2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season

Last updated
2018 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams129 + 1 transitional
DurationAugust 25, 2018 – December 8, 2018
Preseason AP No. 1 Alabama
Post-season
DurationDecember 15, 2018 – January 7, 2019
Bowl games 40
AP Poll No. 1 Clemson [1]
Coaches Poll No. 1 Clemson [2]
Heisman Trophy Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma
College Football Playoff
2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
Site Levi's Stadium
Santa Clara, California
Champion(s) Clemson
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
  2017
2019  

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.

Contents

The regular season began on August 25, 2018 and ended on December 8, 2018. The postseason concluded on January 7, 2019 with the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Clemson Tigers won the title game over the Alabama Crimson Tide, the school's third national title and second in three years.

Rule changes

Game rules

The following rule changes were approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel for the 2018 season: [3]

Eligibility rules

Major changes to redshirt rules in Division I football (both FBS and FCS) took effect from this season forward after having been approved by the NCAA Division I Council on June 13, 2018. Players can now participate in as many as four games in a season while still retaining redshirt status. This new rule does not apply to players who enroll at a school midyear and participate in postseason competition taking place during or before their first academic term at that school. [4]

Conference realignment

Membership changes

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
Idaho Vandals Sun Belt Big Sky (FCS)
New Mexico State Aggies Sun Belt FBS independent
Liberty Flames Big South (FCS) FBS independent

New Mexico State left the Sun Belt Conference following the 2017 season and will compete as an FBS independent. Idaho also left the Sun Belt, dropping its football program from the FBS to FCS level, where it will compete in the Big Sky Conference.

Liberty began a two-year transition from FCS in 2017. The Flames will be counted as an FBS independent for scheduling purposes in 2018, but will not be fully bowl-eligible until the 2019 season. However, they may participate in a bowl in 2018 if they have at least six eligible wins and there are not enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all the spots.

Other headlines

Updated stadiums

Renamed stadiums

Colorado State announced on April 19, 2018 that an area financial institution, Public Service Credit Union, had paid $37.7 million over 15 years to place its name on the venue then known as Colorado State Stadium. The new stadium name was not revealed at that time because PSCU was in the process of changing its name, with the new name expected to be announced in June 2018. The deal did not affect the playing surface, which continues to be named after former Rams head coach Sonny Lubick. [33] On June 5, the former PSCU announced its new name of Canvas Credit Union, with the CSU venue becoming Canvas Stadium . [34]

Kansas renamed their stadium to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium in honor of alumnus David Booth who donated $50 million to the school for renovations to the stadium. [35]

As noted above, Louisville removed the Papa John's name from Cardinal Stadium in the wake of the controversy over founder John Schnatter. [5]

Kickoff games

"Week Zero"

The regular season began with four Week 0 games on Saturday, August 25:

Week 1

The vast majority of FBS teams opened the season on Labor Day weekend. Five neutral-site "kickoff" games were held (rankings reflect the Week 1 AP Poll):

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.

Canceled and rescheduled games

Week 1

Two games were canceled due to thunderstorms:

Three of these four teams later found replacement games to fill out their schedule.

Week 3

Five games were canceled due to Hurricane Florence:

Five of the ten teams that lost games due to Florence scheduled tentative replacement games for Week 14, which is normally reserved for conference championship games.

Four games were moved forward in anticipation of Florence:

One game was moved forward and to the visiting team's stadium in anticipation of Florence:

One game was moved to a neutral site in anticipation of Florence:

One game was rescheduled in anticipation of Florence:

Week 9

Week 12

Week 14

Normally reserved for conference championship games, several games were added to the schedule to replace earlier, canceled games. All of these games were contingent upon both teams being available.

