College Football is one of the most popular sports in the United States of America. College football is American Football played by teams of student athletes from a variety of universities in America.
College football is very competitive and organised and universities scout for top high school players from all over the United States and try to bring them to their schools and be part of their own college team. The College League is so popular that the matches attract capacity crowds of even up to 90,000 which shows just how popular this league is. There is a lot of money involved in the College Football.
American College Football is regulated by the NCAA, National College Athletic Association which is an association of most of the colleges in the United States. The association has a set of rules and regulations which are useful to avoid ineligible players from participating in the league thereby keeping the rules fair between the schools. Initially there was a large number of ineligible players in the College League but the NCCA has put in place rules to stop this and level the playing field. The NCCA consists of four divisions but the top division is the FBS which is top level of college football in the United States.
The FBS consists of 124 teams which are divided into 11 conferences where six of those conferences are BCS Automatic Qualifying conferences and most conferences are aligned by roughly geographical boundaries, with neighboring conferences overlapping. The six teams are the Southeastern Conference, the Big XII, the Big 10, the Pac-12, the Big East, and the Atlantic Coast Conference. From the 124 FBS teams, Notre Dame, Brigham Young University, Army and Navy are not affiliated with a conference because they have other ways of generating revenue instead of getting a guaranteed share of television and bowl revenues from the conferences. The top schools from the conferences generate several millions of dollars in yearly revenue which makes this league very lucrative. Below is a list of the 11 conferences and the regions they cover:
The Northeast Conference Boston College
(Rutgers, North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Navy, Massachusetts, North Carolina State, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Wake Forest)
The Eastern Conference
(Cincinnati, UConn, Army, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, West Virginia, Penn State, Ohio, Marshall, Miami U, Temple)
The Great Lakes Conference
(Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame)
The Midwest Conference
(Northwestern, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Toledo, Akron, Kent State, Buffalo, Bowling Green)
The Southern Coastal Conference
(Florida, Florida State, Miami, Central Florida, Florida International, South Florida, Florida Atlantic, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson)
The Gulf Coast Conference
(LSU, Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Southern Mississippi, Troy)
The Dixieland Conference
(Alabama, Auburn, UAB, South Alabama, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Missouri, Middle Tennessee State, Memphis)
The Lone Star Conference
(Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, North Texas, TCU, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio, Rice, Houston, SMU, Baylor)
The Great Plains Conference
(Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, UTEP, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Air Force, Colorado, Colorado State)
The Northwest Conference
(Idaho, Boise State, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Utah State, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, BYU)
The Southwest Conference
(California, Stanford, San Jose State, San Diego State, USC, UCLA, Fresno State, Hawai’i, Arizona, Arizona State)
The FBS produces quality players who are eventually picked in the NFL Draft. FBS schools are expected to have a maximum of 85 football players who will receive financial assistance. There are certain requirement which must be met for a team to retain their FBS membership,firstly, schools must have an average home attendance of at least 15,000 over a two year period. Secondly an FBS school must also sponsor a minimum of 16 varsity intercollegiate teams and lastly FBS football teams must provide at least 90% of the maximum number of football scholarships.
How Long is an FBS season?
An FBS season takes about 5 months beginning in late August up to January the following year, there are fears however that the 2020 season will either be delayed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In an FBS season, most FBS teams play a minimum of 12 regular season games per year but it is important to note that these matches are not only played between conference teams, between 8-9 of the matches will be against conference teams, whilst other matches could be between non-conference teams. A top FBS team will participate in many matches including matches like a conference championship game, and one bowl game and this means that a top team will play way more matches than average teams.
All the FBS conferences will at the end of the College Football league hold a conference championship game which is played to determine the winner of each conference. Conference regular season matches are scheduled but non-conference regular season games are scheduled between FBS teams even if they are from different conferences. An FBS team is expected to schedule a total of five home games per year.
College Football is one of the popular sport in the United States and is responsible for supplying the NFL with a host of players who will go on to have successful careers in the NFL.
Let’s look at the factors which distinguish American football from college football. The main distinguishing factors are highlighted below:
College football games are played in coherence to the NCAA divisional system. The NCAA divisional system consists of three divisions. These divisions are as follows:
When it comes to Division 1, eligible teams will compete in the College Football National Championships. The Championships will determine the champions of the highest level of college football. The second highest level I teams are drawn from the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
When it comes to Division 2, eligible teams will compete in the NCAA Division II Football Championship to determine the third highest level teams in college football.
When it comes to Division 3, eligible teams will compete in the NCAA Division III Football Championship to determine the fourth highest level teams in college football.
Playoffs are conducted for each of the divisions highlighted above so as to determine the overall national champions.
The top 25 college football teams in 2020 are as follows: