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
Post-season
DurationDecember 20, 2019 – January 13, 2020
Bowl games40
AP Poll No. 1LSU
Coaches Poll No. 1LSU
Heisman TrophyJoe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU
College Football Playoff
2020 College Football Playoff National Championship
SiteMercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
Champion(s)LSU
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
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The 2019 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) in 2019. The regular season began on August 24, 2019, and ended on December 14, 2019. The postseason concluded on January 13, 2020, with the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The LSU Tigers defeated the defending champion Clemson Tigers by a score of 42–25 to claim their first national championship in the College Football Playoff (CFP) era, and fourth overall.

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 honored the 150th anniversary of the sport throughout the season.[1][2] Because there were no games played during the 1871 season, this was also the 150th season of college football.

Conference realignment[edit]

Membership changes[edit]

Liberty completed a two-year transition from the FCS to the FBS in 2018 and became fully bowl-eligible starting with the 2019 season. It remained 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. Ole Miss 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 served as interim head coach.[13] Anderson returned to the sidelines for the Red Wolves' September 7 game at UNLV.[14]
  • September 21 – Pitt defeated UCF 35–34 ending the Knights 25-game regular-season winning streak in a game known as the "Pitt Special"
  • 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 rules, 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, fewer 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.

Stadiums[edit]

Updated[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, an expanded video scoreboard, as well as a new football facility with state-of-the-art training rooms, offices, and home and away dressing rooms. Construction is 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[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[edit]

Kickoff games[edit]

Rankings reflect the AP Poll entering each week.

"Week Zero"[edit]

The regular season began with two Week 0 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 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]

During the college football regular season, 36 unranked teams defeated a ranked opponent. The highest ranked teams that lost to an unranked opponent were No. 3 Georgia in week 7, No. 6 Wisconsin in week 8, No. 5 Oklahoma in week 9, and No. 6 Oregon in week 13.

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 their 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]

No. 6 Oregon (−13.5) loses at Arizona State

On November 23, No. 6 Oregon Ducks (9–1, 7–0) traveled to the Arizona State Sun Devils (5–5, 2–5) for a conference game. The Ducks were favored by 13.5 points, but were behind at halftime 10–7. Arizona State stretched its lead to 24–7 with less than 9 minutes left in the 4th quarter, before 4 combined touchdowns scored in the final minutes allowed the Sun Devils to escape with a 31–28 victory.

Unranked teams who defeated ranked teams
Week Winning Team Losing Team
Wk 2 California 20 No. 14 Washington 19
Maryland 63 No. 21 Syracuse 20
USC 45 No. 23 Stanford 20
Colorado 34 No. 25 Nebraska 31
Wk 3 Arizona State 10 No. 18 Michigan State 7
Temple 20 No. 21 Maryland 17
BYU 30 No. 24 USC 27
Wk 4 USC 30 No. 10 Utah 23
Pittsburgh 35 No. 15 UCF 34
UCLA 67 No. 19 Washington State 63
Colorado 34 No. 24 Arizona State 31
SMU 41 No. 25 TCU 38
Wk 5 Arizona State 24 No. 15 California 17
Oklahoma State 26 No. 24 Kansas State 13
Wk 6 Cincinnati 27 No. 18 UCF 24
Stanford 23 No. 15 Washington 13
Texas Tech 45 No. 21 Oklahoma State 35
Wk 7 Miami (FL) 17 No. 20 Virginia 9
South Carolina 20 No. 3 Georgia 17
Louisville 62 No. 19 Wake Forest 59
Temple 30 No. 23 Memphis 28
Wk 8 Illinois 24 No. 6 Wisconsin 23
BYU 28 No. 14 Boise State 25
Vanderbilt 21 No. 22 Missouri 14
Wk 9 Kansas State 48 No. 5 Oklahoma 41
TCU 37 No. 15 Texas 27
Oklahoma State 34 No. 23 Iowa State 27
UCLA 42 No. 24 Arizona State 32
Wk 10 Georgia Southern 24 No. 20 Appalachian State 21
Wk 11 Virginia Tech 36 No. 19 Wake Forest 17
Texas 27 No. 16 Kansas State 24
Wk 12 Iowa State 23 No. 19 Texas 21
West Virginia 24 No. 24 Kansas State 20
Wk 13 Navy 35 No. 25 SMU 28
Arizona State 31 No. 6 Oregon 28
Wk 14 Virginia 39 No. 24 Virginia Tech 30
Kansas State 27 No. 23 Iowa State 17

Conference standings[edit]

2019 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 21 Cincinnati xy   7 1         11 3  
No. 24 UCF   6 2         10 3  
Temple   5 3         8 5  
South Florida   2 6         4 8  
East Carolina   1 7         4 8  
UConn   0 8         2 10  
West Division
No. 17 Memphis xy$   7 1         12 2  
No. 20 Navy x   7 1         11 2  
SMU   6 2         10 3  
Tulane   3 5         7 6  
Houston   2 6         4 8  
Tulsa   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Memphis 29, Cincinnati 24
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2019 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 2 Clemson x$^   8 0         14 1  
Louisville   5 3         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Florida State   4 4         6 7  
Boston College   4 4         6 7  
Syracuse   2 6         5 7  
NC State   1 7         4 8  
Coastal Division
Virginia x   6 2         9 5  
Virginia Tech   5 3         8 5  
Miami   4 4         6 7  
Pittsburgh   4 4         8 5  
North Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Duke   3 5         5 7  
Georgia Tech   2 6         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 62, Virginia 17
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2019 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 7 Oklahoma y$^   8 1         12 2  
No. 13 Baylor y   8 1         11 3  
No. 25 Texas   5 4         8 5  
Oklahoma State   5 4         8 5  
Kansas State   5 4         8 5  
Iowa State   5 4         7 6  
West Virginia   3 6         5 7  
TCU   3 6         5 7  
Texas Tech   2 7         4 8  
Kansas   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Oklahoma 30, Baylor 23 OT
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2019 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 3 Ohio State xy$^   9 0         13 1  
No. 9 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
No. 18 Michigan   6 3         9 4  
Indiana   5 4         8 5  
Michigan State   4 5         7 6  
Maryland   1 8         3 9  
Rutgers   0 9         2 10  
West Division
No. 11 Wisconsin xy   7 2         10 4  
No. 10 Minnesota x   7 2         11 2  
No. 15 Iowa   6 3         10 3  
Illinois   4 5         6 7  
Purdue   3 6         4 8  
Nebraska   3 6         5 7  
Northwestern   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Ohio State 34, Wisconsin 21
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2019 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Florida Atlantic xy$   7 1         11 3  
Marshall   6 2         8 5  
Western Kentucky   6 2         9 4  
Charlotte   5 3         7 6  
Middle Tennessee   3 5         4 8  
FIU   3 5         6 7  
Old Dominion   0 8         1 11  
West Division
UAB xy   6 2         9 5  
Louisiana Tech x   6 2         10 3  
Southern Miss   5 3         7 6  
North Texas   3 5         4 8  
UTSA   3 5         4 8  
Rice   3 5         3 9  
UTEP   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Florida Atlantic 49, UAB 6
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
2019 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Miami x$   6 2         8 6  
Ohio   5 3         7 6  
Buffalo   5 3         8 5  
Kent State   5 3         7 6  
Bowling Green   2 6         3 9  
Akron   0 8         0 12  
West Division
Central Michigan x   6 2         8 6  
Western Michigan   5 3         7 6  
Ball State   4 4         5 7  
Northern Illinois   4 4         5 7  
Toledo   3 5         6 6  
Eastern Michigan   3 5         6 7  
Championship: Miami 26, Central Michigan 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
2019 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
No. 23 Boise State xy$   8 0         12 2  
No. 22 Air Force   7 1         11 2  
Utah State   6 2         7 6  
Wyoming   4 4         8 5  
Colorado State   3 5         4 8  
New Mexico   0 8         2 10  
West Division
Hawaii xy   5 3         10 5  
San Diego State x   5 3         10 3  
Nevada   4 4         7 6  
San Jose State   2 6         5 7  
UNLV   2 6         4 8  
Fresno State   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Boise State 31, Hawaii 10
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2019 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 5 Oregon x$   8 1         12 2  
California   4 5         8 5  
Washington   4 5         8 5  
Oregon State   4 5         5 7  
Washington State   3 6         6 7  
Stanford   3 6         4 8  
South Division
No. 16 Utah x   8 1         11 3  
USC   7 2         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         8 5  
UCLA   4 5         4 8  
Colorado   3 6         5 7  
Arizona   2 7         4 8  
Championship: Oregon 37, Utah 15
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2019 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 4 Georgia x   7 1         12 2  
No. 6 Florida   6 2         11 2  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         8 5  
Missouri *   3 5         6 6  
South Carolina   3 5         4 8  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 1 LSU x$#^   8 0         15 0  
No. 8 Alabama   6 2         11 2  
No. 14 Auburn   5 3         9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         4 8  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 37, Georgia 10
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * – ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll
2019 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 19 Appalachian State x$   7 1         13 1  
Georgia Southern   5 3         7 6  
Georgia State   4 4         7 6  
Troy   3 5         5 7  
Coastal Carolina   2 6         5 7  
West Division
Louisiana x   7 1         11 3  
Arkansas State   5 3         8 5  
Louisiana–Monroe   4 4         5 7  
Texas State   2 6         3 9  
South Alabama   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Appalachian State 45, Louisiana 38
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2019 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 12 Notre Dame           11 2  
Liberty           8 5  
BYU           7 6  
Army           5 8  
New Mexico State           2 10  
UMass           1 11  
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champion Runner-up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
ACC Clemson CFP (Atlantic) Virginia (Coastal) 62–17 Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson[37] Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson[37] Scott Satterfield, Louisville[38]
American Memphis (West) Cincinnati (East) 29–24 Malcolm Perry, QB, Navy[39] Quincy Roche, DE, Temple[39] Ken Niumatalolo, Navy[39]
Big Ten Ohio State CFP (East) Wisconsin (West) 34–21 Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State[40] Chase Young, DE, Ohio State[41] Ryan Day (media), Ohio State
P. J. Fleck (coaches), Minnesota[41]
Big 12 Oklahoma CFP Baylor 30–23 (OT) Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State[42] James Lynch, DL, Baylor[42] Matt Rhule, Baylor[42]
C-USA Florida Atlantic (East) UAB (West) 49–6 J'Mar Smith, QB, Louisiana Tech DeAngelo Malone, DL, WKU Tyson Helton, WKU
MAC Miami (OH) (East) Central Michigan (West) 26–21 LeVante Bellamy, RB, Western Michigan Treshaun Hayward, LB, Western Michigan Jim McElwain, Central Michigan
MW Boise State (Mountain) Hawaii (West) 31–10 Josh Love, QB, San Jose State Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise State Nick Rolovich, Hawaii
Pac-12 Oregon (North) Utah (South) 37–15 Zack Moss, RB, Utah Evan Weaver, LB, California Kyle Whittingham, Utah
SEC LSU CFP (West) Georgia (East) 37–10 Joe Burrow, QB, LSU Derrick Brown, DE, Auburn Ed Orgeron, LSU
Sun Belt Appalachian State (East) Louisiana (West) 45–38 Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State Billy Napier, Louisiana

