2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season

2006 NCAA Division I FBS season
2007fiestafinal.jpg
Final score of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, which was immediately recognized as an "instant classic".
Number of teams 119
Duration August 31 – December 2
Preseason AP No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes
Post-season
Duration December 19, 2006 –
January 8, 2007
Bowl games 32
Heisman Trophy Troy Smith, Ohio State QB
Bowl Championship Series
2007 BCS Championship Game
Site University of Phoenix Stadium,
Glendale, Arizona
Winner Florida Gators
Division I FBS football seasons
←  2005
2007 β†’

The 2006 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 31, 2006 and ended on December 2, 2006. The postseason concluded on January 8, 2007 with the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona, where the #2 Florida Gators defeated the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes by a score of 41–14 to win the national title.[1]

The Boise State Broncos were the year's only undefeated team in both levels of Division I football after defeating Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.

Rules changes

The NCAA instituted the following rule changes for the 2006 season.[2]

  • The NCAA ruled that teams could schedule twelve regular-season games (up from eleven) beginning in the 2006 season.[3] (NCAA teams in Alaska and Hawaii, and their home opponents, are allowed to schedule an extra game over and above this limit.)
  • Instant replay is now officially sanctioned and standardized. All plays are reviewed by the replay officials as the play occurs. They may call down to the on-field officials to stop play if they need extra time to make a review. Each coach may also make one challenge per game. In the case of a coach's challenge, the coach must have at least one time-out remaining. If the challenge is upheld the coach gets the time-out back but the challenge is spent. If the challenge is rejected, both the challenge and the time-out are spent.
  • Players may only wear clear eyeshields. Previously, both tinted and orange were also allowed.
  • The kicking tee has been lowered from two inches tall to only one inch.
  • Halftime lasts twenty minutes. Previously, it was only fifteen minutes.
  • On a kickoff, the game clock starts when the ball is kicked rather than when the receiving team touches it.
    • This rule change has resulted in controversy, highlighted by the matchup between Wisconsin and Penn State on November 4, 2006, in which Wisconsin deliberately went off-sides on two consecutive kickoffs to run extra time off the clock at the close of the first half.[4]
  • On a change of possession, the clock starts when the referee marks the ball ready for play, instead of on the snap.
  • The referee may no longer stop the game due to excessive crowd noise.
  • When a live-ball penalty such as an illegal formation occurs on a kick, the receiving team may choose either to add the penalty yardage to the end of the return or require the kick to be attempted again with the spot moved back. Previously, only the latter option was available.
  • If a team scores at the end of the game, they will not kick the extra point unless it would affect the outcome of the game.

Conference standings

2006 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 18 Wake Forest x$   6 – 2         11 – 3  
No. 20 Boston College   5 – 3         10 – 3  
Maryland   5 – 3         9 – 4  
Clemson   5 – 3         8 – 5  
Florida State   3 – 5         7 – 6  
NC State   2 – 6         3 – 9  
Coastal Division
Georgia Tech x   7 – 1         9 – 5  
No. 19 Virginia Tech   6 – 2         10 – 3  
Virginia   4 – 4         5 – 7  
Miami   3 – 5         7 – 6  
North Carolina   2 – 6         3 – 9  
Duke   0 – 8         0 – 12  

Championship: Wake Forest 9, Georgia Tech 6
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Louisville $   6 – 1         12 – 1  
No. 10 West Virginia   5 – 2         11 – 2  
No. 12 Rutgers   5 – 2         11 – 2  
South Florida   4 – 3         9 – 4  
Cincinnati   4 – 3         8 – 5  
Pittsburgh   2 – 5         6 – 6  
Connecticut   1 – 6         4 – 8  
Syracuse   0 – 6         0 – 8  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Ohio State $   8 – 0         12 – 1  
No. 7 Wisconsin   7 – 1         12 – 1  
No. 8 Michigan %   7 – 1         11 – 2  
No. 24 Penn State   5 – 3         9 – 4  
Purdue   5 – 3         8 – 6  
Minnesota   3 – 5         6 – 7  
Indiana   3 – 5         5 – 7  
Iowa   2 – 6         6 – 7  
Northwestern   2 – 6         4 – 8  
Michigan State   1 – 7         4 – 8  
Illinois   1 – 7         2 – 10  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern Division
Nebraska x   6 – 2         9 – 5  
Missouri   4 – 4         8 – 5  
Kansas State   4 – 4         7 – 6  
Kansas   3 – 5         6 – 6  
Colorado   2 – 6         2 – 10  
Iowa State   1 – 7         4 – 8  
Southern Division
No. 11 Oklahoma x$   7 – 1         11 – 3  
No. 13 Texas   6 – 2         10 – 3  
Texas A&M   5 – 3         9 – 4  
Texas Tech   4 – 4         8 – 5  
Oklahoma State   3 – 5         7 – 6  
Baylor   3 – 5         4 – 8  
Championship: Oklahoma 21, Nebraska 7
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Southern Miss x   6 – 2         9 – 5  
East Carolina   5 – 3         7 – 6  
Marshall   4 – 4         5 – 7  
UCF   3 – 5         4 – 8  
UAB   2 – 6         3 – 9  
Memphis   1 – 7         2 – 10  
West Division
Houston x$   7 – 1         10 – 4  
Rice   6 – 2         7 – 6  
Tulsa   5 – 3         8 – 5  
SMU   4 – 4         6 – 6  
UTEP   3 – 5         5 – 7  
Tulane   2 – 6         4 – 8  
Championship: Houston 34, Southern Miss 20
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Ohio x   7 – 1         9 – 5  
Kent State   5 – 3         6 – 6  
Akron   3 – 5         5 – 7  
Bowling Green   3 – 5         4 – 8  
Miami   2 – 6         2 – 10  
Buffalo   1 – 7         2 – 10  
West Division
Central Michigan x$   7 – 1         10 – 4  
Western Michigan   6 – 2         8 – 5  
Northern Illinois   5 – 3         7 – 6  
Ball State   5 – 3         5 – 7  
Toledo   3 – 5         5 – 7  
Eastern Michigan   1 – 7         1 – 11  
Championship: Central Michigan 31, Ohio 10
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
2006 Mountain West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 16 BYU $   8 – 0         11 – 2  
No. 22 TCU   6 – 2         11 – 2  
Utah   5 – 3         8 – 5  
Wyoming   5 – 3         6 – 6  
New Mexico   4 – 4         6 – 7  
Air Force   3 – 5         4 – 8  
San Diego State   3 – 5         3 – 9  
Colorado State   1 – 7         4 – 8  
UNLV   1 – 7         2 – 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 USC +   7 – 2         11 – 2  
No. 14 California +   7 – 2         10 – 3  
No. 21 Oregon State   6 – 3         10 – 4  
UCLA   5 – 4         7 – 6  
Oregon   4 – 5         7 – 6  
Arizona State   4 – 5         7 – 6  
Arizona   4 – 5         6 – 6  
Washington State   4 – 5         6 – 6  
Washington   3 – 6         5 – 7  
Stanford   1 – 8         1 – 11  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 1 Florida x$#   7 – 1         13 – 1  
No. 25 Tennessee   5 – 3         9 – 4  
Kentucky   4 – 4         8 – 5  
No. 23 Georgia   4 – 4         9 – 4  
South Carolina   3 – 5         8 – 5  
Vanderbilt   1 – 7         4 – 8  
Western Division
No. 15 Arkansas x   7 – 1         10 – 4  
No. 9 Auburn   6 – 2         11 – 2  
No. 3 LSU %   6 – 2         11 – 2  
Alabama   2 – 6         6 – 7  
Ole Miss   2 – 6         4 – 8  
Mississippi State   1 – 7         3 – 9  
Championship: Florida 38, Arkansas 28
    1. – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • Alabama had all victories vacated by the NCAA in 2010. As such, the official record for Alabama is 0–7 (0–6).
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Troy +   6 – 1         8 – 5  
Middle Tennessee +   6 – 1         7 – 6  
Arkansas State   4 – 3         6 – 6  
Florida Atlantic   4 – 3         5 – 7  
Louisiana–Lafayette   3 – 4         6 – 6  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 – 4         4 – 8  
North Texas   2 – 5         3 – 9  
FIU   0 – 7         0 – 12  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 5 Boise State $   8 – 0         13 – 0  
Hawaii   7 – 1         11 – 3  
San Jose State   5 – 3         9 – 4  
Nevada   5 – 3         8 – 5  
Fresno State   4 – 4         4 – 8  
Idaho   3 – 5         4 – 8  
New Mexico State   2 – 6         4 – 8  
Louisiana Tech   1 – 7         3 – 10  
Utah State   1 – 7         1 – 11  
  • $ – Conference champion and BCS representative as top non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 17 Notre Dame %   –         10 – 3  
Navy   –         9 – 4  
Army   –         3 – 9  
Temple   –         1 – 11  
  • % – BCS at-large representative
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.

* Received conference's automatic BCS bowl bid.

BCS rankings progress

Ohio State was ranked No. 1 in all of the BCS-component polls (AP, Coaches', USA Today) in the preseason and the 14 polls taken in the regular season. When the BCS rankings began on October 15, Ohio State was No. 1 on all 8 rankings released during the season.

