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The 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season saw Florida State crowned National Champions, but not without controversy.

Under the Bowl Coalition, undefeated Big 8 champ and #2 ranked Nebraska hosted ACC champ and #1 ranked Florida State in the Orange Bowl. In theory this should have produced a clear champion, however then #2 Notre Dame had beaten then #1 Florida State 31-24 during the regular season, in a game known by many as the "Game of the Century". This much hyped clash between #1 and #2 was the site of the first ever "live" broadcast of the ESPN College GameDay show and did not fail to live up to expectations as Irish defensive back Shawn Wooden batted down a Charlie Ward pass in the end zone with three seconds left to play. Though Notre Dame's title chances ended when they lost to #17 Boston College. Further controversy surrounded the inclusion of one-loss Florida State in the national title game over undefeated West Virginia, who was ranked #2 (ahead of Florida State) by the final regular season coaches' poll. Further complicating the issue was that Auburn finished the regular season undefeated, but was on probation and ineligible for postseason play.

Despite beating Florida State in the regular season and finishing the year with the same record as the Seminoles, Notre Dame finished #2 in both major polls.

Florida State's Charlie Ward threw for 3,032 yards, completed 70 percent of his passes and became the first player to win the Heisman Trophy and the national championship in the same season since Pittsburgh's Tony Dorsett in 1976.

Penn State also played their first year as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Another Big West member and Cal State school dropped football, this time Cal State Fullerton. The league picked up four other teams; Southwest Louisiana (later Louisiana-Lafayette) and Arkansas State which had just made the jump to Division IA, and former independents Northern Illinois and Louisiana Tech.

The Alamo Bowl played its inaugural game.

The Sunshine Classic was no longer sponsored by Blockbuster Entertainment, and was now known as the Carquest Bowl.

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Final Conference Standings

Atlantic Coast Conference
Overall Conf
Team W L T W L T
Florida State 12 1 0 8 0 0
North Carolina 10 3 0 6 2 0
Clemson 9 3 0 5 3 0
Virginia 7 5 0 5 3 0
N.C. State 7 5 0 4 4 0
Georgia Tech 5 6 0 3 5 0
Duke 3 8 0 2 6 0
Maryland 2 9 0 2 6 0
Wake Forest 2 9 0 1 7 0
Big 8 Conference
Overall Conf
Team W L T W L T
Nebraska 11 1 0 7 0 0
Colorado 8 3 1 5 1 1
Kansas St. 9 2 1 4 2 1
Oklahoma 9 3 0 4 3 0
Kansas 5 7 0 3 4 0
Missouri 3 7 1 2 5 0
Iowa St. 3 8 0 2 5 0
Oklahoma St. 3 8 0 0 7 0
Big East Conference
Overall Conf
Team W L T W L T
West Virginia 11 1 0 7 0 0
Miami 9 3 0 6 1 0
Boston College 9 3 0 5 2 0
Virginia Tech 9 3 0 4 3 0
Syracuse 6 4 1 3 4 0
Pittsburgh 3 8 0 2 5 0
Rutgers 4 7 0 1 6 0
Temple 1 10 0 0 7 0
Big West
Overall Conf
Team W L T W L T
Utah St. 7 5 0 5 1 0
SW Louisiana 8 3 0 5 1 0
Nevada 7 4 0 5 2 0
New Mexico St. 5 6 0 4 3 0
Northern Illinois 4 7 0 3 3 0
Nevada-Las Vegas 3 8 0 2 4 0
Pacific 3 8 0 2 4 0
San Jose St. 2 9 0 2 4 0
Louisiana Tech 2 9 0 2 4 0
Arkansas St. 2 8 1 1 5 0
Big 10 Conference
Overall Conf
Team W L T W L T
Wisconsin 10 1 1 6 1 1
Ohio St. 10 1 1 6 1 1
Penn St. 10 2 0 6 2 0
Michigan 8 4 0 5 3 0
Indiana 8 4 0 5 3 0
Illinois 5 6 0 5 3 0
Michigan St. 6 6 0 4 4 0
Iowa 6 6 0 3 5 0
Minnesota 4 7 0 3 5 0
Northwestern 2 9 0 0 8 0
Purdue 1 10 0 0 8 0
Mid-American
Overall Conf
Team W L T W L T
Ball St. 8 3 1 7 0 1
Western Michigan 7 3 1 6 1 1
Bowling Green 6 3 2 5 1 2
Central Michigan 5 6 0 5 4 0
Akron 5 6 0 4 4 0
Ohio 4 7 0 4 5 0
Toledo 4 7 0 3 5 0
Eastern Michigan 4 7 0 3 5 0
Miami (Ohio) 4 7 0 3 6 0
Kent 0 11 0 0 9 0
Pac-10
Overall Conf
Team W L T W L T
UCLA 8 4 0 6 2 0
Arizona 10 2 0 6 2 0
Southern California 8 5 0 6 2 0
Washington 7 4 0 5 3 0
California 9 4 0 4 4 0
Arizona St. 6 5 0 4 5 0
Washington St. 5 6 0 3 5 0
Oregon 5 6 0 2 6 0
Stanford 4 7 1 2 6 0
Oregon St. 4 7 0 2 6 0
Southwest Conference
Overall Conf
Team W L T W L T
Texas A&M 10 2 0 7 0 0
Texas 5 5 1 5 2 0
Texas Tech 6 6 0 5 2 0
Rice 6 5 0 3 4 0
Baylor 5 6 0 3 4 0
TCU 4 7 0 2 5 0
SMU 2 7 2 1 5 1
Houston 1 9 1 1 5 1
Southeastern Conference
Overall Conf
Team W L T W L T
East
Florida 11 2 0 7 1 0
Tennessee 9 2 1 6 1 1
Kentucky 6 6 0 4 4 0
Georgia 5 6 0 2 6 0
South Carolina 4 7 0 2 6 0
Vanderbilt 4 7 0 1 7 0
West
Auburn 11 0 0 8 0 0
Alabama 9 3 1 6 1 1
Arkansas 5 5 1 3 4 1
LSU 5 6 0 3 5 0
Mississippi 5 6 0 3 5 0
Mississippi St. 3 6 2 2 5 1
Championship: Florida 28, Alabama 13
WAC
Overall Conf
Team W L T W L T
Wyoming 8 4 0 6 2 0
Fresno St. 8 4 0 6 2 0
BYU 6 6 0 6 2 0
Utah 7 6 0 5 3 0
Colorado St. 5 6 0 5 3 0
New Mexico 6 5 0 4 4 0
San Diego St. 6 6 0 4 4 0
Hawaiʻi 6 6 0 3 5 0
Air Force 4 8 0 1 7 0
UTEP 1 11 0 0 8 0
Independents
Overall
Team W L T
Notre Dame 11 1 0
Louisville 9 3 0
Cincinnati 8 3 0
Army 6 5 0
Memphis St. 6 5 0
Tulsa 4 6 1
Navy 4 7 0
Southern Miss. 2 8 1
Tulane 3 9 0
East Carolina 2 9 0

#1 and #2 Progress

Florida State's Seminoles were the unanimous choice for #1 beginning with the October 19 poll and the three after that, receiving all 62 votes. After Notre Dame's 31-24 defeat of Florida State on November 13, Notre Dame got all 62 first place votes in the next poll.

WEEKS #1 #2 Event Date
PRE - 7 Florida State Alabama Tennessee 17, Alabama 17 Oct 16
8 - 11 Florida State Notre Dame Notre Dame 31, Florida St. 24 Nov 13
12 Notre Dame Florida State Boston College 41, Notre Dame 39 Nov 20
13-15 Florida State Nebraska Florida State 18, Nebraska 16 Jan 1

Bowl Games

Final AP Poll

  1. Florida State
  2. Notre Dame
  3. Nebraska
  4. Auburn
  5. Florida
  6. Wisconsin
  7. West Virginia
  8. Penn State
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Arizona
  11. Ohio State
  12. Tennessee
  13. Boston College
  14. Alabama
  15. Miami (FL)
  16. Colorado
  17. Oklahoma
  18. UCLA
  19. North Carolina
  20. Kansas State
  21. Michigan
  22. Virginia Tech
  23. Clemson
  24. Louisville
  25. California

Final Coaches Poll

  1. Florida St.
  2. Notre Dame
  3. Nebraska
  4. Florida
  5. Wisconsin
  6. West Virginia
  7. Penn St.
  8. Texas A&M
  9. Arizona
  10. Ohio St.
  11. Tennessee
  12. Boston College
  13. Alabama
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Miami (FL)
  16. Colorado
  17. UCLA
  18. Kansas St.
  19. Michigan
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. North Carolina
  22. Clemson
  23. Louisville
  24. California
  25. Southern California

Heisman Trophy Voting

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the Most Outstanding Player of the year

Winner: Charlie Ward, Florida State, Quarterback (2310 votes)

Other Major Awards

References

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