History UsefulNotes / CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences

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* ''Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)'' [Albany, Delaware, Elon, James Madison, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Richmond, Stony Brook, Towson, Villanova, William & Mary]: Created in 1979 as a basketball-only league and added other sports in 1985, but did not start sponsoring football until 2007. However, the football side of the conference can trace its history to the late 1930s through three other leagues. Historically one of the better FCS leagues. In 2010, James Madison defeated then-#13 Virginia Tech in the second win by an FCS team over a ranked FBS team. The same school ended North Dakota State's five-year reign as FCS champions in the 2016 semifinals along the way to their first FCS crown.

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* ''Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)'' [Albany, Delaware, Elon, James Madison, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Richmond, Stony Brook, Towson, Villanova, William & Mary]: Created in 1979 as a basketball-only league and added other sports in 1985, but did not start sponsoring football until 2007. However, the football side of the conference can trace its history to the late 1930s through three other leagues. Historically one of the better FCS leagues. In 2010, James Madison defeated then-#13 Virginia Tech in the second win by an FCS team over a ranked FBS team. The same school ended North Dakota State's five-year reign as FCS champions in the 2016 semifinals along the way to their first the FCS crown.
7th Apr '17 5:21:46 PM KYCubbie
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* ''American Athletic Conference (The American)'' [Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, [[MilitaryAcademy Navy]], SMU[[note]]Southern Methodist[[/note]], South Florida, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF[[note]]Central Florida[[/note]]]: Known as the Big East Conference before July 2013. Had been one of the "power conferences" through the 2013 season, though not tied to a specific bowl; lost this status in 2014 and is now one of the "Group of Five", whose champion has to beat out the [=C-USA=], MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt champions for a single guaranteed spot in the "New Year's Six" bowl games. Before the original Big East Conference split in 2013 (see below), its football had been something of a laughing stock, with many fans suggesting it should be stripped of its "power conference" status. It was once highly regarded, but then the ACC stole three of its top teams, Miami, Virginia Tech, and Boston College. It rebounded somewhat, though no current member of the conference ever made the BCS title game. However, its future became uncertain in the early 2010s—West Virginia left for the Big 12 in 2012; Syracuse (a founding member) and Pittsburgh left for the ACC in 2013, as did non-football member Notre Dame; the next year, Louisville left for the ACC and Rutgers left for the Big Ten. The Big East/American responded by to the loss of those schools by inviting multiple other teams. Temple joined for football in 2012 and all other sports in 2013; Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF also joined in 2013; and East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa joined in 2014. Navy joined for football only in 2015, allowing the league to launch a football championship game.

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* ''American Athletic Conference (The American)'' [Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, [[MilitaryAcademy Navy]], Navy]] (football only), SMU[[note]]Southern Methodist[[/note]], South Florida, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF[[note]]Central Florida[[/note]]]: Known as the Big East Conference before July 2013. Had been one of the "power conferences" through the 2013 season, though not tied to a specific bowl; lost this status in 2014 and is now one of the "Group of Five", whose champion has to beat out the [=C-USA=], MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt champions for a single guaranteed spot in the "New Year's Six" bowl games. Before the original Big East Conference split in 2013 (see below), its football had been something of a laughing stock, with many fans suggesting it should be stripped of its "power conference" status. It was once highly regarded, but then the ACC stole three of its top teams, Miami, Virginia Tech, and Boston College. It rebounded somewhat, though no current member of the conference ever made the BCS title game. However, its future became uncertain in the early 2010s—West Virginia left for the Big 12 in 2012; Syracuse (a founding member) and Pittsburgh left for the ACC in 2013, as did non-football member Notre Dame; the next year, Louisville left for the ACC and Rutgers left for the Big Ten. The Big East/American responded by to the loss of those schools by inviting multiple other teams. Temple joined for football in 2012 and all other sports in 2013; Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF also joined in 2013; and East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa joined in 2014. Navy joined for football only in 2015, allowing the league to launch a football championship game.
7th Apr '17 5:20:32 PM KYCubbie
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7th Apr '17 4:23:28 PM KYCubbie
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** As of this writing (April 2017), it's looking more and more likely that the American will add Wichita State as a non-football member effective the following July. Should the rumored move occur, the conference will have an even 12 members on its non-football side to go along with its 12 football members. The move would also greatly shore up AAC men's basketball, with Wichita State having emerged as a legitimate power in that sport in the last few years.

