2022 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams131
DurationAugust 27, 2022–December 10, 2022
Post-season
DurationDecember 16, 2022 – January 9, 2023
Bowl games44 scheduled
AP Poll No. 1TBD
Coaches Poll No. 1TBD
College Football Playoff
2023 College Football Playoff National Championship
SiteSoFi Stadium
Inglewood, California
NCAA Division I FBS football seasons
← 2021
 

The 2022 NCAA Division I FBS football season will be 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 is scheduled to begin on August 27 and 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.

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 school will play its first FBS season in 2022. James Madison will start 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.[9] (Normally, this status would not be available until the second transitional season.)

Three other schools will join 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,[10] the parties reached a settlement allowing the schools to leave at the end of June.[3]

School 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 schools in their current conferences or as FBS independents:

School Former conference New 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 schools will start transitions to FBS in the 2022 season.[11] They will not join their future FBS conferences until 2023.

Stadiums

This will be 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 will play their first game in the new stadium against the Arizona Wildcats on September 3, 2022.[12]

Kickoff games

Rankings reflect the AP Poll entering each week.

"Week Zero"

The regular season will begin on Saturday, August 27 with ten games in Week 0.

Week 1

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

Regular season top 10 matchups

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.

FCS team wins over FBS teams

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Upsets

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

Regular season

During the regular season, 0 unranked FBS teams, plus 0 FCS team, defeated ranked FBS teams.

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

Conference standings

2022 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Cincinnati   0 0     0 0  
East Carolina   0 0     0 0  
Houston   0 0     0 0  
Memphis   0 0     0 0  
Navy   0 0     0 0  
SMU   0 0     0 0  
South Florida   0 0     0 0  
Temple   0 0     0 0  
Tulane   0 0     0 0  
Tulsa   0 0     0 0  
UCF   0 0     0 0  
Championship: December 3, 2022
As of June 17, 2022; Rankings from AP Poll
2022 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Atlantic Division
Boston College   0 0     0 0  
Clemson   0 0     0 0  
Florida State   0 0     0 0  
Louisville   0 0     0 0  
NC State   0 0     0 0  
Syracuse   0 0     0 0  
Wake Forest   0 0     0 0  
Coastal Division
Duke   0 0     0 0  
Georgia Tech   0 0     0 0  
Miami (FL)   0 0     0 0  
North Carolina   0 0     0 0  
Pittsburgh   0 0     0 0  
Virginia   0 0     0 0  
Virginia Tech   0 0     0 0  
Championship: December 3, 2022
As of June 17, 2022; Rankings from AP Poll
2022 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
Indiana   0 0     0 0  
Maryland   0 0     0 0  
Michigan   0 0     0 0  
Michigan State   0 0     0 0  
Ohio State   0 0     0 0  
Penn State   0 0     0 0  
Rutgers   0 0     0 0  
West Division
Illinois   0 0     0 0  
Iowa   0 0     0 0  
Minnesota   0 0     0 0  
Nebraska   0 0     0 0  
Northwestern   0 0     0 0  
Purdue   0 0     0 0  
Wisconsin   0 0     0 0  
Championship: December 3, 2022
As of June 17, 2022; Rankings from AP Poll
2022 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Baylor   0 0     0 0  
Iowa State   0 0     0 0  
Kansas   0 0     0 0  
Kansas State   0 0     0 0  
Oklahoma   0 0     0 0  
Oklahoma State   0 0     0 0  
TCU   0 0     0 0  
Texas   0 0     0 0  
Texas Tech   0 0     0 0  
West Virginia   0 0     0 0  
Championship: December 3, 2022
As of June 17, 2022; Rankings from AP Poll
2022 Conference USA football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Charlotte   0 0     0 0  
Florida Atlantic   0 0     0 0  
FIU   0 0     0 0  
Louisiana Tech   0 0     0 0  
Middle Tennessee   0 0     0 0  
North Texas   0 0     0 0  
Rice   0 0     0 0  
UAB   0 0     0 0  
UTEP   0 0     0 0  
UTSA   0 0     0 0  
Western Kentucky   0 0     0 0  
Championship: December 2, 2022
As of June 17, 2022; Rankings from AP Poll
2022 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
Akron   0 0     0 0  
Bowling Green   0 0     0 0  
Buffalo   0 0     0 0  
Kent State   0 0     0 0  
Miami (OH)   0 0     0 0  
Ohio   0 0     0 0  
West Division
Ball State   0 0     0 0  
Central Michigan   0 0     0 0  
Eastern Michigan   0 0     0 0  
Northern Illinois   0 0     0 0  
Toledo   0 0     0 0  
Western Michigan   0 0     0 0  
Championship: December 3, 2022
As of June 17, 2022; Rankings from AP Poll
2022 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Mountain Division
Air Force   0 0     0 0  
Boise State   0 0     0 0  
Colorado State   0 0     0 0  
New Mexico   0 0     0 0  
Utah State   0 0     0 0  
Wyoming   0 0     0 0  
West Division
Fresno State   0 0     0 0  
Hawaii   0 0     0 0  
Nevada   0 0     0 0  
San Diego State   0 0     0 0  
San Jose State   0 0     0 0  
UNLV   0 0     0 0  
Championship: December 3, 2022
As of June 17, 2022; Rankings from AP Poll
2022 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Arizona   0 0     0 0  
Arizona State   0 0     0 0  
California   0 0     0 0  
Colorado   0 0     0 0  
Oregon   0 0     0 0  
Oregon State   0 0     0 0  
Stanford   0 0     0 0  
UCLA   0 0     0 0  
USC   0 0     0 0  
Utah   0 0     0 0  
Washington   0 0     0 0  
Washington State   0 0     0 0  
Championship: December 2, 2022
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
As of June 17, 2022; Rankings from AP Poll
2022 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
Florida   0 0     0 0  
Georgia   0 0     0 0  
Kentucky   0 0     0 0  
Missouri   0 0     0 0  
South Carolina   0 0     0 0  
Tennessee   0 0     0 0  
Vanderbilt   0 0     0 0  
West Division
Alabama   0 0     0 0  
Arkansas   0 0     0 0  
Auburn   0 0     0 0  
LSU   0 0     0 0  
Mississippi State   0 0     0 0  
Ole Miss   0 0     0 0  
Texas A&M   0 0     0 0  
Championship: December 3, 2022
As of June 17, 2022; Rankings from AP Poll
2022 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
Appalachian State   0 0     0 0  
Coastal Carolina   0 0     0 0  
Georgia Southern   0 0     0 0  
Georgia State   0 0     0 0  
James Madison*   0 0     0 0  
Marshall   0 0     0 0  
Old Dominion   0 0     0 0  
West Division
Arkansas State   0 0     0 0  
Louisiana   0 0     0 0  
Louisiana–Monroe   0 0     0 0  
South Alabama   0 0     0 0  
Southern Miss   0 0     0 0  
Texas State   0 0     0 0  
Troy   0 0     0 0  
Championship: December 3, 2022
  • * – Ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules
As of June 17, 2022; Rankings from AP Poll
2022 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Army       0 0  
BYU       0 0  
Liberty       0 0  
New Mexico State       0 0  
Notre Dame       0 0  
UConn       0 0  
UMass       0 0  
As of June 17, 2022; Rankings from AP Poll

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
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19
20
21
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USA Today Coaches
Ranking Team
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2
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4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
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18
19
20
21
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Postseason

Main article: 2022–23 NCAA football bowl games

Bowl game changes:

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

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

Television viewers and ratings

Most watched regular season games

All times Eastern. Rankings are from the AP Poll (before 11/2) and CFP Rankings (thereafter).


See also

Notes

References

  1. ^ "Appeals Process Approved for Football Players called for targeting" (Press release). NCAA. April 21, 2022. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  2. ^ "Sun Belt Releases 2022 Football Schedule, Including Four New Members" (Press release). Sun Belt Conference. March 1, 2022. Retrieved March 1, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Thamel, Pete (March 29, 2022). "Move of Marshall, Old Dominion, Southern Miss from Conference USA to Sun Belt now complete". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 29, 2022.
  4. ^ "DI Council lifts football signing, initial counter limits for two years" (Press release). NCAA. May 18, 2022. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
  5. ^ Wilner, Jon (May 18, 2022). "Pac-12 adjusts football champ game selection process: It's all about playoff bids". The Mercury News. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  6. ^ "Mountain West Announces Elimination of Football Divisions in 2023" (Press release). Mountain West Conference. May 20, 2022. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  7. ^ "American Announces Agreements With UCF, Cincinnati and Houston on Departure" (Press release). American Athletic Conference. June 10, 2022. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  8. ^ "American Announces Entrance Agreements With Incoming Members for 2023-24 Season" (Press release). American Athletic Conference. June 16, 2022. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  9. ^ "James Madison to Compete in the Sun Belt Conference Beginning Fall 2022" (Press release). Sun Belt Conference. February 2, 2022. Retrieved February 3, 2022.
  10. ^ Dinich, Heather (February 23, 2022). "Marshall sues Conference USA to push up departure for Sun Belt". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  11. ^ "ASUN and WAC Renew Football Alliance" (Press release). ASUN Conference. May 18, 2022. Retrieved May 19, 2022. 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.
  12. ^ "New Aztec Stadium To Be Called Snapdragon Stadium". Fox5SanDiego.com. December 6, 2021. Retrieved December 6, 2021.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ McDaniel, Mike (March 25, 2022). "Outback Bowl to Change Name to 'Tampa Bay Bowl'". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 25, 2022 – via MSN.com.