NCAA Football Division 1A 1996

Bowl Games

Sugar BowlNew Orleans
1996Florida Gators52Florida State Seminoles20
Rose BowlPasadena
1996Ohio State Buckeyes20Arizona State Sun Devils17
Orange BowlMiami
1996Nebraska Cornhuskers31Virginia Tech Hokies21
Fiesta BowlTempe, AZ
1996Penn State Nittany Lions38Texas Longhorns15
Holiday BowlSan Diego
1996Colorado Buffaloes33Washington Huskies21
Gator BowlJacksonville
1996North Carolina Tar Heels20West Virginia Mountaineers13
Citrus BowlOrlando
1996Tennessee Volunteers48Northwestern Wildcats28
Cotton BowlDallas
1996Brigham Young Cougars 19Kansas State Cowboys15
Liberty BowlMemphis
1996Syracuse Orangemen30Houston Cougars17
Outback BowlTampa
1996Alabama Crimson Tide17Michigan Wolverines14
Alamo BowlSan Antonio
1996Iowa Hawkeyes27Texas Tech Red Raiders0
Carquest BowlMiami
1996Miami Hurricanes31Virginia Cavaliers21
Peach BowlAtlanta
1996Louisiana State Tigers10Clemson Tigers7
Independence BowlShreveport, La
1996Auburn Tigers32Army Black Knights29
Copper BowlTucson, AZ
1996Wisconsin Badgers38Utah Utes10
Aloha BowlHonolulu
1996Navy Midshipmen42California Golden Bears38
Sun BowlEl Paso
1996Stanford Cardinal38Michigan State Spartans0
Las Vegas BowlLas Vegas
1996Nevada Wolfpack18Ball State Cardinals15
NCAA Football Division 1A 1996 [References: 1]

Final Rankings

1Florida Gators
2Ohio State Buckeyes
3Nebraska Cornhuskers
4Florida State Seminoles
5Arizona State Sun Devils
6Colorado Buffaloes
7North Carolina Tar Heels
8Tennessee Volunteers
9Penn State Nittany Lions
10Brigham Young Cougars
11Washington Huskies
12Notre Dame Fighting Irish
13Syracuse Orangemen
14Kansas State Cowboys
15Virginia Tech Hokies
16Alabama Crimson Tide
17Michigan Wolverines
18Iowa Hawkeyes
19Miami Hurricanes
20Louisiana State Tigers
21Wyoming Cowboys
22Southern Mississippi
23Texas Longhorns
24Auburn Tigers
25Army Black Knights
26East Carolina Gamecocks
27Texas Tech Red Raiders
28West Virginia Mountaineers
29Northwestern Wildcats
30Utah Utes
NCAA Football Division 1A 1996 [References: 1]


Florida Gators won the 1996 Division 1A NCAA Football title with a defeat of rivals Florida State Seminoles in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Ohio State Buckeyes won the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, defeating Arizona State Sun Devils to take second place in the end-of-season polls.

Unlike most other College Sports in the National Collegiate Athletic Association there was no National Bowl Game at the end of season, but a series of four Big Bowl Games in each quarter of the country for the Champions of the Top Conferences, with an end-of-season poll by the Nations Top Sport Journalists determining who wins the National Championship.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Irish Roman Catholic College in South Bend, Indiana, near Chicago, finished in 12th place in legendary College Football Coach, Lou Holtz’s last season in charge. The Fighting Irish were not satisfied with the cost/payout relationship in the lesser bowls at the end of the season, and despite numerous invites to Bowl Games, did not take part in any, casting a lull over Holtz’s last year in charge.



[1] Anon. (1997) College Countdown: Bowl Results / Touchdown’s End of season Power Ranknigs Touchdown. February 1997. No. 22. pg. 37


Thanks to Todd Zboyan, Bart Barden, Rick Kelley and Tim Leadingham

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