American Athletic Conference

Central Florida Knights
Cincinnati Bearcats
Connecticut Huskies
East Carolina Pirates
Houston Cougars
Memphis Tigers
Navy Midshipmen
South Florida Bulls
Southern Methodist Mustangs
Temple Owls
Tulane Green Wave
Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Atlantic Coast Conference

Boston College Eagles
Clemson Tigers
Duke Blue Devils
Florida State Seminoles
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Louisville Cardinals
Miami-Florida Hurricanes
North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina State Wolfpack
Pittsburgh Panthers
Syracuse Orange
Virginia Cavaliers
Virginia Tech Hokies
Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Big 12 Conference

Baylor Bears
Iowa State Cyclones
Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas State Wildcats
Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Texas Christian Horned Frogs
Texas Longhorns
Texas Tech Red Raiders
West Virginia Mountaineers

Big Sky Conference

Cal Poly-Slo Mustangs
Eastern Washington Eagles
Idaho Vandals
Idaho State Bengals
Montana Grizzlies
Montana State Bobcats
North Dakota Fighting Hawks
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
Northern Colorado Bears
Portland State Vikings
California State-Sacramento Hornets
Southern Utah Thunderbirds
California-Davis Aggies
Weber State Wildcats

Big South Conference

Campbell Fighting Camels
Charleston Southern Buccaneers
Gardner Webb Runnin Bulldogs
Hampton Pirates
Kennesaw State Owls
Monmouth-New Jersey Hawks
North Alabama Lions
Presbyterian Blue Hose

Big Ten Conference

Illinois Fighting Illini
Indiana Hoosiers
Iowa Hawkeyes
Maryland Terrapins
Michigan Wolverines
Michigan State Spartans
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Northwestern Wildcats
Ohio State Buckeyes
Penn State Nittany Lions
Purdue Boilermakers
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Wisconsin Badgers

Colonial Athletic Association

Albany Great Danes
Delaware Blue Hens
Elon Phoenix
James Madison Dukes
Maine Black Bears
New Hampshire Wildcats
Rhode Island Rams
Richmond Spiders
Stony Brook Seawolves
Towson Tigers
Villanova Wildcats
William & Mary Tribe

Conference USA

Florida Atlantic Owls
Florida International Golden Panthers
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Marshall Thundering Herd
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders
North Texas Mean Green
Old Dominion Monarchs
Rice Owls
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Texas-El Paso Miners
Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners
Alabama-Birmingham Blazers
North Carolina-Charlotte 49ers
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Independents (FBS)

Army Black Knights
Brigham Young Cougars
Liberty Flames
Massachusetts Minutemen
New Mexico State Aggies
Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Ivy League

Princeton Tigers
Yale Bulldogs

Mid-American Athletic Conference

Akron Zips
Ball State Cardinals
Bowling Green State Falcons
Buffalo Bulls
Central Michigan Chippewas
Eastern Michigan Eagles
Kent State Golden Flashes
Miami-Ohio Redhawks
Northern Illinois Huskies
Ohio Bobcats
Toledo Rockets
Western Michigan Broncos

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Bethune Cookman Wildcats
Delaware State Hornets
Florida A&M Rattlers
Howard Bison
Morgan State Bears
North Carolina Central Eagles
Norfolk State Spartans
South Carolina State Bulldogs

Missouri Valley Football Conference

Illinois State Redbirds
Indiana State Sycamores
Missouri State Bears
North Dakota State Bison
Northern Iowa Panthers
South Dakota Coyotes
South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Southern Illinois Salukis
Western Illinois Leathernecks
Youngstown State Penguins

Mountain West Conference

Air Force Falcons
Boise State Broncos
Colorado State Rams
Fresno State Bulldogs
Hawaii Warriors
Nevada Wolf Pack
New Mexico Lobos
San Diego State Aztecs
San Jose State Spartans
UNLV Rebels
Utah State Aggies
Wyoming Cowboys

Northeast Conference

Bryant University Bulldogs
Central Connecticut State Blue Devils
Duquesne Dukes
Robert Morris Colonials
Saint Francis-Pennsylvania Red Flash
Wagner Seahawks

Ohio Valley Conference

Austin Peay State Governors
Eastern Illinois Panthers
Eastern Kentucky Colonels
Jacksonville State Gamecocks
Murray State Racers
Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks
Tennessee State Tigers
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles

Pacific-12 Conference

Arizona Wildcats
Arizona State Sun Devils
California Golden Bears
Colorado Buffaloes
Oregon Ducks
Oregon State Beavers
Southern California Trojans
Stanford Cardinal
UCLA Bruins
Utah Utes
Washington Huskies
Washington State Cougars

Patriot League

Bucknell Bison
Colgate Raiders
Fordham Rams
Holy Cross Crusaders
Lafayette Leopards
Lehigh Mountain Hawks

Pioneer Football League

Drake Bulldogs

Southeastern Conference

Alabama Crimson Tide
Arkansas Razorbacks
Auburn Tigers
Florida Gators
Georgia Bulldogs
Kentucky Wildcats
Louisiana State Tigers
Mississippi Rebels
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Missouri Tigers
South Carolina Gamecocks
Tennessee Volunteers
Texas A&M Aggies
Vanderbilt Commodores

Southern Conference

East Tennessee State Buccaneers
Furman Paladins
Mercer Bears
Samford Bulldogs
Citadel Bulldogs
Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs
Virginia Military Keydets
Western Carolina Catamounts
Wofford Terriers

Southern Intercollegiate

Savannah State Tigers

Southland Conference

Abilene Christian Wildcats
Central Arkansas Bears
Houston Baptist Huskies
Incarnate Word Cardinals
Lamar Cardinals
McNeese State Cowboys
Nicholls State Colonels
Northwestern State Demons
Sam Houston State Bearkats
Stephen F. Austin State Lumberjacks
Southeastern Louisiana Lions

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Alabama State Hornets
Alabama A&M Bulldogs
Alcorn State Braves
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions
Grambling State Tigers
Jackson State Tigers
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils
Prairie View A&M Panthers
Southern University A&M Jaguars
Texas Southern Tigers

Sun Belt Conference

Appalachian State Mountaineers
Arkansas State Red Wolves
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Georgia Southern Eagles
Georgia State Panthers
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
South Alabama Jaguars
Texas State Bobcats
Troy Trojans

College Football Conference Teams

Keeping a pulse on all College Football Conference Teams isn’t easy since the number continues to grow. Currently, the College Football Bowl Subdivision or FBS has 130 Division 1 Teams and while that seems impossible to follow, those schools are divided into 10 conferences.

For College Football Conference enthusiasts, there are plenty of other teams to follow in the Football Championship Subdivision. Those 120-plus teams go by FCS schools and they fall into 13 conferences. The difference in levels between the FBS and FCS can be defined as a few things but money or funds allocated to the football programs is the key factor. The smaller schools in the FCS offer less scholarships to their universities and don’t depend on those programs to fund the athletic program. The FBS football programs are normally the pipeline for revenue, since the television deals help each school.

Talent, both with coaching and players, is another difference between the two levels and depth since the FCS only provides 63 student-athlete scholarships while the FBS has 85 full-rides.

It’s very common to see FCS and FBS schools meet during the regular season, and sometimes those games are referred to as cupcake matchups since the point-spreads are much higher than normal. If the FCS does have an advantage, they determine their champion on the field with a single elimination tournament while the FBS has four teams chosen subjectively in the College Football Playoff.


The College Football Playoff crowns the top team each season and we always see the winner come from a “Power Five” conference. These 64 schools have strong following and the alumni for each football program supports their teams throughout the season and in bowl or playoff games.


  • ACC
  • Big Ten
  • Big 12
  • Pac-12
  • SEC


Every now and then, we’ll see a Group of Five school make some noise with an undefeated record. These teams aren’t always listed as underdogs to the Power Five, sometimes they’re favored. Notable Group of Five schools that get notice on the national stage are Central Florida and Boise State.

  • American Athletic
  • Conference USA
  • Mid-American (MAC)
  • Mountain West
  • Sun Belt

There is also another group of teams that aren’t affiliated with a conference and they fall into the Independent category. Notre Dame Fighting Irish is the most prestigious of this group and some old-school pundits will tell you that it’s still nationally recognized as the top College Football Team just based on reputation.

  • Army
  • Brigham Young
  • Liberty
  • Massachusetts
  • New Mexico State
  • Notre Dame