1993 NCAA Division I-A football season
The 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season saw Florida State crowned national champions, in both the AP and Coaches poll.
|1993 NCAA Division I-A season|
|Number of teams||106|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Florida State Seminoles|
|Heisman Trophy||Charlie Ward, Florida State, QB|
|Bowl Coalition Championship|
|1994 Orange Bowl|
|Site||Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida|
|Winner||Florida State Seminoles|
|Division I-A football seasons|
Under the Bowl Coalition, undefeated Big 8 champ and #2 ranked Nebraska hosted ACC champ and #1 ranked Florida State in the Orange Bowl. This produced a clear champion in the Coaches Poll and the AP poll, despite Florida State's loss to Notre Dame 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. Despite the win over Florida State, Notre Dame's title chances ended the very next week when the Fighting Irish 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 but not the AP (Nebraska was #2 in the AP).
Despite beating Florida State in the regular season, Notre Dame finished #2 in the two major polls. Florida State, during the 1993 regular season played #2 Notre Dame, #2 Nebraska, #3 Miami, #7 Florida, #13 North Carolina, #15 Virginia, and #17 Clemson. FSU went 3–1 vs top 7 teams while playing only 1 home game in the 4 contests.
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.
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.
- The distance between the hashmarks was narrowed from 53 feet, 4 inches (the same as high school football, with the exception of Massachusetts and Texas, which is the same as College Football at 40 feet) to 40 feet (the standard used by the National Football League through the 1971 season). This cut down on severe angles for kickers who attempted short field goals, although angles would still be far greater than those encountered by kickers in the NFL, where the hashmarks are the same width as the goalposts, 18 feet, 6 inches.
- The "fumblerooski" play is outlawed as intentional fumbles are now illegal.
- Players who are bleeding or have open wounds are required to leave the game until the bleeding is stopped and the wound treated.
- The loss of down penalty associated with offensive pass interference has been deleted. The yardage penalty remains at 15 yards.
- Officials are instructed to flag players for unsportsmanlike conduct (15 yards) for actions on the field that are prolonged, excessive, or meant to bring attention to themselves (such as the "Heisman pose" and the firing of six-shooters).
- On kickoffs, at least four players must be lined up on either side of the kicker.
- All balls must be made of leather. Composite and rubber balls were outlawed.
Conference and program changesEdit
Five teams changed conferences and one team dropped its football team prior to the season. As such, the total number of Division I-A schools decreased to 106.
- Penn State also played its first year as a member of the Big Ten Conference.
- Cal State Fullerton dropped its football program, which had been a member of the Big West.
- The Big West responded by adding four new programs: Southwestern Louisiana (now Louisiana–Lafayette) and Arkansas State which had just made the jump to Division I-A in 1990, and former independents Northern Illinois and Louisiana Tech.
|School||1992 Conference||1993 Conference|
|Arkansas State Indians||I-A Independent||Big West|
|Cal State Fullerton Titans||Big West||Dropped Program|
|Louisiana Tech Bulldogs||I-A Independent||Big West|
|Northern Illinois Huskies||I-A Independent||Big West|
|Penn State Nittany Lions||I-A Independent||Big Ten|
|Southwestern Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns||I-A Independent||Big West|
#1 and #2 progressEdit
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.
|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|
- Orange Bowl: #1 Florida State 18, #2 Nebraska 16
- Rose Bowl: #9 Wisconsin 21, #14 UCLA 16
- Sugar Bowl: #8 Florida 41, #3 West Virginia 7
- Cotton Bowl Classic: #4 Notre Dame 24, #7 Texas A&M 21
- Fiesta Bowl: #16 Arizona 29, #10 Miami 0
- Florida Citrus Bowl: #13 Penn State 31, #6 Tennessee 13
- Hall of Fame Bowl: #23 Michigan 42, NC State 7
- Carquest Bowl: #15 Boston College 31, Virginia 13
- Gator Bowl: #18 Alabama 24, #12 North Carolina 10
- Peach Bowl: #24 Clemson 14, Kentucky 13
- Alamo Bowl: California 37, Iowa 3
- Independence Bowl: #22 Virginia Tech 45, #21 Indiana 20
- Holiday Bowl: #11 Ohio State 28, BYU 21
- Freedom Bowl: USC 28, Utah 21
- Copper Bowl: #20 Kansas State 52, Wyoming 17
- Liberty Bowl: #25 Louisville 18, Michigan State 7
- Aloha Bowl: #17 Colorado 41, #25 Fresno St 30
- John Hancock Bowl: #19 Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 10
- Las Vegas Bowl: Utah State 42, Ball State 33
Final AP PollEdit
- Florida State
- Notre Dame
- West Virginia
- Penn State
- Texas A&M
- Ohio State
- Boston College
- Miami (FL)
- North Carolina
- Kansas State
- Virginia Tech
Final Coaches PollEdit
Awards and honorsEdit
The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the Most Outstanding Player of the year
- 2. Heath Shuler, Tennessee, Jr.. QB (668 votes)
- 3. David Palmer, Alabama, Jr. WR (292 votes)
- 4. Marshall Faulk, San Diego State, Jr. RB (250 votes)
- 5. Glenn Foley, Boston College, Sr. QB (180 votes)
Other major awardsEdit
- Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year) - Charlie Ward, Florida State
- Walter Camp Award (Back) - Charlie Ward, Florida State
- Davey O'Brien Award (Quarterback) - Charlie Ward, Florida State
- Doak Walker Award (Running back) - Byron Morris, Texas Tech
- Dick Butkus Award (Linebacker) - Trev Alberts, Nebraska
- Lombardi Award (Lineman or linebacker) - Aaron Taylor, Notre Dame
- Outland Trophy (Interior lineman) - Rob Waldrop, NG, Arizona
- Jim Thorpe Award (Defensive back) - Antonio Langham, Alabama
- AFCA Coach of the Year - Terry Bowden, Auburn
- FWAA Coach of the Year - Terry Bowden, Auburn
Preseason and in-seasonEdit
|Houston||John Jenkins||April 30||resigned ||Kim Helton|
|NC State||Dick Sheridan||June 29||resigned ||Mike O'Cain|
|Washington||Don James||August 22||resigned ||Jim Lambright|
|UTEP||David Lee||October 17||fired ||Charlie Bailey|
- Associated Press (May 2, 1993). "Houston Football Coach Resigns". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
- Chuck Carree (June 30, 1993). "Sheridan's resignation stuns, worries local Wolfpack fans". Star-News. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
- Mike Downey (August 23, 1993). "Too-Harsh Penalties Don't Fit the Crimes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
- Associated Press (October 18, 1993). "UTEP fires coach after loss to Utah". Deseret News. Retrieved December 11, 2013.