NCAA Football : Conference Changes
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2023: Conference changes:
         Alabama-Birmingham:       Conference USA    -> American Athletic
         Brigham Young:            Independents      -> Big 12
         Central Florida:          American Athletic -> Big 12
         Cincinnati:               American Athletic -> Big 12
         Florida Atlantic:         Conference USA    -> American Athletic
         Houston:                  American Athletic -> Big 12
         Jacksonville State:       FCS               -> Conference USA
         Liberty:                  Independents      -> Conference USA
         New Mexico State:         Independents      -> Conference USA
         North Carolina-Charlotte: Conference USA    -> American Athletic
         North Texas:              Conference USA    -> American Athletic
         Rice:                     Conference USA    -> American Athletic
         Sam Houston State:        FCS               -> Conference USA
         Texas-San Antonio:        Conference USA    -> American Athletic

2022: Conference changes: James Madison: FCS -> Sun Belt Marshall: Conference USA -> Sun Belt Old Dominion: Conference USA -> Sun Belt Southern Mississippi: Conference USA -> Sun Belt
2021: Conference changes: Notre Dame: ACC -> Independents
2020: Conference changes: Connecticut: American Athletic -> Independents Notre Dame: Independents -> ACC Schools that did not play games due to COVID-19 global pandemic: Connecticut New Mexico State Old Dominion
2019: No changes
2018: New to FBS: Liberty (Independents) Leaves FBS: Idaho (Sun Belt) Conference changes: New Mexico State: Sun Belt -> Independents
2017: New to FBS: Alabama-Birmingham (Conference USA) Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt)
2016: Conference changes: Massachusetts: MAC -> Independents
2015: New to FBS: North Carolina-Charlotte (Conference USA) Leaves FBS: Alabama-Birmingham (Conference USA) Conference changes: Navy: Independents -> American Athletic
2014: New to FBS: Appalachian State (Sun Belt) Georgia Southern (Sun Belt) Old Dominion (Conference USA) Conference changes: East Carolina: Conference USA -> American Athletic Idaho: Independents -> Sun Belt Louisville: American Athletic -> ACC Maryland: ACC -> Big Ten New Mexico State: Independents -> Sun Belt Rutgers: American Athletic -> Big Ten Tulane: Conference USA -> American Athletic Tulsa: Conference USA -> American Athletic Western Kentucky: Sun Belt -> Conference USA
2013: American Athletic formed from the Big East. Schools from Big East that join American Athletic: Cincinnati Connecticut Louisville Rutgers South Florida Temple WAC stops playing FBS football New to FBS: Georgia State (Sun Belt) Conference changes: Central Florida: Conference USA -> American Athletic Florida Atlantic: Sun Belt -> Conference USA Florida International: Sun Belt -> Conference USA Houston: Conference USA -> American Athletic Idaho: WAC -> Independents Louisiana Tech: WAC -> Conference USA Memphis: Conference USA -> American Athletic Middle Tennessee State: Sun Belt -> Conference USA New Mexico State: WAC -> Independents North Texas: Sun Belt -> Conference USA Pittsburgh: Big East -> ACC San Jose State: WAC -> Mountain West Southern Methodist: Conference USA -> American Athletic Syracuse: Big East -> ACC Texas-San Antonio: WAC -> Conference USA Texas State: WAC -> Sun Belt Utah State: WAC -> Mountain West
2012: Last season for the WAC New to FBS: Massachusetts (MAC) South Alabama (Sun Belt) Texas State (WAC) Texas-San Antonio (WAC) Conference changes: Fresno State: WAC -> Mountain West Hawaii: WAC -> Mountain West Missouri: Big 12 -> SEC Nevada: WAC -> Mountain West Temple: MAC -> Big East Texas A&M: Big 12 -> SEC Texas Christian: Mountain West -> Big 12 West Virginia: Big East -> Big 12
2011: PAC-10 renamed to PAC-12 with the addition of: Colorado Utah Conference changes: Boise State: WAC -> Mountain West Brigham Young: Mountain West -> Independents Colorado: Big 12 -> PAC-12 Nebraska: Big 12 -> Big Ten Utah: Mountain West -> PAC-12
2010: No changes
2009: Conference changes: Western Kentucky: Independents -> Sun Belt
2008: No changes
2007: New to FBS: Western Kentucky (Independents) Conference changes: Temple: Independents -> MAC
2006: No changes
2005: Leaves FBS: Florida A&M (Independents) Conference changes: Army: Conference USA -> Independents Boston College: Big East -> ACC Central Florida: MAC -> Conference USA Cincinnati: Conference USA -> Big East Idaho: Sun Belt -> WAC Louisville: Conference USA -> Big East Marshall: MAC -> Conference USA New Mexico State: Sun Belt -> WAC Rice WAC -> Conference USA South Florida: Conference USA -> Big East Southern Methodist: WAC -> Conference USA Temple: Big East -> Independents Texas Christian: Conference USA -> Mountain West Texas-El Paso: WAC -> Conference USA Tulsa: WAC -> Conference USA Utah State: Sun Belt -> WAC
2004: New to FBS: Florida A&M (Independents) Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt) Florida International (Sun Belt) Conference changes: Connecticut: Independents -> Big East Miami (FL): Big East -> ACC Virginia Tech: Big East -> ACC Troy: Independents -> Sun Belt
2003: Conference changes: South Florida: Independents -> Conference USA Utah State: Independents -> Sun Belt
2002: Conference changes: Central Florida: Independents -> MAC
2001: Big West stops sponsoring football Sun Belt inaugural season New to FBS: South Florida (Independents) Troy (Independents) Conference changes: Arkansas State: Big West -> Sun Belt Boise State: Big West -> WAC Idaho: Big West -> Sun Belt Louisiana Tech: Independents -> WAC Louisiana-Lafayette: Independents -> Sun Belt Louisiana-Monroe: Independents -> Sun Belt Middle Tennessee State: Independents -> Sun Belt New Mexico State: Big West -> Sun Belt North Texas: Big West -> Sun Belt Texas Christian: WAC -> Conference USA Utah State: Big West -> Independents