Postseason

The 2018 First Responder Bowl on December 26 between Boston College and Boise State was canceled after severe weather hit the Dallas area. The game was stopped due to lightning in the area shortly after BC had taken a 7–0 lead in the first quarter, and was canceled about 90 minutes later. Lightning continued in the vicinity of the stadium for an additional 90 minutes, and further severe weather was expected for later that night. According to an NCAA spokesperson, this was believed to be the first bowl game ever called off due to weather conditions. [42]

Conference standings

2018 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
No. 11 UCF x$ 80    121 
Temple  71    85 
No. 24 Cincinnati  62    112 
South Florida  35    76 
East Carolina  17    39 
UConn  08    111 
West Division
Memphis xy 53    86 
Houston x 53    85 
Tulane x 53    76 
SMU  44    57 
Navy  26    310 
Tulsa  26    39 
Championship: UCF 56, Memphis 41
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Clemson x$#^ 80    150 
No. 15 Syracuse  62    103 
NC State  53    94 
Boston College  44    75 
Wake Forest  35    76 
Florida State  35    57 
Louisville  08    210 
Coastal Division
Pittsburgh x 62    77 
Georgia Tech  53    76 
Miami  44    76 
Virginia  44    85 
Virginia Tech  44    67 
Duke  35    85 
North Carolina  17    29 
Championship: Clemson 42, Pittsburgh 10
  • # College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 4 Oklahoma y$^ 81    122 
No. 9 Texas y 72    104 
Iowa State  63    85 
No. 20 West Virginia  63    84 
TCU  45    76 
Baylor  45    76 
Oklahoma State  36    76 
Kansas State  36    57 
Texas Tech  36    57 
Kansas  18    39 
Championship: Oklahoma 39, Texas 27
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
No. 3 Ohio State xy$ 81    131 
No. 14 Michigan x 81    103 
No. 17 Penn State  63    94 
Michigan State  54    76 
Maryland  36    57 
Indiana  27    57 
Rutgers  09    111 
West Division
No. 21 Northwestern xy 81    95 
Wisconsin  54    85 
No. 25 Iowa  54    94 
Purdue  54    67 
Minnesota  36    76 
Nebraska  36    48 
Illinois  27    48 
Championship: Ohio State 45, Northwestern 24
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Conference USA football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Middle Tennessee x 71    86 
Marshall  62    94 
FIU  62    94 
Charlotte  44    57 
Florida Atlantic  35    57 
Old Dominion  26    48 
Western Kentucky  26    39 
West Division
UAB x$ 71    113 
North Texas  53    94 
Louisiana Tech  53    85 
Southern Miss  53    65 
UTSA  26    39 
UTEP  17    111 
Rice  17    211 
Championship: UAB 27, Middle Tennessee 25
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
2018 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Buffalo x 71    104 
Miami  62    66 
Ohio  62    94 
Akron  26    48 
Bowling Green  26    39 
Kent State  17    210 
West Division
Northern Illinois x$ 62    86 
Western Michigan  53    76 
Eastern Michigan  53    76 
Toledo  53    76 
Ball State  35    48 
Central Michigan  08    111 
Championship: Northern Illinois 30, Buffalo 29
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
2018 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Mountain Division
No. 23 Boise State x 71    103 
No. 22 Utah State  71    112 
Wyoming  44    66 
Air Force  35    57 
Colorado State  26    39 
New Mexico  17    39 
West Division
No. 18 Fresno State x$ 71    122 
Nevada  53    85 
Hawaii  53    86 
San Diego State  44    76 
UNLV  26    48 
San Jose State  17    111 
Championship: Fresno State 19, Boise State 16 (OT)
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Division
No. 13 Washington xy$ 72    104 
No. 10 Washington State x 72    112 
Stanford  63    94 
Oregon  54    94 
California  45    76 
Oregon State  18    210 
South Division
Utah xy 63    95 
Arizona State  54    76 
USC  45    57 
Arizona  45    57 
UCLA  36    39 
Colorado  27    57 
Championship: Washington 10, Utah 3
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
No.Georgia x 71    113 
No. 12 Kentucky  53    103 
No.Florida  53    103 
South Carolina  44    76 
Missouri  44    85 
Vanderbilt  35    67 
Tennessee  26    57 
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^ 80    141 
No. 16 Texas A&M  53    94 
No. 6 LSU  53    103 
Auburn  35    85 
Ole Miss  17    57 
Arkansas  08    210 
Mississippi State* 04    05 
Championship: Alabama 35, Georgia 28
  • ^ College Football Playoff participant
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • * Mississippi State vacated four conference and eight total wins due to NCAA violations. [43]
Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
East Division
Appalachian State xy$ 71    112 
Troy x 71    103 
Georgia Southern  62    103 
Coastal Carolina  26    57 
Georgia State  17    210 
West Division
Louisiana xy 53    77 
Arkansas State x 53    85 
Louisiana–Monroe  44    66 
South Alabama  26    39 
Texas State  17    39 
Championship: Appalachian State 30, Louisiana 19
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
2018 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 5 Notre Dame ^     121 
No. 19 Army      112 
BYU      76 
Liberty      66 
UMass      48 
New Mexico State      39 
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries

Rankings reflect the Week 14 AP Poll before the conference championship games were played.

ConferenceChampionRunner-upScoreOffensive Player of the YearDefensive Player of the YearCoach of the Year
ACC No. 2 Clemson CFPNo. 25 Pittsburgh42–10 Travis Etienne (Clemson) Clelin Ferrell (Clemson) Dabo Swinney (Clemson)
American No. 7 UCF Memphis 56–41 McKenzie Milton (UCF)Nate Harvey (East Carolina) Luke Fickell (Cincinnati)
Big 12 No. 5 Oklahoma CFPNo. 9 Texas 39–27 Kyler Murray (Oklahoma) David Long Jr. (West Virginia) Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma)
Matt Campbell (Iowa State)
Big Ten No. 6 Ohio State No. 21 Northwestern 45–24 Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State) Devin Bush Jr. (Michigan) Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)
C–USA UAB Middle Tennessee 27–25 Mason Fine (North Texas) [44] [lower-alpha 1] Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech) [44] Rick Stockstill (Middle Tennessee) [45]
MAC Northern Illinois Buffalo 30–29 Tyree Jackson (Buffalo) Sutton Smith (Northern Illinois) Lance Leipold (Buffalo)
MW No. 25 Fresno State No. 19 Boise State 19–16 OT Brett Rypien (Boise State)Jeff Allison (Fresno State) Matt Wells (Utah State)
Pac-12 No. 10 Washington No. 17 Utah 10–3 Gardner Minshew (Washington State) Ben Burr-Kirven (Washington) Mike Leach (Washington State)
SEC No. 1 Alabama CFPNo. 4 Georgia 35–28 Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) Josh Allen (Kentucky) Mark Stoops (Kentucky)
Sun Belt Appalachian State Louisiana 30–19Zac Thomas (Appalachian State)Ronheen Bingham (Arkansas State) Scott Satterfield (Appalachian State)

CFP College Football Playoff participant

  1. Conference USA is the only FBS league that presents a Most Valuable Player award distinct from offensive and defensive awards. Middle Tennessee quarterback Brent Stockstill was named MVP. [44]

Postseason

Bowl selections

There were 39 team-competitive 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 (six wins for an 11- or 12-game schedule, and seven wins for a 13-game schedule). 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.

Bowl–eligible teams

Number of bowl berths available: 78
Number of bowl-eligible teams: 82

Bowl-eligible teams that were not invited

Bowl–ineligible teams

Number of bowl-ineligible teams: 48

* Liberty was not bowl-eligible until 2019 due to their transition from FCS to FBS. If Liberty had at least six wins and there were not enough bowl-eligible teams, they could have requested an NCAA waiver to participate in a bowl; [46] Liberty did reach six wins, but there were more than enough bowl-eligible teams to fill the available bids.

** Ole Miss, who finished their regular season with a 5–7 record, was under a self-imposed two-year bowl ban that applied 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 Cotton Bowl and the Orange Bowl hosted the semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

SemifinalsChampionship
December 29 – Orange Bowl
 1  Alabama 45 
 4  Oklahoma 34 January 7 – National Championship
 
   1 Alabama16
December 29 – Cotton Bowl   2 Clemson44
 
 2  Clemson 30
 3  Notre Dame 3 

Conference performance in bowl games

ConferenceTotal gamesWinsLossesPct.
SEC12 (11)65.545
ACC1266.500
Big Ten954.556
Pac-12734.429
Big 12743.571
MW6 (5)32.600
The American725.286
C-USA642.667
MAC615.167
Independents321.667
Sun Belt532.600

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 front

Defensive back

Special teams

Other positional awards

Coaches

Assistants

All-Americans

Rankings

CFB Playoff final rankings

On December 2, 2018, the College Football Playoff selection committee announced its final team rankings for the year.

