|2011 NCAA Division I FBS season|
|Number of teams||120|
|Duration||September 1 – December 10|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Oklahoma|
|Duration||December 17, 2011 – January 9, 2012|
|Heisman Trophy||Robert Griffin III (quarterback, Baylor)|
|Bowl Championship Series|
|2012 BCS Championship Game|
|Site||Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana|
|NCAA Division I FBS football seasons|
The 2011 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 1, 2011 and ended on December 10, 2011. The postseason concluded on January 9, 2012 with the BCS National Championship Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the No. 1 LSU Tigers 21–0. For the first time since 2007, and for only the third time in the Bowl Championship Series era, no team from an automatic-qualifying BCS conference finished the season with an undefeated record.
Several rule changes took effect this season:
In addition, the NCAA recommends that conferences without a pregame warm-up policy should use a ten-yard, no-player zone between the 45-yard lines beginning 60 minutes before kickoff.
Five FBS schools switched conferences prior to the 2011 season. Each of these moves had been formally announced in 2010.
|School||Former conference||New conference|
|Boise State||WAC||Mountain West|
|BYU||Mountain West||FBS independent (WCC in other sports)|
|Nebraska||Big 12||Big Ten|
On April 20, 2011, UMass announced that it would upgrade its football program to the FBS level and become a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference beginning in 2012. Full FBS membership and eligibility for the conference championship and bowl games would follow in 2013.
On September 18, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced that Big East Conference mainstays Pittsburgh and Syracuse had been officially accepted as the conference's 13th and 14th members. At the time, the two schools' departure date was uncertain, as Big East bylaws require a 27-month notice period for departing members. The earliest that Pitt and Syracuse could join the ACC, barring other developments, was July 2014.
On September 26, the Southeastern Conference announced that Texas A&M would leave the Big 12 Conference and become the league's 13th member in July 2012.Missouri also announced plans to depart the Big 12 to join the SEC on November 6, bringing SEC conference membership to 14 schools.
Facing the imminent loss of four members, the Big 12 announced the addition of TCU from the Mountain West Conference on October 10.In order to join the Big 12, TCU had to renege on an agreement it had made less than year earlier to join the Big East.
On October 14, the Mountain West and Conference USA announced their intention to merge their football operations and form a two-division, 22-team conference in hopes of earning an automatic qualifier to a BCS bowl.The agreement was abandoned in 2012 after both conferences added new members.
The next change came on October 28, when the Big 12 formally accepted West Virginia from the Big East.This move led to a legal battle in which West Virginia filed suit against the Big East to overturn the standard 27-month notice period, and the Big East suing in another court to have the requirement enforced. In February 2012, the two parties reached a settlement that allowed West Virginia to join the Big 12 that July. Several months later, both Pittsburgh and Syracuse reached their own settlements with the Big East that allowed them to leave for the ACC in July 2013.
Changes in membership reduced the number of teams in the Big 12 from twelve to ten for the 2011 season and beyond, forcing the conference to drop its annual football championship game to comply with NCAA rules.
In response to the departures of three mainstay members and TCU, the Big East announced on December 7 that five schools would join the conference for football in 2013: Houston, SMU, and UCF would join as full members in all sports, while Boise State and San Diego State would leave the Mountain West and become football-only members.Boise State's other sports would return to the Western Athletic Conference, while San Diego State's would rejoin the Big West after a 35-year absence. Later developments in conference realignment, namely the demise of both the Big East and WAC's football competitions following the 2012 season, prompted both schools to abandon these plans and remain the Mountain West.
|Florida Atlantic||FAU Stadium||30,000|
|North Texas||Apogee Stadium||30,850|
Five Ohio State players were alleged to have improperly traded dozens of items to the owner of a tattoo parlor in exchange for tattoos, cash, and, in one case, a sport-utility vehicle. The players, along with head coach Jim Tressel, were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season. Tressel was under investigation for lying to the university and investigators regarding his knowledge of the incident.The program was also under investigation by the NCAA, the school having going before the NCAA Committee on Infractions in August 2011, with findings and decisions following shortly thereafter. The scandal led to the resignation of Tressel on May 30. On June 8, starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, one of the five suspended players, announced that he would forgo his final year of college eligibility.
