2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2016 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams128
DurationAugust 26, 2016 – December 10, 2016
Preseason AP No. 1 Alabama
Post-season
DurationDecember 17, 2016 – January 9, 2017
Bowl games 41
AP Poll No. 1 Clemson [1]
Coaches Poll No. 1 Clemson [2]
Heisman Trophy Lamar Jackson (quarterback, Louisville)
College Football Playoff
2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Site Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
Champion(s) Clemson
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
  2015
2017  

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.

Contents

Rule changes

The following rule changes were voted on by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2016 season: [3]

The committee, once again, took no action on changing the ineligible receiver downfield rule from three yards to one yard; however it will once again be a "point of emphasis" and will adjust officiating mechanics to better officiate those plays.

Conference realignment

Membership changes

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
UMass MAC FBS independent

Although Coastal Carolina began the transition process to FBS in the 2016 season and joined the Sun Belt Conference in non-football sports, it was officially classified as an FCS independent for this first season of the transition. Coastal Carolina became a provisional FBS member when the football team joined the Sun Belt in 2017, and full FBS membership and bowl eligibility followed in 2018. [5]

Other headlines

Kickoff games

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

In the first full weekend of the season, seven teams ranked in the AP Poll lost, the most in an opening week since the debut of the AP preseason poll in 1950. [30] The seven ranked losers included two top-five teams; the last time two such teams had lost in the season's first week was 1972. [31] The weekend also saw seven SEC teams lose their season openers, which had not happened since the league returned to 12 teams with the 1992 arrival of Arkansas and South Carolina. [n 2] [30] One of those loses saw South Alabama defeat Mississippi State 21-20 as a 28-point underdog, which was the biggest FPI upset in the last 5 seasons (2.3% chance to win before the match). [32]

On September 10, a finish noted for its improbability happened when Central Michigan defeated Oklahoma State 30–27 on a Hail Mary pass followed by a lateral on the game's final play. Shortly afterwards, the game officials, as well as the conferences of the participating teams (the MAC and Big 12 respectively), announced that Central Michigan should not have been allowed to run the winning play. On the previous play, during which the clock had run out, Oklahoma State had been called for intentional grounding on fourth down. Under NCAA rules, a game cannot end on an accepted live ball foul; however, an exception to that rule states that if the penalty includes a loss of down—which is the case for intentional grounding—the game ends at that point. [33]

On September 17, FCS program North Dakota State defeated No. 13 Iowa on a late field goal to win 23–21 at Kinnick Stadium, becoming just the fourth FCS team to beat an AP-ranked FBS team. [34] This was Iowa's first loss to a non FBS opponent. The next day, NDSU received 74 points in the AP Poll to set a new record for votes received by an FCS team in a single AP Poll. [35]

On December 10, Army defeated No. 25 ranked Navy 21–17 to end a 14-year losing streak in the Army–Navy Game, the longest for either side in the rivalry's history. [36]

Updated stadiums

In addition to the stadium updates above, two schools played their final season in their then-current venues:

Conference standings

2016 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Temple xy$ 71    104 
No. 19 South Florida x 71    112 
UCF  44    67 
Cincinnati  17    48 
UConn  17    39 
East Carolina  17    39 
West Division
Navy xy 71    95 
Tulsa  62    103 
Memphis  53    85 
Houston  53    94 
SMU  35    57 
Tulane  17    48 
Championship: Temple 34, Navy 10
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2016 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Clemson xy$# 71    141 
No. 21 Louisville x 71    94 
No. 8 Florida State  53    103 
NC State  35    76 
Wake Forest  35    76 
Boston College  26    76 
Syracuse  26    48 
Coastal Division
No. 16 Virginia Tech xy 62    104 
North Carolina  53    85 
No. 20 Miami  53    94 
Pittsburgh  53    85 
Georgia Tech  44    94 
Duke  17    48 
Virginia  17    210 
Championship: Clemson 42, Virginia Tech 35
  • # College Football Playoff champion
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2016 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 Oklahoma $ 90    112 
No. 11 Oklahoma State  72    103 
No. 18 West Virginia  72    103 
Kansas State  63    94 
TCU  45    67 
Baylor  36    76 
Texas  36    57 
Texas Tech  36    57 
Iowa State  27    39 
Kansas  18    210 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2016 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
No. 7 Penn State xy$ 81    113 
No. 6 Ohio State x^ 81    112 
No. 10 Michigan  72    103 
Indiana  45    67 
Maryland  36    67 
Michigan State  18    39 
Rutgers  09    210 
West Division
No. 9 Wisconsin xy 72    113 
Iowa  63    85 
Nebraska  63    94 
Minnesota  54    94 
Northwestern  54    76 
Illinois  27    39 
Purdue  18    39 
Championship: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2016 Conference USA football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Western Kentucky xy$ 71    113 
Old Dominion x 71    103 
Middle Tennessee  53    85 
FIU  44    48 
Charlotte  35    48 
Marshall  26    39 
Florida Atlantic  26    39 
West Division
Louisiana Tech xy 62    95 
UTSA  53    67 
Southern Miss  44    76 
North Texas  35    58 
Rice  26    39 
UTEP  26    48 
Championship: Western Kentucky 58, Louisiana Tech 44
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2016 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Ohio xy 62    86 
Miami x 62    67 
Akron  35    57 
Bowling Green  35    48 
Kent State  26    39 
Buffalo  17    210 
West Division
No. 15 Western Michigan xy$ 80    131 
Toledo  62    94 
Northern Illinois  53    57 
Eastern Michigan  44    76 
Central Michigan  35    67 
Ball State  17    48 
Championship: Western Michigan 29, Ohio 23
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2016 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Mountain Division
Wyoming xy 62    86 
Boise State x 62    103 
New Mexico x 62    94 
Air Force  53    103 
Colorado State  53    76 
Utah State  17    39 
West Division
No. 25 San Diego State xy$ 62    113 
Hawaii  44    77 
Nevada  35    57 
San Jose State  35    48 
UNLV  35    48 
Fresno State  08    111 
Championship: San Diego State 27, Wyoming 24
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2016 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Division
No. 4 Washington x$^ 81    122 
Washington State  72    85 
No. 12 Stanford  63    103 
California  36    57 
Oregon State  36    48 
Oregon  27    48 
South Division
No. 17 Colorado x 81    104 
No. 3 USC  72    103 
No. 23 Utah  54    94 
Arizona State  27    57 
UCLA  27    48 
Arizona  18    39 
Championship: Washington 41, Colorado 10
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2016 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
No. 14 Florida x 62    94 
No. 22 Tennessee  44    94 
Georgia  44    85 
Kentucky  44    76 
South Carolina  35    67 
Vanderbilt  35    67 
Missouri  26    48 
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^ 80    141 
No. 24 Auburn  53    85 
No. 13 LSU  53    84 
Texas A&M  44    85 
Arkansas  35    76 
Mississippi State  35    67 
Ole Miss* 06    07 
Championship: Alabama 54, Florida 16
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • * Ole Miss vacated all wins due to NCAA violations.
Rankings from AP Poll
2016 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Appalachian State + 71    103 
Arkansas State + 71    85 
Troy  62    103 
Idaho  62    94 
Louisiana–Lafayette  53    67 
Georgia Southern  44    57 
Louisiana–Monroe  35    48 
South Alabama  26    67 
Georgia State  26    39 
New Mexico State  26    39 
Texas State  08    210 
  • + Conference co-champions
2016 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
BYU        94 
Army        85 
Notre Dame        48 
UMass        210 
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. 3 Clemson CFPNo. 19 Virginia Tech 42–35 Lamar Jackson (QB), Louisville [42] DeMarcus Walker (LB), Florida State [43] Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech [44]
Big 12No. 7 Oklahoma No. 11 Oklahoma State

#14 West Virginia

56-28 Dede Westbrook (WR), Oklahoma Jordan Willis (DE), Kansas State Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
Big Ten No. 8 Penn State No. 6 Wisconsin 38–31 Saquon Barkley (RB), Penn State Jabrill Peppers (LB), Michigan Paul Chryst (coaches), Wisconsin
&
James Franklin (media), Penn State
Pac-12 No. 4 Washington CFPNo. 9 Colorado 41–10 Jake Browning (QB), Washington Adoree' Jackson (WR/CB), USC Mike MacIntyre, Colorado
SEC No. 1 Alabama CFPNo. 15 Florida 54–16 Jalen Hurts (QB), Alabama Jonathan Allen (DE), Alabama Nick Saban, Alabama

Group of Five Conferences

ConferenceChampionRunner UpScoreOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
AAC Temple (East)No. 20 Navy 34–10 Quinton Flowers (QB), South Florida Shaquem Griffin (LB), UCF Ken Niumatalolo, Navy
C-USA Western Kentucky Louisiana Tech 58–44Ryan Higgins (QB), Louisiana Tech (MVP)
Carlos Henderson (WR), Louisiana Tech (Offensive POY)
Trey Hendrickson (DE), Florida Atlantic Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech
MAC No. 13 Western Michigan Ohio 29–23 Corey Davis (WR), Western Michigan Tarell Basham (DE), Ohio P. J. Fleck, Western Michigan
MW San Diego State Wyoming 27–24 Donnel Pumphrey (RB), San Diego State Damontae Kazee (DB), San Diego State Craig Bohl, Wyoming
Sun Belt Appalachian State

Arkansas State

Troy
Idaho
N/AJalin Moore (RB), Appalachian StateJa'Von Rolland-Jones (DL), Arkansas State (overall POY)
Rashad Dillard (DL), Troy (Defensive POY)
Paul Petrino, Idaho

CFP College Football Playoff participant

Postseason

Bowl selections

There were 40 postseason bowl games, with two teams advancing to a 41st the CFP National Championship game. As in previous seasons, teams with losing records could become bowl-eligible in order to fill all 80 bowl slots.

Bowl-eligible teams

  • American Athletic Conference (7): Houston, Memphis, Navy, Temple, Tulsa, UCF, USF
  • Atlantic Coast Conference (11): Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, N.C. State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
  • Big 12 Conference (6): Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, West Virginia
  • Big Ten Conference (10): Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin
  • Conference USA (7): Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, North Texas*, Southern Miss, UTSA, Western Kentucky
  • Independents (2): Army, BYU
  • Mid-American Conference (6): Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH), Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan
  • Mountain West Conference (7): Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Hawaii*, New Mexico, San Diego State, Wyoming
  • Pac-12 Conference (6): Colorado, Stanford, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State
  • Southeastern Conference (12): Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State*, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
  • Sun Belt Conference (6): Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Idaho, Louisiana-Lafayette, South Alabama, Troy

Teams with Asterisk(*) qualified for bowls based on Academic Progress Rate, despite not having a bowl-eligible record.

Number of bowl berths available: 80

Number of bowl-eligible teams: 80

Bowl-ineligible teams

Number of bowl-ineligible teams: 48

Conference performance in bowl games

ConferenceTotal gamesWinsLossesPct.
ACC1293.750
SEC1367.462
C-USA743.571
MW743.571
Big 12642.667
Sun Belt642.667
Big Ten1037.300
Pac-12633.500
The American725.286
Independents2201.000
MAC606.000

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College Football Playoff

Since the 2014–15 postseason, six College Football Playoff (CFP) bowl games have hosted two semifinal playoff games on a rotating basis. For the 2016 season, the Fiesta Bowl and the Peach Bowl hosted the semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Semifinals 2017 Championship Game
December 31 – Peach Bowl
  1  Alabama 24 
  4  Washington 7 January 9 – Championship
 
    1  Alabama 31
December 31 – Fiesta Bowl    2  Clemson 35
 
  2  Clemson 31
  3  Ohio State 0 

Rankings

Final CFP rankings

CFPSchoolRecordBowl game
1 Alabama 13–0 Peach Bowl (CFP Semifinal)
2 Clemson 12–1 Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semifinal)
3 Ohio State 11–1Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semifinal)
4 Washington 12–1Peach Bowl (CFP Semifinal)
5 Penn State 11–2 Rose Bowl
6 Michigan 10–2 Orange Bowl
7 Oklahoma 10–2 Sugar Bowl
8 Wisconsin 10–3 Cotton Bowl Classic
9 USC 9–3Rose Bowl
10 Colorado 10–3 Alamo Bowl
11 Florida State 9–3Orange Bowl
12 Oklahoma State 9–3Alamo Bowl
13 Louisville 9–3 Citrus Bowl
14 Auburn 8–4Sugar Bowl
15 Western Michigan 13–0Cotton Bowl Classic
16 West Virginia 10–2 Russell Athletic Bowl
17 Florida 8–4 Outback Bowl
18 Stanford 9–3 Sun Bowl
19 Utah 8–4 Foster Farms Bowl
20 LSU 7–4Citrus Bowl
21 Tennessee 8–4 Music City Bowl
22 Virginia Tech 9–4 Belk Bowl
23 Pittsburgh 8–4 Pinstripe Bowl
24 Temple 10–3 Military Bowl
25 Navy 9–3 Armed Forces Bowl

Final rankings

RankAssociated PressCoaches' Poll
1 Clemson Clemson
2 Alabama Alabama
3 USC Oklahoma
4 Washington Washington
5 Oklahoma USC
6 Ohio State Ohio State
7 Penn State Penn State
8 Florida State Florida State
9 Wisconsin Wisconsin
10 Michigan Michigan
11 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
12 Stanford Stanford
13 LSU Florida
14 Florida LSU
15 Western Michigan Colorado
16 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
17 Colorado West Virginia
18 West Virginia Western Michigan
19 USF USF
20 Miami (FL) Louisville
21 Louisville Utah
22 Tennessee Auburn
23 Utah Miami (FL)
24 Auburn Tennessee
25 San Diego State San Diego State

Awards and honors

Heisman Trophy

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

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

Preseason and in-season

This is restricted to coaching changes taking place on or after May 1, 2016. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2016, see 2015 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.

SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
Baylor Art Briles May 26, 2016Fired [46] Jim Grobe (interim, bowl)
FIU Ron Turner September 25, 2016Fired [47] Ron Cooper (interim)
FIU Ron Cooper (interim)November 9, 2016Permanent replacement Butch Davis
Fresno State Tim DeRuyter October 23, 2016Fired Eric Kiesau (interim)
Fresno State Eric Kiesau (interim)November 9, 2016Permanent replacement Jeff Tedford
Georgia State Trent Miles November 13, 2016Fired Tim Lappano (interim)
Houston Tom Herman November 26, 2016Hired by Texas Todd Orlando (interim) Bowl
LSU Les Miles September 25, 2016Fired Ed Orgeron [n 3]
Purdue Darrell Hazell October 16, 2016Fired Gerad Parker (interim)
South Florida Willie Taggart December 11, 2016Hired by Oregon T. J. Weist (interim)
Temple Matt Rhule December 6, 2016Hired by Baylor Ed Foley (interim)
Western Kentucky Jeff Brohm December 5, 2016Hired by Purdue Nick Holt (interim)

    End of season

    SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
    Baylor Jim Grobe (interim, bowl)December 6, 2016Permanent replacement Matt Rhule
    California Sonny Dykes January 8, 2017Fired Justin Wilcox
    Cincinnati Tommy Tuberville December 4, 2016Resigned Luke Fickell
    Florida Atlantic Charlie Partridge November 27, 2016Fired Lane Kiffin
    Georgia State Tim Lappano (interim)December 8, 2016Permanent replacement Shawn Elliott
    Houston Todd Orlando (interim, bowl) [n 4] December 9, 2016Permanent replacement Major Applewhite
    Indiana Kevin Wilson December 1, 2016Resigned Tom Allen
    Minnesota Tracy Claeys January 3, 2017Fired P. J. Fleck
    Nevada Brian Polian November 27, 2016Agreed to part ways Jay Norvell
    Oregon Mark Helfrich November 29, 2016Agreed to part ways Willie Taggart
    Purdue Gerad Parker (interim)December 5, 2016Permanent replacement Jeff Brohm
    San Jose State Ron Caragher November 27, 2016Fired Brent Brennan
    South Florida T. J. Weist (interim, bowl)December 11, 2016Permanent replacement Charlie Strong
    Temple Ed Foley (interim, bowl)December 13, 2016Permanent replacement Geoff Collins
    Texas Charlie Strong November 26, 2016Fired Tom Herman
    UConn Bob Diaco December 26, 2016Fired Randy Edsall
    Western Kentucky Nick Holt (interim, bowl)December 12, 2016Permanent replacement Mike Sanford Jr.
    Western Michigan P. J. Fleck January 6, 2017Hired by Minnesota Tim Lester

      Television viewers and ratings

      Most watched regular season games

      RankDateMatchupNetworkViewers (millions)TV Rating [50] Significance
      1November 26, 12:00 ET No. 3 Michigan 27 No. 2 Ohio State 30 ABC 16.849.4 The Game
      2September 4, 7:30 ET No. 10 Notre Dame 47 Texas 5010.946.4
      3November 5, 8:00 ET No. 1 Alabama 10 No. 13 LSU 0 CBS 10.385.8 rivalry
      4October 1, 8:00 ET No. 3 Louisville 36 No. 5 Clemson 42 ABC 9.295.5
      5October 15, 8:00 ET No. 2 Ohio State 30 No. 8 Wisconsin 238.965.6
      6October 22, 3:30 ET No. 6 Texas A&M 14 No. 1 Alabama 33 CBS 8.465.1
      7September 5, 8:00 ET No. 11 Ole Miss 34 No. 4 Florida State 45 ESPN 8.354.8 Camping World Kickoff
      8November 26, 3:30 ET No. 13 Auburn 12 No. 1 Alabama 30 CBS 8.244.6 Iron Bowl
      9September 17, 3:30 ET No. 1 Alabama 48 No. 19 Ole Miss 438.175.0 rivalry
      10September 3, 8:00 ET No. 20 USC 6 No. 1 Alabama 52 ABC 7.944.6 Advocare Classic

      Conference championship games

      RankDateMatchupNetworkViewersTV Rating [51] ConferenceLocation
      1December 3 No. 1 Alabama (West)54 No. 15 Florida (East)16 CBS 11.09 Million6.6 SEC Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
      2December 3 No. 6 Wisconsin (West)31 No. 7 Penn State (East)38 FOX 9.19 Million5.2 Big Ten Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
      3December 2 No. 8 Colorado (South)10 No. 4 Washington (North)41 FOX 5.67 Million3.4 Pac-12 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
      4December 3 No. 3 Clemson (Atlantic)42 No. 23 Virginia Tech (Coastal)35ABC5.34 Million3.2 ACC Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL [52]
      5December 3 No. 19 Navy (West)10 Temple (East)34ABC2.05 Million1.4 AAC Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
      6December 2 No. 17 Western Michigan (West)29 Ohio (East)23 ESPN2 1.36 Million0.3 MAC Ford Field, Detroit, MI
      7December 3 Western Kentucky (East)58 Louisiana Tech (West)44ESPN926K0.6 C-USA Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY
      8December 3 San Diego State (West)27 Wyoming (Mountain)24ESPN713K0.4 MW War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, WY

      College Football Playoff

      GameDateMatchupNetworkViewers (millions)TV Rating [53] Location
      Peach Bowl (semifinal)December 31, 2016, 3:00 ET No. 4 Washington 7 No. 1 Alabama 24 ESPN 19.3410.7 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
      Fiesta Bowl (semifinal)December 31, 2016, 7:00 ET No. 3 Ohio State 0 No. 2 Clemson 3119.239.8 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
      National Championship January 9, 2017, 8:30 ET No. 2 Clemson 35 No. 1 Alabama 3125.2714.2 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

      Attendance

      2016 NCAA Division I FBS football teams average home attendances: [54]

      Team Home average
      Michigan110,468
      Ohio State107,278
      Texas A&M101,917
      Alabama101,821
      LSU101,231
      Tennessee100,968
      Penn State100,257
      Texas97,881
      Georgia92,746
      Nebraska90,200
      Florida87,846
      Auburn86,937
      Oklahoma86,857
      Clemson80,970
      Notre Dame80,795
      Wisconsin79,357
      South Carolina76,920
      Florida State76,800
      Michigan State74,667
      Iowa69,656
      Arkansas69,581
      USC68,459
      UCLA67,459
      Ole Miss64,910
      Washington64,589
      Virginia Tech63,043
      Miami58,572
      BYU58,569
      Mississippi State58,317
      Texas Tech58,250
      West Virginia57,583
      NC State57,497
      Oregon54,677
      Louisville54,065
      Oklahoma State53,814
      Kentucky53,643
      Iowa State52,557
      Missouri52,236
      Kansas State51,919
      North Carolina50,250
      Arizona48,288
      Arizona State47,736
      Georgia Tech47,503
      California46,628
      Colorado46,609
      Utah46,506
      Pittsburgh46,076
      Baylor45,838
      Illinois45,644
      TCU45,168
      Rutgers44,804
      Stanford44,142
      East Carolina44,113
      Minnesota43,814
      Indiana43,027
      Virginia39,929
      Maryland39,615
      Houston38,953
      Oregon State37,622
      South Florida37,539
      Memphis37,346
      San Diego State37,289
      UCF35,802
      Northwestern34,798
      Purdue34,451
      Boise State34,273
      Cincinnati33,585
      Syracuse32,805
      Army32,653
      Boston College32,157
      Washington State31,675
      Navy31,571
      Vanderbilt31,242
      Duke29,895
      Air Force29,587
      Southern Miss28,588
      Colorado State27,600
      Temple27,225
      Connecticut26,796
      Wake Forest26,456
      Appalachian State26,153
      Kansas25,828
      Fresno State25,493
      Marshall24,760
      Hawai'i24,521
      Western Michigan23,838
      SMU23,712
      UTSA23,038
      UTEP23,001
      Tulane22,718
      Arkansas State22,700
      Troy22,534
      Rice21,425
      Wyoming21,266
      Ohio21,190
      Georgia Southern20,819
      Toledo20,628
      Louisiana Tech20,412
      Louisiana-Lafayette20,224
      Old Dominion20,118
      North Texas19,878
      Tulsa19,234
      Utah State19,136
      New Mexico18,708
      Nevada18,501
      UNLV18,389
      Texas State18,120
      Western Kentucky17,705
      Eastern Michigan17,677
      Buffalo17,493
      Central Michigan17,408
      Middle Tennessee17,243
      Miami (Ohio)17,110
      FIU16,789
      South Alabama16,250
      San José State15,419
      Bowling Green15,140
      Georgia State15,103
      Massachusetts14,510
      Charlotte14,192
      Louisiana-Monroe12,610
      Idaho11,190
      Northern Illinois11,019
      Kent State10,898
      Akron10,337
      FAU10,073
      New Mexico State9,545
      Ball State7,789

      See also

      Footnotes

      1. Due to time zone differences, the game took place on August 26 in the home time zones of both participating schools.
      2. The SEC was founded in 1932 with 13 members. The league operated with 12 members from the 1940 departure of Sewanee to the 1964 departure of Georgia Tech, and then with 11 members until Tulane left in 1966.
      3. Interim for remainder of season; named permanent replacement on November 26, 2016. [48]
      4. Although Orlando was originally announced as being the Cougars' head coach for the Las Vegas Bowl, he would ultimately not serve in that role; Applewhite immediately assumed head coaching duties. [49]

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      The Alabama Crimson Tide football program represents the University of Alabama in the sport of American football. The team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team's head coach is Nick Saban, who has led the Tide to six national championships over his tenure. The Crimson Tide is among the most storied and decorated football programs in NCAA history. Since beginning play in 1892, the program claims 18 national championships, including 13 wire-service national titles in the poll-era, and five other titles before the poll-era. From 1958 to 1982, the team was led by Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, who won six national titles with the program. Despite numerous national and conference championships, it was not until 2009 that an Alabama player received a Heisman Trophy, when running back Mark Ingram became the university's first winner. In 2015, Derrick Henry became the university's second Heisman winner. In 2020, DeVonta Smith became the third winner of the award.

      Clemson Tigers football College Football Bowl Subdivision team; member of Atlantic Coast Conference

      The Clemson Tigers are the American football team at Clemson University. The Tigers compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). In recent years, the Tigers have been ranked among the most elite college football programs in the United States.

      2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season

      The 2007 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).

      2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season

      The 2009 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).

      2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season

      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).

      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).

      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.

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      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 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 2017–18 NCAA football bowl games was a series of college football bowl games which completed the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The games began on December 16, 2017, and aside from the all-star games ended with the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship which was played on January 8, 2018.

      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.

      2018 Southeastern Conference football season Sports season

      The 2018 Southeastern Conference football season represents the 86th season of SEC football taking place during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The season began on August 30 and will end with the SEC Championship Game, between Alabama and Georgia, on December 1. The SEC is a Power Five conference under the College Football Playoff format along with the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12 Conference, the Big Ten Conference, and the Pac-12 Conference. For the 2018 season, the SEC has 14 teams divided into two divisions of seven each, named East and West.

      The 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference football season was the 66th season of College Football play for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). It was played from August 30, 2018 until January 2019. The Atlantic Coast Conference consists of 14 members in two divisions. It was part of the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The entire 2018 schedule was released on January 17, 2018.

      The 2018–19 NCAA football bowl games were a series of college football bowl games completing the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The games began on December 15, 2018, and, aside from the all-star games that follow, ended with the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship, which was played on January 7, 2019.

      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 2019–20 NCAA football games was a series of college football bowl games played to complete the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The games began on December 20, 2019, and, aside from the all-star games that followed, ended with the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship played on January 13, 2020.

      The 2021 NCAA Division I FBS football season will be the 152nd season of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at its highest level of competition, the Football Bowl Subdivision. It is scheduled to begin on August 28, 2021, and end on December 11, 2021. The postseason will begin on December 18, 2021, and, aside from any all-star games that are scheduled, end on January 10, 2022, with the College Football Playoff National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This will be the eighth season of the College Football Playoff (CFP) system.

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