6–6, 3–6 Pac-10)
Temple (9–3, 7–1 MAC)
UCLA 30–21
Champs Sports Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
No. 25 Wisconsin (9–3, 5–3 Big Ten)
No. 15 Miami (9–3, 5–3 ACC)
Wisconsin 20–14
Dec 30 [17] Roady's Humanitarian Bowl Bronco Stadium
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho
Idaho (7–5, 4–4 WAC)
Bowling Green (7–5, 6–2 MAC)
Idaho 43–42
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego
No. 22 Nebraska (9–4, 6–3 Big 12)
No. 20 Arizona (8–4, 6–3 Pac-10)
Nebraska 33–0
Dec 31 [18] Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
Air Force (7–5, 5–3 MWC)
Houston (10–3, 6–2 C–USA)
Air Force 47–20
Brut Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas
Oklahoma (7–5, 5–3 Big 12)
No. 21 Stanford (8–4, 6–3 Pac-10)
Oklahoma 31–27
Texas Bowl Reliant Stadium
Houston
Navy (9–4) [N 1]
Missouri 13 (8–4, 4–4 Big 12) [19]
Navy 35–13
Insight Bowl Sun Devil Stadium
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
Iowa State (6–6, 3–5 Big 12)
Minnesota (6–6, 3–5 Big Ten)
Iowa State 14–13
Chick-fil-A Bowl Georgia Dome
Atlanta
No. 11 Virginia Tech (9–3, 6–2 ACC)
Tennessee (7–5, 4–4 SEC)
Virginia Tech 37–14
Jan 1 [20] Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
Auburn (7–5, 3–5 SEC)
Northwestern (8–4, 5–3 Big Ten)
Auburn 38–35 (OT)
Konica Minolta Gator Bowl Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
Jacksonville, Florida
Florida State (6–6, 4–4 ACC)
No. 16 West Virginia (9–3, 5–2 Big East)
Florida State 33–21
Capital One Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
No. 13 Penn State (10–2, 6–2 Big Ten)
No. 12 LSU [21] (9–3, 5–3 SEC)
Penn State 19–17
Jan 2 International Bowl Rogers Centre
Toronto, Canada
South Florida (7–5, 3–4 Big East)
Northern Illinois (7–5, 5–3 MAC)
South Florida 27–3
Papajohns.com Bowl Legion Field
Birmingham, Alabama
Connecticut (7–5, 3–4 Big East)
South Carolina (7–5, 3–5 SEC)
Connecticut 20–7
AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, Texas
Ole Miss (8–4, 4–4 SEC)
No. 19 Oklahoma State (9–3, 6–2 Big 12)
Ole Miss 21–7
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, Tennessee
Arkansas (7–5, 3–5 SEC)
East Carolina (9–4, 7–1 C–USA)
Arkansas 20–17 (OT)
Valero Energy Alamo Bowl Alamodome
San Antonio
Texas Tech (8–4, 5–3 Big 12)
Michigan State (6–6, 4–4 Big Ten)
Texas Tech 41–31
Jan 6 GMAC Bowl Ladd–Peebles Stadium
Mobile, Alabama
Central Michigan (11–2, 8–0 MAC)
Troy (9–3, 8–0 Sun Belt)
Central Michigan 44–41 (2OT)
Bowl Championship Series
DateGameSiteTeamsWinner
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi Rose Bowl Stadium
Pasadena, California
No. 8 Ohio State (10–2, 7–1 Big Ten)
No. 7 Oregon (10–2, 8–1 Pac-10)
Ohio State 26–17
Allstate Sugar Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans
No. 5 Florida (12–1, 8–0 SEC)
No. 3 Cincinnati (12–0, 7–0 Big East)
Florida 51–24
Jan 4 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
No. 6 Boise State (13–0, 8–0 WAC)
No. 4 TCU (12–0, 8–0 MWC)
Boise State 17–10
Jan 5 FedEx Orange Bowl Land Shark Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
No. 10 Iowa (10–2, 6–2 Big Ten)
No. 9 Georgia Tech (11–2, 7–1 ACC)
Iowa 24–14
Jan 7 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game Rose Bowl Stadium
Pasadena, California
No. 1 Alabama (13–0, 8–0 SEC)
No. 2 Texas (13–0, 8–0 Big 12)
Alabama 37–21
  1. Navy won seven games to be bowl-eligible, as they are playing a 13-game schedule. They secured the bid on November 7 with a 23–21 win over Notre Dame.

Bowl Challenge Cup standings

ConferenceWinsLossesGames
left
Pct.
Division I FBS Independents *1001.000
MWC410.800
Big East420.667
SEC640.600
Big Ten430.571
Big 12440.500
WAC220.500
Sun Belt *110.500
ACC340.429
C-USA240.333
Pac-10250.286
MAC140.200

* Does not meet minimum game requirement of three teams needed for a conference to be eligible. (In any case, "Independent" is not a conference, rather, it is the lack of one.)

Awards and honors

Heisman Trophy voting

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

PlayerSchoolPosition1st2nd3rdTotal
Mark Ingram Alabama RB2272361511304
Toby Gerhart Stanford RB2222251601276
Colt McCoy Texas QB2031881601145
Ndamukong Suh Nebraska DT161105122815
Tim Tebow Florida QB4370121390 [22]

Other award winners

All-Americans

Records

Coaching changes

Preseason

Pre-season
SchoolOutgoing coachReasonReplacement
Army Stan Brock Fired Rich Ellerson
Auburn Tommy Tuberville Resigned/Retired Gene Chizik [34]
Ball State Brady Hoke [35] Hired as head coach at San Diego State Stan Parrish
Boston College Jeff Jagodzinski Fired Frank Spaziani
Bowling Green Gregg Brandon Fired Dave Clawson
Clemson Tommy Bowden Resigned Dabo Swinney
Eastern Michigan Jeff Genyk Fired Ron English [36]
Iowa State Gene ChizikHired as head coach at Auburn Paul Rhoads [37]
Kansas State Ron Prince Fired [38] Bill Snyder [39]
Miami (OH) Shane Montgomery Resigned Mike Haywood
Mississippi State Sylvester Croom Resigned Dan Mullen
New Mexico Rocky Long Resigned Mike Locksley [40]
New Mexico State Hal Mumme Fired DeWayne Walker
Oregon Mike Bellotti Promoted to Oregon athletic director [41] Chip Kelly [41]
Purdue Joe Tiller Retired [42] Danny Hope [42]
San Diego State Chuck Long Fired Brady Hoke [35]
Syracuse Greg Robinson Fired Doug Marrone [43]
Tennessee Phillip Fulmer Resigned/fired Lane Kiffin [44]
Toledo Tom Amstutz Resigned Tim Beckman [45]
Utah State Brent Guy Fired Gary Andersen
Washington Tyrone Willingham Fired Steve Sarkisian [46]
Wyoming Joe Glenn Fired Dave Christensen [47]

Postseason

Note:

End of season
SchoolOutgoing coachDate of departureReasonReplacementDate of replacement
Akron J. D. Brookhart November 28Fired [48] Rob Ianello [49]
Buffalo Turner Gill December 12Hired by Kansas [50] Jeff Quinn December 21 (effective January 2)
Central Michigan Butch Jones December 16Hired by Cincinnati [51] Dan Enos
Cincinnati Brian Kelly December 10Hired by Notre Dame [52] Butch JonesDecember 16 (effective January 2) [51]
East Carolina Skip Holtz January 14Hired by South Florida Ruffin McNeil January 21
Florida State Bobby Bowden December 1
(effective January 2)
Retired [53] Jimbo Fisher [53] December 1
(effective January 2)
Kansas Mark Mangino December 3Resigned [54] Turner Gill [50] December 12
Kentucky Rich Brooks January 4Retired [55] Joker Phillips January 4
Louisiana-Monroe Charlie Weatherbie November 30Fired [56] Todd Berry [57] December 16
Louisiana Tech Derek Dooley January 15Hired by Tennessee [58] Sonny Dykes [59] January 20
Louisville Steve Kragthorpe November 28Fired [60] Charlie Strong [61] December 9
Marshall Mark Snyder November 29Resigned [62] Doc Holliday [63] December 17 (effective December 27)
Memphis Tommy West November 9
(effective November 27)
Fired [64] Larry Porter [65] November 29
Notre Dame Charlie Weis November 30Fired [66] Brian Kelly [52] December 10
San Jose State Dick Tomey November 17
(effective December 5)
Retired [67] Mike MacIntyre December 17
South Florida Jim Leavitt January 8Fired [68] Skip Holtz [69] January 14
Tennessee Lane Kiffin January 12Hired by USC [70] Derek DooleyJanuary 15
Texas Tech Mike Leach December 30Fired [71] Tommy Tuberville [72] January 10
UNLV Mike Sanford November 17
(effective November 28)
Fired [73] Bobby Hauck
USC Pete Carroll January 9Hired by Seattle Seahawks [74] Lane KiffinJanuary 12
Virginia Al Groh November 29Fired [75] Mike London [76] December 7
Western Kentucky David Elson November 9
(effective December 3)
Fired [77] Willie Taggart [78] November 29
(effective December 3)

On December 26, Florida head coach Urban Meyer announced his resignation due to health concerns, effective after the Gators' Sugar Bowl appearance. [79] However, Meyer had a change of heart and announced the following day that he would instead take an indefinite leave of absence, and expected to be back coaching by the start of the 2010 season. Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio took over Meyer's duties in his absence. [80] Meyer returned from his self-imposed leave in time for Florida's 2010 spring practice. [81]

TV ratings

Ten most watched regular season games in 2009

[82]

Notes

  1. With the addition of Western Kentucky University as a full Division I FBS member in 2009, the total number of teams went from 119 to 120.

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