|2014 NCAA Division I FBS season|
|Number of teams||126 full members + 2 transitional|
|Duration||August 27 – December 13|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Florida State|
|Duration||December 20, 2014 – January 12, 2015|
|AP Poll No. 1||Ohio State|
|Coaches Poll No. 1||Ohio State|
|Heisman Trophy||Marcus Mariota (quarterback, Oregon)|
|College Football Playoff|
|2015 College Football Playoff National Championship|
|Site|| AT&T Stadium |
|NCAA Division I FBS football seasons|
The 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the highest level of college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The regular season began on August 27, 2014 and ended on December 13, 2014. The postseason concluded on January 12, 2015 with the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The 2014 season marked a major change to the postseason with the introduction of the College Football Playoff, a four-team knockout tournament to determine the national champion of Division I FBS. The College Football Playoff system replaced the Bowl Championship Series, which had been in use since 1998.
Ohio State beat Oregon to claim the first ever FBS (formerly Division I-A) national title awarded using a playoff system. Following the game, Ohio State was named the No. 1 team in the AP Poll and Coaches' Poll for the season, making the Buckeyes consensus national champions among the major polls.
The following rule changes have been made by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2014 season:
A rule meant to slow down the hurry-up offense by preventing teams from snapping the ball within the first ten seconds of the 40-second play clock to allow for defensive substitutions, or be penalized five yards for delay of game (except within the final 2:00 of each half or when the play clock is set to 25 seconds) was tabled by the Rules Committee and not voted on.
Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Old Dominion moved from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to FBS. 2014 was expected to be the final season for UAB football, who dropped their program at the conclusion of the season due to financial reasons. The UAB football program later restarted in 2017.
|School||Former conference||New conference|
|Appalachian State||Southern Conference (FCS)||Sun Belt|
|East Carolina||Conference USA||The American|
|Georgia Southern||Southern Conference (FCS)||Sun Belt|
|Idaho||FBS independent||Sun Belt|
|New Mexico State||FBS independent||Sun Belt|
|Old Dominion||FCS Independent||Conference USA|
|Rutgers||The American||Big Ten|
|Tulane||Conference USA||The American|
|Tulsa||Conference USA||The American|
|Western Kentucky||Sun Belt||Conference USA|
The three schools that moved from FCS to FBS this season use existing on-campus stadiums:
Rankings reflect the AP Poll. Rankings for Week 9 and beyond will list College Football Playoff Rankings first and AP Poll second. Teams that fail to be a top 10 team for one poll or the other will be noted.
Rankings reflect the Week 15 AP Poll before the conference championship games were played.
|Conference||Champion||Runner-up||Score||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|ACC||No. 2 Florida State CFP||No. 12 Georgia Tech||37–35|| James Conner, RB, |
(Player of the Year)
| Vic Beasley, DE, |
| Paul Johnson, |
|Big 12||No. 5 Baylor |
|N/A||N/A||Trevone Boykin, TCU||Paul Dawson, TCU||Gary Patterson, TCU|
|Big Ten||No. 6 Ohio State CFP||No. 11 Wisconsin||59–0|| Melvin Gordon, RB, |
| Joey Bosa, DE, |
| Jerry Kill, |
(coaches and media)
|Pac-12||No. 3 Oregon CFP||No. 8 Arizona||51–13|| Marcus Mariota, QB, |
| Scooby Wright III, LB, |
| Rich Rodriguez, |
|SEC||No. 1 Alabama CFP||No. 14 Missouri||42–13|| Amari Cooper, WR, |
Alabama (AP, Coaches)
| Shane Ray, DE, |
Missouri (AP, Coaches)
| Dan Mullen, |
Mississippi State (AP)
Note: Records are regular-season only, and do not include playoff games.
|Conference||Champion||Runner Up||Score||Record||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|AAC|| Memphis |
|N/A||N/A||Memphis 9-3 |
|Shane Carden, QB, East Carolina|| Jacoby Glenn, CB, UCF &|
Tank Jakes, LB, Memphis
|Justin Fuente, Memphis|
|C-USA||Marshall||Louisiana Tech||26–23||Marshall 12-1|| Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky (MVP) |
Rakeem Cato, QB, Marshall (Offensive POY)
|Neville Hewitt, LB, Marshall||Doc Holliday, Marshall|
|MAC||Northern Illinois||Bowling Green||51–17||Northern Illinois 11-2|| Jarvion Franklin, RB, |
| Quinten Rollins, DB, |
| P. J. Fleck, |
|MW||No. 22 Boise State||Fresno State||28–14||Boise State 11-2|| Garrett Grayson, QB, |
| Zach Vigil, LB, |
| Jim McElwain, |
|Sun Belt||Georgia Southern||N/A||N/A||Georgia Southern 8-3*|| Elijah McGuire, RB, |
| David Mayo, LB, |
| Willie Fritz, |
CFP College Football Playoff participant
* On July 22, 2016, Georgia Southern announced that it had been ordered by the NCAA to vacate two wins from the 2013 season and one win from the 2014 season as punishment for fielding academically ineligible student athletes during those games. The ruling does not affect Georgia Southern's 2014 Sun Belt Conference Football Championship.
