2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2017 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams 129 + 1 transitional
Duration August 26, 2017 – December 9, 2017
Preseason AP No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide
Post-season
Duration December 16, 2017 – January 8, 2018
Bowl games 40
AP Poll No. 1 TBD
Coaches Poll No. 1 TBD
College Football Playoff
2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Site Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Division I FBS football seasons
← 2016
 

The 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season is the highest level of college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 2017. The regular season began on August 26, 2017 and is scheduled to end on December 9, 2017. The postseason will conclude on January 8, 2018 with the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta. This is the fourth season of the College Football Playoff championship system.

Rule changes

The following rule changes were recommended by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2017 season:[1]

  • Prohibiting defensive players running toward the line of scrimmage from leaping or hurdling any offensive lineman on field goal or PAT attempts (15 yards). Previously defensive players were allowed to leap or hurdle offensive linemen as long as they do not land on another player. The NFL also adopted this rule for the 2017 season.
  • Requiring players to wear knee pads and pants that cover the knees. Previously this was only a recommendation.
  • Include the nameplate on the back of the jersey in the definition of a "horse-collar tackle".

The committee left the current targeting rules unchanged for the 2017 season, despite discussions to modify the rule to eject a player for targeting only if the call is confirmed, not if the call stands due to lack of "indisputable video evidence" to overturn the ruling on the field.

Points of emphasis this season include speeding up games by:

  • Promptly starting the second half when the halftime clock reaches 0:00.
  • Penalizing coaches for coming on the field to argue a call (15 yards, unsportsmanlike conduct).
  • Starting the game clock immediately upon spotting the ball after a ball carrier goes out of bounds (outside of the last 2:00 of each half).

Conference realignment

Membership changes

School Former conference New conference
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers FCS independent Sun Belt
UAB Blazers No team C-USA

Coastal Carolina is in the second year of its FBS transition. It is counted as an FBS opponent for scheduling purposes but will not become a full bowl-eligible member until the 2018 season.

The UAB football team returned after a two-year absence. The program was shut down by school administrators following the 2014 season but was reinstated less than a year later. UAB resumed its place as a full, football-sponsoring member of Conference USA.

Upcoming changes

Idaho and New Mexico State are playing their final seasons as football members of the Sun Belt Conference. Idaho is also playing its last season at the FBS level; following the decision of the Sun Belt to not extend its football membership agreements with the two schools after their expirations in 2017, Idaho announced that it would downgrade to FCS and add football to its standing membership in the Big Sky Conference. New Mexico State will tentatively revert to FBS Independent status for 2018 and beyond.

Other headlines

  • April 14 – The NCAA Division I Council approves a suite of rule changes affecting the recruiting process. The most significant of these are:[2]
    • Effective with the 2017–18 school year, a national early signing period for high school players will be introduced, at a time in December to be announced later.
    • The current limit of 25 new scholarships (or financial aid agreements) per academic year will become an absolute limit (with only narrowly defined exceptions). This has been seen by media as ending the phenomenon of oversigning.
    • FBS programs may no longer conduct so-called "satellite camps"—i.e., camps or clinics that feature active FBS coaches or football staff members held at locations distant from the school's campus. Effective immediately, FBS coaches may only work at camps for a total of 10 days in June and July, and can only attend camps if they are located on their school's campus, or at an off-campus facility where their program regularly practices or plays home games. Schools are allowed to honor contracts for satellite camps that were signed before January 18, 2017.[3]
  • May 1 – The University of Kentucky and its marketing partner JMI Sports announce that the school's football stadium, known as Commonwealth Stadium since its opening in 1973, will be renamed Kroger Field per a 12-year naming rights deal with the Cincinnati-based supermarket company. This makes UK the first Southeastern Conference school to enter into such a deal for its football stadium.[4]
  • May 3 – The University of New Mexico announces a 10-year naming rights deal with Albuquerque-based construction firm Dreamstyle Remodeling. Under this deal, the football stadium, known since its 1960 opening as University Stadium, becomes Dreamstyle Stadium.[5]
  • May 8 – The Collegiate Commissioners Association, which controls the letter of intent program, approves the recruiting changes approved last month by the Division I Council. The early signing period for high schoolers is fixed as the first three days of the midyear signing period for junior college players; in 2017, this window will fall on December 20–22.[6]
  • July 20 – The University of Mississippi announces that head football coach Hugh Freeze has resigned, effective immediately. Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork told ESPN that school officials discovered evidence that Freeze had made at least one call from a university-issued cell phone to a number linked to a female escort service, and that the school would have fired Freeze had he not resigned.[7]

