List of NCAA Division I FBS football programs

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Map of the FBS football programs, 2013-14

This is a list of the 128 schools in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. By definition, all schools in this grouping have varsity football teams. Schools in Division I FBS are distinguished from those in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) by the following:

  • The three service academies that play in Division I FBS — Air Force, Army, and Navy — are theoretically subject to this rule, but are exempt in practice because all students at these schools receive full scholarships from the federal government.

FBS programs[edit]

TeamNicknameCityStateCurrent
Conference
Former
Conferences
First
Played
Joined
FBS
Air ForceFalconsColorado SpringsColoradoMountain WestWAC1955
AkronZipsAkronOhioMACOAC, MCC, OVC18911987
AlabamaCrimson TideTuscaloosaAlabamaSECSIAA, SoCon1892
UABBlazersBirminghamAlabamaC-USA19911996
Appalachian StateMountaineersBooneNorth CarolinaSun BeltNSC, SoCon19282014
ArizonaWildcatsTucsonArizonaPac-12BIAA, WAC1899
Arizona StateSun DevilsTempeArizonaPac-12BIAA, WAC1896
ArkansasRazorbacksFayettevilleArkansasSECSWC1894
Arkansas StateRed WolvesJonesboroArkansasSun BeltArkansas Intercollegiate Conference, Southland, Big West19111992
ArmyBlack KnightsWest PointNew YorkIndependentC-USA1890
AuburnTigersAuburnAlabamaSECSIAA, SoCon1891
Ball StateCardinalsMuncieIndianaMACIIC, ICC1924
BaylorBearsWacoTexasBig 12TIAA, SWC1899
Boise StateBroncosBoiseIdahoMountain WestBig Sky, Big West, WAC1933[1]1996
Boston CollegeEaglesChestnut HillMassachusettsACCBig East1893
Bowling GreenFalconsBowling GreenOhioMACNorthwest Ohio Intercollegiate Athletic Association, OAC1919
BuffaloBullsBuffaloNew YorkMACNew York State Conference18941999
BYUCougarsProvoUtahIndependentRocky Mountain, Mountain States, WAC, MW1921
CaliforniaGolden BearsBerkeleyCaliforniaPac-12PCC1882
Fresno StateBulldogsFresnoCaliforniaMountain WestCalifornia Coast Conference, NCAC, CCAA, Big West, WAC1921
UCLABruinsLos AngelesCaliforniaPac-12SCIAC, PCC1919
UCFKnightsOrlandoFloridaAmericanMAC, C-USA, Big East19791996
Central MichiganChippewasMount PleasantMichiganMACMCC, IIAC1896
CincinnatiBearcatsCincinnatiOhioAmericanOAC, Buckeye Intercollegiate Athletic Association, MAC, MVC, C-USA, Big East1885
ClemsonTigersClemsonSouth CarolinaACCSIAA, SAIAA, SoCon1896
ColoradoBuffaloesBoulderColoradoPac-12Colorado Football Association, Rocky Mountain, Mountain States, Big Eight, Big 121890
Colorado StateRamsFort CollinsColoradoMountain WestColorado Football Association, Rocky Mountain, Mountain States, WAC1890
ConnecticutHuskiesStorrs[2]ConnecticutAmericanYankee, A-10, Big East18962000
DukeBlue DevilsDurhamNorth CarolinaACCSoCon1888
Eastern MichiganEaglesYpsilantiMichiganMACMIAA, MCC, IIAC, PAC1891
East CarolinaPiratesGreenvilleNorth CarolinaAmericanNSC, Carolinas, SoCon, C-USA1932
FloridaGatorsGainesvilleFloridaSECSIAA, SoCon1906
Florida AtlanticOwlsBoca RatonFloridaC-USASun Belt20012006
FIUPanthersMiamiFloridaC-USASun Belt20022006
Florida StateSeminolesTallahasseeFloridaACCDixie1947
GeorgiaBulldogsAthensGeorgiaSECSIAA, SoCon1891
Georgia SouthernEaglesStatesboroGeorgiaSun BeltSoCon19242014
Georgia StatePanthersAtlantaGeorgiaSun BeltCAA20102013
Georgia TechYellow JacketsAtlantaGeorgiaACCSIAA, SoCon, SEC1892
Hawai'iRainbow WarriorsHonoluluHawai'iMountain WestWAC1909
HoustonCougarsHoustonTexasAmericanLone Star, Gulf Coast, MVC, SWC, C-USA[3]1946
IdahoVandalsMoscowIdahoSun BeltPCC, Big Sky, Big West, Sun Belt, WAC18931997
IllinoisFighting IlliniUrbana-ChampaignIllinoisBig TenIllinois Intercollegiate Football League1890
IndianaHoosiersBloomingtonIndianaBig TenIIAA1887
IowaHawkeyesIowa CityIowaBig TenWIUFA, MVC1889
Iowa StateCyclonesAmesIowaBig 12MVC, Big 81892
KansasJayhawksLawrenceKansasBig 12KCAC, WIUFA, MVC, Big 81890
Kansas StateWildcatsManhattanKansasBig 12MVC, Big 81896
Kent StateGolden FlashesKentOhioMACOAC1920
KentuckyWildcatsLexingtonKentuckySECSIAA, SoCon1881
LSUTigersBaton RougeLouisianaSECSIAA, SoCon1893
Louisiana TechBulldogsRustonLouisianaC-USALouisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference, Gulf States Conference, SIAA, Southland, Big West, WAC19011989
Louisiana-LafayetteRagin' CajunsLafayetteLouisianaSun BeltLouisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference, Gulf States Conference, SIAA, Southland, Big West1902
Louisiana-MonroeWarhawksMonroeLouisianaSun BeltGulf States Conference, Southland, Independent19511994
LouisvilleCardinalsLouisvilleKentuckyACCKIAC, SIAA, KIAC, OVC, MVC, C-USA, Big East, American1910
MarshallThundering HerdHuntingtonWest VirginiaC-USAWVIAC, Buckeye Conference, OVC, MAC, SoCon18951997
MarylandTerrapinsCollege ParkMarylandBig TenMIFA, SAIAA, SoCon, ACC1888
MassachusettsMinutemenAmherst[4]MassachusettsMAC[5]Yankee, A-10, CAA18792012
MemphisTigersMemphisTennesseeAmericanMississippi Valley Conference, SIAA, MVC, C-USA[3]1912
Miami (FL)HurricanesCoral Gables[6]FloridaACCSIAA, Big East1927
Miami (OH)RedHawksOxfordOhioMACOAC, Buckeye Conference1888
MichiganWolverinesAnn ArborMichiganBig Ten1878
Michigan StateSpartansEast LansingMichiganBig TenMIAA1885
Middle TennesseeBlue RaidersMurfreesboroTennesseeC-USAVSAC, SIAA, OVC, Sun Belt19111999
MinnesotaGolden GophersMinneapolisMinnesotaBig Ten1882
Ole MissRebelsOxfordMississippiSECSIAA, SoCon1890
Mississippi StateBulldogsStarkvilleMississippiSECSIAA, SoCon1895
MissouriTigersColumbiaMissouriSECWIUFA, Big 8, Big 121890
NavyMidshipmenAnnapolisMarylandIndependent[7]1879
NebraskaCornhuskersLincolnNebraskaBig TenWIUFA, MVC, Big 8, Big 121890
NevadaWolf PackRenoNevadaMountain WestNCAC, Big Sky, Big West, WAC18961992
UNLVRebelsLas Vegas[8]NevadaMountain WestBig West, WAC19681978
New MexicoLobosAlbuquerqueNew MexicoMountain WestBIAA, WAC1892
New Mexico StateAggiesLas CrucesNew MexicoSun BeltBIAA, MVC, Big West, Sun Belt, WAC1893
North CarolinaTar HeelsChapel HillNorth CarolinaACCSAIAA, SIAA, SoCon1888
NC StateWolfpackRaleighNorth CarolinaACCSAIAA, SIAA, SoCon1892
North TexasMean GreenDentonTexasC-USATIAA, Lone Star, Gulf Coast Conference, MVC, Southland, Big West, Sun Belt19131995
NIUHuskiesDeKalbIllinoisMACIIAC, Big West1899
NorthwesternWildcatsEvanstonIllinoisBig Ten1875
Notre DameFighting IrishSouth BendIndianaIndependent1887
OhioBobcatsAthensOhioMACOAC, Buckeye Conference1894
Ohio StateBuckeyesColumbusOhioBig TenOAC1889
OklahomaSoonersNormanOklahomaBig 12Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference, SWC, MVC, Big 81895
