2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2017 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams130
DurationAugust 26, 2017 – December 9, 2017
Preseason AP No. 1 Alabama
Post-season
DurationDecember 16, 2017 – January 8, 2018
Bowl games 40
AP Poll No. 1 Alabama [1]
Coaches Poll No. 1 Alabama [2]
Heisman Trophy Baker Mayfield (quarterback, Oklahoma)
College Football Playoff
College Football Playoff National Championship
Site Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Champion(s) Alabama
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
  2016
2018  

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.

Contents

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs played in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. Alabama defeated Georgia in overtime 26–23.

Rule changes

Game rules

The following rule changes were recommended by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2017 season: [3]

The committee left the current targeting rules unchanged for the 2017 season, despite discussions to modify the rule to eject a player for targeting only if the call is confirmed, not if the call stands due to lack of "indisputable video evidence" to overturn the ruling on the field.

Points of emphasis this season include speeding up games by:

Recruiting rules

Conference realignment

Membership changes

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers FCS independent Sun Belt
UAB Blazers No team Conference USA

Coastal Carolina was in the second year of its FBS transition. It was counted as an FBS opponent for scheduling purposes, with full FBS membership and bowl eligibility following in the 2018 season.

The UAB football team returned after a two-year absence. The program was shut down by school administrators following the 2014 season but was reinstated less than a year later. UAB resumed its place as a full football-sponsoring member of Conference USA.

Upcoming changes

Idaho and New Mexico State played their final seasons as football members of the Sun Belt Conference. Idaho also played its last season at the FBS level; following the decision of the Sun Belt to not extend its football membership agreements with the two schools after their expirations in 2017, Idaho announced that it would downgrade to FCS and add football to its standing membership in the Big Sky Conference. New Mexico State reverted to FBS Independent status for 2018 and beyond.

Updated stadiums

Two schools opened new stadiums for the 2017 season:

Several other schools debuted major improvements to their existing venues for 2017:

Two schools announced naming rights deals for their stadiums:

Kickoff games

"Week Zero"

A recent rule change allows Hawaii, and teams that have a scheduled game at Hawaii, to play during the "Week Zero" kickoff weekend in late August. This change better accommodates the long-standing "Hawaii rule" that allows schools which travel between Hawaii and the mainland (including schools based in Hawaii) to schedule an extra game each season. Four schools took advantage of the extra week, opening the 2017 FBS season on Saturday, August 26: [10]

Week 1

The vast majority of FBS teams opened the season during the official Week 1 (as usual, held the weekend before Labor Day). Additionally, several neutral-site "kickoff weekend" games were held:

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.

Conference standings

2017 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
No. 6 UCF xy$ 80    130 
No. 21 South Florida  62    102 
Temple  44    76 
Cincinnati  26    48 
UConn  26    39 
East Carolina  26    39 
West Division
No. 25 Memphis xy 71    103 
Houston  53    75 
Navy  44    76 
SMU  44    76 
Tulane  35    57 
Tulsa  17    210 
Championship: UCF 62, Memphis 55
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
As of January 9, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll.
2017 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Atlantic Division
No. 4 Clemson xy$^ 71    122 
No. 23 NC State  62    94 
Boston College  44    76 
Louisville  44    85 
Wake Forest  44    85 
Florida State  35    76 
Syracuse  26    48 
Coastal Division
No. 13 Miami xy 71    103 
No. 24 Virginia Tech  53    94 
Georgia Tech  44    56 
Duke  35    76 
Pittsburgh  35    57 
Virginia  35    67 
North Carolina  17    39 
Championship: Clemson 38, Miami 3
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 3 Oklahoma y$^ 81    122 
No. 9 TCU y 72    113 
No. 14 Oklahoma State  63    103 
Texas  54    76 
West Virginia  54    76 
Kansas State  54    85 
Iowa State  54    85 
Texas Tech  36    67 
Baylor  18    111 
Kansas  09    111 
Championship: Oklahoma 41, TCU 17
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$ 81    122 
No. 15 Michigan State  72    103 
No. 8 Penn State  72    112 
Michigan  54    85 
Rutgers  36    48 
Indiana  27    57 
Maryland  27    48 
West Division
No. 7 Wisconsin xy 90    131 
No. 17 Northwestern  72    103 
Iowa  45    85 
Purdue  45    76 
Nebraska  36    48 
Minnesota  27    57 
Illinois  09    210 
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Conference USA football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Florida Atlantic x$ 80    113 
FIU  53    85 
Marshall  44    85 
Western Kentucky  44    67 
Middle Tennessee  44    76 
Old Dominion  35    57 
Charlotte  17    111 
West Division
North Texas x 71    95 
UAB  62    85 
Southern Miss  62    85 
Louisiana Tech  44    76 
UTSA  35    65 
Rice  17    111 
UTEP  08    012 
Championship: Florida Atlantic 41, North Texas 17
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Akron xy 62    77 
Ohio  53    94 
Miami  44    57 
Buffalo  44    66 
Bowling Green  26    210 
Kent State  17    210 
West Division
Toledo xy$ 71    113 
Central Michigan  62    85 
Northern Illinois  62    85 
Western Michigan  44    66 
Eastern Michigan  35    57 
Ball State  08    210 
Championship: Toledo 45, Akron 28
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
2017 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Mountain Division
No. 22 Boise State xy$ 71    113 
Colorado State  53    76 
Wyoming  53    85 
Utah State  44    67 
Air Force  44    57 
New Mexico  17    39 
West Division
Fresno State xy 71    104 
San Diego State  62    103 
UNLV  44    57 
Nevada  35    39 
Hawaii  17    39 
San Jose State  17    211 
Championship: Boise State 17, Fresno State 14
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Division
No. 20 Stanford xy 72    95 
No. 16 Washington x 72    103 
Washington State  63    94 
Oregon  45    76 
California  27    57 
Oregon State  09    111 
South Division
No. 12 USC xy$ 81    113 
Arizona State  63    76 
Arizona  54    76 
UCLA  45    67 
Utah  36    76 
Colorado  27    57 
Championship: USC 31, Stanford 28
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
No. 2 Georgia x$^ 71    132 
South Carolina  53    94 
Kentucky  44    76 
Missouri  44    76 
Florida  35    47 
Vanderbilt  17    57 
Tennessee  08    48 
West Division
No. 10 Auburn xy 71    104 
No. 1 Alabama x#^ 71    131 
No. 18 LSU  62    94 
No. 19 Mississippi State  44    94 
Texas A&M  44    76 
Ole Miss* 35    66 
Arkansas  17    48 
Championship: Georgia 28, Auburn 7
  • # College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • * Ole Miss ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Troy + 71    112 
Appalachian State + 71    94 
Arkansas State  62    75 
Georgia State  53    75 
New Mexico State  44    76 
Louisiana  44    57 
Louisiana–Monroe  44    48 
Idaho  35    48 
South Alabama  35    48 
Coastal Carolina * 26    39 
Georgia Southern  26    210 
Texas State  17    210 
  • + Conference co-champions
  • * – Ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules
2017 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Army        103 
No. 11 Notre Dame        103 
UMass        48 
BYU        49 
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries

Through the 2015 season, conferences were required to have a minimum of 12 football members to play a conference championship game outside of the NCAA limit of 12 regular-season games. The NCAA removed this requirement effective with the 2016 season. [17] At that time, all FBS conferences except the Big 12 and Sun Belt Conferences held championship games for football. The Big 12 reinstated its championship game for the 2017 season, while the Sun Belt determined its 2017 football champion solely by regular-season records before launching a championship game starting in 2018.

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. 7 Miami 38–3 Lamar Jackson, Louisville [18] Bradley Chubb, NC State [18] Mark Richt, Miami [19]
Big 12 No. 2 Oklahoma CFPNo. 10 TCU 41–17 Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma [20] Ogbo Okoronkwo, Oklahoma &
Malik Jefferson, Texas [20]
Matt Campbell, Iowa State [20]
Big Ten No. 8 Ohio State No. 3 Wisconsin 27–21 Saquon Barkley, Penn State [21] Josey Jewell, Iowa [21] Paul Chryst, Wisconsin [21]
Pac-12 No. 11 USC No. 14 Stanford 31–28 Bryce Love, Stanford [22] Vita Vea, Washington [22] David Shaw, Stanford [22]
SEC No. 6 Georgia CFPNo. 4 Auburn 28–7 Kerryon Johnson, Auburn [23] Roquan Smith, Georgia [23] Kirby Smart, Georgia [23]

Group of Five Conferences

ConferenceChampionRunner UpScoreOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
AAC No. 12 UCF No. 16 Memphis 62–552OT McKenzie Milton, UCF [24] Ed Oliver, Houston [24] Scott Frost, UCF [24]
C-USA Florida Atlantic North Texas 41–17 Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic (MVP) &
Mason Fine, North Texas (Offensive POY) [25]
Marcus Davenport, UTSA [25] Bill Clark, UAB [26]
MAC Toledo Akron 45–28 Logan Woodside, Toledo [27] Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois [27] Jason Candle, Toledo [27]
MW Boise State No. 25 Fresno State 17–14 Rashaad Penny, San Diego State [28] Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State [28] Jeff Tedford, Fresno State [28]
Sun Belt Appalachian State

Troy

N/AN/A Justice Hansen, Arkansas State [29] Javon Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State (overall POY)
Jeremy Reaves, South Alabama (Defensive POY) [29]
Neal Brown, Troy [29]

CFP College Football Playoff participant

Postseason

Bowl selections

There were 39 post-season bowl games, with two teams advancing to a 40th the CFP National Championship game. Normally, a team is required to have a .500 minimum winning percentage during the regular season to become bowl eligible. If there are not enough winning teams to fulfill all open bowl slots, teams with losing records may be chosen to fill all 78 bowl slots. Additionally, on the rare occasion in which a conference champion does not meet eligibility requirements, they are usually still chosen for bowl games via tie-ins for their conference. For the 2017 season, no team with a losing record was chosen for a bowl game. Three bowl-eligible teams, including one with a winning record, were denied bowl bids.

Bowl eligible teams

  • American Athletic Conference (7): Houston, Memphis, Navy, South Florida, SMU, Temple, UCF
  • Atlantic Coast Conference (10): Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
  • Big 12 Conference (8): Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, West Virginia
  • Big Ten Conference (8): Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin
  • Conference USA (10): Florida Atlantic, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Southern Miss, UAB, Western Kentucky, UTSA*
  • Independents (2): Army, Notre Dame
  • Mid-American Conference (7): Akron, Buffalo*, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan*
  • Mountain West Conference (6): Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, Utah State, Wyoming
  • Pac-12 Conference (9): Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State
  • Southeastern Conference (9): Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas A&M
  • Sun Belt Conference (5): Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Georgia State, New Mexico State, Troy

An asterisk (*) indicates the team did not receive a bowl bid.

Number of bowl berths available: 78

Number of bowl-eligible teams: 81

As there were more bowl-eligible teams than berths available, three bowl-eligible teams did not receive an invitation:

Bowl ineligible teams

Number of bowl-ineligible teams: 49

* Ole Miss, who finished their regular season with a 6–6 record, is under a self-imposed two-year bowl ban that applies for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

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 this season, the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl hosted the semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

SemifinalsChampionship
January 1 – Sugar Bowl
  1  Clemson 6 
  4  Alabama 24 January 8 – Championship
 
    4  Alabama (OT)26
January 1 – Rose Bowl    3  Georgia 23
 
  2  Oklahoma 48
  3  Georgia (2OT)54 

Conference performance in bowl games

ConferenceTotal gamesWinsLossesPct.
SEC1156.455
ACC1046.400
Big Ten871.875
Pac-12918.111
Big 12853.625
MW633.500
The American743.571
C-USA945.444
MAC514.200
Independents2201.000
Sun Belt541.800

Rankings

College Football Playoff

Final rankings

RankAssociated PressCoaches' Poll
1 Alabama Alabama
2 Georgia Georgia
3 Oklahoma Oklahoma
4 Clemson Clemson
5 Ohio State Ohio State
6 UCF Wisconsin
7 Wisconsin UCF
8 Penn State Penn State
9 TCU TCU
10 Auburn USC
11 Notre Dame Notre Dame
12 USC Auburn
13 Miami (FL) Miami (FL)
14 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
15 Michigan State Washington
16 Washington Northwestern
17 Northwestern Michigan State
18 LSU LSU
19 Mississippi State Stanford
20 Stanford Mississippi State
21 USF USF
22 Boise State Boise State
23 NC State NC State
24 Virginia Tech Memphis
25 Memphis Virginia Tech

Coaching changes

Preseason and in-season

This is restricted to coaching changes taking place on or after May 1, 2017. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2017, see 2016 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.

SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
Oklahoma Bob Stoops June 7, 2017Retired Lincoln Riley
Ole Miss Hugh Freeze July 20, 2017Resigned Matt Luke [lower-alpha 1]
Coastal Carolina Joe Moglia July 28, 2017Medical leave Jamey Chadwell (interim)
UTEP Sean Kugler October 1, 2017Resigned Mike Price (interim)
Oregon State Gary Andersen October 9, 2017Resigned Cory Hall (interim)
Georgia Southern Tyson Summers October 22, 2017Fired Chad Lunsford [lower-alpha 2]
Florida Jim McElwain October 29, 2017Fired Randy Shannon (interim)
Tennessee Butch Jones November 12, 2017Fired Brady Hoke (interim)
UCLA Jim Mora November 19, 2017Fired Jedd Fisch (interim)
Florida State Jimbo Fisher December 1, 2017Hired by Texas A&M Odell Haggins (interim)
SMU Chad Morris December 5, 2017Hired by Arkansas Jeff Traylor (interim)
  1. Interim for remainder of season; interim tag removed on November 26, 2017. [30]
  2. Interim for remainder of season; interim tag removed on November 27, 2017.

End of season

This list includes coaching changes announced during the season that did not take effect until the end of the season.

SchoolOutgoing coachDateReasonReplacement
South Alabama Joey Jones November 20, 2017Resigned Steve Campbell
Kent State Paul Haynes November 22, 2017Fired Colin Ferrell (Interim)
Arkansas Bret Bielema November 24, 2017Fired Chad Morris
UCLA Jedd Fisch (interim)November 25, 2017Permanent replacement Chip Kelly
Nebraska Mike Riley November 25, 2017Fired Scott Frost
Arizona State Todd Graham November 26, 2017Agreed to part ways Herm Edwards
Florida Randy Shannon (interim)November 26, 2017Permanent replacement Dan Mullen
Mississippi State Dan Mullen November 26, 2017Hired by Florida Joe Moorhead
Rice David Bailiff November 27, 2017Fired Mike Bloomgren
Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin November 27, 2017Fired Jimbo Fisher
Oregon State Cory Hall (interim)November 30, 2017Permanent replacement Jonathan Smith
UCF Scott Frost December 2, 2017Hired by Nebraska Josh Heupel
Louisiana Mark Hudspeth December 2, 2017Fired Billy Napier
Florida State Odell Haggins (interim)December 5, 2017Permanent replacement Willie Taggart
Oregon Willie Taggart December 5, 2017Hired by Florida State Mario Cristobal [lower-alpha 1]
Arkansas Paul Rhoads (Interim)December 6, 2017Permanent replacement Chad Morris
UTEP Mike Price December 6, 2017Permanent replacement Dana Dimel
Tennessee Brady Hoke (interim)December 7, 2017Permanent replacement Jeremy Pruitt
SMU Jeff Traylor (interim)December 12, 2017Permanent replacement Sonny Dykes
Kent State Colin Ferrell (interim)December 21, 2017Permanent replacement Sean Lewis
Arizona Rich Rodriguez January 2, 2018Fired Kevin Sumlin
Coastal Carolina Jamey Chadwell (interim)January 5, 2018Medical clearance of head coach Joe Moglia
  1. Interim for remainder of season; interim tag removed on December 8, 2017.

