|2019 NCAA Division I FBS season|
|Number of teams||130|
|Duration||August 24, 2019 – December 14, 2019|
|Preseason AP No. 1||TBA|
|Duration||December 21, 2019 – January 13, 2020|
|AP Poll No. 1||TBD|
|Coaches Poll No. 1||TBD|
|College Football Playoff|
|2020 College Football Playoff National Championship|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Division I FBS football seasons|
The 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season will be a season of college football games in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at its highest level of competition, the Football Bowl Subdivision. The regular season will begin on August 24, 2019 and is scheduled to end on December 14, 2019. The postseason will conclude on January 13, 2020 with the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. This is the sixth season of the College Football Playoff (CFP) championship system.
November 6, 2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of what is traditionally considered the first college football game, played between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869. Various sports media, the NCAA, and the CFP will be honoring the 150th anniversary of the sport throughout the season. Because there were no games played during the 1871 season, this will also be the 150th season of college football.
- 1 Conference realignment
- 2 Rule changes
- 3 Other headlines
- 4 Updated stadiums
- 5 Upcoming stadiums
- 6 Kickoff games
- 7 Conference standings
- 8 Coaching changes
- 9 Television viewers and ratings
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
|School||Former conference||New conference|
Liberty completed a two-year transition from FCS to FBS in 2018 and will be fully bowl eligible beginning with the 2019 season. They will remain an NCAA Division I FBS Independent.
The following playing rule changes have been approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel for 2019:
- Requiring replay reviews on targeting calls be either confirmed or overturned by reviewing all aspects of the play. If the review cannot confirm that all elements of targeting exist, the targeting call will be overturned.
- Players who commit three targeting penalties in the same season will receive a one-game suspension in addition to any ejection penalties for the third targeting penalty.
- Eliminating the two-man wedge on kickoffs.
- Starting with the fifth overtime period, each team will line up to attempt a two point conversion instead of snapping the ball from the 25 yard line.
- Adding a two-minute break after the second and fourth overtime period.
- Blindside blocks delivered with forcible contact will draw a 15-yard penalty (personal foul). If elements of targeting exist, the player delivering the block will be subject to ejection (and suspension if it's the third targeting foul in the season) as with any other targeting foul.
- February 1 - The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions banned Missouri's football, baseball and softball teams from competing in the postseason for the 2019 season and placed the athletics department on three years of probation as a result of academic fraud. The penalties were handed down after a two-year investigation into alleged academic fraud at the SEC institution, after an internal investigation conducted by the University of Missouri. The football, baseball and softball programs will have a 5 percent reduction in scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year. They also will have a seven-week ban on unofficial visits, a 12.5 percent reduction in official visits and evaluation days, and a seven-week ban on recruiting communications and off-campus recruiting evaluation days. The NCAA also fined Missouri $5,000, plus 1 percent of each of its budgets in football, baseball and softball. Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk issued a statement saying the school will file an appeal. The punishments come from former Missouri tutor Yolanda Kumar alleging in November 2016 that she improperly assisted 42 student-athletes after she was groomed by her superiors to commit what she called "academic dishonesty." Kumar alleged that she completed online courses and took final exams for Missouri men's basketball and football players. The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions found that Kumar violated NCAA ethical conduct, academic misconduct and academic extra benefits rules when she completed academic work for 12 student-athletes. The NCAA did not find credible evidence that her colleagues directed her to complete the athletes' work, the NCAA said in its report. Kumar was given a 10-year show-cause order, in which any NCAA member attempting to hire her must restrict her from any athletic-related duties.
- February 8 - Ohio State University Athletic Director Gene Smith announced that he is stepping down from the CFP selection committee in order to focus on helping head coach Ryan Day. He will be replaced by Iowa athletic director Gary Barta.
- February 12 - Ole Miss Athletic Director Ross Bjork announced that Ole Miss will vacate 33 victories from their football program between the seasons of 2010 and 2016 due to fielding ineligible players. The Rebels will vacate four wins from 2010, two from 2011, seven from 2012, seven from 2013, eight from 2014 and five from 2016, to include a victory over Alabama in 2014. The vacated wins stem from an investigation into the Ole Miss football program involving academic, booster and recruiting misconduct, and a lack of institutional control. Mississippi had already served a two-year postseason ban in 2017 and 2018 and was given three years of probation, through 2020, as well as scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions in sanctions handed down more than a year ago.
- March 9 - U.S. District Judge Claudia Ann Wilken ruled against the NCAA in an antitrust lawsuit, saying football and basketball players should be permitted to receive more compensation from schools but only if the benefits are tied to education. Her ruling said the NCAA cannot "limit compensation or benefits related to education." The claim was originally brought forward by West Virginia football player Shawne Alston, and later merged with other lawsuits, including one brought forward by Clemson player Martin Jenkins. Judge Wilken had previously ruled against the NCAA in the O'Bannon v. NCAA lawsuit brought against the NCAA by former UCLA player Ed O'Bannon.
