|2013 NCAA Division I FBS season|
|Number of teams||124 full members + 2 transitional|
|Duration||August 29 – December 14|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Alabama|
|Duration||December 21, 2013 – January 6, 2014|
|Heisman Trophy||Jameis Winston (quarterback, Florida State)|
|Bowl Championship Series|
|2014 BCS Championship Game|
|Site|| Rose Bowl Stadium |
|NCAA Division I FBS football seasons|
The 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the highest level college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The regular season began on August 29, 2013 and ended on December 14, 2013. The postseason concluded on January 6, 2014 with the final BCS National Championship Game, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The Florida State Seminoles beat the Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game to become the consensus national champion of the 2013 season. This was the final season in which the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was used to determine the national champion of the Football Bowl Subdivision; the BCS was replaced by the College Football Playoff system starting with the 2014 season.
The following rule changes were made by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2013 season:
A rule that would have required the colors of uniform jerseys and pants to contrast to the field was recommended by the Rules Committee but was denied by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. This rule was proposed to prevent teams (such as Boise State) from wearing uniforms that matched the color of their field. Another recommended rule would have switched the side of the field on which the line-to-gain and down markers are displayed in each half but was also denied.
The NCAA Legislative Council also approved a new rule that allows any FBS team with a 6–6 record entering a conference championship game to be bowl-eligible regardless of the result of the title game. Previously, such teams (for example, Georgia Tech last season and UCLA in 2011) had to seek an NCAA waiver if they lost in their conference championship.
On April 3, 2013, the schools remaining in the original Big East Conference, which had sold the "Big East" name to the seven Catholic schools that would later leave the league to form the new Big East in July 2013, announced that they would operate as the American Athletic Conference (shortened to AAC or "The American).The AAC filled its membership by adding schools from Conference USA, which replaced its losses with former Sun Belt and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) members.
The WAC discontinued football as a sponsored sport after the 2012 season when most of its football-playing members announced their departures for other conferences, primarily the Mountain West, in the preceding years. The WAC became the first FBS (formerly Division I-A) conference to drop football since the Big West Conference did so after the 2000 season. Idaho and New Mexico State, the two WAC football members who remained for 2013 season, temporarily became FBS independents in football.
|School||Former conference||New conference|
|Florida Atlantic||Sun Belt||Conference USA|
|FIU||Sun Belt||Conference USA|
|Georgia State||CAA (FCS)||Sun Belt|
|Houston||Conference USA||The American|
|Louisiana Tech||WAC||Conference USA|
|Memphis||Conference USA||The American|
|Middle Tennessee||Sun Belt||Conference USA|
|New Mexico State||WAC||FBS independent|
|North Texas||Sun Belt||Conference USA|
|San Jose State||WAC||Mountain West|
|SMU||Conference USA||The American|
|Texas State||WAC||Sun Belt|
|UCF||Conference USA||The American|
|Utah State||WAC||Mountain West|
Rankings reflect the Week 15 AP Poll before the conference championship games were played.
|Conference||Champion||Runner-up||Championship Game Score||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|American||No. 15 UCF||N/A||N/A||Blake Bortles, UCF||Marcus Smith, Louisville||George O'Leary, UCF|
|ACC||No. 1 Florida State||No. 20 Duke||45–7||Jameis Winston, Florida State||Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh||David Cutcliffe, Duke|
|Big 12||No. 9 Baylor||N/A||N/A||Bryce Petty, Baylor||Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas & Jason Verrett, TCU||Art Briles, Baylor|
|Big Ten||No. 10 Michigan State||No. 2 Ohio State||34–24||Braxton Miller, Ohio State||Chris Borland, Wisconsin||Mark Dantonio, Michigan State|
|C-USA||Rice||Marshall||41–24||Rakeem Cato, Marshall||Shawn Jackson, Tulsa||David Bailiff, Rice|
|MAC||Bowling Green||No. 16 Northern Illinois||47–27||Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois||Khalil Mack, Buffalo||Rod Carey, Northern Illinois|
|MW||No. 24 Fresno State||Utah State||24–17||Derek Carr, Fresno State||Shaquil Barrett, Colorado State||Matt Wells, Utah State|
|Pac-12||No. 7 Stanford||No. 11 Arizona State||38–14||Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona||Will Sutton, Arizona State||Todd Graham, Arizona State|
|SEC||No. 3 Auburn||No. 5 Missouri||59–42||Tre Mason, Auburn||Michael Sam, Missouri & C.J. Mosley, Alabama||Gus Malzahn, Auburn|
|Sun Belt|| Arkansas State*|
|N/A||N/A||Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky||Xavius Boyd, Western Kentucky||Joey Jones, South Alabama|
|1||Florida State||13–0||BCS Championship|
|4||Michigan State||12–1||Rose Bowl Game|
|5||Stanford||11–2||Rose Bowl Game|
|7||Ohio State||12–1||Orange Bowl|
|9||South Carolina||10–2||Capital One Bowl|
|13||Oklahoma State||10–2||Cotton Bowl|
|14||Arizona State||10–3||Holiday Bowl|
|18||Louisville||11–1||Russell Athletic Bowl|
|19||Wisconsin||9–3||Capital One Bowl|
|20||Fresno State||11–1||Las Vegas Bowl|
|21||Texas A&M||8–4||Chick-fil-A Bowl|
|23||Northern Illinois||12–1||Poinsettia Bowl|
|25||USC||9–4||Las Vegas Bowl|
The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.
|Jameis Winston||Florida State||QB||668||84||33||2,205|
|Jordan Lynch||Northern Illinois||QB||40||149||140||558|
|Andre Williams||Boston College||RB||29||127||129||470|
|Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M||QB||30||103||125||421|
This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2013. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2013, see 2012 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.
|USC||Lane Kiffin||September 29||Fired||Ed Orgeron (interim)|
|UConn||Paul Pasqualoni||September 30||Fired||T. J. Weist (interim)|
|Miami (OH)||Don Treadwell||October 6||Fired||Mike Bath (interim)|
|FAU||Carl Pelini||October 30||Fired||Brian Wright (interim)|
|Eastern Michigan||Ron English||November 8||Fired||Stan Parrish (interim)|
|Wyoming||Dave Christensen||December 1||Fired||Craig Bohl|
|Wake Forest||Jim Grobe||December 2||Resigned||Dave Clawson|
|USC||Ed Orgeron||Resigned||Clay Helton (interim)|
|USC||Clay Helton||Permanent replacement||Steve Sarkisian|
|Washington||Steve Sarkisian||Hired by USC||Marques Tuiasosopo (interim)|
|Miami (OH)||Mike Bath||December 3||Permanent replacement||Chuck Martin|
|Washington||Marques Tuiasosopo||December 6||Permanent replacement||Chris Petersen|
|Boise State||Chris Petersen||Hired by Washington||Bob Gregory (interim)|
|Bowling Green||Dave Clawson||December 10||Hired by Wake Forest||Adam Scheier (interim)|
|Boise State||Bob Gregory||December 11||Permanent replacement||Bryan Harsin|
|Arkansas State||Bryan Harsin||Hired by Boise State||John Thompson (interim)|
|Eastern Michigan||Stan Parrish||Permanent replacement||Chris Creighton|
|UConn||T. J. Weist||December 12||Permanent replacement||Bob Diaco|
|Texas||Mack Brown||December 14||Resigned||Charlie Strong|
|Army||Rich Ellerson||December 15||Fired||Jeff Monken|
|FAU||Brian Wright||December 17||Permanent replacement||Charlie Partridge|
|Bowling Green||Adam Scheier||December 18||Permanent replacement||Dino Babers|
|Arkansas State||John Thompson||December 19||Permanent replacement||Blake Anderson|
|Massachusetts||Charley Molnar||December 26||Fired||Mark Whipple|
|Penn State||Bill O'Brien||January 2, 2014||Hired by the Houston Texans||James Franklin|
|Louisville||Charlie Strong||January 5, 2014||Hired by Texas||Bobby Petrino|
|Western Kentucky||Bobby Petrino||January 9, 2014||Hired by Louisville||Jeff Brohm|
|UAB||Garrick McGee||Hired as offensive coordinator at Louisville||Bill Clark|
|Vanderbilt||James Franklin||Hired by Penn State||Derek Mason|
Excludes Conference Championships (see chart below)
|1||November 30, 3:30 ET||No. 1 Alabama||28||No. 4 Auburn||34||CBS||13.78 Million||8.2||Kick Six|
|2||September 14, 3:30 ET||No. 1 Alabama||49||No. 6 Texas A&M||42||13.59 Million||8.5|
|3||November 9, 8:00 ET||No. 13 LSU||17||No. 1 Alabama||38||11.90 Million||6.9||Alabama–LSU rivalry|
|4||November 30, 12:00 ET||No. 3 Ohio State||42||Michigan||41||ABC||9.5 Million||5.8||The Game|
|5||September 7, 8:00 ET||No. 14 Notre Dame||30||No. 17 Michigan||41||ESPN||8.65 Million||5.3||Michigan–Notre Dame rivalry/Under the Lights II|
|6||November 2, 8:00 ET||No. 7 Miami||14||No. 2 Florida State||41||ABC||8.35 Million||5.1||Florida State–Miami rivalry|
|7||August 31, 8:00 ET||No. 5 Georgia||35||No. 8 Clemson||38||8.14 Million||4.8||Clemson–Georgia rivalry|
|8||November 23, 3:30 ET||No. 12 Texas A&M||10||No. 22 LSU||34||CBS||7.51 Million||4.7||LSU–Texas A&M rivalry|
|9||September 28, 3:30 ET||No. 6 LSU||41||No. 9 Georgia||44||7.39 Million||4.6|
|10||October 5, 8:00 ET||No. 4 Ohio State||40||No. 16 Northwestern||30||ABC||7.36 Million||4.4|
|1||August 31, 5:30 ET||No. 1 Alabama||35||Virginia Tech||10||ESPN||5.17 Million||3.0||Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game||Georgia Dome, Atlanta|
|2||August 31, 3:30 ET||Mississippi State||3||No. 13 Oklahoma State||21||Regional ABC||3.67 Million||2.4||Texas Kickoff||Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas|
|3||August 31, 9:00 ET||No. 12 LSU||37||No. 20 TCU||27||ESPN||3.17 Million||1.9||Cowboys Classic||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas|
|1||December 7, 4:00 ET||No. 5 Missouri||42||No. 3 Auburn||59||CBS||14.35 Million||8.6||SEC||Georgia Dome, Atlanta|
|2||December 7, 8:17 ET||No. 2 Ohio State||24||No. 10 Michigan State||34||Fox||13.90 Million||7.9||Big Ten||Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis|
|3||December 7, 8:00 ET||No. 20 Duke||7||No. 1 Florida State||45||ABC||5.66 Million||3.4||ACC||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina|
|4||December 6, 8:00 ET||Bowling Green||47||No. 14 Northern Illinois||27||ESPN2||1.87 Million||1.2||MAC||Ford Field, Detroit|
|5||December 7, 10:00 ET||Utah State||17||No. 23 Fresno State||24||CBS||1.70 Million||1.1||MW||Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, California|
|6||December 7, 7:45 ET||No. 7 Stanford||38||No. 11 Arizona State||14||ESPN||1.45 Million||0.9||Pac-12||Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona|
|7||December 7, 12:00 ET||Marshall||24||Rice||41||ESPN2||449K||0.3||C-USA||Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas|
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