|2022 NCAA Division I FBS season|
|Number of teams||131|
|Duration||August 27, 2022–December 10, 2022|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Alabama|
|Duration||December 16, 2022 – January 9, 2023|
|Bowl games||44 scheduled|
|College Football Playoff|
|2023 College Football Playoff National Championship|
|NCAA Division I FBS football seasons|
The 2022 NCAA Division I FBS football season is the 153rd season of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at its highest level of competition, the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The regular season began on August 27 and will end on December 10. The postseason will begin on December 16, and, aside from any all-star games that are scheduled, end on January 9, 2023, with the College Football Playoff National Championship at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. This will be the ninth season of the College Football Playoff (CFP) system.
The following rule changes were approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel for the 2022 season.
Points of Emphasis for the 2022 season include:
Main article: 2021–22 NCAA conference realignment
One school is playing its first FBS season in 2022. James Madison started a transition from Division I FCS in 2022, joining the Sun Belt Conference. As a full Sun Belt member, it will meet FBS scheduling requirements in the 2022 season, allowing it to be counted as an FBS opponent for scheduling purposes. (Normally, this status would not be available until the second transitional season.)
Three other schools joined the Sun Belt from Conference USA in 2022. Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss, while initially reported to be making said move in 2023, announced their intent to move in 2022. C-USA had insisted that all three were bound to that league through the 2022–23 school year. Following a brief legal dispute, the parties reached a settlement allowing the schools to leave at the end of June.
|School||Former conference||New conference|
|James Madison||CAA (FCS)||Sun Belt|
|Old Dominion||C-USA||Sun Belt|
|Southern Miss||C-USA||Sun Belt|
The 2022 season is expected to be the last for 12 FBS schools in their current conferences or as FBS independents:
|School||Current conference||Future conference|
|New Mexico State||Independent||C-USA|
In addition to James Madison, two other FCS schools started transitions to FBS in the 2022 season. They will not join their future FBS conferences until 2023.
This is the first season for San Diego State at Snapdragon Stadium, replacing the since-demolished San Diego Stadium after playing at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson for two seasons in 2020 and 2021. The Aztecs played their first game in the new stadium against the Arizona Wildcats on September 3, 2022.
Rankings reflect the AP Poll entering each week.
The regular season began on Saturday, August 27 with eleven games in Week 0.
The majority (85%) of FBS teams will open the season on Labor Day weekend. Three neutral-site "kickoff" games will be held.
Rankings reflect the AP Poll. Rankings for Week 10 and beyond will list College Football Playoff Rankings first and AP Poll second. Teams that failed to be a top 10 team for one poll or the other will be noted.
|Date||Time||Visiting team||Home team||Site||TV||Result||Attendance|
|September 2||7:00 p.m.||(FCS) William & Mary||Charlotte||Jerry Richardson Stadium • Charlotte, NC||ESPN3||41–24||13,940|
|September 3||12:00 p.m.||No. 19 (FCS) Delaware||Navy||Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD||CBSSN||14–7||30,542|
|September 10||4:00 p.m.||(FCS) Eastern Kentucky||Bowling Green||Doyt Perry Stadium • Bowling Green, OH||ESPN3||59–57 7OT||17,376|
|September 10||5:30 p.m.||No. 8 (FCS) Incarnate Word||Nevada||Mackay Stadium • Reno, NV||NSN||55–41||14,092|
|September 10||6:00 p.m.||No. 15 (FCS) Holy Cross||Buffalo||UB Stadium • Buffalo, NY||ESPN+||37–31||16,933|
|September 10||7:00 p.m.||No. 16 (FCS) Weber State||Utah State||Maverik Stadium • Logan, UT||MWN||35–7||17,781|
|September 17||11:00 a.m.||(FCS) Southern Illinois||Northwestern||Ryan Field • Evanston, IL||BTN||31–24||23,146|
|#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.|
This section lists instances of unranked teams defeating AP Poll-ranked teams during the season.
So far during the regular season, 6 unranked FBS teams have defeated ranked FBS teams.
Main article: 2022 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings
The top 25 from the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.
Main article: 2022–23 NCAA football bowl games
Bowl game changes:
This is restricted to coaching changes taking place on or after May 1, 2022, and will include any changes announced after a team's last regularly scheduled game but before its bowl game. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2022, see 2021 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.
|UAB||Bill Clark||June 24, 2022||Retired (effective August 1)||Bryant Vincent (interim)|
|Nebraska||Scott Frost||September 11, 2022||Fired||Mickey Joseph (interim)|
All times Eastern. Rankings are from the AP Poll (before 11/2) and CFP Rankings (thereafter).
|Rank||Date||Time||Matchup||Network||Viewers (millions)||TV ratings||Significance|
|1||September 10||12:00 p.m.||No. 1 Alabama||20||Texas||19||Fox||10.60||5.67||Big Noon Saturday|
|2||September 3||7:30 p.m.||No. 5 Notre Dame||10||No. 2 Ohio State||21||ABC||10.53||5.21||College GameDay, Saturday Night Football|
|3||September 4||7:30 p.m.||Florida State||24||LSU||23||7.55||3.95||Louisiana Kickoff|
|4||September 3||3:30 p.m.||No. 11 Oregon||3||No. 3 Georgia||49||6.20||3.24||Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game|
|5||September 5||8:00 p.m.||No. 4 Clemson||41||Georgia Tech||10||ESPN||4.86|
|6||September 10||3:30 p.m.||No. 24 Tennessee||34||No. 17 Pitt||27||ABC||4.46||2.4|
|7||August 27||12:30 p.m.||Nebraska||28||Northwestern||31||Fox||4.42||2.52||Aer Lingus College Football Classic|
|8||September 10||7:00 p.m.||No. 20 Kentucky||26||No. 12 Florida||16||ESPN||4.33||2.2|
|9||September 3||12:00 p.m.||Colorado State||7||No. 8 Michigan||51||ABC||3.93||2.19|
|10||September 10||3:30 p.m.||Washington State||17||No. 9 Wisconsin||14||Fox||3.92||2.2|
Both the ASUN and the WAC reached the pivotal six-team AQ eligibility threshold with expansion announcements this past academic year. That changed with the November announcement that Jacksonville State (ASUN) and Sam Houston (WAC) would be transitioning to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and joining Conference USA. Both institutions are now ineligible for the FCS Playoffs under NCAA rules.