This is a list of the 128 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. The NCAA classifies FBS football as a "head-count" sport, meaning that each player receiving any athletically-related aid from the school counts fully against the 85-player limit. By contrast, FCS football is classified as an "equivalency" sport, which means that scholarship aid is limited to the equivalent of a specified number of full scholarships. In turn, this means that FCS schools can freely grant partial scholarships, but are also limited to a total of 85 players receiving assistance. Another NCAA rule mandates that any multi-sport athlete who plays football and receives any athletic aid is counted against the football limit, with an exception for players in non-scholarship FCS programs who receive aid in another sport.
  • The three service academies that play in Division I FBS â€" Air Force, Army, and Navy â€" are theoretically subject to this rule, but are exempt in practice because all students at these schools receive full scholarships from the federal government.
  • Starting in 2014, the FBS will begin playing a four-team tournament to determine its national champion, a system that will be in place from the 2014-2025 seasons by contract with ESPN, which will broadcast the games. The championship game of the first College Football Playoff will be played Monday, January 12, 2015. Formerly, Division I FBS football was the only NCAA sport without a formal tournament to determine an undisputed national champion, with the FBS schools instead playing in a series of postseason bowl games, culminating in the BCS National Championship Game, which attempted to crown a single national champion. Other organizations, most notably the Associated Press, crowned their own champions via polling. The BCS and AP have not always agreed on a single champion.

FBS programs

By State



  • Auburn University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of South Alabama
  • Troy University


  • University of Arizona
  • Arizona State University


  • University of Arkansas
  • Arkansas State University


  • University of Californiaâ€"Berkeley
  • University of Californiaâ€"Los Angeles
  • Fresno State University
  • San Diego State University
  • San Jose State University
  • University of Southern California
  • Stanford University


  • United States Air Force Academy
  • University of Colorado
  • Colorado State University


  • University of Connecticut


  • University of Central Florida
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Miamiâ€"Florida
  • University of South Florida


  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia State University
  • Georgia Tech
  • University of Georgia


  • University of Hawaii at Manoa


  • Boise State University
  • University of Idaho


  • University of Illinoisâ€"Urbana-Champaign
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University


  • Ball State University
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Purdue University


  • University of Iowa
  • Iowa State University


  • University of Kansas
  • Kansas State University


  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • Western Kentucky University


  • Louisiana State University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe


  • University of Marylandâ€"College Park
  • Naval Academy (Navy)


  • Boston College
  • University of Massachusettsâ€"Amherst


  • Central Michigan University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • University of Michiganâ€"Ann Arbor
  • Michigan State University
  • Western Michigan University


  • University of Minnesota


  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Southern Mississippi


  • University of Missouri


  • University of Nebraskaâ€"Lincoln


  • University of Nevadaâ€"Las Vegas
  • University of Nevadaâ€"Reno

New Jersey

  • Rutgers University

New Mexico

  • New Mexico State University
  • University of New Mexico

New York

  • University of Buffalo
  • Military Academy (Army)
  • Syracuse University

North Carolina

  • Appalachian State University
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • University of North Carolinaâ€"Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolinaâ€"Charlotte
  • North Carolina State University
  • Wake Forest University


  • University of Akron
  • Bowling Green State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Kent State University
  • University of Miamiâ€"Ohio
  • University of Ohio
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Toledo


  • University of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State University-Stillwater
  • University of Tulsa


  • University of Oregon
  • Oregon State University


  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Temple University

South Carolina

  • Clemson University
  • University of South Carolina


  • University of Memphis
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • University of Tennessee
  • Vanderbilt University


  • Baylor University
  • University of Houston
  • University of North Texas
  • Rice University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Texas at San Antonio


  • Brigham Young University
  • University of Utah
  • Utah State University


  • Old Dominion University
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University

West Virginia

  • Marshall University
  • West Virginia University


  • University of Wisconsinâ€"Madison


  • University of Wyoming

Programs reinstating FBS

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Former programs

College football teams


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  • Several schools have different athletic nicknames for men's and women's teams. Usually, this is a matter of preceding the main nickname with "Lady", such as LSU Lady Tigers and Tennessee Lady Vols. The two FBS schools nicknamed Cowboys, Oklahoma State and Wyoming, use Cowgirls for women's teams. However, in some cases, the women's team nickname has a completely different form, as in Hawaii Rainbow Wahine and Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters. Because this is a list of American football programs, which are traditionally all-male, only the men's form is given.
  • The Pac-12 considers the Pacific Coast Conference or PCC as part of its own history, even though the PCC was established with different charter members and was disbanded due to major crisis and scandal. There is considerable continuity between the two leagues. The Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU), which would eventually become the Pac-12, was founded by five former PCC members, and by 1964 all of the final PCC members except for Idaho had been reunited in the AAWU.


College football-related lists
  • NCAA Sports Sponsorship: Football Bowl Subdivision
  • Map of NCAA Division I FBS football teams

See also

  • List of NCAA Division I institutions
  • List of NCAA Division II institutions
  • List of NCAA Division III institutions
  • List of NCAA Division I FCS football programs
  • List of NCAA Division I non-football programs
  • List of NCAA Division II football programs
  • List of NCAA Division III football programs
  • List of NAIA football programs
  • List of community college football programs
  • List of NCAA Institutions with club football teams
  • List of Division I schools that have never sponsored football
  • List of defunct college football teams
  • List of undefeated Division I football teams

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