The following rule changes have been made by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2014 season:
Modifying the "targeting" rule enacted for the 2013 season whereby if a targeting ejection is overturned on review, the 15 yard penalty will be overturned as well, unless the foul was committed in conjunction with another foul (such as an above-the-shoulders hit on a quarterback not deemed as targeting, a roughing the passer penalty would still apply).
Allowing all conferences the option to implement eight-man officiating crews. The Big 12 Conference experimented with eight-man officiating crews during the 2013 season. The eighth official will be referred to as the "Center Judge", positioned opposite the Referee in the offensive backfield, and wear a "C" on the shirt.
Modifying the 15-yard "Roughing the Passer" penalty to include hits (including lunging and/or rolling) at or below the knees from defenders that are not fouled/blocked into the quarterback, not engaged in tackling the quarterback, or are rushing unabated to the quarterback (similar to the NFL's "Tom Brady" Rule adopted in the 2009 NFL Season).
A rule meant to slow down the "hurry-up offense" by preventing teams from snapping the ball within the first ten seconds of the 40-second play clock to allow for defensive substitutions, or be penalized five yards for delay of game (except within the final 2:00 of each half or when the play clock is set to 25 seconds) was tabled by the Rules Committee and not voted on.
The NCAA announces its Academic Progress Rate (APR) sanctions for the 2014–15 school year. Two FBS teams, Idaho and UNLV, are among the 36 programs in 11 sports declared ineligible for postseason play due to failure to meet the required APR benchmark.
Boise State announces that it has received a waiver from the NCAA allowing the school to immediately provide assistance to incoming freshman recruit Antoine Turner, a defensive end originally from New Orleans who had been homeless due to financial and family issues.
UNLV announced that the school would be eligible for post season after the upcoming season, they stated that the NCAA had accepted an updated Academic Progress Rate score submitted by the university.
The NCAA restores Penn State's postseason eligibility effective immediately, and full complement of 85 scholarships effective with the 2015 season. This means Penn State can qualify for a bowl game this season. Penn State was originally banned from postseason play from 2012–2015 because of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.
Three FBS schools opened new stadiums in the 2014 season:
Baylor opened McLane Stadium, returning home games to its campus for the first time since 1935. The stadium opened with 42,000 permanent seats plus 3,000 standing-room places, and is designed for future expansion to 55,000. The first game was a high school contest on August 29; Baylor's first game was a 45–0 win over SMU on August 31.
The three schools that moved from FCS to FBS this season use existing on-campus stadiums:
Appalachian State plays at Kidd Brewer Stadium, home to the Mountaineers since 1962 and affectionately known to the school's fans as "The Rock". It has an official capacity of 24,050, but has frequently hosted significantly larger crowds, with the record being 31,531.
Old Dominion plays at Foreman Field. The 20,118-seat stadium first opened in 1936 for the football program of what was then known as the Norfolk Division of The College of William & Mary. After football was dropped after the 1941 season, the stadium was used for other football games, plus other ODU sports, until the school reinstated football in 2009.
These FBS schools are expanding or opening renovated portions of their existing stadiums:
LSU will open a new south end-zone upper deck expansion of Tiger Stadium that will add approximately 60 "Tiger Den" suites, 3,000 club seats and 1,500 general public seats and bring the total capacity to approximately 102,321, making it the 7th-largest college football stadium in the country.
Ohio State will add 2,500 seats to the south stands of Ohio Stadium. These seats will be built over the entrance tunnels and will raise the official capacity of the stadium to 104,851, making it the third largest stadium in the country and the fifth largest stadium in the world.
Texas A&M will open Phase 1 of a major three-year renovation of Kyle Field, which will include re-construction of the east side first deck, and construction of the south endzone, which will include seating, media interview areas, 12th Man Productions and related gameday support, a commissary and recruiting area.
Mississippi State will open a new north end-zone expansion of Davis Wade Stadium which will take stadium capacity from 55,000 to over 61,000. The renovation will create new concessions and restrooms, and create a new west side concourse.
Missouri will open a new east side expansion of Faurot Field. An upper bowl will be completed for the east side of the stadium, providing 5,200 general admission seats and 800 club seats.
The Rose Bowl will open the final phase of its multi-year renovation project, which will include removing seats on the east and west sidelines to restore the original oval shape of the seating bowl. Also included in the project are additional new restrooms, new entry gate structures, and additional new concession stands. The historic hedges surrounding the field will be restored to create a new "Rose Garden Walkway". An iconic plaza will open outside of Gate A in front of the south main entrance to the stadium, and will feature a large logo of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of 02:55, 14 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll
*Ineligible for conference championship because of transition to FBS. If bowl eligible, conditional on insufficient number of teams bowl-eligible.
*Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, should they be bowl-eligible, conditionally eligible only if not enough bowl-eligible teams, because of being in the second year of a transition from FCS to FBS
** Idaho ineligible for postseason play due to APR penalties
As of 13:44, 13 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll