2022 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams131
DurationAugust 27 –
December 10, 2022
Preseason AP No. 1Alabama
Post-season
DurationDecember 16, 2022 – January 9, 2023
Bowl games43[a]
Heisman TrophyCaleb Williams, QB, USC
College Football Playoff
2023 College Football Playoff National Championship
SiteSoFi Stadium
Inglewood, California
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
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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 ended on December 10. The postseason began on December 16, and, aside from any all-star games that are scheduled, will end on January 9, 2023, with the College Football Playoff National Championship at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. This is the ninth season of the College Football Playoff (CFP) system.

Rule changes

The following rule changes were approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel for the 2022 season.[1]

Other headlines

Conference realignment

Main article: 2021–22 NCAA conference realignment

One team 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 met FBS scheduling requirements in the 2022 season, allowing it to be counted as an FBS opponent for scheduling purposes and to skip the first year of the normal two-year transition process.[37]

Three other teams 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,[38] the parties reached a settlement allowing the schools to leave at the end of June.[3]

Team Former conference New conference
James Madison CAA (FCS) Sun Belt
Marshall C-USA 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 teams in their current conferences or as FBS independents:

Team Current conference Future conference
BYU Independent Big 12
Charlotte C-USA American
Cincinnati American Big 12
Florida Atlantic C-USA American
Houston American Big 12
Liberty Independent C-USA
New Mexico State Independent C-USA
North Texas C-USA American
Rice C-USA American
UAB C-USA American
UCF American Big 12
UTSA C-USA American

In addition to James Madison, two other FCS teams started transitions to FBS in the 2022 season.[39] They will not join their future FBS conferences until 2023.

Stadiums

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.[40]

Kickoff games

Rankings reflect the AP Poll entering each week.

"Week Zero"

The regular season began on Saturday, August 27 with eleven games in Week 0.

Week 1

The majority (85%) of FBS teams opened the season on Labor Day weekend. Three neutral-site "kickoff" games were held.

  1. ^ 42 FBS bowl games, including the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, and 1 FCS bowl game.

Top 10 matchups

Rankings through Week 9 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.

Regular season

Bowl games

FCS team wins over FBS teams

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 7:00 p.m. (FCS) William & Mary Charlotte Jerry Richardson StadiumCharlotte, NC ESPN3  41–24   13,940
September 3 12:00 p.m. No. 19 (FCS) Delaware Navy Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CBSSN  14–7   30,542
September 10 4:00 p.m. (FCS) Eastern Kentucky Bowling Green Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, OH ESPN3  59–57 7OT  17,376
September 10 5:30 p.m. No. 8 (FCS) Incarnate Word Nevada Mackay StadiumReno, NV NSN  55–41   14,092
September 10 6:00 p.m. No. 15 (FCS) Holy Cross Buffalo UB StadiumBuffalo, NY ESPN+  37–31   16,933
September 10 7:00 p.m. No. 16 (FCS) Weber State Utah State Maverik StadiumLogan, UT MWN  35–7   17,781
September 17 11:00 a.m. (FCS) Southern Illinois Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN  31–24   23,146
September 24 11:00 a.m. No. 7 (FCS) Sacramento State Colorado State Canvas StadiumFort Collins, CO KCDO  41–10[a]   25,445
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.
  1. ^ Sacramento State was a 4.5-point favorite at kickoff.[41]

Upsets

This section lists instances of unranked teams defeating AP Poll-ranked teams during the season.

Regular season

So far during the regular season, unranked FBS teams have defeated ranked FBS teams 44 times.

See also: 2022 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings § AP Poll

Bowl games

Rankings in this section are based on the final CFP rankings released on December 4, 2022.

Conference standings

2022 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 16 Tulane y$   7 1     12 2  
UCF y   6 2     9 5  
Cincinnati   6 2     9 4  
SMU   5 3     7 6  
Houston   5 3     8 5  
East Carolina   4 4     8 5  
Navy   4 4     4 8  
Memphis   3 5     7 6  
Tulsa   3 5     5 7  
Temple   1 7     3 9  
South Florida   0 8     1 11  
Championship: Tulane 45, UCF 28
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from CFP Rankings
2022 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 7 Clemson xy$   8 0     11 3  
No. 13 Florida State   5 3     10 3  
No. 23 NC State   4 4     8 5  
Louisville   4 4     8 5  
Syracuse   4 4     7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5     8 5  
Boston College   2 6     3 9  
Coastal Division
North Carolina xy   6 2     9 5  
Pittsburgh   5 3     9 4  
Duke   5 3     9 4  
Georgia Tech   4 4     5 7  
Miami (FL)   3 5     5 7  
Virginia   1 6     3 7  
Virginia Tech   1 6     3 8  
Championship: Clemson 39, North Carolina 10
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from CFP Rankings
2022 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
No. 2 Michigan xy$^   9 0     13 1  
No. 4 Ohio State ^   8 1     11 2  
No. 11 Penn State   7 2     11 2  
Maryland   4 5     8 5  
Michigan State   3 6     5 7  
Indiana   2 7     4 8  
Rutgers   1 8     4 8  
West Division
Purdue xy   6 3     8 6  
Illinois   5 4     8 5  
Minnesota   5 4     9 4  
Iowa   5 4     8 5  
Wisconsin   4 5     7 6  
Nebraska   3 6     4 8  
Northwestern   1 8     1 11  
Championship: Michigan 43, Purdue 22
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from CFP rankings
2022 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 3 TCU y^   9 0     13 1  
No. 9 Kansas State y$   7 2     10 4  
No. 20 Texas   6 3     8 5  
Texas Tech   5 4     8 5  
Oklahoma State   4 5     7 6  
Baylor   4 5     6 7  
Oklahoma   3 6     6 7  
Kansas   3 6     6 7  
West Virginia   3 6     5 7  
Iowa State   1 8     4 8  
Championship: Kansas State 31, TCU 28OT
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
As of January 9, 2023
Rankings from CFP Rankings
2022 Conference USA football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 25 UTSA y$   8 0     11 3  
North Texas y   6 2     7 7  
Western Kentucky   6 2     9 5  
Middle Tennessee   4 4     8 5  
UAB   4 4     7 6  
Florida Atlantic   4 4     5 7  
Rice   3 5     5 8  
UTEP   3 5     5 7  
FIU   2 6     4 8  
Charlotte   2 6     3 9  
Louisiana Tech   2 6     3 9  
Championship: UTSA 48, North Texas 27
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from CFP Rankings
2022 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
Ohio xy   7 1     10 4  
Buffalo   5 3     7 6  
Bowling Green   5 3     6 7  
Miami (OH)   4 4     6 7  
Kent State   4 4     5 7  
Akron   1 7     2 10  
West Division
Toledo xy$   5 3     9 5  
Eastern Michigan x   5 3     9 4  
Western Michigan   4 4     5 7  
Ball State   3 5     5 7  
Central Michigan   3 5     4 8  
Northern Illinois   2 6     3 9  
Championship: Toledo 17, Ohio 7
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2022 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Mountain Division
Boise State xy   8 0     10 4  
Air Force   5 3     10 3  
Wyoming   5 3     7 6  
Utah State   5 3     6 7  
Colorado State   3 5     3 9  
New Mexico   0 8     2 10  
West Division
Fresno State xy$   7 1     10 4  
San Diego State   5 3     7 6  
San Jose State   5 3     7 5  
UNLV   3 5     5 7  
Hawaii   2 6     3 10  
Nevada   0 8     2 10  
Championship: Fresno State 28, Boise State 16
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
2022 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 10 USC y   8 1     11 3  
No. 8 Utah y$   7 2     10 4  
No. 12 Washington   7 2     11 2  
No. 15 Oregon   7 2     10 3  
No. 14 Oregon State   6 3     10 3  
No. 18 UCLA   6 3     9 4  
Washington State   4 5     7 6  
Arizona   3 6     5 7  
California   2 7     4 8  
Arizona State   2 7     3 9  
Stanford   1 8     3 9  
Colorado   1 8     1 11  
Championship: Utah 47, USC 24
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from CFP Rankings
2022 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
No. 1 Georgia xy$^   8 0     14 0  
No. 6 Tennessee   6 2     11 2  
No. 19 South Carolina   4 4     8 5  
Kentucky   3 5     7 6  
Florida   3 5     6 7  
Missouri   3 5     6 7  
Vanderbilt   2 6     5 7  
West Division
No. 17 LSU xy   6 2     10 4  
No. 5 Alabama x   6 2     11 2  
No. 22 Mississippi State   4 4     9 4  
Ole Miss   4 4     8 5  
Arkansas   3 5     7 6  
Auburn   2 6     5 7  
Texas A&M   2 6     5 7  
Championship: Georgia 50, LSU 30
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of January 9, 2023
Rankings from CFP Rankings
2022 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
Coastal Carolina xy   6 2     9 4  
James Madison* x   6 2     8 3  
Marshall   5 3     9 4  
Georgia Southern   3 5     6 7  
Appalachian State   3 5     6 6  
Georgia State   3 5     4 8  
Old Dominion   2 6     3 9  
West Division
No. 24 Troy xy$   7 1     12 2  
South Alabama x   7 1     10 3  
Southern Miss   4 4     7 6  
Louisiana   4 4     6 7  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 5     4 8  
Texas State   2 6     4 8  
Arkansas State   1 7     3 9  
Championship: Troy 45, Coastal Carolina 26
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • * – Ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules
Rankings from CFP Rankings
2022 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 21 Notre Dame       9 4  
Liberty       8 5  
BYU       8 5  
New Mexico State       7 6  
Army       6 6  
UConn       6 7  
UMass       1 11  
Rankings from CFP Rankings

