2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2014 NCAA Division I FBS season
Oregon vs South Dakota, August 30, 2014.jpg
Number of teams126 full members + 2 transitional
DurationAugust 27 – December 13
Preseason AP No. 1 Florida State
Post-season
DurationDecember 20, 2014 – January 12, 2015
Bowl games 39
AP Poll No. 1 Ohio State [1]
Coaches Poll No. 1 Ohio State [2]
Heisman Trophy Marcus Mariota (quarterback, Oregon)
College Football Playoff
2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
Site AT&T Stadium
Arlington, Texas
Champion(s) Ohio State
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
  2013
2015  

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).

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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. [1] [2]

Rule changes

The following rule changes have been made by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2014 season: [3]

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. [5]

Conference realignment

Membership changes

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. [6]

SchoolFormer conferenceNew 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
Louisville The American ACC
Maryland ACC Big Ten
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

Other headlines

Updated stadiums

New stadiums

The three schools that moved from FCS to FBS this season use existing on-campus stadiums:

Renovated stadiums

Other

Regular season top 10 matchups

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.

Conference standings

2014 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 25 Memphis + 71    103 
Cincinnati + 71    94 
UCF + 71    94 
East Carolina  53    85 
Houston  53    85 
Temple  44    66 
South Florida  35    48 
Tulane  26    39 
Tulsa  26    210 
UConn  17    210 
SMU  17    111 
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Atlantic Division
No. T–5 Florida State x$^ 80    131 
No. 15 Clemson  62    103 
No. 24 Louisville  53    94 
Boston College  44    76 
NC State  35    85 
Syracuse  17    39 
Wake Forest  17    39 
Coastal Division
No. 8 Georgia Tech x 62    113 
Duke  53    94 
North Carolina  44    67 
Pittsburgh  44    67 
Miami  35    67 
Virginia Tech  35    76 
Virginia  35    57 
Championship: Florida State 37, Georgia Tech 35
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 7 Baylor + 81    112 
No. 3 TCU + 81    121 
No. 18 Kansas State  72    94 
Oklahoma  54    85 
West Virginia  54    76 
Texas  54    67 
Oklahoma State  45    76 
Texas Tech  27    48 
Kansas  18    39 
Iowa State  09    210 
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
No. 1 Ohio State x$#^ 80    141 
No. T–5 Michigan State  71    112 
Maryland  44    76 
Rutgers  35    85 
Michigan  35    57 
Penn State  26    76 
Indiana  17    48 
West Division
No. 13 Wisconsin x 71    113 
Minnesota  53    85 
Nebraska  53    94 
Iowa  44    76 
Illinois  35    67 
Northwestern  35    57 
Purdue  17    39 
Championship: Ohio State 59, Wisconsin 0
  • # College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Conference USA football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
No. 23 Marshall x$ 71    131 
Middle Tennessee  53    66 
Western Kentucky  44    85 
UAB  44    66 
Old Dominion* 44    66 
FIU  35    48 
Florida Atlantic  26    39 
West Division
Louisiana Tech x 71    95 
Rice  53    85 
UTEP  53    76 
UTSA  35    48 
North Texas  26    48 
Southern Miss  17    39 
Championship: Marshall 26, Louisiana Tech 23
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • * Ineligible for postseason bowl due to transition from FCS
As of 22:24, 20 December 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Bowling Green x 53    86 
Ohio  44    66 
Buffalo  34    56 
Akron  35    57 
UMass  35    39 
Miami  26    210 
Kent State  16    29 
West Division
Northern Illinois xy$ 71    113 
Toledo x 71    94 
Western Michigan  62    85 
Central Michigan  53    76 
Ball State  44    57 
Eastern Michigan  17    210 
Championship: Northern Illinois 51, Bowling Green 17
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
2014 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Mountain Division
No. 16 Boise State x$ 71    122 
Colorado State  62    103 
Utah State  62    104 
Air Force  53    103 
New Mexico  26    48 
Wyoming  26    48 
West Division
Fresno State x 53    68 
San Diego State  53    76 
Nevada  44    76 
Hawaii  35    49 
San Jose State  26    39 
UNLV  17    211 
Championship: Boise State 28, Fresno State 14
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Division
No. 2 Oregon x$^ 81    132 
Stanford  54    85 
Washington  45    86 
California  36    57 
Oregon State  27    57 
Washington State  27    39 
South Division
No. 19 Arizona x 72    104 
No. 10 UCLA  63    103 
No. 12 Arizona State  63    103 
No. 20 USC  63    94 
No. 21 Utah  54    94 
Colorado  09    210 
Championship: Oregon 51, Arizona 13
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Eastern Division
No. 14 Missouri x 71    113 
No. 9 Georgia  62    103 
Florida  44    75 
Tennessee  35    76 
South Carolina  35    76 
Kentucky  26    57 
Vanderbilt  08    39 
Western Division
No. 4 Alabama x$^ 71    122 
No. 11 Mississippi State  62    103 
No. 22 Auburn  44    85 
LSU  44    85 
Texas A&M  35    85 
Arkansas  26    76 
No. 17 Ole Miss* 03    14 
Championship: Alabama 42, Missouri 13
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • * Ole Miss vacated all wins (except for Presbyterian) due to NCAA violations.
Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Georgia Southern * $ 80    93 
Louisiana–Lafayette *** 51    74 
Appalachian State * 62    75 
Texas State  53    75 
Arkansas State  53    76 
South Alabama  53    67 
Louisiana–Monroe  35    48 
Troy  35    39 
New Mexico State  17    210 
Idaho ** 17    110 
Georgia State  08    111 
  • $ Conference champion
  • * – Appalachian State and Georgia Southern ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules
    ** – Idaho ineligible for postseason play due to APR penalties
    *** – Louisiana–Lafayette vacated 2 wins due to NCAA violations
2014 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
BYU        85 
Notre Dame        85 
Navy        85 
Army        48 
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries

Rankings reflect the Week 15 AP Poll before the conference championship games were played.

Power 5 Conferences

ConferenceChampionRunner-upScoreOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
ACC No. 2 Florida State CFPNo. 12 Georgia Tech 37–35 James Conner, RB,
Pittsburgh
(Player of the Year) [29]
Vic Beasley, DE,
Clemson [29]
Paul Johnson,
Georgia Tech [30]
Big 12 No. 5 Baylor

#4 TCU

N/AN/A Trevone Boykin, TCU Paul Dawson, TCU Gary Patterson, TCU
Big Ten No. 6 Ohio State CFPNo. 11 Wisconsin 59–0 Melvin Gordon, RB,
Wisconsin [31]
Joey Bosa, DE,
Ohio State [31]
Jerry Kill,
Minnesota
(coaches and media) [31]
Pac-12 No. 3 Oregon CFPNo. 8 Arizona 51–13 Marcus Mariota, QB,
Oregon
Scooby Wright III, LB,
Arizona
Rich Rodriguez,
Arizona
SEC No. 1 Alabama CFPNo. 14 Missouri 42–13 Amari Cooper, WR,
Alabama (AP, Coaches) [32]
Shane Ray, DE,
Missouri (AP, Coaches) [32]
Dan Mullen,
Mississippi State (AP) [32]
Gary Pinkel,
Missouri (Coaches)

Group of Five Conferences

Note: Records are regular-season only, and do not include playoff games.

