|2010 NCAA Division I FBS season|
|Number of teams||120|
|Duration||September 2 – December 11|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Alabama|
|Duration||December 18, 2010 – January 10, 2011|
|Heisman Trophy||Cam Newton (quarterback, Auburn)|
|Bowl Championship Series|
|2011 BCS Championship Game|
|Site||University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, Arizona|
|NCAA Division I FBS football seasons|
The 2010 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 September 2, 2010 and ended on December 11, 2010. The postseason concluded on January 10, 2011 with the BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Auburn Tigers defeated the Oregon Ducks to complete an undefeated season and win their sixth national title in school history.
Multiple conferences announced changes in membership throughout 2010, triggering a major realignment that would eventually affect all 11 FBS leagues. Due to conference notice requirements, these changes would not take effect until 2011 at the earliest.
The first change came on June 10, when the Pacific-10 Conference announced that Colorado had accepted their invitation to join from the Big 12.
The following day, June 11, saw two schools change conferences. The Mountain West Conference announced that Boise State had accepted their invitation to join from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), while Nebraska ended its longstanding affiliation with the Big Eight/Big 12 to join the Big Ten Conference. Both moves would take effect starting with the 2011-2012 academic year.
In the following days, it was widely speculated that the five public schools in the Big 12 South Division (Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State) would leave for the Pac-10 to create a 16-team "superconference." However, a last-minute deal announced on June 14 saw Texas remain in the Big 12, prompting the other four schools to follow suit. The Pac-10 then extended an invitation to Utah on June 16, who accepted the next day. With the addition of Colorado and Utah, the Pac-10 announced that the conference would change its name to the Pac-12 upon the two new members joining in July 2011.
On August 18, the Mountain West responded to rumors of the imminent departure of Brigham Young by inviting WAC members Fresno State, Nevada, and Utah State. Utah State declined the offer[ citation needed ], but Fresno State and Nevada accepted later that day. Following threats of legal action by the WAC, the two schools agreed to stay in the WAC through the 2011-12 season in exchange for a greatly reduced exit fee. BYU officially announced their departure from the Mountain West on September 1. The BYU football team would become an FBS Independent while all other sports would move West Coast Conference for the 2011-12 season.
On November 11, the Western Athletic Conference announced that Texas State, then a member of the FCS Southland Conference, and UTSA, which planned to launch a football team in 2011, would upgrade their football programs to FBS level, join the WAC in 2012, and become full FBS members in 2013.
On November 29, TCU announced it would leave the Mountain West to join the Big East in 2012. The Mountain West replaced TCU by adding Hawaiʻi as a football-only member on December 10; Hawaiʻi's other sports would join the Big West Conference.
No new stadiums opened in the 2010 season. However, expansion projects at several stadiums were completed in time for the season:
Rankings reflect the Week 14 AP Poll before the conference championship games were played.
|Conference||Champion||Runner-up||Score||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|ACC||No. 12 Virginia Tech||No. 20 Florida State||44–33||Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech||Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson||Ralph Friedgen, Maryland|
|Big 12||No. 10 Oklahoma||No. 13 Nebraska||23–20||Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State||Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska||Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State|
|C-USA||UCF||SMU||17–7||Dwayne Harris, WR/KR, East Carolina (MVP) |
G.J. Kinne, QB, Tulsa
|Bruce Miller, DE, UCF||George O'Leary, UCF|
|MAC||Miami (OH)||No. 24 Northern Illinois||26–21||Chad Spann, RB, Northern Illinois||Roosevelt Nix, DT, Kent State||Mike Haywood, Miami|
|SEC||No. 2 Auburn||No. 18 South Carolina||56–17||Cam Newton, QB, Auburn||Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU||Steve Spurrier, South Carolina|
|Conference||Champion||Record||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|Big East|| Connecticut*|
#23 West Virginia
|Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut||Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh||Randy Edsall, Connecticut and Charlie Strong, Louisville|
|Big Ten||No. 7 Michigan State |
No. 6 Ohio State (vacated)
No. 4 Wisconsin*
|Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan||Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue||Mark Dantonio, Michigan State|
|MWC||No. 3 TCU||12–0||Andy Dalton, QB, TCU||Tank Carder, LB, TCU||Brady Hoke, San Diego State|
|Pac-10||No. 1 Oregon||12–0||Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford||Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State||Chip Kelly, Oregon|
|Sun Belt|| FIU |
| T. Y. Hilton, WR/KR, FIU (Player of the Year) |
Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky (Offensive POY)
|Jamari Lattimore, DE, Middle Tennessee||Mario Cristobal, FIU|
|WAC||No. 9 Boise State |
|Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State and Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada||Chris Carter, DE, Fresno State||Chris Ault, Nevada|
* Received conference's automatic BCS bowl bid.