Initially, Ohio State offered to vacate its entire 2010 season, return money received from the 2011 Sugar Bowl, impose two years of probation, and use five fewer football scholarships over the next three seasons. However, after the school went before the NCAA, further rules violations emerged. Three players were suspended before the start of the season for receiving $200 from a booster. Then, midway through the season, it was discovered that the same booster had overpaid several players for summer jobs.
The NCAA announced its final penalties on December 20. While accepting Ohio State's initial self-imposed penalties, it levied additional sanctions. One extra year of probation and scholarship reductions was added, running through the 2014 season. The Buckeyes will also be banned from postseason play in 2012. Tressel, who joined the staff of the Indianapolis Colts during the 2011 NFL season and has since taken a non-athletic position at his alma mater of the University of Akron, was hit with a five-year show-cause penalty, which effectively bars him from college coaching through the 2016 season. Finally, the school was required to disassociate itself from Pryor for five years.
The North Carolina Tar Heels, in the midst of an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct within the football program, fired head coach Butch Davis on July 27.
The school initially vacated its 2008 and 2009 seasons, reduced its scholarship allotment by nine over the next three seasons, and self-imposed two years of probation. Although the NCAA praised the university for its investigation, it found several aggravating factors. The NCAA confirmed academic fraud, found that players had received at least $31,000 in impermissible benefits, determined that six players had played while ineligible, and also found evidence of rampant agent involvement in the program. The NCAA added an extra year of probation, and also banned the Tar Heels from the 2012 postseason. John Blake, an assistant who had been forced out with Davis, was found to have received personal loans from agent Gary Wichard that he did not report to UNC, specifically for access to players. He was also cited for not cooperating with investigators. Blake received a three-year show-cause penalty.
On August 16, Yahoo! Sports broke a story in which former Miami Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro, currently imprisoned for running a Ponzi scheme, stated that from 2002 through 2010 he had given massive amounts of improper benefits to Miami players and coaches, mostly in football but also in men's basketball. Shapiro indicated that the benefits included cash, various goods, prostitutes, and even an abortion.
On November 5, former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky was indicted on multiple felony charges of sex abuse against minors. Two other high-ranking Penn State administrators—athletic director Tim Curley and vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz (whose job includes supervision of the university police department)—were charged with perjury in the case.The day after the indictments, the university Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting, at which Curley requested to be placed on administrative leave and Schultz stepped down. Paterno, who had received notice of inappropriate behavior by Sandusky in 2002 and had reported the allegations to university administrators (though not to police), was not charged or implicated in any wrongdoing. On November 9, he announced his retirement effective at the end of the season, stating he was "absolutely devastated by the developments in this case." However, hours later, the Penn State Board of Trustees fired Paterno, effective immediately.
Rankings reflect the Week 14 AP Poll before the games were played.
|Conference||Champion||Runner-Up||Score||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|ACC||No. 21 Clemson||No. 5 Virginia Tech||38–10||David Wilson, Virginia Tech||Luke Kuechly, Boston College||Mike London, Virginia|
|Big Ten||No. 15 Wisconsin||No. 11 Michigan State||42–39||Montee Ball, Wisconsin||Devon Still, Penn State||Brady Hoke, Michigan|
|C-USA||No. 24 Southern Miss||No. 7 Houston||49–28|| Case Keenum, Houston (MVP) |
Patrick Edwards, Houston
|Vinny Curry, Marshall||Kevin Sumlin, Houston|
|MAC||Northern Illinois||Ohio||23–20||Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois||Drew Nowak, Western Michigan||Ron English, Eastern Michigan|
|Pac-12||No. 8 Oregon||UCLA||49–31||Andrew Luck, Stanford||Mychal Kendricks, California||David Shaw, Stanford|
|SEC||No. 1 LSU||No. 12 Georgia||42–10||Trent Richardson, Alabama||Tyrann Mathieu, LSU||Les Miles, LSU|
|Conference||Champion||Record||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|Big 12||No. 3 Oklahoma State||11–1 (8–1)||Robert Griffin III, Baylor||A.J. Klein, Iowa State & Frank Alexander, Oklahoma||Bill Snyder, Kansas State|
|Big East|| Cincinnati |
#22 West Virginia
|9–3 (5–2) |
|Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati||Khaseem Greene, Rutgers &|
Derrick Wolfe, Cincinnati
|Butch Jones, Cincinnati|
|MWC||No. 18 TCU||10–2 (7–0)||Kellen Moore, Boise State||Tank Carder, TCU||Dave Christensen, Wyoming|
|Sun Belt||Arkansas State||10–2 (8–0)||Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State||Brandon Joiner, Arkansas State||Hugh Freeze, Arkansas State|
|WAC||Louisiana Tech||8–4 (5–1)||Robert Turbin, Utah State||Adrien Cole, Louisiana Tech||Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech|
|7||Boise State||11–1||Las Vegas|
|9||South Carolina||10–2||Capital One|
|Jan. 2||Rose Bowl presented by Vizio|| Rose Bowl |
|ESPN||No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers (11–2)|
No. 5 Oregon Ducks (11–2)
| Big Ten |
|Tostitos Fiesta Bowl|| University of Phoenix Stadium |
|No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys (11–1)|
No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (11–1)
| Big 12 |
|Oklahoma State 41–38 (OT)|
|Jan. 3||Allstate Sugar Bowl||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
New Orleans, LA
|No. 13 Michigan Wolverines (10–2)|
No. 11 Virginia Tech Hokies (11–2)
| Big Ten |
|Michigan 23–20 (OT)|
|Jan. 4||Discover Orange Bowl|| Sun Life Stadium |
Miami Gardens, FL
|No. 15 Clemson Tigers (10–3)|
No. 23 West Virginia Mountaineers (9–3)
| ACC |
|West Virginia 70–33|
|Jan. 9||Allstate BCS National Championship Game||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
New Orleans, LA
|No. 1 LSU Tigers (13–0)|
No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11–1)
| SEC |
|Dec. 17||Gildan New Mexico Bowl|| University Stadium |
University of New Mexico
|ESPN|| Wyoming Cowboys (8–4)|
Temple Owls (8–4)
| MWC |
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl|| Bronco Stadium |
Boise State University
| Ohio Bobcats (9–4)|
Utah State Aggies (7–5)
| MAC |
|R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl|| Mercedes-Benz Superdome |
New Orleans, LA
| San Diego State Aztecs (8–4)|
Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (8–4)
| MWC |
|Dec. 20||Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg|| Tropicana Field |
St. Petersburg, FL
| FIU Golden Panthers (8–4)|
Marshall Thundering Herd (6–6)
| Sun Belt |
|Dec. 21||San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl|| Snapdragon Stadium |
San Diego, CA
|No. 18 TCU Horned Frogs (10–2)|
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8–4)
| MWC |
|Dec. 22||Maaco Bowl Las Vegas|| Sam Boyd Stadium |
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
|No. 7 Boise State Broncos (11–1)|
Arizona State Sun Devils (6–6)
| MWC |
|Boise State 56–24|
|Dec. 24||Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl|| Aloha Stadium |
| Nevada Wolf Pack (7–5)|