RankTeamW–LConference and standingBowl game
1
Alabama
13–0
SEC Champions Orange Bowl (CFP Semifinal No. 1)
2
Clemson
13–0
ACC Champions Cotton Bowl (CFP Semifinal No. 2)
3
Notre Dame
12–0
Independent Cotton Bowl (CFP Semifinal No. 2)
4
Oklahoma
12–1
Big 12 ChampionsOrange Bowl (CFP Semifinal No. 1)
5
Georgia
11–2
SEC East Division champions Sugar Bowl
6
Ohio State
12–1
Big Ten Champions Rose Bowl
7
Michigan 10–2Big Ten East Division co-champions Peach Bowl
8
UCF 12–0 AAC Champions Fiesta Bowl
9
Washington 10–3 Pac-12 ChampionsRose Bowl
10
Florida 9–3SEC East Division second place (tie)Peach Bowl
11
LSU 9–3SEC West Division second place (tie)Fiesta Bowl
12
Penn State 9–3Big Ten East Division third place Citrus Bowl
13
Washington State 10–2Pac-12 North Division co-champions Alamo Bowl
14
Kentucky 9–3SEC East Division second place (tie)Citrus Bowl
15
Texas 9–4Big 12 second placeSugar Bowl
16
West Virginia 8–3Big 12 third place (tie) Camping World Bowl
17
Utah 9–4Pac-12 South Division champions Holiday Bowl
18
Mississippi State 8–4SEC fourth place Outback Bowl
19
Texas A&M 8–4SEC second place (tie) Gator Bowl
20
Syracuse 9–3ACC Atlantic Division second placeCamping World Bowl
21
Fresno State 11–2 MW champions Las Vegas Bowl
22
Northwestern 8–5Big Ten West Division championsHoliday Bowl
23
Missouri 8-5SEC East Division fourth place (tie) Liberty Bowl
24
Iowa State 8–4Big 12 third place (tie)Alamo Bowl
25
Boise State 10–3MW Mountain Division champions First Responder Bowl

Final rankings

RankAssociated PressCoaches' Poll
1 Clemson Clemson
2 Alabama Alabama
3 Ohio State Ohio State
4 Oklahoma Oklahoma
5 Notre Dame Notre Dame
6 LSU Florida
7 Florida
Georgia
LSU
8 Georgia
9 Texas Texas
10 Washington State Washington State
11 UCF Kentucky
12 Kentucky UCF
13 Washington Washington
14 Michigan Michigan
15 Syracuse Syracuse
16 Texas A&M Texas A&M
17 Penn State Penn State
18 Fresno State Fresno State
19 Army Northwestern
20 West Virginia Army
21 Northwestern Utah State
22 Utah State West Virginia
23 Boise State Cincinnati
24 Cincinnati Boise State
25 Iowa Mississippi State

Coaching changes

Preseason and in-season

This is restricted to coaching changes taking place on or after May 1, 2018. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2018, see 2017 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.

SchoolOutgoing CoachDateReasonReplacement
Bowling Green Mike Jinks October 14Fired Carl Pelini (interim)
Maryland D. J. Durkin October 31Fired Matt Canada (interim)
Louisville Bobby Petrino November 11Fired Lorenzo Ward (interim)
Colorado Mike MacIntyre November 18Fired Kurt Roper (interim)
Texas State Everett Withers November 18Fired Chris Woods (interim)
East Carolina Scottie Montgomery November 29Fired David Blackwell (interim)
Utah State Matt Wells November 29Hired as head coach by Texas Tech Frank Maile (interim, bowl)
Appalachian State Scott Satterfield December 4Hired as head coach by Louisville Mark Ivey (interim, bowl)
Temple Geoff Collins December 7Hired as head coach by Georgia Tech Ed Foley (interim, bowl)

