2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2012 NCAA Division I FBS season
Alabama Crimson Tide football on offense against Western Carolina.jpg
Number of teams120 + 4 transitional
DurationAugust 30 – December 8
Preseason AP No. 1 USC
Post-season
DurationDecember 15, 2012 – January 7, 2013
Bowl games 35
Heisman Trophy Johnny Manziel (quarterback, Texas A&M)
Bowl Championship Series
2013 BCS Championship Game
Site Sun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
Champion(s) Alabama
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
  2011
2013  

The 2012 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 30, 2012 and ended on December 8, 2012. The postseason concluded on January 7, 2013 with the BCS National Championship Game, where Alabama repeated as national champions by defeating Notre Dame.

Although Ohio State finished the regular season as the only undefeated team from an automatic-qualifying ("Power 5") BCS conference, they were ineligible to play in the postseason due to sanctions imposed earlier in the year.

Rule changes

The NCAA Rules Committee approved the following rule changes for the 2012 season, mostly for safety reasons:

Conference realignment

Membership changes

The following list includes schools transitioning from FCS to FBS.

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
Fresno State WAC Mountain West
Hawaii WAC Mountain West
Massachusetts CAA (FCS) MAC
Missouri Big 12 SEC
Nevada WAC Mountain West
South Alabama FCS Independent Sun Belt
TCU Mountain West Big 12
Temple MAC Big East
Texas A&M Big 12 SEC
Texas State Southland (FCS) WAC
UTSA FCS Independent WAC
West Virginia Big East Big 12

On March 7, Temple was admitted back into the Big East Conference after having been expelled from it a decade earlier for failing to maintain a competitive football program. [2] Temple joined from the Mid-American Conference, where it had competed since 2007.

Teams transitioning to FBS

On April 9, 2012, Georgia State University, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, announced that it would rejoin the Sun Belt Conference effective in July 2013. Georgia State had been a charter Sun Belt member when the conference formed in 1976, but left in 1981. The Panthers began their FBS transition during the 2012 season and started playing a full Sun Belt schedule upon joining the conference in 2013. Full FBS membership, along with bowl eligibility, followed in 2014. The Panthers, who had been coached by Bill Curry since starting a football program in 2010, played home games at the Georgia Dome near the school's campus in downtown Atlanta. [3] The Panthers remained at the Georgia Dome until its closure and demolition after the 2016 season; they have since taken over the venue formerly known as Centennial Olympic Stadium and Turner Field and converted it into the football-specific Georgia State Stadium.

Georgia State followed four other schools that were in the second and final years of FBS transitions— UMass, South Alabama Texas State, and UTSA.

Future changes

The conference realignment period that began in 2010 continued for a third consecutive off-season.

The Mountain West Conference continued to raid the rapidly-collapsing Western Athletic Conference by adding San Jose State and Utah State on May 4. [4] [5] The additions allowed the Mountain West, which was anticipating the looming departures of Boise State and San Diego State to the Big East, to keep its football membership at ten teams for the 2013 season.

On September 12, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced the addition of Notre Dame in all sports except football. Under the agreement, Notre Dame's football team would play five games against ACC opponents per season but remain classified an FBS independent, while its other sports would be fully integrated into the ACC. [6] The arrangement is effectively a stronger version of the affiliation Notre Dame had had with the Big East since 1995.

The Big Ten Conference, having already added Nebraska in 2011, admitted two more schools to expand the conference's geographic footprint to the East Coast. Maryland, coming from the ACC, was announced as the 13th member on November 19, followed by Rutgers of the Big East as the 14th member on November 21. [7] [8] Both moves would take effect during the 2014–15 academic year.

To keep its football membership at an even number, the ACC added Louisville on November 28 as a replacement for departing Maryland. [9]

Updated stadiums

Expanded stadiums

Renovated stadiums

Temporary stadiums

Conference standings

2012 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Atlantic Division
No. 10 Florida State xy$ 71    122 
No. 11 Clemson x 71    112 
NC State  44    76 
Wake Forest  35    57 
Maryland  26    48 
Boston College  17    210 
Coastal Division
Georgia Tech xy 53    77 
North Carolina 53    84 
Miami 53    75 
Virginia Tech  44    76 
Duke  35    67 
Virginia  26    48 
Championship: Florida State 21, Georgia Tech 15
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • † North Carolina ineligible for ACC title, championship game, and bowl game due to NCAA sanctions. [10]
    ‡ Miami ineligible for ACC title, championship game, and bowl game due to self-imposed sanctions. [10]
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 12 Kansas State $+ 81    112 
No. 15 Oklahoma + 81    103 
No. 19 Texas  54    94 
Oklahoma State  54    85 
Baylor  45    85 
TCU  45    76 
Texas Tech  45    85 
West Virginia  45    76 
Iowa State  36    67 
Kansas  09    111 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Big East Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 13 Louisville $+ 52    112 
Cincinnati + 52    103 
Rutgers + 52    94 
Syracuse + 52    85 
Pittsburgh  34    67 
Connecticut  25    57 
Temple  25    47 
South Florida  16    39 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Legends Division
No. 25 Nebraska x 71    104 
No. 24 Michigan  62    85 
No. 17 Northwestern  53    103 
Michigan State  35    76 
Iowa  26    48 
Minnesota  26    67 
Leaders Division
No. 3 Ohio State* x 80    120 
Penn State* 62    84 
Wisconsin $ 44    86 
Purdue  35    67 
Indiana  26    48 
Illinois  08    210 
Championship: Wisconsin 70, Nebraska 31
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • * Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for conference championship game and post-season bowl games due to NCAA sanctions.
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Conference USA football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
UCF xy 71    104 
East Carolina x 71    85 
Marshall  44    57 
Memphis  44    48 
UAB  26    39 
Southern Miss  08    012 
West Division
Tulsa xy$ 71    113 
SMU  53    76 
Rice  44    76 
Houston  44    57 
UTEP  26    39 
Tulane  26    210 
Championship: Tulsa 33, UCF 27
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Kent State x 80    113 
Bowling Green  62    85 
Ohio  44    94 
Buffalo  35    48 
Miami  35    48 
UMass  17    111 
Akron  08    111 
West Division
No. 22 Northern Illinois x$ 80    122 
Toledo  62    94 
Ball State  62    94 
Central Michigan  44    76 
Western Michigan  26    48 
Eastern Michigan  17    210 
Championship: Northern Illinois 44, Kent State 37
  • $ Conference champion and BCS representative as top non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • UMass not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of FBS transition
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 18 Boise State + 71    112 
Fresno State + 71    94 
San Diego State + 71    94 
Air Force  53    67 
Nevada  44    76 
Wyoming  35    48 
Colorado State  35    48 
UNLV  26    211 
New Mexico  17    49 
Hawaii  17    39 
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Division
No. 7 Stanford xy$ 81    122 
No. 2 Oregon x% 81    121 
No. 20 Oregon State  63    94 
Washington  54    76 
California  27    39 
Washington State  18    39 
South Division
UCLA x 63    95 
Arizona State  54    85 
USC  54    76 
Arizona  45    85 
Utah  36    57 
Colorado  18    111 
Championship: Stanford 27, UCLA 24
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Eastern Division
No.Georgia xy 71    122 
No. 9 Florida x% 71    112 
No. 8 South Carolina  62    112 
No. 23 Vanderbilt  53    94 
Missouri  26    57 
Tennessee  17    57 
Kentucky  08    210 
Western Division
No. 1 Alabama x$# 71    131 
No. 14 LSU  62    103 
No.Texas A&M  62    112 
Mississippi State  44    85 
Arkansas  26    48 
Auburn  08    39 
Ole Miss* 05    06 
Championship: Alabama 32, Georgia 28
  • # BCS National Champion
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • * Ole Miss vacated all wins due to NCAA violations.
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Arkansas State $ 71    103 
Louisiana–Monroe  62    85 
Middle Tennessee  62    84 
Louisiana–Lafayette * 42    54 
WKU  44    76 
Troy  35    57 
North Texas  35    48 
Florida Atlantic  26    39 
FIU  26    39 
South Alabama ** 17    211 
  • $ Conference champion
  • * – Louisiana–Lafayette vacated 4 wins due to NCAA violations.
    ** – South Alabama was inelible for conference title or bowl game as part of their transition to the FBS.
2012 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 16 Utah State $ 60    112 
No. 21 San Jose State  51    112 
Louisiana Tech  42    93 
UTSA * 33    84 
Texas State * 24    48 
Idaho  15    111 
New Mexico State  06    111 
  • $ Conference champion
  • * Texas State and UTSA were not eligible for conference title or bowl games as part of their transition to the FBS.
Rankings from AP Poll
2012 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
BYU        85 
Navy        85 
Army        210 
No. 4 Notre Dame  %      0*1 
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • *All wins and national championship appearance for Notre Dame (12–1) in the 2012 season were vacated
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries

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

Conference championship games

ConferenceChampionRunner-UpScoreOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
ACC No. 13 Florida State Georgia Tech 21–15 Tajh Boyd, Clemson [11] Björn Werner, Florida State [12] David Cutcliffe, Duke [13]
Big Ten Wisconsin No. 14 Nebraska 70–31 Braxton Miller, Ohio State [14] John Simon, Ohio State [14] Bill O'Brien, Penn State [14]
C-USA Tulsa UCF 33–27 Rakeem Cato, Marshall (MVP) &
Zach Line, SMU
Kemal Ishmael, UCF Bill Blankenship, Tulsa
MAC No. 19 Northern Illinois No. 18 Kent State 44–37 Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois [15] Chris Jones, Bowling Green [15] Darrell Hazell, Kent State [15]
Pac-12 No. 8 Stanford No. 17 UCLA 27–24 Marqise Lee, USC [16] Will Sutton, Arizona State [16] David Shaw, Stanford [16]
SEC No. 2 Alabama No. 3 Georgia 32–28 Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M [17] [18] Jarvis Jones, Georgia (AP) [17] & Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (coaches) [18] Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M (AP and coaches) [17] [18] & Will Muschamp, Florida (coaches) [18]

Other conference champions

ConferenceChampion(s)RecordOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
Big 12No. 7 Kansas State*
No. 12 Oklahoma
11–1 (8–1)
10–2 (8–1)
Collin Klein, Kansas State Arthur Brown, Kansas State Bill Snyder, Kansas State
Big East Cincinnati

Louisville*
Rutgers
Syracuse

9–3 (5–2)

10–2 (5–2)
9–3 (5–2)
7–5 (5–2)

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville Khaseem Greene, Rutgers Charlie Strong, Louisville &
Kyle Flood, Rutgers
MWCNo. 25 Boise State
Fresno State
San Diego State
10–2 (7–1)
9–3 (7–1)
9–3 (7–1)
Derek Carr, Fresno State Phillip Thomas, Fresno State Rocky Long, San Diego State
Sun Belt Arkansas State 9–3 (7–1) Kolton Browning, Louisiana-Monroe Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky Todd Berry, Louisiana-Monroe
WACNo. 20 Utah State 10–2 (6–0) Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech Travis Johnson, San Jose State Gary Andersen, Utah State

* Received conference's automatic BCS bowl bid.

    Final BCS rankings

    BCSSchoolRecordBowl Game
    1 Notre Dame 12–0 BCS Championship
    2 Alabama 12–1BCS Championship
    3 Florida 11–1 Sugar
    4 Oregon 11–1 Fiesta
    5 Kansas State 11–1Fiesta
    6 Stanford 11–2 Rose
    7 Georgia 11–2 Capital One
    8 LSU 10–2 Chick-fil-A
    9 Texas A&M 10–2 Cotton
    10 South Carolina 10–2 Outback
    11 Oklahoma 10–2Cotton
    12 Florida State 11–2 Orange
    13 Oregon State 9–3 Alamo
    14 Clemson 10–2Chick-fil-A
    15 Northern Illinois 12–1Orange
    16 Nebraska 10–3Capital One
    17 UCLA 9–4 Holiday
    18 Michigan 8–4Outback
    19 Boise State 10–2 Maaco Las Vegas
    20 Northwestern 9–3 Gator
    21 Louisville 10–2Sugar
    22 Utah State 10–2 Famous Idaho Potato
    23 Texas 8–4Alamo
    24 San Jose State 10–2 Military
    25 Kent State 11–2 GoDaddy.com

    Bowl games

    Bowl Championship Series

    DateGameSiteTelevisionTeamsAffiliationsWinner
    Jan. 1 Rose Bowl presented by Vizio Rose Bowl
    Pasadena, California
    5:00 pm
    ESPNNo. 6 Stanford Cardinal (11–2)
    Wisconsin Badgers (8–5)
    Pac-12
    Big Ten
    Stanford 20–14
    Discover Orange Bowl Sun Life Stadium
    Miami Gardens, Florida
    8:30 pm
    No. 15 Northern Illinois Huskies (12–1)
    No. 12 Florida State Seminoles (11–2)
    MAC (non-AQ)
    ACC
    Florida State 31–10
    Jan. 2 Allstate Sugar Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome
    New Orleans
    8:30 pm
    No. 21 Louisville Cardinals (10–2)
    No. 3 Florida Gators (11–1)
    Big East
    SEC (At-large)
    Louisville 33–23
    Jan. 3 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium
    Glendale, Arizona
    8:30 pm
    No. 5 Kansas State Wildcats (11–1)
    No. 4 Oregon Ducks (11–1)
    Big 12
    Pac-12 (At-large)
    Oregon 35–17
    Jan. 7 Discover BCS National Championship Sun Life Stadium
    Miami Gardens, Florida
    8:30 pm
    No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12–0)
    No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12–1)
    Independent
    SEC
    Alabama 42–14

