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The 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season was the first year of the Bowl Coalition, and ended with Alabama's first national championship in thirteen years—their first since the departure of Bear Bryant. One of Bryant's players, Gene Stallings, was the head coach, and he used a style similar to Bryant's, a smashmouth running game combined with a tough defense.

The members of the Bowl Coalition were the Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl Classic, and Fiesta Bowl. Under the agreement the Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Cotton Bowl Classic hosted the Southeastern Conference, Big 8, and Southwest Conference champions, respectively, and then a pool of at large teams was formed between the Atlantic Coast Conference champ, the Big East champ, Notre Dame, and two conference runner ups from the Big 8, SWC, ACC, Big East and Pac-10. The highest ranked host team would play the highest ranked at-large team. If the two highest ranked teams were both at-large teams, the championship game would be hosted by the Fiesta Bowl.

So for this year, (host) SEC champ Alabama played (at-large) Big East Champ Miami-FL, the Orange Bowl featured (host) Big-8 champ Nebraska and (at-large) ACC champ Florida St., the Cotton Bowl Classic featured (host) SWC champ Texas A&M and (at-large) independent Notre Dame, and the Fiesta Bowl featured (at-large) Big East runner up Syracuse and (at-large) Big 8 runner up Colorado.

The 1992 season also saw the expansion of the SEC and the first conference championship game to be played in the country. Before the 1992 season, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the South Carolina Gamecocks joined the SEC, which expanded the conference to twelve teams. The conference then split into two divisions, and the winner of each division would face off in the SEC Championship Game in historic Legion Field (later moved to the Georgia Dome in 1994). In the first year of the new system, Alabama won the SEC West, Florida won the SEC East, and the Tide won the match-up 28-21 on an Antonio Langham interception return for a touchdown in the closing minutes.

In the Sugar Bowl, to decide the national champion, Miami came in a heavy favorite with even heavier swagger. The Tide defense, however, with its eleven man fronts and zone blitzes, heavily confused Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta and Alabama won in a defensive rout, 34-13.

In other circles, the Big West Conference lost two members; Fresno State left for the WAC and Long Beach State stopped sponsoring football, but they also gained a member in Nevada, which made the jump from Division I-AA. Possibly in a show of how weak the conference was, Nevada went 5-1 in conference, winning the Big West championship and representing the conference in the 1992 Las Vegas Bowl (formerly the California Bowl held in Fresno, California).

Conference standingsEdit

1992 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Florida State 8 0 0     11 1 0
#17 NC State 6 2 0     9 3 1
#19 North Carolina 5 3 0     9 3 0
#25 Wake Forest 4 4 0     8 4 0
Virginia 4 4 0     7 4 0
Georgia Tech 4 4 0     5 6 0
Clemson 3 5 0     5 6 0
Maryland 2 6 0     3 8 0
Duke 0 8 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1992 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#14 Nebraska 6 1 0     9 3 0
#13 Colorado 5 1 1     9 2 1
#22 Kansas 4 3 0     8 4 0
Oklahoma 3 2 2     5 4 2
Oklahoma State 2 4 1     3 7 1
Kansas State 2 5 0     5 6 0
Iowa State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Missouri 2 5 0     3 8 0
*† – Bowl Coalition representative as champion
‡ – Bowl Coalition at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll
1992 Big East football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Miami 4 0 0     11 1 0
#6 Syracuse 6 1 0     10 2 0
Rutgers 4 2 0     7 4 0
#21 Boston College 2 1 1     8 3 1
West Virginia 2 3 1     5 4 2
Pittsburgh 1 3 0     3 9 0
Virginia Tech 1 4 0     2 8 1
Temple 0 6 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1992 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/5 Michigan 6 0 2     9 0 3
#18/18 Ohio State 5 2 1     8 3 1
Michigan State 5 3 0     5 6 0
Illinois 4 3 1     6 5 1
Iowa 4 4 0     5 7 0
Indiana 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 3 5 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 3 5 0     3 8 0
Minnesota 2 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
1992 Big West Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Nevada 5 1 0     7 5 0
San Jose State 4 2 0     7 4 0
Utah State 4 2 0     5 6 0
New Mexico State 3 3 0     6 5 0
UNLV 3 3 0     6 5 0
Pacific 2 4 0     3 8 0
Cal State Fullerton 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1992 Mid-American Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Bowling Green 8 0 0     10 2 0
Western Michigan 6 3 0     7 3 1
Toledo 5 3 0     8 3 0
Akron 5 3 0     7 3 1
Miami 5 3 0     6 4 1
Ball State 5 4 0     5 6 0
Central Michigan 4 5 0     5 6 0
Kent State 2 7 0     2 9 0
Eastern Michigan 1 7 0     1 10 0
Ohio 1 7 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1992 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 Washington § 6 2 0     9 3 0
#9 Stanford § 6 2 0     10 3 0
#15 Washington State 5 3 0     9 3 0
USC 5 3 0     6 5 1
Arizona 4 3 1     6 5 1
Arizona State 4 4 0     6 5 0
Oregon 4 4 0     6 6 0
UCLA 3 5 0     6 5 0
California 2 6 0     4 7 0
Oregon State 0 7 1     1 9 1
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1992 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Eastern Division
#10/11 Florida xy 6 2 0     9 4 0
#8/8 Georgia x 6 2 0     10 2 0
#12/12 Tennessee 5 3 0     9 3 0
South Carolina 3 5 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 2 6 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 2 6 0     4 7 0
Western Division
#1/1 Alabama xy 8 0 0     13 0 0
#16/16 Ole Miss 5 3 0     9 3 0
#23 Mississippi State 4 4 0     7 5 0
Arkansas 3 4 1     3 7 1
Auburn 2 5 1     5 5 1
LSU 1 7 0     2 9 0
Championship:Alabama 28, Florida 21
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
1992 Southwest Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Texas A&M 7 0 0     12 1 0
Baylor 4 3 0     7 5 0
Rice 4 3 0     6 5 0
Texas 4 3 0     6 5 0
Texas Tech 4 3 0     5 6 0
SMU 2 5 0     5 6 0
Houston 2 5 0     4 7 0
TCU 1 6 0     2 8 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1992 WAC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 20 Hawaii § 6 2 0     11 2 0
No. 24 Fresno State § 6 2 0     9 4 0
BYU § 6 2 0     8 5 0
San Diego State 5 3 0     5 5 1
Air Force 4 4 0     7 5 0
Utah 4 4 0     6 6 0
Colorado State 3 5 0     5 7 0
Wyoming 3 5 0     5 7 0
New Mexico 2 6 0     3 8 0
UTEP 1 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1992 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Notre Dame         10 1 1
Southern Miss         7 4 0
Penn State         7 5 0
Memphis         6 5 0
Army         5 6 0
East Carolina         5 6 0
Louisiana Tech         5 6 0
Louisville         5 6 0
Northern Illinois         5 6 0
Tulsa         4 7 0
Cincinnati         3 8 0
Arkansas State         2 9 0
Southwestern Louisiana         2 9 0
Tulane         2 9 0
Navy         1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

#1 and #2 ProgressEdit

Until the November 10, 1992 poll, #1 and #2 shifted between Miami and Seattle, as the Miami Hurricanes and the Washington Huskies were only points apart at the top. In the preseason poll, Miami had 40 of the 62 first place votes cast, and Washington 12. After both teams went 5-0, they each got first place votes from 31 electors, split 31½ each, and on October 13, the Huskies were ahead by a single point 1,517½ to 1,516½. The following week, there was a tie for first place for the first time in the history of the AP poll, with Miami and Washington each collecting 1,517 points (Miami had more first place votes, 31 to 30, as another writer went with 7-0-0 Alabama). The next week, Miami was ahead 1,517 to 1,516, and the week after, Washington was on top again. On November 7, the Huskies lost at Arizona, 16-3 to fall to 8-1-0. In the remaining polls, Miami was the clear cut favorite for #1, with 61 of the 62 votes, and Alabama was everyone's favorite #2. Both finished the regular season unbeaten. Since Miami was an "at-large" school, and Alabama was the highest ranked of the "host schools" (qualifying for the Sugar Bowl as the Southeastern Conference champion), the #1 vs. #2 matchup would take place in New Orleans.

Bowl GamesEdit

Bowl Game Winning Team Losing Team
Sugar Bowl #2 Alabama 34 #1 Miami 13
Orange Bowl #3 Florida State 27 #11 Nebraska 14
Cotton Bowl Classic #5 Notre Dame 28 #4 Texas A&M 3
Fiesta Bowl #6 Syracuse 26 #10 Colorado 22
Rose Bowl #7 Michigan 38 #9 Washington 31
Florida Citrus Bowl #8 Georgia 21 #15 Ohio State 14
Gator Bowl #14 Florida 27 #12 N.C. State 10
Blockbuster Bowl #13 Stanford 24 #21 Penn State 3
Hall of Fame Bowl #17 Tennessee 38 #16 Boston College 23
Copper Bowl #18 Washington St. 31 Utah 28
Peach Bowl #19 North Carolina 21 #24 Mississippi St. 17
Liberty Bowl #20 Ole Miss 13 [[{{{school}}}|Air Force]] 0
{{{alt}}} [[{{{school}}}|Baylor]] 20 #22 [[{{{school}}}|Arizona]] 15
{{{alt}}} [[{{{school}}}|Fresno State]] 24 #23 USC 7
Aloha Bowl [[{{{school}}}|Kansas]] 23 #25 BYU 20
Holiday Bowl Hawaii 27 [[{{{school}}}|Illinois]] 17
{{{alt}}} Wake Forest 39 Oregon 35
{{{alt}}} [[{{{school}}}|Bowling Green]] 35 [[{{{school}}}|Nevada]] 34

Final AP PollEdit

  1. Alabama
  2. Florida State
  3. Miami (FL)
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Michigan
  6. [[{{{school}}}|Syracuse]]
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Georgia
  9. [[{{{school}}}|Stanford]]
  10. Florida
  11. Washington
  12. Tennessee
  13. [[{{{school}}}|Colorado]]
  14. Nebraska
  15. Washington State
  16. [[{{{school}}}|Mississippi]]
  17. [[{{{school}}}|N.C. State]]
  18. Ohio State
  19. [[{{{school}}}|North Carolina]]
  20. Hawaiʻi
  21. [[{{{school}}}|Boston College]]
  22. [[{{{school}}}|Kansas]]
  23. [[{{{school}}}|Mississippi State]]
  24. [[{{{school}}}|Fresno State]]
  25. Wake Forest

Final Coaches PollEdit

  1. Alabama
  2. Florida State
  3. Miami (FL)
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Michigan
  6. Texas A&M
  7. [[{{{school}}}|Syracuse]]
  8. Georgia
  9. [[{{{school}}}|Stanford]]
  10. Washington
  11. Florida
  12. Tennessee
  13. [[{{{school}}}|Colorado]]
  14. Nebraska
  15. [[{{{school}}}|N.C. State]]
  16. [[{{{school}}}|Mississippi]]
  17. Washington State
  18. [[{{{school}}}|North Carolina]]
  19. Ohio State
  20. Hawaiʻi
  21. [[{{{school}}}|Boston College]]
  22. [[{{{school}}}|Fresno State]]
  23. [[{{{school}}}|Kansas]]
  24. Penn State
  25. Wake Forest

Heisman Trophy VotingEdit

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the Most Outstanding Player of the year.

Winner: Gino Torretta, Miami-FL, Sr. QB (1400 votes)

Other Major AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit


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