|2019 NCAA Division I FBS season|
|Number of teams||130|
|Duration||August 24, 2019 – December 14, 2019|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Clemson|
|Duration||December 20, 2019 – January 13, 2020|
|AP Poll No. 1||Louisiana State|
|Coaches Poll No. 1||Louisiana State|
|Heisman Trophy||Joe Burrow, Quarterback, Louisiana State|
|College Football Playoff|
|2020 College Football Playoff National Championship|
|Site|| Mercedes-Benz Superdome |
New Orleans, Louisiana
|NCAA Division I FBS football seasons|
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.
November 6, 2019, marked the 150th anniversary of what is traditionally considered the first college football game, played between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869. Various sports media, the NCAA, and the CFP honored the 150th anniversary of the sport throughout the season.Because there were no games played during the 1871 season, this was also the 150th season of college football.
Liberty completed a two-year transition from the FCS to the FBS in 2018 and became fully bowl-eligible starting with the 2019 season. It remained an NCAA Division I FBS Independent.
The following playing rule changes have been approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel for 2019:
Rankings reflect the AP Poll entering each week.
The regular season began with two Week 0 games on Saturday, August 24:
The majority of FBS teams opened the season on Labor Day weekend. Three neutral-site "kickoff" games were held.
An additional "kickoff game" was held on Friday, September 13.
Rankings reflect the AP Poll. Rankings for Week 11 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.
During the college football regular season, 36 unranked teams defeated a ranked opponent. The highest ranked teams that lost to an unranked opponent were No. 3 Georgia in week 7, No. 6 Wisconsin in week 8, No. 5 Oklahoma in week 9, and No. 6 Oregon in week 13.
No. 3 Georgia (−20.5) falls to South Carolina in 2OT
On October 12, No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (5–0, 2–0) played a home conference game against the South Carolina Gamecocks (2–3, 1–2). The Bulldogs, who had won five straight against the Gamecocks, were favored by 20.5 points. Though Georgia outgained South Carolina by more than 170 yards, they had four turnovers to South Carolina's none. Tied at 17, the game went to overtime, where, after Georgia failed to score on its possession, South Carolina had a chance to kick a game-winning 33-yard field goal. However, they missed it and the game went to a second overtime where South Carolina converted on a 24-yard field goal and Georgia missed a 42-yard field goal.
No. 6 Wisconsin (−30.5) defeated by Illinois on last second field goal
On October 19, No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (6–0, 3–0) was heavily favored, by 30.5 points, against their conference rivals Illinois Fighting Illini (2–4, 0–2). The game was played at Illinois' stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Wisconsin led the entire game until a last second field goal was made by Illinois to give them a 24–23 win. Wisconsin turned over the ball on their last two drives which allowed Illinois to score twice in the last six minutes of the game. The Badgers had previously defeated the Fighting Illini in nine consecutive match-ups.
No. 5 Oklahoma's rally falls short against Kansas State (+23.5) after onside kick recovery overturned
On October 26, No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners (7–0, 4–0) traveled to the Kansas State Wildcats (4–2, 1–2) for a conference game. The Sooners were favored by 23.5 points and led 17–7 after the 1st quarter. However, Kansas State built a large 48–23 lead by scoring on 8 consecutive possessions, including scoring on each possession in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, after punting on its first possession of the game. In the 4th quarter, Oklahoma scored 18 consecutive points to cut the Kansas State lead to 48–41. After Oklahoma attempted an onside kick and appeared to recover it, the recovery was overturned due to an Oklahoma player touching the football prior to the ball traveling the required 10 yards. Kansas State was awarded possession of the ball and ran out the clock to preserve the Wildcats' first win over a top 5 team since 2006 and their first home win over Oklahoma since 1996.
No. 6 Oregon (−13.5) loses at Arizona State
On November 23, No. 6 Oregon Ducks (9–1, 7–0) traveled to the Arizona State Sun Devils (5–5, 2–5) for a conference game. The Ducks were favored by 13.5 points, but were behind at halftime 10–7. Arizona State stretched its lead to 24–7 with less than 9 minutes left in the 4th quarter, before 4 combined touchdowns scored in the final minutes allowed the Sun Devils to escape with a 31–28 victory.
|Week||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|Wk 2||California||20||No. 14 Washington||19|
|Maryland||63||No. 21 Syracuse||20|
|USC||45||No. 23 Stanford||20|
|Colorado||34||No. 25 Nebraska||31|
|Wk 3||Arizona State||10||No. 18 Michigan State||7|
|Temple||20||No. 21 Maryland||17|
|BYU||30||No. 24 USC||27|
|Wk 4||USC||30||No. 10 Utah||23|
|Pittsburgh||35||No. 15 UCF||34|
|UCLA||67||No. 19 Washington State||63|
|Colorado||34||No. 24 Arizona State||31|
|SMU||41||No. 25 TCU||38|
|Wk 5||Arizona State||24||No. 15 California||17|
|Oklahoma State||26||No. 24 Kansas State||13|
|Wk 6||Cincinnati||27||No. 18 UCF||24|
|Stanford||23||No. 15 Washington||13|
|Texas Tech||45||No. 21 Oklahoma State||35|
|Wk 7||Miami (FL)||17||No. 20 Virginia||9|
|South Carolina||20||No. 3 Georgia||17|
|Louisville||62||No. 19 Wake Forest||59|
|Temple||30||No. 23 Memphis||28|
|Wk 8||Illinois||24||No. 6 Wisconsin||23|
|BYU||28||No. 14 Boise State||25|
|Vanderbilt||21||No. 22 Missouri||14|
|Wk 9||Kansas State||48||No. 5 Oklahoma||41|
|TCU||37||No. 15 Texas||27|
|Oklahoma State||34||No. 23 Iowa State||27|
|UCLA||42||No. 24 Arizona State||32|
|Wk 10||Georgia Southern||24||No. 20 Appalachian State||21|
|Wk 11||Virginia Tech||36||No. 19 Wake Forest||17|
|Texas||27||No. 16 Kansas State||24|
|Wk 12||Iowa State||23||No. 19 Texas||21|
|West Virginia||24||No. 24 Kansas State||20|
|Wk 13||Navy||35||No. 25 SMU||28|
|Arizona State||31||No. 6 Oregon||28|
|Wk 14||Virginia||39||No. 24 Virginia Tech||30|
|Kansas State||27||No. 23 Iowa State||17|
|Conference||Champion||Runner-up||Score||Offensive Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|ACC||Clemson CFP (Atlantic)||Virginia (Coastal)||62–17||Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson||Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson||Scott Satterfield, Louisville|
|American||Memphis (West)||Cincinnati (East)||29–24||Malcolm Perry, QB, Navy||Quincy Roche, DE, Temple||Ken Niumatalolo, Navy|
|Big Ten||Ohio State CFP (East)||Wisconsin (West)||34–21||Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State||Chase Young, DE, Ohio State|| Ryan Day (media), Ohio State |
P. J. Fleck (coaches), Minnesota
|Big 12||Oklahoma CFP||Baylor||30–23 (OT)||Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State||James Lynch, DL, Baylor||Matt Rhule, Baylor|
|C-USA||Florida Atlantic (East)||UAB (West)||49–6||J'Mar Smith, QB, Louisiana Tech||DeAngelo Malone, DL, WKU||Tyson Helton, WKU|
|MAC||Miami (OH) (East)||Central Michigan (West)||26–21||LeVante Bellamy, RB, Western Michigan||Treshaun Hayward, LB, Western Michigan||Jim McElwain, Central Michigan|
|MW||Boise State (Mountain)||Hawaii (West)||31–10||Josh Love, QB, San Jose State||Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise State||Nick Rolovich, Hawaii|
|Pac-12||Oregon (North)||Utah (South)||37–15||Zack Moss, RB, Utah||Evan Weaver, LB, California||Kyle Whittingham, Utah|
|SEC||LSU CFP (West)||Georgia (East)||37–10||Joe Burrow, QB, LSU||Derrick Brown, DE, Auburn||Ed Orgeron, LSU|
|Sun Belt||Appalachian State (East)||Louisiana (West)||45–38||Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State||Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State||Billy Napier, Louisiana|
CFP College Football Playoff participant
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.