- May 13 - The Orange Bowl was rescheduled for December 30, 2019, after initially being scheduled on New Year's Day, 2020. The adjustment was made to allow the 2019 Orange Bowl to maintain its status as a prime-time event. Had it remained on New Year's Day, it would have been scheduled to play in the afternoon, rather than at night. It is not a College Football Playoff Semifinal game this season.
- Iowa is currently rebuilding the north end zone of Kinnick Stadium. The $89.9 million upgrade will feature the addition of box seating, outdoor club seating, and a new scoreboard. The entire project is nearing completion and is expected to be finished in time for the Hawkeyes' 2019 home opener.
- Liberty is currently expanding the Arthur L. Williams Football Operations Center at Williams Stadium; additions to the east and west sides of the building will bring the center to about 75,000 square feet. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2020 season.
- Missouri is currently rebuilding the south end zone of Faurot Field. The $98 million upgrade will feature new suites, club seats and a 750-person membership only field-level club, with reconstruction expected to be completed in time for the 2019 season.
- Old Dominion is currently rebuilding the east and west grandstands of Foreman Field. The $24.8 million upgrade began with demolition of the old grandstands immediately after the Monarchs' last 2018 home game, with reconstruction expected to be completed in time for ODU's 2019 home opener.
- Syracuse will begin a $118 million, two-phase renovation of the Carrier Dome during summer 2019. The centerpiece of the first phase, planned to be completed in time for the 2020 football season, will see the Dome's inflatable roof replaced by a new fixed, semi-translucent roof. Other improvements in this phase include a new scoreboard that can be moved to optimal positions for football or basketball, Wi-Fi improvements, new sound and lighting systems, and accessibility upgrades. The second phase, to be completed in 2022, will see the installation of air conditioning, new concessions space, and further accessibility upgrades.
- The 2019 season will be the last for South Alabama at its current home of Ladd–Peebles Stadium. The school began construction of the new on-campus Hancock Whitney Stadium in 2018, and plans to open the 25,000-seat facility in time for the 2020 season.
- The Birmingham–Jefferson Civic Center Authority plans to begin construction on UAB's new home of Protective Stadium on the grounds of the Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex in the second half of 2019. The new venue, seating 55,000, is planned to open in 2021.
The regular season will begin with two games on Saturday, August 24:
The vast majority of FBS teams will open the season on Labor Day Weekend. Four neutral-site "kickoff" games will be held.
- Belk Kickoff Game (Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte) South Carolina vs. North Carolina
- Texas Kickoff (NRG Stadium, Houston): Washington State vs. Houston
- Advocare Classic (AT&T Stadium, Arlington): Auburn vs. Oregon
- Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta): Alabama vs. Duke
Preseason and in-season
The is restricted to coaching changes taking place on or after May 1, 2019. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2019, see 2018 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.
Television viewers and ratings
Most watched regular season games
- 2019 NCAA Division I FCS football season
- 2019 NCAA Division II football season
- 2019 NCAA Division III football season
- 2019 NAIA football season
- "CFB150 Partners With CFP To Celebrate 150 Years Of College Football". CFB150.org. January 7, 2019. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
- Maisel, Ivan (January 2, 2019). "Welcome to CFB 150: Here's what makes college football great". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
- "Targeting protocols approved for football". ncaa.org. April 23, 2019.
- "NCAA penalizes Missouri football, baseball and softball for academic fraud". ESPN.com. February 1, 2019.
- "Ohio State's Gene Smith stepping down from College Football Playoff committee". ESPN.com. February 8, 2019.
- "Ole Miss football forced to vacate 33 wins over six seasons for NCAA violations". ESPN.com. February 12, 2019.
- "Judge rules against NCAA in antitrust lawsuit". ESPN.com. March 9, 2019.
- "Orange Bowl changed from Jan. 1 to Dec. 30". ESPN.com. May 13, 2019.
- "Kinnick House Near Completion City Looks To Add Regulations". KWWL.com. September 20, 2018. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
- "Football Operations Center to see upgrade after 2018 season". liberty.edu. May 4, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
- "Mizzou Starts Construction On South End Zone Project". KOMU.com. March 18, 2018. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
- "Old Dominion Begins Demolition Of Foreman Field". WTKR.com. November 19, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
- "SU Announces Carrier Dome Renovations". Carthage, NY: WWNY-TV. May 15, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- Carlsson, Chris (May 14, 2018). "Syracuse's $118 million Carrier Dome renovations to include new roof, air conditioning". The Post-Standard. Syracuse, NY. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- Stephenson, Creg (January 15, 2019). "South Alabama, Hancock Whitney Bank agree to 10-year football stadium naming rights deal". al.com. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
- Johnson, Roy S. (April 11, 2019). "Protective Life gets naming rights for Birmingham's new stadium". al.com. Retrieved April 22, 2019.