NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision

Highest level of college football in the United States.

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Fullback Adam Ballard (22) rushes while being pursued by defenders Cason Shrode (54) and Taylor Justice (42) during the 2005 Army–Navy Game, a college football rivalry in the United States

NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision

Fullback Adam Ballard (22) rushes while being pursued by defenders Cason Shrode (54) and Taylor Justice (42) during the 2005 Army–Navy Game, a college football rivalry in the United States

The NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly known as Division I-AA, is the second-highest level of college football in the United States, after the Football Bowl Subdivision.

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NCAA Division I

Highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States, which accepts players globally.

Highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States, which accepts players globally.

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Providence College Friars play Cornell in the NCAA Hockey East Regional at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, April 7, 2019

For college football only, D-I schools are further divided into the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), and those institutions that do not have any football program.

Game action between Michigan (in white) and Ohio State, members of the Big Ten, one of the Power Five conferences

Power Five conferences

The Power Five conferences are five athletic conferences which are considered to be the elite in college football in the United States.

The Power Five conferences are five athletic conferences which are considered to be the elite in college football in the United States.

Game action between Michigan (in white) and Ohio State, members of the Big Ten, one of the Power Five conferences

They are part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate football in the nation.

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football

Game between Boise State and Hawaii in 2007. Hawaii won 39–27.

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team represents the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in NCAA Division I FBS college football.

Bowl Coalition

The Bowl Coalition was formed through an agreement among Division I-A college football bowl games and conferences for the purpose of forcing a national championship game between the top two teams and to provide quality bowl game matchups for the champions of its member conferences.

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NCAA Division II

Intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

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First, football players transferring from a Division I FBS school to a Division I FCS school do not have to sit out a year, provided that the player has at least two remaining seasons of athletic eligibility.

AT&T Stadium hosted the first College Football Playoff National Championship game, in January 2015.

College Football Playoff National Championship

AT&T Stadium hosted the first College Football Playoff National Championship game, in January 2015.
A reporter with the championship trophy during the 2019 game
LSU's post-victory press conference
Nick Saban
Kirby Smart
Deshaun Watson was offensive MVP of the January 2017 game.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 246 yards in the 2015 game.
Derrick Henry had a 50-yard touchdown rush in the 2016 game
Jake Fromm threw an 80-yard touchdown pass in the 2018 game.
DeVonta Smith had three touchdown receptions in the 2021 game.
Chris Fowler has called every National Championship final.
Mike Tirico called the first two National Championship finals before moving to NBC after the 2016 game.
Eli Gold has called every National Championship final Alabama has been in.

The College Football Playoff National Championship is a post-season college football bowl game, used to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), which began play in the 2014 college football season.

Big 12 Conference

College athletic conference headquartered in Irving, Texas, USA.

College athletic conference headquartered in Irving, Texas, USA.

Its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A), the higher of two levels of NCAA Division I football competition.

Atlantic Coast Conference

Collegiate athletic conference located in the eastern United States.

Collegiate athletic conference located in the eastern United States.

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Commissioner John Swofford

ACC football teams compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

The Sun was among the first to publish a year-end college football ranking, in 1901.

College football national championships in NCAA Division I FBS

The Sun was among the first to publish a year-end college football ranking, in 1901.
Map of U.S. college football champions, 1936-2019
The AFCA National Championship Trophy
Tennessee's national championship claims, as posted in their Neyland Stadium

A national championship in the highest level of college football in the United States, currently the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), is a designation awarded annually by various organizations to their selection of the best college football team.