2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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2018 NCAA Division I FBS season
Number of teams129 + 1 transitional
DurationAugust 25, 2018 – December 8, 2018
Preseason AP No. 1Alabama Crimson Tide
Post-season
DurationDecember 15, 2018 – January 7, 2019
Bowl games40
AP Poll No. 1TBD
Coaches Poll No. 1TBD
College Football Playoff
2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
SiteLevi's Stadium
Santa Clara, California
Division I FBS football seasons
← 2017
 

The 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season is the 150th season of college football competition in the United States at the highest level organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The regular season began on August 25, 2018 and is scheduled to end on December 8, 2018. The postseason will conclude on January 7, 2019 with the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Rule changes[edit]

Game rules[edit]

The following rule changes were approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel for the 2018 season:[1]

  • Allow players to fair catch the ball inside the 25 yard line on a kickoff and be awarded a touchback, placing the ball at the 25 yard line.
  • Offensive players cannot block below the waist more than five yards past the line of scrimmage and, with the exception of interior linemen, all blocks below the waist must be from the front.
  • The play clock will be set to 40 seconds between a touchdown and the PAT or two-point conversion and after a kickoff.
  • Mirroring the NFL rule adopted in the 2010 season, a 10-second runoff will be applied within the final minute of each half if a replay review overturns the call on the field, and the correct ruling would not have stopped the game clock. As with any other 10 second runoff, teams can take a time out (if available) to avoid the runoff.
  • Extending the "no leaping" rule on PATs and field goals adopted in the 2017 season to include the "shield" on a punt.
  • Allowing penalties incurred on successful field goals to be enforced on the ensuing kickoff, which matches the rule for successful extra point attempts.
  • Continuing the experiment of a collaborative instant replay decision making model not confined to the press box.

Eligibility rules[edit]

Major changes to redshirt rules in Division I football (both FBS and FCS) took effect from this season forward after having been approved by the NCAA Division I Council on June 13, 2018. Players can now participate in as many as four games in a season while still retaining redshirt status. This new rule does not apply to players who enroll at a school midyear and participate in postseason competition taking place during or before their first academic term at that school.[2]

Conference realignment[edit]

Membership changes[edit]

School Former conference New conference
Idaho Vandals Sun Belt Big Sky (FCS)
New Mexico State Aggies Sun Belt FBS independent
Liberty Flames Big South (FCS) FBS independent

New Mexico State left the Sun Belt Conference following the 2017 season and will compete as an FBS independent. Idaho also left the Sun Belt, dropping its football program from the FBS to FCS level, where it will compete in the Big Sky Conference.

Liberty began a two-year transition from FCS in 2017. The Flames will be counted as an FBS independent for scheduling purposes in 2018, but will not be fully bowl-eligible until completing the 2019 season. However, they may participate in a bowl in 2018 if they have at least six eligible wins and there are not enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all the spots.

Other headlines[edit]

