|2010 NCAA Division I FBS season|
|Number of teams||120|
|Duration||September 2 – December 11|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Alabama|
|Duration||December 18, 2010 – January 10, 2011|
|Heisman Trophy||Cam Newton (quarterback, Auburn)|
|Bowl Championship Series|
|2011 BCS Championship Game|
|Site||University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, Arizona|
|NCAA Division I FBS football seasons|
The regular season began on September 2, 2010 and ended on December 11, 2010. The postseason concluded on January 10, 2011 with the BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Auburn Tigers defeated the Oregon Ducks to complete an undefeated season and win their sixth national title in school history.
- Wedge blocks are now banned on kickoffs.
- Messages on eye-black, such as those worn by Tim Tebow, Reggie Bush, and Case Keenum are no longer allowed.
Multiple conferences announced changes in membership throughout 2010, triggering a major realignment that would eventually affect all 11 FBS leagues. Due to conference notice requirements, these changes would not take effect until 2011 at the earliest.
The following day, June 11, saw two schools change conferences. The Mountain West Conference announced that Boise State had accepted their invitation to join from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), while Nebraska ended its longstanding affiliation with the Big Eight/Big 12 to join the Big Ten Conference. Both moves would take effect starting with the 2011-2012 academic year.
In the following days, it was widely speculated that the five public schools in the Big 12 South Division (Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State) would leave for the Pac-10 to create a 16-team "superconference." However, a last-minute deal announced on June 14 saw Texas remain in the Big 12, prompting the other four schools to follow suit. The Pac-10 then extended an invitation to Utah on June 16, who accepted the next day. With the addition of Colorado and Utah, the Pac-10 announced that the conference would change its name to the Pac-12 upon the two new members joining in July 2011.
On August 18, the Mountain West responded to rumors of the imminent departure of Brigham Young by inviting WAC members Fresno State, Nevada, and Utah State. Utah State declined the offer, but Fresno State and Nevada accepted later that day. Following threats of legal action by the WAC, the two schools agreed to stay in the WAC through the 2011-12 season in exchange for a greatly reduced exit fee. BYU officially announced their departure from the Mountain West on September 1. The BYU football team would become an FBS Independent while all other sports would move West Coast Conference for the 2011-12 season.
On November 11, the Western Athletic Conference announced that Texas State, then a member of the FCS Southland Conference, and UTSA, which planned to launch a football team in 2011, would upgrade their football programs to FBS level, join the WAC in 2012, and become full FBS members in 2013.
On November 29, TCU announced it would leave the Mountain West to join the Big East in 2012. The Mountain West replaced TCU by adding Hawaiʻi as a football-only member on December 10; Hawaiʻi's other sports would join the Big West Conference.
New and updated stadiums
No new stadiums opened in the 2010 season. However, expansion projects at several stadiums were completed in time for the season:
- Alabama: The seventh major expansion of Bryant–Denny Stadium increased the capacity from 92,138 to 101,821.
- East Carolina: The east end zone at Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium was enclosed, increasing capacity from 43,000 to 50,000.
- Louisville: A second deck was added to the east side of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, increasing capacity from its original 42,000 to over 56,000.
- Michigan: Michigan Stadium once again claimed the title of largest college football stadium. The new capacity was officially announced on July 14 as 109,901.
- Texas Tech: Renovations to Jones AT&T Stadium increased the capacity to 60,454 and a new building on the stadium's eastern side added an additional 26 suites and 500 club seats.
- USC was not eligible to be ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll due to NCAA sanctions. They were also prohibited from playing in a bowl.
- On September 11, Virginia Tech, then No. 13 in the AP Poll, was stunned at home by in-state FCS team James Madison. The Dukes' 21–16 victory was only the second by an FCS school over a ranked FBS team, after Appalachian State's historic upset of Michigan in 2007.
- The University of Texas reached an agreement with ESPN to distribute the Longhorn Network on cable systems in the fall of 2011. The deal is for 10 years and guarantees Texas $12 million annually on top of the television revenue UT would receive as part of the Big 12's current television contracts with ABC/ESPN and Fox. The Longhorn Network would be the first sports-centric network for a university and was slated to broadcast third-tier programming, but UT men's athletic director DeLoss Dodds has asked the Big 12 to be allowed to air one football game, and a smattering of men's basketball games.
