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This is a list of schools in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. By definition, all schools in this grouping have varsity football teams. Schools in Division I FBS are distinguished from those in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) by the following:

  • FBS programs are allowed to provide scholarship aid to a total of 85 players, and may grant a full scholarship to all 85. FCS schools are limited to financial assistance amounting to a maximum of 63 full scholarships, although some conferences voluntarily place further restrictions on athletic aid. Unlike FBS schools, for whom an athlete receiving a partial scholarship counts fully against the limit of 85, FCS schools can freely grant partial scholarships, but are also limited to a total of 85 players receiving assistance.
  • The three service academies that play in Division I FBS — Air Force, Army, and Navy — are exempt from this rule because all students at these schools receive full scholarships from the federal government.
  • Division I FBS football is the only NCAA sport without a formal tournament to determine an undisputed national champion. FBS schools instead play in a series of postseason bowl games, culminating in the BCS National Championship Game, which attempts to crown a single national champion. Other organizations, most notably the Associated Press, crown their own champions via polling. The BCS and AP have not always agreed on a single champion. In contrast, Division I FCS football conducts a 20-team single-elimination tournament, the NCAA Division I Football Championship, to determine its undisputed champion.


Football Bowl Subdivision programsEdit

Team Location Conference
Air Force Falcons Colorado Springs, Colorado Mountain West
Akron Zips Akron, Ohio Mid-American
Alabama Crimson Tide Tuscaloosa, Alabama SEC
Appalachian State Mountaineers Boone, North Carolina Sun Belt
Arizona Wildcats Tucson, Arizona Pac-12
Arizona State Sun Devils Tempe, Arizona Pac-12
Arkansas Razorbacks Fayetteville, Arkansas SEC
Arkansas State Red Wolves Jonesboro, Arkansas Sun Belt
Army Black Knights West Point, New York Independent
Auburn Tigers Auburn, Alabama SEC
Ball State Cardinals Muncie, Indiana Mid-American
Baylor Bears Waco, Texas Big 12
Boise State Broncos Boise, Idaho Mountain West
Boston College Eagles Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts ACC
Bowling Green Falcons Bowling Green, Ohio Mid-American
BYU Cougars Provo, Utah Independent
Buffalo Bulls Amherst, New York Mid-American
California Golden Bears Berkeley, California Pac-12
Central Florida Knights Orlando, Florida American
Central Michigan Chippewas Mount Pleasant, Michigan Mid-American
Charlotte 49ers Charlotte, North Carolina Conference USA
Cincinnati Bearcats Cincinnati, Ohio American
Clemson Tigers Clemson, South Carolina ACC
Colorado Buffaloes Boulder, Colorado Pac-12
Colorado State Rams Fort Collins, Colorado Mountain West
Connecticut Huskies Storrs, Connecticut American
Duke Blue Devils Durham, North Carolina ACC
East Carolina Pirates Greenville, North Carolina American
Eastern Michigan Eagles Ypsilanti, Michigan Mid-American
Florida Gators Gainesville, Florida SEC
Florida Atlantic Owls Boca Raton, Florida Conference USA
Florida International Golden Panthers Miami, Florida Conference USA
Florida State Seminoles Tallahassee, Florida ACC
Fresno State Bulldogs Fresno, California Mountain West
Georgia Bulldogs Athens, Georgia SEC
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Atlanta, Georgia ACC
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Honolulu, Hawaii Mountain West
Houston Cougars Houston, Texas American
Idaho Vandals (Dropping to FCS in 2018) Moscow, Idaho Sun Belt
Illinois Fighting Illini Champaign, Illinois Big Ten
Indiana Hoosiers Bloomington, Indiana Big Ten
Iowa Hawkeyes Iowa City, Iowa Big Ten
Iowa State Cyclones Ames, Iowa Big 12
Kansas Jayhawks Lawrence, Kansas Big 12
Kansas State Wildcats Manhattan, Kansas Big 12
Kent State Golden Flashes Kent, Ohio Mid-American
Kentucky Wildcats Lexington, Kentucky SEC
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Lafayette, Louisiana Sun Belt