    End of season

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

    SchoolConf.Outgoing CoachDateReasonReplacement
    Kansas Big 12 David Beaty November 4Fired (effective at end of season) [61] Les Miles
    Charlotte C-USA Brad Lambert November 18Fired (effective at end of season) Will Healy
    UMass Independent Mark Whipple November 20Agreed to part ways Walt Bell [62]
    Central Michigan MAC John Bonamego November 23Fired Jim McElwain [63]
    North Carolina ACC Larry Fedora November 25Fired Mack Brown
    Texas Tech Big 12 Kliff Kingsbury November 25Fired [64] Matt Wells
    Western Kentucky C-USA Mike Sanford November 25Fired Tyson Helton
    Bowling Green MAC Carl Pelini (interim)November 28Permanent replacement Scot Loeffler
    Georgia Tech ACC Paul Johnson November 28Retired (effective after Georgia Tech's bowl game) [65] Geoff Collins
    Texas State Sun Belt Chris Woods (interim)November 28Permanent replacement Jake Spavital
    Kansas State Big 12 Bill Snyder December 2Retired [66] Chris Klieman
    Akron MAC Terry Bowden December 2Fired [67] Tom Arth
    East Carolina American David Blackwell (interim)December 3Permanent replacement Mike Houston
    Liberty Independent Turner Gill December 3Retired Hugh Freeze
    Ohio State Big Ten Urban Meyer December 4Retired (effective at end of season) Ryan Day
    Louisville ACC Lorenzo Ward (interim)December 4Permanent replacement Scott Satterfield
    Maryland Big Ten Matt Canada (interim)December 4Permanent replacement Mike Locksley
    Colorado Pac-12 Kurt Roper (interim)December 5Permanent replacement Mel Tucker
    Utah State MW Frank Maile (interim)December 9Permanent replacement Gary Andersen
    Appalachian State Sun Belt Mark Ivey (interim)December 13Permanent replacement Eliah Drinkwitz
    Temple American Ed Foley (interim)December 13Permanent replacement Rod Carey
    Houston American Major Applewhite December 30Fired Dana Holgorsen
    Miami ACC Mark Richt December 30Retired Manny Diaz
    West Virginia Big 12 Dana Holgorsen January 1Hired as head coach by Houston Neal Brown
    Troy Sun Belt Neal Brown January 4Hired as head coach by West Virginia Chip Lindsey
    Northern Illinois MAC Rod Carey January 10Hired as head coach by Temple Thomas Hammock
    Coastal Carolina Sun Belt Joe Moglia January 18Resigned Jamey Chadwell

      Television viewers and ratings

      Most watched regular-season games

      RankDateMatchupNetworkViewers (millions)TV Rating [68] Significance
      1November 24, 12:00 ET No. 4 Michigan 39 No. 10 Ohio State 62 Fox 13.207.5 The Game/ College GameDay
      2November 3, 8:00 ET No. 1 Alabama 29 No. 3 LSU 0 CBS 11.546.6 Rivalry/ College GameDay
      3September 29, 7:30 ET No. 4 Ohio State 27 No. 9 Penn State 26 ABC 9.145.3 Rivalry/ College GameDay
      4November 24, 3:30 ET No. 1 Alabama 52 Auburn 21 CBS 9.135.1 Iron Bowl
      5December 8, 3:00 ET Navy 10 Army 178.055.0 Army–Navy Game/ College GameDay
      6November 24, 8:00 ET No. 3 Notre Dame 24 USC 17 ABC 7.744.4 Rivalry
      7September 15, 8:00 ET No. 4 Ohio State 40 No. 15 TCU 287.234.25 College GameDay
      8September 1, 7:30 ET No. 14 Michigan 17 No. 12 Notre Dame 24 NBC 7.094.0 Rivalry/ College GameDay
      9September 2, 7:30 ET No. 8 Miami (FL) 17 No. 25 LSU 33 ABC 6.563.8 Advocare Classic
      10October 27, 3:30 ET No. 9 Florida 17 No. 7 Georgia 36 CBS 6.353.9 College GameDay

      #Rankings are from the AP Poll (before 10/30) and CFP Rankings (thereafter).