Oklahoma StateCowboysStillwaterOklahomaBig 12Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference, SWC, MVC, Big 81901
Old DominionMonarchsNorfolkVirginiaC-USACAA20092014
OregonDucksEugeneOregonPac-12PCC, Independent1894
Oregon StateBeaversCorvallisOregonPac-12PCC, Independent1893
Penn StateNittany LionsState CollegePennsylvaniaBig Ten1881
PittsburghPanthersPittsburghPennsylvaniaACCBig East1890
PurdueBoilermakersWest LafayetteIndianaBig TenIIAA1887
RiceOwlsHoustonTexasC-USATIAA, SWC, WAC1912
RutgersScarlet KnightsPiscatawayNew JerseyBig TenMiddle Atlantic, Big East, American1869
San Diego StateAztecsSan DiegoCaliforniaMountain WestSouthern California Junior College Conference, SCIAC, CCAA, Big West, WAC1921
San Jose StateSpartansSan JoseCaliforniaMountain WestCalifornia Coast Conference, NCAC, California Collegiate, Big West, WAC1892
South AlabamaJaguarsMobileAlabamaSun Belt20092012
South CarolinaGamecocksColumbiaSouth CarolinaSECSIAA, SoCon, ACC1892
South FloridaBullsTampaFloridaAmericanC-USA, Big East19972001
USCTrojansLos AngelesCaliforniaPac-12PCC1888
SMUMustangsUniversity ParkTexasAmericanTIAA, SWC, WAC, C-USA[3]1915
Southern MissGolden EaglesHattiesburgMississippiC-USAGulf States Conference, SIAA1912
StanfordCardinalStanfordCaliforniaPac-12PCC1891
SyracuseOrangeSyracuseNew YorkACCBig East1889
TempleOwlsPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaAmericanMiddle Atlantic, Big East, MAC, Big East1894
TennesseeVolunteersKnoxvilleTennesseeSECSIAA, SoCon1891
TexasLonghornsAustinTexasBig 12SIAA, TIAA, SWC1893
Texas A&MAggiesCollege StationTexasSECSIAA, SWC, Big 121894
TCUHorned FrogsFort WorthTexasBig 12TIAA, SWC, WAC, C-USA, MW1896
Texas StateBobcatsSan MarcosTexasSun BeltTIAA, Lone Star, Gulf Star, Southland, WAC19042012
Texas TechRed RaidersLubbockTexasBig 12BIAA, SWC1925
UTEPMinersEl PasoTexasC-USABIAA, WAC1914
UTSARoadrunnersSan AntonioTexasC-USAWAC20112012
ToledoRocketsToledoOhioMACNorthwestern Ohio Intercollegiate Athletic Association, OAC1917
TroyTrojansTroyAlabamaSun BeltAlabama Intercollegiate Conference, SIAA, Alabama Collegiate Conference, Mid-South Athletic Conference, Gulf South, Southland19092002
TulaneGreen WaveNew OrleansLouisianaAmericanSIAA, SoCon, SEC, C-USA1893
TulsaGolden HurricaneTulsaOklahomaAmericanOklahoma Intercollegiate Conference, Big 4 Conference, MVC, WAC, C-USA1895
UtahUtesSalt Lake CityUtahPac-12Colorado Football Association, RMAC, Mountain States, WAC, MW1892
Utah StateAggiesLoganUtahMountain WestColorado Football Association, RMAC, Mountain States, Big West, Independent, Sun Belt, WAC1892
VanderbiltCommodoresNashvilleTennesseeSECSIAA, SoCon1890
VirginiaCavaliersCharlottesvilleVirginiaACCSAIAA, SoCon1888
Virginia TechHokiesBlacksburgVirginiaACCSAIAA, SIAA, SoCon, Big East1892
Wake ForestDemon DeaconsWinston-SalemNorth CarolinaACCBig Five Conference, SoCon1888
WashingtonHuskiesSeattleWashingtonPac-12PCC1889
Washington StateCougarsPullmanWashingtonPac-12PCC, Independent1893
West VirginiaMountaineersMorgantownWest VirginiaBig 12SoCon, WVIAC, Big East1891
Western KentuckyHilltoppersBowling GreenKentuckyC-USASIAA, KIAC, OVC, MVFC, Sun Belt19132009
Western MichiganBroncosKalamazooMichiganMACMCC1905
WisconsinBadgersMadisonWisconsinBig Ten1889
WyomingCowboysLaramieWyomingMountain WestColorado Football Association, RMAC, WAC1893

