|2015 NCAA Division I FBS season|
|Number of teams||127 full members + 1 transitional|
|Duration||September 3, 2015 – December 12, 2015|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Ohio State|
|Duration||December 19, 2015 – January 11, 2016|
|AP Poll No. 1||Alabama|
|Coaches Poll No. 1||Alabama|
|Heisman Trophy||Derrick Henry (running back, Alabama)|
|College Football Playoff|
|2016 College Football Playoff National Championship|
|Site|| University of Phoenix Stadium |
|NCAA Division I FBS football seasons|
The 2015 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 September 3, 2015 and ended on December 12, 2015. The postseason concluded on January 11, 2016 with Alabama defeating Clemson in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship. This was the second season of the College Football Playoff (CFP) championship system.
The following rule changes have been made by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2015 season:
A proposed rule to change the ineligible downfield rule from three yards to one yard past the line of scrimmage was tabled and not voted on; however it will be a point of emphasis for the season.
The use of advanced technology in games (e.g., wireless communication between on-field players and the bench, use of tablets by coaches for non-medical reasons, helmet cameras for players) is being studied by a committee for possible future implementation.
|School||Former conference||New conference|
|Charlotte||FCS independent||Conference USA|
|Navy||FBS independent||The American|
|UAB||Conference USA||Terminated football program|
Charlotte transitioned from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and played its first season in FBS as a provisional member, becoming a football-sponsoring member of Conference USA after joining as a non-football member in 2013.
UAB controversially shut down its football program following the 2014 season, after school administrators claimed that rising monetary costs made fielding an FBS team unfeasible.Following public outcry and fundraising efforts, the school announced less than six months later that the football team would be reinstated. UAB football returned to FBS and Conference USA for the 2017 season.
Rankings reflect the AP Poll. Rankings for Week 10 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.
On September 12, Auburn avoided a defeat that would have ranked with the biggest upsets in college football history with an overtime touchdown run to a 27–20 win over FCS foe Jacksonville State. Auburn had to score a touchdown in the final minute of regulation just to tie the game and then had to convert another touchdown in Auburn's first possession in overtime to win.No FCS team has defeated a ranked FBS team since August 31, 2013, when Eastern Washington beat Oregon State 49–46. An Auburn loss would have compared with Michigan's loss to Appalachian State on September 3, 2007. Jacksonville State, 41-point underdogs entering Saturday's game, nearly became just the second FCS team to defeat an AP Top 10 FBS opponent.
On October 31, Miami beat Duke 30–27 on a game-winning kickoff return for a touchdown that included eight laterals. However, the Atlantic Coast Conference acknowledged the next day that the kickoff return touchdown should not have counted as officials made four major errors during the play:
On November 7, Nebraska defeated Michigan State by a score of 39–38. Nebraska ran a 91-yard scoring drive in 38 seconds, capped by Tommy Armstrong Jr.'s 30-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Reilly, leaving 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Before the catch, Reilly went out of bounds on his route, making him an ineligible receiver. Replay officials determined that Michigan State cornerback Jermaine Edmondson had forced him out of bounds, although replay footage seemed to show that Reilly had gone out of bounds on his own accord. The ruling on the field stood, upholding Nebraska's game-winning touchdown. After the game Bill Carollo, the Big Ten's coordinator of officials, said in a statement via ESPN: "They can't review whether it was a force out/contact on the play. They can only review if there was clear evidence of no contact and he (Reilly) re-established himself in the field of play. If he goes out of bounds on his own with no contact, it's an illegal touch. Therefore, the call stood."
No FBS programs opened new stadiums for the 2015 season. However, one school played its first season in FBS, and several other programs expanded or renovated their stadiums:
Rankings reflect the Week 14 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. 1 Clemson CFP||No. 10 North Carolina||45–37||Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson||Jeremy Cash, S, Duke||Dabo Swinney, Clemson|
|Big 12||No. 3 Oklahoma CFP||No. 14 Oklahoma State||N/A||Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma||Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State & Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor||Bob Stoops, Oklahoma|
|Big Ten||No. 5 Michigan State CFP||No. 4 Iowa||16–13||Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State||Carl Nassib, DE, Penn St||Kirk Ferentz, Iowa|
|Pac-12||No. 7 Stanford||No. 20 USC||41–22||Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford||DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon||Mike Leach, Washington State & David Shaw, Stanford|
|SEC||No. 2 Alabama CFP||No. 18 Florida||29–15||Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama||Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama||Jim McElwain, Florida|
|Conference||Champion||Runner-up||Score||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|AAC||No. 17 Houston||No. 20 Temple||24–13||Keenan Reynolds, QB, Navy||Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple|| Ken Niumatalolo, Navy & |
Tom Herman, Houston
|C-USA||WKU||Southern Miss||45–28|| Brandon Doughty, QB, WKU (MVP)|
Nick Mullens, QB, Southern Miss (Offensive POY)
|Evan McKelvey, LB, Marshall||Todd Monken, Southern Miss|
|MAC||Bowling Green||Northern Illinois||34–14||Matt Johnson, QB, Bowling Green||Jatavis Brown, LB, Akron||Matt Campbell, Toledo|
|MW||San Diego State||Air Force||27–24||Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State||Demontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State||Rocky Long, San Diego State|
|Sun Belt||Arkansas State||N/A||N/A|| Nick Arbuckle, QB, Georgia State (MVP) & Larry Rose III, RB, |
New Mexico State (Offensive POY)
|Ronald Blair, DE, Appalachian State||Trent Miles, Georgia State|
CFP College Football Playoff participant
Since the 2014–15 postseason, six College Football Playoff (CFP) bowl games have hosted two semi-final playoff games on a rotating basis. For this season, the Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl Classic will host the semi-final games, with the winners advancing to the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Note: Teams with Asterisk(*) qualified for bowls based on Academic Progress Rate, despite not having a bowl eligible record
|Semifinals||2016 Championship Game|
|December 31 – Orange Bowl|
|4||Oklahoma||17||January 11 – National Championship|
|December 31 – Cotton Bowl||2||Alabama||45|
|Clemson Tigers||Orange Bowl|
|Alabama Crimson Tide||Cotton Bowl|
|Michigan State Spartans||Cotton Bowl|
|Oklahoma Sooners||Orange Bowl|
|Iowa Hawkeyes||Rose Bowl|
|Stanford Cardinal||Rose Bowl|
|Ohio State Buckeyes||Fiesta Bowl|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish||Fiesta Bowl|
|Florida State Seminoles||Peach Bowl|
|North Carolina Tar Heels||Russell Athletic Bowl|
|TCU Horned Frogs||Alamo Bowl|
|Ole Miss Rebels||Sugar Bowl|
|Northwestern Wildcats||Outback Bowl|
|Michigan Wolverines||Citrus Bowl|
|Oregon Ducks||Alamo Bowl|
|Oklahoma State Cowboys||Sugar Bowl|
|Baylor Bears||Russell Athletic Bowl|
|Houston Cougars||Peach Bowl|
|Florida Gators||Citrus Bowl|
|LSU Tigers||Texas Bowl|
|Navy Midshipmen||Military Bowl|
|Utah Utes||Las Vegas Bowl|
|Tennessee Volunteers||Outback Bowl|
|Temple Owls||Boca Raton Bowl|
|USC Trojans||Holiday Bowl|
|Rank||Associated Press||Coaches' Poll|
|1||Alabama (14–1) (61)||Alabama (14–1) (56)|
|2||Clemson (14–1)||Clemson (14–1)|
|3||Stanford (12–2)||Stanford (12–2)|
|4||Ohio State (12–1)||Ohio State (12–1)|
|5||Oklahoma (11–2)||Oklahoma (11–2)|
|6||Michigan State (12–2)||Michigan State (12–2)|
|7||TCU (11–2)||TCU (11–2)|
|8||Houston (13–1)||Houston (13–1)|
|9||Iowa (12–2)||Ole Miss (10–3)|
|10||Ole Miss (10–3)||Iowa (12–2)|
|11||Notre Dame (10–3)||Michigan (10–3)|
|12||Michigan (10–3)||Notre Dame (10–3)|
|13||Baylor (10–3)||Baylor (10–3)|
|14||Florida State (10–3)||Florida State (10–3)|
|15||North Carolina (11–3)||North Carolina (11–3)|
|16||LSU (9–3)||Utah (10–3)|
|17||Utah (10–3)||LSU (9–3)|
|18||Navy (11–2)||Navy (11–2)|
|19||Oregon (9–4)||Oklahoma State (10–3)|
|20||Oklahoma State (10–3)||Oregon (9–4)|
|21||Wisconsin (10–3)||Wisconsin (10–3)|
|22||Tennessee (9–4)||Northwestern (10–3)|
|23||Northwestern (10–3)||Tennessee (9–4)|
|24||Western Kentucky (12–2)||Georgia (10–3)|
|25||Florida (10–4)||Florida (10–4)|
The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.
This is restricted to coaching changes taking place on or after May 1, 2015. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2015, see 2014 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.
|Ball State||Pete Lembo||December 22, 2015||Took job as special teams coordinator at Maryland||Mike Neu|
|Bowling Green||Dino Babers||December 5, 2015||Left for Syracuse||Mike Jinks|
|BYU||Bronco Mendenhall||December 4, 2015||Left for Virginia||Kalani Sitake|
|East Carolina||Ruffin McNeill||December 4, 2015||Fired||Scottie Montgomery|
|Georgia||Mark Richt||November 29, 2015||Fired||Kirby Smart|
|Georgia Southern||Willie Fritz||December 11, 2015||Left for Tulane||Dell McGee (interim)|
|Georgia Southern||Dell McGee (interim)||December 20, 2015||Permanent replacement||Tyson Summers|
|Hawaii||Norm Chow||November 1, 2015||Fired||Chris Naeole|
|Hawaii||Chris Naeole||November 27, 2015||Permanent replacement||Nick Rolovich|
|Illinois||Tim Beckman||August 28, 2015||Fired||Bill Cubit|
|Illinois||Bill Cubit||March 5, 2016||Fired||Lovie Smith|
|Iowa State||Paul Rhoads||November 22, 2015||Fired after the season||Matt Campbell|
|Louisiana–Monroe||Todd Berry||November 14, 2015||Fired||John Mumford (interim)|
|Louisiana–Monroe||John Mumford (interim)||December 14, 2015||Permanent replacement||Matt Viator|
|Maryland||Randy Edsall||October 11, 2015||Fired||Mike Locksley (interim)|
|Maryland||Mike Locksley (interim)||December 2, 2015||Permanent replacement||D. J. Durkin|
|Memphis||Justin Fuente||November 28, 2015||Left for Virginia Tech||Mike Norvell|
|Miami||Al Golden||October 25, 2015||Fired||Larry Scott (interim)|
|Miami||Larry Scott (interim)||December 2, 2015||Permanent replacement||Mark Richt|
|Minnesota||Jerry Kill||October 28, 2015||Retired (health)||Tracy Claeys|
|Missouri||Gary Pinkel||November 13, 2015||Resigned after the season (health)||Barry Odom|
|North Texas||Dan McCarney||October 10, 2015||Fired||Mike Canales (interim)|
|North Texas||Mike Canales (interim)||December 5, 2015||Permanent replacement||Seth Littrell|
|Rutgers||Kyle Flood||November 29, 2015||Fired||Chris Ash|
|Southern Mississippi||Todd Monken||January 24, 2016||Left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as offensive coordinator||Jay Hopson|
|South Carolina||Steve Spurrier||October 12, 2015||Retired||Shawn Elliott (interim)|
|South Carolina||Shawn Elliott (interim)||December 6, 2015||Permanent replacement||Will Muschamp|
|Syracuse||Scott Shafer||November 23, 2015||Fired after the season||Dino Babers|
|Texas State||Dennis Franchione||December 22, 2015||Retired||Everett Withers|
|Toledo||Matt Campbell||November 29, 2015||Left for Iowa State||Jason Candle|
|Tulane||Curtis Johnson||November 28, 2015||Fired||Willie Fritz|
|UCF||George O'Leary||October 25, 2015||Resigned/retired||Danny Barrett (interim)|
|UCF||Danny Barrett (interim)||December 1, 2015||Permanent replacement||Scott Frost|
|USC||Steve Sarkisian||October 12, 2015||Fired||Clay Helton|
|UTSA||Larry Coker||January 5, 2016||Resigned||Frank Wilson|
|Virginia||Mike London||November 29, 2015||Resigned||Bronco Mendenhall|
|Virginia Tech||Frank Beamer||November 1, 2015||Retired after the season||Justin Fuente|
|1||November 7, 8:00 ET||No. 2 LSU||16||No. 4 Alabama||30||CBS||11.06 Million||6.4||Rivalry|
|2||November 21, 3:30 ET||No. 9 Michigan State||17||No. 3 Ohio State||14||ABC||11.05 Million||6.6|
|3||November 28, 12:00 ET||No. 8 Ohio State||42||No. 10 Michigan||13||10.83 Million||6.4||The Game|
|4||September 7, 8:00 ET||No. 1 Ohio State||42||Virginia Tech||24||ESPN||10.59 Million||6.0|
|5||November 28, 3:30 ET||No. 2 Alabama||29||Auburn||13||CBS||9.29 Million||5.3||Iron Bowl|
|6||September 5, 8:00 ET||No. 20 Wisconsin||17||No. 3 Alabama||35||ABC||7.97 Million||4.3||Advocare Classic|
|7||September 12, 8:00 ET||No. 7 Oregon||28||No. 5 Michigan State||31||7.90 Million||4.8|
|8||October 3, 8:00 ET||No. 6 Notre Dame||22||No. 12 Clemson||24||7.65 Million||4.5|
|9||September 19, 9:00 ET||No. 15 Ole Miss||43||No. 2 Alabama||37||ESPN||7.61 Million||4.6|
|10||November 7, 3:30 ET||No. 16 Florida State||13||No. 1 Clemson||23||ABC||7.56 Million||4.7|
|1||December 5, 4:00 ET||No. 18 Florida||15||No. 2 Alabama||29||CBS||12.8 Million||7.8||SEC||Georgia Dome, Atlanta|
|2||December 5, 8:19 ET||No. 5 Michigan State||16||No. 4 Iowa||13||FOX||9.8 Million||5.7||Big Ten||Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis|
|3||December 5, 8:00 ET||No. 1 Clemson||45||No. 10 North Carolina||37||ABC||7.9 Million||4.1||ACC||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina|
|4||December 5, 7:45 ET||No. 20 USC||22||No. 7 Stanford||41||ESPN||2.6 Million||1.6||Pac-12||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California|
|5||December 5, 12:00 ET||No. 22 Temple||13||No. 19 Houston||24||ABC||2.5 Million||1.8||AAC||TDECU Stadium, Houston|
|6||December 4, 7:27 ET||Bowling Green||34||Northern Illinois||14||ESPN2||1.0 Million||0.7||MAC||Ford Field, Detroit|
|7||December 5, 12:00 ET||Southern Miss||28||Western Kentucky||45||ESPN2||488K||N/A||C-USA||Houchens Industries-L. T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Kentucky|
|8||December 5, 10:00 ET||Air Force||24||San Diego State||27||ESPN2||363K||N/A||MWC||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego|
Note: All games aired on ESPN
|Orange Bowl||December 31, 2015||4:00 ET||No. 4 Oklahoma||17||No. 1 Clemson||37||15.64 Million||9.1|
|Cotton Bowl||December 31, 2015||8:00 ET||No. 3 Michigan State||0||No. 2 Alabama||38||18.55 Million||9.6|
|National Championship||January 11, 2016||8:30 ET||No. 2 Alabama||45||No. 1 Clemson||40||26.18 Million*||15.0|
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William Christopher "Dabo" Swinney is an American football coach. He is the head football coach at Clemson University. Swinney took over as head coach of the Clemson Tigers football program midway through the 2008 season, following the resignation of Tommy Bowden. Swinney led the Tigers to national championships in 2016 and 2018. He trails only Frank Howard for the most wins by a head coach in Clemson history.
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The 2010 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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