  • July 13 – Following reports that Papa John's Pizza founder John Schnatter had said the "n-word" in an internal conference call, which led to his resignation both as company chairman and member of the University of Louisville board of trustees, University president Neeli Bendapudi announced that the company's name would be removed from the Cardinal Stadium name effective immediately.[3]
  • August 1 – Ohio State administrators placed head coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave while the school announced it was launching an investigation into claims that Meyer knew of former assistant coach Zach Smith's involvement in a 2015 domestic violence incident against his ex-wife Courtney Smith. Zach Smith had been fired on July 23 after the allegations were made public.[4]
    • August 22 – Following the investigation, Ohio State announced that Meyer would be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season. In addition, athletic director Gene Smith was suspended from August 31 to December 16.[5]
  • August 11 – Maryland placed head coach D. J. Durkin on paid administrative leave during the school's investigation into the death of player Jordan McNair from heatstroke following an offseason practice, in addition to allegations of abuse and disparagement by coaches within the program. This announcement came the day after the school had placed two trainers and the team's strength coach on administrative leave.[6]
    • August 14 – Maryland president Wallace Loh announced that the school "accepts legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes" that led to McNair's death. The university also parted ways with Rick Court, the strength coach widely blamed for establishing the alleged culture of abuse revealed in recent news reports. Court had resigned the previous day, and reached a financial settlement with the university shortly before Loh made his announcement.[7]
    • October 31 – A day after Durkin was reinstated as head coach after the completion of the school's probe, resulting in widespread outrage among state politicians, students, faculty, and members of McNair's family, Loh fired Durkin. Matt Canada, who had been named the interim head coach following Durkin's original suspension, will continue in that role for the remainder of the season.[8]
  • September 8 – Two of the longest futility streaks of their types in FBS history ended:
    • First, in an afternoon game in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Kansas defeated Central Michigan 31–7, ending the longest road losing streak in FBS history at 46 games. The only longer such streak in college football history was the 48-game streak of FCS Idaho State, which ended in 2014.[9]
    • In a night game, Kentucky defeated Florida 27–16 for the Wildcats' first win over the Gators since 1986 and ending the longest current losing streak in an uninterrupted series at 31 games. This streak was the fourth-longest of its type in NCAA history. This also marked Kentucky's first win in Gainesville since 1979.[10]
  • October 28 – Following a weekend in which eight teams ranked in the AP Poll lost to unranked teams—the most since that poll expanded to a Top 25 format in 1989—seven new teams entered the poll for Week 10, the most in the Top 25 era.[11]

Updated stadiums[edit]

  • Arizona State completed its four-phase renovation of Sun Devil Stadium. The fourth and final phase includes reconstruction of the east sideline. The capacity is now 55,000, down from 71,706 just prior to the renovation.[12]
  • Arkansas debuted its $160 million expansion of the north end zone of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The expansion added 4,800 seats and new premium seating to the north end zone, boosting the capacity of the stadium to 80,800.
  • Georgia debuted its $63 million new west end zone project at Sanford Stadium, which relocates the locker room from the east side to the west side, as well as the addition of a new plaza and recruiting pavilion. The project increased the stadium's capacity by 500 seats.
  • Indiana debuted its $50 million south end zone complex at Memorial Stadium. The project includes a new rehabilitation and treatment facility for athletes, additional academic and life skills support facilities, a multi-use outdoor terrace on the roof of the structure, and an entry plaza and green space at the south end of the stadium. A new 42 x 91.3 ft. video board was installed for the 2018 season in the completed south end zone.
  • Iowa is currently rebuilding the north end zone of Kinnick Stadium. The $89.9 million upgrade will feature the addition of box seating, outdoor club seating and a new scoreboard. Some seating opened for the 2018 season, while the entire project is scheduled to be complete in 2019.
  • Liberty completed an expansion of Williams Stadium during the 2018 season. The capacity was increased from 19,200 to 25,000 in time for the Flames' FBS debut, while construction on a new press box continued until midseason.[13]
  • Louisville debuted an expansion of the venue now known as Cardinal Stadium, specifically the filling in of the north end zone. Two new video scoreboards were also installed. While Louisville had long publicized this expansion project as adding 10,000 seats, bringing the capacity to 65,000,[14] it acknowledged in February 2018 that the final capacity would instead be about 61,000.[15]

Renamed stadiums[edit]

Colorado State announced on April 19, 2018 that an area financial institution, Public Service Credit Union, had paid $37.7 million over 15 years to place its name on the venue then known as Colorado State Stadium. The new stadium name was not revealed at that time because PSCU was in the process of changing its name, with the new name expected to be announced in June 2018. The deal did not affect the playing surface, which continues to be named after former Rams head coach Sonny Lubick.[16] On June 5, the former PSCU announced its new name of Canvas Credit Union, with the CSU venue becoming Canvas Stadium.[17]

Kansas renamed their stadium to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium in honor of alumnus David Booth who donated $50 million to the school for renovations to the stadium.[18]

As noted above, Louisville removed the Papa John's name from Cardinal Stadium in the wake of the controversy over founder John Schnatter.[3]

Kickoff games[edit]

"Week Zero"[edit]

The regular season began with four games on Saturday, August 25:

Week 1[edit]

The vast majority of FBS teams opened the season on Labor Day weekend. Five neutral-site "kickoff" games were held (rankings reflect the Week 1 AP Poll):

Regular Season Top 10 Matchups[edit]

Rankings reflect the AP Poll. Rankings for Week 10 and beyond will list College Football Playoff Rankings first and AP Poll second. Teams that fail to be a top 10 team for one poll or the other will be noted.

Cancelled and rescheduled games[edit]

Week 1[edit]

Two games were cancelled due to thunderstorms:

Three of these four teams later found replacement games to fill out their schedule.

Week 3[edit]

Five games were cancelled due to Hurricane Florence:

Six of the ten teams that lost games due to Florence scheduled tentative replacement games for Week 14, which is normally reserved for conference championship games.

Five games were moved forward in anticipation of Florence:

One game was moved to a neutral site in anticipation of Florence:

One game was rescheduled in anticipation of Florence:

Week 9[edit]

Week 12[edit]

  • The Big Game between Cal and Stanford, originally scheduled for Saturday, November 17, was postponed to Saturday, December 1 due to the Camp Fire in Northern California.

Week 14[edit]

Normally reserved for conference championship games, several games were added to the schedule to replace earlier, cancelled games. All of these games were contingent upon both teams being available.

  • After both teams cancelled games due to Hurricane Florence, NC State and ECU agreed to schedule a new game against each other on December 1 at 12:00 EST at Carter Finley Stadium, and will officially serve as a home game for NC State. The meeting was contingent on neither team qualifying for its respective conference championship game, both of which were scheduled for that same weekend, but was confirmed once both teams were eliminated from contention for their title games. Events will be held at the game to raise money to support victims of Hurricane Florence.[20]
  • Iowa State announced on October 1 that it had scheduled a game against FCS opponent Incarnate Word as a replacement for their cancelled Week 1 game. The game is contingent upon both teams being available for the December 1 match-up at Jack Trice Stadium.[21] On November 19, Incarnate Word accepted a bid to the FCS playoffs, jeopardizing the matchup against Iowa State. If Incarnate Word wins their first round game on November 24, the game against Iowa State would be cancelled. Concurrent with this announcement, Iowa State indicated they were trying to line up a potential replacement so they could complete their 12-game season.[22]
  • South Carolina scheduled a game against Akron on December 1 at Williams-Brice Stadium to replace games each team lost due to weather events. The game was scheduled as a twelfth game on November 2, 2018 as soon as it was clear that neither team was going to qualify for their conference championship, freeing them up for week 14.[23]
  • On November 18, 2018, it was announced that Virginia Tech and Marshall scheduled a game for December 1 at Lane Stadium to make up for games lost due to Hurricane Florence. The game is contingent upon one or both teams needing the win to earn bowl eligibility. As of the announcement, Marshall was already bowl eligible, but Virginia Tech needed two more wins in their final two games (including the tentative Marshall game) to have bowl eligibility. If they were to lose to Virginia during Week 12, the Marshall game would be cancelled as inconsequential.[24]

Conference standings[edit]

