|Conference||Champion||Runner-up||Score||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|Big Ten||Michigan State||Ohio State||34-24|
|MAC||Bowling Green||Northern Illinois||47-27 (OT)|
|MWC||Fresno State||Utah State||24-17 (OT)|
|Conference||Champion||Record||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year|
The 2012 NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) football season, or the college football season, began on Thursday, August 30, 2012. The season will progress through the regular season and bowl season, and (aside from all-star exhibition games that follow the bowl games) conclude with the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game on Monday, January 7, 2013.
- 1 Rule Changes for 2012
- 2 Membership changes
- 3 New, expanded, renovated, and temporary stadiums
- 4 Most watched games in 2012
- 5 Conference standings
- 6 Bowl games
- 7 Heisman Trophy voting
- 8 Awards and honors
- 9 Coaching changes
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes and references
- 12 External links
Rule Changes for 2012[edit | edit source]
- Kickoffs will be moved up to the 35 yard line from the 30, mirroring a similar change by the NFL in the 2011 season and rescinding a rule change made in the 2007 season.
- The kicking team will only have a five yard running head start on kickoffs, again mirroring the NFL changes in 2011.
- Touchbacks will move from the 20 yard line to the 25 yard line only on kickoffs and free kicks after a safety. Touchbacks on punts rolling into the end zone or fumbles into the end zone will remain at the 20-yard line.
- Players will be forbidden to leap over other players when blocking punts.
- Players who lose their helmets during a play (except when caused by fouls such as grabbing the facemask) will have to leave the field for one play. When a helmet is lost during play, the play is dead immediately, and any action made by or against the helmetless player is penalized as a personal foul (15 yards).
- Offensive players in the tackle box at the snap who are not in motion are allowed to block below the waist legally without restriction. All other players are restricted from blocking below the waist with some exceptions (i.e. blocking straight-on), modifying a rule change from the 2011 season.
Membership changes[edit | edit source]
Includes schools transitioning to FBS.
New, expanded, renovated, and temporary stadiums[edit | edit source]
Expanded stadiums[edit | edit source]
- Boise State has moved their track and field program out of Bronco Stadium leading to an expansion of the bleachers over the existing track in the end zones. The new permanent additions will increase capacity from 33,500 to 37,000 and will be ready for the start of the 2012 season. They are also currently building a new football facility in the north end zone to be ready for the 2013 season.
- TCU completed a major renovation of Amon G. Carter Stadium, although the listed capacity increased only by about 600, to 45,000.
- Texas State nearly doubled the size of Bobcat Stadium as part of its FBS transition. The venue, formerly holding slightly more than 16,000, now holds 30,000.
- Michigan State completed a complete overhaul of their sound system and video boards. With the additions of two video boards in the north end zone as well as a video ribbon along the entire north edge. MSU also installed the fourth largest scoreboard in the NCAA in the south end zone.
Renovated stadiums[edit | edit source]
- California will return to California Memorial Stadium following major renovations, which included a full seismic retrofit (as the stadium is located directly on a major fault). The stadium's capacity was reduced from its previous 71,800 to 62,700. The Golden Bears played their 2011 home schedule at AT&T Park in San Francisco, and also played a technically neutral-site game against Fresno State at Candlestick Park, also in San Francisco.
- Clemson renovated the video systems at Clemson Memorial Stadium prior to the start of the 2012 season. A new Jumbotron was installed on the primary scoreboard behind the East endzone, while two smaller Jumbotrons were installed on each side of the WestZone stands. In addition, video ribbons were installed along the facings of the upper decks.
Temporary stadiums[edit | edit source]
- Due to major renovations at Husky Stadium, Washington is playing its entire 2012 home schedule at nearby CenturyLink Field, home to the Seattle Seahawks (NFL) and Seattle Sounders FC (MLS). Because the renovation began before the end of the 2011 season, the Huskies also hosted that year's edition of the Apple Cup against Washington State at CenturyLink Field.
- Due to renovations at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Massachusetts will be playing its entire 2012 and 2013 home schedules at Gillette Stadium, home to the New England Patriots (NFL) and New England Revolution (MLS). The school is also contractually obligated to play at least four home games at Gillette in each season from 2014 to 2016. Gillette is approximately a 2-hour drive from the UMass campus.
