History UsefulNotes / CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences

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* ''Big South Conference'' [Charleston Southern, Gardner–Webb, Kennesaw State (football only), Liberty, Monmouth (football only), Presbyterian]: Began in 1983 as a non-football league, and did not sponsor football until 2002. Has usually had one or two good teams with a bunch of bottom-feeders, with some combination of Stony Brook, Liberty, and Coastal Carolina typically among the good teams. All three have since announced their exits, and two are gone for good—Stony Brook moved its football team to the CAA (below), Liberty is set to move to FBS in 2018 (see also below), and Coastal Carolina left after the 2015–16 season to go up to FBS. The Chanticleers joined the Sun Belt Conference for non-football sports and played the first year of their transition as an FCS independent in 2016 before joining Sun Belt football for the 2017 season and beyond.

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* ''Big South Conference'' [Charleston Southern, Gardner–Webb, Kennesaw State (football only), Liberty, Monmouth (football only), Presbyterian]: Began in 1983 as a non-football league, and did not sponsor football until 2002. Has usually had one or two good teams with a bunch of bottom-feeders, with some combination of football-only Stony Brook, Liberty, Brook and full members Liberty and Coastal Carolina typically among the good teams. All three have since announced their exits, and two are now gone for good—Stony good, at least in football. Stony Brook moved its football team to the CAA (below), Liberty is set to move to FBS in 2018 but will stay in the Big South in other sports (see also below), and Coastal Carolina left after the 2015–16 season to go up to FBS. The Chanticleers joined the Sun Belt Conference for non-football sports and played the first year of their transition as an FCS independent in 2016 before joining Sun Belt football for the 2017 season and beyond.



** And just in time, too... as in February 2017, Liberty announced it would start its FBS transition. They'll play in the Big South in 2017, but won't be eligible for the FCS playoffs.

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** And just in time, too... as in February 2017, Liberty announced it would start its FBS transition. They'll play They played in the Big South in 2017, but won't be weren't eligible for the FCS playoffs.playoffs. Liberty and the Big South soon reached an agreement that when Liberty's FBS transition is complete in 2019, it will relinquish its full Big South membership, but will remain an associate member in the 17 non-football sports it now houses in the Big South. (Unless the Flames get into an FBS league by then, of course.)
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* ''Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)'' [Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest]: One of the "Power Five", meaning they get an automatic bid to one of the major bowls, specifically the Orange Bowl (more on those below). Clemson has been the league's traditional football power, winning 16 of the league's titles as well as the national title in 2016. In the 1990s Florida State dominated this league winning the league championship (or a share of it) from 1992-2000 and again in 2002, 2003, and 2005. Virginia Tech, since joining the league in 2004, was the dominant team for several years, but a resurgent Florida State won three straight titles from 2012–14, and then Clemson took back its throne in 2015 and 2016. Miami was one of the more traditional football powerhouses, producing quite a few NFL superstars, though it's periodically held down by cheating scandals and has had trouble replicating its former success ed ever since joining the conference. Duke, despite having won 7 league championships, was the ButtMonkey of ACC football for most of the last 25 years, though they had a modest resurgence in TheNewTens, even [[TookALevelInBadass making the conference title game in 2013]] only to get {{curbstomp|Battle}}ed by eventual national champion Florida State. Traditionally known as a southern conference, the inclusion of Boston College and University of Miami (which are over a thousand miles apart) slightly changed its character. Notre Dame is a member in all sports except football, joining in 2013 alongside Pitt and Syracuse; the Fighting Irish agreed to play five games each season against ACC teams[[note]]Notre Dame already has annual rivalries with Pitt and Boston College as well as a dormant but historically significant rivalry with Miami[[/note]]. In 2014, Louisville replaced charter member Maryland, which left for the...

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* ''Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)'' [Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest]: One of the "Power Five", meaning they get an automatic bid to one of the major bowls, specifically the Orange Bowl (more on those below). Clemson has been the league's traditional football power, winning 16 of the league's titles as well as the national title in 2016. In the 1990s Florida State dominated this league winning the league championship (or a share of it) from 1992-2000 and again in 2002, 2003, and 2005. Virginia Tech, since joining the league in 2004, was the dominant team for several years, but a resurgent Florida State won three straight titles from 2012–14, and then Clemson took back its throne in 2015 and 2016.is now on a three-year ACC title streak. Miami was one of the more traditional football powerhouses, producing quite a few NFL superstars, though it's periodically held down by cheating scandals and has had trouble replicating its former success ed ever since joining the conference. Duke, despite having won 7 league championships, was the ButtMonkey of ACC football for most of the last 25 years, though they had a modest resurgence in TheNewTens, even [[TookALevelInBadass making the conference title game in 2013]] only to get {{curbstomp|Battle}}ed by eventual national champion Florida State. Traditionally known as a southern conference, the inclusion of Boston College and University of Miami (which are over a thousand miles apart) slightly changed its character. Notre Dame is a member in all sports except football, joining in 2013 alongside Pitt and Syracuse; the Fighting Irish agreed to play five games each season against ACC teams[[note]]Notre Dame already has annual rivalries with Pitt and Boston College as well as a dormant but historically significant rivalry with Miami[[/note]]. In 2014, Louisville replaced charter member Maryland, which left for the...



* ''Sun Belt'' [Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Idaho (football only), Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State (football only), South Alabama, Texas State, Troy]: The conference has been around since 1976, but only started sponsoring football since 2001, making it the runt among the current FBS conferences. Most of these teams [[ButtMonkey don't get winning records]] - and very few of their players go on to the pros. For several years, the main exception was Troy, which has gotten some decent players to the next level ([=DeMarcus=] Ware and Osi Umenyiora both played there). [[note]]As did Windham Rotunda, who made it to the next level in a different field—[[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestling]], where he's now known as Wrestling/BrayWyatt.[[/note]] More recently, Arkansas State has won the conference title in 5 of the last 6 seasons under ''[[HighTurnoverRate four different head coaches]]'',[[note]]During this streak, each of the Red Wolves' first three title-winning coaches left after a single season to move to a higher-profile FBS job.[[/note]] and former FCS power Appalachian State has been dominant since its 2014 entry, winning a share of the Sun Belt title in 2016 and 2017. Fellow former FCS power Georgia Southern started strong, winning the conference title outright in 2014, but has since entered a DorkAge. If you've ever heard of any of these schools, it's because these are the teams typically scheduled to get slaughtered on the road to some of the traditional powerhouses (usually the geographically overlapping SEC). Or it's because Appalachian State went into [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan]] in 2007 and [[DavidVersusGoliath beat the then-#5 Wolverines]], back when it was still an FCS program. When a team from a power conference is scheduling their homecoming game, this is where they look. Western Kentucky left in 2014 to join C-USA; at the same time, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern joined from the Southern Conference. Also in 2014, Idaho and New Mexico State, which had been [[TheScrappy left stranded]] to become independents when the football side of the WAC disintegrated in 2012, [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap became football-only members]] (in the early 2000s, Idaho had been a football-only member and New Mexico State an all-sports member). The conference has another school with an unusually-colored field—namely Coastal Carolina, with a teal field.

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* ''Sun Belt'' [Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Idaho (football only), Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State (football only), South Alabama, Texas State, Troy]: The conference has been around since 1976, but only started sponsoring football since 2001, making it the runt among the current FBS conferences. Most of these teams [[ButtMonkey don't get winning records]] - and very few of their players go on to the pros. For several years, the main exception was Troy, which has gotten some decent players to the next level ([=DeMarcus=] Ware and Osi Umenyiora both played there). [[note]]As did Windham Rotunda, who made it to the next level in a different field—[[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestling]], where he's now known as Wrestling/BrayWyatt.[[/note]] More recently, Arkansas State has won at least a share of the conference title 5 times in 5 of the last 6 seasons a 6-season stretch under ''[[HighTurnoverRate four different head coaches]]'',[[note]]During this streak, each of the Red Wolves' first three title-winning coaches left after a single season to move to a higher-profile FBS job.[[/note]] and former FCS power Appalachian State has been dominant since its 2014 entry, winning a share of the Sun Belt title in 2016 and 2017. Fellow former FCS power Georgia Southern started strong, winning the conference title outright in 2014, but has since entered a DorkAge. If you've ever heard of any of these schools, it's because these are the teams typically scheduled to get slaughtered on the road to some of the traditional powerhouses (usually the geographically overlapping SEC). Or it's because Appalachian State went into [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan]] in 2007 and [[DavidVersusGoliath beat the then-#5 Wolverines]], back when it was still an FCS program. When a team from a power conference is scheduling their homecoming game, this is where they look. Western Kentucky left in 2014 to join C-USA; at the same time, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern joined from the Southern Conference. Also in 2014, Idaho and New Mexico State, which had been [[TheScrappy left stranded]] to become independents when the football side of the WAC disintegrated in 2012, [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap became football-only members]] (in the early 2000s, Idaho had been a football-only member and New Mexico State an all-sports member). The conference has another school with an unusually-colored field—namely Coastal Carolina, with a teal field.



** BYU[[note]]Brigham Young[[/note]] — The flagship school of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} LDS Church]], whose members are often called "Mormons", BYU only became a football independent in 2011. It had previously been a member of several Western-based conferences, most recently the WAC and then the MW. BYU left the MW largely over TV issues. The school has its own cable network, but the MW did not allow it to air any games. The problem for BYU was that it was getting only $2 million a year from the conference's own (now-defunct) cable network. With its built-in LDS following, BYU felt that it could make far more money as an independent. The school then placed most of its non-football sports in the West Coast Conference, a league that doesn't play football.[[note]]Perhaps more significantly from BYU's point of view, the WCC is made up of private, faith-based schools, and most significantly does not schedule any sporting events on Sunday. Not playing on Sunday is '''''VERY''''' SeriousBusiness for BYU—the NCAA now has standing contingency plans for its championship events to accommodate BYU's refusal to play on Sunday. (At least once in the past, the NCAA has had to make such arrangements on the fly. To be fair, the NCAA has such contingency plans for any school with religious convictions that prohibit play on a certain day of the week, with BYU simply being by far the highest-profile example.)[[/note]]

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** BYU[[note]]Brigham Young[[/note]] — The flagship school of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} LDS Church]], whose members are often called "Mormons", BYU only became a football independent in 2011. It had previously been a member of several Western-based conferences, most recently the WAC and then the MW. BYU left the MW largely over TV issues. The school has its own cable network, but the MW did not allow it to air any games. The problem for BYU was that it was getting only $2 million a year from the conference's own (now-defunct) cable network. With its built-in LDS following, BYU felt that it could make far more money as an independent. The school then placed most of its non-football sports in the West Coast Conference, a league that doesn't play football.[[note]]Perhaps more significantly from BYU's point of view, the WCC is made up of private, faith-based schools, and most significantly does not schedule any sporting events on Sunday. Not playing on Sunday is '''''VERY''''' SeriousBusiness for BYU—the NCAA now has standing contingency plans for its championship events to accommodate BYU's refusal to play on Sunday. (At least once in the past, the NCAA has had to make such arrangements on the fly. To be fair, the NCAA has such said contingency plans for any school with religious convictions that prohibit play on a certain day of the week, with BYU simply being by far the highest-profile example.)[[/note]]
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* ''Mid-American Conference (MAC)'' [Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami-Ohio, Northern Illinois, Ohio, {{UsefulNotes/Toledo|Ohio}}, Western Michigan]: Much like Conference USA, they haven't done too much of note. Like the Sun Belt, it's a conference that big-name teams look to for {{padding}} their schedule with an easy win or two. They're on a somewhat higher level than the Sun Belt, though, and 2012 was a breakout year for the MAC, with several impressive wins against Big Ten teams and conference champion Northern Illinois even [[MomentOfAwesome playing in the Orange Bowl]]. They then followed it up in 2016 when Western Michigan was one of only two teams to make it through the regular season undefeated (WMU lost their bowl game, however, to Wisconsin).

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* ''Mid-American Conference (MAC)'' [Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami-Ohio, Northern Illinois, Ohio, {{UsefulNotes/Toledo|Ohio}}, Western Michigan]: Much like Conference USA, they haven't done too much of note. Like the Sun Belt, it's a conference that big-name teams look to for {{padding}} their schedule with an easy win or two. They're on a somewhat higher level than the Sun Belt, though, and 2012 was a breakout year for the MAC, with several impressive wins against Big Ten teams and conference champion Northern Illinois even [[MomentOfAwesome playing in the Orange Bowl]]. They then followed it up in 2016 when Western Michigan was one of only two teams to make it through the regular season undefeated (WMU lost their bowl game, however, to Wisconsin). Incidentally, Eastern Michigan is one of only a handful of college teams with a non-green playing surface; theirs is gray. They're not the first or most famous example of this—see the next conference on our list for that one.



* ''Mountain West (MW)'' [[[MilitaryAcademy Air Force]], Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii (football only), Nevada[[note]]Nevada-Reno[[/note]], New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV[[note]]Nevada-UsefulNotes/LasVegas[[/note]], Utah State, Wyoming]: Formed in 1999 by a group of 8 disgruntled Western Athletic Conference schools unhappy with the arrangement of the WAC's "super-conference" alignment. Today, it is arguably the most competitive "Group of Five" conference, though ironically it has absorbed other former WAC schools during the realignment shakeups of the 2000s and 2010s (the most recent being San Jose State and Utah State, joining in 2013).

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* ''Mountain West (MW)'' [[[MilitaryAcademy Air Force]], Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii (football only), Nevada[[note]]Nevada-Reno[[/note]], New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV[[note]]Nevada-UsefulNotes/LasVegas[[/note]], Utah State, Wyoming]: Formed in 1999 by a group of 8 disgruntled Western Athletic Conference schools unhappy with the arrangement of the WAC's "super-conference" alignment. Today, it is It began the CFP era as arguably the most competitive "Group of Five" conference, though ironically it The American has more recently claimed that crown. Ironically, the MW has absorbed other former WAC schools during the realignment shakeups of the 2000s and 2010s (the most recent being San Jose State and Utah State, joining in 2013).2013). The MW team most familiar to casual fans outside its region is Boise State, a 2011 arrival which gained a reputation in this century for taking down much more highly-regarded teams... and is also famous for its blue playing field.



* ''Sun Belt'' [Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Idaho (football only), Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State (football only), South Alabama, Texas State, Troy]: The conference has been around since 1976, but only started sponsoring football since 2001, making it the runt among the current FBS conferences. Most of these teams [[ButtMonkey don't get winning records]] - and very few of their players go on to the pros. For several years, the main exception was Troy, which has gotten some decent players to the next level ([=DeMarcus=] Ware and Osi Umenyiora both played there). [[note]]As did Windham Rotunda, who made it to the next level in a different field—[[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestling]], where he's now known as Wrestling/BrayWyatt.[[/note]] More recently, Arkansas State has won the conference title in 5 of the last 6 seasons under ''[[HighTurnoverRate four different head coaches]]'',[[note]]During this streak, each of the Red Wolves' first three title-winning coaches left after a single season to move to a higher-profile FBS job.[[/note]] and former FCS power Appalachian State has been dominant since its 2014 entry, winning a share of the Sun Belt title in 2016. Fellow former FCS power Georgia Southern started strong, winning the conference title outright in 2014, but has since entered a DorkAge. If you've ever heard of any of these schools, it's because these are the teams typically scheduled to get slaughtered on the road to some of the traditional powerhouses (usually the geographically overlapping SEC). Or it's because one of them (Appalachian State) went into [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan]] in 2007 and [[DavidVersusGoliath beat the then-#5 Wolverines]], back when it was still an FCS program. When a team from a power conference is scheduling their homecoming game, this is where they look. Western Kentucky left in 2014 to join C-USA; at the same time, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern joined from the Southern Conference. Also in 2014, Idaho and New Mexico State, which had been [[TheScrappy left stranded]] to become independents when the football side of the WAC disintegrated in 2012, [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap became football-only members]] (in the early 2000s, Idaho had been a football-only member and New Mexico State an all-sports member).

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* ''Sun Belt'' [Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Idaho (football only), Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State (football only), South Alabama, Texas State, Troy]: The conference has been around since 1976, but only started sponsoring football since 2001, making it the runt among the current FBS conferences. Most of these teams [[ButtMonkey don't get winning records]] - and very few of their players go on to the pros. For several years, the main exception was Troy, which has gotten some decent players to the next level ([=DeMarcus=] Ware and Osi Umenyiora both played there). [[note]]As did Windham Rotunda, who made it to the next level in a different field—[[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestling]], where he's now known as Wrestling/BrayWyatt.[[/note]] More recently, Arkansas State has won the conference title in 5 of the last 6 seasons under ''[[HighTurnoverRate four different head coaches]]'',[[note]]During this streak, each of the Red Wolves' first three title-winning coaches left after a single season to move to a higher-profile FBS job.[[/note]] and former FCS power Appalachian State has been dominant since its 2014 entry, winning a share of the Sun Belt title in 2016.2016 and 2017. Fellow former FCS power Georgia Southern started strong, winning the conference title outright in 2014, but has since entered a DorkAge. If you've ever heard of any of these schools, it's because these are the teams typically scheduled to get slaughtered on the road to some of the traditional powerhouses (usually the geographically overlapping SEC). Or it's because one of them (Appalachian State) Appalachian State went into [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan]] in 2007 and [[DavidVersusGoliath beat the then-#5 Wolverines]], back when it was still an FCS program. When a team from a power conference is scheduling their homecoming game, this is where they look. Western Kentucky left in 2014 to join C-USA; at the same time, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern joined from the Southern Conference. Also in 2014, Idaho and New Mexico State, which had been [[TheScrappy left stranded]] to become independents when the football side of the WAC disintegrated in 2012, [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap became football-only members]] (in the early 2000s, Idaho had been a football-only member and New Mexico State an all-sports member). The conference has another school with an unusually-colored field—namely Coastal Carolina, with a teal field.



** Coastal Carolina left the FCS Big South after 2015–16 to go up to FBS. After spending 2016 as an FCS independent and non-football Sun Belt member, the Chanticleers joined Sun Belt football in 2017. At the time Coastal was announced as a future member, their arrival would have allowed the conference to stage a conference championship game, but only if it didn't lose any football members (read: boot out Idaho and New Mexico State). However, in 2016, a Big 12 proposal to allow all FBS conferences to stage football championship games, even if they have fewer than 12 members, was approved by the commissioners of the FBS leagues. Subsequently, the conference unanimously voted to hold a conference title game starting in 2018 (the same year Coastal becomes bowl-eligible). In May 2017, the conference announced that the 10 football-playing schools will be divided into two divisions of five teams with the team ranked highest in the College Football Playoff rankings hosting the game; however, if no team ranks in the CFP rankings, then the conference will use a computer rankings formula similar to the former Bowl Championship Series.

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** As for Coastal Carolina Carolina, it left the FCS Big South after 2015–16 to go up to FBS. After spending 2016 as an FCS independent and non-football Sun Belt member, the Chanticleers joined Sun Belt football in 2017. At the time Coastal was announced as a future member, their arrival would have allowed the conference to stage a conference championship game, but only if it didn't lose any football members (read: boot out Idaho and New Mexico State). However, in 2016, a Big 12 proposal to allow all FBS conferences to stage football championship games, even if they have fewer than 12 members, was approved by the commissioners of the FBS leagues. Subsequently, the conference unanimously voted to hold a conference title game starting in 2018 (the same year Coastal becomes bowl-eligible). In May 2017, the conference announced that the 10 football-playing schools will be divided into two divisions of five teams with the team ranked highest in the College Football Playoff rankings hosting the game; however, if no team ranks in the CFP rankings, then the conference will use a computer rankings formula similar to the former Bowl Championship Series.



* ''Big Sky Conference'' [Cal Poly (football only), Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, UC Davis (football only), Weber State]: Formed in 1963, it's one of the better FCS conferences. Popular among Western schools seeking easy wins... but Oregon State might beg to differ, as Eastern Washington beat the Beavers when they were ranked in 2013 (one of the four times FCS teams have beaten ranked FBS schools). North Texas would ''definitely'' beg to differ, as the Mean Green ended up on the wrong end of a [[CurbStompBattle 66–7 shellacking]] by Portland State in 2015. At North Texas' ''homecoming''.[[note]]when alumni are invited to return to the school, with plenty of special events alongside the game[[/note]][[note]]The loss, the largest ever by an FBS team to an FCS team, was so humiliating that North Texas fired its head coach on the spot.[[/note]] It's also known for having another oddly-colored field (see Boise State), in this case Eastern Washington's red field, nicknamed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Inferno"]].

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* ''Big Sky Conference'' [Cal Poly (football only), Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, UC Davis (football only), Weber State]: Formed in 1963, it's one of the better FCS conferences. Popular among Western schools seeking easy wins... but Oregon State might beg to differ, as Eastern Washington beat the Beavers when they were ranked in 2013 (one of the four times FCS teams have beaten ranked FBS schools). North Texas would ''definitely'' beg to differ, as the Mean Green ended up on the wrong end of a [[CurbStompBattle 66–7 shellacking]] by Portland State in 2015. At North Texas' ''homecoming''.[[note]]when alumni are invited to return to the school, with plenty of special events alongside the game[[/note]][[note]]The loss, the largest ever by an FBS team to an FCS team, was so humiliating that North Texas fired its head coach on the spot.[[/note]] It's also known for having another oddly-colored field (see Eastern Michigan, Boise State), State, and Coastal Carolina), in this case Eastern Washington's red field, nicknamed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Inferno"]].


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** And it boasts another oddly-colored football field in that of Central Arkansas, with purple and gray sections alternating every 5 yards.
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** UAB football returned in 2017 after having dropped the sport at the end of the 2014 season. Because [=C-USA=] requires all member schools to sponsor football, it was initially believed that UAB would be kicked out of the league at the end of the 2014–15 school year. The decision to drop football turned out to be driven at least as much by state politics as by finances, leading to a strong movement to bring the sport back (and an unsuccessful attempt to force out UAB's president). UAB relented, announcing that it would [[HesBack reinstate football]] in 2017, in turn leading [=C-USA=] to announce that it would keep UAB. Also, the NCAA announced that UAB would be reinstated immediately as an FBS member and be bowl-eligible in 2017. And then in what could only be called a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments CMOA]], the Blazers proceeded to go 8–4 and earn a trip to the upcoming UsefulNotes/{{Bahamas}} Bowl. For a good overview of the controversy surrounding UAB's dropping of football, see [[https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2015/6/2/8702385/uab-football-return this story]].

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** UAB football returned in 2017 after having dropped the sport at the end of the 2014 season. Because [=C-USA=] requires all member schools to sponsor football, it was initially believed that UAB would be kicked out of the league at the end of the 2014–15 school year. The decision to drop football turned out to be driven at least as much by state politics as by finances, leading to a strong movement to bring the sport back (and an unsuccessful attempt to force out UAB's president). UAB relented, announcing that it would [[HesBack reinstate football]] in 2017, in turn leading [=C-USA=] to announce that it would keep UAB. Also, the NCAA announced that UAB would be reinstated immediately as an FBS member and be bowl-eligible in 2017. And then in what could only be called a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments CMOA]], the Blazers proceeded to go 8–4 and earn a trip to the upcoming UsefulNotes/{{Bahamas}} [[UsefulNotes/TheBahamas Bahamas]] Bowl. For a good overview of the controversy surrounding UAB's dropping of football, see [[https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2015/6/2/8702385/uab-football-return this story]].
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** UAB football returned in 2017 after having dropped the sport at the end of the 2014 season. Because [=C-USA=] requires all member schools to sponsor football, it was initially believed that UAB would be kicked out of the league at the end of the 2014–15 school year. The decision to drop football turned out to be driven at least as much by state politics as by finances, leading to a strong movement to bring the sport back (and an unsuccessful attempt to force out UAB's president). UAB relented, announcing that it would [[HesBack reinstate football]] in 2017, in turn leading [=C-USA=] to announce that it would keep UAB. Also, the NCAA announced that UAB would be reinstated immediately as an FBS member and be bowl-eligible in 2017. For a good overview of the controversy surrounding UAB's decision, see [[https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2015/6/2/8702385/uab-football-return this story]].

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** UAB football returned in 2017 after having dropped the sport at the end of the 2014 season. Because [=C-USA=] requires all member schools to sponsor football, it was initially believed that UAB would be kicked out of the league at the end of the 2014–15 school year. The decision to drop football turned out to be driven at least as much by state politics as by finances, leading to a strong movement to bring the sport back (and an unsuccessful attempt to force out UAB's president). UAB relented, announcing that it would [[HesBack reinstate football]] in 2017, in turn leading [=C-USA=] to announce that it would keep UAB. Also, the NCAA announced that UAB would be reinstated immediately as an FBS member and be bowl-eligible in 2017. And then in what could only be called a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments CMOA]], the Blazers proceeded to go 8–4 and earn a trip to the upcoming UsefulNotes/{{Bahamas}} Bowl. For a good overview of the controversy surrounding UAB's decision, dropping of football, see [[https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2015/6/2/8702385/uab-football-return this story]].
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** And in the same week Hampton and USC Upstate were unveiled as future members, Presbyterian announced it would transition to non-scholarship football and join the Pioneer League in 2021. The Blue Hose will remain in the Big South in other sports.

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** And in the same week Hampton and USC Upstate were unveiled as future members, Presbyterian announced it would immediately transition to non-scholarship football and join football, spending a year as an FCS independent in 2020 before joining the Pioneer League in 2021. The Blue Hose will remain in the Big South in other sports.



** As noted above, Campbell will move its football program to its all-sports home of the Big South in 2018, while Presbyterian will join from that conference in 2021.

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** As noted above, Campbell will move its football program to its all-sports home of the Big South in 2018, while Presbyterian will join from that conference in 2021.



* No schools will be playing as FCS independents in 2017. The next school to play as an FCS independent will be North Alabama in 2018, the first year of its transition from Division II, before joining Big South football in 2019.

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* No schools will be playing as FCS independents in 2017. The next school to play as an FCS independent will be North Alabama in 2018, the first year of its transition from Division II, before joining Big South football in 2019. As noted above, Presbyterian will play as an independent in 2020, the final season of its transition to non-scholarship football before joining the Pioneer League.
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** And in the same week Hampton and USC Upstate were unveiled as future members, Presbyterian announced it would transition to non-scholarship football and join the Pioneer League in 2021. The Blue Hose will remain in the Big South in other sports.