2018 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 8 UCF xy   7 0         10 0  
Temple   6 1         7 4  
Cincinnati   5 2         9 2  
South Florida   3 4         7 4  
East Carolina   1 6         3 7  
Connecticut   0 7         1 10  
West Division
Houston   5 2         8 3  
Memphis   4 3         7 4  
SMU   4 3         5 6  
Tulane   4 3         5 6  
Navy   2 5         3 8  
Tulsa   1 6         2 9  
Championship: TBD vs. UCF
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of November 20, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll.
2018 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 2 Clemson xy   8 0         11 0  
No. 19 Syracuse   5 2         8 3  
NC State   4 3         7 3  
Boston College   4 3         7 4  
Florida State   3 5         5 6  
Wake Forest   2 5         5 6  
Louisville   0 8         2 9  
Coastal Division
No. 24 Pittsburgh xy   6 1         7 4  
Georgia Tech   5 3         7 4  
Virginia   4 3         7 4  
Duke   3 4         7 4  
Miami   3 4         6 5  
Virginia Tech   3 4         4 6  
North Carolina   1 6         2 8  
Championship: Clemson vs. Pittsburgh
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of November 20, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 4 Michigan x   8 0         10 1  
No. 10 Ohio State   7 1         10 1  
No. 15 Penn State   5 3         8 3  
Michigan State   4 4         6 5  
Maryland   3 5         5 6  
Indiana   2 6         5 6  
Rutgers   0 8         1 10  
West Division
No. 20 Northwestern xy   7 1         7 4  
Wisconsin   5 3         7 4  
Purdue   4 4         5 6  
Iowa   4 4         7 4  
Nebraska   3 5         4 7  
Illinois   2 6         4 7  
Minnesota   2 6         5 6  
Championship: Northwestern vs. TBD
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of November 20, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Oklahoma   7 1         10 1  
No. 12 West Virginia   6 2         8 2  
No. 11 Texas   6 2         8 3  
No. 25 Iowa State   5 3         6 4  
TCU   3 5         5 6  
Oklahoma State   3 5         6 5  
Kansas State   3 5         5 6  
Texas Tech   3 5         5 6  
Baylor   3 5         5 6  
Kansas   1 7         3 8  
Championship: December 1, 2018
As of November 20, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
FIU   6 1         8 3  
Middle Tennessee   6 1         7 4  
Marshall   5 2         7 3  
Florida Atlantic   3 4         5 6  
Charlotte   3 4         4 7  
Old Dominion   2 5         4 7  
Western Kentucky   1 6         2 9  
West Division
UAB xy   7 0         9 2  
Louisiana Tech   5 2         7 4  
North Texas   4 3         8 3  
Southern Miss   4 3         5 5  
UTSA   2 5         3 8  
UTEP   1 6         1 10  
Rice   0 7         1 11  
Championship: UAB vs. TBD
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of November 20, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Buffalo x   6 1         9 2  
Miami   5 2         5 6  
Ohio   5 2         7 4  
Akron   2 5         4 6  
Bowling Green   2 5         3 8  
Kent State   1 6         2 9  
West Division
Northern Illinois xy   6 1         7 4  
Eastern Michigan   4 3         6 5  
Toledo   4 3         6 5  
Western Michigan   4 3         6 5  
Ball State   3 4         4 7  
Central Michigan   0 7         1 10  
Championship: Northern Illinois vs. TBD
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of November 20, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Mountain West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
No. 14 Utah State   7 0         10 1  
No. 21 Boise State   6 1         9 2  
Wyoming   3 4         5 6  
Air Force   2 5         4 7  
Colorado State   2 5         3 8  
New Mexico   1 6         3 8  
West Division
Fresno State xy   6 1         9 2  
Nevada   5 2         7 4  
San Diego State   4 3         7 4  
Hawaii   4 3         7 5  
UNLV   1 6         3 8  
San Jose State   1 6         1 10  
Championship: Fresno State vs. TBD
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of November 20, 2018; Rankings from AP poll
2018 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 7 Washington State x   7 1         10 1  
No. 16 Washington   6 2         8 3  
Stanford   4 3         6 4  
Oregon   4 4         7 4  
California   3 4         6 4  
Oregon State   1 7         2 9  
South Division
No. 18 Utah xy   6 3         8 3  
Arizona State   4 4         6 5  
Arizona   4 4         5 6  
USC   4 5         5 6  
UCLA   3 5         3 8  
Colorado   2 6         5 6  
Championship: Utah vs. TBD
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of November 20, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll
2018 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Georgia xy   7 1         10 1  
No. 17 Kentucky   5 3         8 3  
No. 13 Florida   5 3         8 3  
South Carolina   4 4         6 4  
Missouri   3 4         7 4  
Tennessee   2 5         5 6  
Vanderbilt   2 5         5 6  
West Division
No. 1 Alabama xy   7 0         11 0  
No. 8 LSU   5 2         9 2  
Texas A&M   4 3         7 4  
No. 22 Mississippi State   3 4         7 4  
Auburn   3 4         7 4  
Ole Miss   1 6         5 6  
Arkansas   0 7         2 9  
Championship: Alabama vs. Georgia
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Ole Miss ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
As of November 20, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Troy   7 0         9 2  
Appalachian State   6 1         8 2  
Georgia Southern   5 2         8 3  
Coastal Carolina   2 5         5 6  
Georgia State   1 6         2 9  
West Division
Arkansas State   4 3         7 4  
Louisiana   4 3         6 5  
Louisiana–Monroe   4 3         6 5  
South Alabama   1 6         2 9  
Texas State   1 6         3 8  
Championship: December 1, 2018
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of November 20, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll
2018 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Notre Dame               11 0  
No. 23 Army               9 2  
BYU               6 5  
Liberty*               4 6  
UMass               4 8  
New Mexico State               3 7  
  • * – Ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules (can apply for waiver if not enough bowl eligible teams)
As of November 20, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