Kickoff games

"Week Zero"

  • A recent rule change allows Hawai'i, and teams that have a scheduled game at Hawai'i, to play during the "Week Zero" kickoff weekend in late August. This change better accommodates the long-standing "Hawai'i rule" that allows schools which travel between Hawai'i and the mainland (including schools based in Hawai'i) to schedule an extra game each season. Four schools have taken advantage of the extra week:[8]
  • Stanford and Rice played in Sydney on August 26 (August 27 local time) for the second Sydney Cup,[13] won by Stanford in a 62–7 blowout.[14] This was the second straight year a Pac-12 team went to Australia, as California defeated Hawai'i in the first Sydney Cup to open the 2016 season.

Week 1

During the official Week 1 (as usual, held the weekend before Labor Day), several neutral-site "kickoff weekend" games were held, in addition to a full slate of games held at home stadiums around the U.S.:

Upsets

For purposes of this table, an "upset" involves an unranked team defeating a ranked team.

FBS rankings prior to November 1 are from the AP Poll, and from the College Football Playoff rankings after that date.

Winner Score Loser Date
Maryland 51–41 #23 Texas September 2
Memphis 48–45 #25 UCLA September 16
Mississippi State 37–7 #12 LSU September 16
Vanderbilt 14–7 #18 Kansas State September 16
San Diego State 20–17 #19 Stanford September 16
NC State 27–21 #12 Florida State September 23
Arizona State 37–35 #24 Oregon September 23
Troy 24–21 #25 LSU September 30
Iowa State 38–31 #3 Oklahoma October 7
LSU 17–16 #21 Florida October 7
Michigan State 14–10 #7 Michigan October 7
Stanford 23–20 #20 Utah October 7
Syracuse 27–24 #2 Clemson October 13
California 37–3 #8 Washington State October 13
West Virginia 46–35 #24 Texas Tech October 14
LSU 27–23 #10 Auburn October 14
Memphis 30–27 #25 Navy October 14
Boise State 31–14 #19 San Diego State October 14
Arizona State 13–7 #5 Washington October 14

Updated stadiums

Two schools opened new stadiums for the 2017 season:

Several other schools plan to debut major improvements to their existing venues for 2017:

  • Arizona State is continuing a four-phase renovation of Sun Devil Stadium. The third phase, slated for completion in time for the 2017 season, includes the addition of a new video board above the north end zone.
  • Coastal Carolina will make its FBS debut in an expanded Brooks Stadium. The expansion project began immediately after the 2015 season, a few months after Coastal announced it would join the Sun Belt Conference in 2016 for non-football sports and 2017 for football. The venue, which previously held 9,200 people, will now have a capacity of 15,000 for the 2017 season, and will be further expanded to 20,000 in 2018.[15]
  • West Virginia is nearing completion of approximately $50 million in renovations to Milan Puskar Stadium. Work on the west and south side gates and concourses, including renovations to concessions, restrooms, and additional space for EMS and police operations, is expected to be complete for 2017, mirroring similar work on the north and east sides completed for 2016.
  • Louisiana Tech will open a new pressbox and suite complex on the west side of Joe Aillet Stadium which includes new ticketing facilities and restrooms. Also included in the renovations are, new LED stadium lighting fixtures.
  • Notre Dame will debut the Campus Crossroads project, which will add three new 8-story structures on the South, West and East sides of Notre Dame Stadium. The expansion will add new premium stadium seats on the East and West sides of the stadium and feature more than 750,000 square feet of teaching, research, and performance space.

Conference standings

2017 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 16 South Florida   3 0         6 0  
No. 20 UCF   3 0         5 0  
Temple   1 3         3 4  
Connecticut   1 3         2 4  
East Carolina   1 3         1 6  
Cincinnati   0 3         2 5  
West Division
Navy   3 1         5 1  
No. 25 Memphis   2 1         5 1  
Houston   2 1         4 2  
SMU   1 1         4 2  
Tulane   1 1         3 3  
Tulsa   1 2         2 5  
Championship: December 2, 2017
As of October 17, 2017; Rankings from AP Poll.
2017 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 16 NC State   4 0         6 1  
No. 7 Clemson   4 1         6 1  
Syracuse   2 1         4 3  
Florida State   2 2         2 3  
Wake Forest   1 2         4 2  
Boston College   1 3         3 4  
Louisville   1 3         4 3  
Coastal Division
No. 8 Miami   3 0         5 0  
Georgia Tech   2 1         3 2  
Virginia   2 0         5 1  
No. 14 Virginia Tech   1 1         5 1  
Duke   1 3         4 3  
Pittsburgh   0 3         2 5  
North Carolina   0 4         1 6  
Championship: December 2, 2017
As of October 17, 2017; Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 2 Penn State   3 0         6 0  
No. 6 Ohio State   4 0         6 1  
No. 18 Michigan State   3 0         5 1  
No. 19 Michigan   2 1         5 1  
Maryland   1 2         3 3  
Rutgers   1 2         2 4  
Indiana   0 3         3 3  
West Division
No. 5 Wisconsin   3 0         6 0  
Nebraska   2 2         3 4  
Iowa   1 2         4 2  
Northwestern   1 2         3 3  
Purdue   1 2         3 3  
Minnesota   0 3         3 3  
Illinois   0 3         2 4  
Championship: December 2, 2017
As of October 17, 2017; Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 TCU   3 0         6 0  
#9 Oklahoma   2 1         5 1  
#10 Oklahoma State   2 1         5 1  
Iowa State   2 1         4 2  
#23 West Virginia   2 1         4 2  
Texas   2 1         3 3  
Texas Tech   1 2         4 2  
Kansas State   1 2         3 3  
Kansas   0 3         1 5  
Baylor   0 3         0 6  
Championship: December 2, 2017
As of October 17, 2017; Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Marshall   2 0         5 1  
Florida Atlantic   2 0         3 3  
FIU   2 1         4 2  
WKU   2 1         4 2  
Middle Tennessee   1 2         3 4  
Old Dominion   0 2         2 4  
Charlotte   0 3         0 7  
West Division
North Texas   3 0         4 2  
Southern Miss   2 1         4 2  
UAB   2 1         4 2  
Louisiana Tech   1 1         3 3  
Rice   1 1         1 5  
UTSA   0 2         3 2  
UTEP   0 3         0 7  
Championship: December 2, 2017
As of October 17, 2017; Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Akron   3 0         4 3  
Ohio   2 1         5 2  
Buffalo   1 2         3 4  
Bowling Green   1 2         1 6  
Kent State   1 2         2 5  
Miami (OH)   1 2         2 5  
West Division
Toledo   2 0         5 1  
Northern Illinois   2 0         4 2  
Western Michigan   2 1         4 3  
Central Michigan   1 2         3 4  
Ball State   0 2         2 4  
Eastern Michigan   0 2         2 4  
Championship: December 1, 2017
As of October 15, 2017; Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Mountain West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
Colorado State   3 0         5 2  
Boise State   2 0         4 2  
Wyoming   2 0         4 2  
New Mexico   1 2         3 3  
Utah State   1 2         3 4  
Air Force   1 2         2 4  
West Division
Fresno State   3 0         4 2  
San Diego State   2 1         6 1  
UNLV   1 2         2 4  
Nevada   1 2         1 6  
Hawaii   1 3         3 4  
San Jose State   0 4         1 7  
Championship: December 2, 2017
As of October 17, 2017; Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 22 Stanford   4 1         5 2  
No. 12 Washington   3 1         6 1  
No. 15 Washington State   3 1         6 1  
California   1 3         4 3  
Oregon   1 3         4 3  
Oregon State   0 4         1 6  
South Division
No. 11 USC   4 1         6 1  
Arizona   2 1         4 2  
Arizona State   2 1         3 3  
Utah   1 2         4 2  
UCLA   1 2         3 3  
Colorado   1 3         4 3  
Championship: December 1, 2017
As of October 17, 2017; Rankings from AP Poll
2017 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 3 Georgia   4 0         7 0  
Kentucky   2 1         5 1  
South Carolina   3 2         5 2  
Florida   3 2         3 3  
Tennessee   0 3         3 3  
Vanderbilt   0 4         3 4  
Missouri   0 4         1 5  
West Division
No. 1 Alabama   4 0         7 0  
No. 21 Auburn   3 1         5 2  
Texas A&M   3 1         5 2  
No. 24 LSU   2 1         5 2  
Mississippi State   1 2         4 2  
Ole Miss*   1 2         3 3  
Arkansas   0 3         2 4  
Championship: December 2, 2017
  • * Ineligible for postseason due to self-imposed ban
As of October 17, 2017; Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Appalachian State   3 0         4 2  
Arkansas State   2 0         3 2  
Georgia State   2 0         3 2  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 1         3 3  
Louisiana–Lafayette   2 1         3 3  
Troy   1 1         4 2  
South Alabama   1 1         2 4  
New Mexico State   1 2         3 4  
Idaho   1 2         2 4  
Georgia Southern   0 2         0 5  
Coastal Carolina*   0 3         1 5  
Texas State   0 3         1 6  
  • * – Ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules
Rankings from AP Poll
2017 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 13 Notre Dame               5 1  
Army               5 2  
BYU               1 6  
UMass               0 6  
As of October 17, 2017; Rankings from AP Poll