Rankings

Main article: 2022 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

The top 25 from the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.

Pre-season polls

AP
Ranking Team
1 Alabama (54)
2 Ohio State (6)
3 Georgia (3)
4 Clemson
5 Notre Dame
6 Texas A&M
7 Utah
8 Michigan
9 Oklahoma
10 Baylor
11 Oregon
12 Oklahoma State
13 NC State
14 USC
15 Michigan State
16 Miami (FL)
17 Pittsburgh
18 Wisconsin
19 Arkansas
20 Kentucky
21 Ole Miss
22 Wake Forest
23 Cincinnati
24 Houston
25 BYU
USA Today Coaches
Ranking Team
1 Alabama (54)
2 Ohio State (5)
3 Georgia (6)
4 Clemson
5 Notre Dame
6 Michigan
7 Texas A&M
8 Utah
9 Oklahoma
10 Baylor
11 Oklahoma State
12 Oregon
13 NC State
14 Michigan State
15 USC
16 Pittsburgh
17 Miami (FL)
18 Texas (1)
19 Wake Forest
20 Wisconsin
21 Kentucky
22 Cincinnati
23 Arkansas
24 Ole Miss
25 Houston

CFB Playoff final rankings

On December 4, 2022, the College Football Playoff selection committee announced its final team rankings for the year.

See also: 2022 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings § CFP Rankings

Rank Team W–L Conference and standing Bowl game
1 Georgia Bulldogs 13–0 SEC champions Peach Bowl (CFP semifinal)
2 Michigan Wolverines 13–0 Big Ten champions Fiesta Bowl (CFP semifinal)
3 TCU Horned Frogs 12–1 Big 12 first place Fiesta Bowl (CFP semifinal)
4 Ohio State Buckeyes 11–1 Big Ten East Division second place Peach Bowl (CFP semifinal)
5 Alabama Crimson Tide 10–2 SEC West Division co-champions Sugar Bowl (NY6)
6 Tennessee Volunteers 10–2 SEC East Division second place Orange Bowl (NY6)
7 Clemson Tigers 11–2 ACC champions Orange Bowl (NY6)
8 Utah Utes 10–3 Pac-12 champions Rose Bowl (NY6)
9 Kansas State Wildcats 10–3 Big 12 champions Sugar Bowl (NY6)
10 USC Trojans 11–2 Pac-12 first place Cotton Bowl (NY6)
11 Penn State Nittany Lions 10–2 Big Ten East Division third place Rose Bowl (NY6)
12 Washington Huskies 10–2 Pac-12 second place (tie) Alamo Bowl
13 Florida State Seminoles 9–3 ACC Atlantic Division second place Cheez-It Bowl
14 Oregon State Beavers 9–3 Pac-12 fifth place (tie) Las Vegas Bowl
15 Oregon Ducks 9–3 Pac-12 second place (tie) Holiday Bowl
16 Tulane Green Wave 11–2 AAC champions Cotton Bowl (NY6)
17 LSU Tigers 9–4 SEC West Division co-champions Citrus Bowl
18 UCLA Bruins 9–3 Pac-12 fifth place (tie) Sun Bowl
19 South Carolina Gamecocks 8–4 SEC East Division third place Gator Bowl
20 Texas Longhorns 8–4 Big 12 third place Alamo Bowl
21 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 8–4 Independent Gator Bowl
22 Mississippi State Bulldogs 8–4 SEC West Division third place (tie) ReliaQuest Bowl
23 NC State Wolfpack 8–4 ACC Atlantic Division third place (tie) Duke's Mayo Bowl
24 Troy Trojans 11–2 Sun Belt champions Cure Bowl
25 UTSA Roadrunners 11–2 C-USA champions Cure Bowl

