2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2017 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams129 + 1 transitional
DurationAugust 26, 2017 – December 9, 2017
Preseason AP No. 1Alabama Crimson Tide
Post-season
DurationDecember 16, 2017 – January 8, 2018
Bowl games40
AP Poll No. 1Alabama Crimson Tide[1]
Coaches Poll No. 1Alabama Crimson Tide[2]
Heisman TrophyBaker Mayfield, Oklahoma Sooners
College Football Playoff
College Football Playoff National Championship
SiteMercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
WinnerAlabama Crimson Tide
Division I FBS football seasons
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The 2017 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). The regular season began on August 26, 2017 and ended on December 9, 2017.

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs played in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. Alabama defeated Georgia in overtime by a score of 26–23 on a game-winning touchdown pass from Tua Tagovailoa to Devonta Smith. Alabama claimed its 17th national title in school history, the most of any current FBS team.

The University of Central Florida Knights finished the season as the only undefeated team in NCAA Division I FBS and beat the Auburn Tigers. Auburn defeated College Football Playoff national champion Alabama and split two games with runner-up Georgia during the season. Because of this, the UCF Knights also claimed a national title this season.[3]

Rule changes[edit]

Game rules[edit]

The following rule changes were recommended by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2017 season:[4]

  • Prohibiting defensive players running toward the line of scrimmage from leaping or hurdling any offensive lineman on field goal or PAT attempts (15 yards). Previously, defensive players were allowed to leap or hurdle offensive linemen as long as they do not land on another player. The NFL also adopted this rule for the 2017 season.
  • Requiring players to wear knee pads and pants that cover the knees, repealing a change from the 2011 season that changed this from a requirement to a recommendation. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) also adopted a similar rule.
  • Include the nameplate on the back of the jersey in the definition of a "horse-collar tackle".
  • Expanded the interpretation of an "unfair act" to include committing intentional fouls designed to manipulate the game clock, which result in unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against each player committing the foul (which count towards their limit of two in the same game before ejection) and resetting of the game clock, similar to a rule change made in the NFL in 2017.

The committee left the current targeting rules unchanged for the 2017 season, despite discussions to modify the rule to eject a player for targeting only if the call is confirmed, not if the call stands due to lack of "indisputable video evidence" to overturn the ruling on the field.

Points of emphasis this season include speeding up games by:

  • Promptly starting the second half when the halftime clock reaches 0:00.
  • Penalizing coaches 15 yards and unsportsmanlike conduct for stepping onto the field to argue a call.
  • Starting the game clock immediately upon spotting the ball after a ball carrier goes out of bounds before the 2:00 mark of each half.

Recruiting rules[edit]

  • In April 2017, the NCAA Division I Council approved a suite of rule changes affecting the recruiting process. The most significant of these are:[5]
    • Effective with the 2017–18 school year, a national early signing period for high school players was introduced. The exact timing of the signing period was not set at the date of announcement; it would eventually be set for December (see below).
    • The current limit of 25 new scholarships (or financial aid agreements) per academic year became an absolute limit (with only narrowly defined exceptions). This was seen by media as ending the phenomenon of oversigning.
    • FBS programs may no longer conduct so-called "satellite camps"—i.e., camps or clinics that feature active FBS coaches or football staff members held at locations distant from the school's campus. Effective immediately, FBS coaches may only work at camps for a total of 10 days in June and July, and can only attend camps if they are located on their school's campus, or at an off-campus facility where their program regularly practices or plays home games. Schools were allowed to honor contracts for satellite camps that were signed before January 18, 2017.[6]
  • The following month, the Collegiate Commissioners Association, which controls the letter of intent program, approved the recruiting changes approved by the Division I Council. The early signing period for high schoolers was fixed as the first three days of the midyear signing period for junior college players; in 2017, this window fell on December 20–22.[7]

Conference realignment[edit]

Membership changes[edit]

School Former conference New conference
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers FCS independent Sun Belt
UAB Blazers No team Conference USA

Coastal Carolina was in the second year of its FBS transition. It was counted as an FBS opponent for scheduling purposes, with full FBS membership and bowl eligibility following in the 2018 season.

The UAB football team returned after a two-year absence. The program was shut down by school administrators following the 2014 season but was reinstated less than a year later. UAB resumed its place as a full football-sponsoring member of Conference USA.