Number of bowl berths available: 78
Number of bowl-eligible teams: 79
Number of bowl-ineligible teams: 51
January 13 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome
|December 28 – Peach Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA|
|4||Oklahoma||28||January 13 – National Championship Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA|
|December 28 – Fiesta Bowl State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ||3||Clemson||25|
The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.
On December 8, 2019, the College Football Playoff selection committee announced its final team rankings for the year.
|Rank||Team||W–L||Conference and standing||Bowl game|
|1||LSU||13–0||SEC Champions||Peach Bowl (CFP Semifinal #1)|
|2||Ohio State||13–0||Big Ten Champions||Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semifinal #2)|
|3||Clemson||13–0||ACC Champions||Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semifinal #2)|
|4||Oklahoma||12–1||Big 12 Champions||Peach Bowl (CFP Semifinal #1)|
|5||Georgia||11–2||SEC Runners-up||Sugar Bowl|
|6||Oregon||11–2||Pac-12 Champions||Rose Bowl|
|7||Baylor||11–2||Big 12 Runners-up||Sugar Bowl|
|8||Wisconsin||10–3||Big Ten Runners-up||Rose Bowl|
|9||Florida||10–2||SEC East Division second place||Orange Bowl|
|10||Penn State||10–2||Big Ten East Division second place||Cotton Bowl|
|11||Utah||11–2||Pac-12 Runners-up||Alamo Bowl|
|12||Auburn||9–3||SEC West Division third place||Outback Bowl|
|13||Alabama||10–2||SEC West Division second place||Citrus Bowl|
|14||Michigan||9–3||Big Ten East Division third place||Citrus Bowl|
|15||Notre Dame||10–2||Independent||Camping World Bowl|
|16||Iowa||9–3||Big Ten West Division third place||Holiday Bowl|
|17||Memphis||12–1||American Champions||Cotton Bowl|
|18||Minnesota||10–2||Big Ten West Division co-champions||Outback Bowl|
|19||Boise State||12–1||Mountain West Champions||Las Vegas Bowl|
|20||Appalachian State||12–1||Sun Belt Champions||New Orléans Bowl|
|21||Cincinnati||10–3||American Runners-up||Birmingham Bowl|
|22||USC||8–4||Pac-12 South Division second place||Holiday Bowl|
|23||Navy||9–2||American West Division co-champions||Liberty Bowl|
|24||Virginia||9–4||ACC Runners-up||Orange Bowl|
|25||Oklahoma State||8–4||Big 12 third place||Texas Bowl|
This is restricted to coaching changes taking place on or after May 1, 2019, and includes any changes announced after a team's last regularly scheduled game but before its bowl game. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2019, see 2018 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.
|Rutgers||Chris Ash||September 29, 2019||Fired||Nunzio Campanile (Interim)|
|Florida State||Willie Taggart||November 3, 2019||Fired||Odell Haggins (Interim)|
|Arkansas||Chad Morris||November 10, 2019||Fired||Barry Lunney Jr. (Interim)|
|Boston College||Steve Addazio||December 1, 2019||Fired||Rich Gunnell (Interim)|
|Washington||Chris Petersen||December 2, 2019||Resigned (effective after Washington's bowl game)||Jimmy Lake|
|Florida Atlantic||Lane Kiffin||December 7, 2019||Hired by Ole Miss||Glenn Spencer (bowl)|
|Memphis||Mike Norvell||December 7, 2019||Hired by Florida State||Ryan Silverfield|
This list includes coaching changes announced during the season that did not take effect until the end of the season.