WEEK #1 #2 EVENT
OCT 15 Ohio State USC Oregon State 33, USC 31
OCT 22 Ohio State Michigan Ohio St 44, Minnesota 0
OCT 29 Ohio State Michigan Ohio St 17, Illinois 10
NOV 5 Ohio State Michigan Ohio St 54, Northwestern 10
NOV 12 Ohio State Michigan Ohio St 42, Michigan 39
NOV 19 Ohio State Michigan Ohio St 42, Michigan 39
NOV 26 Ohio State USC UCLA 13, USC 9
DEC 3 Ohio State Florida Florida 38, Arkansas 28

Bowl games

Winners are listed in boldface.

Bowl Championship Series

The Bowl Championship Series selected the #1 and #2 ranked teams to play for the national championship on January 8. The 2006 season marked a change for the BCS system, as the BCS National Championship Game became a standalone bowl game for the first time, to be played at the site of one of the four BCS bowls (the Fiesta, Orange, Sugar, and Rose Bowls) on a rotating basis. Under the previous format used from 1998 to 2006, the BCS National Championship coincided with one of the BCS bowls. The 2007 BCS Championship Game was played in Glendale, Arizona, the week after the Fiesta Bowl had been played there.

Rankings are from the Week 15 AP Poll.

Bowl game Date Playing as visitor Playing as home Score
BCS National Championship Game January 8 #2 Florida #1 Ohio State 41 – 14
Sugar Bowl January 3 #11 Notre Dame #4 LSU 14 – 41
Orange Bowl January 2 #5 Louisville #15 Wake Forest 24 – 13
Fiesta Bowl January 1 #9 Boise State #7 Oklahoma 43 – 42 (OT)
Rose Bowl January 1 #8 Southern California #3 Michigan 32 – 18

January bowl games

Bowl game Day Playing as visitor Playing as home Score
GMAC Bowl 7th Ohio Southern Mississippi 7 – 28
International Bowl 6th Western Michigan Cincinnati 24 – 27
Cotton Bowl 1st #10 Auburn #22 Nebraska 17 – 14
Capital One Bowl 1st #12 Arkansas #6 Wisconsin 14 – 17
Gator Bowl 1st Georgia Tech #13 West Virginia 35 – 38
Outback Bowl 1st #17 Tennessee Penn State 10 – 20

December bowl games

Bowl game Day Playing as visitor Playing as home Score
MPC Computers Bowl 31st Miami Nevada 21 – 20
Chick-fil-A Bowl 30th Georgia #14 Virginia Tech 31 – 24
Alamo Bowl 30th #18 Texas Iowa 26 – 24
Meineke Car Care Bowl 30th Navy #23 Boston College 24 – 25
Champs Sports Bowl 29th Purdue Maryland 7 – 24
Insight Bowl 29th Texas Tech Minnesota 44 – 41
Liberty Bowl 29th Houston South Carolina 36 – 44
Sun Bowl 29th #24 Oregon State Missouri 39 – 38
Music City Bowl 29th Clemson Kentucky 20 – 28
Holiday Bowl 28th #21 Texas A&M #20 California 10 – 45
Texas Bowl 28th #16 Rutgers Kansas State 37 – 10
Independence Bowl 28th Oklahoma State Alabama 34 – 31
Emerald Bowl 27th Florida State UCLA 44 – 27
Motor City Bowl 26th Middle Tennessee Central Michigan 14 – 31
Hawaii Bowl 24th Arizona State Hawaii 24 – 41
Armed Forces Bowl 23rd Tulsa Utah 13 – 25
New Mexico Bowl 23rd New Mexico San JosΓ© State 12 – 20
PapaJohns.com Bowl 23rd South Florida East Carolina 24 – 7
New Orleans Bowl 22nd Rice Troy 17 – 41
Las Vegas Bowl 21st #19 BYU Oregon 38 – 8
Poinsettia Bowl 19th Northern Illinois #25 TCU 7 – 37

Bowl Challenge Cup standings

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Big East Conference 5 0 1.000
Mountain West Conference 3 1 .750
Western Athletic Conference 3 1 .750
Southeastern Conference 6 3 .667
Atlantic Coast Conference 4 4 .500
Pacific-10 Conference 3 3 .500
Sun Belt Conference 1 1 .500
Big 12 Conference 3 5 .375
Big Ten Conference 2 5 .286
Mid-American Conference 1 3 .250
Conference USA 1 4 .200
Independents 0 2 .000

Awards and honors

Heisman Trophy voting

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

Other major award winners

Postseason coaching changes

See also

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