Upcoming changes[edit]

Idaho and New Mexico State played their final seasons as football members of the Sun Belt Conference. Idaho also played its last season at the FBS level; following the decision of the Sun Belt to not extend its football membership agreements with the two schools after their expirations in 2017, Idaho announced that it would downgrade to FCS and add football to its standing membership in the Big Sky Conference. New Mexico State reverted to FBS Independent status for 2018 and beyond.

Updated stadiums[edit]

Two schools opened new stadiums for the 2017 season:

Several other schools debuted major improvements to their existing venues for 2017:

  • Arizona State is continuing a four-phase renovation of Sun Devil Stadium. The third phase, completed for the 2017 season, includes the addition of a new video board above the north end zone.
  • Coastal Carolina made its FBS debut in an expanded Brooks Stadium. The expansion project began immediately after the 2015 season, a few months after Coastal announced it would join the Sun Belt Conference in 2016 for non-football sports and 2017 for football. The venue, which previously held 9,200 people, had a capacity of 15,000 for the 2017 season, and will be further expanded to 20,000 in 2018.[8]
  • West Virginia completed approximately $50 million in renovations to Milan Puskar Stadium. Work on the west and south side gates and concourses, including renovations to concessions, restrooms, and additional space for EMS and police operations, was finished for 2017, mirroring similar work on the north and east sides completed for 2016.
  • Louisiana Tech opened a new pressbox and suite complex on the west side of Joe Aillet Stadium which includes new ticketing facilities and restrooms. Also included in the renovations were new LED stadium lighting fixtures.
  • Notre Dame debuted the Campus Crossroads project, which added three new 8-story structures on the South, West and East sides of Notre Dame Stadium. The expansion, which added new premium stadium seats on the East and West sides of the stadium, also features more than 750,000 square feet of teaching, research, and performance space.

Two schools announced naming rights deals for their stadiums:

Kickoff games[edit]

"Week Zero"[edit]

  • A recent rule change allows Hawaii, and teams that have a scheduled game at Hawaii, to play during the "Week Zero" kickoff weekend in late August. This change better accommodates the long-standing "Hawaii rule" that allows schools which travel between Hawaii and the mainland (including schools based in Hawaii) to schedule an extra game each season. Four schools have taken advantage of the extra week:[11]
  • Stanford and Rice played in Sydney on August 26 (August 27 local time) for the second Sydney Cup,[16] won by Stanford in a 62–7 blowout.[17] This was the second straight year a Pac-12 team went to Australia, as California defeated Hawaii in the first Sydney Cup to open the 2016 season.

Week 1[edit]

During the official Week 1 (as usual, held the weekend before Labor Day), several neutral-site "kickoff weekend" games were held, in addition to a full slate of games held at home stadiums around the U.S.:

Conference standings[edit]

2017 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 UCF xy$   8 0         13 0  
No. 21 South Florida   6 2         10 2  
Temple   4 4         7 6  
Cincinnati   2 6         4 8  
UConn   2 6         3 9  
East Carolina   2 6         3 9  
West Division
No. 25 Memphis xy   7 1         10 3  
Houston   5 3         7 5  
Navy   4 4         7 6  
SMU   4 4         7 6  
Tulane   3 5         5 7  
Tulsa   1 7         2 10  
Championship: UCF 62, Memphis 55
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of January 9, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll.
2017 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 4 Clemson xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 23 NC State   6 2         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
Louisville   4 4         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Florida State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 13 Miami xy   7 1         10 3  
No. 24 Virginia Tech   5 3         9 4  
Georgia Tech   4 4         5 6  
Duke   3 5         7 6  
Pittsburgh   3 5         5 7  
Virginia   3 5         6 7  
North Carolina   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 38, Miami 3
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 15 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 8 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 7 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 17 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Oklahoma y$^   8 1         12 2  
No. 9 TCU y   7 2         11 3  
No. 14 Oklahoma State   6 3         10 3  
Texas   5 4         7 6  
West Virginia   5 4         7 6  
Kansas State   5 4         8 5  
Iowa State   5 4         8 5  
Texas Tech   3 6         6 7  
Baylor   1 8         1 11  
Kansas   0 9         1 11  
Championship: Oklahoma 41, TCU 17
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
As of April 23, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Florida Atlantic x$   8 0         11 3  
FIU   5 3         8 5  
Marshall   4 4         8 5  
Western Kentucky   4 4         6 7  
Middle Tennessee   4 4         7 6  
Old Dominion   3 5         5 7  
Charlotte   1 7         1 11  
West Division
North Texas x   7 1         9 5  
UAB   6 2         8 5  
Southern Miss   6 2         8 5  
Louisiana Tech   4 4         7 6  
UTSA   3 5         6 5  
Rice   1 7         1 11  
UTEP   0 8         0 12  
Championship: Florida Atlantic 41, North Texas 17
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Akron xy   6 2         7 7  
Ohio   5 3         9 4  
Miami   4 4         5 7  
Buffalo   4 4         6 6  
Bowling Green   2 6         2 10  
Kent State   1 7         2 10  
West Division
Toledo xy$   7 1         11 3  
Central Michigan   6 2         8 5  
Northern Illinois   6 2         8 5  
Western Michigan   4 4         6 6  
Eastern Michigan   3 5         5 7  
Ball State   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Toledo 45, Akron 28
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
2017 Mountain West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
No. 22 Boise State xy$   7 1         11 3  
Colorado State   5 3         7 6  
Wyoming   5 3         8 5  
Utah State   4 4         6 7  
Air Force   4 4         5 7  
New Mexico   1 7         3 9  
West Division
Fresno State xy   7 1         10 4  
San Diego State   6 2         10 3  
UNLV   4 4         5 7  
Nevada   3 5         3 9  
Hawaii   1 7         3 9  
San Jose State   1 7         2 11  
Championship: Boise State 17, Fresno State 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 20 Stanford xy   7 2         9 5  
No. 16 Washington x   7 2         10 3  
Washington State   6 3         9 4  
Oregon   4 5         7 6  
California   2 7         5 7  
Oregon State   0 9         1 11  
South Division
No. 12 USC xy$   8 1         11 3  
Arizona State   6 3         7 6  
Arizona   5 4         7 6  
UCLA   4 5         6 7  
Utah   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   2 7         5 7  
Championship: USC 31, Stanford 28
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 2 Georgia x$^   7 1         13 2  
South Carolina   5 3         9 4  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
Missouri   4 4         7 6  
Florida   3 5         4 7  
Vanderbilt   1 7         5 7  
Tennessee   0 8         4 8  
West Division
No. 10 Auburn xy   7 1         10 4  
No. 1 Alabama x#^   7 1         13 1  
No. 18 LSU   6 2         9 4  
No. 19 Mississippi State   4 4         9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         7 6  
Ole Miss*   3 5         6 6  
Arkansas   1 7         4 8  
Championship: Georgia 28, Auburn 7
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • *Ole Miss ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Troy +   7 1         11 2  
Appalachian State +   7 1         9 4  
Arkansas State   6 2         7 5  
Georgia State   5 3         7 5  
New Mexico State   4 4         7 6  
Louisiana   4 4         5 7  
Louisiana–Monroe   4 4         4 8  
Idaho   3 5         4 8  
South Alabama   3 5         4 8  
Coastal Carolina *   2 6         3 9  
Georgia Southern   2 6         2 10  
Texas State   1 7         2 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • * – Ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Army               10 3  
No. 11 Notre Dame               10 3  
UMass               4 8  
BYU               4 9  
As of April 23, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries[edit]

Through the 2015 season, conferences were required to have a minimum of 12 football members to play a conference championship game outside of the NCAA limit of 12 regular-season games. The NCAA removed this requirement effective with the 2016 season.[18] At that time, all FBS conferences except the Big 12 and Sun Belt Conferences held championship games for football. The Big 12 reinstated its championship game for the 2017 season, while the Sun Belt determined its 2017 football champion solely by regular-season records before launching a championship game starting in 2018.

Rankings reflect the Week 14 AP Poll before the conference championship games were played.

Power 5 Conferences[edit]

Conference Champion Runner-up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
ACC #1 Clemson CFP #7 Miami 38–3 Lamar Jackson, Louisville[19] Bradley Chubb, NC State[19] Mark Richt, Miami[20]
Big 12 #2 Oklahoma CFP #10 TCU 41–17 Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma[21] Ogbo Okoronkwo, Oklahoma &
Malik Jefferson, Texas[21]
Matt Campbell, Iowa State[21]
Big Ten #8 Ohio State #3 Wisconsin 27–21 Saquon Barkley, Penn State[22] Josey Jewell, Iowa[22] Paul Chryst, Wisconsin[22]
Pac-12 #11 USC #14 Stanford 31–28 Bryce Love, Stanford[23] Vita Vea, Washington[23] David Shaw, Stanford[23]
SEC #6 Georgia CFP #4 Auburn 28–7 Kerryon Johnson, Auburn[24] Roquan Smith, Georgia[24] Kirby Smart, Georgia[24]

Group of Five Conferences[edit]

Conference Champion Runner Up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
AAC #12 UCF #16 Memphis 62–552OT McKenzie Milton, UCF[25] Ed Oliver, Houston[25] Scott Frost, UCF[25]
C-USA Florida Atlantic North Texas 41–17 Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic (MVP) &
Mason Fine, North Texas (Offensive POY)[26]
Marcus Davenport, UTSA[26] Bill Clark, UAB[27]
MAC Toledo Akron 45–28 Logan Woodside, Toledo[28] Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois[28] Jason Candle, Toledo[28]
MW Boise State #25 Fresno State 17–14 Rashaad Penny, San Diego State[29] Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State[29] Jeff Tedford, Fresno State[29]
Sun Belt Appalachian State

Troy

N/A N/A Justice Hansen, Arkansas State[30] Javon Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State (overall POY)
Jeremy Reaves, South Alabama (Defensive POY)[30]
Neal Brown, Troy[30]

CFP College Football Playoff participant

Bowl eligibility[edit]

There were 39 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. 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. For the 2017 season, no team with a losing record was chosen for a bowl game. Three bowl-eligible teams, including one with a winning record, were denied bowl bids.

Bowl eligible teams[edit]

  • American Athletic Conference (7): Houston, Memphis, Navy, South Florida, SMU, Temple, UCF
  • Atlantic Coast Conference (10): Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
  • Big 12 Conference (8): Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, West Virginia
  • Big Ten Conference (8): Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin
  • Conference USA (10): Florida Atlantic, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Southern Miss, UAB, Western Kentucky, UTSA*
  • Independents (2): Army, Notre Dame
  • Mid-American Conference (7): Akron, Buffalo*, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan*
  • Mountain West Conference (6): Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, Utah State, Wyoming
  • Pac-12 Conference (9): Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State
  • Southeastern Conference (9): Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas A&M
  • Sun Belt Conference (5): Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Georgia State, New Mexico State, Troy

An asterisk (*) indicates the team did not receive a bowl bid.

Total: 81

Bowl ineligible teams[edit]

Total: 49

Postseason[edit]

Since the 2014–15 postseason, six College Football Playoff (CFP) bowl games have hosted two semifinal playoff games on a rotating basis. For this season, the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl hosted the semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Semifinals Championship
January 1 – Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
  1   Clemson 6  
  4   Alabama 24   January 8 – Championship
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
 
      4   Alabama (OT) 26
January 1 – Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
    3   Georgia 23
 
  2   Oklahoma 48
  3   Georgia (2OT) 54  


Rankings[edit]

Final CFP rankings[edit]

On December 3, 2017, the College Football Playoff selection committee announced their final team rankings for the year.[31]

Rank Team W–L Conference and standing Bowl game
1
Clemson
12–1
ACC champions Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal)
2
Oklahoma
12–1
Big 12 champions Rose Bowl (CFP Semifinal)
3
Georgia
12–1
SEC champions Rose Bowl (CFP Semifinal)
4
Alabama
11–1
SEC West Division co-champions Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal)
5
Ohio State
11–2
Big Ten champions Cotton Bowl
6
Wisconsin
12–1
Big Ten West Division champions Orange Bowl
7
Auburn
10–3
SEC West Division co-champions Peach Bowl
8
USC
11–2
Pac-12 champions Cotton Bowl
9
Penn State
10–2
Big Ten East Division second place (tie) Fiesta Bowl
10
Miami (FL)
10–2
ACC Coastal Division champions Orange Bowl
11
Washington
10–2
Pac-12 North Division co-champions Fiesta Bowl
12
UCF
12–0
AAC champions Peach Bowl
13
Stanford
9–4
Pac-12 North Division co-champions Alamo Bowl
14
Notre Dame
9–3
Independent Citrus Bowl
15
TCU
10–3
Big 12 second place Alamo Bowl
16
Michigan State
9–3
Big Ten East Division second place (tie) Holiday Bowl
17
LSU
9–3
SEC West Division third place Citrus Bowl
18
Washington State
9–3
Pac-12 North Division third place Holiday Bowl
19
Oklahoma State
9–3
Big 12 third place Camping World Bowl
20
Memphis
10–2
AAC West Division champions Liberty Bowl
21
Northwestern
9–3
Big Ten West Division second place Music City Bowl
22
Virginia Tech
9–3
ACC Coastal Division second place Camping World Bowl
23
Mississippi State
8–4
SEC West Division fourth place (tie) TaxSlayer Bowl
24
NC State
8–4
ACC Atlantic Division second place Sun Bowl
25
Boise State
10–3
MW Champions Las Vegas Bowl

