2022 NCAA Division I FCS season
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Regular season
Number of teams130
DurationAugust 27, 2022 – November 19, 2022
Playoff
DurationNovember 26, 2022 – December 17, 2022
Championship dateJanuary 7, 2023
Championship siteToyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
NCAA Division I FCS football seasons
 

The 2022 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States, is organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The regular season began on August 27 and will end on November 19. The postseason will begin on November 26, and, aside from any all-star games that are scheduled, end on January 7, 2023, with the 2023 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Conference changes and new programs

Membership changes for 2022

School Former conference New conference
Austin Peay Ohio Valley Conference ASUN Conference
Bryant Northeast Conference Big South Conference
Hampton Big South Conference Colonial Athletic Association
James Madison Colonial Athletic Association Sun Belt Conference (FBS)
Kennesaw State Big South Conference ASUN Conference
Lamar Western Athletic Conference Southland Conference
Lindenwood Great Lakes Valley Conference (Division II) Ohio Valley Conference
Monmouth Big South Conference Colonial Athletic Association
North Alabama Big South Conference ASUN Conference
Southern Utah Big Sky Conference Western Athletic Conference
Stonehill Northeast-10 Conference (Division II) Northeast Conference
Texas A&M–Commerce Lone Star Conference (Division II) Southland Conference

In addition to the listed membership changes, one current FCS member changed its institutional identity before the 2022 season. Dixie State University changed its forward-facing name to Utah Tech University on May 15, 2022, ahead of the legal name change on July 1. The athletic nickname remains Trailblazers.

In November 2021, Incarnate Word announced a move to the Western Athletic Conference for the 2022 season.[1] Days before officially joining, on June 24, the school backed out of that plan, recommitting to the Southland Conference.[2]

On April 8, the Southland Conference (SLC) announced that Lamar, one of four Texas schools that had left the SLC in 2021 to join the Western Athletic Conference, would return to the SLC in 2023.[3] Later on July 11, 2022, Lamar announced it would accelerate its SLC return to the 2022–23 academic year.[4]

Future membership changes

Rule changes

The following rule changes were recommended by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2022 season.[11]

Other headlines

Kickoff games

"Week Zero"

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

FCS team wins over FBS teams

Non-DI team wins over FCS teams

Upsets

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

Regular season

So far during the regular season, 13 unranked teams have defeated a ranked team.

Regular season top 10 matchups

Rankings reflect the STATS Poll.

Rankings

Main article: 2022 NCAA Division I FCS football rankings

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

Pre-season polls

STATS
Ranking Team
1 North Dakota State (52)
2 South Dakota State (2)
3 Montana
4 Montana State
5 Missouri State
6 Villanova
7 Sacramento State
8 Kennesaw State
9 Southern Illinois
10 Stephen F. Austin
11 East Tennessee State
12 Chattanooga
13 Eastern Washington
14 Incarnate Word
15 Jackson State
16 Holy Cross
17 Southeastern Louisiana
18 UT Martin
19 Delaware
20 Weber State
21 Northern Iowa
22 Rhode Island
23 Mercer
24 Richmond
25 UC Davis
USA Today Coaches
Ranking Team
1 North Dakota State (24)
2 Montana
3 South Dakota State (1)
4 Montana State
5 Villanova
6 Kennesaw State
7 Sacramento State
8 Missouri State
9 Southern Illinois
10 Stephen F. Austin
11 East Tennessee State
12 Eastern Washington
13 Chattanooga
14 Incarnate Word
15 UT Martin
16 Southeastern Louisiana
17 Jackson State
18 Holy Cross
19 Delaware
20 Weber State
21 Northern Iowa
22 UC Davis
23 Mercer
24T Rhode Island
24T Richmond