CFP College Football Playoff participant

Postseason[edit]

Bowl selections[edit]

There were 39 team-competitive 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 (six wins for an 11- or 12-game schedule, and seven wins for a 13-game schedule). 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.

Bowl-eligible teams[edit]

Number of bowl berths available: 78
Number of bowl-eligible teams: 79

Bowl-eligible teams that were not invited[edit]

Bowl-ineligible teams[edit]

Number of bowl-ineligible teams: 51

College Football Playoff[edit]

Semifinals Championship

January 13 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome

December 28 – Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
 1  LSU[45] 63  
 4  Oklahoma 28   January 13 – National Championship
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
 
     1  LSU 42
December 28 – Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
   3  Clemson 25
 
 2  Ohio State[46] 23
 3  Clemson 29  

Conference performance in bowl games[edit]

Conference Total games Wins Losses Pct.
SEC 10 8 2 .800
Independents 3 2 1 .667
Sun Belt 5 3 2 .600
The American 7 4 3 .571
MW 7 4 3 .571
Pac-12 7 4 3 .571
Big Ten 9 4 5 .444
MAC 7 3 4 .429
ACC 11 4 7 .364
C-USA 8 3 5 .375
Big 12 6 1 5 .167

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 front

Defensive back

Special teams[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Assistants[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

Rankings[edit]

CFB Playoff final rankings[edit]

On December 8, 2019, the College Football Playoff selection committee announced its final team rankings for the year.