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Monroe, Louisiana Sun Belt
LSU Tigers Baton Rouge, Louisiana SEC
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Ruston, Louisiana Conference USA
Louisville Cardinals Louisville Kentucky ACC
Marshall Thundering Herd Huntington, West Virginia Conference USA
Maryland Terrapins College Park, Maryland ACC
Massachusetts Minutemen Amherst, Massachusetts Independent
Memphis Tigers Memphis, Tennessee American
Miami Hurricanes Coral Gables, Florida ACC
Miami (OH) RedHawks Oxford, Ohio Mid-American
Michigan Wolverines Ann Arbor, Michigan Big Ten
Michigan State Spartans East Lansing, Michigan Big Ten
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders Mufreesboro, Tennessee Conference USA
Minnesota Golden Gophers Minneapolis, Minnesota Big Ten
Mississippi Rebels Oxford, Mississippi SEC
Mississippi State Bulldogs Starkville, Mississippi SEC
Missouri Tigers Columbia, Missouri SEC
Navy Midshipmen Annapolis, Maryland American
Nebraska Cornhuskers Lincoln, Nebraska Big Ten
Nevada Wolf Pack Reno, Nevada Mountain West
New Mexico Lobos Albuquerque, New Mexico Mountain West
New Mexico State Aggies Las Cruces, New Mexico Sun Belt
North Carolina Tar Heels Chapel Hill, North Carolina ACC
North Carolina State Wolfpack Raleigh, North Carolina ACC
North Texas Mean Green Denton, Texas Sun Belt
Northern Illinois Huskies DeKalb, Illinois Mid-American
Northwestern Wildcats Evanston, Illinois Big Ten
Notre Dame Fighting Irish South Bend, Indiana Independent
Ohio Bobcats Athens, Ohio Mid-American
Ohio State Buckeyes Columbus, Ohio Big Ten
Oklahoma Sooners Norman, Oklahoma Big 12
Oklahoma State Cowboys Stillwater, Oklahoma Big 12
Old Dominion Monarchs Norfolk, Virginia Conference USA
Oregon Ducks Eugene, Oregon Pac-12
Oregon State Beavers Corvallis, Oregon Pac-12
Penn State Nittany Lions University Park, Pennsylvania Big Ten
Pittsburgh Panthers Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ACC
Purdue Boilermakers West Lafayette, Indiana Big Ten
Rice Owls Houston, Texas Conference USA
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Piscataway, New Jersey Big Ten
San Diego State Aztecs San Diego, California Mountain West
San Jose State Spartans San Jose, California Mountain West
South Alabama Jaguars Mobile, Alabama Sun Belt
South Carolina Gamecocks Columbia, South Carolina SEC
South Florida Bulls Tampa, Florida American
SMU Mustangs Dallas, Texas Conference USA
Southern Miss Golden Eagles Hattiesburg, Mississippi Conference USA
Stanford Cardinal Stanford, California Pac-12
Syracuse Orange Syracuse, New York ACC
Temple Owls Philadelphia, Pennsylvania American
Tennessee Volunteers Knoxville, Tennessee SEC
Texas Longhorns Austin, Texas Big 12
Texas A&M Aggies College Station, Texas SEC
TCU Horned Frogs Fort Worth, Texas Big 12
Texas State Bobcats San Marcos, Texas Sun Belt Conference
Texas Tech Red Raiders Lubbock, Texas Big 12
Toledo Rockets Toledo, Ohio Mid-American
Troy Trojans Troy, Alabama Sun Belt
Tulane Green Wave New Orleans, Louisiana Conference USA
Tulsa Golden Hurricane Tulsa, Oklahoma Conference USA
UAB Blazers Birmingham, Alabama Conference USA
UCLA Bruins Los Angeles, California Pac-12
UNLV Rebels Las Vegas, Nevada Mountain West
USC Trojans Los Angeles, California Pac-12
Utah Utes Salt Lake City, Utah Pac-12
Utah State Aggies Logan, Utah Mountain West
UTEP Miners El Paso, Texas Conference USA
UTSA Roadrunners San Antonio, Texas Conference USA
Vanderbilt Commodores Nashville, Tennessee SEC
Virginia Cavaliers Charlottesville, Virginia ACC
Virginia Tech Hokies Blacksburg, Virginia ACC
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Winston-Salem, North Carolina ACC
Washington Huskies Seattle, Washington Pac-12
Washington State Cougars Pullman, Washington Pac-12
West Virginia Mountaineers Morgantown, West Virginia Big 12
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Bowling Green, Kentucky Conference USA
Western Michigan Broncos Kalamazoo, Michigan Mid-American
Wisconsin Badgers Madison, Wisconsin Big Ten
Wyoming Cowboys Laramie, Wyoming Mountain West


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