|1999 NCAA Division I-A season|
The Superdome was the site of the national championship
|Preseason AP No. 1||Florida State|
|Duration||December 18, 1999 - |
January 4, 2000
|Ron Dayne (running back, Wisconsin)|
|Bowl Championship Series|
|2000 Sugar Bowl|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Division I-A football seasons|
Florida State became the first team in history to start out preseason No. 1 and remain there through the entire season. Their 12-0 season gave them 109 victories in the '90s, the most for any decade. Virginia Tech also had a remarkable season behind freshman quarterback Michael Vick, who was being touted as college football's best player.
Vick was outshone in the national championship game by Florida State wide receiver Peter Warrick. Warrick had early problems with the law, charged with a misdemeanor he sat out two games early in the season. But he scored three touchdowns in the title game, earning MVP honors.
The BCS adopted a new rule after the previous season, nicknamed the "Kansas State Rule," which stated that any team ranked in the top four in the final BCS poll is assured of an invitation to a BCS bowl game.
Many teams faced debacles. East Carolina faced Hurricane Floyd, and in that same week, faced the No. 9 Miami Hurricanes. The Pirates were down, 23-3, but scored 24 unanswered points to win the football game, 27-23.
Kansas State finished 6th in the BCS standings but again received no BCS bowl invitation, this time being passed over in favor of Michigan (ranked eighth). Kansas State's predicament demonstrated early on the problem of trying to balance historic bowl ties and creating a system which gives top bowl bids to the most deserving teams. In addition, for a second straight season, an undefeated team from outside the BCS Automatic Qualifying conferences (Marshall) went undefeated but did not receive a bid to a BCS bowl game, which illustrated the problem of BCS Non-Automatic Qualifying conference teams being shut out of the BCS bowls.
The NCAA Rules Committee adopted the following changes for the 1999 season:
Two teams upgraded from Division I-AA, thus increasing the number of Division I-A schools from 112 to 114.
|School||1998 Conference||1999 Conference|
|Air Force Falcons||WAC||Mountain West|
|Alabama-Birmingham Blazers||I-A Independent||Conference USA|
|Arkansas State Indians||I-A Independent||Big West|
|Buffalo Bulls||I-AA Independent||MAC (I-A)|
|BYU Cougars||WAC||Mountain West|
|Colorado State Rams||WAC||Mountain West|
|Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders||Ohio Valley (I-AA)||I-A Independent|
|New Mexico Lobos||WAC||Mountain West|
|San Diego State Aztecs||WAC||Mountain West|
|UNLV Rebels||WAC||Mountain West|
|Utah Utes||WAC||Mountain West|
|Wyoming Cowboys||WAC||Mountain West|
Two programs, each playing as independents, changed their names prior to the season: