History UsefulNotes / CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences

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* ''Pac-12'' [Arizona, Arizona State, California[[note]]Cal-Berkeley[[/note]], Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, USC[[note]]Southern California[[/note]], UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State]: Another "Power Five" league, this one consists of Western US schools and is also tied to the Rose Bowl. Several of these teams have incredibly storied histories, though the one most likely to be known by the casual fan right now is USC, which is well-known for both currently being one of the more dominant teams and for landing in hot water for allegedly paying players. Oregon has also grabbed a lot of attention in recent years for playing the best football in school history[[note]] Including a ridiculously fast-paced offense; they basically spend the whole game as if they're in a 2-minute drill.[[/note]] and perhaps even more so for their flashy uniforms that ''[[UnlimitedWardrobe are different for each game]].''[[note]]Famed shoe company & sports outfitter Nike is headquartered in Oregon and a major sponsor of the team, providing the uniforms for free. Its co-founder Phil Knight is an Oregon alum as well, and has pumped ''hundreds of millions'' of his own money into the school's sports facilities.[[/note]] Known as the Pac-10 until Utah and Colorado joined in 2011. Before that, they were the Pac-8 until Arizona and Arizona State joined in 1978, thus making the name a geographic ArtifactTitle. Like the Big Ten, the Pac-12 is well-known for being both an athletically competent and academically prestigious conference (with the 4 California schools regularly being ranked in the Top 25 universities in the country). It also refers to itself as the "Conference of Champions", stressing the strengths of its schools' athletics well beyond just football. Of particular note are UCLA, Stanford, and USC, all of which have ''[[OverNineThousand at least 100]]'' national team championships.[[note]]Fun fact respecting UCLA: UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson attended UCLA and played baseball, football, and basketball ''and'' ran track for the Bruins; he was actually most promising at ''football'', where he was part of UCLA's 6-0-4 1939 team, before the war started and eventually led him to baseball and the Dodgers.[[/note]]
* ''Southeastern Conference (SEC)'' [Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU[[note]]Louisiana State[[/note]], Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt]: Yet another "Power Five" league (the last of the five), this one with a decades-long tie to the Sugar Bowl. The premier conference of the American DeepSouth, a lot of these teams are historical powerhouses — Florida has been one of the most dominant teams of late, and Alabama won three national championships in four seasons from 2009 to 2012. LSU and Auburn have also been quite dominant in recent years. Alabama-Auburn is considered one of the greatest rivalries in the sport, as Georgia-Florida, whose Halloween weekend game is nicknamed "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party". The SEC was the first conference to split into divisions ("East" and "West" in its case) and hold a conference championship game between the top teams of each division, becoming the TropeCodifier for all subsequent conferences to do so. This was implemented in 1992, after the additions of Arkansas and South Carolina made it impractical for all teams in the conference to play each other every year (doing so would have allowed only one non-conference game per season). Observers often consider this the strongest league, and it had held a monopoly on the national championship in recent years until Florida State came back from an 18-point deficit to beat Auburn in the 2013 title game. In the BCS era, SEC schools were 9-2 in the championship game; the other loss was due to a matchup of two SEC members. From the 2006 to 2012 seasons, every BCS champion was an SEC team. Its fans are not reluctant to point this out. At great length.[[note]]Except for [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Kentucky fans]], who care much more about basketball.[[/note]] The conference gets a lot of games televised, especially on CBS, with whom it has an extraordinarily lucrative contract. Texas A&M and Missouri joined in 2012, bringing the conference to a massive 14 teams... which has the unfortunate side effect that SEC players can go their entire college career without ever facing some cross-division teams.[[note]]Each team plays all six other teams in its division and one designated cross-division rival every year, plus one other cross-division game per year on a rotating basis. Some fans have speculated that the SEC might expand the conference schedule to 9 games, but nothing has come of this so far.[[/note]]

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* ''Pac-12'' [Arizona, Arizona State, California[[note]]Cal-Berkeley[[/note]], Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, USC[[note]]Southern California[[/note]], UCLA, UCLA[[note]]University of California-Los Angeles[[/note]], Utah, Washington, Washington State]: Another "Power Five" league, this one consists of Western US schools and is also tied to the Rose Bowl. Several of these teams have incredibly storied histories, though the one most likely to be known by the casual fan right now is USC, which is well-known for both currently being one of the more dominant teams and for landing in hot water for allegedly paying players. Oregon has also grabbed a lot of attention in recent years for playing the best football in school history[[note]] Including a ridiculously fast-paced offense; they basically spend the whole game as if they're in a 2-minute drill.[[/note]] and perhaps even more so for their flashy uniforms that ''[[UnlimitedWardrobe are different for each game]].''[[note]]Famed shoe company & sports outfitter Nike is headquartered in Oregon and a major sponsor of the team, providing the uniforms for free. Its co-founder Phil Knight is an Oregon alum as well, and has pumped ''hundreds of millions'' of his own money into the school's sports facilities.[[/note]] Known as the Pac-10 until Utah and Colorado joined in 2011. Before that, they were the Pac-8 until Arizona and Arizona State joined in 1978, thus making the name a geographic ArtifactTitle. Like the Big Ten, the Pac-12 is well-known for being both an athletically competent and academically prestigious conference (with the 4 California schools regularly being ranked in the Top 25 universities in the country). It also refers to itself as the "Conference of Champions", stressing the strengths of its schools' athletics well beyond just football. Of particular note are UCLA, Stanford, and USC, all of which have ''[[OverNineThousand at least 100]]'' national team championships.[[note]]Fun fact respecting UCLA: UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson attended UCLA and played baseball, football, and basketball ''and'' ran track for the Bruins; he was actually most promising at ''football'', where he was part of UCLA's 6-0-4 1939 team, before the war started and eventually led him to baseball and the Dodgers.[[/note]]
* ''Southeastern Conference (SEC)'' [Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU[[note]]Louisiana State[[/note]], Mississippi, State University, not that they answer to it (see Mississippi State, State below)[[/note]], [[InsistentTerminology Ole Miss]] [[note]]not "Mississippi"[[/note]], Mississippi State[[note]]or "State", since LSU only ever uses the acronym and State is oddly enough the only other 'X State University' in the conference[[/note]], Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt]: Yet another "Power Five" league (the last of the five), this one with a decades-long tie to the Sugar Bowl. The premier conference of the American DeepSouth, a lot of these teams are historical powerhouses — Florida has been one of the most dominant teams of late, and Alabama won three national championships in four seasons from 2009 to 2012. LSU and Auburn have also been quite dominant in recent years. Alabama-Auburn is considered one of the greatest rivalries in the sport, as Georgia-Florida, whose Halloween weekend game is nicknamed "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party". The SEC was the first conference to split into divisions ("East" and "West" in its case) and hold a conference championship game between the top teams of each division, becoming the TropeCodifier for all subsequent conferences to do so. This was implemented in 1992, after the additions of Arkansas and South Carolina made it impractical for all teams in the conference to play each other every year (doing so would have allowed only one non-conference game per season). Observers often consider this the strongest league, and it had held a monopoly on the national championship in recent years until Florida State came back from an 18-point deficit to beat Auburn in the 2013 title game. In the BCS era, SEC schools were 9-2 in the championship game; the other loss was due to a matchup of two SEC members. From the 2006 to 2012 seasons, every BCS champion was an SEC team. Its fans are not reluctant to point this out. At great length.[[note]]Except for [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Kentucky fans]], who care much more about basketball.[[/note]] The conference gets a lot of games televised, especially on CBS, with whom it has an extraordinarily lucrative contract. Texas A&M and Missouri joined in 2012, bringing the conference to a massive 14 teams... which has the unfortunate side effect that SEC players can go their entire college career without ever facing some cross-division teams.[[note]]Each team plays all six other teams in its division and one designated cross-division rival every year, plus one other cross-division game per year on a rotating basis. Some fans have speculated that the SEC might expand the conference schedule to 9 games, but nothing has come of this so far.[[/note]]
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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. Of these three, only Liberty has yet to announce an exit; Stony Brook moved its football team to the CAA (below), and Coastal Carolina left after the 2015–16 season to go up to FBS. The Chanticleers will join the Sun Belt Conference for non-football sports and play the first year of its transition as an FCS independent in 2016, then join Sun Belt football in 2017.

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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. Of these three, only Liberty has yet to announce an exit; Stony Brook moved its football team to the CAA (below), and Coastal Carolina left after the 2015–16 season to go up to FBS. The Chanticleers will join the Sun Belt Conference for non-football sports and play the first year of its their transition as an FCS independent in 2016, then join Sun Belt football in 2017.
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** The Sun Belt also has two non-football members in Arkansas-Little Rock and UT Arlington.

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** The Sun Belt also has two non-football members in Arkansas-Little Rock Little Rock[[note]]Arkansas–Little Rock[[/note]] and UT Arlington.
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* ''Pac-12'' [Arizona, Arizona State, California[[note]]Cal-Berkeley[[/note]], Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, USC[[note]]Southern California[[/note]], UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State]: Another "Power Five" league, this one consists of Western US schools and is also tied to the Rose Bowl. Several of these teams have incredibly storied histories, though the one most likely to be known by the casual fan right now is USC, which is well-known for both currently being one of the more dominant teams and for landing in hot water for allegedly paying players. Oregon has also grabbed a lot of attention in recent years for playing the best football in school history[[note]] Including a ridiculously fast-paced offense; they basically spend the whole game as if they're in a 2-minute drill.[[/note]] and perhaps even more so for their flashy uniforms that ''[[UnlimitedWardrobe are different for each game]].''[[note]]Famed shoe company & sports outfitter Nike is headquartered in Oregon and a major sponsor of the team, providing the uniforms for free. Its co-founder Phil Knight is an Oregon alum as well, and has pumped ''hundreds of millions'' of his own money into the school's sports facilities.[[/note]] Known as the Pac-10 until Utah and Colorado joined in 2011. Before that, they were the Pac-8 until Arizona and Arizona State joined in 1978, thus making the name a geographic ArtifactTitle. Like the Big Ten, the Pac-12 is well-known for being both an athletically competent and academically prestigious conference (with the 4 California schools regularly being ranked in the Top 25 universities in the country). It also refers to itself as the "Conference of Champions", stressing the strengths of its schools' athletics well beyond just football. Of particular note are UCLA, Stanford, and USC, all of which have ''[[OverNineThousand at least 100]]'' national team championships.[[note]]Fun fact respecting UCLA: [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Jackie Robinson]] attended UCLA and played baseball, football, and basketball ''and'' ran track for the Bruins; he was actually most promising at ''football'', where he was part of UCLA's 6-0-4 1939 team, before the war started and eventually led him to baseball and the Dodgers.[[/note]]

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* ''Pac-12'' [Arizona, Arizona State, California[[note]]Cal-Berkeley[[/note]], Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, USC[[note]]Southern California[[/note]], UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State]: Another "Power Five" league, this one consists of Western US schools and is also tied to the Rose Bowl. Several of these teams have incredibly storied histories, though the one most likely to be known by the casual fan right now is USC, which is well-known for both currently being one of the more dominant teams and for landing in hot water for allegedly paying players. Oregon has also grabbed a lot of attention in recent years for playing the best football in school history[[note]] Including a ridiculously fast-paced offense; they basically spend the whole game as if they're in a 2-minute drill.[[/note]] and perhaps even more so for their flashy uniforms that ''[[UnlimitedWardrobe are different for each game]].''[[note]]Famed shoe company & sports outfitter Nike is headquartered in Oregon and a major sponsor of the team, providing the uniforms for free. Its co-founder Phil Knight is an Oregon alum as well, and has pumped ''hundreds of millions'' of his own money into the school's sports facilities.[[/note]] Known as the Pac-10 until Utah and Colorado joined in 2011. Before that, they were the Pac-8 until Arizona and Arizona State joined in 1978, thus making the name a geographic ArtifactTitle. Like the Big Ten, the Pac-12 is well-known for being both an athletically competent and academically prestigious conference (with the 4 California schools regularly being ranked in the Top 25 universities in the country). It also refers to itself as the "Conference of Champions", stressing the strengths of its schools' athletics well beyond just football. Of particular note are UCLA, Stanford, and USC, all of which have ''[[OverNineThousand at least 100]]'' national team championships.[[note]]Fun fact respecting UCLA: [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Jackie Robinson]] UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson attended UCLA and played baseball, football, and basketball ''and'' ran track for the Bruins; he was actually most promising at ''football'', where he was part of UCLA's 6-0-4 1939 team, before the war started and eventually led him to baseball and the Dodgers.[[/note]]
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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. Of these three, only Liberty has yet to announce an exit; Stony Brook moved its football team to the CAA (below), and Coastal Carolina will leave after the 2015–16 season to go up to the FBS, playing the first year of its transition as an FCS independent in 2016, then joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2017.

