This Week In College Football History, Jan. 3-Jan. 9
Courtesy of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc.
Jan 7, 2007: At the first-ever Tostitos BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona, No. 2 Florida dominates heavily favored Ohio State 41-14 to win their first national championship since 1996. The Gators continue the trend of No. 2 knocking off No. 1 and of Heisman Trophy winners coming up short in bowl games. Heisman winner Troy Smith finishes the game 4-14 for 35 yards and one interception, while the one-two punch of Chris Leak and Tim Tebow account for three scores.
OTHER NOTABLE DATES:
January 3, 2002: Miami (Fla.) beat Nebraska, 37-14, in the Rose Bowl for the National Championship. This was the fourth year of the Bowl Championship Series.
January 3, 2003: Ohio State defeated Miami (Fla.), 31-24, in two overtimes in the Fiesta Bowl to win the National Championship. Ohio State had a 14-0 record for the season.
January 4, 1999: The BCS began at the Fiesta Bowl to crown a national champion: Tennessee 23, Florida State 16.
January 5, 1891: California continues its early tradition of playing games in the fall, winter, and spring with a 14-0 victory over San Francisco Boys High School in Berekley.
January 6, 1979: The then second largest crowd (72,000) in East-West Shrine Classic's storied history watches East dominate the West 56-17. The Shrine game is the second-oldest postseason football game after the Rose Bowl.