2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2019 NCAA Division I FBS season
CFB150 logo.svg
College football 150th anniversary logo
Number of teams130
DurationAugust 24, 2019 – December 14, 2019
Preseason AP No. 1Clemson Tigers
Post-season
DurationDecember 21, 2019 – January 13, 2020
Bowl games40
AP Poll No. 1TBD
Coaches Poll No. 1TBD
College Football Playoff
2020 College Football Playoff National Championship
SiteMercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
← 2018
 

The 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season is a season of college football games in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at its highest level of competition, the Football Bowl Subdivision. The regular season began on August 24, 2019 and is scheduled to end on December 14, 2019. The postseason will conclude on January 13, 2020 with the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. This is the sixth season of the College Football Playoff (CFP) championship system.

November 6, 2019 marked the 150th anniversary of what is traditionally considered the first college football game, played between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869. Various sports media, the NCAA, and the CFP are honoring the 150th anniversary of the sport throughout the season.[1][2] Because there were no games played during the 1871 season, this is also the 150th season of college football.

Conference realignment[edit]

Membership changes[edit]

Liberty completed a two-year transition from FCS to FBS in 2018 and are fully bowl-eligible beginning with the 2019 season. They will remain an NCAA Division I FBS Independent.

Rule changes[edit]

The following playing rule changes have been approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel for 2019:[3]

  • Requiring replay reviews on targeting calls be either confirmed or overturned by reviewing all aspects of the play. If the review cannot confirm that all elements of targeting exist, the targeting call will be overturned.
  • Players who commit three or more targeting penalties in the same season will receive a one-game suspension in addition to any ejection penalties.
  • Eliminating the two-man wedge on kickoffs, except when the kicking team is in an obvious onside kick formation or if the kick results in a touchback, fair catch, or goes out of bounds in the field of play.
  • Starting with the fifth overtime period, each team will line up at the three-yard line to attempt a two point conversion instead of snapping the ball from the 25 yard line. The first game using this new procedure was on October 19, 2019, between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Virginia Tech Hokies which went to six overtimes before Virginia Tech won 43-41.
  • Adding a two-minute break after the second and fourth overtime period.
  • Blindside blocks delivered with forcible contact will draw a 15-yard penalty (personal foul). If elements of targeting exist, the player delivering the block will be subject to ejection (and suspension if it's the third targeting foul in the season) as with any other targeting foul.

Other headlines[edit]

