2019 NCAA Division I FBS season
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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

Membership changes

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

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

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Stadiums

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Kickoff games

Rankings reflect the AP Poll entering each week.

"Week Zero"

The regular season began with two Week 0 games on Saturday, August 24:

Week 1

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

Week 3

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

Regular season top 10 matchups

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

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

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 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 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 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

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

Bowl selections

Main article: 2019–20 NCAA football bowl games

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

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

Bowl-eligible teams that were not invited

Bowl-ineligible teams

Number of bowl-ineligible teams: 51

College Football Playoff

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


Conference performance in bowl games

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

Heisman Trophy

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

Other overall

Special overall

Offense

Quarterback

Running back

Wide receiver

Tight end

Lineman:

Defense

Defensive front

Defensive back

Special teams

Coaches

Assistants

All-Americans

Main article: 2019 College Football All-America Team

Rankings

Main article: 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

CFB Playoff final rankings

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 Orleans 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

Preseason and in-season

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.

Team 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

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

Team 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

Most watched regular season games

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

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

Conference championship games

All times Eastern. Rankings are from the CFP Rankings.

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating[57] Conference Location
1 December 7, 4:00pm No. 4 Georgia (East) 10 No. 2 LSU (West) 37 CBS 13.70 7.9 SEC Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
2 December 7, 8:00pm 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, 12:00pm 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, 8:00pm 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, 7:30pm No. 23 Virginia (Coastal) 17 No. 3 Clemson (Atlantic) 62 3.97 2.4 ACC Bank of America Stadium,
Charlotte, NC
6 December 7, 3:30pm No. 20 Cincinnati (East) 24 No. 17 Memphis (West) 29 2.88 1.9 American Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
7 December 7, 12:00pm Louisiana (West) 38 No. 21 Appalachian State (East) 45 ESPN 0.73 0.5 Sun Belt Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
8 December 7, 4:00pm Hawaii (West) 10 No. 19 Boise State (Mountain) 31 0.55 0.4 MW Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
9 December 7, 12:00pm Miami (OH) (East) 26 Central Michigan (West) 21 ESPN2 0.36 0.2 MAC Ford Field, Detroit, MI
10 December 7, 1:30pm UAB (West) 6 Florida Atlantic (East) 49 CBSSN n.a. n.a. C-USA FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL

Most watched non-CFP bowl games

All times Eastern. Rankings are from the CFP Rankings.

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

College Football Playoff

All times Eastern. Rankings are from the CFP Rankings.

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

See also

Notes

  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.[43] Missouri appealed the bowl ban but the NCAA upheld the decision shortly before Missouri's sixth win.[44]

References

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