Starting with the 2014–15 postseason, six College Football Playoff (CFP) bowl games will host two semifinal playoff games on a rotating basis. For this season, the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will host the semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Number of bowl berths available: 76
Number of bowl-eligible teams: 81
Ohio, Texas State, Temple, UAB, Middle Tennessee
Number of bowl-ineligible teams: 47
† – Appalachian State (7–5), Georgia Southern (9–3, Sun Belt champions), and Old Dominion (6–6) were conditionally eligible based on win/loss record. However, under FCS-to-FBS transition rules, they are not eligible because enough teams qualified under normal circumstances.
‡ – Idaho was ineligible for postseason play due to an insufficient Academic Progress Rate. However, the Vandals would not have been eligible without the ban, as they finished with a 1-10 record.
|Semifinals||2015 Championship Game|
|January 1 – Sugar Bowl|
|4||Ohio State||42||January 12 – National Championship|
|January 1 – Rose Bowl||2||Oregon||20|
|3||Florida State||13–0||Rose Bowl|
|4||Ohio State||12–1||Sugar Bowl|
|7||Mississippi State||10–2||Orange Bowl|
|8||Michigan State||10–2||Cotton Bowl|
|9||Ole Miss||9–3||Peach Bowl|
|11||Kansas State||9–3||Alamo Bowl|
|12||Georgia Tech||10–3||Orange Bowl|
|15||Arizona State||9–3||Sun Bowl|
|17||Clemson||9–3||Russell Athletic Bowl|
|20||Boise State||11–2||Fiesta Bowl|
|22||Utah||8–4||Las Vegas Bowl|
|23||LSU||8–4||Music City Bowl|
|Rank||Associated Press||Coaches' Poll|
|1||Ohio State||Ohio State|
|5||Florida State||Michigan State|
|6||Michigan State||Florida State|
|12||Arizona State||Mississippi State|
|16||Boise State||Boise State|
|18||Kansas State||Kansas State|
Unlike the BCS, the Coaches' Poll is not contractually obligated to name the CFP champion as its No. 1 team.
The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.
|J.T. Barrett||Ohio State||QB||0||19||40||78|
|Jameis Winston||Florida State||QB||4||10||19||51|
|Dak Prescott||Mississippi State||QB||2||4||28||42|
|Scooby Wright III||Arizona||LB||0||4||13||21|
This is restricted to coaching changes taking place on or after May 1, 2014. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2014, see 2013 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.
|Buffalo||Jeff Quinn||October 12, 2014||Fired||Alex Wood (interim)|
|Buffalo||Alex Wood (interim)||November 30, 2014||Replaced||Lance Leipold (permanent)|
|Central Michigan||Dan Enos||January 22, 2015||Hired as offensive coordinator by Arkansas||John Bonamego|
|Colorado State||Jim McElwain||December 4, 2014||Hired by Florida||Dave Baldwin (interim)|
|Colorado State||Dave Baldwin (interim)||December 22, 2014||Replaced||Mike Bobo (permanent)|
|Florida||Will Muschamp||November 16, 2014||Resigned||D. J. Durkin (interim – bowl game)|
|Florida||D. J. Durkin (interim)||December 4, 2014||Replaced||Jim McElwain (permanent)|
|Houston||Tony Levine||December 8, 2014||Fired||David Gibbs (interim)|
|Houston||David Gibbs (interim)||December 16, 2014||Replaced||Tom Herman (permanent)|
|Kansas||Charlie Weis||September 28, 2014||Fired||Clint Bowen (Interim)|
|Kansas||Clint Bowen (interim)||December 5, 2014||Replaced||David Beaty (permanent)|
|Michigan||Brady Hoke||December 2, 2014||Fired||Jim Harbaugh|
|Nebraska||Bo Pelini||November 30, 2014||Fired||Barney Cotton (interim)|
|Nebraska||Barney Cotton (interim)||December 4, 2014||Replaced||Mike Riley (permanent)|
|Pittsburgh||Paul Chryst||December 17, 2014||Hired by Wisconsin||Joe Rudolph (interim)|
|Pittsburgh||Joe Rudolph (interim)||December 23, 2014||Replaced||Pat Narduzzi (permanent)|