    Other bowl games

    DateGameSiteTelevisionTeamsAffiliationsResults
    Dec. 15 Gildan New Mexico Bowl University Stadium
    University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    1:00 pm
    ESPN Nevada Wolf Pack (7–5)
    Arizona Wildcats (7–5)
    MWC
    Pac-12
    Arizona 49–48
    Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Bronco Stadium
    Boise State University
    Boise, Idaho
    4:30 pm
    Toledo Rockets (9–3)
    No. 22 Utah State Aggies (10–2)
    MAC
    WAC
    Utah State 41–15
    Dec. 20 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
    San Diego
    8:00 pm
    San Diego State Aztecs (9–3)
    BYU Cougars (7–5)
    MWC
    Independent
    BYU 23–6
    Dec. 21 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg Tropicana Field
    St. Petersburg, Florida
    7:30 pm
    Ball State Cardinals (9–3)
    UCF Knights (9–4)
    MAC
    C-USA
    UCF 38–17
    Dec. 22 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome
    New Orleans
    12:00 pm
    East Carolina Pirates (8–4)
    Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (8–4)
    C-USA
    Sun Belt
    Louisiana–Lafayette 43–34
    Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Whitney, Nevada
    3:30 pm
    No. 19 Boise State Broncos (10–2)
    Washington Huskies (7–5)
    MWC
    Pac-12
    Boise State 28–26
    Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl Aloha Stadium
    Honolulu, HI
    8:00 pm
    SMU Mustangs (6–6)
    Fresno State Bulldogs (9–3)
    C-USA
    MWC
    SMU 43–10
    Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Ford Field
    Detroit
    7:30 pm
    WKU Hilltoppers (7–5)
    Central Michigan Chippewas (6–6)
    Sun Belt
    MAC
    Central Michigan 24–21
    Dec. 27 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman RFK Stadium
    Washington, D.C.
    3:00 pm
    No. 24 San Jose State Spartans (10–2)
    Bowling Green Falcons (8–4)
    WAC
    MAC
    San Jose State 29–20
    Belk Bowl Bank of America Stadium
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    6:30 pm
    Duke Blue Devils (6–6)
    Cincinnati Bearcats (9–3)
    ACC
    Big East
    Cincinnati 48–34
    Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
    San Diego
    9:45 pm
    Baylor Bears (7–5)
    No. 17 UCLA Bruins (9–4)
    Big 12
    Pac-12
    Baylor 49–26
    Dec. 28 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl Independence Stadium
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    2:00 pm
    Ohio Bobcats (8–4)
    Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (8–4)
    MAC
    Sun Belt
    Ohio 45–14
    Russell Athletic Bowl Citrus Bowl
    Orlando, Florida
    5:30 pm
    Virginia Tech Hokies (6–6)
    Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9–3)
    ACC
    Big East
    Virginia Tech 13–10
    Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Reliant Stadium
    Houston
    9:00 pm
    Minnesota Golden Gophers (6–6)
    Texas Tech Red Raiders (7–5)
    Big Ten
    Big 12
    Texas Tech 34–31
    Dec. 29 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium
    Texas Christian University
    Fort Worth, Texas
    11:45 am
    Rice Owls (6–6)
    Air Force Falcons (6–6)
    C-USA
    MWC
    Rice 33–14
    Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl AT&T Park
    San Francisco
    3:15 pm
    ESPN2 Arizona State Sun Devils (7–5)
    Navy Midshipmen (7–4)
    Pac-12
    Independent
    Arizona State 62–28
    New Era Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium
    Bronx, New York
    3:15 pm
    ESPN Syracuse Orange (7–5)
    West Virginia Mountaineers (7–5)
    Big East
    Big 12
    Syracuse 38–14
    Valero Alamo Bowl Alamodome
    San Antonio, Texas
    6:45 pm
    No. 23 Texas Longhorns (8–4)
    No. 13 Oregon State Beavers (9–3)
    Big 12
    Pac-12
    Texas 31–27
    Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Sun Devil Stadium
    Arizona State University
    Tempe, Arizona
    10:15 pm
    Michigan State Spartans (6–6)
    TCU Horned Frogs (7–5)
    Big Ten
    Big 12
    Michigan State 17–16
    Dec. 31 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl LP Field
    Nashville, Tennessee
    12:05 pm
    Vanderbilt Commodores (8–4)
    NC State Wolfpack (7–5)
    SEC
    ACC
    Vanderbilt 38–24
    Hyundai Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium
    University of Texas El Paso
    El Paso, Texas
    2:00 pm
    CBS Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6–7)
    USC Trojans (7–5)
    ACC
    Pac-12
    Georgia Tech 21–7
    Autozone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
    Memphis, Tennessee
    3:30 pm
    ESPN Iowa State Cyclones (6–6)
    Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10–3)
    Big 12
    C-USA
    Tulsa 31–17
    Chick-fil-A Bowl Georgia Dome
    Atlanta
    7:30 pm
    No. 14 Clemson Tigers (10–2)
    No. 8 LSU Tigers (10–2)
    ACC
    SEC
    Clemson 25–24
    Jan. 1 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl EverBank Field
    Jacksonville, Florida
    12:00 pm
    ESPN2 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8–4)
    No. 20 Northwestern Wildcats (9–3)
    SEC
    Big Ten
    Northwestern 34–20
    Heart of Dallas Bowl Cotton Bowl
    Dallas
    12:00 pm
    ESPNU Purdue Boilermakers (6–6)
    Oklahoma State Cowboys (7–5)
    Big Ten
    Big 12
    Oklahoma State 58–14
    Capital One Bowl Citrus Bowl
    Orlando, Florida
    1:00 pm
    ABC No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs (11–2)
    No. 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers (10–3)
    SEC
    Big Ten
    Georgia 45–31
    Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium
    Tampa, Florida
    1:00 pm
    ESPNNo. 10 South Carolina Gamecocks (10–2)
    No. 18 Michigan Wolverines (8–4)
    SEC
    Big Ten
    South Carolina 33–28
    Jan. 4 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Cowboys Stadium
    Arlington, Texas
    8:00 pm
    FOX No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies (10–2)
    No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners (10–2)
    SEC
    Big 12
    Texas A&M 41–13
    Jan. 5 BBVA Compass Bowl Legion Field
    Birmingham, Alabama
    1:00 pm
    ESPN Pittsburgh Panthers (6–6)
    Ole Miss Rebels (6–6)
    Big East
    SEC
    Ole Miss 38–17
    Jan. 6 GoDaddy.com Bowl Ladd–Peebles Stadium
    Mobile, Alabama
    9:00 pm
    ESPNNo. 25 Kent State Golden Flashes (11–2)
    Arkansas State Red Wolves (9–3)
    MAC
    Sun Belt
    Arkansas State 17–13