Bowl selections[edit]

There were 40 post-season bowl games not including the CFP National Championship game. Normally, a team is required to have a .500 minimum winning percentage during the regular season to become bowl eligible (this is six wins for an 11- or 12-game schedule, and seven wins for a 13-game schedule). If there are not enough winning teams to fulfill all open bowl slots, teams with losing records may be chosen to fill all 78 bowl slots. Additionally, on the rare occasion in which a conference champion does not meet eligibility requirements, they are usually still chosen for bowl games via tie-ins for their conference.

As well, the top four teams in the College Football Playoff ranking automatically qualify for the College Football Playoff, while additional highly-ranked teams are chosen for the remaining New Years Six bowls.

CFP top 25 teams[edit]

Rank Week 9, 10/30/2018 Week 10, 11/6/2018 Week 11, 11/13/2018 Week 12, 11/20/2018 Week 13, 11/27/2018 Week 14, 12/4/2018 Final, 12/11/2018
1 Alabama (8–0) Alabama (9–0) Alabama (10–0)
2 Clemson (8–0) Clemson (9–0) Clemson (10–0)
3 LSU (7–1) Notre Dame (9–0) Notre Dame (10–0)
4 Notre Dame (8–0) Michigan (8–1) Michigan (9–1)
5 Michigan (7–1) Georgia (8–1) Georgia (9–1)
6 Georgia (7–1) Oklahoma (8–1) Oklahoma (9–1)
7 Oklahoma (7–1) LSU (7–2) LSU (8–2)
8 Washington State (7–1) Washington State (8–1) Washington State (9–1)
9 Kentucky (7–1) West Virginia (7–1) West Virginia (8–1)
10 Ohio State (7–1) Ohio State (8–1) Ohio State (9–1)
11 Florida (6–2) Kentucky (7–2) UCF (9–0)
12 UCF (7–0) UCF (8–0) Syracuse (8–2)
13 West Virginia (6–1) Syracuse (7–2) Florida (7–3)
14 Penn State (6–2) NC State (6–2) Penn State (7–3)
15 Utah (6–2) Florida (6–3) Texas (7–3)
16 Iowa (6–2) Mississippi State (6–3) Iowa State (6–3)
17 Texas (6–2) Boston College (7–2) Kentucky (7–3)
18 Mississippi State (5–3) Michigan State (6–3) Washington (7–3)
19 Syracuse (6–2) Texas (6–3) Utah (7–3)
20 Texas A&M (5–3) Penn State (6–3) Boston College (7–3)
21 NC State (5–2) Iowa (6–3) Mississippi State (6–4)
22 Boston College (6–2) Iowa State (5–3) Northwestern (6–4)
23 Fresno State (7–1) Fresno State (8–1) Utah State (9–1)
24 Iowa State (4–3) Auburn (6–3) Cincinnati (9–1)
25 Virginia (6–2) Washington (7–3) Boise State (8–2)

