2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2015 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams127 full members + 1 transitional
DurationSeptember 3, 2015 – December 12, 2015
Preseason AP No. 1 Ohio State
Post-season
DurationDecember 19, 2015 – January 11, 2016
Bowl games 41
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
Glendale, Arizona
Champion(s) Alabama
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
  2014
2016  

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.

Contents

Rule changes

The following rule changes have been made by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2015 season: [1]

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.

Conference realignment

Membership changes

SchoolFormer conferenceNew 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. [2] Following public outcry and fundraising efforts, the school announced less than six months later that the football team would be reinstated. [3] UAB football returned to FBS and Conference USA for the 2017 season.

Other headlines

Regular season top 10 matchups

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.

Upsets

Jacksonville State at Auburn game

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. [8] 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. [8] Jacksonville State, 41-point underdogs entering Saturday's game, nearly became just the second FCS team to defeat an AP Top 10 FBS opponent. [9]

Upsets involving officiating

Miami vs. Duke

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: [10] [11]

  • A Miami player's knee was down before releasing one of the eight laterals.
  • An illegal block should have been called during the return at Miami's 16-yard line, which would have given the Hurricanes an untimed down at their own 8-yard line.
  • Miami should have been penalized for a bench player entering the field of play during the return, although this would not have changed the touchdown ruling.
  • A penalty for an illegal block in the back that was rescinded — initially negating Miami's touchdown before officials conferred — was called correctly, but that the referee didn’t properly communicate why the decision was made.

Nebraska vs. Michigan State

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." [12]

Updated stadiums

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:

Conference standings

2015 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Temple x 71    104 
South Florida  62    85 
Cincinnati  44    76 
UConn  44    67 
East Carolina  35    57 
UCF  08    012 
West Division
No. 8 Houston xy$ 71    131 
No. 18 Navy x 71    112 
Memphis  53    94 
Tulsa  35    67 
Tulane  17    39 
SMU  17    210 
Championship: Houston 24, Temple 13
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
As of December 31, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll
2015 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Atlantic Division
No. 2 Clemson x$^ 80    141 
No. 14 Florida State  62    103 
Louisville  53    85 
NC State  35    76 
Syracuse  26    48 
Wake Forest  17    39 
Boston College  08    39 
Coastal Division
No. 15 North Carolina x 80    113 
Pittsburgh  62    85 
Miami  53    85 
Duke  44    85 
Virginia Tech  44    76 
Virginia  35    48 
Georgia Tech  17    39 
Championship: Clemson 45, North Carolina 37
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2015 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 Oklahoma $^ 81    112 
No. 20 Oklahoma State  72    103 
No. 7 TCU  72    112 
No. 13 Baylor  63    103 
West Virginia  45    85 
Texas Tech  45    76 
Texas  45    57 
Kansas State  36    67 
Iowa State  27    39 
Kansas  09    012 
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2015 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
No. 6 Michigan State xy$^ 71    122 
No. 4 Ohio State x 71    121 
No. 12 Michigan  62    103 
Penn State  44    76 
Indiana  26    67 
Rutgers  17    48 
Maryland  17    39 
West Division
No. 9 Iowa xy 80    122 
No. 23 Northwestern  62    103 
No. 21 Wisconsin  62    103 
Nebraska  35    67 
Minnesota  26    67 
Illinois  26    57 
Purdue  17    210 
Championship: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2015 Conference USA football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
No. 24 Western Kentucky x$ 80    122 
Middle Tennessee  62    76 
Marshall  62    103 
FIU  35    57 
Old Dominion  35    57 
Florida Atlantic  35    39 
Charlotte* 08    210 
West Division
Southern Miss x 71    95 
Louisiana Tech  62    94 
UTSA  35    39 
UTEP  35    57 
Rice  35    57 
North Texas  17    111 
Championship: Western Kentucky 45, Southern Miss 28
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • * Ineligible for postseason bowl due to transition from FCS
As of January 12, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll
2015 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Bowling Green x$ 71    104 
Ohio  53    85 
Akron  53    85 
Buffalo  35    57 
Kent State  26    39 
Miami  26    39 
UMass  26    39 
West Division
Northern Illinois xy 62    86 
Western Michigan x 62    85 
Toledo x 62    102 
Central Michigan x 62    76 
Ball State  26    39 
Eastern Michigan  08    111 
Championship: Bowling Green 34, Northern Illinois 14
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
2015 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Mountain Division
Air Force x 62    86 
New Mexico  53    76 
Utah State  53    67 
Boise State  53    94 
Colorado State  53    76 
Wyoming  26    210 
West Division
San Diego State x$ 80    113 
Nevada  44    76 
San Jose State  44    67 
Fresno State  26    39 
UNLV  26    39 
Hawaii  08    310 
Championship: San Diego State 27, Air Force 24
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2015 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Division
No. 3 Stanford x$ 81    122 
No. 19 Oregon  72    94 
Washington State  63    94 
California  45    85 
Washington  45    76 
Oregon State  09    210 
South Division
USC xy 63    86 
No. 17 Utah x 63    103 
UCLA  54    85 
Arizona State  45    67 
Arizona  36    76 
Colorado  18    49 
Championship: Stanford 41, USC 22
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2015 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
No. 25 Florida x 71    104 
No. 22 Tennessee  53    94 
Georgia  53    103 
Vanderbilt  26    48 
Kentucky  26    57 
Missouri  17    57 
South Carolina  17    39 
West Division
No. 1 Alabama x$#^ 71    141 
No. 10 Ole Miss  62    103 
Arkansas  53    85 
No. 16 LSU  53    93 
Texas A&M  44    85 
Mississippi State  44    94 
Auburn  26    76 
Championship: Alabama 29, Florida 15
  • # College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2015 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Arkansas State $ 80    94 
Appalachian State  71    112 
Georgia Southern  62    94 
Georgia State  53    67 
South Alabama  35    57 
Idaho  35    48 
Louisiana–Lafayette  35    48 
Troy  35    48 
New Mexico State  35    39 
Texas State  26    39 
Louisiana–Monroe  17    211 
  • $ Conference champion
2015 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 11 Notre Dame        103 
BYU        94 
Army        210 
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries

Rankings reflect the Week 14 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. 1 Clemson CFPNo. 10 North Carolina 45–37 Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson Jeremy Cash, S, Duke Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Big 12No. 3 Oklahoma CFPNo. 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 CFPNo. 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 CFPNo. 18 Florida 29–15 Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama Jim McElwain, Florida

Group of Five Conferences

ConferenceChampionRunner-upScoreOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach 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/AN/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

Postseason

Bowl selections

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.

Bowl eligible teams

  • American Athletic Conference (8): Memphis, Houston, Temple, Navy, South Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Tulsa
  • Atlantic Coast Conference (9): Clemson, Florida State, Duke, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Miami (FL), North Carolina State, Louisville, Virginia Tech
  • Big 12 Conference (7): Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Kansas State
  • Big Ten Conference (8): Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Penn State, Northwestern, Wisconsin
  • Conference USA (5): Western Kentucky, Marshall, Louisiana Tech, Southern Mississippi, Middle Tennessee State
  • Independents (2): Notre Dame, BYU
  • Mid-American Conference (7): Toledo, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Ohio, Central Michigan, Akron
  • Mountain West Conference (7): Boise State, San Diego State, Air Force, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah State, Colorado State
  • Pac-12 Conference (10): Stanford, Utah, UCLA, Washington State, USC, Oregon, Arizona, California, Arizona State, Washington
  • Southeastern Conference (10): LSU, Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn
  • Sun Belt Conference (4): Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Appalachian State, Arkansas State

Total: 77

Bowl ineligible teams

  • American Athletic Conference (4): Central Florida, East Carolina, SMU, Tulane
  • Atlantic Coast Conference (5): Boston College, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Virginia
  • Big 12 Conference (3): Iowa State, Kansas, Texas
  • Big Ten Conference (6): Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota*, Nebraska*, Purdue, Rutgers
  • Conference USA (8): Charlotte, North Texas, UTSA, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, UTEP, Rice, Old Dominion
  • Independents (1): Army
  • Mid-American Conference (6): Buffalo, Miami (OH), Eastern Michigan, Massachusetts, Ball State, Kent State
  • Mountain West Conference (5): Wyoming, Hawaii, Fresno State, UNLV, San José State*
  • Pac-12 Conference (2): Oregon State, Colorado
  • Southeastern Conference (4): South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Kentucky
  • Sun Belt Conference (7): Louisiana-Lafayette, New Mexico State, Louisiana-Monroe, Idaho, South Alabama, Troy, Texas State

Note: Teams with Asterisk(*) qualified for bowls based on Academic Progress Rate, despite not having a bowl eligible record [15]

Total: 51

College Football Playoff

Semifinals 2016 Championship Game
December 31 – Orange Bowl
  1  Clemson 37 
  4  Oklahoma 17 January 11 – National Championship
 
    1  Clemson 40
December 31 – Cotton Bowl    2  Alabama 45
 
  2  Alabama 38
  3  Michigan State 0 

Conference performance in bowl games

ConferenceTotal gamesWinsLossesPct.
SEC1192.818
ACC945.444
Big Ten1055.500
Pac-121064.600
Big 12734.429
MW844.500
The American826.250
C-USA532.600
MAC734.429
Independents202.000
Sun Belt422.500

Rankings

Final CFP rankings

CFPSchoolRecordBowl Game
1
Clemson Tigers
13–0
Orange Bowl
2
Alabama Crimson Tide
12–1
Cotton Bowl
3
Michigan State Spartans
12–1
Cotton Bowl
4
Oklahoma Sooners
11–1
Orange Bowl
5
Iowa Hawkeyes
12–1
Rose Bowl
6
Stanford Cardinal
11–2
Rose Bowl
7
Ohio State Buckeyes
11–1
Fiesta Bowl
8
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
10–2
Fiesta Bowl
9
Florida State Seminoles
10–2
Peach Bowl
10
North Carolina Tar Heels
11–2
Russell Athletic Bowl
11
TCU Horned Frogs
10–2
Alamo Bowl
12
Ole Miss Rebels
9–3
Sugar Bowl
13
Northwestern Wildcats
10–2
Outback Bowl
14
Michigan Wolverines
9–3
Citrus Bowl
15
Oregon Ducks
9–3
Alamo Bowl
16
Oklahoma State Cowboys
10–2
Sugar Bowl
17
Baylor Bears
9–3
Russell Athletic Bowl
18
Houston Cougars
12–1
Peach Bowl
19
Florida Gators
10–3
Citrus Bowl
20
LSU Tigers
8–3
Texas Bowl
21
Navy Midshipmen
10–2
Military Bowl
22
Utah Utes
9–3
Las Vegas Bowl
23
Tennessee Volunteers
8–4
Outback Bowl
24
Temple Owls
10–2
Boca Raton Bowl
25
USC Trojans
8–5
Holiday Bowl

Final rankings

RankAssociated PressCoaches' Poll
1Alabama (14–1) (61)Alabama (14–1) (56)
2Clemson (14–1)Clemson (14–1)
3Stanford (12–2)Stanford (12–2)
4Ohio State (12–1)Ohio State (12–1)
5Oklahoma (11–2)Oklahoma (11–2)
6Michigan State (12–2)Michigan State (12–2)
7TCU (11–2)TCU (11–2)
8Houston (13–1)Houston (13–1)
9Iowa (12–2)Ole Miss (10–3)
10Ole Miss (10–3)Iowa (12–2)
11Notre Dame (10–3)Michigan (10–3)
12Michigan (10–3)Notre Dame (10–3)
13Baylor (10–3)Baylor (10–3)
14Florida State (10–3)Florida State (10–3)
15North Carolina (11–3)North Carolina (11–3)
16LSU (9–3)Utah (10–3)
17Utah (10–3)LSU (9–3)
18Navy (11–2)Navy (11–2)
19Oregon (9–4)Oklahoma State (10–3)
20Oklahoma State (10–3)Oregon (9–4)
21Wisconsin (10–3)Wisconsin (10–3)
22Tennessee (9–4)Northwestern (10–3)
23Northwestern (10–3)Tennessee (9–4)
24Western Kentucky (12–2)Georgia (10–3)
25Florida (10–4)Florida (10–4)

Awards and honors

Heisman Trophy

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

PlayerSchoolPosition1st2nd3rdTotal
Derrick Henry Alabama RB3782771441832
Christian McCaffrey Stanford RB2902461771539
Deshaun Watson Clemson QB1482402411165

Other overall

Special overall

Offense

Quarterback

Running back

Wide receiver

Tight end

Lineman

Defense

Defensive line

Defensive back

Special teams

Other positional awards

Coaches

Assistants

All-Americans

Coaching changes

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.

SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
Ball State Pete Lembo December 22, 2015Took job as special teams coordinator at Maryland Mike Neu
Bowling Green Dino Babers December 5, 2015Left for Syracuse Mike Jinks
BYU Bronco Mendenhall December 4, 2015Left for Virginia Kalani Sitake
East Carolina Ruffin McNeill December 4, 2015Fired Scottie Montgomery
Georgia Mark Richt November 29, 2015Fired [18] Kirby Smart
Georgia Southern Willie Fritz December 11, 2015Left for Tulane [19] Dell McGee (interim)
Georgia Southern Dell McGee (interim)December 20, 2015Permanent replacement [20] Tyson Summers
Hawaii Norm Chow November 1, 2015Fired [21] Chris Naeole
Hawaii Chris Naeole November 27, 2015Permanent replacement Nick Rolovich
Illinois Tim Beckman August 28, 2015Fired [22] Bill Cubit
Illinois Bill Cubit March 5, 2016Fired [23] Lovie Smith
Iowa State Paul Rhoads November 22, 2015Fired after the season [24] Matt Campbell
Louisiana–Monroe Todd Berry November 14, 2015Fired [25] John Mumford (interim)
Louisiana–Monroe John Mumford (interim)December 14, 2015Permanent replacement Matt Viator
Maryland Randy Edsall October 11, 2015Fired [26] Mike Locksley (interim)
Maryland Mike Locksley (interim)December 2, 2015Permanent replacement [27] D. J. Durkin
Memphis Justin Fuente November 28, 2015Left for Virginia Tech [28] Mike Norvell
Miami Al Golden October 25, 2015Fired [29] Larry Scott (interim)
Miami Larry Scott (interim)December 2, 2015Permanent replacement [30] Mark Richt
Minnesota Jerry Kill October 28, 2015Retired (health) [31] Tracy Claeys
Missouri Gary Pinkel November 13, 2015Resigned after the season (health) [32] Barry Odom
North Texas Dan McCarney October 10, 2015Fired [33] Mike Canales (interim)
North Texas Mike Canales (interim)December 5, 2015Permanent replacement [34] Seth Littrell
Rutgers Kyle Flood November 29, 2015Fired [35] Chris Ash
Southern Mississippi Todd Monken January 24, 2016Left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as offensive coordinator Jay Hopson
South Carolina Steve Spurrier October 12, 2015Retired [36] Shawn Elliott (interim)
South Carolina Shawn Elliott (interim)December 6, 2015Permanent replacement [37] Will Muschamp
Syracuse Scott Shafer November 23, 2015Fired after the season [38] Dino Babers
Texas State Dennis Franchione December 22, 2015Retired Everett Withers
Toledo Matt Campbell November 29, 2015Left for Iowa State [39] Jason Candle
Tulane Curtis Johnson November 28, 2015Fired [40] Willie Fritz
UCF George O'Leary October 25, 2015Resigned/retired [41] Danny Barrett (interim)
UCF Danny Barrett (interim)December 1, 2015Permanent replacement Scott Frost
USC Steve Sarkisian October 12, 2015Fired [42] Clay Helton
UTSA Larry Coker January 5, 2016Resigned Frank Wilson
Virginia Mike London November 29, 2015Resigned [43] Bronco Mendenhall
Virginia Tech Frank Beamer November 1, 2015Retired after the season [44] Justin Fuente

Television viewers and ratings

Most watched regular season games

RankDateMatchupChannelViewersTV Rating Significance
1November 7, 8:00 ET No. 2 LSU 16 No. 4 Alabama 30 CBS 11.06 Million6.4 Rivalry
2November 21, 3:30 ET No. 9 Michigan State 17 No. 3 Ohio State 14 ABC 11.05 Million6.6
3November 28, 12:00 ET No. 8 Ohio State 42 No. 10 Michigan 1310.83 Million6.4 The Game
4September 7, 8:00 ET No. 1 Ohio State 42 Virginia Tech 24 ESPN 10.59 Million6.0
5November 28, 3:30 ET No. 2 Alabama 29 Auburn 13 CBS 9.29 Million5.3 Iron Bowl
6September 5, 8:00 ET No. 20 Wisconsin 17 No. 3 Alabama 35 ABC 7.97 Million4.3 Advocare Classic
7September 12, 8:00 ET No. 7 Oregon 28 No. 5 Michigan State 317.90 Million4.8
8October 3, 8:00 ET No. 6 Notre Dame 22 No. 12 Clemson 247.65 Million4.5
9September 19, 9:00 ET No. 15 Ole Miss 43 No. 2 Alabama 37 ESPN 7.61 Million4.6
10November 7, 3:30 ET No. 16 Florida State 13 No. 1 Clemson 23 ABC 7.56 Million4.7

Conference championship games

RankDateMatchupChannelViewersTV RatingConferenceLocation
1December 5, 4:00 ET No. 18 Florida 15 No. 2 Alabama 29 CBS 12.8 Million7.8 SEC Georgia Dome, Atlanta
2December 5, 8:19 ET No. 5 Michigan State 16 No. 4 Iowa 13 FOX 9.8 Million5.7 Big Ten Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
3December 5, 8:00 ET No. 1 Clemson 45 No. 10 North Carolina 37 ABC 7.9 Million4.1 ACC Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
4December 5, 7:45 ET No. 20 USC 22 No. 7 Stanford 41 ESPN 2.6 Million1.6 Pac-12 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
5December 5, 12:00 ET No. 22 Temple 13 No. 19 Houston 24 ABC 2.5 Million1.8 AAC TDECU Stadium, Houston
6December 4, 7:27 ET Bowling Green 34 Northern Illinois 14 ESPN2 1.0 Million0.7 MAC Ford Field, Detroit
7December 5, 12:00 ET Southern Miss 28 Western Kentucky 45 ESPN2 488KN/A C-USA Houchens Industries-L. T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Kentucky
8December 5, 10:00 ET Air Force 24 San Diego State 27 ESPN2 363KN/A MWC Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

College Football Playoff

Note: All games aired on ESPN

GameDateMatchupViewersTV Rating
Orange Bowl December 31, 20154:00 ET No. 4 Oklahoma 17 No. 1 Clemson 3715.64 Million9.1
Cotton Bowl December 31, 20158:00 ET No. 3 Michigan State 0 No. 2 Alabama 3818.55 Million9.6
National Championship January 11, 20168:30 ET No. 2 Alabama 45 No. 1 Clemson 4026.18 Million*15.0

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The 2011 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).

2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season

The 2012 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).

2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season

The 2013 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).

2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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).

2016 College Football Playoff National Championship annual NCAA football game

The 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship was a bowl game that determined a national champion of NCAA Division I FBS college football for the 2015 season. It was played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on January 11, 2016, and was the culminating game of the 2015–16 bowl season.

2014 Clemson Tigers football team American college football season

The 2014 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his sixth full year and seventh overall since taking over midway through 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium, also known as "Death Valley." They were members of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 6–2 in ACC play to finish in second place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Russell Athletic Bowl where they defeated Oklahoma.

2015 Clemson Tigers football team American college football season

The 2015 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his seventh full year and eighth overall since taking over midway through 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium, also known as "Death Valley." Clemson competed in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. On December 5, 2015, the Tigers won the 2015 ACC Championship Game by defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels, 45–37, capping their first undefeated regular season since winning the national title in 1981. Ranked No. 1 throughout the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings, Clemson defeated the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners, 37–17, in the 2015 Orange Bowl to advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship. On January 11, 2016, the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (13–1) defeated the No. 1 Clemson Tigers (14–0) in the 2016 national championship, 45–40. Both Clemson and Alabama finished the season 14–1.

The 2016 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 26, 2016 and ended on December 10, 2016. The postseason concluded on January 9, 2017 with the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship, where the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide to claim their second national title in school history. The championship game was a rematch of the 2016 edition won by Alabama.

2016 Clemson Tigers football team American college football season

The 2016 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his eighth full year and ninth overall since taking over midway through 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium, also known as "Death Valley", and competed in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers entered the 2016 season as the defending national runners-up after a 14–1 season that ended with a loss to Alabama in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.

The history of Clemson Tigers football began in 1896, when Clemson University first fielded a football team.

The 2017 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 26, 2017 and ended on December 9, 2017.

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.

2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season American college football season

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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