2017 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams129 + 1 transitional
DurationAugust 26, 2017 – December 9, 2017
Preseason AP No. 1Alabama
Post-season
DurationDecember 16, 2017 – January 8, 2018
Bowl games40
AP Poll No. 1Alabama
Coaches Poll No. 1Alabama
Heisman TrophyBaker Mayfield (quarterback, Oklahoma)
College Football Playoff
2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
SiteMercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Champion(s)Alabama
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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) in 2017. The regular season began on August 26, 2017 and ended on December 9, 2017. The postseason concluded on January 8, 2018 with the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta. This was the fourth season of the College Football Playoff championship system.

Rule changes

Game rules

The following rule changes were recommended by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2017 season:[1]

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:

Recruiting rules

Conference realignment

Membership changes

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

Coastal Carolina is in the second year of its FBS transition. It is counted as an FBS opponent for scheduling purposes but will not become a full bowl-eligible member until 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

Idaho and New Mexico State are playing their final seasons as football members of the Sun Belt Conference. Idaho is also playing 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 will tentatively revert to FBS Independent status for 2018 and beyond.

Updated stadiums

Two schools opened new stadiums for the 2017 season:

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

Two schools announced naming rights deals for their stadiums:

Kickoff games

"Week Zero"

Week 1

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.:

Upsets

For purposes of this table, an "upset" involves an unranked team defeating a ranked team.

FBS rankings prior to November 1 are from the AP Poll, and from the College Football Playoff rankings after that date.

Winner Score Loser Date
Maryland 51–41 #23 Texas September 2
Memphis 48–45 #25 UCLA September 16
Mississippi State 37–7 #12 LSU September 16
Vanderbilt 14–7 #18 Kansas State September 16
San Diego State 20–17 #19 Stanford September 16
NC State 27–21 #12 Florida State September 23
Arizona State 37–35 #24 Oregon September 23
Troy 24–21 #25 LSU September 30
Iowa State 38–31 #3 Oklahoma October 7
LSU 17–16 #21 Florida October 7
Michigan State 14–10 #7 Michigan October 7
Stanford 23–20 #20 Utah October 7
Syracuse 27–24 #2 Clemson October 13
California 37–3 #8 Washington State October 13
West Virginia 46–35 #24 Texas Tech October 14
LSU 27–23 #10 Auburn October 14
Memphis 30–27 #25 Navy October 14
Boise State 31–14 #19 San Diego State October 14
Arizona State 13–7 #5 Washington October 14
Northwestern 39–31 3OT #16 Michigan State October 28
Houston 28–24 #17 South Florida October 28
Arizona 58–37 #15 Washington State October 28
Iowa 55–24 #6 Ohio State November 4
West Virginia 20–16 #15 Iowa State November 4
Stanford 30–22 #9 Washington November 10
Georgia Tech 28–22 #17 Virginia Tech November 11
Kansas State 45–40 #13 Oklahoma State November 18
Wake Forest 30–24 #19 NC State November 18
Ole Miss 31–28 #16 Mississippi State November 23
Pittsburgh 24–14 #2 Miami November 24
Fresno State 28–17 #23 Boise State November 25

Conference standings

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 Atlantic Coast Conference 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 (FL) 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 Conference 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 Conference 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
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 Conference 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 Conference 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 Southeastern Conference 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 Conference 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
2017 NCAA 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  
Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries

Through the 2015 season, conferences were required to have a minimum of 12 members to play a conference championship game that was exempt from the NCAA limit of 12 regular-season games. The NCAA removed this requirement effective with the 2016 season.[15] At that time, all FBS conferences except the Big 12 and Sun Belt Conferences held season-ending championship games. With the Big 12 reinstating its championship game for the 2017 season, only the Sun Belt Conference determines its champion solely by regular-season records, and that conference will launch a championship game in 2018.

Conference Champion Runner-up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
American #20 Memphis (West) at #14 UCF (East) McKenzie Milton, UCF Ed Oliver, Houston Scott Frost, UCF
ACC #1 Clemson (Atlantic) vs. #7 Miami (Coastal) Lamar Jackson, Louisville Bradley Chubb, NC State Mark Richt, Miami
Big 12 #3 Oklahoma vs. #11 TCU (#2 seed) Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Ogbo Okoronkwo, Oklahoma
Malik Jefferson, Texas
Matt Campbell, Iowa State
Big Ten #8 Ohio State (East) vs. #4 Wisconsin (West) Saquon Barkley, Penn State Josey Jewell, Iowa Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
C-USA North Texas (West) at Florida Atlantic (East)
MAC Akron (East) vs. Toledo (West) Logan Woodside, Toledo Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois Jason Candle, Toledo
MW #25 Fresno State (West) at Boise State (Mountain) Rashaad Penny, San Diego State Leighton Vander, Boise State Jeff Tedford, Fresno State
Pac-12 #14 Stanford (North) vs. #11 USC (South)
SEC #6 Georgia (East) vs. #2 Auburn (West)
Sun Belt N/A

Bowl eligibility

Main article: 2017–18 NCAA football bowl games

For the 39 post-season bowl games, teams should be bowl eligible to be selected. Normally, this requires a team to have a minimum of a 0.500 winning percentage. If there are not be enough winning teams to fulfill all open bowl slots, teams with losing records could be chosen in order to fill all 78 slots. Additionally, in the rare occasions where a conference champion does not meet eligibility requirements, they are usually still chosen for bowl games with tie-ins for that conference champion.

Bowl eligible teams

Total: 79

Bowl ineligible teams

Total: 48

Teams one win away from bowl eligibility

Total: 3

Coaching changes

Preseason and in-season

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)
  1. ^ Interim for remainder of season; interim tag removed on November 26, 2017.[16]
  2. ^ Interim for remainder of season; interim tag removed on November 27, 2017.

End of season

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
Kent State Paul Haynes November 22, 2017 Fired
Arkansas Bret Bielema November 24, 2017 Fired Paul Rhoads (Interim)
UCLA Jedd Fisch (Interim) November 25, 2017 Permanent replacement Chip Kelly
Nebraska Mike Riley November 25, 2017 Fired Trent Bray (Interim)
Arizona State Todd Graham November 26, 2017 Fired
Florida Randy Shannon (interim) November 26, 2017 Permanent replacement Dan Mullen
Mississippi State Dan Mullen November 26, 2017 Hired by Florida Joe Moorhead
Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin November 26, 2017 Fired Jeff Banks (interim)
Rice David Bailiff November 27, 2017 Fired
Oregon State Cory Hall November 30, 2017 Permanent replacement Jonathan Smith

Awards and honors

Heisman Trophy

Other overall

Special overall

Offense

Quarterback

Running back

Wide receiver

Tight end

Lineman

Defense

Defensive line

Defensive back

Special teams

Other positional awards

Television viewers and ratings

Most watched regular season games

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating[17] 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 5.7 Rivalry/College GameDay
5 September 9, 7:30 ET #5 Oklahoma 31 #2 Ohio State 16 ABC 8.08 4.6 College GameDay
6 September 2, 3:30 ET #11 Michigan 33 #17 Florida 17 7.65 4.9 Advocare Classic
7 November 11, 3:30 ET #1 Georgia 17 #10 Auburn 40 CBS 7.41 4.4 Deep South's Oldest Rivalry
8 November 11, 7:00 ET #2 Alabama 31 #16 Mississippi State 24 ESPN 7.03 3.9 Rivalry
9 October 21, 7:30 ET #19 Michigan 13 #2 Penn State 42 ABC 6.95 3.9 College GameDay
10 November 4, 8:00 ET #19 LSU 10 #2 Alabama 24 CBS 6.73 3.9 Rivalry

Conference championship games

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers TV Rating Conference Location
December 1, 8:00 ET #12 Stanford (North) #10 USC (South) ESPN Pac-12 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
December 2, 4:00 ET #6 Georgia (East) #2 Auburn (West) CBS SEC Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 8:00 ET #8 Ohio State (East) #4 Wisconsin (West) FOX Big Ten Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
December 2, 8:00 ET #7 Miami (Coastal) #1 Clemson (Atlantic) ABC ACC Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
December 2, 12:30 ET #11 TCU (#2 seed) #3 Oklahoma (#1 seed) FOX Big 12 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
December 2, 12:00 ET #20 Memphis (West) #14 UCF (East) ABC AAC Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, FL
December 2, 12:00 ET Akron (East) Toledo (West) ESPN MAC Ford Field, Detroit, MI
December 2, 12:00 ET North Texas (West) Florida Atlantic (East) ESPN2 C-USA FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
December 2, 7:45 ET #25 Fresno State (West) Boise State (Mountain) ESPN MW Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID

See also

Notes

  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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