In 2011, Ohio State vacated all twelve wins and their share of the Big Ten title from the 2010 season after it was revealed that several players had committed NCAA violations by receiving improper benefits from a local business owner.
|BCS||School||Record||BCS Bowl Game|
|1||Auburn||13–0||BCS National Championship|
|2||Oregon||12–0||BCS National Championship|
|Date||Game||Site||Television||Participants and Results|
|Dec. 18||New Mexico Bowl|| University Stadium |
University of New Mexico
|ESPN|| Brigham Young (6–6) 52|
UTEP (6–6) 24
|uDrove Humanitarian Bowl|| Bronco Stadium |
Boise State University
| Northern Illinois (10–3) 40|
Fresno State (8–4) 17
|R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl|| Louisiana Superdome |
New Orleans, LA
| Troy (7–5) 48|
Ohio (8–4) 21
|Dec. 21||Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl|| Tropicana Field |
St. Petersburg, FL
| Southern Mississippi (8–4) 28 |
Louisville (6–6) 31
|Dec. 22||Maaco Bowl Las Vegas|| Sam Boyd Stadium |
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
|No. 19 Utah (10–2) 3 |
No. 10 Boise State (11–1) 26
|Dec. 23||SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl|| Qualcomm Stadium |
San Diego, CA
| Navy (9–3) 14|
San Diego State (8–4) 35
|Dec. 24||Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl|| Aloha Stadium |
|No. 24 Hawaiʻi (10–3) 35 |
Tulsa (9–3) 62
|Dec. 26||Little Caesars Pizza Bowl|| Ford Field |
| Florida International (6–6) 34|
Toledo (8–4) 32
|Dec. 27||AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl|| Independence Stadium |
|ESPN2|| Air Force (8–4) 14|
Georgia Tech (6–6) 7
|Dec. 28||Champs Sports Bowl|| Citrus Bowl |
|ESPN||No. 22 West Virginia (9–3) 7|
North Carolina State (9–3) 23
|Insight Bowl|| Sun Devil Stadium |
Arizona State University
|No. 12 Missouri (10–2) 24|
Iowa (7–5) 27
|Dec. 29||Military Bowl Pres. By Northrop Grumman|| RFK Stadium |
| East Carolina (6–6) 20|
Maryland (8–4) 51
|Texas Bowl|| Reliant Stadium |
| Illinois (6–6) 38|
Baylor (7–5) 14
|Valero Alamo Bowl|| Alamodome |
San Antonio, TX
|No. 14 Oklahoma State (10–2) 36|
Arizona (7–5) 10
|Dec. 30||Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl|| Gerald J. Ford Stadium |
Southern Methodist University
University Park, TX
| Army (6–6) 16|
Southern Methodist (7–6) 14
|New Era Pinstripe Bowl|| Yankee Stadium |
The Bronx, New York, NY
| Kansas State (7–5) 34|
Syracuse (7–5) 36
|Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl|| LP Field |
| North Carolina (7–5) 30|
Tennessee (6–6) 27 (2OT)
|Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl||Qualcomm Stadium|
San Diego, CA
|No. 18 Nebraska (10–3) 7|
Washington (6–6) 19
|Dec. 31||Meineke Car Care Bowl|| Bank of America Stadium |
| South Florida (7–5) 31|
Clemson (6–6) 26
|Hyundai Sun Bowl|| Sun Bowl Stadium |
University of Texas El Paso
El Paso, TX
|CBS|| Notre Dame (7–5) 33|
Miami (FL) (7–5) 17
|AutoZone Liberty Bowl|| Liberty Bowl |
|ESPN|| Georgia (6–6) 6 |
No. 25 Central Florida (10–3) 10
|Chick-fil-A Bowl|| Georgia Dome |
|No. 20 South Carolina (9–4) 17 |
No. 23 Florida State (9–4) 26
|Jan. 1||TicketCity Bowl|| Cotton Bowl |
Fair Park, Dallas, TX
|ESPNU|| Northwestern (7–5) 38 |
Texas Tech (7–5) 45
|Outback Bowl|| Raymond James Stadium |
|ABC|| Florida (8–4) 37|
Penn State (7–5) 24
|Capital One Bowl||Citrus Bowl|
|ESPN||No. 16 Alabama (9–3) 49|
No. 9 Michigan State (11–1) 7
|Progressive Gator Bowl|| EverBank Field |
|ESPN2||No. 21 Mississippi State (8–4) 52|
Michigan (7–5) 14
|Jan. 6||GoDaddy.com Bowl|| Ladd–Peebles Stadium |
|ESPN|| Middle Tennessee (6–6) 21|
Miami (OH) (9–4) 35
|Jan. 7||AT&T Cotton Bowl|| Cowboys Stadium |
|Fox||No. 11 LSU (10–2) 41|
No. 17 Texas A&M (9–3) 24
|Jan. 8||BBVA Compass Bowl|| Legion Field |
|ESPN|| Pittsburgh (7–5) 27|
Kentucky (6–6) 10
|Jan. 9||Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl|| AT&T Park |
San Francisco, CA
|No. 15 Nevada (12–1) 20|
Boston College (7–5) 13
|Bowl Championship Series|
|Date||Game||Site||Television||Participants and Results|
|Jan. 1||Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio|| Rose Bowl |
|ESPN||No. 5 Wisconsin (11–1) 19 |
No. 3 TCU (12–0) 21
|Tostitos Fiesta Bowl|| University of Phoenix Stadium |
| Connecticut (8–4) 20 |
No. 7 Oklahoma (11–2) 48
|Jan. 3||Discover Orange Bowl|| Sun Life Stadium |
Miami Gardens, FL
|No. 4 Stanford (11–1) 40|
No. 13 Virginia Tech (11–2) 12
|Jan. 4||Allstate Sugar Bowl||Louisiana Superdome|
New Orleans, LA
|No. 6 Ohio State (11–1) 31|
No. 8 Arkansas (10–2) 26
|Jan. 10||Tostitos BCS National Championship Game||University of Phoenix Stadium|
|No. 2 Oregon (12–0) 19 |
No. 1 Auburn (13–0) 22
The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.
|Kellen Moore||Boise State||QB||40||165||122||635|
This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2010. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2010, see 2009 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.
|Vanderbilt||Bobby Johnson||July 14||Retired||Robbie Caldwell|
|Minnesota||Tim Brewster||October 17||Fired after 1–6 start||Jeff Horton (interim)|
|North Texas||Todd Dodge||October 20||Fired after 1–6 start||Mike Canales (interim)|
|Colorado||Dan Hawkins||November 9||Fired after 3–6 start||Brian Cabral (interim)|
|School||Outgoing coach||Date of departure||Reason||Replacement||Date of replacement|
|Kent State||Doug Martin||November 21 (effective November 27)||Resigned||Darrell Hazell||December 20|
|Ball State||Stan Parrish||November 22||Fired||Pete Lembo||December 20|
|Vanderbilt||Robbie Caldwell||November 27||Resigned||James Franklin||December 17|
|Miami (FL)||Randy Shannon||November 27||Fired||Al Golden||December 12|
|Indiana||Bill Lynch||November 28||Fired||Kevin Wilson||December 7|
|Arkansas State||Steve Roberts||November 29||Resigned/fired||Hugh Freeze||December 2|
|Louisiana-Lafayette||Rickey Bustle||November 29||Fired||Mark Hudspeth||December 13|
|North Texas||Mike Canales (interim)||November 30||Permanent replacement||Dan McCarney||November 30|
|Minnesota||Jeff Horton (interim)||December 5||Permanent replacement||Jerry Kill||December 5|
|Northern Illinois||Jerry Kill||December 5||Hired by Minnesota||Tom Matukewicz (interim)||December 9|
|Dave Doeren (permanent)||December 13 (effective January 2)|
|Colorado||Brian Cabral (interim)||December 6||Permanent replacement||Jon Embree||December 6|
|Florida||Urban Meyer||December 8 (effective January 2)||Resigned||Will Muschamp||December 11 (effective January 2)|
|Pittsburgh||Dave Wannstedt||December 7||Resigned/fired||Mike Haywood||December 16 (fired on Jan. 1)|
|Temple||Al Golden||December 12||Hired by Miami (FL)||Steve Addazio||December 22 (effective date TBA)|
|Miami (OH)||Mike Haywood||December 16||Hired by Pittsburgh||Lance Guidry (interim)||December 16|
|Don Treadwell (permanent)||December 31 (effective January 10)|
|Maryland||Ralph Friedgen||December 20||Fired||Randy Edsall||January 2|
|Pittsburgh||Mike Haywood||January 1||Fired||Phil Bennett (interim)||January 3|
|Todd Graham (permanent)||January 10|
|Connecticut||Randy Edsall||January 2||Hired by Maryland||Paul Pasqualoni||January 13|
|Michigan||Rich Rodriguez||January 5||Fired||Brady Hoke||January 11|
|Stanford||Jim Harbaugh||January 7||Hired by San Francisco 49ers||David Shaw||January 13|
|Tulsa||Todd Graham||January 10||Hired by Pittsburgh||Bill Blankenship||January 14|
|San Diego State||Brady Hoke||January 11||Hired by Michigan||Rocky Long||January 12|
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