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The 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with the Oklahoma Sooners claiming their first national championship and their first conference championship since the departure of head coach Barry Switzer.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was in his second season as head coach, having been the defensive coordinator of Steve Spurrier's 1996 National Champion Florida Gators, and also having helped Bill Snyder turn the Kansas State Wildcats around in the early 1990s. Stoops erased a three-game losing streak against rival Texas by a score of 63–14, one of the worst defeats in Texas' football history. Despite the lopsided victory, this game marked a return of the Red River Shootout to a rivalry game with national title implications.

The BCS title game was not without controversy, as the system shut fourth-ranked Washington out of the championship game, despite being the only team who had beaten each #2 Miami and #5 Oregon State and having the same 10-1 record as #3 Florida State during the regular season. 10–1 Miami, who handed #3 Florida State their only loss, was ranked higher in both the AP Writers' Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, and had the same record as the Seminoles, was also seen as a possible title contender.

Virginia Tech also was left out of the BCS bowls, despite being ranked higher than one of the at-large teams, Notre Dame.

The South Carolina Gamecocks broke a 21-game losing streak, stretching back into 1998, to go 8–4 including a win over Ohio State in the Outback Bowl.

Two new bowl games began in the 2000 season: the Silicon Valley Bowl, which had a contractual tie-in with the WAC, and the Galleryfurniture.com Bowl.

Nevada left the Big West Conference to become the ninth member of the Western Athletic Conference.

Two new teams joined Division I-A football this season; University of Connecticut and University of South Florida.

Conference standingsEdit

2000 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Florida State   8 0         11 2  
#16 Clemson   6 2         9 3  
#17 Georgia Tech   6 2         9 3  
Virginia   5 3         6 6  
NC State   4 4         8 4  
North Carolina   3 5         6 5  
Maryland   3 5         5 6  
Wake Forest   1 7         2 9  
Duke   0 8         0 11  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 Big 12 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#9 Kansas State   6 2         11 3  
#8 Nebraska   6 2         10 2  
#25 Iowa State   5 3         9 3  
Colorado   3 5         3 8  
Kansas   2 6         4 7  
Missouri   2 6         3 8  
South
#1 Oklahoma   8 0         13 0  
#12 Texas   7 1         9 3  
Texas A&M   5 3         7 5  
Texas Tech   3 5         7 6  
Oklahoma State   1 7         3 8  
Baylor   0 8         2 9  
Championship: Oklahoma 27, Kansas State 24
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 Big East football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Miami   7 0         11 1  
#6 Virginia Tech   6 1         11 1  
Pittsburgh   4 3         7 5  
Syracuse   4 3         6 5  
Boston College   3 4         7 5  
West Virginia   3 4         7 5  
Temple   1 6         4 7  
Rutgers   0 7         3 8  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11/10 Michigan §   6 2         9 3  
#13/13 Purdue §   6 2         8 4  
Northwestern §   6 2         8 4  
Ohio State   5 3         8 4  
#23/24 Wisconsin   4 4         9 4  
Minnesota   4 4         6 6  
Penn State   0 (*4) 4         0 (*5) 7  
Iowa   3 5         3 9  
Illinois   2 6         5 6  
Michigan State   2 6         5 6  
Indiana   2 6         3 8  
† – BCS representative as champion
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
2000 Big West Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Boise State   5 0         10 2  
Utah State   4 1         5 6  
Idaho   3 2         5 6  
New Mexico State   1 4         3 8  
North Texas   1 4         3 8  
Arkansas State   1 4         1 10  
† – Conference champion
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 Conference USA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Louisville   6 1         9 3  
East Carolina   5 2         8 4  
Cincinnati   5 2         7 5  
Southern Miss   4 3         8 4  
UAB   3 3         7 4  
Tulane   3 4         6 5  
Memphis   2 5         4 7  
Houston   2 5         3 8  
Army   1 6         1 10  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
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2000 Mid-American Conference football standings
v · d · e Div     Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L         W   L  
East
Marshall xy   5 1         5 3         8 5  
Akron x   5 1         5 3         6 5  
Ohio   4 2         5 3         7 4  
Miami   4 2         5 3         6 5  
Bowling Green   1 5         2 6         2 9  
Buffalo   2 4         2 6         2 9  
Kent State   0 6         1 7         1 10  
West
Western Michigan xy   4 1         7 1         9 3  
Toledo x   4 1         6 1         10 1  
Northern Illinois   2 3         4 3         6 5  
Ball State   2 3         4 3         5 6  
Eastern Michigan   2 3         2 5         3 8  
Central Michigan   1 4         2 6         2 9  
Championship: Marshall 19, Western Michigan 14
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Due to an unbalanced conference schedule, the team with best division record within each division was awarded that division's championship game berth.
    Rankings from AP Poll
2000 Mountain West Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#14 Colorado State   6 1         10 2  
Air Force   5 2         9 3  
UNLV   4 3         8 5  
BYU   4 3         6 6  
New Mexico   3 4         5 7  
Utah   3 4         4 7  
San Diego State   3 4         3 8  
Wyoming   0 7         1 10  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Template:2000 Pacific-10 football standings
2000 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#10 Florida x   7 1         10 3  
#20 Georgia   5 3         8 4  
#19 South Carolina   5 3         8 4  
Tennessee   5 3         8 4  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 8  
Kentucky   0 8         2 9  
Western Division
#18 Auburn x   6 2         9 4  
#22 LSU   5 3         8 4  
#24 Mississippi State   4 4         8 4  
Ole Miss   4 4         7 5  
Arkansas   3 5         6 6  
Alabama   3 5         3 8  
Championship: Florida 28, Auburn 6
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2000 WAC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 21 TCU §   7 1         10 2  
UTEP §   7 1         8 4  
Fresno State   6 2         7 5  
San Jose State   5 3         7 5  
Tulsa   4 4         5 7  
Rice   2 6         3 8  
Hawaii   2 6         3 9  
SMU   2 6         3 9  
Nevada   1 7         2 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Bowl Championship Series rankingsEdit

WEEK #1 #2 EVENT
OCT 23 Nebraska Oklahoma Oklahoma 31, Nebraska 14
OCT 30 Oklahoma Virginia Tech Miami 41, Va. Tech 21
NOV 6 Oklahoma Florida State Miami 35, Pittsburgh 7
NOV 13 Oklahoma Miami Florida St 30, Florida 7
NOV 20 Oklahoma Florida State
NOV 27 Oklahoma Florida State Oklahoma 27, Kansas St. 24
FINAL Oklahoma Florida State

Final BCS StandingsEdit

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Florida State
  3. Miami
  4. Washington
  5. Virginia Tech
  6. Oregon State
  7. Florida
  8. Nebraska
  9. Kansas State
  10. Oregon
  11. Notre Dame
  12. Texas
  13. Georgia Tech
  14. TCU
  15. Clemson

Bowl GamesEdit

BCS BowlsEdit

Other New Years Day BowlsEdit

December Bowl GamesEdit

Heisman Trophy VotingEdit

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

Other Major AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit


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