Final rankings

Rank Associated Press Coaches' Poll
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Conference summaries

Rankings in this section are based CFP rankings released prior to the games.

Conference Championship game Overall Player of the Year/MVP Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Special Teams Player of the Year Coach of the Year
Date Venue (Location) Matchup Result
ACC Dec. 3, 2022 Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC) No. 9 Clemson (Atlantic) vs. No. 23 North Carolina (Coastal) Clemson 39–10 Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina[42] Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina[42] Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh[42] Mike Elko, Duke[43]
American Dec. 3, 2022 Yulman Stadium (New Orleans, LA) No. 22 UCF (No. 2) at No. 18 Tulane (No. 1) Tulane 45–28 Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane[44] Ivan Pace Jr., LB, Cincinnati[44] Mason Fletcher, P, Cincinnati[44] Willie Fritz, Tulane[44]
Big Ten Dec. 3, 2022 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN) No. 2 Michigan (East) vs. Purdue (West) Michigan 43–22 C. J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State[45] Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa[45] Jake Moody, PK, Michigan;
Bryce Baringer, P, Michigan State; &
Jaylin Lucas, RS, Indiana[a][45]
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan (coaches & media)[45]
Big 12 Dec. 3, 2022 AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX) No. 3 TCU (No. 1) vs. No. 10 Kansas State (No. 2) Kan St 31–28 OT Max Duggan, QB, TCU[46] Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE, Kansas State[46] Derius Davis, RS, TCU[46] Sonny Dykes, TCU[46]
C–USA Dec. 2, 2022 Alamodome (San Antonio, TX) North Texas (No. 2) at UTSA (No. 1) UTSA 48–27 Frank Harris, QB, UTSA[47] DeWayne McBride, RB, UAB[47] KD Davis, LB, North Texas[47] Gavin Baechle, PK, UTEP[47] Jeff Traylor, UTSA[48]
MAC Dec. 3, 2022 Ford Field (Detroit, MI) Ohio (East) vs. Toledo (West) Toledo 17–7 Kurtis Rourke, QB, Ohio[49] Kurtis Rourke, QB, Ohio[49] Jose Ramirez, DE, Eastern Michigan[49] Alex McNulty, PK, Buffalo[49] Tim Albin, Ohio[49]
MW Dec. 3, 2022 Albertsons Stadium (Boise, ID) Fresno State (West) at Boise State (Mountain) Fres St 28–16 Brad Roberts, RB, Air Force[50] Viliami Fehoko, DE, San Jose State[50] Jack Browning, PK/P, San Diego State[50] Andy Avalos, Boise State[50]
Pac-12 Dec. 2, 2022 Allegiant Stadium (Paradise, NV) No. 4 USC (No. 1) vs. No. 11 Utah (No. 2) Utah 47–24 Caleb Williams, QB, USC Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC Kalen DeBoer, Washington
Jonathan Smith, Oregon State
SEC Dec. 3, 2022 Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA) No. 1 Georgia (East) vs. No. 14 LSU (West) Georgia 50–30 Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee Will Anderson Jr., LB, Alabama Jack Podlesny, Georgia Kirby Smart, Georgia
Sun Belt Dec. 3, 2022 Veterans Memorial Stadium (Troy, AL) Coastal Carolina (East) at Troy (West) Troy 45–26 Grayson McCall, QB, Coastal Carolina[51] Todd Centeio, QB, James Madison[51] Carlton Martial, LB, Troy[51] Jon Sumrall, Troy[51]
  1. ^ The Big Ten presents separate awards for its top placekicker, punter, and return specialist.

