2005 NCAA Division I-A football season: Wikis

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The 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with the least amount of controversy surrounding the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title game in many years.

To an extent it was a return to classic football. All eight BCS teams were traditional powerhouses, many of the schools having worn the same uniforms for half a century, and Penn State and Florida State having the same coaches for nearly half a century. Alabama was back in the mix for the SEC title, shaking off the residual effects of NCAA sanctions. And though Penn State is a relative newcomer to the Big Ten, Ohio State and Michigan were still in the running for the conference title until the last game.

The BCS saw good fortune as two teams, the USC Trojans and the Texas Longhorns, went wire to wire as #1 and #2, respectively—the second year in a row that had happened—and finished as Division I-A's only undefeated teams after the regular season. As a result, there was no dispute over the choice of teams selected for the BCS title game (there were five undefeated teams in the 2004 regular season: Oklahoma, USC, Auburn, Utah, and Boise State). The game was played at the Rose Bowl, where Texas edged out the favored, defending-champion Trojans in large part due to an historic performance by Texas quarterback Vince Young, who gained 467 yards of total offense and ran for three touchdowns. The victory earned the Longhorns their first consensus national championship since 1969. (It should be noted that Texas won a split title in 1970.)

There was also an unlikely comeback team in the season. The UCF Golden Knights came from a helpless 0–11 record in 2004, to a respectable 8–5 record and an appearance in the Conference USA Championship game and a Hawaii Bowl berth. Although their season apparently got off to a poor start with a loss to South Carolina on opening day and a pasting by their intrastate rival, South Florida, they pulled off 8 wins over a 9 game span (only loss was a 31–52 rout by Southern Miss) including getting a win over eventual conference champions, Tulsa. Tulsa got redemption from their earlier loss to Central Florida, destroying them 44–27. In the Hawaii Bowl, the Golden Knights were an extra-point-miss away from sending Nevada to OT. Also, Penn State, who went 4-7 in 2004, managed an 11-1 record and #3 ranking in 2005, but not being ranked until after the 44-14 pasting of then #19 ranked rival Minnesota Golden Gophers, where Penn State took control of the Governor's Victory Bell for the first time since 1998.

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Coaching changes

Steve Spurrier returned to the college coaching ranks for the first time since 2001, taking the reins at South Carolina and turning out a respectable 7–5 season. Urban Meyer, the previous year's hot coach after leading Utah to an undefeated season took over at Spurrier's old job, Florida. Charlie Weis left the New England Patriots to take over the head coach job at his alma mater Notre Dame and was able to lead them to a BCS bowl.

Barry Alvarez, who took over an absolutely woeful Wisconsin program in 1990 and turned it into a Big Ten force retired, as did Bill Snyder who turned around Big 8 doormat Kansas State and turned them into a Big 12 power. Dan Hawkins who brought Boise State to the status of a mid-major powerhouse left the Broncos to coach the Colorado Buffaloes, a team trying to change its image after recruiting scandals broke out last year.

