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 127 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:

  • FBS programs are allowed to provide scholarship aid to a total of 85 players, and may grant a full scholarship to all 85. FCS schools are limited to financial assistance amounting to a maximum of 63 full scholarships, although some conferences voluntarily place further restrictions on athletic aid. The NCAA classifies FBS football as a "head-count" sport, meaning that each player receiving any athletically-related aid from the school counts fully against the 85-player limit. By contrast, FCS football is classified as an "equivalency" sport, which means that scholarship aid is limited to the equivalent of a specified number of full scholarships. In turn, this means that FCS schools can freely grant partial scholarships, but are also limited to a total of 85 players receiving assistance. Another NCAA rule mandates that any multi-sport athlete who plays football and receives any athletic aid is counted against the football limit, with an exception for players in non-scholarship FCS programs who receive aid in another sport.
  • 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.
  • Division I FBS football is the only NCAA sport without a formal tournament to determine an undisputed national champion. FBS schools instead play in a series of postseason bowl games, culminating in the BCS National Championship Game, which attempts to crown a single national champion. Other organizations, most notably the Associated Press, crown their own champions via polling. The BCS and AP have not always agreed on a single champion. In contrast, Division I FCS football conducts a 24-team single-elimination tournament, the NCAA Division I Football Championship, to determine its undisputed champion. This situation will change following the 2013 season. Starting in 2014, the FBS will begin playing a four-team tournament to determine its national champion, a system that will be in place from the 2014-2025 seasons by contract with ESPN, which will broadcast the games. The championship game of the first College Football Playoff will be played Monday, January 12, 2015.

FBS programs[edit]

Team School City State Conference
Alabama Crimson Tide University of Alabama Tuscaloosa Alabama SEC
Auburn Tigers Auburn University Auburn Alabama SEC
South Alabama Jaguars University of South Alabama Mobile Alabama Sun Belt
Troy Trojans Troy University Troy Alabama Sun Belt
UAB Blazers University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham Alabama C-USA
Arizona Wildcats University of Arizona Tucson Arizona Pac-12
Arizona State Sun Devils Arizona State University Tempe Arizona Pac-12
Arkansas Razorbacks University of Arkansas Fayetteville Arkansas SEC
Arkansas State Red Wolves Arkansas State University Jonesboro Arkansas Sun Belt
California Golden Bears University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California Pac-12
Fresno State Bulldogs California State University, Fresno Fresno California Mountain West
San Diego State Aztecs San Diego State University San Diego California Mountain West
San Jose State Spartans San Jose State University San Jose California Mountain West
USC Trojans University of Southern California Los Angeles California Pac-12
Stanford Cardinal Stanford University Palo Alto California Pac-12
UCLA Bruins University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California Pac-12
Air Force Falcons United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs Colorado Mountain West
Colorado Buffaloes University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder Colorado Pac-12
Colorado State Rams Colorado State University Fort Collins Colorado Mountain West
Connecticut Huskies University of Connecticut Storrs Connecticut American
Florida Gators University of Florida Gainesville Florida SEC
Florida Atlantic Owls Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton Florida C-USA
Florida International Panthers Florida International University Miami Florida C-USA
Florida State Seminoles Florida State University Tallahassee Florida ACC
Miami Hurricanes University of Miami Coral Gables Florida ACC
South Florida Bulls University of South Florida Tampa Florida American
UCF Knights University of Central Florida Orlando Florida American
Georgia Bulldogs University of Georgia Athens Georgia SEC
Georgia Southern Eagles Georgia Southern University Statesboro Georgia Sun Belt
Georgia State Panthers Georgia State University Atlanta Georgia Sun Belt
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia ACC
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Honolulu Hawaii Mountain West
Boise State Broncos Boise State University Boise Idaho Mountain West
Idaho Vandals University of Idaho Moscow Idaho Sun Belt
Illinois Fighting Illini University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Urbana-Champaign Illinois Big Ten
Northern Illinois Huskies Northern Illinois University DeKalb Illinois MAC
Northwestern Wildcats Northwestern University Evanston Illinois Big Ten
Ball State Cardinals Ball State University Muncie Indiana MAC
Indiana Hoosiers Indiana University Bloomington Indiana Big Ten
Notre Dame Fighting Irish University of Notre Dame South Bend Indiana Independent
Purdue Boilermakers Purdue University West Lafayette Indiana Big Ten
Iowa Hawkeyes University of Iowa Iowa City Iowa Big Ten
Iowa State Cyclones Iowa State University Ames Iowa Big 12
Kansas Jayhawks University of Kansas Lawrence Kansas Big 12
Kansas State Wildcats Kansas State University Manhattan Kansas Big 12
Kentucky Wildcats University of Kentucky Lexington Kentucky SEC
Louisville Cardinals University of Louisville Louisville Kentucky ACC
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Western Kentucky University Bowling Green Kentucky C-USA
Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette Louisiana Sun Belt
Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe Louisiana Sun Belt
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Louisiana Tech University Ruston Louisiana C-USA
LSU Tigers Louisiana State University Baton Rouge Louisiana SEC
Tulane Green Wave Tulane University New Orleans Louisiana American
Maryland Terrapins University of Maryland, College Park College Park Maryland Big Ten
Navy Midshipmen United States Naval Academy Annapolis Maryland Independent
Boston College Eagles Boston College Chestnut Hill Massachusetts ACC
UMass Minutemen University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst Massachusetts MAC
Central Michigan Chippewas Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant Michigan MAC
Eastern Michigan Eagles Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti Michigan MAC
Michigan Wolverines University of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan Big Ten
Michigan State Spartans Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan Big Ten
Western Michigan Broncos Western Michigan University Kalamazoo Michigan MAC
Minnesota Golden Gophers University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis Minnesota Big Ten
Mississippi State Bulldogs Mississippi State University Starkville Mississippi SEC
Ole Miss Rebels University of Mississippi Oxford Mississippi SEC
Southern Miss Golden Eagles University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg Mississippi C-USA
Missouri Tigers University of Missouri Columbia Missouri SEC
Nebraska Cornhuskers University of Nebraska–Lincoln Lincoln Nebraska Big Ten
Nevada Wolf Pack University of Nevada, Reno Reno Nevada Mountain West
UNLV Rebels University of Nevada, Las Vegas Paradise Nevada Mountain West
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Rutgers University Piscataway New Jersey Big Ten
New Mexico Lobos University of New Mexico Albuquerque New Mexico Mountain West
New Mexico State Aggies New Mexico State University Las Cruces New Mexico Sun Belt
Army Black Knights United States Military Academy West Point New York Independent
Buffalo Bulls University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Buffalo New York MAC
Syracuse Orange Syracuse University Syracuse New York ACC
Appalachian State Mountaineers Appalachian State University Boone North Carolina Sun Belt
Duke Blue Devils Duke University Durham North Carolina ACC
East Carolina Pirates East Carolina University Greenville North Carolina American
North Carolina Tar Heels University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina ACC
North Carolina State Wolfpack North Carolina State University Raleigh North Carolina ACC
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Wake Forest University Winston-Salem North Carolina ACC
Akron Zips University of Akron Akron Ohio MAC
Bowling Green Falcons Bowling Green State University Bowling Green Ohio MAC
Cincinnati Bearcats University of Cincinnati Cincinnati Ohio American
Kent State Golden Flashes Kent State University Kent Ohio MAC
Miami RedHawks Miami University Oxford Ohio MAC
Ohio Bobcats Ohio University Athens Ohio MAC
Ohio State Buckeyes Ohio State University Columbus Ohio Big Ten
Toledo Rockets University of Toledo Toledo Ohio MAC
Oklahoma Sooners University of Oklahoma Norman Oklahoma Big 12
Oklahoma State Cowboys Oklahoma State University Stillwater Oklahoma Big 12
Tulsa Golden Hurricane University of Tulsa Tulsa Oklahoma American
Oregon Ducks University of Oregon Eugene Oregon Pac-12
Oregon State Beavers Oregon State University Corvallis Oregon Pac-12
Penn State Nittany Lions Pennsylvania State University University Park Pennsylvania Big Ten
Pittsburgh Panthers University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pennsylvania ACC
Temple Owls Temple University Philadelphia Pennsylvania American
Clemson Tigers Clemson University Clemson South Carolina ACC
South Carolina Gamecocks University of South Carolina Columbia South Carolina SEC
Memphis Tigers University of Memphis Memphis Tennessee American
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro Tennessee C-USA
Tennessee Volunteers University of Tennessee Knoxville Tennessee SEC
Vanderbilt Commodores Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee SEC
Baylor Bears Baylor University Waco Texas Big 12
Houston Cougars University of Houston Houston Texas American
North Texas Mean Green University of North Texas Denton Texas C-USA
Rice Owls Rice University Houston Texas C-USA
SMU Mustangs Southern Methodist University University Park Texas American
TCU Horned Frogs Texas Christian University Fort Worth Texas Big 12
Texas Longhorns University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas Big 12
Texas A&M Aggies Texas A&M University College Station Texas SEC
Texas State Bobcats Texas State University San Marcos Texas Sun Belt
Texas Tech Red Raiders Texas Tech University Lubbock Texas Big 12
UTEP Miners University of Texas at El Paso El Paso Texas C-USA
UTSA Roadrunners University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio Texas C-USA
BYU Cougars Brigham Young University Provo Utah Independent
Utah Utes University of Utah Salt Lake City Utah Pac-12
Utah State Aggies Utah State University Logan Utah Mountain West
Virginia Cavaliers University of Virginia Charlottesville Virginia ACC
Virginia Tech Hokies Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg Virginia ACC
Washington Huskies University of Washington Seattle Washington Pac-12
Washington State Cougars Washington State University Pullman Washington Pac-12
Marshall Thundering Herd Marshall University Huntington West Virginia C-USA
West Virginia Mountaineers West Virginia University Morgantown West Virginia Big 12
Wisconsin Badgers University of Wisconsin–Madison Madison Wisconsin Big Ten
Wyoming Cowboys University of Wyoming Laramie Wyoming Mountain West