- The CBS telecast of the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn on November 26, 2010 earned a 7.5 rating, the highest for any game of the 2010 college football season through week 13.
Rankings reflect the Week 14 AP Poll before the conference championship games were played.
Conference championship games
|Conference||Champion||Runner-up||Score||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|ACC||No. 12 Virginia Tech||No. 20 Florida State||44–33||Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech||Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson||Ralph Friedgen, Maryland|
|Big 12||No. 10 Oklahoma||No. 13 Nebraska||23–20||Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State||Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska||Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State|
|C-USA||UCF||SMU||17–7||Dwayne Harris, WR/KR, East Carolina (MVP)
G.J. Kinne, QB, Tulsa
|Bruce Miller, DE, UCF||George O'Leary, UCF|
|MAC||Miami (OH)||No. 24 Northern Illinois||26–21||Chad Spann, RB, Northern Illinois||Roosevelt Nix, DT, Kent State||Mike Haywood, Miami|
|SEC||No. 2 Auburn||No. 18 South Carolina||56–17||Cam Newton, QB, Auburn||Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU||Steve Spurrier, South Carolina|
Other conference champions
* Received conference's automatic BCS bowl bid.
In 2011, Ohio State vacated all twelve wins and their share of the Big Ten title from the 2010 season after it was revealed that several players had committed NCAA violations by receiving improper benefits from a local business owner.
Final BCS rankings
|BCS||School||Record||BCS Bowl Game|
|1||Auburn||13–0||BCS National Championship|
|2||Oregon||12–0||BCS National Championship|
- Despite not being in the BCS rankings, Connecticut (8–4) played in the Fiesta Bowl by virtue of being the Big East Conference Champion.
Awards and honors
Heisman Trophy voting
The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.
|Kellen Moore||Boise State||QB||40||165||122||635|
Other award winners
- AP Player of the Year: Cameron Newton, Auburn
- Maxwell Award (top player): Cameron Newton, Auburn
- Walter Camp Award (top player): Cameron Newton, Auburn
- Campbell Trophy ("academic Heisman", formerly the Draddy Trophy): Sam Acho, Texas
- Wuerffel Trophy (humanitarian-athlete): Sam Acho, Texas
- Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player): Owen Marecic, Stanford
- Burlsworth Trophy (top player who began as walk-on): Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech
- Davey O'Brien Award (quarterback): Cameron Newton, Auburn
- Johnny Unitas Award (senior quarterback): Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
- Manning Award (quarterback): Cameron Newton, Auburn
- Sammy Baugh Trophy (quarterback, specifically passer): Landry Jones, Oklahoma
- Dave Rimington Trophy (center): Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU
- Outland Trophy (interior lineman): Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
- Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player): Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
- Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player): Patrick Peterson, LSU
- Lott Trophy (defensive impact): J. J. Watt, Wisconsin
- Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end): Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
- Lombardi Award (defensive lineman): Nick Fairley, Auburn
- Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back): Patrick Peterson, LSU
- Lou Groza Award (placekicker): Dan Bailey, Oklahoma State
- Ray Guy Award (punter): Chas Henry, Florida
- AP Coach of the Year: Chip Kelly, Oregon
- Paul "Bear" Bryant Award: Gene Chizik, Auburn
- The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award: Gene Chizik, Auburn
- Walter Camp Coach of the Year: Chip Kelly, Oregon
- Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year: Chip Kelly, Oregon
- Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award: Chris Petersen, Boise State
- Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award: Gene Chizik, Auburn
- Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno, in his 45th season, has achieved a feat that no coach in major college football history has ever reached: the 400-win mark. Paterno already held records for the most wins in major college football history as well as the most bowl wins (24) in college football history.
- Kyle Brotzman of Boise State set a new Division I record for most career points by a kicker. His 439 career points surpassed the former record of 433 by Art Carmody of Louisville.
- Miami (Ohio) became the first team in FBS history to win 10 or more games after losing 10 or more games in the previous season.
Preseason and in-season
This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2010. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2010, see 2009 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.
|Vanderbilt||Bobby Johnson||July 14||Retired||Robbie Caldwell|
|Minnesota||Tim Brewster||October 17||Fired after 1–6 start||Jeff Horton (interim)|
|North Texas||Todd Dodge||October 20||Fired after 1–6 start||Mike Canales (interim)|
|Colorado||Dan Hawkins||November 9||Fired after 3–6 start||Brian Cabral (interim)|
End of season
- All dates in November and December are in 2010; all January dates are in 2011.