  • January 31 – The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions banned SEC school Missouri's football, baseball and softball teams from competing in the postseason for the 2019 season and placed the athletics department on 3 years of probation. The penalties were handed down after a 2 year investigation into alleged academic fraud, conducted by the University of Missouri and initiated by former Missouri tutor Yolanda Kumar's allegations in November 2016 that she improperly assisted 42 student-athletes. She claimed she was groomed by her superiors to commit "academic dishonesty" and alleged that she completed online courses and took final exams for Missouri men's basketball and football players. The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions found that Kumar violated NCAA ethical conduct, academic misconduct and academic extra benefits rules when she completed academic work for 12 student-athletes. The NCAA's report did not find evidence that her colleagues directed her to complete the athletes' work. Kumar was given a 10-year show-cause order, in which any NCAA member attempting to hire her must restrict her from any athletic-related duties. The football, baseball and softball programs will have a 5 percent reduction in scholarships and a 12.5 percent reduction in official visits and evaluation days for the 2019-20 academic year. Further, these sports will face a 7 week ban on unofficial visits, recruiting communications, and off-campus recruiting evaluation days. Finally, the NCAA fined Missouri $5,000, plus 1 percent of each of its budgets in football, baseball and softball. Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk issued a statement saying the school will file an appeal.[4]
  • February 8 – Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith announced that he is stepping down from the CFP selection committee in order to focus on helping head coach Ryan Day. He will be replaced by Iowa athletic director Gary Barta.[5]
  • February 12 – Ole Miss Athletic Director Ross Bjork announced that Ole Miss will vacate 33 victories from their football program between the seasons of 2010 and 2016 due to fielding ineligible players. The Rebels will vacate four wins from 2010, two from 2011, seven from 2012, seven from 2013, eight from 2014 and five from 2016, to include a victory over Alabama in 2014. The vacated wins stem from an investigation into the Ole Miss football program involving academic, booster and recruiting misconduct, and a lack of institutional control. Mississippi had already served a two-year postseason ban in 2017 and 2018 and was given three years of probation, through 2020, as well as scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions in sanctions handed down more than a year ago.[6]
  • March 9 – U.S. District Judge Claudia Ann Wilken ruled against the NCAA in an antitrust lawsuit, saying football and basketball players should be permitted to receive more compensation from schools but only if the benefits are tied to education. Her ruling said the NCAA cannot "limit compensation or benefits related to education." The claim was originally brought forward by West Virginia football player Shawne Alston, and later merged with other lawsuits, including one brought forward by Clemson player Martin Jenkins.[7] Judge Wilken had previously ruled against the NCAA in the O'Bannon v. NCAA lawsuit brought against the NCAA by former UCLA player Ed O'Bannon.
  • May 13 – The Orange Bowl was rescheduled for December 30, 2019, after initially being scheduled on New Year's Day, 2020. The adjustment was made to allow the 2019 Orange Bowl to maintain its status as a prime-time event. Had it remained on New Year's Day, it would have been scheduled to play in the afternoon, rather than at night. It is not a College Football Playoff Semifinal game this season.[8]
  • June 4 – The Big Ten and SEC announced changes to its bowl tie-ins for the 2020 season through 2025. The two conferences joined the Belk Bowl and Las Vegas Bowl in alternating years; the Big Ten will play the Las Vegas Bowl in odd-numbered years, and the SEC in even-numbered years, both against a Pac-12 opponent. This move acts to heighten the profile of the game, as it plans to move to Allegiant Stadium (future home of the NFL's Oakland Raiders) in 2020. The conference not playing the Las Vegas bowl will play an ACC opponent at the Belk Bowl. The Big Ten will also gain a tie-in for the Cheez-It Bowl. In return, the Big Ten will drop the Gator Bowl and Holiday Bowl.[9][10]
  • June 27 – The Big East Conference, following a vote of approval by the presidents of the conference's current members, announced[11] that the University of Connecticut will be joining the Big East in academic year 2020−21. Thus, the 2019 season will be UConn's last in the American Athletic Conference. UConn had not yet determined which conference their football team will play in, as the AAC will not allow UConn to remain as a football-only member and the Big East does not currently sponsor football. UConn was a charter member of the original Big East when it formed in 1979. The original conference split along football lines in 2013, with three football-sponsoring schools departing for the Atlantic Coast Conference, the seven schools without FBS football leaving to form a new Big East Conference, and the remaining FBS schools joining with several new members to reorganize the original Big East corporate entity as The American. All three members of the current Big East that sponsor football play that sport in FCS conferences.
  • July 26 – Multiple media reports indicated that UConn and The American had reached a buyout agreement that cemented July 2020 as UConn's exit date. The fee was reportedly $17 million. UConn also announced that its football team would become an FBS independent.[12]
  • August 19 & 20 – Arkansas State announced that head coach Blake Anderson had taken a leave of absence while his wife Wendy was dealing with a second bout with breast cancer. The following day, the coach posted on Twitter that his wife had died. During Anderson's bereavement leave, Red Wolves defensive coordinator David Duggan would serve as interim head coach.[13] Anderson would return to the sidelines for the Red Wolves' September 7 game at UNLV.[14]
  • September 30 – California governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act into law, which upon taking effect in 2023 will prohibit public colleges and universities in the state from punishing their athletes for earning endorsement income. The bill places the state in direct conflict with the NCAA's current business model, which prohibits college athletes from receiving such income. At the time the bill was signed, several other states were proposing similar laws.[15]
  • October 19 – Illinois upset Wisconsin 24-23 on a last-second field goal. The 30 1/2 point underdog's win was the biggest upset in Big Ten football since Northwestern's win over Minnesota in 1982 as a 32 point underdog. This was Illinois's first win over a ranked opponent since defeating Arizona State in 2011.[16] Also in this game, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor became the 4th player in FBS football history to reach 5,000 career rushing yards during his junior season (including bowl games), joining former Georgia running back Herschel Walker, former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne, and former Oregon running back LaMichael James. Taylor reached this milestone in 736 career rushes, less than the previous quickest to this milestone (James in 755 career rushes).[17]
  • October 27 – LSU edged Alabama and Ohio State in one of the closest AP Poll votes ever. LSU received 1,476 points and 17 first-place votes from the voters, while Alabama received 1,474 points and 21 first-place votes and Ohio State received 1,468 points and 17 first-place votes. This 8-point margin between 1st and 3rd was the fewest since the current ranking system was remade in 1978.[18]
  • October 29 – The NCAA board of governors voted unanimously to begin the process of changing institutional rules so that college athletes can profit from their names, images, and likenesses, while still maintaining a distinction between college and professional sports. The proposal calls for each of the three NCAA divisions to draft new rules consistent with this mandate, with a target date of January 2021.[19]
  • November 5 — The first College Football Playoff committee rankings were released. The committee ranked Ohio State at No. 1, after the November 3 AP Poll ranked LSU at No. 1 and the November 3 Coaches Poll ranked Alabama at No. 1. This resulted in all three major college football selectors splitting on the number one team for the first time in the CFP era.

Updated stadiums[edit]

  • Appalachian State is currently rebuilding the north end zone of Kidd Brewer Stadium. The $45 million upgrade began with the demolition of Owens Field House, and will feature an accommodation of a wide variety of athletics and academic uses and will add around 1,000 seats to the stadium. The project is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2020 season.[20]
  • Iowa is rebuilding the north end zone of Kinnick Stadium. The $89.9 million upgrade will feature the addition of box seating, outdoor club seating, and a new scoreboard. The entire project is nearing completion and is expected to be finished in time for the Hawkeyes' 2019 home opener.[21]
  • Liberty is expanding the Arthur L. Williams Football Operations Center at Williams Stadium; additions to the east and west sides of the building will bring the center to about 75,000 square feet. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2020 season.[22]
  • Missouri is rebuilding the south end zone of Faurot Field. The $98 million upgrade will feature new suites, club seats and a 750-person membership only field-level club, with reconstruction expected to be completed in time for the 2019 season.[23]
  • Old Dominion is currently rebuilding the east and west grandstands of Ballard Stadium. The $24.8 million upgrade began with demolition of the old grandstands immediately after the Monarchs' last 2018 home game, with reconstruction expected to be completed in time for ODU's 2019 home opener.[24]
  • Syracuse began a $118 million, two-phase renovation of the Carrier Dome during the summer of 2019. The centerpiece of the first phase, planned to be completed in time for the 2020 football season, will see the Dome's inflatable roof replaced by a new fixed, semi-translucent roof. Other improvements in this phase include a new scoreboard that can be moved to optimal positions for football or basketball, Wi-Fi improvements, new sound and lighting systems, and accessibility upgrades. The second phase, to be completed in 2022, will see the installation of air conditioning, new concessions space, and further accessibility upgrades.[25][26]
  • Coastal Carolina has completed the expansion of Brooks Stadium, adding an Upper Deck and Suites to the west grandstands. This expansion brings the seating capacity to 20,000.[27]

Renamed stadiums[edit]

Related news[edit]

  • While the stadium was not renamed, Louisville announced on October 24, 2019 that it had settled a naming rights dispute with Papa John's Pizza founder John Schnatter regarding Cardinal Stadium. The company's name had been stripped from the stadium in 2018 amid controversy over the use of a racial slur by Schnatter. Unlike most naming rights deals, the Cardinal Stadium contract was with Schnatter personally and not Papa John's, and gave him almost unlimited power to change the stadium name. The settlement calls for the Louisville athletic department to pay Schnatter $9.5 million over 5 years in exchange for his release of naming rights.[29]

Upcoming stadiums[edit]

Kickoff games[edit]

"Week Zero"[edit]

The regular season began with two games on Saturday, August 24:

Week 1[edit]

The majority of FBS teams opened the season on Labor Day weekend. Three neutral-site "kickoff" games were held.

Week 3[edit]

An additional "kickoff game" was held in week 3, on Friday, September 13.

Regular Season Top 10 Matchups[edit]

Rankings reflect the AP Poll. Rankings for Week 11 and beyond will list College Football Playoff Rankings first and AP Poll second. Teams that fail to be a top 10 team for one poll or the other will be noted.

Upsets[edit]

Through twelve weeks of the college football season, 32 unranked teams have defeated a ranked opponent. The three highest ranked teams that lost to an unranked opponent were Georgia in week 7, Wisconsin in week 8, and Oklahoma in week 9.