|New Mexico||Bob Davie||November 25, 2019||Resigned||Danny Gonzales|
|UNLV||Tony Sanchez||November 25, 2019||Resigned||Marcus Arroyo|
|Missouri||Barry Odom||November 30, 2019||Fired||Eliah Drinkwitz|
|Rutgers||Nunzio Campanile (Interim)||December 1, 2019||Permanent replacement||Greg Schiano|
|UTSA||Frank Wilson||December 1, 2019||Fired||Jeff Traylor|
|South Florida||Charlie Strong||December 1, 2019||Fired||Jeff Scott|
|Ole Miss||Matt Luke||December 1, 2019||Fired||Lane Kiffin|
|Old Dominion||Bobby Wilder||December 2, 2019||Resigned||Ricky Rahne|
|Colorado State||Mike Bobo||December 4, 2019||Resigned||Steve Addazio|
|Fresno State||Jeff Tedford||December 5, 2019||Resigned||Kalen DeBoer|
|Arkansas||Barry Lunney Jr. (Interim)||December 7, 2019||Permanent replacement||Sam Pittman|
|Florida State||Odell Haggins (Interim)||December 8, 2019||Permanent replacement||Mike Norvell|
|Appalachian State||Eliah Drinkwitz||December 8, 2019||Hired by Missouri||Shawn Clark|
|Florida Atlantic||Glenn Spencer (Interim)||December 11, 2019||Permanent replacement||Willie Taggart|
|Boston College||Rich Gunnell (Interim)||December 13, 2019||Permanent replacement||Jeff Hafley|
|Mississippi State||Joe Moorhead||January 3, 2020||Fired||Mike Leach|
|Baylor||Matt Rhule||January 7, 2020||Hired by Carolina Panthers||Dave Aranda|
|San Diego State||Rocky Long||January 8, 2020||Resigned||Brady Hoke|
|Washington State||Mike Leach||January 9, 2020||Hired by Mississippi State||Nick Rolovich|
|Hawaii||Nick Rolovich||January 14, 2020||Hired by Washington State||Todd Graham|
|Michigan State||Mark Dantonio||February 4, 2020||Resigned||Mel Tucker|
|Colorado||Mel Tucker||February 12, 2020||Hired by Michigan State||Karl Dorrell|
All times Eastern.Rankings are from the AP Poll (before 11/5) and CFP Rankings (thereafter).
|Rank||Date||Matchup||Network||Viewers (millions)||TV Rating||Significance|
|1||November 9, 3:30pm||No. 2 LSU||46||No. 3 Alabama||41||CBS||16.64||9.7||College GameDay/Rivalry|
|2||November 30, 12:00pm||No. 1 Ohio State||56||No. 13 Michigan||27||FOX||12.42||7.1||Big Noon Kickoff/Rivalry|
|3||November 30, 3:30pm||No. 5 Alabama||45||No. 15 Auburn||48||CBS||11.43||6.3||Rivalry|
|4||November 23, 12:00pm||No. 8 Penn State||17||No. 2 Ohio State||28||FOX||9.43||5.8||Big Noon Kickoff/College GameDay/Rivalry|
|5||September 21, 8:00pm||No. 7 Notre Dame||17||No. 3 Georgia||23||CBS||9.29||5.4||College GameDay|
|6||September 7, 7:30pm||No. 6 LSU||45||No. 9 Texas||38||ABC||8.63||5.0||College GameDay|
|7||December 14, 3:00pm||Army||7||Navy||31||CBS||7.72||4.9||College GameDay/Rivalry|
|8||October 12, 12:00pm||No. 6 Oklahoma||34||No. 11 Texas||27||FOX||7.25||4.5||Big Noon Kickoff/Rivalry|
|9||October 26, 3:30pm||No. 9 Auburn||20||No. 2 LSU||23||CBS||7.18||4.3||Rivalry|
|10||November 2, 3:30pm||No. 8 Georgia||24||No. 6 Florida||17||6.98||4.2||Rivalry|
All times Eastern.Rankings are from the CFP Rankings.