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

Television viewers and ratings

Most watched regular season games

RankDateMatchupNetworkViewers (millions)TV Rating [31] Significance
1November 25, 3:30 ET No. 1 Alabama 14 No. 6 Auburn 26 CBS 13.667.6 Iron Bowl/College GameDay
2September 2, 8:00 ET No. 3 Florida State 7 No. 1 Alabama 24 ABC 12.346.9 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game/College GameDay
3November 25, 12:00 ET Michigan 20 No. 9 Ohio State 31 FOX 10.516.1 The Game
4October 28, 3:30 ET No. 2 Penn State 38 No. 6 Ohio State 399.875.8 Rivalry/College GameDay
5December 9, 3:00 ET Army 14 Navy 13 CBS 8.425.2 Army–Navy Game/College GameDay
6September 9, 7:30 ET No. 5 Oklahoma 31 No. 2 Ohio State 16 ABC 8.084.6 College GameDay
7September 2, 3:30 ET No. 11 Michigan 33 No. 17 Florida 177.654.9 Advocare Classic
8November 11, 3:30 ET No. 1 Georgia 17 No. 10 Auburn 40 CBS 7.414.4 Deep South's Oldest Rivalry
9November 11, 7:00 ET No. 2 Alabama 31 No. 16 Mississippi State 24 ESPN 7.033.9 Rivalry
10October 21, 7:30 ET No. 19 Michigan 13 No. 2 Penn State 42 ABC 6.953.9 College GameDay

Conference championship games

RankDateMatchupNetworkViewers (millions)TV Rating [32] ConferenceLocation
1December 2, 4:00 ET No. 6 Georgia (East)28 No. 2 Auburn (West)7 CBS 13.478.0 SEC Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
2December 2, 8:00 ET No. 8 Ohio State (East)27 No. 4 Wisconsin (West)21 FOX 12.927.3 Big Ten Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
3December 2, 12:30 ET No. 11 TCU (No. 2 seed)17 No. 3 Oklahoma (No. 1 seed)415.903.8 Big 12 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
4December 2, 8:00 ET No. 7 Miami (Coastal)3 No. 1 Clemson (Atlantic)38 ABC 5.433.2 ACC Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
5December 1, 8:00 ET No. 12 Stanford (North)28 No. 10 USC (South)31 ESPN 3.662.3 Pac-12 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
6December 2, 12:00 ET No. 20 Memphis (West)55 No. 14 UCF (East)62 ABC 3.392.3 AAC Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, FL
7December 2, 12:00 ET Akron (East)28 Toledo (West)45 ESPN 0.650.5 MAC Ford Field, Detroit, MI
8December 2, 7:45 ET No. 25 Fresno State (West)14 Boise State (Mountain)170.620.4 MW Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
9December 2, 12:00 ET North Texas (West)17 Florida Atlantic (East)41 ESPN2 0.26n.a. C-USA FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL

College Football Playoff

GameDateMatchupNetworkViewers (millions)TV Rating [33] Location
Rose Bowl (semifinal)January 1, 2018, 5:00 ET No. 3 Georgia 54 No. 2 Oklahoma 48 ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU (megacast)26.9113.7 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Sugar Bowl (semifinal)January 1, 2018, 8:45 ET No. 4 Alabama 24 No. 1 Clemson 621.4711.4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
National Championship January 8, 2018, 8:00 ET No. 4 Alabama 26 No. 3 Georgia 2328.4415.6 Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

See also

Notes

  1. This game was originally scheduled to be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas: however ongoing flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey forced its relocation.

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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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