The 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season
was the first year of the Bowl Coalition
, and ended with Alabama
's first national championship in thirteen years—their first since the departure of Bear Bryant
. One of Bryant's players, Gene Stallings
, was the head coach, and he used a style similar to Bryant's, a smashmouth running game combined with a tough defense.
The members of the Bowl Coalition were the Sugar Bowl
, Orange Bowl
, Cotton Bowl Classic
, and Fiesta Bowl
. Under the agreement the Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Cotton Bowl Classic hosted the Southeastern Conference
, Big 8
, and Southwest Conference
champions, respectively, and then a pool of at large teams was formed between the Atlantic Coast Conference
champ, the Big East
champ, Notre Dame, and two conference runner ups from the Big 8, SWC, ACC, Big East and Pac-10. The highest ranked host team would play the highest ranked at-large team. If the two highest ranked teams were both at-large teams, the championship game would be hosted by the Fiesta Bowl.
So for this year, (host) SEC champ Alabama played (at-large) Big East Champ Miami-FL
, the Orange Bowl featured (host) Big-8 champ Nebraska
and (at-large) ACC champ Florida St.
, the Cotton Bowl Classic featured (host) SWC champ Texas A&M
and (at-large) independent Notre Dame
, and the Fiesta Bowl featured (at-large) Big East runner up and (at-large) Big 8 runner up .
The 1992 season also saw the expansion of the SEC and the first conference championship game to be... Read More