ConferenceChampionRunner UpScoreRecordOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
AAC Memphis
UCF
Cincinnati
N/AN/AMemphis 9-3
Cincinnati 9-3
UCF 9-3
Shane Carden, QB, East Carolina [33] Jacoby Glenn, CB, UCF &
Tank Jakes, LB, Memphis [33]
Justin Fuente, Memphis [33]
C-USA Marshall Louisiana Tech 26–23 Marshall 12-1 Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky (MVP) [34]
Rakeem Cato, QB, Marshall (Offensive POY) [34]
Neville Hewitt, LB, Marshall [34] Doc Holliday, Marshall [35]
MAC Northern Illinois Bowling Green 51–17 Northern Illinois 11-2 Jarvion Franklin, RB,
Western Michigan [36]
Quinten Rollins, DB,
Miami (OH)
P. J. Fleck,
Western Michigan
MW No. 22 Boise State Fresno State 28–14 Boise State 11-2 Garrett Grayson, QB,
Colorado State [37]
Zach Vigil, LB,
Utah State [37]
Jim McElwain,
Colorado State [37]
Sun Belt Georgia Southern N/AN/AGeorgia Southern 8-3* Elijah McGuire, RB,
Louisiana–Lafayette [38]
David Mayo, LB,
Texas State [38]
Willie Fritz,
Georgia Southern [38]

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. [39]

Postseason

Bowl selections

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. [40]

Bowl-eligible teams

Number of bowl berths available: 76
Number of bowl-eligible teams: 81

Bowl-eligible teams that did not receive a berth

Ohio, Texas State, Temple, UAB, Middle Tennessee

Bowl-ineligible teams

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.

College Football Playoff

Semifinals 2015 Championship Game
January 1 – Sugar Bowl
  1  Alabama 35 
  4  Ohio State 42 January 12 – National Championship
 
    4  Ohio State 42
January 1 – Rose Bowl    2  Oregon 20
 
  2  Oregon 59
  3  Florida State 20 

Conference performance in bowl games

ConferenceTotal gamesWinsLossesPct.
SEC1275.583
ACC1147.364
Big Ten1165.545
Pac-12963.667
Big 12725.286
MW734.429
American523.400
C-USA541.800
MAC523.400
Independents321.667
Sun Belt312.333

Rankings

Final CFP rankings

CFPSchoolRecordBowl Game
1 Alabama 12–1 Sugar Bowl
2 Oregon 12–1 Rose Bowl
3 Florida State 13–0Rose Bowl
4 Ohio State 12–1Sugar Bowl
5 Baylor 11–1 Cotton Bowl
6 TCU 11–1 Peach Bowl
7 Mississippi State 10–2 Orange Bowl
8 Michigan State 10–2Cotton Bowl
9 Ole Miss 9–3Peach Bowl
10 Arizona 10–3 Fiesta Bowl
11 Kansas State 9–3 Alamo Bowl
12 Georgia Tech 10–3Orange Bowl
13 Georgia 9–3 Belk Bowl
14 UCLA 9–3Alamo Bowl
15 Arizona State 9–3 Sun Bowl
16 Missouri 10–3 Citrus Bowl
17 Clemson 9–3 Russell Athletic Bowl
18 Wisconsin 10–3 Outback Bowl
19 Auburn 8–4Outback Bowl
20 Boise State 11–2Fiesta Bowl
21 Louisville 9–3Belk Bowl
22 Utah 8–4 Las Vegas Bowl
23 LSU 8–4 Music City Bowl
24 USC 8–4 Holiday Bowl
25 Minnesota 8–4Citrus Bowl

Final rankings

RankAssociated PressCoaches' Poll
1 Ohio State Ohio State
2 Oregon Oregon
3 TCU TCU
4 Alabama Alabama
5 Florida State Michigan State
6 Michigan State Florida State
7 Baylor Georgia Tech
8 Georgia Tech Baylor
9 Georgia Georgia
10 UCLA UCLA
11 Mississippi State Missouri
12 Arizona State Mississippi State
13 Wisconsin Wisconsin
14 Missouri Arizona State
15 Clemson Clemson
16 Boise State Boise State
17 Ole Miss Arizona
18 Kansas State Kansas State
19 Arizona Ole Miss
20 USC Utah
21 Utah USC
22 Auburn Marshall
23 Marshall Auburn
24 Louisville Louisville
25 Memphis Memphis

Unlike the BCS, the Coaches' Poll is not contractually obligated to name the CFP champion as its No. 1 team. [1] [2] [41]

Awards and honors

Heisman Trophy

The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.

PlayerSchoolPosition1st2nd3rdTotal
Marcus Mariota Oregon QB78874222,534
Melvin Gordon Wisconsin RB374322751,250
Amari Cooper Alabama WR492803161,023
Trevone Boykin TCU QB845104218
J.T. Barrett Ohio State QB0194078
Jameis Winston Florida State QB4101951
Tevin Coleman Indiana RB282244
Dak Prescott Mississippi State QB242842
Scooby Wright III Arizona LB041321
Bryce Petty Baylor QB13413

Other overall

Special overall

Offense

Quarterback

Running back

Wide receiver

Tight end

Lineman

Defense

Defensive line

Defensive back

Special teams

Coaches

Assistants

All-Americans

Coaching changes

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.

SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
Buffalo Jeff Quinn October 12, 2014Fired Alex Wood (interim)
Buffalo Alex Wood (interim)November 30, 2014Replaced [44] Lance Leipold (permanent)
Central Michigan Dan Enos January 22, 2015Hired as offensive coordinator by Arkansas [45] John Bonamego
Colorado State Jim McElwain December 4, 2014Hired by Florida [46] Dave Baldwin (interim)
Colorado State Dave Baldwin (interim)December 22, 2014Replaced Mike Bobo (permanent)
Florida Will Muschamp November 16, 2014Resigned [47] D. J. Durkin (interim – bowl game)
Florida D. J. Durkin (interim)December 4, 2014Replaced [46] Jim McElwain (permanent)
Houston Tony Levine December 8, 2014Fired David Gibbs (interim)
Houston David Gibbs (interim)December 16, 2014Replaced Tom Herman (permanent)
Kansas Charlie Weis September 28, 2014Fired [48] Clint Bowen (Interim)
Kansas Clint Bowen (interim)December 5, 2014Replaced [49] David Beaty (permanent)
Michigan Brady Hoke December 2, 2014Fired Jim Harbaugh [50]
Nebraska Bo Pelini November 30, 2014Fired [51] Barney Cotton (interim)
Nebraska Barney Cotton (interim)December 4, 2014Replaced Mike Riley (permanent)
Pittsburgh Paul Chryst December 17, 2014Hired by Wisconsin Joe Rudolph (interim)
Pittsburgh Joe Rudolph (interim)December 23, 2014Replaced Pat Narduzzi (permanent)
Oregon State Mike RileyDecember 4, 2014Hired by Nebraska [52] Gary Andersen
SMU June Jones September 8, 2014Resigned [53] Tom Mason (interim)
SMU Tom Mason (interim)November 30, 2014Replaced [54] Chad Morris (permanent)
Troy Larry Blakeney October 5, 2014Retired [55] Neal Brown
Tulsa Bill Blankenship December 1, 2014Fired [56] Philip Montgomery
UAB Bill Clark December 2, 2014School dropped football [21] None [57]
UNLV Bobby Hauck November 28, 2014Resigned [58] Tony Sanchez
Wisconsin Gary AndersenDecember 10, 2014Hired by Oregon State Barry Alvarez (interim – bowl game) [59]
Wisconsin Barry Alvarez (interim)December 17, 2014for bowl gamePaul Chryst (permanent)

Television viewers and ratings

Most watched regular season games

RankDateMatchupChannelViewersTV Rating Significance
1November 29, 7:45 ET No. 15 Auburn 44 No. 1 Alabama 55 ESPN 13.53 Million7.4 Iron Bowl
2October 18, 8:00 ET No. 5 Notre Dame 27 No. 1 Florida State 31 ABC 13.25 Million7.9
3November 15, 3:30 ET No. 1 Mississippi State 20 No. 5 Alabama 25 CBS 10.27 Million6.4 Rivalry
4November 8, 8:00 ET No. 5 Alabama 20 No. 16 LSU 139.11 Million5.3 Rivalry
5November 15, 8:00 ET No. 2 Florida State 30 Miami (FL) 26 ABC 8.74 Million5.3 Rivalry
6November 29, 12:00 ET Michigan 28 No. 6 Ohio State 428.23 Million4.9 The Game
7September 20, 3:30 ET Florida 21 No. 3 Alabama 42 CBS 7.95 Million5.1
8September 20, 8:00 ET No. 22 Clemson 17 No. 1 Florida State 23 ABC 7.34 Million4.5
9November 8, 3:30 ET Texas A&M 41 No. 3 Auburn 38 CBS 7.21 Million4.4
10November 8, 8:00 ET No. 14 Ohio State 49 No. 8 Michigan State 37 ABC 6.83 Million3.9

Kickoff games

RankDateMatchupChannelViewersTV RatingGameLocation
1August 30, 3:30 ET No. 2 Alabama 33 West Virginia 23Regional ABC 6.4 Million4 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Georgia Dome, Atlanta
2August 30, 8:00 ET Oklahoma State 31 No. 1 Florida State 37 ABC 6.03 Million2.4 Cowboys Classic AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
3August 30, 9:00 ET No. 13 LSU 28 No. 14 Wisconsin 24 ESPN 4.68 Million2.8 Texas Kickoff Reliant Stadium, Houston
4August 28, 8:00 ET Boise State 13 No. 18 Ole Miss 35 ESPN 2.42 Million1.5 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Georgia Dome, Atlanta

Conference championship games

RankDateMatchupChannelViewersTV RatingConferenceLocation
1December 6, 4:00 ET No. 1 Alabama 42 No. 16 Missouri 13 CBS 12.8 Million7.8 SEC Georgia Dome, Atlanta
2December 6, 8:00 ET No. 4 Florida State 37 No. 11 Georgia Tech 35 ABC 10.1 Million6.2 ACC Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
3December 6, 8:00 ET No. 13 Wisconsin 0 No. 5 Ohio State 59 FOX 6.13 Million3.5 Big Ten Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
4December 5, 9:00 ET No. 7 Arizona 13 No. 2 Oregon 51 FOX 6.00 Million3.7 Pac-12 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
5December 6, 10:00 ET Fresno State 14 No. 22 Boise State 28 CBS 1.53 Million1.0 MW Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
6December 6, 12:00 ET Louisiana Tech 23 Marshall 26 ESPN2 725K0.5 C-USA Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, West Virginia
7December 5, 7:00 ET Bowling Green 17 Northern Illinois 51 ESPN2 692K0.5 MAC Ford Field, Detroit

College Football Playoff

Note: All games aired on ESPN

GameDateMatchupViewersTV Rating
Rose Bowl January 1, 20155:00 ET No. 3 Florida State 20 No. 2 Oregon 5928.2 Million14.8
Sugar Bowl January 1, 20158:00 ET No. 4 Ohio State 42 No. 1 Alabama 3528.3 Million15.2
National Championship January 12, 20158:30 ET No. 4 Ohio State 42 No. 2 Oregon 2033.4 Million*18.2

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The 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the highest level college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 2018.

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The 2019 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) in 2019. The regular season began on August 24, 2019, and ended on December 14, 2019. The postseason concluded on January 13, 2020, with the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The LSU Tigers defeated the defending champion Clemson Tigers by a score of 42–25 to claim their first national championship in the College Football Playoff (CFP) era, and fourth overall.

The 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the 151st season of college football games in the United States. Organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at its highest level of competition, the Football Bowl Subdivision it began on September 3, 2020.

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