|Oregon State||Mike Riley||December 4, 2014||Hired by Nebraska||Gary Andersen|
|SMU||June Jones||September 8, 2014||Resigned||Tom Mason (interim)|
|SMU||Tom Mason (interim)||November 30, 2014||Replaced||Chad Morris (permanent)|
|Troy||Larry Blakeney||October 5, 2014||Retired||Neal Brown|
|Tulsa||Bill Blankenship||December 1, 2014||Fired||Philip Montgomery|
|UAB||Bill Clark||December 2, 2014||School dropped football||None|
|UNLV||Bobby Hauck||November 28, 2014||Resigned||Tony Sanchez|
|Wisconsin||Gary Andersen||December 10, 2014||Hired by Oregon State||Barry Alvarez (interim – bowl game)|
|Wisconsin||Barry Alvarez (interim)||December 17, 2014||for bowl game||Paul Chryst (permanent)|
|1||November 29, 7:45 ET||No. 15 Auburn||44||No. 1 Alabama||55||ESPN||13.53 Million||7.4||Iron Bowl|
|2||October 18, 8:00 ET||No. 5 Notre Dame||27||No. 1 Florida State||31||ABC||13.25 Million||7.9|
|3||November 15, 3:30 ET||No. 1 Mississippi State||20||No. 5 Alabama||25||CBS||10.27 Million||6.4||Rivalry|
|4||November 8, 8:00 ET||No. 5 Alabama||20||No. 16 LSU||13||9.11 Million||5.3||Rivalry|
|5||November 15, 8:00 ET||No. 2 Florida State||30||Miami (FL)||26||ABC||8.74 Million||5.3||Rivalry|
|6||November 29, 12:00 ET||Michigan||28||No. 6 Ohio State||42||8.23 Million||4.9||The Game|
|7||September 20, 3:30 ET||Florida||21||No. 3 Alabama||42||CBS||7.95 Million||5.1|
|8||September 20, 8:00 ET||No. 22 Clemson||17||No. 1 Florida State||23||ABC||7.34 Million||4.5|
|9||November 8, 3:30 ET||Texas A&M||41||No. 3 Auburn||38||CBS||7.21 Million||4.4|
|10||November 8, 8:00 ET||No. 14 Ohio State||49||No. 8 Michigan State||37||ABC||6.83 Million||3.9|
|1||August 30, 3:30 ET||No. 2 Alabama||33||West Virginia||23||Regional ABC||6.4 Million||4||Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game||Georgia Dome, Atlanta|
|2||August 30, 8:00 ET||Oklahoma State||31||No. 1 Florida State||37||ABC||6.03 Million||2.4||Cowboys Classic||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas|
|3||August 30, 9:00 ET||No. 13 LSU||28||No. 14 Wisconsin||24||ESPN||4.68 Million||2.8||Texas Kickoff||Reliant Stadium, Houston|
|4||August 28, 8:00 ET||Boise State||13||No. 18 Ole Miss||35||ESPN||2.42 Million||1.5||Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game||Georgia Dome, Atlanta|
|1||December 6, 4:00 ET||No. 1 Alabama||42||No. 16 Missouri||13||CBS||12.8 Million||7.8||SEC||Georgia Dome, Atlanta|
|2||December 6, 8:00 ET||No. 4 Florida State||37||No. 11 Georgia Tech||35||ABC||10.1 Million||6.2||ACC||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina|
|3||December 6, 8:00 ET||No. 13 Wisconsin||0||No. 5 Ohio State||59||FOX||6.13 Million||3.5||Big Ten||Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis|
|4||December 5, 9:00 ET||No. 7 Arizona||13||No. 2 Oregon||51||FOX||6.00 Million||3.7||Pac-12||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California|
|5||December 6, 10:00 ET||Fresno State||14||No. 22 Boise State||28||CBS||1.53 Million||1.0||MW||Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho|
|6||December 6, 12:00 ET||Louisiana Tech||23||Marshall||26||ESPN2||725K||0.5||C-USA||Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, West Virginia|
|7||December 5, 7:00 ET||Bowling Green||17||Northern Illinois||51||ESPN2||692K||0.5||MAC||Ford Field, Detroit|
Note: All games aired on ESPN
|Rose Bowl||January 1, 2015||5:00 ET||No. 3 Florida State||20||No. 2 Oregon||59||28.2 Million||14.8|
|Sugar Bowl||January 1, 2015||8:00 ET||No. 4 Ohio State||42||No. 1 Alabama||35||28.3 Million||15.2|
|National Championship||January 12, 2015||8:30 ET||No. 4 Ohio State||42||No. 2 Oregon||20||33.4 Million*||18.2|
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