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Programs transitioning to FBS[edit]

SchoolTeamCityStateCurrent
Conference
Former
Conferences
First
Played
FBS Football
Membership
Charlotte49ersCharlotteNorth CarolinaC-USA1946, discontinued 1948, resumed 20132015

Former programs[edit]

TeamSchoolCityStateFormer FBS ConferenceFinal SeasonCurrent Status
Brown BearsBrown UniversityProvidenceRhode IslandIvy1981FCS
Cal State Fullerton TitansCalifornia State University, FullertonFullertonCaliforniaIndependent1992Discontinued
Chattanooga MocsUniversity of Tennessee at ChattanoogaChattanoogaTennesseeSouthern1981FCS
Colgate RaidersColgate UniversityHamiltonNew YorkIndependent1981FCS
Columbia LionsColumbia UniversityManhattanNew YorkIvy1981FCS
Cornell Big RedCornell UniversityIthacaNew YorkIvy1981FCS
Dartmouth Big GreenDartmouth CollegeHanoverNew HampshireIvy1981FCS
Harvard CrimsonHarvard UniversityCambridgeMassachusettsIvy1981FCS
Holy Cross CrusadersCollege of the Holy CrossWorcesterMassachusettsIndependent1981FCS
Illinois State RedbirdsIllinois State UniversityNormalIllinoisMissouri Valley1981FCS
Indiana State SycamoresIndiana State UniversityTerre HauteIndianaMissouri Valley1981FCS
Lamar CardinalsLamar UniversityBeaumontTexasSouthland1981[10]FCS
Long Beach State 49ersCalifornia State University, Long BeachLong BeachCaliforniaIndependent1991Discontinued
McNeese State CowboysMcNeese State UniversityLake CharlesLouisianaSouthland1981[11]FCS
Pacific TigersUniversity of the PacificStocktonCaliforniaBig West1995Discontinued
Penn QuakersUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaIvy1981FCS
Princeton TigersPrinceton UniversityPrincetonNew JerseyIvy1981FCS
Richmond SpidersUniversity of RichmondRichmondVirginiaIndependent1981FCS
Southern Illinois SalukisSouthern Illinois University CarbondaleCarbondaleIllinoisMissouri Valley1981FCS
Tennessee State TigersTennessee State UniversityNashvilleTennesseeIndependent1980FCS
Texas Arlington MavericksUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonTexasSouthland1981[12]Discontinued
William & Mary TribeCollege of William & MaryWilliamsburgVirginiaIndependent1981FCS
Villanova WildcatsVillanova UniversityVillanovaPennsylvaniaIndependent1980FCS
Western Carolina CatamountsWestern Carolina UniversityCullowheeNorth CarolinaSouthern1981FCS
Wichita State ShockersWichita State UniversityWichitaKansasIndependent1986Discontinued
Yale BulldogsYale UniversityNew HavenConnecticutIvy1981FCS

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ At that time, the school was a two-year college known as Boise Junior College. The school did not become a four-year institution until 1965, and only began playing football against four-year schools in 1968.
  2. ^ UConn currently plays its home games in East Hartford, Connecticut.
  3. ^ a b c Houston, Memphis, and SMU had originally planned to join the Big East Conference in 2013. However, the conference split along football lines in July 2013, with the seven non-FBS schools of the original conference buying the "Big East" name and reorganizing as a new, non-football Big East Conference. The FBS schools that did not leave at that time for the ACC joined with the three newcomers, remaining in the original conference structure under the new name of American Athletic Conference.
  4. ^ UMass currently divides its home schedule between its on-campus stadium, physically located in Hadley, Massachusetts but with an Amherst mailing address, and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
  5. ^ UMass football will leave the MAC after the 2015 season. The school's future football affiliation is not yet known.
  6. ^ Miami currently plays its home games in Miami Gardens, Florida.
  7. ^ Navy will become a football-only member of the American Athletic Conference in 2015.
  8. ^ The UNLV campus is not within the City of Las Vegas, but is instead in the unincorporated community of Paradise. The football team plays its home games in another unincorporated Las Vegas suburb, Whitney.
  9. ^ http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/index.php
  10. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1981/12/05/sports/ivy-league-is-forced-to-lose-major-team-football-status.html
  11. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1981/12/05/sports/ivy-league-is-forced-to-lose-major-team-football-status.html
  12. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1981/12/05/sports/ivy-league-is-forced-to-lose-major-team-football-status.html

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