2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2014 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams 125 full members, 3 transitional
Duration August 27 – December 13
Preseason AP #1 Florida State Seminoles
Post-season
Duration December 20, 2014 – January 12, 2015 (excluding all-star games)
Bowl games 39
(including 2 semifinal games and national championship game)
College Football Playoff
2015 College Football Championship Game
Site AT&T Stadium
Arlington, Texas
Division I FBS football seasons
← 2013
 

The 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season, play of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level, begins on August 27, 2014,[1] with the regular season ending on December 13, 2014, and, not including all-star games, concludes on January 12, 2015 with the 2015 College Football Championship Game.

This is the first season with the new four-team College Football Playoff system replacing the previous BCS system.

Rule changes[edit]

The following rule changes have been made by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2014 season:[2]

  • 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.[3]
  • 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.[4]

Conference realignment[edit]

Membership changes[edit]

School Former Conference New Conference
Appalachian State Mountaineers Southern Conference (FCS) Sun Belt
East Carolina Pirates C-USA The American
Georgia Southern Eagles Southern Conference (FCS) Sun Belt
Idaho Vandals FBS Independent Sun Belt
Louisville Cardinals The American ACC
Maryland Terrapins ACC Big Ten
New Mexico State Aggies FBS Independent Sun Belt
Old Dominion Monarchs FCS Independent C-USA
Rutgers Scarlet Knights The American Big Ten
Tulane Green Wave C-USA The American
Tulsa Golden Hurricane C-USA The American
WKU Hilltoppers Sun Belt C-USA

Navy will play the 2014 season as an FBS Independent; the Midshipmen will join The American in 2015.

Other headlines[edit]

  • May 14
    • 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.[5]
    • 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.[6]
  • June 26
    • 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.[7]
  • September 8
    • 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.[8]

Updated stadiums[edit]

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;[9] Baylor's first game was a 45–0 win over SMU on August 31.[10]
  • Houston opened TDECU Stadium, a 40,000-seat venue built on the site of the school's former Robertson Stadium. The opening game was a 27–7 loss to UTSA on August 29.[11]
  • Tulane opened Yulman Stadium, a 30,000-seat on-campus venue located near the former site of Tulane Stadium. This returned home games to the Tulane campus for the first time since 1974, the year before the Superdome opened. The first game was a 38–21 loss to Georgia Tech on September 6.[12]

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.
  • Georgia Southern plays at Paulson Stadium, home to the Eagles since 1984. The stadium was expanded to 24,300 for GSU's move to FBS.
  • 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.

One other FBS program, Eastern Michigan, installed a gray FieldTurf playing surface at Rynearson Stadium. The stadium is only the second FBS venue with a non-traditional field color, after Albertsons Stadium at Boise State, and the sixth college stadium overall with this feature.[13]

Conference standings[edit]