      Bowl Challenge Cup standings

      ConferenceTotal GamesWinsLossesPct.
      WAC2201.000
      C-USA541.800
      ACC642.667
      SEC963.667
      Big East532.600
      Pac-12844.500
      Sun Belt422.500
      Big 12945.444
      Independents312.333
      Big Ten725.286
      MAC725.286
      MWC514.200

      Awards and honors

      Heisman Trophy

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

      PlayerSchoolPosition1st2nd3rdTotal
      Johnny Manziel Texas A&M QB4742521032029
      Manti Te'o Notre Dame LB3213091251706
      Collin Klein Kansas State QB60197320894
      Marqise Lee USC WR193384207
      Braxton Miller Ohio State QB32977144

      Other major awards

      Special awards

      Offense

      Quarterback

      Running back

      Wide receiver

      Tight end

      Lineman

      Defense

      Defensive line

      Defensive back

      Special teams

      Coaches

      Assistants

      All-Americans

      Records

      Coaching changes

      This list is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2012. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2012, see 2011 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.

      Preseason and in-season

      SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
      Idaho Robb Akey October 21Fired [27] Jason Gesser (interim)
      Tennessee Derek Dooley November 18Fired [28] Jim Chaney (interim)

      End of season

      SchoolOutgoing coachDate announcedReasonReplacement
      Kentucky Joker Phillips November 4Fired [29] Mark Stoops [30]
      Western Michigan Bill Cubit November 17Fired [31] P. J. Fleck [32]
      UTEP Mike Price November 19Retired [33] Sean Kugler [34]
      California Jeff Tedford November 20Fired [35] Sonny Dykes [36]
      Arkansas John L. Smith November 24Fired [37] Bret Bielema [38]
      Auburn Gene Chizik November 25Fired [39] Gus Malzahn [40]
      Boston College Frank Spaziani November 25Fired [41] Steve Addazio [42]
      Colorado Jon Embree November 25Fired [43] Mike MacIntyre [44]
      NC State Tom O'Brien November 25Fired [45] Dave Doeren [46]
      Purdue Danny Hope November 25Fired [47] Darrell Hazell [48]
      Southern Miss Ellis Johnson November 27Fired [49] Todd Monken [50]
      Northern Illinois Dave Doeren December 1Hired by NC State [46] Rod Carey [51]
      South Florida Skip Holtz December 2Fired [52] Willie Taggart [53]
      Idaho Jason Gesser December 3Permanent replacement Paul Petrino [54]
      Wisconsin Bret Bielema December 4Hired by Arkansas [38] Barry Alvarez (interim) [55]
      Arkansas State Gus Malzahn December 4Hired by Auburn [40] Bryan Harsin [56]
      Temple Steve Addazio December 4Hired by Boston College [42] Matt Rhule [57]
      Kent State Darrell Hazell December 4Hired by Purdue [48] Paul Haynes [58]
      FIU Mario Cristobal December 5Fired [59] Ron Turner
      Louisiana Tech Sonny Dykes December 5Hired by California [36] Skip Holtz [60]
      Tennessee Jim Chaney December 7Permanent replacement Butch Jones [61]
      Cincinnati Butch Jones December 7Hired by Tennessee [61] Tommy Tuberville [62]
      Western Kentucky Willie Taggart December 7Hired by South Florida [53] Bobby Petrino [63]
      Texas Tech Tommy Tuberville December 8Hired by Cincinnati [62] Kliff Kingsbury [64]
      San Jose State Mike MacIntyre December 10Hired by Colorado [44] Ron Caragher [65]
      Wisconsin Barry Alvarez December 19Permanent replacement Gary Andersen [66]
      Utah State Gary Andersen December 19Hired by Wisconsin [66] Matt Wells [67]
      Nevada Chris Ault December 28Retired [68] Brian Polian
      Syracuse Doug Marrone January 6Hired by Buffalo Bills [69] Scott Shafer
      Oregon Chip Kelly January 16Hired by Philadelphia Eagles [70] Mark Helfrich [71]
      New Mexico State DeWayne Walker January 24Hired by Jacksonville Jaguars (assistant) [72] Doug Martin

      TV ratings

      Most watched regular season games in 2012

      RankDateMatchupChannelViewersTV RatingSignificance
      1December 1, 4:00 ET No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Alabama CBS 16.2 Million*9.8 Rating SEC Championship
      2November 24, 8:00 ET No. 1 Notre Dame vs. USC ABC 16.1 Million*9.4 Rating Notre Dame-USC Rivalry
      3November 3, 8:00 ET No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 5 LSU CBS 11.3 Million6.8 Rating Alabama-LSU Rivalry
      4November 10, 3:30 ET No. 15 Texas A&M vs. No. 1 Alabama CBS 9.6 Million6.1 RatingManziel beats Bama
      5November 24, 12:00 ET No. 19 Michigan vs. No. 4** Ohio State ABC 9.5 Million5.8 Rating The Game
      6October 27, 8:00 ET No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 8 Oklahoma ABC 8.6 Million5.2 Rating
      7November 24, 3:30 ET No. 4 Florida vs. No. 10 Florida State ABC 8.5 Million5.1 Rating Florida–Florida State rivalry
      8November 17, 8:00 ET No. 13 Stanford vs. No. 2 Oregon ABC 8.3 Million5.1 Rating
      9September 1, 8:00 ET No. 8** Michigan vs. No. 2** Alabama ABC 7.9 Million4.8 Rating Cowboys Classic
      10October 6, 3:30 ET No. 4** LSU vs. No. 10** Florida CBS 7.5 Million4.6 Rating Florida–LSU rivalry

      Note(*): Games rate in the top six most watched games of the last 20 years.

      Note(**): Rankings reflect AP Poll Standings. (All others rankings reflect BCS Standings at the time of the game)

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