|Rank||Date||Matchup||Network||Viewers (millions)||TV Rating||Conference||Location|
|1||December 7, 4:00pm||No. 4 Georgia (East)||10||No. 2 LSU (West)||37||CBS||13.70||7.9||SEC||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA|
|2||December 7, 8:00pm||No. 1 Ohio State (East)||34||No. 8 Wisconsin (West)||21||FOX||13.55||7.6||Big Ten||Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN|
|3||December 7, 12:00pm||No. 7 Baylor (No. 2 seed)||23||No. 6 Oklahoma (No. 1 seed)||30||ABC||8.70||5.5||Big 12||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX|
|4||December 6, 8:00pm||No. 5 Utah (South)||15||No. 13 Oregon (North)||37||5.86||3.5||Pac-12||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA|
|5||December 7, 7:30pm||No. 23 Virginia (Coastal)||17||No. 3 Clemson (Atlantic)||62||3.97||2.4||ACC|| Bank of America Stadium,|
|6||December 7, 3:30pm||No. 20 Cincinnati (East)||24||No. 17 Memphis (West)||29||2.88||1.9||American||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN|
|7||December 7, 12:00pm||Louisiana (West)||38||No. 21 Appalachian State (East)||45||ESPN||0.73||0.5||Sun Belt||Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC|
|8||December 7, 4:00pm||Hawaii (West)||10||No. 19 Boise State (Mountain)||31||0.55||0.4||MW||Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID|
|9||December 7, 12:00pm||Miami (OH) (East)||26||Central Michigan (West)||21||ESPN2||0.36||0.2||MAC||Ford Field, Detroit, MI|
|10||December 7, 1:30pm||UAB (West)||6||Florida Atlantic (East)||49||CBSSN||n.a.||n.a.||C-USA||FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL|
All times Eastern.Rankings are from the CFP Rankings.
|Rank||Game||Date||Matchup||Network||Viewers (millions)||TV Rating||Location|
|1||Rose Bowl||January 1, 2020, 5:00pm||No. 6 Oregon||28||No. 8 Wisconsin||27||ESPN||16.3||8.7||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA|
|2||Citrus Bowl||January 1, 2020, 1:00pm||No. 13 Alabama||35||No. 14 Michigan||16||ABC||14.0||8.0||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL|
|3||Sugar Bowl||January 1, 2020, 8:30pm||No. 5 Georgia||26||No. 7 Baylor||14||ESPN||10.2||5.7||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA|
|4||Cotton Bowl Classic||December 28, 2019, 12:00pm||No. 10 Penn State||53||No. 17 Memphis||39||6.2||3.8||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX|
|5||Orange Bowl||December 30, 2019, 8:00pm||# 9 Florida||36||No. 24 Virginia||28||6.1||3.5||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL|
|6||Alamo Bowl||December 31, 2019, 7:30pm||Texas||38||No. 11 Utah||10||5.6||3.1||Alamodome, San Antonio, TX|
|7||Texas Bowl||December 27, 2019, 7:30pm||No. 25 Oklahoma State||21||Texas A&M||24||4.9||2.8||NRG Stadium, Houston, TX|
|8||Gator Bowl||January 2, 2020, 7:00pm||Tennessee||23||Indiana||22||4.3||2.6||TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL|
|9||Camping World Bowl||December 28, 2019, 12:00pm||No. 15 Notre Dame||33||Iowa State||9||ABC||4.2||2.65||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL|
|10||Outback Bowl||January 1, 2020, 1:00pm||No. 12 Auburn||24||No. 18 Minnesota||31||ESPN||4.0||2.4||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL|
All times Eastern.Rankings are from the CFP Rankings.
|Game||Date||Matchup||Network||Viewers (millions)||TV Rating||Location|
|Peach Bowl (semifinal)||December 28, 2019, 4:00pm||No. 4 Oklahoma||28||No. 1 LSU||63||ESPN||17.2||9.5||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA|
|Fiesta Bowl (semifinal)||December 28, 2019, 8:00pm||No. 3 Clemson||29||No. 2 Ohio State||23||21.2||11.1||State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ|
|National Championship||January 13, 2020, 8:00pm||No. 3 Clemson||25||No. 1 LSU||42||25.59||14.3||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA|
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