2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2013 NCAA Division I FBS season
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Number of teams124 full members + 2 transitional
DurationAugust 29 – December 14
Preseason AP No. 1 Alabama
Post-season
DurationDecember 21, 2013 – January 6, 2014
Bowl games 35
Heisman Trophy Jameis Winston (quarterback, Florida State)
Bowl Championship Series
2014 BCS Championship Game
Site Rose Bowl Stadium
Pasadena, California
Champion(s) Florida State
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
  2012
2014  

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).

Contents

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.

Rule changes

The following rule changes were made by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2013 season: [1]

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. [4]

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. [5]

Conference realignment

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). [6] 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.

Membership changes

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
Florida Atlantic Sun Belt Conference USA
FIU Sun Belt Conference USA
Georgia State CAA (FCS) Sun Belt
Houston Conference USA The American
Idaho WAC FBS independent
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
Pittsburgh Big East ACC
San Jose State WAC Mountain West
SMU Conference USA The American
Syracuse Big East ACC
Texas State WAC Sun Belt
UCF Conference USA The American
Utah State WAC Mountain West
UTSA WAC Conference USA

Other headlines

Updated stadiums

Conference standings

2013 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 10 UCF $ 80    121 
No. 15 Louisville  71    121 
Cincinnati  62    94 
Houston  53    85 
SMU  44    57 
Rutgers  35    67 
UConn  35    39 
South Florida  26    210 
Memphis  17    39 
Temple  17    210 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2013 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Florida State x$# 80    140 
No. 8 Clemson  % 71    112 
Boston College  44    76 
Syracuse  44    76 
Maryland  35    76 
Wake Forest  26    48 
NC State  08    39 
Coastal Division
No. 23 Duke x 62    104 
Miami  53    94 
Virginia Tech  53    85 
Georgia Tech  53    76 
North Carolina  44    76 
Pittsburgh  35    76 
Virginia  08    210 
Championship: Florida State 45, Duke 7
  • # BCS National Champion
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2013 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 13 Baylor $ 81    112 
No. 6 Oklahoma  % 72    112 
No. 17 Oklahoma State  72    103 
Texas  72    85 
Kansas State  54    85 
Texas Tech  45    85 
TCU  27    48 
West Virginia  27    48 
Iowa State  27    39 
Kansas  18    39 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll
2013 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Legends Division
No. 3 Michigan State x$ 80    131 
Iowa  53    85 
Nebraska  53    94 
Minnesota  44    85 
Michigan  35    76 
Northwestern  17    57 
Leaders Division
No. 12 Ohio State x% 80    122 
No. 22 Wisconsin  62    94 
Penn State* 44    75 
Indiana  35    57 
Illinois  17    48 
Purdue  08    111 
Championship: Michigan State 34, Ohio State 24
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • Penn State ineligible for conference championship game and post-season bowl games due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll
2013 Conference USA football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Marshall x 71    104 
East Carolina  62    103 
Middle Tennessee  62    85 
Florida Atlantic  44    66 
UAB  17    210 
Southern Miss  17    111 
FIU  17    111 
West Division
Rice x$ 71    104 
UTSA  62    75 
North Texas  62    94 
Tulane  53    76 
Louisiana Tech  35    48 
Tulsa  26    39 
UTEP  17    210 
Championship: Rice 41, Marshall 24
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2013 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Bowling Green x$ 71    104 
Buffalo  62    85 
Ohio  44    76 
Akron  44    57 
Kent State  35    48 
UMass  17    111 
Miami  08    012 
West Division
Northern Illinois x 80    122 
Ball State  71    103 
Toledo  53    75 
Central Michigan  53    66 
Eastern Michigan  17    210 
Western Michigan  17    111 
Championship: Bowling Green 47, Northern Illinois 27
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
2013 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Mountain Division
Utah State x 71    95 
Boise State  62    85 
Colorado State  53    86 
Wyoming  35    57 
New Mexico  17    39 
Air Force  08    210 
West Division
Fresno State x$ 71    112 
San Diego State  62    85 
UNLV  53    76 
San Jose State  53    66 
Nevada  35    48 
Hawaii  08    111 
Championship: Fresno State 24, Utah State 17
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2013 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Division
No. 11 Stanford xy$ 72    113 
No. 9 Oregon x 72    112 
No. 25 Washington  54    94 
Oregon State  45    76 
Washington State  45    67 
California  09    111 
South Division
No. 21 Arizona State x 81    104 
No. 16 UCLA  63    103 
No. 19 USC  63    104 
Arizona  45    85 
Utah  27    57 
Colorado  18    48 
Championship: Stanford 38, Arizona State 14
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2013 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Eastern Division
No. 5 Missouri x 71    122 
No. 4 South Carolina  62    112 
Georgia  53    85 
No. 24 Vanderbilt  44    94 
Florida  35    48 
Tennessee  26    57 
Kentucky  08    210 
Western Division
No. 2 Auburn xy$ 71    122 
No. 7 Alabama x% 71    112 
No. 14 LSU  53    103 
No. 18 Texas A&M  44    94 
Mississippi State  35    76 
Arkansas  08    39 
Ole Miss* 05    15 
Championship: Auburn 59, Missouri 42
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • * Ole Miss vacated all wins (except for the Music City Bowl) due to NCAA violations.
Rankings from AP Poll
2013 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Arkansas State + 52    85 
WKU  43    84 
Louisiana–Monroe  43    66 
South Alabama  43    66 
Troy  43    66 
Texas State  25    66 
Louisiana–Lafayette * 02    14 
Georgia State ** 07    012 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • * – Louisiana–Lafayette vacated 8 games and co-championship due to major NCAA violations.
    ** – Georgia State was ineligible for post-season bowl games due to FBS transition and ineligible for Sun Belt Conference championship due to Sun Belt Conference decision.
2013 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 20 Notre Dame*       94 
Navy        94 
BYU        85 
Army        39 
New Mexico State        210 
Idaho        111 
  • *All wins for Notre Dame (9–4) in the 2013 season were later vacated
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference champions

Rankings reflect the Week 15 AP Poll before the conference championship games were played.

ConferenceChampionRunner-upChampionship Game ScoreOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
American No. 15 UCF N/AN/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 [21] Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh David Cutcliffe, Duke
Big 12 No. 9 Baylor N/AN/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 [22] 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 [23] 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*

Louisiana–Lafayette* (vacated)

N/AN/A Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky Xavius Boyd, Western Kentucky Joey Jones, South Alabama

    Final BCS rankings

    BCSSchoolRecordBowl Game
    1 Florida State 13–0 BCS Championship
    2 Auburn 12–1BCS Championship
    3 Alabama 11–1 Sugar Bowl
    4 Michigan State 12–1 Rose Bowl Game
    5 Stanford 11–2Rose Bowl Game
    6 Baylor 11–1 Fiesta Bowl
    7 Ohio State 12–1 Orange Bowl
    8 Missouri 11–2 Cotton Bowl
    9 South Carolina 10–2 Capital One Bowl
    10 Oregon 10–2 Alamo Bowl
    11 Oklahoma 10–2Sugar Bowl
    12 Clemson 10–2Orange Bowl
    13 Oklahoma State 10–2Cotton Bowl
    14 Arizona State 10–3 Holiday Bowl
    15 UCF 11–1Fiesta Bowl
    16 LSU 9–3 Outback Bowl
    17 UCLA 9–3 Sun Bowl
    18 Louisville 11–1 Russell Athletic Bowl
    19 Wisconsin 9–3Capital One Bowl
    20 Fresno State 11–1 Las Vegas Bowl
    21 Texas A&M 8–4 Chick-fil-A Bowl
    22 Georgia 8–4 Gator Bowl
    23 Northern Illinois 12–1 Poinsettia Bowl
    24 Duke 10–3Chick-fil-A Bowl
    25 USC 9–4Las Vegas Bowl

    Bowl games

    Bowl record by conference

    ConferenceTotal gamesWinsLossesPct.
    Sun Belt2201.000
    SEC1073.700
    Pac-12963.667
    Independents321.667
    C-USA633.500
    MW633.500
    American523.400
    Big 12633.500
    ACC1156.455
    Big Ten725.286
    MAC505.000

    Awards and honors

    Heisman Trophy

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

    PlayerSchoolPosition1st2nd3rdTotal
    Jameis Winston Florida State QB66884332,205
    AJ McCarron Alabama QB79162143704
    Jordan Lynch Northern Illinois QB40149140558
    Andre Williams Boston College RB29127129470
    Johnny Manziel Texas A&M QB30103125421
    Tre Mason Auburn RB31121169404
    Bryce Petty Baylor QB153070127

    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

    Coaching changes

    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.

    SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
    USC Lane Kiffin September 29Fired [25] Ed Orgeron (interim)
    UConn Paul Pasqualoni September 30Fired [26] T. J. Weist (interim)
    Miami (OH) Don Treadwell October 6Fired [27] Mike Bath (interim) [28]
    FAU Carl Pelini October 30Fired [29] Brian Wright (interim)
    Eastern Michigan Ron English November 8Fired [30] Stan Parrish (interim) [30]
    Wyoming Dave Christensen December 1Fired [31] Craig Bohl [32]
    Wake Forest Jim Grobe December 2Resigned [33] Dave Clawson [34]
    USC Ed Orgeron Resigned Clay Helton (interim)
    USC Clay Helton Permanent replacement Steve Sarkisian [35]
    Washington Steve Sarkisian Hired by USC Marques Tuiasosopo (interim)
    Miami (OH) Mike Bath December 3Permanent replacement Chuck Martin [36]
    Washington Marques Tuiasosopo December 6Permanent replacement Chris Petersen [37]
    Boise State Chris Petersen Hired by Washington [37] Bob Gregory (interim)
    Bowling Green Dave Clawson December 10Hired by Wake Forest [34] Adam Scheier (interim) [38]
    Boise State Bob GregoryDecember 11Permanent replacement Bryan Harsin [39]
    Arkansas State Bryan Harsin Hired by Boise State [39] John Thompson (interim) [40]
    Eastern Michigan Stan Parrish Permanent replacement Chris Creighton [41]
    UConn T. J. Weist December 12Permanent replacement Bob Diaco [42]
    Texas Mack Brown December 14Resigned [43] Charlie Strong [44]
    Army Rich Ellerson December 15Fired [45] Jeff Monken
    FAU Brian WrightDecember 17Permanent replacement Charlie Partridge [46]
    Bowling Green Adam ScheierDecember 18Permanent replacement Dino Babers [47]
    Arkansas State John Thompson December 19Permanent replacement Blake Anderson [48]
    Massachusetts Charley Molnar December 26Fired Mark Whipple
    Penn State Bill O'Brien January 2, 2014Hired by the Houston Texans [49] James Franklin
    Louisville Charlie Strong January 5, 2014Hired by Texas [44] Bobby Petrino [50]
    Western Kentucky Bobby Petrino January 9, 2014Hired by Louisville [50] Jeff Brohm [51]
    UAB Garrick McGee Hired as offensive coordinator at Louisville [52] Bill Clark [53]
    Vanderbilt James Franklin Hired by Penn State Derek Mason

    Television viewers and ratings

    Most watched regular season games

    Excludes Conference Championships (see chart below)

    RankDateMatchupChannelViewersTV Rating Significance
    1November 30, 3:30 ET No. 1 Alabama 28 No. 4 Auburn 34 CBS 13.78 Million8.2 Kick Six
    2September 14, 3:30 ET No. 1 Alabama 49 No. 6 Texas A&M 4213.59 Million8.5
    3November 9, 8:00 ET No. 13 LSU 17 No. 1 Alabama 3811.90 Million6.9 Alabama–LSU rivalry
    4November 30, 12:00 ET No. 3 Ohio State 42 Michigan 41 ABC 9.5 Million5.8 The Game
    5September 7, 8:00 ET No. 14 Notre Dame 30 No. 17 Michigan 41 ESPN 8.65 Million5.3 Michigan–Notre Dame rivalry/Under the Lights II
    6November 2, 8:00 ET No. 7 Miami 14 No. 2 Florida State 41 ABC 8.35 Million5.1 Florida State–Miami rivalry
    7August 31, 8:00 ET No. 5 Georgia 35 No. 8 Clemson 388.14 Million4.8 Clemson–Georgia rivalry
    8November 23, 3:30 ET No. 12 Texas A&M 10 No. 22 LSU 34 CBS 7.51 Million4.7 LSU–Texas A&M rivalry
    9September 28, 3:30 ET No. 6 LSU 41 No. 9 Georgia 447.39 Million4.6
    10October 5, 8:00 ET No. 4 Ohio State 40 No. 16 Northwestern 30 ABC 7.36 Million4.4

    Kickoff games

    RankDateMatchupChannelViewersTV RatingGameLocation
    1August 31, 5:30 ET No. 1 Alabama 35 Virginia Tech 10 ESPN 5.17 Million3.0 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Georgia Dome, Atlanta
    2August 31, 3:30 ET Mississippi State 3 No. 13 Oklahoma State 21Regional ABC 3.67 Million2.4 Texas Kickoff Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
    3August 31, 9:00 ET No. 12 LSU 37 No. 20 TCU 27 ESPN 3.17 Million1.9 Cowboys Classic AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

    Conference championship games

    RankDateMatchupChannelViewersTV RatingConferenceLocation
    1December 7, 4:00 ET No. 5 Missouri 42 No. 3 Auburn 59 CBS 14.35 Million8.6 SEC Georgia Dome, Atlanta
    2December 7, 8:17 ET No. 2 Ohio State 24 No. 10 Michigan State 34 Fox 13.90 Million7.9 Big Ten Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
    3December 7, 8:00 ET No. 20 Duke 7 No. 1 Florida State 45 ABC 5.66 Million3.4 ACC Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
    4December 6, 8:00 ET Bowling Green 47 No. 14 Northern Illinois 27 ESPN2 1.87 Million1.2 MAC Ford Field, Detroit
    5December 7, 10:00 ET Utah State 17 No. 23 Fresno State 24 CBS 1.70 Million1.1 MW Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, California
    6December 7, 7:45 ET No. 7 Stanford 38 No. 11 Arizona State 14 ESPN 1.45 Million0.9 Pac-12 Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
    7December 7, 12:00 ET Marshall 24 Rice 41 ESPN2 449K0.3 C-USA Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas

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