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2002 NCAA Division I-A football season

2002 NCAA Division I-A season
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Heisman Trophy won by Carson Palmer for play during the 2002 season
Number of teams 117[1]
Preseason AP #1 Miami Hurricanes
Post-season
Duration December 17, 2002 –
January 3, 2003
Bowl games 28
Heisman Trophy Carson Palmer, USC QB
Championship bowl game
2003 Fiesta Bowl
Site Sun Devil Stadium,
Tempe, Arizona
Winner Ohio State Buckeyes
Division I-A football seasons
← 2001
2003 →

The 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season ended the season with a double overtime national championship game. Ohio State and Miami both came into the Fiesta Bowl undefeated. The underdog Buckeyes defeated the Hurricanes 31–24, ending Miami's 34-game winning streak. Jim Tressel won the national championship in only his second year as head coach.

Rose Bowl officials were vocally upset over the loss of the Big Ten champ from the game. Former New England Patriots coach Pete Carroll returned the USC Trojans to a BCS bid in only his second season as head coach. Notre Dame also returned to prominence, as Tyrone Willingham became the first coach in Notre Dame history to win 10 games in his first season.

The only conference move during this season saw the University of Central Florida leave the Independent ranks to join the Mid-American Conference as its 14th member.

Beginning with the 2002 season, teams were allowed to schedule twelve regular season games instead of eleven leading to additional revenues for all teams and allowing players the enhanced opportunity to break various statistical records.

Rules changes

The NCAA Rules Committee adopted the following rules changes for the 2002 season:

  • The penalty for violating the so-called "Halo Rule" (two yard restricted area around the punt/kick receiver) without making contact with the receiver is increased from five yards to 10 yards.
  • Flagrant personal fouls committed during possession by the defense in overtime will be carried over to the next extra period. Previously, those fouls were disregarded but the player committing the foul was ejected from the game.
  • All players are required to wear facemasks of the same color.
  • Penalties committed during a touchdown play can now either be enforced on the PAT or the ensuing kickoff.

Conference standings

2002 ACC football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #21 Florida State
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This page is a soft redirect. #22 Virginia
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This page is a soft redirect. #13 Maryland
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This page is a soft redirect. #12 NC State
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This page is a soft redirect. Clemson
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This page is a soft redirect. Georgia Tech
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This page is a soft redirect. Wake Forest
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This page is a soft redirect. North Carolina
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This page is a soft redirect. Duke
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Rankings from AP Poll
2002 Big East football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #2 Miami (FL)
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This page is a soft redirect. #25 West Virginia
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This page is a soft redirect. #19 Pittsburgh
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This page is a soft redirect. #18 Virginia Tech
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This page is a soft redirect. Boston College
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This page is a soft redirect. Syracuse
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This page is a soft redirect. Temple
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This page is a soft redirect. Rutgers
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2002 Big Ten football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #1 Ohio State #§
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This page is a soft redirect. #9 Michigan
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This page is a soft redirect. #16 Penn State
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This page is a soft redirect. Purdue
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This page is a soft redirect. Illinois
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This page is a soft redirect. Minnesota
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This page is a soft redirect. Michigan State
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This page is a soft redirect. Northwestern
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This page is a soft redirect. Indiana
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# – BCS National Champion
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Rankings from AP Poll[2]
2002 Big 12 football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. Northern Division
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This page is a soft redirect. #20 Colorado xy
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This page is a soft redirect. Southern Division
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This page is a soft redirect. #5 Oklahoma xy
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This page is a soft redirect. Texas Tech
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This page is a soft redirect. Oklahoma State
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This page is a soft redirect.Championship: Oklahoma 29, Colorado 7
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Rankings from AP Poll
2002 Conference USA football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #23 TCU §
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This page is a soft redirect. Southern Miss
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This page is a soft redirect. Tulane
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This page is a soft redirect. East Carolina
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Rankings from AP Poll
2002 Mid-American Conference football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. East Division
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This page is a soft redirect. #24 Marshall x
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This page is a soft redirect. UCF
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This page is a soft redirect. Miami
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This page is a soft redirect. Ohio
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This page is a soft redirect. Kent State
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This page is a soft redirect. Buffalo
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This page is a soft redirect. West Division
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This page is a soft redirect. Toledo xy
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This page is a soft redirect. Northern Illinois x
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This page is a soft redirect. Bowling Green
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This page is a soft redirect.Championship: Marshall 49, Toledo 45
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2002 Mountain West Conference football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. Colorado State
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This page is a soft redirect. Air Force
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This page is a soft redirect. San Diego State
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This page is a soft redirect. Utah
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This page is a soft redirect. UNLV
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This page is a soft redirect. BYU
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This page is a soft redirect. Wyoming
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† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2002 Pacific-10 football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #10 Washington State §
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This page is a soft redirect. #4 USC §
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This page is a soft redirect. UCLA
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This page is a soft redirect. Oregon State
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This page is a soft redirect. California
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This page is a soft redirect. Washington
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This page is a soft redirect. Oregon
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This page is a soft redirect. Arizona
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This page is a soft redirect. Stanford
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Rankings from AP Poll
2002 SEC football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. Eastern Division
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This page is a soft redirect. #3 Georgia x
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This page is a soft redirect. Florida
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This page is a soft redirect. Tennessee
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This page is a soft redirect. Kentucky
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This page is a soft redirect. South Carolina
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This page is a soft redirect. Vanderbilt
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This page is a soft redirect. Western Division
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This page is a soft redirect. #11 Alabama
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This page is a soft redirect. Arkansas xy
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This page is a soft redirect. #14 Auburn x
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This page is a soft redirect.Championship: Georgia 30, Arkansas 3
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  • Alabama had the best division record, but did not participate in postseason play due to NCAA probation.
    Rankings from AP Poll
2002 Sun Belt football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. [[North Texas Mean Green football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. New Mexico State
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This page is a soft redirect. Arkansas State
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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This page is a soft redirect. [[Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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Rankings from AP Poll
2002 WAC football standings
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This page is a soft redirect. #15 Boise State
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This page is a soft redirect. Hawaii
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This page is a soft redirect. Fresno State
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This page is a soft redirect. San Jose State
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This page is a soft redirect. Nevada
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This page is a soft redirect. Rice
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This page is a soft redirect. Louisiana Tech
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This page is a soft redirect. SMU
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2002 Division I-A independents football records
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This page is a soft redirect. South Florida
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This page is a soft redirect. #17 Notre Dame
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Rankings from AP Poll