2014 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Tulsa   1 0         1 2  
Cincinnati   0 0         1 0  
East Carolina   0 0         2 1  
Memphis   0 0         1 1  
Temple   0 0         1 1  
Connecticut   0 0         1 2  
Houston   0 0         1 2  
South Florida   0 0         1 2  
SMU   0 0         0 2  
UCF   0 0         0 2  
Tulane   0 1         1 2  
As of 02:36, 13 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll
2014 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
Louisville   1 1         2 1  
NC State   0 0         3 0  
#1 Florida State   0 0         2 0  
Syracuse   0 0         2 0  
#22 Clemson   0 0         1 1  
Wake Forest   0 0         1 2  
Boston College   0 1         2 1  
Coastal
Pittsburgh   1 0         3 0  
Virginia   1 0         2 1  
Georgia Tech   0 0         3 0  
Duke   0 0         3 0  
North Carolina   0 0         2 0  
Virginia Tech   0 0         2 1  
Miami   0 1         2 1  
Championship: December 6, 2014
As of 02:19, 7 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Penn State   1 0         3 0  
Michigan   0 0         2 1  
#23 Ohio State   0 0         2 1  
Maryland   0 0         2 1  
Indiana   0 0         1 1  
#11 Michigan State   0 0         1 1  
Rutgers   0 1         2 1  
West
#24 Nebraska   0 0         3 0  
Illinois   0 0         2 1  
Minnesota   0 0         2 1  
Iowa   0 0         2 1  
#19 Wisconsin   0 0         1 1  
Purdue   0 0         1 2  
Northwestern   0 0         0 2  
Championship: December 6, 2014
As of 23:34, 13 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#20 Kansas State   1 0         2 0  
#7 Baylor   0 0         3 0  
#4 Oklahoma   0 0         3 0  
TCU   0 0         2 0  
#25 Oklahoma State   0 0         2 1  
Texas Tech   0 0         2 1  
West Virginia   0 0         2 1  
Kansas   0 0         1 1  
Texas   0 0         1 2  
Iowa State   0 1         1 2  
As of September 13, 2014; Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Middle Tennessee   1 0         2 1  
Marshall   0 0         3 0  
Old Dominion*   0 0         2 1  
UAB   0 0         2 1  
Florida Atlantic   0 0         1 2  
FIU   0 0         1 2  
WKU   0 1         1 2  
West Division
Louisiana Tech   1 0         2 1  
UTEP   0 0         2 1  
Southern Miss   0 0         1 2  
UTSA   0 0         1 2  
Rice   0 0         0 2  
North Texas   0 1         1 2  
Championship: December 6, 2014
† – 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.
2014 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#21 BYU               3 0  
#9 Notre Dame               3 0  
Navy               2 1  
Army               1 1  
As of 23:55, 13 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Ohio   1 0         1 2  
Bowling Green   0 0         2 1  
Akron   0 0         1 1  
Buffalo   0 0         1 2  
Miami   0 0         0 3  
UMass   0 0         0 3  
Kent State   0 1         0 3  
West
Northern Illinois   0 0         3 0  
Central Michigan   0 0         2 1  
Western Michigan   0 0         1 1  
Eastern Michigan   0 0         1 2  
Ball State   0 0         1 2  
Toledo   0 0         1 2  
Championship: December 6, 2014
As of 02:55, 14 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain
Boise State   1 0         2 1  
Wyoming   1 0         2 1  
Utah State   0 0         2 1  
New Mexico   0 0         0 2  
Air Force   0 1         2 1  
Colorado State   0 1         2 1  
West
Nevada   0 0         2 1  
San Diego State   0 0         1 1  
San Jose State   0 0         1 1  
Hawaiʻi   0 0         1 2  
UNLV   0 0         1 2  
Fresno State   0 0         0 3  
Championship: December 5, 2014
As of 14 September 2014; Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Pacific-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
#2 Oregon   0 0         3 0  
Washington   0 0         3 0  
California   0 0         2 0  
Oregon State   0 0         2 0  
Washington State   0 0         1 2  
#16 Stanford   0 1         2 1  
South Division
#15 Arizona State   1 0         3 0  
#17 USC   1 0         2 1  
Arizona   0 0         3 0  
#12 UCLA   0 0         3 0  
Utah   0 0         2 0  
Colorado   0 1         1 2  
Championship: December 5, 2014
As of 06:28, 14 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll
2014 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
Florida   1 0         2 0  
#14 South Carolina   1 1         2 1  
#18 Missouri   0 0         3 0  
Tennessee   0 0         2 1  
Kentucky   0 1         2 1  
#13 Georgia   0 1         1 1  
Vanderbilt   0 1         1 2  
Western Division
#5 Auburn   1 0         2 0  
#6 Texas A&M   1 0         3 0  
#10 Ole Miss   1 0         3 0  
#3 Alabama   0 0         3 0  
#8 LSU   0 0         3 0  
Mississippi State   0 0         3 0  
Arkansas   0 1         2 1  
Championship: December 6, 2014
As of 03:50, 14 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Louisiana–Monroe   1 0         2 1  
New Mexico State   1 0         2 1  
Appalachian State*   0 0         1 1  
South Alabama   0 0         1 1  
Texas State   0 0         1 1  
Arkansas State   0 0         1 2  
Georgia Southern*   0 0         1 2  
Louisiana–Lafayette   0 0         1 2  
Troy   0 0         0 3  
Georgia State   0 1         1 2  
Idaho**   0 1         0 2  
*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

Bowl games and the College Football Playoff[edit]

Starting with the 2014–15 postseason, six College Football Playoff (CFP) bowl games will host two semifinal playoff games on a rotating basis. For this season, the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will host the semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the 2015 College Football Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.[14]


Semifinals 2015 Championship Game
January 1 - Rose or Sugar Bowl
  1   Committee selection  
  4   Committee selection  
 
January 12 - AT&T Stadium
        Semifinal winner
      Semifinal winner
January 1 - Rose or Sugar Bowl
  2   Committee selection
  3   Committee selection  


Coaching changes[edit]

This is restricted to coaching changes taking place on or after May 1, 2014. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2014, see 2013 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
SMU June Jones September 8 Resigned Tom Mason (Interim)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Panthers to Open 2014 Football Season Aug. 27". GeorgiaStateSports.com. Georgia State University. 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ NJ.com (February 13, 2014). "Proposed NCAA rule change to slow "hurry up offenses" draws criticism from coaches". nj.com. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  3. ^ newsok.com (July 17, 2014). "Big 12 Officiating Eight-Man Crews are here to stay". NewsOK.com. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  4. ^ CBSSports.com (March 5, 2014). "Report: Rules Committee Will Not Vote On "10 Second Rule"". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Student-Athleties Continue To Achieve Academically" (Press release). NCAA. May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ Schad, Joe (May 14, 2014). "Boise State can help Antoine Turner". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "UNLV football’s postseason ban is lifted this season". Las Vegas Sun. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ Moyer, Josh (September 8, 2014). "Penn State's postseason ban over". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ Wixon, Matt (March 5, 2014). "Aledo Will Play Cedar Park in First Game at Baylor’s New McLane Stadium". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ "No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 31, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ Feigen, Jonathan (August 29, 2014). "Cougars suffer ugly 27-7 loss to UTSA in TDECU Stadium’s first game". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Zenon, Byerly power G. Tech past Tulane 38-21". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 6, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "EMU Installing Gray FieldTurf Surface at Rynearson Stadium" (Press release). Eastern Michigan University Athletics. June 17, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ Wolken, Dan (April 25, 2013). "Questions and Answers for the College Football Playoff", USA Today. Retrieved June 10, 2014.

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