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, was organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The regular season is scheduled to begin on August 27 and 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 will remain Trailblazers.

In November 2021, Incarnate Word announced to move to the Western Athletic Conference for the 2022 season.[1] Days before officially joining, on June 24, the school announced to recommit to the Southland Conference and not change membership.[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 season.[4]

Future membership changes

Rule changes

The following rule changes were recommended by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2022 season.[9]

Other headlines

Kickoff games

"Week Zero"

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

FCS team wins over FBS teams

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Non-DI team wins over FCS teams

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Upsets

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

Regular season

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
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5
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7
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10
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Conference standings

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


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. ^ "Appeals Process Proposed for Football Players called for targeting" (Press release). NCAA. March 4, 2022. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  10. ^ "ASUN and WAC Renew Football Alliance" (Press release). ASUN Conference. May 18, 2022. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
  11. ^ Bonagura, Kyle (June 2, 2022). "Idaho State assistant football coach DaVonte' Neal arrested, charged with first-degree murder". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 2, 2022.