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2008 NCAA Division I FBS Football Season
2008 NCAA Division I FBS season
2008 Florida Gators football team celebrates in Florida Field (January 11 2009).jpg
Florida Gators celebrating after winning the 2009 BCS Championship Game
119 + 1 transitional[1]
DurationAugust 28 - December 6
Preseason AP No. 1Georgia Bulldogs
Post-season
DurationDecember 20, 2008 - January 31, 2009
Bowl games34
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma QB
Bowl Championship Series
2009 BCS Championship Game
SiteDolphin Stadium,
Miami Gardens, Florida
WinnerFlorida Gators
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
2007
2009 ->

The 2008 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 August 28, 2008 and ended on December 6, 2008. The postseason concluded on January 8, 2009 with the BCS National Championship Game in Miami Gardens, Florida, which featured the top two teams ranked by the Bowl Championship Series (BCS): the #2 Florida Gators and #1 Oklahoma Sooners.[2] Florida defeated Oklahoma by a score of 24-14 to win their second BCS title in three years and third overall national championship in school history. The Utah Utes were selected national champions by Anderson & Hester after beating the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, finishing the season as the nation's only undefeated team.[3]

Rule changes

The NCAA football rules committee made rule changes for 2008, including the following:[4][5]

  • Teams have 40 seconds from the time a ball is declared dead to snap the ball. The 25 second play clock will still be used for administrative stoppages and penalties.
  • The 15 second play clock after a TV timeout (adopted in the 2007 season) is repealed and returned to 25 seconds.
  • Outside of the final two minutes of each half, if a runner goes out of bounds, the game clock restarts after the ball is spotted.
  • The penalty for kicking the ball out of bounds on the kickoff is increased, placing the ball at the 40-yard line, similar to the NFL.
  • Reinforcing that contact that leads with the crown of the helmet to another player (targeting) is a foul, penalized 15 yards.
  • All face-mask penalties result in a 15-yard penalty. Incidental contact with the face mask is no longer penalized.
  • Sideline warnings are now penalized five yards for the first two occurrences, and 15 yards (unsportsmanlike conduct) for the third and subsequent violations. Previously the officials gave teams two warnings before a five-yard penalty was called.
  • All horse-collar tackles are now subject to a 15-yard penalty.
  • If a coach challenges a play, and he wins the challenge, then he is given a second challenge to use later in the game, but each coach has a maximum of two challenges per game even if both are decided in his favor.

Conference and program changes

Western Kentucky upgraded from Division I FCS and played the 2008 season as a transitional Division I FBS member.

School 2007 Conference 2008 Conference
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers FCS Independent FBS Independent

Most-watched regular season games

Rank Date Matchup Channel Viewers
1 December 6, 4:00 ET #2 Florida vs. #1 Alabama CBS, SEC Championship 15.061 Million
2 November 1, 8:00 ET #1 Texas vs. #7 Texas Tech ESPN on ABC 12.204 Million
3 September 13, 8:00 ET #5 Ohio State vs. #1 USC ESPN on ABC 11.800 Million
4 November 22, 8:00 ET #2 Texas Tech vs. #5 Oklahoma ESPN on ABC 10.742 Million
5 October 25, 8:00 ET #3 Penn State vs. #9 Ohio State ESPN on ABC 10.367 Million
6 November 29, 8:00 ET #3 Oklahoma vs. #12 Oklahoma State ESPN on ABC 9.525 Million
7 December 6, 8:00 ET #20 Missouri vs. #2 Oklahoma ESPN on ABC, Big 12 Championship 8.762 Million
8 November 8, 8:00 ET #9 Oklahoma State vs. #2 Texas Tech, #21 California vs #7 USC Regional ESPN on ABC 8.483 Million
9 November 8, 3:30 ET #1 Alabama vs. #16 LSU CBS 8.137 Million
10 October 11, 12:00 ET #5 Texas vs. #1 Oklahoma ESPN on ABC 7.726 Million

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Conference standings

2008 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
Boston College xy   5 3         9 5  
No. 21 Florida State x   5 3         9 4  
Maryland   4 4         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Clemson   4 4         7 6  
NC State   4 4         6 7  
Coastal Division
No. 15 Virginia Tech xy$   5 3         10 4  
No. 22 Georgia Tech x   5 3         9 4  
North Carolina   0 4         0 5  
Miami   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         5 7  
Duke   1 7         4 8  

Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 12
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • North Carolina vacated 8 wins, including 4 ACC wins
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Big East Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 17 Cincinnati $   6 1         11 3  
Pittsburgh   5 2         9 4  
No. 23 West Virginia   5 2         9 4  
Rutgers   5 2         8 5  
Connecticut   3 4         8 5  
South Florida   2 5         8 5  
Louisville   1 6         5 7  
Syracuse   1 6         3 9  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 8 Penn State $+   7 1         11 2  
No. 9 Ohio State %+   7 1         10 3  
No. 24 Michigan State   6 2         9 4  
Northwestern   5 3         9 4  
No. 20 Iowa   5 3         9 4  
Wisconsin   3 5         7 6  
Minnesota   3 5         7 6  
Illinois   3 5         5 7  
Purdue   2 6         4 8  
Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         3 9  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern Division
No. 19 Missouri xy   5 3         10 4  
Nebraska x   5 3         9 4  
Kansas   4 4         8 5  
Colorado   2 6         5 7  
Kansas State   2 6         5 7  
Iowa State   0 8         2 10  
Southern Division
No. 5 Oklahoma xy$   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 Texas x%   7 1         12 1  
No. 12 Texas Tech x   7 1         11 2  
No. 16 Oklahoma State   5 3         9 4  
Baylor   2 6         4 8  
Texas A&M   2 6         4 8  

Championship: Oklahoma 62, Missouri 21
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
East Carolina x$   6 2         9 5  
Memphis   4 4         6 7  
Southern Miss   4 4         7 6  
UAB   3 5         4 8  
UCF   3 5         4 8  
Marshall   3 5         4 8  
West Division
Tulsa xy   7 1         11 3  
Rice x   7 1         10 3  
Houston   6 2         8 5  
UTEP   4 4         5 7  
Tulane   1 7         2 10  
SMU   0 8         1 11  
Championship: East Carolina 27, Tulsa 24
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Buffalo x$   5 3         8 6  
Bowling Green   4 4         6 6  
Temple   4 4         5 7  
Ohio   3 5         4 8  
Akron   3 5         5 7  
Kent State   3 5         4 8  
Miami   1 7         2 10  
West Division
Ball State x   8 0         12 2  
Central Michigan   6 2         8 5  
Western Michigan   6 2         9 4  
Northern Illinois   5 3         6 7  
Toledo   2 6         3 9  
Eastern Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Championship: Buffalo 42, Ball State 24
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
2008 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Utah $   8 0         13 0  
No. 7 TCU   7 1         11 2  
No. 25 BYU   6 2         10 3  
Air Force   5 3         8 5  
Colorado State   4 4         7 6  
UNLV   2 6         5 7  
New Mexico   2 6         4 8  
Wyoming   1 7         4 8  
San Diego State   1 7         2 10  
  • $ – Conference champion and BCS representative as top non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 USC $   8 1         12 1  
No. 10 Oregon   7 2         10 3  
No. 19 Oregon State   7 2         9 4  
California   6 3         9 4  
Arizona   5 4         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         5 7  
Stanford   4 5         5 7  
UCLA   3 6         4 8  
Washington State   1 8         2 11  
Washington   0 9         0 12  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 1 Florida x$#   7 1         13 1  
No. 13 Georgia   6 2         10 3  
Vanderbilt   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Tennessee   3 5         5 7  
Kentucky   2 6         7 6  
Western Division
No. 6 Alabama x%   8 0         12 2  
No. 14 Ole Miss   5 3         9 4  
LSU   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   2 6         5 7  
Auburn   2 6         5 7  
Mississippi State   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Florida 31, Alabama 20
    1. – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Troy $   6 1         8 5  
Louisiana-Lafayette   5 2         6 6  
Florida Atlantic   4 3         7 6  
Arkansas State   4 3         6 6  
FIU   3 4         5 7  
Middle Tennessee   3 4         5 7  
Louisiana-Monroe   3 4         4 8  
North Texas   0 7         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 11 Boise State $   8 0         12 1  
Louisiana Tech   5 3         8 5  
Nevada   5 3         7 6  
Hawaii   5 3         7 7  
Fresno State   4 4         7 6  
San Jose State   4 4         6 6  
Utah State   3 5         3 9  
New Mexico State   1 7         3 9  
Idaho   1 7         2 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Navy           8 5  
Notre Dame           7 6  
Army           3 9  
WKU           2 10  
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference champions

Conference championship games

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

Other conference champions

Rankings are from the Week 15 AP Poll.

Bowl games

Winners are listed in boldface.

Bowl Championship Series

After the completion of the regular season and conference championship games, seven teams had secured BCS berths: ACC champion Virginia Tech, Big East champion Cincinnati, Big Ten champion Penn State, Big 12 champion Oklahoma, Pac-10 champion USC, SEC champion Florida, and Mountain West champion Utah, who qualified as the highest-ranked BCS non-AQ conference champion. With Oklahoma and Florida being selected to play in the championship, Texas and Alabama assumed their conference's berths in the Fiesta and Sugar Bowls, respectively. The remaining at-large berth was awarded to Ohio State, who were selected despite being ranked #10 by the BCS, behind #9 Boise State. #7 Texas Tech did not receive an at-large bid because the Big 12 had already been awarded the maximum of two BCS selections per conference.

Other bowl games

Bowl Game Date Visitor Home Score TV
EagleBank Bowl (Washington, D.C.) December 20 Wake Forest Navy 29-19 ESPN
New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, NM) December 20 Colorado State Fresno State 40-35 ESPN
magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl (St. Petersburg, FL) December 20 Memphis South Florida 14-41 ESPN2
Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl (Las Vegas, NV) December 20 #16 BYU Arizona 21-31 ESPN
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, LA) December 21 Southern Mississippi Troy 30-27 ESPN
SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego, CA) December 23 #9 Boise State #11 TCU 16-17 ESPN
Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl (ʻAiea, HI) December 24 Hawaiʻi Notre Dame 21-49 ESPN
Motor City Bowl (Detroit, MI) December 26 Florida Atlantic Central Michigan 24-21 ESPN
Meineke Car Care Bowl (Charlotte, NC) December 27 West Virginia North Carolina 31-30 ESPN
Champs Sports Bowl (Orlando, FL) December 27 Wisconsin[9] Florida State 13-42 ESPN
Emerald Bowl (San Francisco, CA) December 27 Miami (FL) California 17-24 ESPN
Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA) December 28 Northern Illinois Louisiana Tech 10-17 ESPN
Papajohns.com Bowl (Birmingham, AL) December 29 NC State Rutgers 23-29 ESPN2
Valero Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, TX) December 29 #21 Missouri #23 Northwestern 30-23 (OT) ESPN
Roady's Truck Stops Humanitarian Bowl (Boise, ID) December 30 Maryland Nevada 42-35 ESPN2
Texas Bowl (Houston, TX) December 30 Rice Western Michigan 38-14 NFL Network
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA) December 30 #13 Oklahoma State #17 Oregon 31-42 ESPN
Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, TX) December 31 Houston Air Force 34-28 ESPN
Brut Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX) December 31 Oregon State #20 Pittsburgh[10] 3-0 CBS
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN) December 31 #24 Boston College Vanderbilt 14-16 ESPN
Insight Bowl (Tempe, AZ) December 31 Kansas[11] Minnesota[12] 42-21 NFL
Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta, GA) December 31 LSU #14 Georgia Tech 38-3 ESPN
Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL) January 1 South Carolina Iowa 10-31 ESPN
Konica Minolta Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL) January 1 Nebraska Clemson 26-21 CBS
Capital One Bowl (Orlando, FL) January 1 #15 Georgia #18 Michigan State 24-12 ABC
Cotton Bowl Classic (Dallas, TX) January 2 #25 Ole Miss #7 Texas Tech 47-34 FOX
AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN) January 2 Kentucky East Carolina 25-19 ESPN
International Bowl (Toronto, ON, Canada) January 3 Buffalo Connecticut 20-38 ESPN2
GMAC Bowl (Mobile, AL) January 6 Tulsa #22 Ball State 45-13 ESPN

Bowl Challenge Cup standings

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Pac-10 5 0 1.000
SEC 6 2 .750
Big East 4 2 .667
C-USA 4 2 .667
MWC 3 2 .600
Big 12 4 3 .571
Sun Belt * 1 1 .500
ACC 4 6 .400
WAC 1 4 .200
Big Ten 1 6 .143
MAC 0 5 .000

* Does not meet minimum game requirement of three teams needed for a conference to be eligible.

Awards and honors

Heisman Trophy voting

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

Other major award winners

Top Player

Award Winner
Walter Camp Award Colt McCoy, Texas
Griffin Award Colt McCoy, Texas
Maxwell Award Tim Tebow, Florida

Coaching

Award Winner
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award Nick Saban, Alabama[13]
Associated Press Coach of the Year Nick Saban, Alabama
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (head coach) Kyle Whittingham, Utah
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award Nick Saban, Alabama[14]
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Nick Saban, Alabama[15]
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (head coach) Nick Saban, Alabama
Broyles Award (assistant coach) Kevin Wilson, Oklahoma

Offense

Award Winner
Dave Rimington Trophy (Center) A. Q. Shipley, Penn State
Davey O'Brien Award (Quarterback) Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
Doak Walker Award (Running Back) Shonn Greene, Iowa
Fred Biletnikoff Award (Wide Receiver) Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
John Mackey Award (Tight End) Chase Coffman, Missouri
Johnny Unitas Award (Sr. Quarterback) Graham Harrell, Texas Tech
Manning Award (quarterback) Tim Tebow, Florida

Defense

Award Winner
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Defensive Player) Brian Orakpo, Texas
Chuck Bednarik Award (Defensive Player) Rey Maualuga, USC
Dick Butkus Award (Linebacker) Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
Lott Trophy (defensive impact) James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
Jim Thorpe Award (Defensive Back) Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end) Brian Orakpo, Texas

Lineman

Award Winner
Outland Trophy (interior lineman) Andre Smith, Alabama
Lombardi Award (Top Lineman) Brian Orakpo, Texas

Special Teams

Award Winner
Ray Guy Award (punter) Matt Fodge, Oklahoma State
Lou Groza Award (placekicker) Graham Gano, Florida State

Other

Award Winner
Draddy Trophy ("Academic Heisman") Alex Mack, California
Wuerffel Trophy (humanitarian-athlete) Tim Tebow, Florida[16]

All-Americans

2008 Consensus All-America Team
Special teams
Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
Kicker Louie Sakoda 5'9" 175 Sr. San Jose, California Utah
Punter Kevin Huber 6'1" 214 Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati
RS Brandon James 5'7" 186 Jr. St. Augustine, Florida Florida
RS Jeremy Maclin 6'0" 198 Jr. Kirkwood, Missouri Missouri

Statistical leaders

  • Team scoring most points: Oklahoma, 716

Coaching changes

Pre-season

In-season

In-season
School Interim Coach Former Coach
Clemson Dabo Swinney Tommy Bowden

End of season

Final rankings

Rank Associated Press USA TODAY/AFCA*
1 Florida Florida
2 Utah Southern California
3 Southern California Texas
4 Texas Utah?
5 Oklahoma Oklahoma
6 Alabama Alabama
7 Texas Christian Texas Christian
8 Penn State Penn State
9 Ohio State Oregon
10 Oregon Georgia
11 Boise State Ohio State
12 Texas Tech Texas Tech
13 Georgia Boise State
14 Mississippi Virginia Tech
15 Virginia Tech Mississippi
16 Oklahoma State Missouri
17 Cincinnati Cincinnati
18 Oregon State Oklahoma State
19 Missouri Oregon State
20 Iowa Iowa
21 Florida State Brigham Young
22 Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
23 West Virginia Florida State
24 Michigan State Michigan State
25 Brigham Young California

* - The AFCA requires that their voters make the winner of the BCS Championship at the number one position in the final poll.
? - Kyle Whittingham, head coach of Utah, broke the AFCA requirement and voted his team number one on his ballot.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Western Kentucky University was in a 2-year process of transition to FBS status in 2008 (completed in 2009), and, therefore, some sources list the total for 2008 as 119.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Future BCS Schedules". BCSFootball.org. Fox Sports. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). ncaa.org. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "NCAA Football Rules Committee Proposes Rules to Enhance Student-Athlete Safety and Encourage Consistent Pace of Play" (Press release). Archived from the original on December 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  5. ^ "More new timing rules among NCAA proposal". Retrieved 2008.
  6. ^ "NCAA Football Season Review". Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "Penn State Rose Bowl Bound". Yahoo!. Retrieved .[dead link]
  8. ^ "Virginia Tech takes down BC,headed down to Orange Bowl again". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved .
  9. ^ http://www.uwbadgers.com/sport_news/fb/headlines/story.html?sportid=111&storyid=16009[dead link]
  10. ^ "PittsburghPanthers.com - University of Pittsburgh Official Athletic Site - Football". cstv.com. Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "KU headed to Insight Bowl". KUsports.com. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Gophers, Jayhawks to meet in Insight Bowl Archived December 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ UA's Saban Named Home Depot Coach of the Year Archived 2009-02-13 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year". Retrieved 2008.
  15. ^ "ALABAMA'S SABAN WINS 2008 EDDIE ROBINSON AWARD". Retrieved 2009.
  16. ^ UF's Tim Tebow is 2008 Wuerffel Trophy Winner Archived December 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Iowa State's Chizik to Take Over at Auburn Archived December 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ a b "San Diego State to hire Ball State's Hoke, source says". ESPN.com. 2008-12-15. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "English to be announced as EMU coach". ESPN.com. 2008-12-15. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved .
  20. ^ Source: Rhoads to be named new ISU football coach[dead link]
  21. ^ "Ron Prince Will Not Return for 2009" (Press release). Kansas State University Athletic Department. 2008-11-05. Archived from the original on December 11, 2008. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "Bill Snyder Named Head Football Coach" (Press release). Kansas State University Athletic Department. 2008-11-24. Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "Mike Locksley - New Mexico's 29th Head Football Coach" Archived January 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. - Lobos Football. - (c/o CBS Interactive). - December 9, 2008.
  24. ^ a b "Kelly succeeds Bellotti as Ducks coach". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 2009-03-13. Archived from the original on 17 March 2009. Retrieved .
  25. ^ a b "Plenty Of Reasons For Hope" (Press release). Purdue University Athletics Department. 2008-01-11. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved .
  26. ^ "Doug Marrone in Syracuse Friday; will be named head coach". 9wsyr.com. Archived from the original on 24 December 2008. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ Kiffin introduced as Vol's 21st coach » Abilene Reporter-News Archived December 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ "Sources: USC coordinator gets Washington job". ESPN.com. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ MU's Christensen accepts Wyoming job Archived December 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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