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The 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season saw yet another controversial finish as both Nebraska and Penn State finished undefeated, and yet Penn State finished a distant second in the final AP and UPI polls. The controversial finish, however, could have been an even worse morass if not for some end of season results. Late in the season, there were two other undefeated teams: Alabama and Auburn. The Auburn Tigers, who had gone undefeated the year before but was barred from post-season play, were 9-0 before tying Georgia and losing to Alabama in the Iron Bowl. The Alabama Crimson Tide finished the regular season undefeated at 11-0, but lost a heartbreaker 24-23 on a fourth quarter touchdown pass against Florida in the 1994 SEC Championship Game.

The Bowl Coalition championship game featured Big Eight Conference champion Nebraska hosting Big East Conference champion Miami in the Orange Bowl, a game which Nebraska won in a come from behind victory. However, over at the Rose Bowl, undefeated Penn State defeated Oregon. After failing to provide a clear national champion for three years in a row, the Coalition would be dismantled in favor of a Bowl Alliance.

The National Championship was Tom Osborne's first at Nebraska.

Ten years after Doug Flutie's Hail Mary pass against Miami, history would repeat itself as Kordell Stewart of Colorado threw a last second, 64-yard Hail Mary to defeat #4 Michigan in the Big House and is called The Miracle at Michigan. A moral defeat was also handed to Penn State as the already defeated Hoosiers, who had been drubbed 35-14 until Joe Paterno took mercy on them and removed his starters from the game, scored 15 meaningless points--including a Hail Mary TD pass on the final play--to finish with a misleading 35-29 score. Voters promptly demoted Penn State from #1 in a poll and elevated Nebraska to that spot, a result that the Nittany Lions were never able to overcome (not least because, under the Rose Bowl/Orange Bowl selection rules of the time, Penn State could only play in the former contest and Nebraska only in the latter one).

Another notable game was Florida vs. Florida State. Florida led 31-3 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Florida State scored 28 points and held Florida scoreless in the fourth quarter to tie the game 31-31.

Rashaan Salaam of Colorado would win the Heisman Trophy, but in a very uncommon turn of events, Division I-AA quarterback Steve McNair of Alcorn State finished third in the final Heisman voting.

Feb 25th, months before the season began, would be an infamous day in the history of the Southwest Conference. An all-Texas conference could only capture a small portion of the national TV market, and with Arkansas's flight to the SEC, other schools began to make plans for associating themselves with other conferences. Texas and Colorado were rumored to be joining the Pac-10, Texas A&M were thought to be joining the SEC. Ultimately, on February 25, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Baylor announced they were going to leave the Southwest Conference for the newly formed Big 12 Conference. The Southwest Conference would still continue to play for two more years, as the remaining members looked for new homes.

The SEC Championship Game moved from Birmingham, Alabama to the Georgia Dome.

The John Hancock Bowl went back to its original name, the Sun Bowl. The Gator Bowl was played in Gainesville, Florida during construction of ALLTEL Stadium, which was to be the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars and future home of the Gator Bowl game.

Although Nebraska, Penn State and Alabama were still ranked in the Top 10, many of college football's legendary teams finished the regular season with their lowest rankings in years. The Ohio State Buckeyes were ranked 13th, Michigan was 20th and the USC Trojans 21st, and Notre Dame, Texas and Oklahoma were unranked.

Northeast Louisiana University, now University of Louisiana Monroe joined Division 1-A this year bringing the total number of schools to 107.

Conference standingsEdit

1994 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Florida State 8 0 0     10 1 1
#17 NC State 6 2 0     9 3 0
#15 Virginia 5 3 0     9 3 0
Duke 5 3 0     8 4 0
North Carolina 5 3 0     8 4 0
Clemson 4 4 0     5 6 0
Maryland 2 6 0     4 7 0
Wake Forest 1 7 0     3 8 0
Georgia Tech 0 8 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1994 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Nebraska 7 0 0     13 0 0
#3 Colorado 6 1 0     11 1 0
#19 Kansas State 5 2 0     9 3 0
Oklahoma 4 3 0     6 6 0
Kansas 3 4 0     6 5 0
Missouri 2 5 0     3 8 1
Oklahoma State 0 6 1     3 7 1
Iowa State 0 6 1     0 10 1
† – Conference champion
  • ‡ – Bowl Coalition at-large representative
    Rankings from AP Poll
1994 Big East football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6 Miami 7 0 0     10 2 0
Virginia Tech 5 2 0     8 4 0
Syracuse 4 3 0     7 4 0
West Virginia 4 3 0     7 6 0
#23 Boston College 3 3 1     7 4 1
Rutgers 2 4 1     5 5 1
Pittsburgh 2 5 0     3 8 0
Temple 0 7 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1994 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/2 Penn State 8 0 0     12 0 0
#14/9 Ohio State 6 2 0     9 4 0
Wisconsin 5 2 1     8 3 1
#12/12 Michigan 5 3 0     8 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0     7 5 0
Indiana 4 4 0     7 4 0
Iowa 3 4 1     5 5 1
Purdue 3 3 2     5 4 2
Northwestern 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 1 7 0     3 8 0
Michigan State 0 8 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Template:1994 Big West Conference football standings
1994 Mid-American Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Central Michigan 8 1 0     9 3 0
Bowling Green 7 1 0     9 2 0
Western Michigan 5 3 0     7 4 0
Miami 5 3 0     5 5 1
Ball State 5 3 1     5 5 1
Toledo 4 3 1     6 4 1
Eastern Michigan 5 4 0     5 6 0
Kent State 2 7 0     2 9 0
Akron 1 8 0     1 10 0
Ohio 0 9 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1994 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 Oregon 7 1 0     9 4 0
#13 USC 6 2 0     8 3 1
#20 Arizona 6 2 0     8 4 0
#21 Washington State 5 3 0     8 4 0
Washington 4 4 0     7 4 0
UCLA 3 5 0     5 6 0
California 3 5 0     4 7 0
Oregon State 2 6 0     4 7 0
Stanford 2 6 0     3 7 1
Arizona State 2 6 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1994 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Eastern Division
#7 Florida x 7 1 0     10 2 1
#22 Tennessee 5 3 0     8 4 0
South Carolina 4 4 0     7 5 0
Georgia 3 4 1     6 4 1
Vanderbilt 2 6 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 0 8 0     1 10 0
Western Division
#5 Alabama x 8 0 0     12 1 0
#9 Auburn 6 1 1     9 1 1
Mississippi State 5 3 0     8 4 0
LSU 3 5 0     4 7 0
Arkansas 2 6 0     4 7 0
Ole Miss 2 6 0     4 7 0
Championship: Florida 24, Alabama 23
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1994 Southwest Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Texas A&M* 6 0 1     10 0 1
#25 Texas § 4 3 0     8 4 0
Baylor § 4 3 0     7 5 0
TCU § 4 3 0     7 5 0
Texas Tech § 4 3 0     6 6 0
Rice § 4 3 0     5 6 0
Houston 1 6 0     1 10 0
SMU 0 6 1     1 9 1
§ – Conference co-champions
  • *Texas A&M ineligible for championship and post-season due to NCAA sanctions
    Rankings from AP Poll
1994 WAC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 16 Colorado State 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 10 Utah 6 2 0     10 2 0
No. 18 BYU 6 2 0     10 3 0
Air Force 6 2 0     8 4 0
Wyoming 4 4 0     6 6 0
New Mexico 4 4 0     5 7 0
Fresno State 3 4 1     5 7 1
San Diego State 2 6 0     4 7 0
UTEP 1 6 1     3 7 1
Hawaii 0 8 0     3 8 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Template:1994 Division I-A independents football standings

Bowl Coalition #1 and #2Edit

The Bowl Coalition did not include the Big 10 and Pacific 10 conferences, whose champions played in the Rose Bowl. Penn State, which was ranked #1 in the Oct 18 and Oct 25 polls, and #2 for the remainder of the season, finished the regular season 11-0-0 and played in the Rose Bowl as the champion of the Big Ten.

WEEKS First Conference Second Conference
PRE Florida SEC Notre Dame Independent
1 Florida SEC Nebraska Big 8
2 Nebraska Big 8 Florida SEC
3-7 Florida SEC Nebraska Big 8
8-9 #2 Colorado Big 8 #3 Nebraska Big 8
10-11 Nebraska Big 8 #3 Auburn SEC
12 Nebraska Big 8 #3 Florida SEC
13-14 Nebraska Big 8 #3 Alabama SEC
15 Nebraska Big 8 #3 Miami Big East

Bowl gamesEdit

Final AP PollEdit

  1. Nebraska
  2. Penn St.
  3. Colorado
  4. Florida St.
  5. Alabama
  6. Miami (FL)
  7. Florida
  8. Texas A&M
  9. Auburn
  10. Utah
  11. Oregon
  12. Michigan
  13. USC
  14. Ohio St.
  15. Virginia
  16. Colorado St.
  17. [[{{{school}}}|N.C. State]]
  18. [[{{{school}}}|BYU]]
  19. Kansas St.
  20. [[{{{school}}}|Arizona]]
  21. [[{{{school}}}|Washington State]]
  22. Tennessee
  23. [[{{{school}}}|Boston College]]
  24. [[{{{school}}}|Mississippi State]]
  25. [[{{{school}}}|Texas]]

Final Coaches PollEdit

  1. Nebraska
  2. Penn St.
  3. Colorado
  4. Alabama
  5. [[{{{school}}}|Florida St.]]
  6. Miami (FL)
  7. Florida
  8. Utah
  9. Ohio St.
  10. [[{{{school}}}|Brigham Young]]
  11. Oregon
  12. Michigan
  13. [[{{{school}}}|Virginia]]
  14. [[{{{school}}}|Colorado St.]]
  15. Southern California
  16. Kansas St.
  17. [[{{{school}}}|North Carolina St.]]
  18. Tennessee
  19. [[{{{school}}}|Washington St.]]
  20. [[{{{school}}}|Arizona]]
  21. North Carolina
  22. [[{{{school}}}|Boston College]]
  23. [[{{{school}}}|Texas]]
  24. [[{{{school}}}|Virginia Tech]]
  25. [[{{{school}}}|Mississippi St.]]

Heisman Trophy votingEdit

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

Winner:

Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, JR. RB (1400 votes)

Other major awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit


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