2022 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams131
DurationAugust 27, 2022–December 10, 2022
Preseason AP No. 1Alabama
Post-season
DurationDecember 16, 2022 – January 9, 2023
Bowl games44 scheduled
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 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.

Rule changes

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

Points of Emphasis for the 2022 season include:[2]

Other headlines

Conference realignment

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.[18] (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,[19] the parties reached a settlement allowing the schools to leave at the end of June.[4]

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 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 schools started transitions to FBS in the 2022 season.[20] 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.[21]

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 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

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
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Upsets

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

Regular season

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

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
UAB Bill Clark June 24, 2022 Retired (effective August 1)[23] Bryant Vincent (interim)
Nebraska Scott Frost September 11, 2022 Fired[24] Mickey Joseph (interim)


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).

Rank Date Time Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV ratings[25] 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

See also

Notes

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