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** As of this writing (April 2017), it's looking more and more likely that the American will add Wichita State as a will become The American's first full but non-football member effective in July 2017. This gives the following July. Should the rumored move occur, the conference will have an even league 12 members on its non-football side to go along with its 12 football members. The move would arrival of the Shockers also greatly shore up AAC gives a major boost to the league's profile in men's basketball, with Wichita State having emerged as a legitimate power in that sport in the last few years.basketball.
3rd Apr '17 3:24:04 AM KYCubbie
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** As of this writing (March 2017), it's looking more and more likely that the American will add Wichita State as a non-football member in 2018. Adding the Shockers would give the conference an even 12 members on its non-football side to go along with its 12 football members. The move would also greatly shore up AAC men's basketball, with Wichita State having won at least one game in every NCAA tournament from 2013 (making the Final Four) to 2017.

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** As of this writing (March (April 2017), it's looking more and more likely that the American will add Wichita State as a non-football member in 2018. Adding effective the Shockers would give following July. Should the rumored move occur, the conference will have an even 12 members on its non-football side to go along with its 12 football members. The move would also greatly shore up AAC men's basketball, with Wichita State having won at least one game emerged as a legitimate power in every NCAA tournament from 2013 (making that sport in the Final Four) to 2017.last few years.
24th Mar '17 1:08:56 AM KYCubbie
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** As of this writing (March 2017), it's looking more and more likely that the American will add Wichita State as a non-football member in 2018. Adding the Shockers would give the conference an even 12 members on its non-football side to go along with its 12 football members. The move would also greatly shore up AAC men's basketball, with Wichita State having won at least one game in every NCAA tournament from 2013 (making the Final Four) to 2017.
3rd Mar '17 11:02:26 PM KYCubbie
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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[[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 regarding 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]]

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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[[note]]University of California-Los 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 regarding 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]]



* ''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 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 Stony Brook, Liberty, and Coastal Carolina typically among the good teams. Of these three, only Liberty has yet to announce an exit; Stony 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.
16th Feb '17 7:09:55 PM KYCubbie
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** Beginning in 2018, Liberty will tentatively join the FBS independent ranks. The Flames, rumored for years to be looking at an upgrade from FCS (and also lobbying heavily for an invite from the Sun Belt), pulled the trigger on the move in 2017. The NCAA gave Liberty a waiver from its transition rules, which normally require that a school have an invitation from an FBS conference before starting the transition. They will become full FBS members in 2019.


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** 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.
31st Jan '17 6:34:44 PM KYCubbie
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** North Dakota will leave the all-sports Big Sky Conference in 2018 to join the Summit League, which doesn't play football. The Fighting Hawks will remain in Big Sky football until 2020, when they'll join several of their traditional regional rivals in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (below).


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** As noted above, North Dakota will join the MVFC in 2020.
11th Jan '17 7:59:07 PM KYCubbie
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* ''Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC)'' [Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Youngstown State]: One of two football-only leagues in FCS, with a history that is, to say the least, a ContinuitySnarl. While the MVFC claims 1985 as its founding date, its history can be traced through two branches dating back as far as 1907, and involves four other conferences, one of them a women's sports league. ''[[NotMakingThisUp Seriously.]]'' Nonetheless, it's at or near the top of the FCS pecking order, and its top teams are often competitive with the bottom half or so of FBS. North Dakota State won five straight FCS titles from 2011 to 2015, and has beaten an FBS team in each season since 2010—except in 2015, when the FBS caught a break by none of its members scheduling NDSU. The most recent, in 2016, was also the most recent FCS win over a ranked FBS team, with the Bison going into Iowa and taking the Hawkeyes down.

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* ''Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC)'' [Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Youngstown State]: One of two football-only leagues in FCS, with a history that is, to say the least, a ContinuitySnarl. While the MVFC claims 1985 as its founding date, its history can be traced through two branches dating back as far as 1907, and involves four other conferences, one of them a women's sports league. ''[[NotMakingThisUp Seriously.]]'' ''Seriously.'' Nonetheless, it's at or near the top of the FCS pecking order, and its top teams are often competitive with the bottom half or so of FBS. North Dakota State won five straight FCS titles from 2011 to 2015, and has beaten an FBS team in each season since 2010—except in 2015, when the FBS caught a break by none of its members scheduling NDSU. The most recent, in 2016, was also the most recent FCS win over a ranked FBS team, with the Bison going into Iowa and taking the Hawkeyes down.
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