Conference summaries

Conference Champion Runner-up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
American (East) vs (West)
ACC (Atlantic) vs (Coastal)
Big 12 (No. 1 seed) vs (No. 2 seed)
Big Ten (East) vs (West)
C-USA (East) vs (West)
MAC (East) vs (West)
MW (Mountain) vs (West)
Pac-12 (North) vs (South)
SEC (East) vs (West)
Sun Belt N/A

Bowl eligibility

As in previous seasons, even teams with losing records could become bowl eligible in order to fill all 80 slots.

Bowl eligible teams

  • American Athletic Conference (1): South Florida
  • Atlantic Coast Conference (2): Clemson, North Carolina State
  • Big 12 Conference (1): TCU
  • Big Ten Conference (3): Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin
  • Conference USA (0):
  • Independents (0):
  • Mid-American Conference (0):
  • Mountain West Conference (1): San Diego State
  • Pac-12 Conference (3): USC, Washington, Washington State
  • Southeastern Conference (2): Alabama, Georgia
  • Sun Belt Conference (0):

Total : 10

Bowl ineligible teams

Total : 5

Note: Teams with Asterisk(*) qualified for bowls based on Academic Progress Rate, despite not having a bowl eligible record.

Coaching changes

Preseason and in-season

This is restricted to coaching changes taking place on or after May 1, 2017. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2017, see 2016 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing coach Date Reason Replacement
Oklahoma Stoops, BobBob Stoops June 7, 2017 Retired Riley, LincolnLincoln Riley
Ole Miss Freeze, HughHugh Freeze July 20, 2017 Resigned Luke, MattMatt Luke (interim)
Coastal Carolina Moglia, JoeJoe Moglia July 28, 2017 Medical leave Chadwell, JameyJamey Chadwell (interim)
UTEP Kugler, SeanSean Kugler October 1, 2017 Resigned Price, MikeMike Price (interim)
Oregon State Andersen, GaryGary Andersen October 9, 2017 Resigned Hall, CoryCory Hall (interim)

Television viewers and ratings

Most watched regular season games

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating[16] Significance
1 September 2, 8:00 ET #3 Florida State 7 #1 Alabama 24 ABC 12.34 6.9 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game/College GameDay
2 September 9, 8:00 ET #5 Oklahoma 31 #2 Ohio State 16 8.08 4.6 College GameDay
3 September 2, 3:30 ET #11 Michigan 33 #17 Florida 17 7.65 4.9 Advocare Classic
4 October 7, 7:30 ET Michigan State 14 #7 Michigan 10 6.51 3.7 Rivalry
5 September 23, 7:30 ET #4 Penn State 21 Iowa 19 5.26 3.1 Rivalry
6 September 16, 3:30 ET #23 Tennessee 20 #24 Florida 26 CBS 5.13 3.2 Rivalry
7 August 31, 8:00 ET #2 Ohio State 49 Indiana 21 ESPN 5.13 3.0 College GameDay
8 September 4, 8:00 ET #25 Tennessee 42 Georgia Tech 41 5.13 2.9 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game/Rivalry
9 September 16, 8:00 ET #3 Clemson 47 #14 Louisville 21 ABC 5.06 3.0 College GameDay
10 September 16, 8:30 ET Texas 24 #4 USC 27 Fox 4.91 2.9 2006 Rose Bowl Rematch

See also

Notes

  1. ^ This game was originally scheduled to be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas: however ongoing flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey forced its relocation.

References

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  3. ^ Stephenson, Creg (April 14, 2017). "NCAA adopts 10th assistant, restricts off-field staff hires, satellite camps in sweeping vote". The Birmingham News. Retrieved September 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ Smith, Jennifer (May 1, 2017). "After 44 years, Commonwealth Stadium has a new name: Kroger Field". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
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  7. ^ Schlabach, Mark (July 20, 2017). "Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze resigns; escort-service calls cited". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
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  10. ^ "Mangum, Canada lead BYU to 20-6 win over Portland State". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 26, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017. 
  11. ^ "No. 19 S. Florida beats San Jose St. 42-22 after slow start". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 27, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Colorado St. opens new stadium by beating Oregon St 87-27". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 26, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017. 
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  14. ^ "Christian who? Love stars in No. 14 Stanford's win over Rice". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 27, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017. 
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