** As noted above, Campbell will move its football program to its all-sports home of the Big South in 2018.

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** As noted above, Campbell will move its football program to its all-sports home of the Big South in 2018.2018, while Presbyterian will join from that conference in 2021.
17th Nov '17 12:46:51 AM KYCubbie
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* ''Mid-American Conference (MAC)'' [Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami-Ohio, Northern Illinois, Ohio, {{UsefulNotes/Toledo|Ohio}}, Western Michigan]: Much like Conference USA, they haven't done too much of note. Like the Sun Belt, it's a conference that big-name teams look to for {{padding}} their schedule with an easy win or two. They're on a somewhat higher level than the Sun Belt, though, and 2012 was a breakout year for the MAC, with several impressive wins against Big Ten teams and conference champion Northern Illinois even [[MomentOfAwesome playing in the Orange Bowl]]. They then followed it up in 2016 when Western Michigan was one of only two teams to make it through the regular season undefeated (WMU lost their bowl game, however, to Wisconsin)

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* ''Mid-American Conference (MAC)'' [Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami-Ohio, Northern Illinois, Ohio, {{UsefulNotes/Toledo|Ohio}}, Western Michigan]: Much like Conference USA, they haven't done too much of note. Like the Sun Belt, it's a conference that big-name teams look to for {{padding}} their schedule with an easy win or two. They're on a somewhat higher level than the Sun Belt, though, and 2012 was a breakout year for the MAC, with several impressive wins against Big Ten teams and conference champion Northern Illinois even [[MomentOfAwesome playing in the Orange Bowl]]. They then followed it up in 2016 when Western Michigan was one of only two teams to make it through the regular season undefeated (WMU lost their bowl game, however, to Wisconsin) Wisconsin).
16th Nov '17 3:43:33 PM PuritanPhysicist
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** In November 2017, Howard University announced that it would move from the MEAC to the Big South (along with the aforementioned non-football USC Upstate). It's not yet set whether they'll start Big South football in 2018 or 2019, however.

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** In November 2017, Howard Hampton University announced that it would move from the MEAC to the Big South (along with the aforementioned non-football USC Upstate). It's not yet set whether they'll start Big South football in 2018 or 2019, however.
16th Nov '17 3:41:34 PM PuritanPhysicist
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** In an attempt to attract new football members, the Big South announced a football alliance with the non-football ASUN Conference[[note]]legally the Atlantic Sun Conference[[/note]] in 2016.[[labelnote:Background]]With the defections of recent years, the Big South was in constant danger of losing its status as an FCS conference; 6 members are needed for a league to maintain its automatic playoff berth.[[/labelnote]] Under its terms, any current member of either league that adds football, or upgrades from non-scholarship to scholarship football, will have a guaranteed football home in the Big South.[[note]]The offer also applies to any future members, as long as they're located within the current geographic footprint of the two leagues.[[/note]] At the time of announcement, ASUN member Kennesaw State was already a Big South football member. This partnership bore its first fruit a few weeks later when Campbell announced that it would upgrade to scholarship football and add that sport to its full Big South membership in 2018. At the time, the only other members of either league with football were Jacksonville and Stetson, ASUN members that play non-scholarship football in the Pioneer League.

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** In an attempt to attract new football members, the Big South announced a football alliance with the non-football ASUN Conference[[note]]legally the Atlantic Sun Conference[[/note]] in 2016.[[labelnote:Background]]With the defections since 2014 of recent years, Coastal Carolina, VMI, and eventually Liberty, the Big South was in constant danger of losing its status as an FCS conference; 6 members are needed for a league to maintain its automatic playoff berth.[[/labelnote]] Under its terms, any current member of either league that adds football, or upgrades from non-scholarship to scholarship football, will have a guaranteed football home in the Big South.[[note]]The offer also applies to any future members, as long as they're located within the current geographic footprint of the two leagues.[[/note]] At the time of announcement, ASUN member Kennesaw State was already a Big South football member. This partnership bore its first fruit a few weeks later when Campbell announced that it would upgrade to scholarship football and add that sport to its full Big South membership in 2018. At the time, the only other members of either league with football were Jacksonville and Stetson, ASUN members that play non-scholarship football in the Pioneer League.


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** In November 2017, Howard University announced that it would move from the MEAC to the Big South (along with the aforementioned non-football USC Upstate). It's not yet set whether they'll start Big South football in 2018 or 2019, however.


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** In November 2017, Hampton announced they would leave for the Big South.
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