Standings

Atlantic Coast Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Atlantic
Florida State 5 3 8 5 376 286
Boston College 5 3 9 3 310 191
Clemson 4 4 8 4 316 211
North Carolina State 3 5 7 5 249 212
Maryland 3 5 5 6 270 275
Wake Forest 3 5 4 7 269 316
Coastal
Virginia Tech 7 1 11 2 440 168
Miami (FL) 6 2 9 3 325 171
Georgia Tech 5 3 7 5 222 241
North Carolina 4 4 5 6 198 288
Virginia 3 5 7 5 320 279
Duke 0 8 1 10 177 408
Championship: Florida State 27, Virginia Tech 22
Big 12 Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
North
Colorado 5 3 7 6 305 307
Nebraska 4 4 8 4 296 252
Iowa State 4 4 7 5 339 230
Missouri 4 4 7 5 369 350
Kansas 3 5 7 5 269 264
Kansas State 2 6 5 6 289 305
South
Texas 8 0 13 0 652 213
Texas Tech 6 2 9 3 473 226
Oklahoma 6 2 8 4 323 277
Texas A&M 3 5 5 6 352 343
Baylor 2 6 5 6 236 291
Oklahoma State 1 7 4 7 222 344
Championship: Texas 70, Colorado 3
Big East Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
West Virginia 7 0 11 1 385 214
Louisville 5 2 9 3 521 285
Rutgers 4 3 7 5 344 307
South Florida 4 3 6 6 276 216
Pittsburgh 4 3 5 6 267 243
Connecticut 2 5 5 6 272 211
Cincinnati 2 5 4 7 192 345
Syracuse 0 7 1 10 152 295
Big Ten Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Penn State 7 1 11 1 413 204
Ohio State 7 1 10 2 392 183
Wisconsin 5 3 10 3 446 309
Northwestern 5 3 7 5 388 407
Michigan 5 3 7 5 345 244
Iowa 5 3 7 5 360 240
Minnesota 4 4 7 5 429 348
Purdue 3 5 5 6 330 309
Michigan State 2 6 5 6 372 316
Indiana 1 7 4 7 248 361
Illinois 0 8 2 9 187 435
Conference USA
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
East
Central Florida 7 1 8 5 373 373
Southern Miss 5 3 7 5 355 272
Memphis 5 3 7 5 326 276
East Carolina 4 4 5 6 267 317
Marshall 3 4 4 7 204 285
UAB 3 5 5 6 307 264
West
Tulsa 6 2 9 4 430 305
UTEP 5 3 8 4 382 311
Houston 4 4 6 6 337 324
Southern Methodist 4 4 5 6 229 280
Tulane 1 7 2 9 234 348
Rice 1 7 1 10 241 447
Championship: Tulsa 44, Central Florida 27
Mid-American Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
East
Miami (OH) 5 3 7 4 371 258
Bowling Green 5 3 6 5 371 304
Akron 5 3 7 6 307 318
Ohio 3 5 4 7 192 336
Buffalo 1 7 1 10 110 327
Kent State 0 8 1 10 180 331
West
Toledo 6 2 9 3 429 261
Northern Illinois 6 2 7 5 389 274
Western Michigan 5 3 7 4 354 342
Central Michigan 5 3 6 5 260 260
Ball State 4 4 4 7 233 416
Eastern Michigan 3 5 4 7 240 295
Championship: Akron 31, Northern Illinois 30
Mountain West Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
TCU 8 0 11 1 398 223
Brigham Young 5 3 6 6 396 351
Colorado State 5 3 6 6 321 369
Utah 4 4 7 5 360 289
New Mexico 4 4 6 5 326 327
San Diego State 4 4 5 7 323 325
Air Force 3 5 4 7 330 349
Wyoming 2 6 4 7 271 297
UNLV 1 7 2 9 207 381
Pacific 10 Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Southern California 8 0 12 1 638 297
Oregon 7 1 10 2 414 278
UCLA 6 2 10 2 469 410
California 4 4 8 4 395 254
Arizona State 4 4 7 5 442 359
Stanford 4 4 5 6 269 337
Oregon State 3 5 5 6 293 365
Arizona 2 6 3 8 252 290
Washington State 1 7 4 7 368 346
Washington 1 7 2 9 237 337
Southeastern Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
East
Georgia 6 2 10 3 384 213
South Carolina 5 3 7 5 284 279
Florida 5 3 9 3 343 226
Vanderbilt 3 5 5 6 299 321
Tennessee 3 5 5 6 205 205
Kentucky 2 6 3 8 239 375
West
LSU 7 1 11 2 383 185
Auburn 7 1 9 3 386 186
Alabama 6 2 10 2 263 128
Arkansas 2 6 4 7 283 271
Miss. St. 1 7 3 8 153 259
Ole Miss 1 7 3 8 148 246
Championship: Georgia 34, LSU 14
Sun Belt Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Louisiana-Lafayette 5 2 6 5 286 304
Arkansas State 5 2 6 6 294 303
Louisiana-Monroe 5 2 5 6 239 339
Florida International 3 4 5 6 257 323
Middle Tennessee State 3 4 4 7 210 206
Troy State 3 4 4 7 175 255
Florida Atlantic 2 5 2 9 148 339
North Texas 2 5 2 9 157 346
Western Athletic Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L W L PF PA
Nevada 7 1 9 3 410 383
Boise State 7 1 9 4 469 317
Louisiana Tech 6 2 7 4 316 281
Fresno State 6 2 8 5 491 292
Hawaii 4 4 5 7 368 428
San Jose State 2 6 3 8 248 357
Utah State 2 6 3 8 208 360
Idaho 2 6 2 9 243 419
New Mexico State 0 8 0 12 198 465
Independents
Team W L PF PA
Notre Dame 9 3 440 294
Navy 8 4 410 313
Army 4 7 220 294
Temple 0 11 107 497

Bowl Games

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BCS Bowls

Rankings given are AP rankings going into bowl games

Other New Years Day Bowls

December Bowl Games

Heisman Trophy voting

The Heisman Trophy voting was basically a 3 man show: Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart (who won the Heisman Trophy in 2004), and Vince Young, who helped Texas win the national championship for the 1st time since 1970. Bush won the trophy, with Young coming in second.

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

Other major award winners

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