Final rankings[edit]

Rank Associated Press Coaches' Poll
1 Alabama Alabama
2 Georgia Georgia
3 Oklahoma Oklahoma
4 Clemson Clemson
5 Ohio State Ohio State
6 UCF Wisconsin
7 Wisconsin UCF
8 Penn State Penn State
9 TCU TCU
10 Auburn USC
11 Notre Dame Notre Dame
12 USC Auburn
13 Miami (FL) Miami (FL)
14 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
15 Michigan State Washington
16 Washington Northwestern
17 Northwestern Michigan State
18 LSU LSU
19 Mississippi State Stanford
20 Stanford Mississippi State
21 USF USF
22 Boise State Boise State
23 NC State NC State
24 Virginia Tech Memphis
25 Memphis Virginia Tech

Coaching changes[edit]

Preseason and in-season[edit]

This is restricted to coaching changes taking place on or after May 1, 2017. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2017, see 2016 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
Oklahoma Bob Stoops June 7, 2017 Retired Lincoln Riley
Ole Miss Hugh Freeze July 20, 2017 Resigned Matt Luke [a]
Coastal Carolina Joe Moglia July 28, 2017 Medical leave Jamey Chadwell (interim)
UTEP Sean Kugler October 1, 2017 Resigned Mike Price (interim)
Oregon State Gary Andersen October 9, 2017 Resigned Cory Hall (interim)
Georgia Southern Tyson Summers October 22, 2017 Fired Chad Lunsford [b]
Florida Jim McElwain October 29, 2017 Fired Randy Shannon (interim)
Tennessee Butch Jones November 12, 2017 Fired Brady Hoke (interim)
UCLA Jim Mora November 19, 2017 Fired Jedd Fisch (interim)
Florida State Jimbo Fisher December 1, 2017 Hired by Texas A&M Odell Haggins (interim)
SMU Chad Morris December 5, 2017 Hired by Arkansas Jeff Traylor (interim)
  1. ^ Interim for remainder of season; interim tag removed on November 26, 2017.[32]
  2. ^ Interim for remainder of season; interim tag removed on November 27, 2017.

End of season[edit]

This list includes coaching changes announced during the season that did not take effect until the end of the season.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
South Alabama Joey Jones November 20, 2017 Resigned Steve Campbell
Kent State Paul Haynes November 22, 2017 Fired Colin Ferrell (Interim)
Arkansas Bret Bielema November 24, 2017 Fired Chad Morris
UCLA Jedd Fisch (interim) November 25, 2017 Permanent replacement Chip Kelly
Nebraska Mike Riley November 25, 2017 Fired Scott Frost
Arizona State Todd Graham November 26, 2017 Fired Herm Edwards
Florida Randy Shannon (interim) November 26, 2017 Permanent replacement Dan Mullen
Mississippi State Dan Mullen November 26, 2017 Hired by Florida Joe Moorhead
Rice David Bailiff November 27, 2017 Fired Mike Bloomgren
Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin November 27, 2017 Fired Jimbo Fisher
Oregon State Cory Hall (interim) November 30, 2017 Permanent replacement Jonathan Smith
UCF Scott Frost December 2, 2017 Hired by Nebraska Josh Heupel
Louisiana Mark Hudspeth December 2, 2017 Fired Billy Napier
Florida State Odell Haggins (interim) December 5, 2017 Permanent replacement Willie Taggart
Oregon Willie Taggart December 5, 2017 Hired by Florida State Mario Cristobal [a]
Arkansas Paul Rhoads (Interim) December 6, 2017 Permanent replacement Chad Morris
UTEP Mike Price December 6, 2017 Permanent replacement Dana Dimel
Tennessee Brady Hoke (interim) December 7, 2017 Permanent replacement Jeremy Pruitt
SMU Jeff Traylor (interim) December 12, 2017 Permanent replacement Sonny Dykes
Kent State Colin Ferrell (interim) December 21, 2017 Permanent replacement Sean Lewis
Arizona Rich Rodriguez January 2, 2018 Fired Kevin Sumlin
Coastal Carolina Jamey Chadwell (interim) January 5, 2018 Medical clearance of head coach Joe Moglia
  1. ^ Interim for remainder of season; interim tag removed on December 8, 2017.

Awards and honors[edit]

Heisman Trophy[edit]

The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player.

Other overall[edit]

Special overall[edit]

Offense[edit]

Quarterback

Running back

Wide receiver

Tight end

Lineman

Defense[edit]

Defensive line

Defensive back

Special teams[edit]

Other positional awards[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Assistants[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

Television viewers and ratings[edit]

Most watched regular season games[edit]

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating[33] Significance
1 November 25, 3:30 ET #1 Alabama 14 #6 Auburn 26 CBS 13.66 7.6 Iron Bowl/College GameDay
2 September 2, 8:00 ET #3 Florida State 7 #1 Alabama 24 ABC 12.34 6.9 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game/College GameDay
3 November 25, 12:00 ET Michigan 20 #9 Ohio State 31 FOX 10.51 6.1 The Game
4 October 28, 3:30 ET #2 Penn State 38 #6 Ohio State 39 9.87 5.8 Rivalry/College GameDay
5 December 9, 3:00 ET Army 14 Navy 13 CBS 8.42 5.2 Army–Navy Game/College GameDay
6 September 9, 7:30 ET #5 Oklahoma 31 #2 Ohio State 16 ABC 8.08 4.6 College GameDay
7 September 2, 3:30 ET #11 Michigan 33 #17 Florida 17 7.65 4.9 Advocare Classic
8 November 11, 3:30 ET #1 Georgia 17 #10 Auburn 40 CBS 7.41 4.4 Deep South's Oldest Rivalry
9 November 11, 7:00 ET #2 Alabama 31 #16 Mississippi State 24 ESPN 7.03 3.9 Rivalry
10 October 21, 7:30 ET #19 Michigan 13 #2 Penn State 42 ABC 6.95 3.9 College GameDay

Conference championship games[edit]

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating[34] Conference Location
1 December 2, 4:00 ET #6 Georgia (East) 28 #2 Auburn (West) 7 CBS 13.47 8.0 SEC Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
2 December 2, 8:00 ET #8 Ohio State (East) 27 #4 Wisconsin (West) 21 FOX 12.92 7.3 Big Ten Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
3 December 2, 12:30 ET #11 TCU (#2 seed) 17 #3 Oklahoma (#1 seed) 41 5.90 3.8 Big 12 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
4 December 2, 8:00 ET #7 Miami (Coastal) 3 #1 Clemson (Atlantic) 38 ABC 5.43 3.2 ACC Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
5 December 1, 8:00 ET #12 Stanford (North) 28 #10 USC (South) 31 ESPN 3.66 2.3 Pac-12 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
6 December 2, 12:00 ET #20 Memphis (West) 55 #14 UCF (East) 62 ABC 3.39 2.3 AAC Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, FL
7 December 2, 12:00 ET Akron (East) 28 Toledo (West) 45 ESPN 0.65 0.5 MAC Ford Field, Detroit, MI
8 December 2, 7:45 ET #25 Fresno State (West) 14 Boise State (Mountain) 17 0.62 0.4 MW Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
9 December 2, 12:00 ET North Texas (West) 17 Florida Atlantic (East) 41 ESPN2 0.26 n.a. C-USA FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL

College Football Playoff[edit]

Game Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating[35] Location
Rose Bowl (semifinal) January 1, 2018, 5:00 ET #3 Georgia 54 #2 Oklahoma 48 ESPN 26.91 13.7 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Sugar Bowl (semifinal) January 1, 2018, 8:45 ET #4 Alabama 24 #1 Clemson 6 21.47 11.4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
National Championship January 8, 2018, 8:00 ET #4 Alabama 26 #3 Georgia 23 28.44 15.6 Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This game was originally scheduled to be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas: however ongoing flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey forced its relocation.

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