Bowl Championship Series rankings

WEEK #1 #2 EVENT
OCT 21 Oklahoma Miami
OCT 28 Oklahoma Miami Ohio State 34, Minnesota 3
NOV 4 Oklahoma Ohio State Texas A&M 30, Oklahoma 26
NOV 11 Ohio State Miami Ohio State 23, Illinois 16
NOV 18 Miami Ohio State Miami 28, Pittsburgh 21
NOV 25 Miami Ohio State Miami 49, Syracuse 7
DEC 2 Miami Ohio State Miami 56, Va. Tech 45
FINAL Miami Ohio State

Final BCS rankings

BCS School Record BCS Bowl game
1 Miami 12-0 Fiesta
2 Ohio State 13-0 Fiesta
3 Georgia 12-1 Sugar
4 USC 10-2 Orange
5 Iowa 11-1 Orange
6 Washington State 10-2 Rose
7 Oklahoma 11-2 Rose
8 Kansas State 10-2
9 Notre Dame 10-2
10 Texas 10-2
11 Michigan 9-3
12 Penn State 0 (*9)-3
13 Colorado 9-4
14 Florida State 9-4 Sugar
15 West Virginia 9–4

Bowl games

The Rose Bowl normally features the champions of the Big Ten and the Pac-10. However, Big Ten-champion Ohio State, finishing #2 in the BCS, had qualified to play in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl for the national championship against Miami (Fla.)[3] Earlier in the season, Ohio State had defeated Washington State 25-7.

After the national championship was set, the Orange Bowl had the next pick, and invited #3 (#5 BCS) Iowa from the Big Ten. When it was the Rose Bowl's turn to select, the best available team was #8 (#7 BCS) Oklahoma, who won the Big 12 Championship Game. When it came time for the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl to make a second pick, both wanted Pac-10 co-champion USC. However, a BCS rule stated that if two bowls wanted the same team, the bowl with the higher payoff had priority.[4] The Orange Bowl immediately extended an at-large bid to the #5 Trojans and paired them with at-large #3 Iowa in a Big Ten/Pac-10 "Rose Bowl East" matchup in the 2003 Orange Bowl. The Rose Bowl was left to pair Oklahoma with Pac-10 co-champion Washington State.[4] Rose Bowl committee executive director Mitch Dorger was not pleased with the results.[4]

As such, the BCS instituted a new rule, whereby a bowl losing its conference champion to the BCS championship could "protect" the second-place team from that conference from going to another bowl. This left the Sugar Bowl with #14 BCS Florida State, the winner of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Notre Dame at 10-2 and #9 in the BCS standings was invited to the 2003 Gator Bowl. Kansas State at #8 also was left out.

BCS bowls

Other New Years Day bowls

December Bowl Games

Heisman Trophy voting

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given to the

Most Outstanding Player of the year
Winner: Carson Palmer (Sr.), QB, USC (1,328 points)

Other major awards

References

  1. http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf2002.htm
  2. "2002 NCAA Football Rankings - AP Top 25 Postseason (Jan. 5)". ESPN. Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  3. 2002 BCS Standings
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Rosenblatt, Richard - BCS: Orange Bowl has a Rosy look Associated Press, December 9, 2002