Conference champions' bowl games

Ranks are per the final CFP rankings, released on December 4 2022, with win–loss records at that time.

Conference Champion W–L Rank Bowl game
ACC Clemson 11–2 7 Orange Bowl (NY6)
American Tulane 11–2 16 Cotton Bowl (NY6)
Big 12 Kansas State 10–3 9 Sugar Bowl (NY6)
Big Ten Michigan CFP 13–0 2 Fiesta Bowl (semifinal)
C-USA UTSA 11–2 25 Cure Bowl
MAC Toledo 8–5 Boca Raton Bowl
Mountain West Fresno State 9–4 LA Bowl
Pac-12 Utah 10–3 8 Rose Bowl (NY6)
SEC Georgia CFP 13–0 1 Peach Bowl (semifinal)
Sun Belt Troy 11–2 24 Cure Bowl

CFP College Football Playoff participant

Postseason

Main article: 2022–23 NCAA football bowl games

There are 41 team-competitive FBS post-season bowl games, with two teams advancing to a 42nd – 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 82 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 game changes:

Bowl-eligible teams

Number of bowl berths available: 82
Number of bowl-eligible teams: 82

  1. ^ Despite having a 5–7 record, Rice is bowl-eligible due to having the highest Academic Progress Rate among five-win teams.[59][60]
  2. ^ Despite having a 6–6 record with 2 wins over FCS teams, the NCAA granted a waiver for New Mexico State to be bowl-eligible due to their canceled game against San Jose State.[61]

Bowl-ineligible teams

Number of bowl-ineligible teams: 49

  1. ^ Despite having a 6–6 record, Appalachian State is bowl ineligible due to having 2 wins over FCS teams.
  2. ^ James Madison is bowl ineligible due to their transition from FCS.
  3. ^ Despite having a 6–6 record, Army is bowl ineligible due to having 2 wins over FCS teams.

College Football Playoff

SoFi Stadium, site of the National Championship game
Semifinals Championship
December 31 – Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
  1   Georgia 42  
  4   Ohio State 41   January 9 – National Championship
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood
 
      1   Georgia
December 31 – Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium, Glendale
    3   TCU
 
  2   Michigan 45
  3   TCU 51  

Conference performance in bowl games

Conference Total games Wins-Losses (Pct)
SEC 12 6-5 (.545)
ACC 9 5–4 (.556)
Big Ten 9 5–4 (.556)
MAC 6 4–2 (.667)
American 7 4–3 (.571)
Independents 5 3-2 (.600)
C-USA 6 3–3 (.500)
Mountain West 7 3–4 (.429)
Pac-12 7 3–4 (.429)
Sun Belt 7 3-4 (.429)
Big 12 9 2–6 (.250)

All-star games

Each of these games features college seniors, or players whose college football eligibility is ending, who are individually invited by game organizers. These games are scheduled to follow the team-competitive bowls, to allow players selected from bowl teams to participate. The all-star games may include some players from non-FBS programs.