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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. Of these three, only Liberty has yet to announce an exit; Stony Brook moved its football team to the CAA (below), and Coastal Carolina will leave left after the 2015–16 season to go up to FBS. The Chanticleers will join the FBS, playing Sun Belt Conference for non-football sports and play the first year of its transition as an FCS independent in 2016, then joining the join Sun Belt Conference football in 2017.



* In addition to the above, Coastal Carolina will spend the 2016 season, the first of its transition to FBS, as an FCS independent. The second transitional season in 2017 will be the Chanticleers' first in Sun Belt Conference football.

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* In addition to the As noted above, Coastal Carolina will spend the 2016 season, the first of its transition to FBS, as an FCS independent. The second transitional season in 2017 will be the Chanticleers' first in Sun Belt Conference football.
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Alignments listed are as of the most recently completed 2015 season.

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Alignments listed are as of the most recently completed 2015 upcoming 2016 season.



* ''Mid-American Conference (MAC)'' [Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Massachusetts (football only), 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 again Big Ten teams and conference champion Northern Illinois even [[MomentOfAwesome playing in the Orange Bowl]].
** [=UMass=] is being effectively kicked out of the MAC football conference after the 2015 season. It was offered full membership, but declined.[[note]]Most likely because that move would have been ''very'' bad for the school's biggest sport of men's basketball. [=UMass'=] all-sports conference, the Atlantic 10, is ''much'' better in that sport than the MAC.[[/note]]

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* ''Mid-American Conference (MAC)'' [Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Massachusetts (football only), 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 again Big Ten teams and conference champion Northern Illinois even [[MomentOfAwesome playing in the Orange Bowl]].
** [=UMass=] is being was effectively kicked out of the MAC football conference after the 2015 season. It was offered full membership, but declined.[[note]]Most likely because that move would have been ''very'' bad for the school's biggest sport of men's basketball. [=UMass'=] all-sports conference, the Atlantic 10, is ''much'' better in that sport than the MAC.[[/note]]



* In addition to the above, three schools play as ''independents'', not in a conference. In the past, many schools, especially along the east coast, were able to fill out strong schedules without the need for a conference, but that largely ended once [[MoneyDearBoy TV money]] became the focus of major-college sports. Today's football independents, all of which belong to conferences for other sports, have special circumstances that minimize their need for a football conference.

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* In addition to the above, three four schools play as ''independents'', not in a conference. In the past, many schools, especially along the east coast, were able to fill out strong schedules without the need for a conference, but that largely ended once [[MoneyDearBoy TV money]] became the focus of major-college sports. Today's football independents, all All of which these schools belong to conferences for other sports, sports; three of them have special circumstances that minimize their need for a football conference.





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\n** [=UMass=][[note]]more properly, the University of Massachusetts Amherst[[/note]] — Unlike the other three independents, [=UMass=] became one by default, being effectively kicked out of MAC football after the 2015 season. The Minutemen had been a quite successful FCS program, even winning a national title in 1998, but had little success after moving to FBS and MAC football starting in 2012. After four seasons, they left to an uncertain future, with no FBS conference in their region willing to take them in. Watch this space...



** Idaho rejoined the Big Sky in 2014 (after an 18-year absence), but without its football team, which (as mentioned above) returned to the Sun Belt; however, after the Sun Belt decided to drop Idaho after 2017, the Vandals football team could end up playing in the Big Sky rather than taking their chances as an FBS independent again.
* ''Big South Conference'' [Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, 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. Of these three, only Liberty has yet to announce an exit; Stony Brook moved its football team to the CAA (below), and Coastal Carolina will leave after the 2015–16 season to go up to the FBS, playing the first year of its transition as an FCS independent in 2016, then joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2017.

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** Idaho rejoined the Big Sky in 2014 (after an 18-year absence), but without its football team, which (as mentioned above) returned to the Sun Belt; however, after the Sun Belt decided to drop Idaho after 2017, the Vandals football team could end up playing in the Big Sky rather than taking their chances as an FBS independent again.
again. The Vandals have a standing invitation to return to Big Sky football.
* ''Big South Conference'' [Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, 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. Of these three, only Liberty has yet to announce an exit; Stony Brook moved its football team to the CAA (below), and Coastal Carolina will leave after the 2015–16 season to go up to the FBS, playing the first year of its transition as an FCS independent in 2016, then joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2017.



* ''Southern Conference ([=SoCon=])'' [Chattanooga, [[MilitaryAcademy The Citadel]], Furman, Mercer, Samford, VMI[[note]]Virginia [[MilitaryAcademy Military Institute]][[/note]], Western Carolina, Wofford]: Founded in 1921, the [=SoCon=] is probably most notable for having spawned two of the current FBS power conferences, the SEC and ACC. It didn't drop to the I-AA level until 1982, four years after the Division I split. For many years, it was at the very top of the FCS ladder, but conference realignment took a major toll, with three members leaving in 2014. Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, with nine FCS championships between them, left for FBS and the Sun Belt; Elon stayed in FCS, but left for the CAA. At the same time, Mercer and VMI (the latter [[HesBack a former member]]) joined for all sports including football, while East Tennessee State (also a former [=SoCon=] member) rejoined for non-football sports. ETSU resurrected its dormant football program in 2015, planning to play one season as an FCS independent before joining [=SoCon=] football in 2016. Of note, Appalachian State made history in 2007 when they [[DavidVersusGoliath upset a #5-ranked Michigan]] and became the first FCS team to defeat a ranked FBS team.

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* ''Southern Conference ([=SoCon=])'' [Chattanooga, [[MilitaryAcademy The Citadel]], East Tennessee State, Furman, Mercer, Samford, VMI[[note]]Virginia [[MilitaryAcademy Military Institute]][[/note]], Western Carolina, Wofford]: Founded in 1921, the [=SoCon=] is probably most notable for having spawned two of the current FBS power conferences, the SEC and ACC. It didn't drop to the I-AA level until 1982, four years after the Division I split. For many years, it was at the very top of the FCS ladder, but conference realignment took a major toll, with three members leaving in 2014. Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, with nine FCS championships between them, left for FBS and the Sun Belt; Elon stayed in FCS, but left for the CAA. At the same time, Mercer and VMI (the latter [[HesBack a former member]]) joined for all sports including football, while East Tennessee State (also a former [=SoCon=] member) rejoined for non-football sports. ETSU resurrected its dormant football program in 2015, planning to play one playing that season as an FCS independent before joining [=SoCon=] football in 2016. Of note, Appalachian State made history in 2007 when they [[DavidVersusGoliath upset a #5-ranked Michigan]] and became the first FCS team to defeat a ranked FBS team.



* ''Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)'' [Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Alcorn State, Arkansas–Pine Bluff, Grambling State, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View A&M, Southern, Texas Southern]: The oldest FCS conference, founded in 1920, and like the MEAC consists entirely of [=HBCUs=]. It has a longer-standing policy of not taking part in the FCS playoffs than its HBCU sister conference..

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* ''Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)'' [Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Alcorn State, Arkansas–Pine Bluff, Grambling State, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View A&M, Southern, Texas Southern]: The oldest FCS conference, founded in 1920, and like the MEAC consists entirely of [=HBCUs=]. It has a longer-standing policy of not taking part in the FCS playoffs than its HBCU sister conference..conference.
* In addition to the above, Coastal Carolina will spend the 2016 season, the first of its transition to FBS, as an FCS independent. The second transitional season in 2017 will be the Chanticleers' first in Sun Belt Conference football.
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** In March 2016, the Sun Belt voted to drop Idaho and New Mexico State from its football membership after the 2017 season.

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** In March 2016, the full member Sun Belt voted schools unanimously decided to drop Idaho and New Mexico State from its football membership after the 2017 season.



** Idaho rejoined the Big Sky in 2014 (after an 18-year absence), but without its football team, which (as mentioned above) returned to the Sun Belt.
* ''Big South Conference'' [Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, 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. Of these three, only Liberty has yet to announce an exit; Stony Brook moved its football team to the CAA (below), and Coastal Carolina will leave after the 2015–16 season to go up to the FBS, and playing the first year of its transition as an FCS independent in 2016, then joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2017.

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** Idaho rejoined the Big Sky in 2014 (after an 18-year absence), but without its football team, which (as mentioned above) returned to the Sun Belt.
Belt; however, after the Sun Belt decided to drop Idaho after 2017, the Vandals football team could end up playing in the Big Sky rather than taking their chances as an FBS independent again.
* ''Big South Conference'' [Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, 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. Of these three, only Liberty has yet to announce an exit; Stony Brook moved its football team to the CAA (below), and Coastal Carolina will leave after the 2015–16 season to go up to the FBS, and playing the first year of its transition as an FCS independent in 2016, then joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2017.
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** Idaho and New Mexico State only have provisional football-only membership. In March 2016, they face a vote by the full members on their future in Sun Belt football; multiple media reports indicate that they will be kicked out due to geography and lack of competitiveness.
** Coastal Carolina will leave the FCS Big South after 2015–16 and go up to FBS. They will spend 2016 as an FBS independent and non-football Sun Belt member, and join 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.

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** In March 2016, the Sun Belt voted to drop Idaho and New Mexico State only have provisional football-only membership. In March 2016, they face a vote by from its football membership after the full members on their future in Sun Belt football; multiple media reports indicate that they will be kicked out due to geography and lack of competitiveness.
2017 season.
** Coastal Carolina will leave the FCS Big South after 2015–16 and go up to FBS. They will spend 2016 as an FBS FCS independent and non-football Sun Belt member, and join 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.



* ''Big South Conference'' [Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, 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. Of these three, only Liberty has yet to announce an exit; Stony Brook moved its football team to the CAA (below), and Coastal Carolina will leave after the 2015–16 season to go up to FBS, and eventually, the Sun Belt Conference.

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* ''Big South Conference'' [Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, 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. Of these three, only Liberty has yet to announce an exit; Stony Brook moved its football team to the CAA (below), and Coastal Carolina will leave after the 2015–16 season to go up to the FBS, and eventually, playing the first year of its transition as an FCS independent in 2016, then joining the Sun Belt Conference.Conference in 2017.
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* ''Sun Belt'' [Appalachian State, Arkansas State, 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 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 4 of the last 5 seasons under ''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 powers Appalachian State and Georgia Southern have been dominant in their first two years, with the latter winning the conference title outright in its first season in both the Sun Belt and the FBS[[note]]However, Georgia Southern and Appalachian State were not bowl eligible in 2014 due to the NCAA's FCS-to-FBS transition rules[[/note]]. 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, 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 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 4 of the last 5 seasons under ''four ''[[HighTurnoverRate four different head coaches'',[[note]]During 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 powers Appalachian State and Georgia Southern have been dominant in their first two years, with the latter winning the conference title outright in its first season in both the Sun Belt and the FBS[[note]]However, Georgia Southern and Appalachian State were not bowl eligible in 2014 due to the NCAA's FCS-to-FBS transition rules[[/note]]. 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).



** Four of the NEC's 10 full members don't play football: Fairleigh Dickenson, LIU, Mount St. Mary's, and the aforementioned St. Francis Brooklyn.

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** Four of the NEC's 10 full members don't play football: Fairleigh Dickenson, Dickinson, LIU, Mount St. Mary's, and the aforementioned St. Francis Brooklyn.
18th Jan '16 6:48:06 PM KYCubbie
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** Coastal Carolina will leave the FCS Big South after 2015–16 and go up to FBS. They will spend 2016 as an FBS independent and non-football Sun Belt member, and join 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, the FBS conferences approved a Big 12 proposal to allow all FBS conferences to stage football championship games, even if they have fewer than 12 members.

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** Coastal Carolina will leave the FCS Big South after 2015–16 and go up to FBS. They will spend 2016 as an FBS independent and non-football Sun Belt member, and join 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, the FBS conferences approved a Big 12 proposal to allow all FBS conferences to stage football championship games, even if they have fewer than 12 members.members, was approved by the commissioners of the FBS leagues.
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