Rank Team W–L Conference and standing Bowl game
1
LSU 13–0 SEC Champions Peach Bowl (CFP Semifinal #1)
2
Ohio State
13–0
Big Ten Champions Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semifinal #2)
3
Clemson
13–0
ACC Champions Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semifinal #2)
4
Oklahoma
12–1
Big 12 Champions Peach Bowl (CFP Semifinal #1)
5
Georgia
11–2
SEC Runners-up Sugar Bowl
6
Oregon
11–2
Pac-12 Champions Rose Bowl
7
Baylor
11–2
Big 12 Runners-up Sugar Bowl
8
Wisconsin
10–3
Big Ten Runners-up Rose Bowl
9
Florida
10–2
SEC East Division second place Orange Bowl
10
Penn State
10–2
Big Ten East Division second place Cotton Bowl
11
Utah
11–2
Pac-12 Runners-up Alamo Bowl
12
Auburn
9–3
SEC West Division third place Outback Bowl
13
Alabama
10–2
SEC West Division second place Citrus Bowl
14
Michigan
9–3
Big Ten East Division third place Citrus Bowl
15
Notre Dame
10–2
Independent Camping World Bowl
16
Iowa
9–3
Big Ten West Division third place Holiday Bowl
17
Memphis
12–1
American Champions Cotton Bowl
18
Minnesota
10–2
Big Ten West Division co-champions Outback Bowl
19
Boise State
12–1
Mountain West Champions Las Vegas Bowl
20
Appalachian State
12–1
Sun Belt Champions New Orléans Bowl
21
Cincinnati
10–3
American Runners-up Birmingham Bowl
22
USC
8–4
Pac-12 South Division second place Holiday Bowl
23
Navy
9–2
American West Division co-champions Liberty Bowl
24
Virginia
9–4
ACC Runners-up Orange Bowl
25
Oklahoma State
8–4
Big 12 third place Texas Bowl


Coaching changes[edit]

Preseason and in-season[edit]

This is restricted to coaching changes taking place on or after May 1, 2019, and includes any changes announced after a team's last regularly scheduled game but before its bowl game. 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)
Boston College Steve Addazio December 1, 2019 Fired Rich Gunnell (Interim)
Washington Chris Petersen December 2, 2019 Resigned (effective after Washington's bowl game) Jimmy Lake
Florida Atlantic Lane Kiffin December 7, 2019 Hired by Ole Miss Glenn Spencer (bowl)
Memphis Mike Norvell December 7, 2019 Hired by Florida State Ryan Silverfield

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
New Mexico Bob Davie November 25, 2019 Resigned Danny Gonzales
UNLV Tony Sanchez November 25, 2019 Resigned Marcus Arroyo
Missouri Barry Odom November 30, 2019 Fired Eliah Drinkwitz
Rutgers Nunzio Campanile (Interim) December 1, 2019 Permanent replacement Greg Schiano
UTSA Frank Wilson December 1, 2019 Fired Jeff Traylor
South Florida Charlie Strong December 1, 2019 Fired Jeff Scott
Ole Miss Matt Luke December 1, 2019 Fired Lane Kiffin
Old Dominion Bobby Wilder December 2, 2019 Resigned Ricky Rahne
Colorado State Mike Bobo December 4, 2019 Resigned Steve Addazio
Fresno State Jeff Tedford December 5, 2019 Resigned Kalen DeBoer
Arkansas Barry Lunney Jr. (Interim) December 7, 2019 Permanent replacement Sam Pittman
Florida State Odell Haggins (Interim) December 8, 2019 Permanent replacement Mike Norvell
Appalachian State Eliah Drinkwitz December 8, 2019 Hired by Missouri Shawn Clark
Florida Atlantic Glenn Spencer (Interim) December 11, 2019 Permanent replacement Willie Taggart
Boston College Rich Gunnell (Interim) December 13, 2019 Permanent replacement Jeff Hafley
Mississippi State Joe Moorhead January 3, 2020 Fired Mike Leach
Baylor Matt Rhule January 7, 2020 Hired by Carolina Panthers Dave Aranda
San Diego State Rocky Long January 8, 2020 Resigned Brady Hoke
Washington State Mike Leach January 9, 2020 Hired by Mississippi State Nick Rolovich
Hawaii Nick Rolovich January 14, 2020 Hired by Washington State Todd Graham
Michigan State Mark Dantonio February 4, 2020 Resigned Mel Tucker
Colorado Mel Tucker February 12, 2020 Hired by Michigan State Karl Dorrell

Television viewers and ratings[edit]

Most watched regular season games[edit]

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating[58] Significance
1 November 9, 3:30 ET No. 2 LSU 46 No. 3 Alabama 41 CBS 16.64 9.7 Rivalry / College Football Today / College GameDay
2 November 30, 12:00 ET No. 1 Ohio State 56 No. 13 Michigan 27 FOX 12.42 7.1 Rivalry / Big Noon Kickoff
3 November 30, 3:30 ET No. 5 Alabama 45 No. 15 Auburn 48 CBS 11.43 6.3 Iron Bowl
4 November 23, 12:00 ET No. 8 Penn State 17 No. 2 Ohio State 28 FOX 9.43 5.8 Rivalry / Big Noon Kickoff / College GameDay
5 September 21, 8:00 ET No. 7 Notre Dame 17 No. 3 Georgia 23 CBS 9.29 5.4 College GameDay
6 September 7, 7:30 ET No. 6 LSU 45 No. 9 Texas 38 ABC 8.63 5.0 College GameDay
7 December 14, 3:00 ET Army 7 Navy 31 CBS 7.72 4.9 Army–Navy Game / College GameDay
8 October 12, 12:00 ET No. 6 Oklahoma 34 No. 11 Texas 27 FOX 7.25 4.5 Red River Showdown / Big Noon Kickoff
9 October 26, 3:30 ET No. 9 Auburn 20 No. 2 LSU 23 CBS 7.18 4.3 Rivalry
10 November 2, 3:30 ET No. 8 Georgia 24 No. 6 Florida 17 6.98 4.2 Rivalry

