Conference Champion Runner-up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
ACC Florida State Georgia Tech 21-15  
Big Ten Wisconsin Nebraska 70-31    
C-USA Tulsa UCF 33-27 (OT)    
MAC Northern Illinois Kent State 44-37 (OT)    
Pac-12 Stanford UCLA 27-24    
SEC Alabama Georgia 32-28    
Conference Champion Record Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year
Big East        
Big 12        
Sun Belt        

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.

Rule Changes for 2012Edit

  • 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 changesEdit

Includes schools transitioning to FBS.

School Former Conference New Conference
Fresno State Bulldogs WAC Mountain West
Hawaii Warriors WAC Mountain West
Massachusetts Minutemen CAA MAC
Missouri Tigers Big 12 SEC
Nevada Wolf Pack WAC Mountain West
South Alabama Jaguars FCS Independent Sun Belt
TCU Horned Frogs Mountain West Big 12
Temple Owls MAC Big East
Texas A&M Aggies Big 12 SEC
Texas State Bobcats Southland WAC
UTSA Roadrunners Southland WAC
West Virginia Mountaineers Big East Big 12

New, expanded, renovated, and temporary stadiumsEdit

Expanded stadiumsEdit

  • 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 stadiumsEdit

  • 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 stadiumsEdit

  • 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 2012Edit

Rank Date Matchup Channel Viewers TV Rating Significance
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 standingsEdit

#9 Florida State   5 1         8 1  
#10 Clemson   4 1         7 1  
NC State   2 2         5 3  
Maryland   2 2         4 4  
Wake Forest   2 4         4 4  
Boston College   1 4         2 6  
Duke   3 2         6 3  
North Carolina*   3 2         6 3  
Miami   3 2         4 4  
Virginia Tech   2 2         4 4  
Georgia Tech   2 3         3 5  
Virginia   0 4         2 6  
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 gamesEdit

Date Bowl Winner Loser Score
12/15 Gildan New Mexico Arizona Nevada 49-48
12/15 Famous Idaho Potato Utah State Toledo 41-15
12/20 SDCCU Poinsettia
12/21 Beef 'O' Brady's
12/22 R+L Carriers New Orleans
12/22 MAACO Las Vegas
12/24 Sheraton Hawaii
12/26 Little Caesars Pizza
12/27 Military
12/27 Belk
12/27 Bridgeport Education Holiday
12/28 AdvoCare V100 Independence
12/28 Russell Athletic
12/28 Meineke Car Care
12/29 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
12/29 New Era Pinstripe
12/29 Kraft Fight Hunger
12/29 Valero Alamo
12/29 Buffalo Wild Wings
12/31 Franklin Music City
12/31 Hyundai Sun
12/31 AutoZone Liberty
12/31 Chick-Fil-A
1/1 Heart of Dallas
1/1 Gator
1/1 Capital One
1/1 Outback
1/1 Rose
1/1 Discover Orange
1/2 Allstate Sugar
1/3 Tostitos Fiesta
1/4 AT&T Cotton
1/5 BBVA Compass
1/7 BCS Championship

Heisman Trophy votingEdit

Heisman TrophyEdit

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

Player School Position 1st 2nd 3rd Total
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
Marqise Lee USC WR 19 33 84 207
Braxton Miller Ohio State QB 3 29 77 144

Awards and honorsEdit




Running Back

Wide Receiver

Tight End



Defensive Line


Defensive Back

Special TeamsEdit




Main article: 2010 College Football All-America Team

Coaching changesEdit


This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2012. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2012, see 2011 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
Idaho Robb Akey October 21 Fired[1] Jason Gesser (interim)
Tennessee Derek Dooley November 18 Fired[2] Jim Chaney (interim)

End of season Edit


  • All dates in November and December are in 2012; all January dates are in 2013.
School Outgoing coach Date announced Reason Replacement
Kentucky Joker Phillips November 4 Fired[3] Mark Stoops


Western Michigan Bill Cubit November 17 Fired[5] P.J. Fleck
UTEP Mike Price November 19 Retired[6] Sean Kugler


California Jeff Tedford November 20 Fired[8] Sonny Dykes


Arkansas John L. Smith November 24 Fired[10] Bret Bielema


Auburn Gene Chizik November 25 Fired[12] Gus Malzahn


Boston College Frank Spaziani November 25 Fired[14] Steve Addazio


Colorado Jon Embree November 25 Fired[16] Mike MacIntyre


NC State Tom O'Brien November 25 Fired[18] Dave Doeren


Purdue Danny Hope November 25 Fired[20] Darrell Hazell


Southern Miss Ellis Johnson November 27 Fired[22] Todd Monken


Northern Illinois Dave Doeren December 1 Hired by NC State[19] Rod Carey


South Florida Skip Holtz December 2 Fired[25] Willie Taggart


Idaho Jason Gesser (interim) December 3 Permanent replacement Paul Petrino


Wisconsin Bret Bielema December 4 Hired by Arkansas[11] Barry Alvarez (interim)[28]
Arkansas State Gus Malzahn December 4 Hired by Auburn[13] Bryan Harsin


Temple Steve Addazio December 4 Hired by Boston College[15] Matt Rhule
Kent State Darrell Hazell December 4 Hired by Purdue[21] Paul Haynes
FIU Mario Cristobal December 5 Fired[30] Ron Turner
Louisiana Tech Sonny Dykes December 5 Hired by California[9] Skip Holtz


Tennessee Jim Chaney (interim) December 7 Permanent replacement Butch Jones


Cincinnati Butch Jones December 7 Hired by Tennessee[32] Tommy Tuberville


Western Kentucky Willie Taggart December 7 Hired by South Florida[26] Lance Guidry (interim)[34]
Texas Tech Tommy Tuberville December 8 Hired by Cincinnati[33] Kliff Kingsbury


San Jose State Mike MacIntyre December 10 Hired by Colorado[17] Ron Caragher
Western Kentucky Lance Guidry December 10 (effective December 27) Permanent replacement Bobby Petrino


See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. "Idaho fires coach Robb Akey",, October 21, 2012. Retrieved on October 22, 2012. 
  2. Wolken, Dan. "Tennessee fires Derek Dooley after embarrassing loss", USA Today, November 18, 2012. Retrieved on 2012-11-18. 
  3. Crawford, Eric. "BREAKING: Phillips fired as UK football coach", WDRB, November 4, 2012. Retrieved on November 4, 2012. 
  4. Kirk, Jason. "Mark Stoops to be named Kentucky head coach, according to report", SB Nation, November 27, 2012. Retrieved on November 27, 2012. 
  5. Roussel, Pete. Bill Cubit dismissed as Western Michigan head coach. Retrieved on November 17, 2012.
  6. Associated Press. "UTEP coach Mike Price retiring",, November 19, 2012. Retrieved on November 20, 2012. 
  7. 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. 
  8. Jeff Tedford fired as Cal coach. (November 20, 2012). Retrieved on November 20, 2012.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Schad, Joe (December 5, 2012). Sources: Cal hires Sonny Dykes. Retrieved on December 5, 2012.
  10. John L. Smith out as Arkansas coach. USA Today (November 24, 2012). Retrieved on November 24, 2012.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Bret Bielema takes Arkansas job. (December 5, 2012). Retrieved on December 5, 2012.
  12. Feldman, Bruce. "Chizik out at Auburn",, November 25, 2012. Retrieved on November 25, 2012. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Gus Malzahn accepts Auburn Job",, December 4, 2012. Retrieved on December 4, 2012. 
  14. Frank Spaziani out; Boston College head coaching candidates emerge. (November 25, 2012). Retrieved on November 25, 2012.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "BC Hires Steve Addazio",, December 4, 2012. Retrieved on December 4, 2012. 
  16. Feldman, Bruce (November 25, 2012). More coaching turnover at Colorado; Embree out after two years. "". Retrieved on November 25, 2012.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Buffs Hire Mike MacIntyre",, December 10, 2012. Retrieved on December 10, 2012. 
  18. Adelson, Andrea. "Tom O'Brien fired as head coach of North Carolina State Wolfpack",, November 25, 2012. Retrieved on November 25, 2012. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 Adelson, Andrea (December 1, 2012). NC State hires Dave Doeren. Retrieved on December 5, 2012.
  20. Rittenberg, Adam. "Purdue fires coach Danny Hope",, November 25, 2012. Retrieved on November 25, 2012. 
  21. 21.0 21.1 McMurphy, Brett (December 4, 2012). Darrell Hazell joins Purdue. Retrieved on December 5, 2012.
  22. "Southern Miss fires Ellis Johnson",, November 27, 2012. Retrieved on November 27, 2012. 
  23. Schad, Joe. "Source: Monken to Southern Miss",, December 10, 2012. Retrieved on December 10, 2012. 
  24. Mitchell, Fred. "Northern Illinois coach BCS bowl game",, December 2, 2012. Retrieved on December 2, 2012. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. 
  25. McMurphy, Brett. "South Florida Bulls fire Skip Holtz",, December 2, 2012. Retrieved on December 2, 2012. 
  26. 26.0 26.1 "BREAKING: Willie Taggart To Be Named Next USF Football Coach", WDAE, December 7, 2012. Retrieved on 2012-12-07. 
  27. "Paul Petrino hired as Idaho coach",, December 3, 2012. Retrieved on December 4, 2012. 
  28. Template:Cite press release
  29. "Arkansas St. hires UT aide to coach",, December 12, 2012. Retrieved on 2012-12-13. 
  30. McMurphy, Brett (December 5, 2012). FIU fires coach Mario Cristobal. Retrieved on December 5, 2012.
  31. Error on call to template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specifiedMcMurphy, Brett (December 13, 2012). . Retrieved on December 14, 2012.
  32. 32.0 32.1 "Butch Jones takes Tennessee job",, December 7, 2012. Retrieved on December 7, 2012. 
  33. 33.0 33.1 Ubben, David. "Tommy Tuberville new Cincy coach",, December 8, 2012. Retrieved on December 8, 2012. 
  34. Template:Cite press release
  35. Schad, Joe. "Texas Tech hires Kliff Kingsbury",, December 12, 2012. Retrieved on December 12, 2012. 
  36. Template:Cite press release

External linksEdit

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