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List of NCAA Division I-A Football Seasons (2000s) (Cinco De Mayo)

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The following is an overview of NCAA Division I-A football seasons in the 2000s decade, including all seasons from 2000-01 through 2009-10.

2000-01

Season Overview

The 2000-01 football season ended with #3 Pittsburgh the clear victor of the Big East with a 10-1 record and Kansas State winning the Big Eight with an 11-0 record and the #1 ranking going into bowl season. In the Big Ten, Michigan and Purdue both finished with identical 8-3 overall records - however, Purdue had the head-to-head advantage and a 7-1 conference record and so was selected to go to the Rose Bowl. In the Pac-10, Washington and Oregon State ended the season tied atop the standings, with Washington ranked #2 and Oregon State ranked #4. Washington was sent to the Rose Bowl, while Oregon State would face Kansas State in the Holiday Bowl.

Purdue quarterback Drew Brees won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide along with most other awards for seniors and quarterbacks. Damien Anderson of Northwestern won the Red Grange Award for best running back, and KSU Head Coach Bill Snyder won the AP Knute Rockne Coach of the Year Award.

Bowl Results

Final Standings

  1. Washington Huskies (11-1)
  2. Oregon State (11-1)
  3. Nebraska (11-1)
  4. Kansas State (11-1)

2001-02

Season Overview

10-1 Oregon finished the season ranked atop the PCC and was invited to the Rose Bowl as the #1 team in the country. Colorado defeated then-No. 1 Nebraska in the last game of the regular season at home in Boulder to move up one spot in the rankings to #2, while Nebraska dropped to #3. Because Colorado went undefeated in its Big Eight slate, it won an outright conference championship and earned the right to play in the Holiday Bowl. In the Big East, Maryland finished with a 10-1 record under second-year head coach Ralph Friedgen and won the conference outright. Syracuse, which finished second in conference with an identical 10-1 record (losing on head-to-head tiebreaker), was slated to head to the Holiday Bowl. With an outright championship of the Big Ten, Illinois was selected to its first Rose Bowl since 1983-84.

Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch was awarded the Heisman Trophy over Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington in a narrow split - Harrington won the majority of other quarterback awards, and David Carr of Fresno State won the Unitas Award for Best Senior Quarterback. Luke Staley of BYU won the Red Grange Award for Best Running Back, and Ralph Friedgen was awarded National Coach of the Year.

Bowl Results

Final Standings

  1. Oregon Ducks
  2. Maryland Terrapins
  3. Colorado Buffaloes
  4. Syracuse Orange
  5. Washington State Cougars

2002-03

Season Overview

Maryland, after losing their opening game against Notre Dame, went undefeated in conference play and ended the season 10-1 and ranked #2. Ohio State went undefeated under second-year head coach Jim Tressel and ended the season 11-0 and headed for the Rose Bowl. Then-#2 Washington State was defeated by archrival Washington in its penultimate game and dropped back to #5, but by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker won the PCC over USC, which was 9-2. Kansas State won the Big Eight, and there was a controversy between who would fill the at-large spots for the Big Three bowls - 9-2 USC, which had lost to Kansas State; 10-1 Iowa, which had only lost to Ohio State; and 10-1 Notre Dame, which had only lost to USC. Despite having more losses and being lower ranked, USC was picked to face Maryland in the American Bowl while Iowa was dispatched to the Holiday Bowl, relegating Notre Dame to the Las Vegas Bowl.

USC quarterback Carson Palmer won the Heisman Trophy, despite Iowa quarterback Brad Banks sweeping the other quarterback awards and being the heavy favorite. Larry Johnson of Penn State won the Red Grange Award for best running back while Jim Tressel of Ohio State won the Coach of the Year Award.

Bowl Results

Final Standings

  1. Ohio State Buckeyes
  2. Kansas State Wildcats
  3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  4. USC Trojans
  5. Maryland Terrapins

2003-04

Season Overview

Wide receiver Larry Johnson of Pittsburgh won the Heisman Trophy, the first wide receiver to ever win the award.

Bowl Results

Final Standings

  1. USC Trojans
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes
  3. Utah Utes
  4. Michigan Wolverines
  5. Nebraska Cornhuskers

2004-05

Season Overview

USC quarterback Matt Leinart was awarded the Heisman Trophy.

Bowl Results

2005-06

Season Overview

USC running back Reggie Bush was awarded the Heisman Trophy.

Bowl Results

2006-07

Season Overview

BYU went 11-1, losing to Boston College on the road in a major nonconference matchup, and won the Big Eight Conference championship. West Virginia won a second consecutive Big East championship, finishing the season undefeated and ranked #2 after a triple-overtime win over fellow unbeaten and then-#3 Rutgers. Ohio State, in a matchup with then-#2 Michigan, defeated the Wolverines when both were undefeated at Ohio Stadium, and thus won the Big Ten. USC, then ranked #2 and 10-1, lost their final regular season game to UCLA to drop to 10-2, though they would still win the PCC in a tie with California and were selected to their fourth straight Rose Bowl game. Despite being ranked #4 and with only two losses, Notre Dame was not selected to any of the Big Three bowls and was instead relegated to play the Mountain West champion Boise State Broncos in the Las Vegas Bowl, where they were beaten in one of the largest upsets in college football history.

Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith was awarded the Heisman Trophy.

Bowl Results

  • Rose Bowl - #5 USC 32, #1 Ohio State 14
  • Holiday Bowl - #3 BYU 38, #7 Rutgers 37
  • American Bowl - #2 West Virginia 38, #6 Michigan 18
  • Las Vegas Bowl - #10 Boise State 43, #4 Notre Dame 42 (OT)

Final Standings

  1. West Virginia Mountaineers
  2. BYU Cougars
  3. USC Trojans
  4. Ohio State Buckeyes

2007-08

Season Overview

Bowl Results

2008-09

Season Overview

Iowa running back Shonn Greene was awarded the Heisman Trophy along with the Red Grange Award for best running back in a narrow win over USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Bowl Results

2009-10

Season Overview

At the end of the season, the only unbeaten team in the land was Boise State, which at 11-0 reached the #1 ranking in the AP Poll and the #2 rank behind one-loss Penn State in the Coaches' Poll. Boise State was invited to play #3 Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl following Nebraska's win over Colorado to clinch a Big Eight championship. Ohio State and Oregon both won their respective conferences outright to advance to the Rose Bowl, the fifth straight appearance in that game for Ohio State. Pittsburgh won the Big East with a 9-2 record, with only losses to Penn State and West Virginia in its final game of the season, at one point reaching #3 in the polls. It was invited to a matchup against archrival Penn State, a rematch from their bout in September, in the 2010 American Bowl.

Stanford running back Toby Gerhart won the Heisman as well as the Red Grange Award for best running back, narrowly beating out Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. Masoli won most of the quarterback awards for the season.

Bowl Results

  • Rose Bowl - #5 Ohio State 26, #6 Oregon 17
  • Holiday Bowl - #3 Nebraska 33, #1 Boise State 17
  • American Bowl - #2 Penn State 33, #7 Pittsburgh 26 (2OT)

Final Standings (AP)

  1. Penn State Nittany Lions
  2. Nebraska Cornhuskers
  3. Ohio State Buckeyes
  4. Boise State Broncos

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