No. 3 Georgia (-20.5) falls to South Carolina in 2OT

On October 12, No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (5–0, 2–0) played a home conference game against the South Carolina Gamecocks (2–3, 1–2). The Bulldogs, who had won five straight against the Gamecocks, were favored by 20.5 points. Though Georgia outgained South Carolina by more than 170 yards, they had four turnovers to South Carolina's none. Tied at 17, the game went to overtime, where, after Georgia failed to score on its possession, South Carolina had a chance to kick a game-winning 33-yard field goal. However, they missed it and the game went to a second overtime where South Carolina converted on a 24-yard field goal and Georgia missed a 42-yard field goal.[33]

No. 6 Wisconsin (-30.5) defeated by Illinois on last second field goal

On October 19, No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (6–0, 3–0) was heavily favored, by 30.5 points, against conference rivals Illinois Fighting Illini (2–4, 0–2). The game was played at Illinois' stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Wisconsin led the entire game until a last second field goal was made by Illinois to give them a 24–23 win. Wisconsin turned over the ball on their last two drives which allowed Illinois to score twice in the last six minutes of the game. The Badgers had previously defeated the Fighting Illini in nine consecutive match-ups.[34]

No. 5 Oklahoma's rally falls short against Kansas State (+23.5) after onside kick recovery overturned

On October 26, No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners (7–0, 4–0) traveled to the Kansas State Wildcats (4–2, 1–2) for a conference game. The Sooners were favored by 23.5 points and led 17–7 after the 1st quarter. However, Kansas State built a large 48–23 lead by scoring on 8 consecutive possessions, including scoring on each possession in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, after punting on its first possession of the game. In the 4th quarter, Oklahoma scored 18 consecutive points to cut the Kansas State lead to 48–41. After Oklahoma attempted an onside kick and appeared to recover it, the recovery was overturned due to an Oklahoma player touching the football prior to the ball traveling the required 10 yards. Kansas State was awarded possession of the ball and ran out the clock to preserve the Wildcats' first win over a top 5 team since 2006 and their first home win over Oklahoma since 1996.[35][36]

Unranked teams who defeated ranked teams
Week Winning Team Losing Team
Wk 2 California 20 #14 Washington 19
Maryland 63 #21 Syracuse 20
USC 45 #23 Stanford 20
Colorado 34 #25 Nebraska 31
Wk 3 Arizona State 10 #18 Michigan State 7
BYU 30 #24 USC 27
Wk 4 USC 30 #10 Utah 23
Pittsburgh 35 #15 UCF 34
UCLA 67 #19 Washington State 63
Colorado 34 #24 Arizona State 31
SMU 41 #25 TCU 38
Wk 5 Arizona State 24 #15 California 17
Oklahoma State 26 #24 Kansas State 13
Wk 6 Cincinnati 27 #18 UCF 24
Stanford 23 #15 Washington 13
Texas Tech 45 #21 Oklahoma State 35
Wk 7 Miami (FL) 17 #20 Virginia 9
South Carolina 20 #3 Georgia 17
Louisville 62 #19 Wake Forest 59
Temple 30 #23 Memphis 28
Wk 8 Illinois 24 #6 Wisconsin 23
BYU 28 #14 Boise State 25
Vanderbilt 21 #22 Missouri 14
Wk 9 Kansas State 48 #5 Oklahoma 41
TCU 37 #15 Texas 27
Oklahoma State 34 #23 Iowa State 27
UCLA 42 #24 Arizona State 32
Wk 10 Georgia Southern 24 #20 Appalachian State 21
Wk 11 Virginia Tech 36 #19 Wake Forest 17
Texas 27 #16 Kansas State 24
Wk 12 Iowa State 23 #19 Texas 21
West Virginia 24 #24 Kansas State 20


Conference standings[edit]

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

Conference summaries[edit]

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

Conference Champion Runner-up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
ACC Clemson (Atlantic)
vs TBA
American
Big 12
Big Ten
C-USA
MAC Miami (OH) (East)
vs TBA
MW
Pac-12 Oregon (North)
vs TBA
SEC Georgia (East)
vs TBA
Sun Belt

CFP College Football Playoff participant

Bowl selections[edit]

Bowl–eligible teams[edit]

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

Number of bowl berths available: 78
Number of bowl-eligible teams: 63

Bowl-ineligible teams[edit]

Number of bowl-ineligible teams: 26

Rankings[edit]

Current rankings[edit]

Rank College Football Playoff[38] Associated Press[39] Coaches' Poll[40]
1 LSU (SEC; 10–0) LSU (SEC; 10–0) LSU (SEC; 10–0)
2 Ohio State (Big Ten; 10–0) Ohio State (Big Ten; 10–0) Ohio State (Big Ten; 10–0)
3 Clemson (ACC; 11–0) Clemson (ACC; 11–0) Clemson (ACC; 11–0)
4 Georgia (SEC; 9–1) Georgia (SEC; 9–1) Georgia (SEC; 9–1)
5 Alabama (SEC; 9–1) Alabama (SEC; 9–1) Alabama (SEC; 9–1)
6 Oregon (Pac-12; 9–1) Oregon (Pac-12; 9–1) Oregon (Pac-12; 9–1)
7 Utah (Pac-12; 9–1) Utah (Pac-12; 9–1) Oklahoma (Big 12; 9–1)
8 Penn State (Big Ten; 9–1) Oklahoma (Big 12; 9–1) Utah (Pac-12; 9–1)
9 Oklahoma (Big 12; 9–1) Penn State (Big Ten; 9–1) Penn State (Big Ten; 9–1)
10 Minnesota (Big Ten; 9–1) Florida (SEC; 9–2) Florida (SEC; 9–2)
11 Florida (SEC; 9–2) Minnesota (Big Ten; 9–1) Minnesota (Big Ten; 9–1)
12 Wisconsin (Big Ten; 8–2) Michigan (Big Ten; 8–2) Michigan (Big Ten; 8–2)
13 Michigan (Big 12; 8–2) Baylor (Big 12; 9–1) Baylor (Big 12; 9–1)
14 Baylor (Big 12; 9–1) Wisconsin (Big Ten; 8–2) Wisconsin (Big Ten; 8–2)
15 Auburn (SEC; 7–3) Notre Dame (Ind.; 8–2) Notre Dame (Ind.; 8–2)
16 Notre Dame (Ind.; 8–2) Auburn (SEC; 7–3) Auburn (SEC; 7–3)
17 Iowa (Big Ten; 7–3) Cincinnati (American; 9–1) Cincinnati (American; 9–1)
18 Memphis (American; 9–1) Memphis (American; 9–1) Memphis (American; 9–1)
19 Cincinnati (American; 9–1) Iowa (Big Ten; 7–3) Boise State (MWC; 9–1)
20 Boise State (MWC; 9–1) Boise State (MWC; 9–1) Iowa (Big Ten; 7–3)
21 Oklahoma State (Big 12; 7–3) SMU (MWC; 9–1) SMU (MWC; 9–1)
22 Iowa State (Big 12; 6–4) Oklahoma State (Big 12; 7–3) Appalachian State (Sun Belt; 9–1)
23 USC (Pac 12; 7–4) Appalachian State (Sun Belt; 9–1) Oklahoma State (Big 12; 7–3)
24 Appalachian State (Sun Belt; 9–1) Texas A&M (SEC; 7–3) Texas A&M (SEC; 7–3)
25 SMU (American; 9–1) Virginia Tech (ACC; 7–3) San Diego State (MWC; 8–2)

Coaching changes[edit]

Preseason and in-season[edit]

This is restricted to coaching changes taking place on or after May 1, 2019. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2019, see 2018 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing Coach Date Reason Replacement
Rutgers Chris Ash September 29, 2019 Fired Nunzio Campanile (Interim)
Florida State Willie Taggart November 3, 2019 Fired Odell Haggins (Interim)
Arkansas Chad Morris November 10, 2019 Fired Barry Lunney Jr. (Interim)

Television viewers and ratings[edit]

Most watched regular season games[edit]

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating[41] Significance
1 November 9, 3:30 ET #2 LSU 46 #3 Alabama 41 CBS 16.64 9.7 Rivalry / College GameDay
2 September 21, 8:00 ET #7 Notre Dame 17 #3 Georgia 23 9.29 5.4 College GameDay
3 September 7, 7:30 ET #6 LSU 45 #9 Texas 38 ABC 8.63 5.0 College GameDay
4 October 12, 12:00 ET #6 Oklahoma 34 #11 Texas 27 FOX 7.25 4.5 Red River Showdown / Big Noon Kickoff
5 October 26, 3:30 ET #9 Auburn 20 #2 LSU 23 CBS 7.18 4.3 Rivalry
6 November 2, 3:30 ET #8 Georgia 24 #6 Florida 17 6.98 4.2 Rivalry
7 August 31, 7:30 ET #11 Oregon 21 #16 Auburn 27 ABC 6.86 4.0 Advocare Classic / College GameDay
8 November 16, 7:30 ET #10 Oklahoma 34 #13 Baylor 31 6.79 3.9 College GameDay
9 November 16, 3:30 ET #12 Auburn 14 #4 Georgia 21 CBS 6.77 4.0 Rivalry
10 October 26, 7:30 ET #8 Notre Dame 14 #19 Michigan 45 ABC 6.75 3.8 Rivalry

#Rankings are from the AP Poll (before 11/5) and CFP Rankings (thereafter).

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In January 2019, Missouri's football program received a one-season postseason ban, due to misconduct by a tutor in completing coursework for student-athletes.[37] Missouri has appealed the bowl ban, and the results of the appeal are not yet known.

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