- The "resigned/fired" listing indicates that a coach technically resigned, but at least one media report has stated that he was effectively fired.
|School||Outgoing coach||Date of departure||Reason||Replacement||Date of replacement|
|Kent State||Doug Martin||November 21 (effective November 27)||Resigned||Darrell Hazell||December 20|
|Ball State||Stan Parrish||November 22||Fired||Pete Lembo||December 20|
|Vanderbilt||Robbie Caldwell||November 27||Resigned||James Franklin||December 17|
|Miami (FL)||Randy Shannon||November 27||Fired||Al Golden||December 12|
|Indiana||Bill Lynch||November 28||Fired||Kevin Wilson||December 7|
|Arkansas State||Steve Roberts||November 29||Resigned/fired||Hugh Freeze||December 2|
|Louisiana-Lafayette||Rickey Bustle||November 29||Fired||Mark Hudspeth||December 13|
|North Texas||Mike Canales (interim)||November 30||Permanent replacement||Dan McCarney||November 30|
|Minnesota||Jeff Horton (interim)||December 5||Permanent replacement||Jerry Kill||December 5|
|Northern Illinois||Jerry Kill||December 5||Hired by Minnesota||Tom Matukewicz (interim)||December 9|
|Dave Doeren (permanent)||December 13 (effective January 2)|
|Colorado||Brian Cabral (interim)||December 6||Permanent replacement||Jon Embree||December 6|
|Florida||Urban Meyer||December 8 (effective January 2)||Resigned||Will Muschamp||December 11 (effective January 2)|
|Pittsburgh||Dave Wannstedt||December 7||Resigned/fired||Mike Haywood||December 16 (fired on Jan. 1)|
|Temple||Al Golden||December 12||Hired by Miami (FL)||Steve Addazio||December 22 (effective date TBA)|
|Miami (OH)||Mike Haywood||December 16||Hired by Pittsburgh||Lance Guidry (interim)||December 16|
|Don Treadwell (permanent)||December 31 (effective January 10)|
|Maryland||Ralph Friedgen||December 20||Fired||Randy Edsall||January 2|
|Pittsburgh||Mike Haywood||January 1||Fired||Phil Bennett (interim)||January 3|
|Todd Graham (permanent)||January 10|
|Connecticut||Randy Edsall||January 2||Hired by Maryland||Paul Pasqualoni||January 13|
|Michigan||Rich Rodriguez||January 5||Fired||Brady Hoke||January 11|
|Stanford||Jim Harbaugh||January 7||Hired by San Francisco 49ers||David Shaw||January 13|
|Tulsa||Todd Graham||January 10||Hired by Pittsburgh||Bill Blankenship||January 14|
|San Diego State||Brady Hoke||January 11||Hired by Michigan||Rocky Long||January 12|
Ten most watched regular season games in 2010
- 1. November 26 - Iron Bowl/The Cam-Back - CBS - 2 Auburn vs 9 Alabama - 12.5 Million viewers
- 2. December 4 - 2010 SEC Championship - CBS - 1 Auburn vs 19 South Carolina - 10.1 Million viewers
- 3. September 6 - ESPN - 3 Boise State vs. 5 Virginia Tech - 9.9 Million viewers
- 4. December 4 - 2010 Big 12 Championship - ESPN on ABC - 13 Nebraska vs 10 Oklahoma - 8.98 Million viewers
- 5. October 2 - CBS - 7 Florida vs 1 Alabama - 8.6 Million viewers
- 6. November 13 - Deep South's Oldest Rivalry - CBS - Georgia vs 2 Auburn - 8.3 Million viewers
- 7. September 25 - CBS - 1 Alabama vs 10 Arkansas - 8.2 Million viewers
- 8. November 26 - ESPN - 21 Arizona vs 1 Oregon - 7.8 Million viewers
- 9. October 9 - CBS - 1 Alabama vs 19 South Carolina - 7.7 Million viewers
- 10. September 11 - ESPN - 18 Penn State vs 1 Alabama -7.2 Million viewers
7 of 10 games involved with SEC teams - All seven involved a team from the State of Alabama
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