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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 programs

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


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