No. 21 Southern Miss Golden Eagles (11–2)
| WAC |
|Southern Miss 24–17|
|Dec. 26||Advocare Independence Bowl|| Independence Stadium |
|ESPN2|| Missouri Tigers (7–5)|
North Carolina Tar Heels (7–5)
| Big 12 |
|Dec. 27||Little Caesars Pizza Bowl|| Ford Field |
|ESPN|| Purdue Boilermakers (6–6)|
Western Michigan Broncos (7–5)
| Big Ten |
|Belk Bowl|| Bank of America Stadium |
| North Carolina State Wolfpack (7–5)|
Louisville Cardinals (7–5)
| ACC |
|NC State 31–24|
|Dec. 28||Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman|| RFK Stadium |
| Air Force Falcons (7–5)|
Toledo Rockets (8–4)
| MWC |
|Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl||Snapdragon Stadium|
San Diego, CA
|No. 24 Texas Longhorns (7–5)|
California Golden Bears (7–5)
| Big 12 |
|Dec. 29||Champs Sports Bowl|| Citrus Bowl |
| Florida State Seminoles (8–4)|
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8–4)
| ACC |
|Florida State 18–14|
|Valero Alamo Bowl|| Alamodome |
San Antonio, TX
|No. 12 Baylor Bears (9–3)|
Washington Huskies (7–5)
| Big 12 |
|Dec. 30||Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl|| Gerald J. Ford Stadium |
University Park, TX
| BYU Cougars (9–3)|
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8–4)
| Independent |
|New Era Pinstripe Bowl|| Yankee Stadium |
| Iowa State Cyclones (6–6)|
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8–4)
| Big 12 |
|Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl|| LP Field |
| Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6–6)|
Mississippi State Bulldogs (6–6)
| ACC |
|Mississippi State 23–17|
|Insight Bowl|| Sun Devil Stadium |
| Iowa Hawkeyes (7–5)|
No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners (9–3)
| Big Ten |
|Dec. 31||Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas|| Reliant Stadium |
| Texas A&M Aggies (6–6)|
Northwestern Wildcats (6–6)
| Big 12 |
|Texas A&M 33–22|
|Hyundai Sun Bowl|| Sun Bowl Stadium |
University of Texas El Paso
El Paso, TX
|CBS|| Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8–4)|
Utah Utes (7–5)
| ACC |
|Utah 30–27 (OT)|
|AutoZone Liberty Bowl|| Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium |
|ABC|| Cincinnati Bearcats (9–3)|
Vanderbilt Commodores (6–6)
| Big East |
|Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl|| AT&T Park |
San Francisco, CA
|ESPN|| Illinois Fighting Illini (6–6) |
UCLA Bruins (6–7)
| Big Ten |
|Chick-fil-A Bowl|| Georgia Dome |
|No. 25 Auburn Tigers (7–5)|
Virginia Cavaliers (8–4)
| SEC |
|Jan. 2||TicketCity Bowl|| Cotton Bowl |
|ESPNU||No. 22 Penn State Nittany Lions (9–3)|
No. 19 Houston Cougars (12–1)
| Big Ten |
|Outback Bowl|| Raymond James Stadium |
|ABC||No. 17 Michigan State Spartans (10–3)|
No. 16 Georgia Bulldogs (10–3)
| Big Ten |
|Michigan State 33–30 (3OT)|
|Capital One Bowl||Citrus Bowl|
|ESPN||No. 20 Nebraska Cornhuskers (9–3)|
No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks (10–2)
| Big Ten |
|South Carolina 30–13|
|TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl|| EverBank Field |
|ESPN2|| Ohio State Buckeyes (6–6)|
Florida Gators (6–6)
| Big Ten |
|Jan. 6||AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic|| Cowboys Stadium |
|FOX||No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats (10–2)|
No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks (10–2)
| Big 12 |
|Jan. 7||BBVA Compass Bowl|| Legion Field |
|ESPN|| SMU Mustangs (7–5)|
Pittsburgh Panthers (6–6)
| C-USA |
|Jan. 8||GoDaddy.com Bowl|| Ladd–Peebles Stadium |
| Northern Illinois Huskies (10–3)|
Arkansas State Red Wolves (10–2)
| MAC |
|Northern Illinois 38–20|
|Division I FBS Independents||1||1||.500|
The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.
|Robert Griffin III||Baylor||QB||405||168||136||1,687|
This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2011. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2011, see 2010 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.
|Ohio State||Jim Tressel||May 30||Resigned||Luke Fickell (interim)|
|West Virginia||Bill Stewart||June 10||Resigned||Dana Holgorsen|
|North Carolina||Butch Davis||July 27||Fired||Everett Withers (interim)|
|New Mexico||Mike Locksley||September 25||Fired||George Barlow (interim)|
|Arizona||Mike Stoops||October 10||Fired||Tim Kish (interim)|
|Tulane||Bob Toledo||October 18||Resigned||Mark Hutson (interim)|
|Penn State||Joe Paterno||November 9||Fired||Tom Bradley (interim)|
|School||Outgoing coach||Date announced||Reason||Replacement|
|Florida Atlantic||Howard Schnellenberger||August 11||Retired||Carl Pelini|
|Ole Miss||Houston Nutt||November 7||Resigned||Hugh Freeze|
|New Mexico||George Barlow (interim)||November 16||Permanent replacement||Bob Davie|
|Arizona||Tim Kish (interim)||November 21||Permanent replacement||Rich Rodriguez|
|Akron||Rob Ianello||November 26||Fired||Terry Bowden|
|Memphis||Larry Porter||November 27||Fired||Justin Fuente|
|Illinois||Ron Zook||November 27||Fired||Tim Beckman|
|UAB||Neil Callaway||November 27||Fired||Garrick McGee|
|Kansas||Turner Gill||November 27||Fired||Charlie Weis|
|Arizona State||Dennis Erickson||November 27||Fired||Todd Graham|
|Ohio State||Luke Fickell (interim)||November 28||Permanent replacement||Urban Meyer|
|UCLA||Rick Neuheisel||November 28||Fired||Jim Mora|
|Washington State||Paul Wulff||November 29||Fired||Mike Leach|
|Texas A&M||Mike Sherman||December 1||Fired||Kevin Sumlin|
|Colorado State||Steve Fairchild||December 4||Fired||Jim McElwain|
|Fresno State||Pat Hill||December 4||Fired||Tim DeRuyter|
|Tulane||Mark Hutson (interim)||December 5||Permanent replacement||Curtis Johnson|
|Arkansas State||Hugh Freeze||December 5||Hired by Ole Miss||Gus Malzahn|
|Hawaiʻi||Greg McMackin||December 5||Retired||Norm Chow|
|North Carolina||Everett Withers (interim)||December 7||Permanent replacement||Larry Fedora|
|Southern Miss||Larry Fedora||December 7||Hired by North Carolina||Ellis Johnson|
|Toledo||Tim Beckman||December 9||Hired by Illinois||Matt Campbell|
|Houston||Kevin Sumlin||December 10||Hired by Texas A&M||Tony Levine|
|Pittsburgh||Todd Graham||December 14||Hired by Arizona State||Paul Chryst|
|Penn State||Tom Bradley (interim)||January 5||Permanent replacement||Bill O'Brien|
|Rutgers||Greg Schiano||January 26||Hired by Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Kyle Flood|
|Arkansas||Bobby Petrino||April 10||Fired||John L. Smith|
|1||November 5, 8:00 ET||No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama (Game of the Century (2011))||CBS||20.01 Million|
|2||December 3, 4:00 ET||No. 1 LSU vs. No. 14 Georgia||CBS||12.01 Million|
|3||November 25, 2:30 ET||No. 3 Arkansas vs. No. 1 LSU||CBS||10.44 Million|
|4||November 19, 8:00 ET||USC vs. No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 22 Baylor||Regional ESPN on ABC||9.74 Million|
|5||September 17, 8:00 ET||No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 5 Florida State||ESPN on ABC||9.31 Million|
|6||November 12, 8:00 ET||No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 4 Stanford||ESPN on ABC||8.73 Million|
|7||October 29, 8:00 ET||No. 5 Clemson vs. Georgia Tech, No. 6 Stanford vs. USC||Regional ESPN on ABC||8.43 Million|
|8||November 26, 12:00 ET||Ohio State vs. No. 15 Michigan||ESPN on ABC||7.96 Million|
|9||December 3, 8:15 ET||No. 15 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Michigan State||FOX||7.77 Million|
|10||September 3, 8:00 ET||No. 4 LSU vs. No. 3 Oregon||ESPN on ABC||7.75 Million|
|Special||December 10, 2:30 ET||Army vs. Navy||CBS||5.50 Million|
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