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

Conference championship games[edit]

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating[59] Conference Location
1 December 7, 4:00 ET No. 4 Georgia (East) 10 No. 2 LSU (West) 37 CBS 13.70 7.9 SEC Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
2 December 7, 8:00 ET No. 1 Ohio State (East) 34 No. 8 Wisconsin (West) 21 FOX 13.55 7.6 Big Ten Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
3 December 7, 12:00 ET No. 7 Baylor (No. 2 seed) 23 No. 6 Oklahoma (No. 1 seed) 30 ABC 8.70 5.5 Big 12 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
4 December 6, 8:00 ET No. 5 Utah (South) 15 No. 13 Oregon (North) 37 5.86 3.5 Pac-12 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
5 December 7, 7:30 ET No. 23 Virginia (Coastal) 17 No. 3 Clemson (Atlantic) 62 3.97 2.4 ACC Bank of America Stadium,
Charlotte, NC
6 December 7, 3:30 ET No. 20 Cincinnati (East) 24 No. 17 Memphis (West) 29 2.88 1.9 American Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
7 December 7, 12:00 ET Louisiana (West) 38 No. 21 Appalachian State (East) 45 ESPN .73 0.5 Sun Belt Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
8 December 7, 4:00 ET Hawaii (West) 10 No. 19 Boise State (Mountain) 31 .55 0.4 MW Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
9 December 7, 12:00 ET Miami (OH) (East) 26 Central Michigan (West) 21 ESPN2 .36 0.2 MAC Ford Field, Detroit, MI
10 December 7, 1:30 ET UAB (West) 6 Florida Atlantic (East) 49 CBSSN n.a. n.a. C-USA FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL

#Rankings are from the CFP Rankings.

Most watched non-CFP bowl games[edit]

Rank Game Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating Location
1 Rose Bowl January 1, 2020, 5:00 PM ET No. 6 Oregon 28 No. 8 Wisconsin 27 ESPN 16.3 8.7 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
2 Citrus Bowl January 1, 2020, 1:00 PM ET No. 13 Alabama 35 No. 14 Michigan 16 ABC 14.0 8.0 Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
3 Sugar Bowl January 1, 2020, 8:30 PM ET No. 5 Georgia 26 No. 7 Baylor 14 ESPN 10.2 5.7 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
4 Cotton Bowl Classic December 28, 2019, 12:00 PM ET No. 10 Penn State 53 No. 17 Memphis 39 6.2 3.8 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
5 Orange Bowl December 30, 2019, 8:00 PM ET # 9 Florida 36 No. 24 Virginia 28 6.1 3.5 Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
6 Alamo Bowl December 31, 2019, 7:30 PM ET Texas 38 No. 11 Utah 10 5.6 3.1 Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
7 Texas Bowl December 27, 2019, 7:30 PM ET No. 25 Oklahoma State 21 Texas A&M 24 4.9 2.8 NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
8 Gator Bowl January 2, 2020, 7:00 PM ET Tennessee 23 Indiana 22 4.3 2.6 TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
9 Camping World Bowl December 28, 2019, 12:00 PM ET No. 15 Notre Dame 33 Iowa State 9 ABC 4.2 2.65 Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
10 Outback Bowl January 1, 2020, 1:00 PM ET No. 12 Auburn 24 No. 18 Minnesota 31 ESPN 4.0 2.4 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

#CFP Rankings.

College Football Playoff[edit]

Game Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating Location
Peach Bowl (semifinal) December 28, 2019, 4:00 P.M. ET No. 4 Oklahoma 28 No. 1 LSU 63 ESPN 17.2 9.5 Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Fiesta Bowl (semifinal) December 28, 2019, 8:00 P.M. ET No. 3 Clemson 29 No. 2 Ohio State 23 21.2 11.1 State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
National Championship January 13, 2020, 8:00 ET No. 3 Clemson 25 No. 1 LSU 42 25.59 14.3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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