Programs moving to FBS[edit]

Team School City State Conference Full
Charlotte 49ers University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte North Carolina C-USA 2016
Old Dominion Monarchs[1] Old Dominion University Norfolk Virginia C-USA 2015

Former programs[edit]

Team School City State Former FBS Conference Final Season Current Status
Brown Bears Brown University Providence Rhode Island Ivy 1981 FCS
Cal State Fullerton Titans California State University, Fullerton Fullerton California Independent 1992 Discontinued
Chattanooga Mocs University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga Tennessee Southern 1981 FCS
Colgate Raiders Colgate University Hamilton New York Independent 1981 FCS
Columbia Lions Columbia University Manhattan New York Ivy 1981 FCS
Cornell Big Red Cornell University Ithaca New York Ivy 1981 FCS
Dartmouth Big Green Dartmouth University Hanover New Hampshire Ivy 1981 FCS
Harvard Crimson Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts Ivy 1981 FCS
Holy Cross Crusaders College of the Holy Cross Worcester Massachusetts Independent 1981 FCS
Illinois State Redbirds Illinois State University Normal Illinois Missouri Valley 1981 FCS
Indiana State Sycamores Indiana State University Terre Haute Indiana Missouri Valley 1981 FCS
Lamar Cardinals Lamar University Beaumont Texas Southland 1981[2] FCS
Long Beach State 49ers California State University, Long Beach Long Beach California Independent 1991 Discontinued
McNeese State Cowboys McNeese State University Lake Charles Louisiana Southland 1981[3] FCS
Pacific Tigers University of the Pacific Stockton California Big West 1995 Discontinued
Penn Quakers University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania Ivy 1981 FCS
Princeton Tigers Princeton University Princeton New Jersey Ivy 1981 FCS
Richmond Spiders Richmond University Richmond Virginia Independent 1981 FCS
Southern Illinois Salukis Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale Illinois Missouri Valley 1981 FCS
Tennessee State Tigers Tennessee State University Nashville Tennessee Independent 1980 FCS
Texas Arlington Mavericks University of Texas-Arlington Arlington Texas Southland 1981[4] Discontinued
William & Mary Tribe College of William & Mary Williamsburg Virginia Independent 1981 FCS
Villanova Wildcats Villanova University Villanova Pennsylvania Independent 1980 FCS
Western Carolina Catamounts Western Carolina University Cullowhee North Carolina Southern 1981 FCS
Wichita State Shockers Wichita State University Wichita Kansas Independent 1986 Discontinued
Yale Bulldogs Yale University New Haven Connecticut Ivy 1981 FCS


  • The states of Alaska, Delaware, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington D.C. do not currently have FBS programs.
  • Several schools have different athletic nicknames for men's and women's teams. Usually, this is a matter of preceding the main nickname with "Lady", such as LSU Lady Tigers and Tennessee Lady Vols. The two FBS schools nicknamed Cowboys, Oklahoma State and Wyoming, use Cowgirls for women's teams. However, in some cases, the women's team nickname has a completely different form, as in Hawaii Rainbow Wahine and Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters.
  • The Pac-12 considers the Pacific Coast Conference or PCC as part of its own history, even though the PCC was established with different charter members and was disbanded due to major crisis and scandal.


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