Conference standings

2022 ASUN Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Jacksonville State*   3 0     7 2  
Central Arkansas   3 1     4 5  
Eastern Kentucky   2 1     6 3  
Austin Peay   2 2     6 3  
Kennesaw State   1 2     4 4  
North Alabama   0 5     1 8  
  • Note: Jacksonville State ineligible for FCS postseason play due to start of transition to FBS.
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 2 Sacramento State   6 0     9 0  
No. 3 Montana State   6 0     8 1  
No. 15 Idaho   5 1     6 3  
No. 5 Weber State   4 2     7 2  
UC Davis   4 2     5 4  
No. 16 Montana   3 3     6 3  
Portland State   3 3     4 5  
Northern Arizona   2 4     3 6  
Eastern Washington   1 5     2 7  
Northern Colorado   1 5     2 7  
Idaho State   1 5     1 8  
Cal Poly   0 6     1 8  
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Big South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North Carolina A&T   3 0     6 3  
Gardner–Webb   3 0     4 5  
Campbell   2 2     4 5  
Charleston Southern   2 2     2 7  
Bryant   1 3     3 6  
Robert Morris   0 4     0 9  
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 8 William & Mary   5 1     8 1  
No. 14 Richmond   5 1     7 2  
No. 17 New Hampshire   5 1     6 3  
No. 19 Elon   5 2     7 3  
No. 18 Delaware   4 2     7 2  
No. 23 Rhode Island   4 2     6 3  
Villanova   3 3     5 4  
Towson   2 4     4 5  
Maine   2 4     2 7  
Monmouth   2 5     4 6  
Hampton   1 5     4 5  
Albany   1 5     2 7  
Stony Brook   1 5     2 7  
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Ivy League football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 25 Princeton   5 0     8 0  
Penn   4 1     7 1  
Yale   4 1     6 2  
Harvard   3 2     5 3  
Columbia   1 4     4 4  
Cornell   1 4     4 4  
Brown   1 4     3 5  
Dartmouth   1 4     2 6  
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North Carolina Central   3 1     7 2  
Howard   2 1     3 6  
Delaware State   2 2     5 4  
Morgan State   1 2     3 6  
South Carolina State   1 2     3 6  
Norfolk State   1 2     1 8  
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 1 South Dakota State   7 0     9 1  
No. 4 North Dakota State   5 1     7 2  
No. 21 North Dakota   4 2     6 3  
Youngstown State   4 2     6 3  
Southern Illinois   4 2     5 4  
Northern Iowa   4 3     5 5  
Illinois State   3 3     5 4  
South Dakota   2 4     3 6  
Missouri State   1 5     3 6  
Indiana State   0 6     1 8  
Western Illinois   0 6     0 9  
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Northeast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Merrimack *   5 0     7 2  
Saint Francis (PA)   5 0     7 2  
Stonehill *   2 3     4 3  
Sacred Heart   2 3     4 5  
Duquesne   2 3     3 6  
LIU   2 3     2 7  
Central Connecticut   1 4     1 8  
Wagner   1 4     1 8  
  • Note: Merrimack and Stonehill ineligible for NEC title and FCS postseason play due to transition from NCAA Division II
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 22 Southeast Missouri State   3 0     7 2  
No. 20 UT Martin   3 0     5 4  
Tennessee State   2 2     3 6  
Lindenwood *   2 3     6 3  
Tennessee Tech   2 3     3 6  
Eastern Illinois   1 3     2 7  
Murray State   1 3     1 8  
  • Note: Lindenwood ineligible for OVC title and FCS postseason play due to transition from NCAA Division II.
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Patriot League football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 6 Holy Cross   5 0     9 0  
No. 24 Fordham   3 1     7 2  
Colgate   2 2     3 6  
Lafayette   2 2     3 6  
Georgetown   1 3     2 7  
Lehigh   1 3     1 8  
Bucknell   1 4     1 8  
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
St. Thomas (MN)*   6 0     8 1  
Butler   5 1     7 2  
Davidson   5 1     7 2  
Dayton   5 1     7 2  
Marist   4 3     4 5  
Valparaiso   3 3     4 5  
San Diego   2 3     3 5  
Stetson   1 4     3 5  
Morehead State   1 5     2 7  
Drake   1 5     1 8  
Presbyterian   0 7     1 9  
  • * – Ineligible for FCS playoffs due to transition from Division III
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Southern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 10 Samford   6 0     8 1  
No. 11 Chattanooga   5 1     7 2  
No. 13 Furman   5 1     7 2  
No. 12 Mercer   5 1     7 2  
Western Carolina   2 4     4 5  
Wofford   2 4     2 7  
The Citadel   2 5     2 7  
East Tennessee State   1 6     3 6  
VMI   0 6     1 8  
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Southland Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Northwestern State   4 0     4 5  
No. 7 Incarnate Word   4 1     9 1  
Southeastern Louisiana   3 1     6 3  
Texas A&M–Commerce *   3 2     5 4  
Nicholls   2 2     2 7  
Houston Christian   1 4     2 7  
Lamar   1 4     1 8  
McNeese State   0 4     2 7  
  • * – Texas A&M–Commerce ineligible for FCS postseason play due to transition from NCAA Division II
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
No. 9 Jackson State   6 0     9 0  
Florida A&M   5 1     7 2  
Alabama State   4 2     6 3  
Alabama A&M   3 3     3 6  
Bethune–Cookman   2 4     2 7  
Mississippi Valley State   1 5     1 8  
West Division
Prairie View A&M   4 2     5 4  
Southern   3 3     5 4  
Alcorn State   3 3     4 5  
Texas Southern   3 3     4 5  
Grambling State   2 4     3 6  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   0 6     2 7  
Championship: December 3, 2022
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 WAC–ASUN Challenge football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Abilene Christian   2 0     6 3  
Central Arkansas   3 1     4 5  
Austin Peay   2 1     6 3  
Eastern Kentucky   2 1     6 3  
Stephen F. Austin   2 1     5 4  
Kennesaw State   1 2     5 4  
Southern Utah   0 3     3 6  
North Alabama   0 4     1 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll
2022 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Sam Houston State*   3 0     5 2  
Abilene Christian   3 0     6 3  
Stephen F. Austin   2 2     5 4  
Utah Tech*   2 3     3 6  
Tarleton State*   1 3     5 4  
Southern Utah   1 4     3 6  
  • Note: Sam Houston ineligible for FCS postseason play due to start of transition to FBS; Tarleton and Utah Tech ineligible due to transition from NCAA Division II.
As of November 6, 2022
Rankings from STATS Poll


