2005 NCAA Division I-A football season


The 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season was the highest level of college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The regular season began on September 1, 2005 and ended on December 3, 2005. The postseason concluded on January 4, 2006 with the Rose Bowl, which served as the season's BCS National Championship Game. The USC Trojans and the Texas Longhorns finished the regular season as the only undefeated teams in Division I-A and consequently met in the Rose Bowl to play for the national title. Texas defeated USC largely due to the performance of quarterback Vince Young, who gained 467 yards of total offense and ran for three touchdowns. The Longhorns won their first national championship since 1970, and their first consensus national title since 1969.

2005 NCAA Division I-A season
Texas team and coach Mack Brown with President George W. Bush after winning the 2005 national championship
Number of teams119
DurationSeptember 1December 3
Preseason AP No. 1USC Trojans
Post-season
DurationDecember 20, 2005 –
January 4, 2006
Bowl games28
Heisman TrophyReggie Bush, USC RB
(vacated)
Bowl Championship Series
2006 Rose Bowl
SiteRose Bowl Stadium,
Pasadena, California
WinnerTexas Longhorns
Division I-A football seasons
 2004
2006 

Rule changes

  • Seven additional conferences would join the Big Ten in adopting instant replay systems.

Conference changes

A major conference realignment occurred prior to the 2005 season, when 18 teams in Division 1-A changed conferences.

Temple was expelled from the Big East Conference while Army ended its brief affiliation with Conference USA, resulting in both schools becoming Independents.

Boston College left the Big East to become the 12th member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), allowing the league to split into two divisions and hold an annual championship game.

Cincinnati, Louisville and South Florida left Conference USA to join the Big East. Texas Christian University also left Conference USA to become the Mountain West Conference's ninth member.

Despite its losses, Conference USA added six schools to increase its membership to twelve, poaching Marshall and UCF from the Mid-American Conference and Rice, Southern Methodist, Tulsa, and UTEP from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Like the ACC, Conference USA split into two divisions and started a conference championship game.

The Western Athletic Conference added Idaho, New Mexico State and Utah State from the Sun Belt Conference.

The Sun Belt picked up I-AA Independents Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

School2004 Conference2005 Conference
Army Black KnightsConference USAI-A Independent
Boston College EaglesBig EastACC
Central Florida KnightsMACConference USA
Cincinnati BearcatsConference USABig East
Louisville CardinalsConference USABig East
Marshall Thundering HerdMACConference USA
Florida Atlantic OwlsI-AA IndependentSun Belt
Florida International PanthersI-AA IndependentSun Belt
Idaho VandalsSun BeltWAC
New Mexico State AggiesSun BeltWAC
Rice OwlsWACConference USA
South Florida BullsConference USABig East
SMU MustangsWACConference USA
Temple OwlsBig East ConferenceI-A Independent
TCU Horned FrogsConference USAMountain West
Tulsa Golden HurricaneWACConference USA
Utah State AggiesSun BeltWAC
UTEP MinersWACConference USA

Coaching changes

Steve Spurrier as coach at the University of Florida

Steve Spurrier returned to college coaching for the first time since 2001 after a stint in the NFL, leading South Carolina to a respectable 7–5 season. Urban Meyer, after leading Utah to an undefeated season in 2004, took over at Florida (Spurrier's old school). Charlie Weis left the New England Patriots to become head coach at alma mater Notre Dame, taking the team to a BCS bowl.

Longtime head coaches Barry Alvarez of Wisconsin and Bill Snyder of Kansas State, both of whom took struggling programs to national prominence during their tenures, retired. Dan Hawkins, having helped make Boise State a powerhouse in the Western Athletic Conference, left the Broncos to coach struggling Colorado.

Conference standings

2005 ACC football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Atlantic Division
No. 23 Florida State xy$  5 3     8 5  
No. 18 Boston College x  5 3     9 3  
No. 21 Clemson  4 4     8 4  
Wake Forest  3 5     4 7  
NC State  3 5     7 5  
Maryland  3 5     5 6  
Coastal Division
No. 7 Virginia Tech x  7 1     11 2  
No. 17 Miami  6 2     9 3  
Georgia Tech  5 3     7 5  
North Carolina  4 4     5 6  
Virginia  3 5     7 5  
Duke  0 8     1 10  

Championship: Florida State 27, Virginia Tech 22
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2005 Big East football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 West Virginia $  7 0     11 1  
No. 19 Louisville  5 2     9 3  
Rutgers  4 3     7 5  
South Florida  4 3     6 6  
Pittsburgh  4 3     5 6  
Connecticut  2 5     5 6  
Cincinnati  2 5     4 7  
Syracuse  0 7     1 10  
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2005 Big Ten football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 Penn State $+  7 1     11 1  
No. 4 Ohio State %+  7 1     10 2  
No. 15 Wisconsin  5 3     10 3  
Michigan  5 3     7 5  
Northwestern  5 3     7 5  
Iowa  5 3     7 5  
Minnesota  4 4     7 5  
Purdue  3 5     5 6  
Michigan State  2 6     5 6  
Indiana  1 7     4 7  
Illinois  0 8     2 9  
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2005 Big 12 football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Northern Division
Colorado x  5 3     7 6  
Missouri  4 4     7 5  
No. 24 Nebraska  4 4     8 4  
Iowa State  4 4     7 5  
Kansas  3 5     7 5  
Kansas State  2 6     5 6  
Southern Division
No. 1 Texas x$#  8 0     13 0  
No. 20 Texas Tech  6 2     9 3  
No. 22 Oklahoma  6 2     8 4  
Texas A&M  3 5     5 6  
Baylor  2 6     5 6  
Oklahoma State  1 7     4 7  
Championship: Texas 70, Colorado 3
    1. BCS National Champion
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2005 Conference USA football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
UCF x  7 1     8 5  
Southern Miss  5 3     7 5  
Memphis  5 3     7 5  
East Carolina  4 4     5 6  
Marshall  3 5     4 7  
UAB  3 5     5 6  
West Division
Tulsa x$  6 2     9 4  
UTEP  5 3     8 4  
Houston  4 4     6 6  
SMU  4 4     5 6  
Tulane  1 7     2 9  
Rice  1 7     1 10  
Championship: Tulsa 44, Central Florida 27
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2005 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Akron xy$  5 3     7 6  
Miami x  5 3     7 4  
Bowling Green x  5 3     6 5  
Ohio  3 5     4 7  
Buffalo  1 7     1 10  
Kent State  0 8     1 10  
West Division
Northern Illinois xy  6 2     7 5  
Toledo x  6 2     9 3  
Western Michigan  5 3     7 4  
Central Michigan  5 3     6 5  
Ball State  4 4     4 7  
Eastern Michigan  3 5     4 7  
Championship: Akron 31, NIU 30
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
2005 Mountain West football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 11 TCU $  8 0     11 1  
BYU  5 3     6 6  
Colorado State  5 3     6 6  
Utah  4 4     7 5  
New Mexico  4 4     6 5  
San Diego State  4 4     5 7  
Air Force  3 5     4 7  
Wyoming  2 6     4 7  
UNLV  1 7     2 9  
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2005 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 2 USC † $  8 0     12 1  
No. 13 Oregon  7 1     10 2  
No. 16 UCLA  6 2     10 2  
No. 25 California  4 4     8 4  
Arizona State  4 4     7 5  
Stanford  4 4     5 6  
Oregon State  3 5     5 6  
Arizona  2 6     3 8  
Washington State  1 7     4 7  
Washington  1 7     2 9  
  • $ Conference champion
  • † – USC later vacated 12 wins (8 in conference) due to NCAA sanctions.
Rankings from AP Poll
2005 SEC football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Eastern Division
No. 10 Georgia x$  6 2     10 3  
South Carolina  5 3     7 5  
No. 12 Florida  5 3     9 3  
Vanderbilt  3 5     5 6  
Tennessee  3 5     5 6  
Kentucky  2 6     3 8  
Western Division
No. 5 LSU xy  7 1     11 2  
No. 14 Auburn x  7 1     9 3  
No. 8 Alabama  6 2     10 2  
Arkansas  2 6     4 7  
Mississippi State  1 7     3 8  
Ole Miss  1 7     3 8  
Championship: Georgia 34, LSU 14
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • Alabama had all victories vacated by the NCAA in 2010. As such, the official record for Alabama is 0–2 (0–2).
Rankings from AP Poll
2005 Sun Belt football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Arkansas State +  5 2     6 6  
Louisiana–Lafayette +  5 2     6 5  
Louisiana–Monroe +  5 2     5 6  
Middle Tennessee  3 4     4 7  
Troy  3 4     4 7  
Florida Atlantic  2 5     2 9  
North Texas  2 5     2 9  
FIU  0 4     0 6  
  • + Conference co-champions
  • † – The NCAA vacated all 5 of FIU's (3–4, 5–6) wins
Rankings from AP Poll
2005 WAC football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Boise State +  7 1     9 4  
Nevada +  7 1     9 3  
Louisiana Tech  6 2     7 4  
Fresno State  6 2     8 5  
Hawaii  4 4     5 7  
San Jose State  2 6     3 8  
Utah State  2 6     3 8  
Idaho  2 6     2 9  
New Mexico State  0 8     0 12  
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2005 Division I-A independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 9 Notre Dame %       9 3  
Navy       8 4  
Army       4 7  
Temple       0 11  
  • % BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll

Bowl games

BCS bowls

Other New Year's Day bowls

December bowl games

Awards and honors

Heisman Trophy controversy

Heisman Trophy voting was primarily for three players: Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart (who won the trophy in 2004) and Vince Young. Bush won the trophy, with Young (who helped Texas win their first national championship since 1970) second in the voting:

  1. Reggie Bush, Jr. USC TB (2,541 points)
  2. Vince Young, Jr. Texas QB (1,608)
  3. Matt Leinart, Sr. USC QB (797)
  4. Brady Quinn Jr. Notre Dame QB (191)
  5. Michael Robinson, Sr. Penn State QB (49)

In June 2010 the NCAA ruled that Bush had received "improper benefits", violating NCAA policy. On September 14, he announced in a statement from the New Orleans Saints that he would forfeit his 2005 Heisman Trophy. Runner-up Vince Young said that he would not accept the trophy if Bush forfeited it. On September 15, the Heisman Trust announced that the 2005 trophy would be vacated and there would be no winner for the season.[1]

Major award winners

    All-Americans

    2005 Consensus All-America team
    Offense
    Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
    QB Vince Young 6'5" 229 Jr. Houston, Texas Texas
    RB Reggie Bush 6'0" 200 Jr. Spring Valley, California USC
    RB Jerome Harrison 5'10" 199 Sr. Kalamazoo, Michigan Washington State
    WR Dwayne Jarrett 6'5" 210 So. New Brunswick, New Jersey USC
    WR Jeff Samardzija 6'5" 218 Jr. Valparaiso, Indiana Notre Dame
    TE Marcedes Lewis 6'6" 256 Sr. Lakewood, California UCLA
    T Jonathan Scott 6'7" 315 Sr. Dallas, Texas Texas
    T Marcus McNeill 6'9" 338 Sr. Decatur, Georgia Auburn
    G Deuce Lutui 6'6" 370 Sr. Mesa, Arizona USC
    G Max Jean-Gilles 6'4" 355 Sr. North Miami Beach, Florida Georgia
    C Greg Eslinger 6'3" 292 Sr. Bismarck, North Dakota Minnesota
    Defense
    Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
    DE Tamba Hali 6'3" 275 Sr. Teaneck, New Jersey Penn State
    DT Haloti Ngata 6'4" 338 Sr. Salt Lake City, Utah Oregon
    DT Rodrique Wright 6'5" 315 Sr. Houston, Texas Texas
    DE Elvis Dumervil 6'0" 256 Sr. Miami, Florida Louisville
    LB A. J. Hawk 6'1" 248 Sr. Centerville, Ohio Ohio State
    LB DeMeco Ryans 6'1" 236 Sr. Bessemer, Alabama Alabama
    LB Paul Posluszny 6'2" 238 Jr. Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania Penn State
    CB Jimmy Williams 6'3" 216 Sr. Hampton, Virginia Virginia Tech
    CB Tye Hill 5'10" 185 Sr. Dorchester, South Carolina Clemson
    Safety Michael Huff 6'0" 204 Sr. Irving, Texas Texas
    Safety Greg Blue 6'2" 216 Sr. Atlanta Georgia
    Special teams
    Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
    Kicker Mason Crosby 6'2" 215 Jr. Georgetown, Texas Colorado
    Punter Ryan Plackemeier 6'3" 235 Sr. Bonsall, California Wake Forest
    RS Maurice Drew 5'8" 205 Jr. Antioch, California UCLA

    Highest-scoring team

    Texas scored the most points (652).[4][5]

    References

    1. "Heisman Trust: 2005 award will be vacated". Chicago Tribune. September 15, 2010. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
    2. Vacated due to ineligibility.
    3. The AP does not vacate titles removed ineligible teams or players.
    4. 2005 College Football Team Offense (Sports Reference)
    5. 2005 Texas Longhorns Stats (Sports-Reference)