2000: Last season for the Big West New to FBS: Connecticut (Independents) Conference changes: Nevada: Big West -> WAC
1999: Mountain West inaugural season New to FBS: Buffalo (MAC) Middle Tennessee State (Independents) Conference changes: Alabama-Birmingham: Independents -> Conference USA Arkansas State: Independents -> Big West Air Force: WAC -> Mountain West Brigham Young: WAC -> Mountain West Colorado State: WAC -> Mountain West Nevada-Las Vegas: WAC -> Mountain West New Mexico: WAC -> Mountain West San Diego State: WAC -> Mountain West Utah: WAC -> Mountain West Wyoming: WAC -> Mountain West
1998: Conference changes: Army: Independents -> Conference USA
1997: New to FBS: Marshall (MAC) Conference changes: East Carolina: Independents -> Conference USA Northern Illinois: Independents -> MAC
1996: Big 12 inaugural season (formed from all 8 Big Eight schools and 4 Southwestern Conference schools) Conference USA inaugural season New to FBS: Alabama-Birmingham (Independents) Boise State (Big West) Central Florida (Independents) Idaho (Big West) Leaves FBS: Pacific (Big West) Conference changes: Arkansas State: Big West -> Independents Baylor: Southwest -> Big 12 Cincinnati: Independents -> Conference USA Colorado: Big Eight -> Big 12 Houston: Southwest -> Conference USA Iowa State: Big Eight -> Big 12 Kansas: Big Eight -> Big 12 Kansas State: Big Eight -> Big 12 Louisiana Tech: Big West -> Independents Louisiana-Lafayette: Big West -> Independents Louisville: Independents -> Conference USA Memphis: Independents -> Conference USA Missouri: Big Eight -> Big 12 Nebraska: Big Eight -> Big 12 Nevada-Las Vegas: Big West -> WAC North Texas: Independents -> Big West Northern Illinois: Big West -> Independents Oklahoma: Big Eight -> Big 12 Oklahoma State: Big Eight -> Big 12 Rice: Southwest -> WAC San Jose State: Big West -> WAC Southern Methodist: Southwest -> WAC Southern Mississippi: Independents -> Conference USA Texas: Southwest -> Big 12 Texas A&M: Southwest -> Big 12 Texas Christian: Southwest -> WAC Texas Tech: Southwest -> Big 12 Tulane: Independents -> Conference USA Tulsa: Independents -> WAC
1995: Last season for Big Eight and Southwestern Conference New to FBS: North Texas (Independents)
1994: New to FBS: Louisiana-Monroe (Independents)
1993: Leaves FBS: California State Fullerton (Big West) Conference changes: Arkansas State: Independents -> Big West Louisiana Tech: Independents -> Big West Louisiana-Lafayette: Independents -> Big West Northern Illinois: Independents -> Big West Penn State: Independents -> Big Ten
1992: New to FBS: Nevada (Big West) Leaves FBS: Long Beach State (Big West) Conference changes: Akron: Independents -> MAC Arkansas: Southwest -> SEC Florida State: Independents -> ACC Fresno State: Big West -> WAC South Carolina: Independents -> SEC
1991: Big East inaugural season Conference changes: Boston College: Independents -> Big East Miami (FL): Independents -> Big East Pittsburgh: Independents -> Big East Rutgers: Independents -> Big East Syracuse: Independents -> Big East Temple: Independents -> Big East Virginia Tech: Independents -> Big East West Virginia: Independents -> Big East
1990: New to FBS: Arkansas State (Independents)
1989: New to FBS: Southern Methodist (Southwest) - following 2 year "death penalty"
1988: Pacific Coast Athletic renamed Big West New to FBS: Louisiana Tech (Independents)
1987: New to FBS: Akron (Independents) Leaves FBS: Southern Methodist (Southwest) - program suspended for 2 years Wichita State (Independents)
1986: Missouri Valley Conference stops sponsoring football Leaves FBS: Drake (Missouri Valley) Illinois State (Missouri Valley) Indiana State (Missouri Valley) Southern Illinois (Missouri Valley) West Texas A&M (Missouri Valley) Conference changes: Northern Illinois: MAC -> Independents Tulsa: Missouri Valley -> Independents Wichita State: Missouri Valley -> Independents
1985: No changes
1984: Leaves FBS: Richmond (Independents) William & Mary (Independents) Conference changes: New Mexico State: Missouri Valley -> Pacific Coast Athletic
1983: Leaves FBS: North Texas (Independents) Conference changes: Georgia Tech: Independents -> ACC
1982: Ivy League, Southern, Southland stop playing FBS-level Leaves FBS: Appalachian State (Southern) Arkansas State (Southland) Brown (Ivy League) Citadel (Southern) Colgate (Independents) Columbia (Ivy League) Cornell (Ivy League) Dartmouth (Ivy League) East Tennessee State (Southern) Furman (Southern) Harvard (Ivy League) Holy Cross (Independents) Lamar (Southland) Louisiana Tech (Southland) Louisiana-Monroe (Independents) Marshall (Southern) McNeese State (Southland) Pennsylvania (Ivy League) Princeton (Ivy League) Texas-Arlington (Southland) Tennessee-Chattanooga (Southern) Virginia Military Institute (Southern) Western Carolina (Southern) Yale (Ivy League) Conference changes: Louisiana-Lafayette: Southland -> Independents Nevada-Las Vegas: Independents -> Pacific Coast Athletic
1981: Leaves FBS: Villanova (Independents) Conference changes: Illinois State: Independents -> Missouri Valley
1980: Leaves FBS: Connecticut (Independents) Northwestern State (Independents) Conference changes: Air Force: Independents -> WAC
1979: New to FBS: Connecticut (Independents) East Tennessee State (Southern) Conference changes: Hawaii: Independents -> WAC
1978: PAC-8 renamed to PAC-10 with the addition of: Arizona Arizona State SWAC stops playing FBS-level New to FBS: Nevada-Las Vegas (Independents) Leaves FBS: Alcorn State (SWAC) Grambling (SWAC) Jackson State (SWAC) Mississippi Valley (SWAC) Prairie View (SWAC) Southern (SWAC) Tennessee State (Independents) Texas Southern (SWAC) Conference changes: Arizona: WAC -> PAC-10 Arizona State: WAC -> PAC-10 Indiana State: Independents -> Missouri Valley San Diego State: Independents -> WAC Utah State: Independents -> Pacific Coast Athletic
1977: SWAC plays at the FBS-level New to FBS: Alcorn State (SWAC) Grambling (SWAC) Jackson State (SWAC) Mississippi Valley (SWAC) Prairie View (SWAC) Southern (SWAC) Tennessee State (Independents) Texas Southern (SWAC) Western Carolina: (Southern) Leaves FBS: Dayton (Independents) Conference changes: East Carolina: Southern -> Independents Marshall: Independents -> Southern Richmond: Southern -> Independents Southern Illinois: Independents -> Missouri Valley Tennessee-Chattanooga: Independents -> Southern William & Mary: Southern -> Independents
1976: New to FBS: Northwestern State (Independents) Leaves FBS: Akron (Independents) Conference changes: Eastern Michigan: Independents -> MAC Houston: Independents -> Southwest San Diego State: Pacific Coast Athletic -> Independents
1975: Southland Conference plays at the FBS-level New to FBS: Akron (Independents) Ball State (MAC) California State Fullerton (Pacific Coast Athletic) Central Michigan (MAC) Eastern Michigan (Independents) Illinois State (Independents) Indiana State (Independents) Louisiana-Monroe (Independents) Louisiana Tech (Southland) McNeese State (Southland) Leaves FBS: Idaho (Independents) Tampa (Independents) Conference changes: Arkansas State: Independents -> Southland Lamar: Independents -> Southland Louisiana-Lafayette: Independents -> Southland Louisville: Missouri Valley -> Independents North Texas: Missouri Valley -> Independents Northern Illinois: Independents -> MAC Texas-Arlington: Independents -> Southland
1974: New to FBS: Arkansas State (Independents) Hawaii (Independents) Leaves FBS: Xavier (Independents) Davidson (Southern)
1973: New to FBS: Lamar (Independents) Louisiana-Lafayette (Independents) Conference changes: Memphis: Missouri Valley -> Independents
1972: New to FBS: Appalachian State (Southern) Southern Illinois (Independents) Leaves FBS: California State Los Angeles (Pacific Coast Athletic) California-Santa Barbara (Pacific Coast Athletic) Hawaii (Independents) Conference changes: New Mexico State: Independents -> Missouri Valley
1971: New to FBS: Drake (Missouri Valley) Hawaii (Independents) Tampa (Independents) Temple (Independents) Tennessee-Chattanooga (Independents) Texas-Arlington (Independents) Leaves FBS: Buffalo (Independents) Conference changes: South Carolina: ACC -> Independents West Texas A&M: Independents -> Missouri Valley
1970: New to FBS: Holy Cross (Independents) Conference changes: Cincinnati: Missouri Valley -> Independents Marshall: MAC -> Independents
1969: Pacific Coast Athletic inaugural season New to FBS: California State Los Angeles (Pacific Coast Athletic) California-Santa Barbara (Pacific Coast Athletic) Fresno State (Pacific Coast Athletic) Long Beach State (Pacific Coast Athletic) San Diego State (Pacific Coast Athletic) Leaves FBS: Holy Cross (Independents) Tampa (Independents) Conference changes: Pacific: Independents -> Pacific Coast Athletic San Jose State: Independents -> Pacific Coast Athletic
1968: AAWU (Athletic Association of Western Universities) renamed to PAC-8 New to FBS: Northern Illinois (Independents) Conference changes: Colorado State: Independents -> WAC Memphis: Independents -> Missouri Valley Texas-El Paso: Independents -> WAC West Virginia: Southern -> Independents
1967: Leaves FBS: George Washington (Southern)
1966: New to FBS: Tampa (Independents) Leaves FBS: Lehigh (Independents) Quantico Marines (Independents) Conference changes: Tulane: SEC -> Independents
1965: New to FBS: East Carolina (Southern) Quantico Marines (Independents) Leaves FBS: Boston University (Independents) Detroit Mercy (Independents) Conference changes: Virginia Tech: Southern -> Independents
1964: Conference changes: Georgia Tech: SEC -> Independents Oregon: Independents -> AAWU Oregon State: Independents -> AAWU
1963: New to FBS: Lehigh (Independents) Southern Mississippi (Independents) Leaves FBS: Hardin-Simmons (Independents) Montana (Independents) Conference changes: Louisville: Independents -> Missouri Valley
1962: MAC starts playing at FBS-level WAC inaugural season Border, Skyline conferences dis-band New to FBS: Bowling Green (MAC) Buffalo (Independents) Kent State (MAC) Louisville (Independents) Marshall (MAC) Miami (OH) (MAC) Ohio (MAC) Toledo (MAC) Western Michigan (MAC) Conference changes: Arizona: Independents -> WAC Arizona State: Border -> WAC Brigham Young: Skyline -> WAC Colorado State: Skyline -> Independents Hardin-Simmons: Border -> Independents Montana: Skyline -> Independents New Mexico: Skyline -> WAC New Mexico State: Border -> Independents Texas-El Paso: Border -> Independents Utah: Skyline -> WAC Utah State: Skyline -> Independents Washington State: Independents -> AAWU West Texas A&M: Border -> Independents Wyoming: Skyline -> WAC
1961: Leaves FBS: Denver (Skyline) Marquette (Independents) Conference changes: Arizona: Border -> Independents
1960: Big Seven renamed Big Eight with the addition of Oklahoma State New to FBS: Memphis (Independents) Conference changes: Houston: Missouri Valley -> Independents Oklahoma State: Independents -> Big Eight Texas Tech: Independents -> Southwest
1959: AAWU formed from Pacific Coast New to FBS: Xavier (Independents) Leaves FBS: Drake (Independents) Conference changes: California: Pacific Coast -> AAWU Idaho: Pacific Coast -> Independents Oregon: Pacific Coast -> Independents Oregon State: Pacific Coast -> Independents Southern California: Pacific Coast -> AAWU Stanford: Pacific Coast -> AAWU UCLA: Pacific Coast -> AAWU Washington: Pacific Coast -> AAWU Washington State: Pacific Coast -> Independents
1958: No changes
1957: New to FBS: Air Force (Independents) Conference changes: Cincinnati: Independents -> Missouri Valley Detroit Mercy: Missouri Valley -> Independents North Texas: Independents -> Missouri Valley Oklahoma State: Missouri Valley -> Independents
1956: Ivy League inaugural season New to FBS: Dayton (Independents) Conference changes: Brown: Independents -> Ivy League Columbia: Independents -> Ivy League Cornell: Independents -> Ivy League Dartmouth: Independents -> Ivy League Harvard: Independents -> Ivy League Pennsylvania: Independents -> Ivy League Princeton: Independents -> Ivy League Texas Tech: Border -> Independents Yale: Independents -> Ivy League
1955: Leaves FBS: Fordham (Independents)
1954: New to FBS: Cincinnati (Independents) Florida State (Independents) Leaves FBS: Washington & Lee (Southern) Conference changes: Virginia: Independents -> ACC
1953: ACC inaugural season Western Conference renamed Big Ten with the addition of Michigan State New to FBS: North Texas (Independents) Leaves FBS: Northern Arizona (Border) New York University (Independents) Santa Clara (Independents) Temple (Independents) Conference changes: Clemson: Independents -> ACC Duke Southern -> ACC Maryland: Independents -> ACC Michigan State: Independents -> Big Ten North Carolina: Southern -> ACC North Carolina State: Southern -> ACC South Carolina: Southern -> ACC Wake Forest: Southern -> ACC
1952: Leaves FBS: Bradley (Missouri Valley) Loyola Marymount (Independents) San Francisco (Independents) Conference changes: Clemson: Southern -> Independents Drake: Missouri Valley -> Independents Maryland: Southern -> Independents
1951: Leaves FBS: Duquesne (Independents) Georgetown (Independents) Nevada (Independents) St. Mary's (CA) (Independents) Conference changes: Houston: Independents -> Missouri Valley Montana: Independents -> Skyline New Mexico: Border -> Skyline
1950: New to FBS: Pacific (Independents) San Jose State (Independents) Leaves FBS: St. Louis (Missouri Valley) Conference changes: Montana: Pacific Coast -> Independents West Virginia: Independents -> Southern
1949: New to FBS: Bradley (Missouri Valley) Houston (Independents) Loyola Marymount (Independents) Leaves FBS: Tennessee-Chattanooga (Independents) Conference changes: Detroit Mercy: Independents -> Missouri Valley
1948: Big Six renamed Big Seven with the addition of Colorado Mountain States Conference renamed Skyline Conference Leaves FBS: Merchant Marine (Independents) Montana State (Independents) Portland (Independents) Conference changes: Colorado: Mountain States -> Big Seven
1947: New to FBS: Boston University (Independents) Duquesne (Independents) Leaves FBS: Bucknell (Independents) Lafayette (Independents)
1946: New to FBS: Arizona (Border) Arizona State (Border) Brigham Young (Mountain States) Citadel (Southern) Davidson (Southern) Fordham (Independents) Furman (Southern) George Washington (Southern) Georgetown (Independents) Hardin-Simmons (Border) Montana (Pacific Coast) Montana State (Independents) Nevada (Independents) New Mexico State (Border) Northern Arizona (Border) Portland (Independents) Rutgers (Independents) San Francisco (Independents) Santa Clara (Independents) Stanford (Pacific Coast) Texas-El Paso (Border) Washington & Lee (Southern) Wyoming (Mountain States) Leaves FBS: Coast Guard (Independents) Colorado College (Independents) Great Lakes Navy (Independents) Presbyterian (Independents)
1945: New to FBS: Baylor (Southwest) Colorado State (Mountain States) Detroit Mercy (Independents) Harvard (Independents) Idaho (Pacific Coast) Lafayette (Independents) Merchant Marine (Independents) Oregon (Pacific Coast) Oregon State (Pacific Coast) Princeton (Independents) St. Louis (Missouri Valley) St. Mary's (CA) (Independents) Tennessee-Chattanooga (Independents) Vanderbilt (SEC) Virginia Tech (Southern) Washington State (Pacific Coast) Wichita State (Missouri Valley) Leaves FBS: Alameda Coast Guard (Independents) Amarillo Field (Independents) Fort Warren (Independents) Idaho State (Independents) Iowa Pre-Flight (Independents) Lubbock Field (Independents) March Field (Independents) Norman NAS (Independents) Randolph Field (Independents) Second Air Force (CO) (Independents) St. Mary's (CA) Pre-Flight (Independents)
1944: New to FBS: Alabama (SEC) Amarillo Field (Independents) Auburn (SEC) Boston College (Independents) Bucknell (Independents) Coast Guard (Independents) Drake (Missouri Valley) Florida (SEC) Fort Warren (Independents) Idaho State (Independents) Kentucky (SEC) Lubbock Field (Independents) Miami (FL) (Independents) Michigan State (Independents) Mississippi (SEC) Mississippi State (SEC) New Mexico (Border) New York University (Independents) Norman NAS (Independents) Presbyterian (Independents) Randolph Field (Independents) Second Air Force (CO) (Independents) Syracuse (Independents) Tennessee (SEC) Utah State (Mountain States) Washington (Pacific Coast) West Texas A&M (Border) William & Mary (Southern) Leaves FBS: Camp Grant (Independents) Del Monte Pre-Flight (Independents) Fort Riley (Independents) Georgia Pre-Flight (Independents) North Carolina Pre-Flight (Independents) Pacific (Independents) Princeton (Independents) San Francisco (Independents) St. Mary's (CA) (Independents) Conference changes: Texas Tech: Independents -> Border
1943: New to FBS: Alameda Coast Guard (Independents) Camp Grant (Independents) Colorado College (Independents) Del Monte Pre-Flight (Independents) Fort Riley (Independents) March Field (Independents) Pacific (Independents) Leaves FBS: Alabama (SEC) Arizona (Border) Arizona State (Border) Auburn (SEC) Baylor (Southwest) Boston College (Independents) Brigham Young (Mountain States) Citadel (Southern) Colorado State (Mountain States) Creighton (Missouri Valley) Davidson (Southern) Detroit Mercy (Independents) Drake (Missouri Valley) Duquesne (Independents) Florida (SEC) Fordham (Independents) Furman (Southern) George Washington (Southern) Georgetown (Independents) Hardin-Simmons (Border) Harvard (Independents) Idaho (Pacific Coast) Jacksonville NAS (Independents) Kentucky (SEC) Loyola Marymount (Independents) Manhattan (Independents) Miami (FL) (Independents) Michigan State (Independents) Mississippi (SEC) Mississippi State (SEC) Montana (Pacific Coast) New Mexico (Border) New Mexico State (Border) Northern Arizona (Border) Oregon (Pacific Coast) Oregon State (Pacific Coast) Santa Clara (Independents) St. Louis (Missouri Valley) Stanford (Pacific Coast) Syracuse (Independents) Tennessee (SEC) Texas-El Paso (Border) Utah State (Mountain States) Vanderbilt (SEC) Virginia Tech (Southern) Washington (Pacific Coast) Washington State (Pacific Coast) Washington & Lee (Southern) Washington-St. Louis (Missouri Valley) West Texas A&M (Border) William & Mary (Southern) Wyoming (Mountain States) Conference changes: Texas Tech: Border -> Independents
1942: New to FBS: Georgia Pre-Flight (Independents) Great Lakes Navy (Independents) Iowa Pre-Flight (Independents) Jacksonville NAS (Independents) North Carolina Pre-Flight (Independents) St. Mary's (CA) Pre-Flight (Independents) Leaves FBS: Centenary (LA) (Independents) Gonzaga (Independents) New York University (Independents) Sewanee (Independents)
1941: New to FBS: West Texas A&M (Border) Leaves FBS: Carnegie Mellon (Independents) Hampden-Sydney (Independents) Washburn (Missouri Valley) Conference changes: George Washington: Independents -> Southern Hardin-Simmons: Independents -> Border
1940: Leaves FBS: Bucknell: (Independents) Chicago: (Western) Rhodes: (Independents) Conference changes: Sewanee: SEC -> Independents
1939: New to FBS: Hardin-Simmons (Independents) Rhodes (Independents)
1938: Mountain States inaugural season New to FBS: Hampden-Sydney (Independents) Leaves FBS: Colorado College (Rocky Mountain) Colorado Mines (Rocky Mountain) Montana State (Rocky Mountain) Northern Colorado (Rocky Mountain) Western State (Rocky Mountain) Conference changes: Brigham Young: Rocky Mountain -> Mountain States Colorado: Rocky Mountain -> Mountain States Colorado State: Rocky Mountain -> Mountain States Denver: Rocky Mountain -> Mountain States Utah: Rocky Mountain -> Mountain States Utah State: Rocky Mountain -> Mountain States Wyoming: Rocky Mountain -> Mountain States
1937: Last year of the Rocky Mountain Conference New to FBS: Boston College (Independents) Leaves FBS: Erskine (Independents) Grinnell (Missouri Valley) Loyola (LA) (Independents) Mercer (Independents) Presbyterian (Independents) Wofford (Independents) Conference changes: St. Louis: Independents -> Missouri Valley
1936: New to FBS: Erskine (Independents) Holy Cross (Independents) Manhattan (Independents) Miami (FL) (Independents) Wofford (Independents) Leaves FBS: Centre (Independents) Xavier (Independents) Conference changes: Citadel: Independents -> Southern Davidson: Independents -> Southern Furman: Independents -> Southern Richmond: Independents -> Southern Virginia: Southern -> Independents Wake Forest: Independents -> Southern William & Mary: Independents -> Southern
1935: New to FBS: Centre (Independents) Presbyterian (Independents) Texas-El Paso (Border) Xavier (Independents) Washburn (Missouri Valley) Leaves FBS: Washington & Jefferson (Independents) Conference changes: Tulsa: Independents -> Missouri Valley
1934: New to FBS: Loyola (LA) (Independents) Leaves FBS: Butler (Missouri Valley) Lafayette (Independents) Wofford (Independents)
1933: SEC inaugural season New to FBS: Duquesne (Independents) Furman (Independents) Loyola Marymount (Independents) Mercer (Independents) Tulsa (Independents) Wofford (Independents) Conference changes: Alabama: Southern -> SEC Auburn: Southern -> SEC Florida: Southern -> SEC Georgia: Southern -> SEC Georgia Tech: Southern -> SEC Kentucky: Southern -> SEC Louisiana State: Southern -> SEC Mississippi: Southern -> SEC Mississippi State: Southern -> SEC Sewanee: Southern -> SEC Tennessee: Southern -> SEC Tulane: Southern -> SEC Vanderbilt: Southern -> SEC
1932: New to FBS: Butler (Missouri Valley) Citadel (Independents) George Washington (Independents) Lafayette (Independents) Richmond (Independents) San Francisco (Independents) Santa Clara (Independents) St. Louis (Independents) Texas Tech (Border) William & Mary (Independents)
1931: Border Conference inaugural season New to FBS: Arizona (Border) Arizona State (Border) New Mexico (Border) New Mexico State (Border) Northern Arizona (Border) Leaves FBS: Regis (CO) (Independents)
1930: New to FBS: Bucknell (Independents) Centenary (LA) (Independents) Gonzaga (Independents) St. Mary's (CA) (Independents) Temple (Independents) Villanova (Independents)
1929: New to FBS: Regis (CO) (Independents) Leaves FBS: Furman (Independents)
1928: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate splits into Big Six and Missouri Valley New to FBS: Fordham (Independents) UCLA (Pacific Coast) Leaves FBS: Lafayette (Independents) Conference changes: Creighton: Independents -> Missouri Valley Drake: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate -> Missouri Valley Grinnell: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate -> Missouri Valley Iowa State: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate -> Big Six Kansas: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate -> Big Six Kansas State: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate -> Big Six Missouri: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate -> Big Six Nebraska: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate -> Big Six Oklahoma: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate -> Big Six Oklahoma State: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate -> Missouri Valley Washington-St. Louis: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate -> Missouri Valley
1927: New to FBS: Creighton (Independents) Detroit Mercy (Independents) Georgetown (Independents) Lafayette (Independents) Marquette (Independents) New York University (Independents) Leaves FBS: Citadel (Independents) Presbyterian (Independents) Wofford (Independents)
1926: Leaves FBS: Centre (Independents) Gonzaga (Independents) Hampden-Sydney (Independents) Mercer (Independents) Newberry (Independents) Oglethorpe (Independents) Richmond (Independents) William & Mary (Independents)
1925: New to FBS: Hampden-Sydney (Independents) Michigan State (Independents) Leaves FBS: Birmingham-Southern (Independents) Boston University (Independents) Erskine (Independents) Millsaps (Independents) Mississippi College (Independents) Regis (CO) (Independents) Samford (Independents) Tennessee-Chattanooga (Independents) Whitman (Independents) Conference changes: Oklahoma State: Southwest -> Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Western State: Independents -> Rocky Mountain
1924: New to FBS: Birmingham-Southern (Independents) Erskine (Independents) Millsaps (Independents) Regis (CO) (Independents) Western State (Independents) Leaves FBS: Lafayette (Independents) Lehigh (Independents) Rutgers (Independents) Conference changes: Montana: Independents -> Pacific Coast Virginia Military Institute: Independents -> Southern
1923: New to FBS: Boston University (Independents) Montana (Independents) Whitman (Independents) Montana State (Rocky Mountain) Northern Colorado (Rocky Mountain) Leaves FBS: Birmingham-Southern (Independents) Erskine (Independents) Fort Benning (Independents) Hampden-Sydney (Independents) Spring Hill (Independents) Conference changes: Texas Christian: Independents -> Southwest
1922: New to FBS: Army (Independents) Carnegie Mellon (Independents) Duke (Independents) Fort Benning (Independents) Gonzaga (Independents) Hampden-Sydney (Independents) William & Mary (Independents) Southern California (Pacific Coast) Brigham Young (Rocky Mountain) Leaves FBS: Phillips (Independents) Southwestern (TX) (Independents) Conference changes: Florida: Independents -> Southern Idaho: Independents -> Pacific Coast Louisiana State: Independents -> Southern Mississippi: Independents -> Southern Sewanee: Independents -> Southern South Carolina: Independents -> Southern Tulane: Independents -> Southern Vanderbilt: Independents -> Southern
1921: Southern Conference inaugural season New to FBS: Columbia (Independents) Erskine (Independents) Idaho (Independents) Mississippi (Independents) Richmond (Independents) Spring Hill (Independents) Conference changes: Alabama: Independents -> Southern Auburn: Independents -> Southern Clemson: Independents -> Southern Georgia: Independents -> Southern Georgia Tech: Independents -> Southern Kentucky: Independents -> Southern Maryland: Independents -> Southern Mississippi State: Independents -> Southern Nebraska: Independents -> Missouri Valley Intercollegiate North Carolina: Independents -> Southern North Carolina State: Independents -> Southern Phillips: Southwest -> Independents Tennessee: Independents -> Southern Virginia: Independents -> Southern Virginia Tech: Independents -> Southern Washington & Lee: Independents -> Southern
1920: New to FBS: Birmingham-Southern (Independents) Mercer (Independents) Tennessee-Chattanooga (Independents) Phillips (Southwest) Leaves FBS: Army (Independents) Boston College (Independents) Bucknell (Independents) Erskine (Independents) Georgetown (Independents) Mississippi (Independents) Spring Hill (Independents) Conference changes: Oklahoma: Southwest -> Missouri Valley Intercollegiate
1919: New to FBS: Alabama (Independents) Army (Independents) Boston College (Independents) Bucknell (Independents) Centre (Independents) Colgate (Independents) Cornell (Independents) Erskine (Independents) Florida (Independents) Georgetown (Independents) Georgia (Independents) Grinnell (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate) Louisiana State (Independents) Mississippi College (Independents) Missouri (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate) Newberry (Independents) North Carolina (Independents) Oglethorpe (Independents) Princeton (Independents) Samford (Independents) Spring Hill (Independents) Tennessee (Independents) Tulane (Independents) Utah (Rocky Mountain) Utah State (Rocky Mountain) Virginia (Independents) Washington State (Pacific Coast) West Virginia (Independents) Wyoming (Rocky Mountain) Yale (Independents) Leaves FBS: Great Lakes Navy (Independents) Mare Island Marines (Independents) Michigan State (Independents) Conference changes: Nebraska: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate -> Independents
1918: New to FBS: Great Lakes Navy (Independents) Harvard (Independents) Michigan State (Independents) Stanford (Pacific Coast) Leaves FBS: Alabama (Independents) Army (Independents) Bucknell (Independents) Carlisle (Independents) Colgate (Independents) Cornell (Independents) Florida (Independents) Georgetown (Independents) Idaho (Independents) Louisiana State (Independents) Missouri (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate) Montana (Independents) Newberry (Independents) Tulane (Independents) Tulsa (Independents) West Virginia (Independents) Utah (Rocky Mountain) Utah State (Rocky Mountain) Washington State (Pacific Coast) Wyoming (Rocky Mountain) Conference changes: Southern Methodist: Independents -> Southwest
1917: New to FBS: Carlisle (Independents) Idaho (Independents) Mare Island Marines (Independents) Maryland (Independents) Montana (Independents) Tulsa (Independents) Washington State (Pacific Coast) Leaves FBS: Georgia (Independents) Harvard (Independents) Haskell (Independents) Mississippi College (Independents) North Carolina (Independents) Princeton (Independents) Tennessee (Independents) Virginia (Independents) West Virginia Wesleyan (Independents) Yale (Independents) Conference changes: Michigan: Independents -> Western Southwestern (TX): Southwest -> Independents
1916: Pacific Coast inaugural season New to FBS: California (Pacific Coast) Oregon (Pacific Coast) Oregon State (Pacific Coast) Rutgers (Independents) Southern Methodist (Independents) Washington (Pacific Coast) Leaves FBS: Carlisle (Independents)
1915: Southwest Conference inaugural season New to FBS: Furman (Independents) Kentucky (Independents) Mississippi College (Independents) Presbyterian (Independents) Leaves FBS: Rutgers (Independents) Conference changes: Arkansas: Independents -> Southwest Baylor: Independents -> Southwest Oklahoma: Independents -> Southwest Oklahoma State: Independents -> Southwest Rice: Independents -> Southwest Southwestern (TX): Independents -> Southwest Texas: Independents -> Southwest Texas A&M: Independents -> Southwest
1914: New to FBS: Haskell (Independents) Newberry (Independents) Oklahoma State (Independents) Rice (Independents) Rutgers (Independents) Texas Christian (Independents) Utah State (Rocky Mountain) Wofford (Independents) Leaves FBS: Mercer (Independents)
1913: New to FBS: Notre Dame (Independents) Ohio State (Western) Virginia Military Institute (Independents) West Virginia (Independents) West Virginia Wesleyan (Independents) Leaves FBS: Mississippi College (Independents) Samford (Independents) Swarthmore (Independents) Utah State (Independents) Villanova (Independents) Conference changes: Kansas State: Independents -> Missouri Valley Intercollegiate
1912: New to FBS: Dartmouth (Independents) Kansas State (Independents) Oklahoma (Independents) Swarthmore (Independents) Utah State (Independents)
1911: New to FBS: Florida (Independents) Mississippi College (Independents) Leaves FBS: Carnegie Mellon (Independents) Dickinson (Independents) Haskell (Independents) Tennessee-Chattanooga (Independents) Texas Christian (Independents)
1910: Rocky Mountain Conference inaugural season New to FBS: Carnegie Mellon (Independents) Southwestern (TX) (Independents) Colorado State (Rocky Mountain) Utah (Rocky Mountain) Leaves FBS: Fordham (Independents) Oklahoma (Independents) Richmond (Independents) West Virginia (Independents) Conference changes: Colorado: Independents -> Rocky Mountain Colorado College: Independents -> Rocky Mountain Colorado Mines: Independents -> Rocky Mountain Denver: Independents -> Rocky Mountain Wyoming: Independents -> Rocky Mountain
1909: New to FBS: Citadel (Independents) Fordham (Independents) Mercer (Independents) Oklahoma (Independents) Richmond (Independents) Samford (Independents) South Carolina (Independents) Tennessee-Chattanooga (Independents) West Virginia (Independents) Wyoming (Independents) Leaves FBS: George Washington (Independents) St. Louis (Independents) Utah (Independents)
1908: New to FBS: George Washington (Independents) Georgetown (Independents) North Carolina State (Independents) Northwestern (Western) Wake Forest (Independents) Leaves FBS: Drury (Independents) Grinnell (Independents) Hamilton (Independents) Maryville (TN) (Independents) Samford (Independents) Swarthmore (Independents) Conference changes: Drake: Independents -> Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Iowa State: Independents -> Missouri Valley Intercollegiate
1907: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate inaugural season New to FBS: Baylor (Independents) Drury (Independents) Grinnell (Independents) Hamilton (Independents) Samford (Independents) St. Louis (Independents) Virginia (Independents) Washington & Lee (Independents) Washington-St. Louis (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate) Leaves FBS: Amherst (Independents) Dartmouth (Independents) Holy Cross (Independents) Massachusetts (Independents) Williams (Independents) Conference changes: Kansas: Independents -> Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Michigan: Western -> Independents Missouri: Independents -> Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Nebraska: Independents -> Missouri Valley Intercollegiate
1906: New to FBS: Arkansas (Independents) Davidson (Independents) Louisiana State (Independents) Maryville (TN) (Independents) Mississippi (Independents) Mississippi State (Independents) Tulane (Independents) Leaves FBS: Bates (Independents) Baylor (Independents) Beloit (Independents) Bowdoin (Independents) Coe (Independents) Colorado State (Independents) Columbia (Independents) Cumberland (Independents) Georgetown (Independents) Grinnell (Independents) Knox (Independents) Lawrence (Independents) Maine (Independents) New Hampshire (Independents) Northwestern (Western) Notre Dame (Independents) Oklahoma (Independents) Tufts (Independents) Vermont (Independents) Virginia (Independents) Wabash (Independents) Washburn (Independents) Washington-St. Louis (Independents) Wesleyan (CT) (Independents) Wyoming (Independents)
1905: New to FBS: Coe (Independents) Colgate (Independents) Cumberland (Independents) Knox (Independents) Lawrence (Independents) Oklahoma (Independents) Pittsburgh (Independents) Syracuse (Independents) Utah (Independents) Villanova (Independents) Washburn (Independents) Washington & Jefferson (Independents) Wyoming (Independents) Leaves FBS: Colby (Independents) Franklin & Marshall (Independents) Louisiana State (Independents) Mississippi (Independents) Mississippi State (Independents) Nashville (Independents) North Carolina State (Independents) Ohio State (Independents) Tennessee(Medical) (Independents) Tulane (Independents) Virginia Military Institute (Independents)
1904: New to FBS: Bates (Independents) Bowdoin (Independents) Colby (Independents) Franklin & Marshall (Independents) Louisiana State (Independents) Maine (Independents) Mississippi (Independents) Mississippi State (Independents) Nashville (Independents) New Hampshire (Independents) North Carolina State (Independents) Notre Dame (Independents) Ohio State (Independents) Tennessee(Medical) (Independents) Tulane (Independents) Virginia Military Institute (Independents) Wabash (Independents) Leaves FBS: Cornell College (Independents) Cumberland (Independents) Knox (Independents) Lombard (Independents) Oklahoma (Independents) Simpson (Independents) South Carolina (Independents)
1903: New to FBS: Baylor (Independents) Cornell College (Independents) Cumberland (Independents) Lombard (Independents) Oklahoma (Independents) South Carolina (Independents) Swarthmore (Independents) Texas A&M (Independents) Texas Christian (Independents) Leaves FBS: Boston College (Independents) Davidson (Independents) Furman (Independents) Louisiana State (Independents) Mississippi (Independents) Mississippi State (Independents) North Carolina State (Independents) Notre Dame (Independents) Syracuse (Independents) Tulane (Independents) Union (NY) (Independents)
1902: New to FBS: Alabama (Independents) Auburn (Independents) Clemson (Independents) Colorado (Independents) Colorado College (Independents) Colorado Mines (Independents) Colorado State (Independents) Davidson (Independents) Denver (Independents) Furman (Independents) Georgetown (Independents) Georgia (Independents) Georgia Tech (Independents) Haskell (Independents) Knox (Independents) Louisiana State (Independents) Mississippi (Independents) Mississippi State (Independents) North Carolina (Independents) North Carolina State (Independents) Sewanee (Independents) Simpson (Independents) Tennessee (Independents) Texas (Independents) Tulane (Independents) Union (NY) (Independents) Vanderbilt (Independents) Virginia (Independents) Virginia Tech (Independents) Washington-St. Louis (Independents) Leaves FBS: Bates (Independents) Bowdoin (Independents) Trinity (CT) (Independents)
1901: New to FBS: Bates (Independents) Boston College (Independents) Kansas (Independents) Missouri (Independents) Vermont (Independents) Leaves FBS: Knox (Independents)
1900: New to FBS: Drake (Independents) Nebraska (Independents) Leaves FBS: Lake Forest (Independents) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Independents) Conference changes: Indiana: Independents -> Western Iowa: Independents -> Western
1899: New to FBS: Columbia (Independents) Grinnell (Independents) Holy Cross (Independents) Indiana (Independents) Iowa (Independents) Iowa State (Independents) Knox (Independents) Lake Forest (Independents) Massachusetts (Independents) Notre Dame (Independents) Syracuse (Independents) Leaves FBS: Franklin & Marshall (Independents)
1898: New to FBS: Beloit (Independents) Bowdoin (Independents) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Independents)
1897: Leaves FBS: Bowdoin (Independents) Lake Forest (Independents)
1896: Western Conference inaugural season New to FBS: Bowdoin (Independents) Bucknell (Independents) Carlisle (Independents) Dickinson (Independents) Franklin & Marshall (Independents) Navy (Independents) Penn State (Independents) Leaves FBS: Iowa State (Independents) Massachusetts (Independents) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Independents) Union (NY) (Independents) Conference changes: Chicago: Independents -> Western Illinois: Independents -> Western Michigan: Independents -> Western Minnesota: Independents -> Western Northwestern: Independents -> Western Purdue: Independents -> Western Wisconsin: Independents -> Western
1895: New to FBS: Iowa State (Independents) Leaves FBS: Beloit (Independents)
1894: New to FBS: Beloit (Independents) Union (NY) (Independents) Leaves FBS: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Independents)
1893: New to FBS: Lake Forest (Independents) Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Independents) Leaves FBS: Navy (Independents) Rutgers (Independents) Springfield (Independents)
1892: New to FBS: Chicago (Independents) Illinois (Independents) Michigan (Independents) Minnesota (Independents) Northwestern (Independents) Purdue (Independents) Tufts (Independents) Wisconsin (Independents) Leaves FBS: Bucknell (Independents) Columbia (Independents) Dickinson (Independents) Franklin & Marshall (Independents) Haverford (Independents) Penn State (Independents) Stevens Institute (Independents)
1891: New to FBS: Army (Independents) Brown (Independents) Haverford (Independents) Massachusetts (Independents) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Independents) Navy (Independents) Penn State (Independents) Springfield (Independents) Stevens Institute (Independents) Leaves FBS: Virginia (Independents)
1890: New to FBS: Virginia (Independents) Leaves FBS: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Independents) Penn State (Independents) Stevens Institute (Independents) Swarthmore (Independents)
1889: New to FBS: Columbia (Independents) Dickinson (Independents) Franklin & Marshall (Independents) Penn State (Independents) Leaves FBS: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Independents)
1888: New to FBS: Bucknell (Independents) Cornell (Independents) Swarthmore (Independents) Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Independents) Leaves FBS: Tufts (Independents)
1887: New to FBS: Trinity (CT) (Independents)
1886: New to FBS: Amherst (Independents) Dartmouth (Independents) Harvard (Independents) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Independents) Rutgers (Independents) Tufts (Independents) Williams (Independents)
1885: Leaves FBS: Harvard (Independents) Rutgers (Independents)
1884: New to FBS: Lehigh (Independents) Leaves FBS: Columbia (Independents) Michigan (Independents)
1883: New to FBS: Michigan (Independents) Leaves FBS: Amherst (Independents) Dartmouth (Independents) Massachusetts (Independents) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Independents)
1882: New to FBS: Lafayette (Independents) Massachusetts (Independents) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Independents) Wesleyan (CT) (Independents) Leaves FBS: Michigan (Independents)
1881: New to FBS: Amherst (Independents) Dartmouth (Independents) Michigan (Independents) Leaves FBS: Brown (Independents)
1880: New to FBS: Brown (Independents)
1879: Leaves FBS: Amherst (Independents) Brown (Independents)
1878: New to FBS: Brown (Independents) Pennsylvania (Independents) Leaves FBS: Tufts (Independents)
1877: New to FBS: Amherst (Independents) Tufts (Independents) Leaves FBS: Pennsylvania (Independents)
1876: New to FBS: Pennsylvania (Independents)
1875: New to FBS: Harvard (Independents)
1874: No changes
1873: No changes
1872: New to FBS: Columbia (Independents) Princeton (Independents) Rutgers (Independents) Stevens Institute (Independents) Yale (Independents)
1871: Leaves FBS: Princeton (Independents) Rutgers (Independents)
1870: New to FBS: Columbia (Independents)
1869: New to FBS: Princeton (Independents) Rutgers (Independents)
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