Date Game Site Television Participants Results Ref.
Jan. 14 Hula Bowl FBC Mortgage Stadium
Orlando, Florida
12:00 p.m.
CBS Sports Network Team Kai
Team Aina
Kai
Aina
Jan. 21 Tropical Bowl Camping World Stadium
Orlando, Florida
TBD
Varsity Sports Network American Team
National Team
American
National
Jan. 28 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
TBD
NFL Network National Team
American Team
National
American
Feb. 2 East–West Shrine Bowl Allegiant Stadium
Paradise, Nevada
TBD
West Team
East Team
West
East
Feb. 4 Senior Bowl Hancock Whitney Stadium
Mobile, Alabama
TBD
National Team
American Team
National
American
Feb. 25 HBCU Legacy Bowl Yulman Stadium
New Orleans, Louisiana
TBD
Team Gaither
Team Robinson
Gaither
Robinson
[62]

Awards and honors

Heisman Trophy

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

Other overall

Special overall

The Senior CLASS Award, honoring the outstanding senior student-athlete in several NCAA Division I sports, including football, has gone on hiatus. On September 13, 2022, the award operator, Premier Sports Management, announced that it would not present the award until it picks up a new corporate sponsor.[67]

Offense

Quarterback

Running back

All receivers

Tight end

Lineman:

Defense

Defensive front

Defensive back

Special teams

Coaches

Assistants

All-Americans

Main article: 2022 College Football All-America Team

Coaching changes

Preseason and in-season

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.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
UAB Bill Clark June 24, 2022 Retired (effective August 1)[76] Bryant Vincent (interim, bowl)
Nebraska Scott Frost September 11, 2022 Fired[77] Mickey Joseph (interim)
Arizona State Herm Edwards September 18, 2022 Fired[78] Shaun Aguano (interim)
Georgia Tech Geoff Collins September 25, 2022 Fired[79] Brent Key (named on November 30)
Colorado Karl Dorrell October 2, 2022 Fired[80] Mike Sanford Jr. (interim)
Wisconsin Paul Chryst October 2, 2022 Fired[81] Jim Leonhard (interim, bowl)
Charlotte Will Healy October 23, 2022 Fired[82] Peter Rossomando (interim)
Auburn Bryan Harsin October 31, 2022 Fired[83] Cadillac Williams (interim)
South Florida Jeff Scott November 6, 2022 Fired[84] Daniel Da Prato (interim)
Cincinnati Luke Fickell November 27, 2022 Hired as head coach by Wisconsin Kerry Coombs (interim, bowl)
Liberty Hugh Freeze November 28, 2022 Hired as head coach by Auburn Josh Aldridge (interim, bowl)
Coastal Carolina Jamey Chadwell December 4, 2022 Hired as head coach by Liberty Chad Staggs (interim, bowl)
North Texas Seth Littrell December 4, 2022 Fired[85] Phil Bennett (interim, bowl)
Louisville Scott Satterfield December 5, 2022 Hired as head coach by Cincinnati Deion Branch (interim, bowl)
Purdue Jeff Brohm December 7, 2022 Hired as head coach by Louisville Brian Brohm (interim, bowl)
Mississippi State Mike Leach December 12, 2022 Died[86] Zach Arnett (named on December 14)

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 Previous position
Charlotte Peter Rossomando (interim) November 15, 2022 Permanent replacement Biff Poggi Michigan associate head coach (2020–22)
Nebraska Mickey Joseph (interim) November 25, 2022 Permanent replacement Matt Rhule Carolina Panthers head coach (2020–22)
Arizona State Shaun Aguano (interim) November 26, 2022 Permanent replacement Kenny Dillingham Oregon offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (2022)
Florida Atlantic Willie Taggart November 26, 2022 Fired[87] Tom Herman Texas head coach (2017–20)
Stanford David Shaw November 27, 2022 Resigned[88] Troy Taylor Sacramento State head coach (2019–22)
Wisconsin Jim Leonhard (interim) November 27, 2022 Permanent replacement Luke Fickell Cincinnati head coach (2017–22)
Tulsa Philip Montgomery November 27, 2022 Fired[89] Kevin Wilson Ohio State offensive coordinator (2017–22)
Texas State Jake Spavital November 27, 2022 Fired[90] G. J. Kinne Incarnate Word head coach (2022)
Western Michigan Tim Lester November 28, 2022 Fired[91] Lance Taylor Louisville offensive coordinator (2022)
UNLV Marcus Arroyo November 28, 2022 Fired[92] Barry Odom Arkansas defensive coordinator (2020–2022)
Auburn Cadillac Williams (interim) November 28, 2022 Permanent replacement Hugh Freeze Liberty head coach (2019–22)
UAB Bryant Vincent (interim) November 30, 2022 Permanent replacement Trent Dilfer Lipscomb Academy head coach (2019–22)
Colorado Mike Sanford Jr. (interim) December 3, 2022 Permanent replacement Deion Sanders Jackson State head coach (2020–22)
South Florida Daniel Da Prato (interim) December 3, 2022 Permanent replacement Alex Golesh Tennessee offensive coordinator (2021–22)
Liberty Josh Aldridge (interim, bowl) December 4, 2022 Permanent replacement Jamey Chadwell Coastal Carolina head coach (2019–22)
Coastal Carolina Chad Staggs (interim, bowl) December 4, 2022 Permanent replacement Tim Beck NC State offensive coordinator (2020–22)
Cincinnati Kerry Coombs (interim, bowl) December 5, 2022 Permanent replacement Scott Satterfield Louisville head coach (2019–22)
Kent State Sean Lewis December 5, 2022 Hired as offensive coordinator by Colorado[93] Kenni Burns Minnesota RB coach and associate head coach (2017–2022)
Louisville Deion Branch (interim, bowl) December 7, 2022 Permanent replacement Jeff Brohm Purdue head coach (2017–22)
Navy Ken Niumatalolo December 11, 2022 Fired[94] Brian Newberry Navy defensive coordinator (2019-22)
Purdue Brian Brohm (interim, bowl) December 13, 2022 Permanent replacement Ryan Walters Illinois defensive coordinator (2021–22)
North Texas Phil Bennett (interim, bowl) December 13, 2022 Permanent replacement[95] Eric Morris Washington State offensive coordinator (2022)

Television viewers and ratings

Most watched regular season games

All times Eastern. Rankings are from the AP Poll (before 11/1) and CFP Rankings (thereafter).

Rank Date Time Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV ratings[96] Significance
1 November 26 12:00 p.m. No. 3 Michigan 45 No. 2 Ohio State 23 Fox 17.14 8.05 Big Noon Kickoff, College GameDay, rivalry
2 November 5 3:30 p.m. No. 1 Tennessee 13 No. 3 Georgia 27 CBS 13.06 6.7 College GameDay, rivalry
3 October 15 3:30 p.m. No. 3 Alabama 49 No. 6 Tennessee 52 11.56 6.1 College GameDay, Third Saturday in October
4 September 10 12:00 p.m. No. 1 Alabama 20 Texas 19 Fox 10.60 5.7 Big Noon Kickoff, College GameDay
5 September 3 7:30 p.m. No. 5 Notre Dame 10 No. 2 Ohio State 21 ABC 10.53 5.2 College GameDay
6 November 12 3:30 p.m. No. 9 Alabama 30 No. 11 Ole Miss 24 CBS 8.71 4.8 Rivalry
7 October 29 12:00 p.m. No. 2 Ohio State 44 No. 13 Penn State 31 Fox 8.27 4.5 Big Noon Kickoff, rivalry
8 November 5 7:00 p.m. No. 6 Alabama 31 No. 10 LSU 32 ESPN 7.58 3.9 Rivalry
9 September 4 7:30 p.m. Florida State 24 LSU 23 ABC 7.55 3.9 Louisiana Kickoff
10 October 8 8:00 p.m. Texas A&M 20 No. 1 Alabama 24 CBS 7.15 3.9

Conference championship games

All times Eastern. Rankings are from the College Football Playoff Rankings.