Coaching changes

Preseason and in-season

This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2022, and will include any changes announced after a team's last regularly scheduled games but before its playoff games. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2022, see 2021 NCAA Division I FCS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
Wofford Josh Conklin October 6, 2022 Resigned (effective immediately)[16] Shawn Watson (interim)
Arkansas–Pine Bluff Doc Gamble October 20, 2022 Fired[17] Don Treadwell (interim)
North Alabama Chris Willis October 30, 2022 Fired[18] Ryan Held (interim)


See also

References

  1. ^ Edmond Ortiz (November 12, 2022). "University of the Incarnate Word to join Western Athletic Conference". Community Impact. Retrieved June 24, 2022.
  2. ^ Jim Gazzolo (June 24, 2022). "... Incarnate Word will stay in Southland Conference". American Press. Retrieved June 24, 2022.
  3. ^ "Lamar University Is Coming Home to the Southland Conference" (Press release). Southland Conference. April 8, 2022. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  4. ^ "BREAKING: Lamar Cardinals will move to Southland Conference immediately for 2022-23 season". The Examiner. July 11, 2022. Retrieved July 11, 2022.
  5. ^ "Big South Conference and OVC Announce Football Agreement; Unique Association to Benefit All Football Members" (Press release). Ohio Valley Conference. February 22, 2022. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  6. ^ "CAA Welcomes North Carolina A&T as Newest Member of the Conference" (Press release). Colonial Athletic Association. February 22, 2022. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  7. ^ "Murray State Football To Join Missouri Valley Football Conference July of 2023" (Press release). Missouri Valley Football Conference. April 4, 2022. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  8. ^ "Campbell University Accepts Invitation To Join The CAA In 2023" (Press release). Colonial Athletic Association. August 3, 2022. Retrieved August 3, 2022.
  9. ^ "Kennesaw State to Join Conference USA in 2024-25" (Press release). Kennesaw State Owls. October 14, 2022. Retrieved October 14, 2022.
  10. ^ "C-USA Adds Kennesaw State, Owls to Join in 2024" (Press release). Conference USA. October 14, 2022. Retrieved October 14, 2022.
  11. ^ "Appeals Process Proposed for Football Players called for targeting" (Press release). NCAA. March 4, 2022. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  12. ^ "ASUN and WAC Renew Football Alliance" (Press release). ASUN Conference. May 18, 2022. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
  13. ^ Bonagura, Kyle (June 2, 2022). "Idaho State assistant football coach DaVonte' Neal arrested, charged with first-degree murder". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  14. ^ "Division I Board adopts changes to transfer rules" (Press release). NCAA. August 31, 2022. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  15. ^ Ketterer, Samantha; Ferguson, John Wayne (2022-09-21). "Houston Baptist University changes name to Houston Christian University". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2022-09-21.
  16. ^ Albuquerque, Sam (October 6, 2022). "Wofford football coach Josh Conklin resigns after 15-game losing streak". The Greenville News. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  17. ^ "UAPB fires Doc Gamble in mid-season". HBCU Gameday. October 20, 2022. Retrieved October 22, 2022.
  18. ^ "Lions part ways with Chris Willis, name Ryan Held interim head coach". WAAY-TV. October 30, 2022. Retrieved October 30, 2022.