Most watched games in 2012[edit | edit source]
|1||December 1, 4:00 ET||#3 Georgia vs. #2 Alabama||CBS||16.2 Million*||9.8 Rating||SEC Championship|
|2||November 24, 8:00 ET||#1 Notre Dame vs. USC||ABC||16.06 Million*||9.4 Rating||Notre Dame-USC Rivalry|
|3||November 3, 8:00 ET||#1 Alabama vs. #5 LSU||CBS||11.3 Million||6.8 Rating||Alabama-LSU Rivalry|
|4||November 10, 3:30 ET||#15 Texas A&M vs. #1 Alabama||CBS||9.6 Million||6.1 Rating|
|5||November 24, 12:00 ET||#19 Michigan vs. #4** Ohio State||ABC||9.5 Million||5.8 Rating||The Game|
|6||October 27, 8:00 ET||#5 Notre Dame vs. #8 Oklahoma||ABC||8.63 Million||5.2 Rating|
|7||November 24, 3:30 ET||#4 Florida vs. #10 Florida State||ABC||8.47 Million||5.1 Rating||Florida-Florida State Rivalry|
|8||November 17, 8:00 ET||#13 Stanford vs. #2 Oregon||ABC||8.3 Million||5.1 Rating|
|9||September 1, 8:00 ET||#8** Michigan vs. #2** Alabama||ABC||7.92 Million||4.8 Rating||Cowboys Classic|
|10||October 6, 3:30 ET||#4** LSU vs. #10** Florida||CBS||Estimate 7.5 Million||4.6 Rating||Florida-LSU Rivalry|
- Note(*): Games rate in the top six most watched games of the last 20 years.
- Note(**): Rankings reflect AP Poll Standings. (All others rankings reflect BCS Standings at the time of the game)
Conference standings[edit | edit source]
|#9 Florida State||5||–||1||8||–||1|
|Championship: December 1, 2012|
|*North Carolina ineligible for championship and postseason due to NCAA sanctions |
As of October 27, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll
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Bowl games[edit | edit source]
|12/15||Gildan New Mexico|
|12/15||Famous Idaho Potato|
|12/21||Beef 'O' Brady's|
|12/22||R+L Carriers New Orleans|
|12/22||MAACO Las Vegas|
|12/26||Little Caesars Pizza|
|12/27||Bridgeport Education Holiday|
|12/28||AdvoCare V100 Independence|
|12/28||Meineke Car Care|
|12/29||Bell Helicopter Armed Forces|
|12/29||New Era Pinstripe|
|12/29||Kraft Fight Hunger|
|12/29||Buffalo Wild Wings|
|12/31||Franklin Music City|
|1/1||Heart of Dallas|
Heisman Trophy voting[edit | edit source]
Heisman Trophy[edit | edit source]
The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.
|Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M||QB||474||252||103||2029|
|Manti Te'o||Notre Dame||LB||321||309||125||1706|
|Collin Klein||Kansas State||QB||60||197||320||894|
|Braxton Miller||Ohio State||QB||3||29||77||144|
Awards and honors[edit | edit source]
Overall[edit | edit source]
- AP Player of the Year:
- Maxwell Award (top player):
- Walter Camp Award (top player):
- Campbell Trophy ("academic Heisman", formerly the Draddy Trophy):
- Wuerffel Trophy (humanitarian-athlete):
- Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player):
Offense[edit | edit source]
- Davey O'Brien Award (quarterback):
- Johnny Unitas Award (Sr. quarterback):
- Manning Award (quarterback):
- Sammy Baugh Trophy (quarterback, specifically passer):
- Doak Walker Award (running back):
- Fred Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver):
- John Mackey Award (tight end):
Defense[edit | edit source]
- Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player):
- Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player):
- Lott Trophy (defensive impact):
- Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end):
- Dick Butkus Award (linebacker):
- Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back):
Special Teams[edit | edit source]
Coaches[edit | edit source]
- AP Coach of the Year:
- Paul "Bear" Bryant Award:
- The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award:
- Walter Camp Coach of the Year:
- Broyles Award (assistant coach):
All-Americans[edit | edit source]
- Main article: 2010 College Football All-America Team
Coaching changes[edit | edit source]
Preseason[edit | edit source]
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.
|USC||Lane Kiffin||September 29||Fired||Ed Orgeron (interim)|
|Connecticut||Paul Pasqualoni||September 30||Fired||T.J. Weist (interim)|
|Miami (OH)||Don Treadwell||October 6||Fired||Mike Bath (interim)|
|FAU||Carl Pelini||October 30||Fired||Brian Wright (interim)|
|Eastern Michigan||Ron English||November 8||Fired||Stan Parrish (interim)|
End of season[edit | edit source]
- All dates in November and December are in 2012; all January dates are in 2013.
See also[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- "Idaho fires coach Robb Akey", ESPN.com, October 21, 2012. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.
- Wolken, Dan. "Tennessee fires Derek Dooley after embarrassing loss", USA Today, November 18, 2012. Retrieved on 2012-11-18.
- Crawford, Eric. "BREAKING: Phillips fired as UK football coach", WDRB, November 4, 2012. Retrieved on November 4, 2012.
- Kirk, Jason. "Mark Stoops to be named Kentucky head coach, according to report", SB Nation, November 27, 2012. Retrieved on November 27, 2012.
- Roussel, Pete. Bill Cubit dismissed as Western Michigan head coach. CoachingSearch.com. Retrieved on November 17, 2012.
- Associated Press. "UTEP coach Mike Price retiring", ESPN.com, November 19, 2012. Retrieved on November 20, 2012.
- Bloomquist, Bret. "Pittsburgh Steelers coach, Sean Kugler, will take over as UTEP's head football coach", El Paso Times, December 8, 2012. Retrieved on 2012-12-08.
- Jeff Tedford fired as Cal coach. ESPN.com (November 20, 2012). Retrieved on November 20, 2012.
- Schad, Joe (December 5, 2012). Sources: Cal hires Sonny Dykes. ESPN.com. Retrieved on December 5, 2012.
- John L. Smith out as Arkansas coach. USA Today (November 24, 2012). Retrieved on November 24, 2012.
- Bret Bielema takes Arkansas job. ESPN.com (December 5, 2012). Retrieved on December 5, 2012.
- Feldman, Bruce. "Chizik out at Auburn", CBSSports.com, November 25, 2012. Retrieved on November 25, 2012.
- "Gus Malzahn accepts Auburn Job", ESPN.com, December 4, 2012. Retrieved on December 4, 2012.
- Frank Spaziani out; Boston College head coaching candidates emerge. CoachingSearch.com (November 25, 2012). Retrieved on November 25, 2012.
- "BC Hires Steve Addazio", ESPN.com, December 4, 2012. Retrieved on December 4, 2012.
- Feldman, Bruce (November 25, 2012). More coaching turnover at Colorado; Embree out after two years. "CBSSports.com". Retrieved on November 25, 2012.
- "Buffs Hire Mike MacIntyre", ESPN.com, December 10, 2012. Retrieved on December 10, 2012.
- Adelson, Andrea. "Tom O'Brien fired as head coach of North Carolina State Wolfpack", ESPN.com, November 25, 2012. Retrieved on November 25, 2012.
- Adelson, Andrea (December 1, 2012). NC State hires Dave Doeren. ESPN.com. Retrieved on December 5, 2012.
- Rittenberg, Adam. "Purdue fires coach Danny Hope", ESPN.com, November 25, 2012. Retrieved on November 25, 2012.
- McMurphy, Brett (December 4, 2012). Darrell Hazell joins Purdue. ESPN.com. Retrieved on December 5, 2012.
- "Southern Miss fires Ellis Johnson", ESPN.com, November 27, 2012. Retrieved on November 27, 2012.
- Schad, Joe. "Source: Monken to Southern Miss", ESPN.com, December 10, 2012. Retrieved on December 10, 2012.
- Mitchell, Fred. "Northern Illinois coach BCS bowl game", chicagotribune.com, December 2, 2012. Retrieved on December 2, 2012. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013.
- McMurphy, Brett. "South Florida Bulls fire Skip Holtz", ESPN.com, December 2, 2012. Retrieved on December 2, 2012.
- "BREAKING: Willie Taggart To Be Named Next USF Football Coach", WDAE, December 7, 2012. Retrieved on 2012-12-07.
- "Paul Petrino hired as Idaho coach", ESPN.com, December 3, 2012. Retrieved on December 4, 2012.
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- "Arkansas St. hires UT aide to coach", ESPN.com, December 12, 2012. Retrieved on 2012-12-13.
- McMurphy, Brett (December 5, 2012). FIU fires coach Mario Cristobal. ESPN.com. Retrieved on December 5, 2012.
- Error on call to template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specifiedMcMurphy, Brett (December 13, 2012). . ESPN.com. Retrieved on December 14, 2012.
- "Butch Jones takes Tennessee job", ESPN.com, December 7, 2012. Retrieved on December 7, 2012.
- Ubben, David. "Tommy Tuberville new Cincy coach", ESPN.com, December 8, 2012. Retrieved on December 8, 2012.
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- Schad, Joe. "Texas Tech hires Kliff Kingsbury", ESPN.com, December 12, 2012. Retrieved on December 12, 2012.
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