- 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season
Florida State became the first team in history to start out preseason #1 and remain there through the entire season. Their 12-0 season gave them 109 victories in the 90's, the most for any decade.
Virginia Tech also had a remarkable season behind freshman quarterback
Michael Vick, who was being touted as college football's best player.
Vick was outshined in the national championship game by Florida State Wide Receiver
Peter Warrick. Warrick had early problems with the law, charged with a misdemeanor he sat out two games early in the season. But he scored three touchdowns in the title game, earning MVP honors.
The BCS adopted a new rule, named the "Kansas State Rule," which stated that any team ranked in the top four in the final BCS poll is ensured of an invitation to a BCS bowl game.
A lot of teams faced debacles.
East Carolinafaced Hurricane Floyd, and in that same week, faced the #9 Miami Hurricanes. The Pirates were down 23-3, but scored 24 unanswered points to win the footballgame, 27-23.
Kansas State finished 6th in the BCS standings but again received no invitation, this time being passed over in favor of Michigan (ranked 8th). Kansas State's predicament demonstrated early on the problem of trying to balance historic bowl ties and creating a system which gives top bowl bids to the most deserving teams.
Four members from the WAC's Mountain Division and Pacific Division broke off from the unstable sixteen team conference to form the
Mountain West Conference.
Final Conference Standings
"W = Wins, L = Losses, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against"
Big Ten ConferenceBig 12 championship game: Nebraska beat Texas, 22-6 (Dec. 4). Big West Conference Southeastern Conference
Others receiving votes: 26. Stanford (8-4, 168 points); 27. East Carolina (9-3, 97 pts); 28. Colorado (7-5, 75 pts); 29. TCU (8-4, 45 pts); 30. Syracuse (7-5, 21 pts); 31. Utah (9-3, 20 pts); 32. Hawaii (9-4, 19 pts); 33. Washington (7-5, 7 pts); 34. Wake Forest (7-5, 5 pts); 35. Boise St. (10-3, 3 pts) and Oklahoma (7-5, 3 pts); 37. Colorado St. (8-4, 2 pts).
Final Coaches Poll
1. Florida St
3. Virginia Tech
6. Kansas St
7. Michigan St
11. Penn St
12. Mississippi St
13. Southern Miss
15. Miami (Fla)
20. Texas A&M
21. Georgia Tech
Heisman Trophy Voting
"The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the
Most Outstanding Player of the year"
Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, Running Back (2042 points)
*2. Joe Hamilton, Ga. Tech (994 points)
Michael Vick, Va. Tech (319 points)
Drew Brees, Purdue (308 points)
Chad Pennington, Marshall (247 points)
Other Major Awards
Maxwell Award(College Player of the Year) - Ron Dayne, Wisconsin
Walter Camp Award(Back) - Ron Dayne, Wisconsin
Davey O'Brien Award(Quarterback) - Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award(Senior Quarterback) - Chris Redman, Louisville
Doak Walker Award(Running Back) - Ron Dayne, Wisconsin
Fred Biletnikoff Award(Wide Receiver) - Troy Walters, Stanford
Bronko Nagurski Trophy(Defensive Player) - Corey Moore, Virginia Tech, DE
Chuck Bednarik Award- LaVar Arrington, Penn State
Dick Butkus Award(Linebacker) - LaVar Arrington, Penn State
Lombardi Award(Lineman or Linebacker) - Corey Moore, Virginia Tech, DE
Outland Trophy(Interior Lineman) - Chris Samuels, Alabama, OT
Jim Thorpe Award(Defensive Back) - Tyrone Carter, Minnesota
Lou Groza Award(Placekicker) - Sebastian Janikowski, Florida St.
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award- Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
Football Writers Association of AmericaCoach of the Year Award - Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
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