Rank Date Time Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV ratings Conference Location
1 December 3 4:00 p.m. No. 14 LSU 30 No. 1 Georgia 50 CBS 10.89 5.6 SEC Mercedes-Benz Stadium
2 December 3 8:00 p.m. Purdue 22 No. 2 Michigan 43 Fox 10.70 5.5 Big Ten Lucas Oil Stadium
3 December 3 12:00 p.m. No. 10 Kansas State 31 No. 3 TCU 28 ABC 9.41 5.3 Big 12 AT&T Stadium
4 December 2 8:00 p.m. No. 11 Utah 47 No. 4 USC 24 Fox 5.97 3.3 Pac-12 Allegiant Stadium
5 December 3 8:00 p.m. No. 9 Clemson 39 No. 23 North Carolina 10 ABC 3.47 1.9 ACC Bank of America Stadium
6 December 3 4:00 p.m. No. 22 UCF 28 No. 18 Tulane 45 ABC 2.70 1.5 AAC Yulman Stadium
7 December 3 4:00 p.m. Fresno State 28 Boise State 16 Fox 1.94 1.0 MW Albertsons Stadium
8 December 3 12:00 p.m. Toledo 17 Ohio 7 ESPN 721K 0.4 MAC Ford Field
9 December 3 3:30 p.m. Coastal Carolina 26 Troy 45 ESPN 332K 0.2 Sun Belt Veterans Memorial Stadium
n/a December 2 7:30 p.m. North Texas 27 UTSA 48 CBSSN[note 1] n.a. n.a. C-USA Alamodome

Notes

  1. ^ CBSSN is not Nielsen rated so the viewership and TV rating is unknown

Most watched non-CFP bowl games

All times Eastern. Rankings are from the College Football Playoff Rankings.

Rank Date Time Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV ratings[97][98] Game Location
1 December 30, 2022 3:30 p.m. No. 21 Notre Dame 45 No. 19 South Carolina 38 ESPN 5.8 3.1 Gator Bowl TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
2 December 29, 2022 5:30 p.m. Oklahoma 32 No. 13 Florida State 35 5.4 2.9 Cheez-It Bowl Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
3 December 29, 2022 9:00 p.m. No. 20 Texas 20 No. 12 Washington 27 4.8 2.6 Alamo Bowl Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
4 December 28, 2022 8:00 p.m. No. 15 Oregon 28 North Carolina 27 Fox 4.0 2.1 Holiday Bowl Petco Park, San Diego, CA
5 December 28, 2022 5:30 p.m. Arkansas 55 (3OT) Kansas 52 ESPN 3.9 2.1 Liberty Bowl Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium, Memphis, TN
6 December 23, 2022 6:30 p.m. Wake Forest 27 Missouri 17 3.5 1.8 Gasparilla Bowl Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
7 December 31, 2022 12:00 p.m. Iowa 21 Kentucky 0 ABC 3.0 1.7 Music City Bowl Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
8 December 29, 2022 2:00 p.m. Syracuse 20 Minnesota 28 ESPN 2.75 1.5 Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
9 December 30, 2022 12:00 p.m. Maryland 16 No. 23 NC State 12 2.7 1.6 Duke's Mayo Bowl Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
10 December 27, 2022 6:45 p.m. Coastal Carolina 29 East Carolina 53 2.6 1.4 Birmingham Bowl Protective Stadium, Birmingham, AL

New Year Six and College Football Playoff semifinal games

All times Eastern. Rankings are from the College Football Playoff Rankings.

Rank Date Time Matchup Network(s) Viewers (millions) TV Ratings[99] Game Location
1 December 31, 2022 8:00 p.m. No. 4 Ohio State 41 No. 1 Georgia 42 ESPN
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21.7 9.4 Peach Bowl (CFB Playoff semifinal) Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
2 December 31, 2022 4:00 p.m. No. 3 TCU 51 No. 2 Michigan 45 ESPN
ESPN2
ESPNU
ESPNews
20.9 9.6 Fiesta Bowl (CFB Playoff semifinal) State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
3 January 2, 2023 5:00 pm No. 11 Penn State 35 No. 8 Utah 21 ESPN 10.2 Rose Bowl (NY6) Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
4 December 31, 2022 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Alabama 45 No. 9 Kansas State 20 ESPN
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9.1 4.8 Sugar Bowl (NY6) Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, LA
5 December 30, 2022 8:00 p.m. No. 6 Tennessee 31 No. 7 Clemson 14 ESPN
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8.6 4.6 Orange Bowl (NY6) Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
6 January 2, 2023 1:00 pm No. 16 Tulane 46 No. 10 USC 45 ESPN 4.2 Cotton Bowl (NY6) AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
TBD January 9, 2023 7:30 p.m. No. 3 TCU No. 1 Georgia ESPN
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ESPNU
ESPNews
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National Championship SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA

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