Bowl–eligible teams[edit]

Number of bowl berths available: 78

Number of bowl-eligible teams: 71

Bowl–ineligible teams[edit]

Number of bowl-ineligible teams: 35

* Liberty is not bowl eligible until 2019 due to their transition from FCS to FBS unless they have at least 6 eligible wins and there are not enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all the spots.[25]

** Ole Miss has a self-imposed two-year bowl ban until 2019 which applies for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champion Runner-up Score Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year
ACC Clemson (Atlantic)
Pittsburgh (Coastal)
American UCF (East)
Houston–Memphis winner (West)
Big 12 TBA
TBA
Big Ten Michigan–Ohio State winner (East)
Northwestern (West)
C-USA FIU or Middle Tennessee (East)
UAB (West)
MAC TBD (East)
Northern Illinois (West)
MW Boise State–Utah State winner (Mountain)
Fresno State (West)
Pac-12 Washington–Washington State winner (North)
Utah (South)
SEC Georgia (East)
Alabama (West)
Sun Belt Appalachian State–Troy winner (East)
Arkansas State or Louisiana–Louisiana Monroe winner (West)

CFP College Football Playoff participant

Rankings[edit]

CFB Playoff final rankings[edit]

On December 11, 2018, the College Football Playoff selection committee will announce its final team rankings for the year.

Final rankings[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

Preseason and in-season[edit]

This is restricted to coaching coaches taking place on or after May 1, 2018. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2018, see 2017 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.

School Outgoing Coach Date Reason Replacement
Bowling Green Mike Jinks October 14 Fired Carl Pelini (interim)
Maryland D. J. Durkin October 31 Fired Matt Canada (interim)
Louisville Bobby Petrino November 11 Fired Lorenzo Ward (interim)
Colorado Mike MacIntyre November 18 Fired Kurt Roper (interim)
Texas State Everett Withers November 18 Fired Chris Woods (interim)

End of season[edit]

This list includes coaching changes announced during the season that did not take effect until the end of the season.

School Outgoing Coach Date Reason Replacement
Kansas David Beaty November 4 Fired (effective at end of season)[26] Les Miles
Charlotte Brad Lambert November 18 Fired (effective at end of season)

Television viewers and ratings[edit]

Most watched regular season games[edit]

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating[27] Significance
1 November 3, 8:00 ET #1 Alabama 29 #3 LSU 0 CBS 11.54 6.6 Rivalry/College GameDay
2 September 29, 7:30 ET #4 Ohio State 27 #9 Penn State 26 ABC 9.14 5.3 Rivalry/College GameDay
3 September 15, 8:00 ET #4 Ohio State 40 #15 TCU 28 7.23 4.25 College GameDay
4 September 1, 7:30 ET #14 Michigan 17 #12 Notre Dame 24 NBC 7.09 4.0 Rivalry/College GameDay
5 September 2, 7:30 ET #8 Miami (FL) 17 #25 LSU 33 ABC 6.56 3.8 Advocare Classic
6 October 27, 3:30 ET #9 Florida 17 #7 Georgia 36 CBS 6.35 3.9 College GameDay
7 October 20, 7:30 ET #2 Ohio State 20 Purdue 49 ABC 6.29 3.8
8 October 13, 7:30 ET #15 Wisconsin 13 #12 Michigan 38 6.04 3.5 College GameDay
9 September 15, 3:30 ET #12 LSU 22 #7 Auburn 21 CBS 5.94 3.5 Rivalry
10 September 22, 3:30 ET #22 Texas A&M 23 #1 Alabama 45 5.65 3.4

#Rankings are from the AP Poll (before 10/30) and CFP Rankings (thereafter).

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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