      Conference championship games

      RankDateMatchupNetworkViewers (millions)TV Rating [69] ConferenceLocation
      1December 1, 4:00 ET No. 1 Alabama (West)35 No. 4 Georgia (East)28 CBS 17.510.1 SEC Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
      2December 1, 12:00 ET No. 14 Texas (No. 2 seed)27 No. 5 Oklahoma (No. 1 seed)39 ABC 10.26.2 Big 12 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
      3December 1, 8:00 ET No. 21 Northwestern (West)21 No. 6 Ohio State (East)45 Fox 8.75.0 Big Ten Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
      4December 1, 8:00 ET No. 2 Clemson (Atlantic)42 Pittsburgh (Coastal)10 ABC 4.22.5 ACC Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
      5November 30, 8:00 ET No. 17 Utah (South)3 No. 11 Washington (North)10 Fox 4.12.6 Pac-12 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
      6December 1, 3:30 ET Memphis (West)41 No. 8 UCF (East)56 ABC 3.32.1 American Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, FL
      7December 1, 7:45 ET No. 25 Fresno State (West)19 No. 22 Boise State (Mountain)16 ESPN 1.00.6 MW Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
      8December 1, 12:00 ET Louisiana (West)19 Appalachian State (East)30.900.6 Sun Belt Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
      9November 30, 7:00 ET Northern Illinois (West)30 Buffalo (East)29 ESPN2 .590.4 MAC Ford Field, Detroit, MI
      10December 1, 1:30 ET UAB (West)27 Middle Tennessee (East)25 CBSSN n.an.a C-USA Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN

      #Rankings are from the CFP Rankings.

      Most watched non-CFP bowl games

      RankGameDateMatchupNetworkViewers (millions)TV RatingLocation
      1 Rose Bowl January 1, 2019, 5:00 PM ET No. 9 Washington 23 No. 6 Ohio State 28 ESPN/ESPN2 16.88.9 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
      2 Sugar Bowl January 1, 2019, 8:30 PM ET No. 15 Texas 28 No. 5 Georgia 2113.37.3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
      3 Fiesta Bowl January 1, 2019, 1:00 PM ET No. 11 LSU 40 No. 8 UCF 32 ESPN 8.54.7 State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
      4 Peach Bowl December 29, 2018, 12:00 PM ET No. 10 Florida 41 No. 7 Michigan 158.45.0 Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
      5 Citrus Bowl January 1, 2019 1:00 PM ET No. 14 Kentucky 27 No. 12 Penn State 24 ABC 7.74.4 Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
      6 Alamo Bowl December 28, 2018, 9:00 PM ET No. 24 Iowa State 26 No. 13 Washington State 28 ESPN 5.53.2 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
      7 Gator Bowl December 31, 2018, 8:00 PM ET NC State 13 No. 19 Texas A&M 525.12.7 TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
      8 Camping World Bowl December 28, 2018, 5:15 PM ET No. 18 West Virginia 18 No. 20 Syracuse 344.82.8 Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
      9 Liberty Bowl December 31, 2018, 3:45 PM ET No. 23 Missouri 33 Oklahoma State 383.82.3 Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tennessee
      10 Pinstripe Bowl December 27, 2018, 5:15 PM ET Miami 3 Wisconsin 353.82.3 Yankee Stadium, New York, New York

      College Football Playoff

      GameDateMatchupNetworkViewers (millions)TV RatingLocation
      Cotton Bowl (semifinal)December 29, 2018, 4:00 ET No. 3 Notre Dame 3 No. 2 Clemson 30 ESPN 16.99.4 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
      Orange Bowl (semifinal)December 29, 2018, 8:00 ET No. 4 Oklahoma 34 No. 1 Alabama 4519.19.9 Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
      National Championship January 7, 2019, 8:00 ET No. 2 Clemson 44 No. 1 Alabama 1625.313.6 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

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      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).

      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 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.

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      William Trevor Lawrence is an American football quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). Considered one of the best amateur quarterback prospects, he went undefeated as a freshman at Clemson, concluding with a victory in the 2019 National Championship Game. Lawrence set the Clemson record for career quarterback wins, losing only the 2020 National Championship and 2021 Sugar Bowl. Following his collegiate success, he was selected first overall by the Jaguars in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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      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.

      The 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference football season, part of the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season, is the 67th season of college football play for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). It began on August 29, 2019, and ended on January 13, 2020. The ACC consists of 14 members in two divisions.

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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.

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      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.

      2020 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team American college football season

      The 2020 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by Brian Kelly in his 11th season at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish played their home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

      2020 Clemson Tigers football team American college football season

      The 2020 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University during the 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney, in his 12th full year. The Tigers competed as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina.

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