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Three Best Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Conferences vs Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Conferences!

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In my humble opinion, the best conferences in the FCS are 1) Missouri Valley Football Conferences (MVFC), 2) Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), & 3) Big Sky (B-SKY).

The Southern Conference (SoCon) once considered the best FCS conference has lost to many teams in recent years to the FBS (Appalachian State, Georgia Southern to the Sun Belt Conference and Elon (left for an FCS league, the CAA).

In 2021, the B-Sky took on 10 FBS opponents playing in the following Power Five Conferences (ACC, B-12, Big Ten, PAC 12, & the Southeastern Conference), six of the 10 teams were from the P-12. The Big Sky managed two (2) wins, both against PAC 12 teams (Montana beat Washington 13-7 & Northern Arizona shocked Arizona, 21-19) while losing the other eight (8) games. They also played 7 games vs teams affiliated with Group of Five (G5) Conferences (AAC, C-USA, MAC, MWC, & the SBC)! They won two (2) of these contests and lost the other five (5). The B-SKY went 4-13 vs the FBS in 2021!

One other note: The B-Sky qualified 5 teams for the FCS Playoffs and Montana State made it all the way to the championship game, before falling to North Dakota State, 38-10!

The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) lined it up seven times vs P5 opponents, losing all seven (three of them to ACC squads) games and went 2-3 vs FBS teams playing in G5 conference. It needs to be mentioned that both wins were against the same team, U-Mass (Maine beat the Minutemen, 35-10 & Rhode Island outscored U-Mass, 35-22)! The CAA was 2-10 vs FBS opponents in 2021!

The Colonial qualified only 2 teams for the FCS Tourney in 2021, Villanova, who lost in the 2nd round to South Dakota State, 35-21 and James Madison, who fell in the 3rd round, to eventual champ, North Dakota State, 20-14!

The Missouri Valley struggled in their ‘step-up’ games vs the FBS. The Valley challenged 6 Power Five opponents and fell short in each of the six contests. That said, they did beat Colorado State, (South Dakota State) 42-23, going 1-3 vs G5 teams! Overall, in 2021, the MVFC went 1-9 vs the FBS.

The MVFC qualified 6 teams for the FCS Championship series, including the 2021 FCS Champion, North Dakota State!

The three best FCS conferences were 7 and 32 against the FBS in 2021!

FCS can give a maximum of 63 full scholarships and / or partials up to 85. However, they can give fewer if they choose to do so! While the FBS must give 85 full scholarships to stay in good standing with NCAA guidelines for maintaining Football Bowl Subdivision status.

This year (2022) the B-Sky plays 8 games vs the Power Five and takes on the Group of Five in seven games, all 7 battles are with the Mountain West Conference (MWC)

https://sullyscollegefootballpage.com/Football_Stats/Conference_Listings.cfm?MCID=3&DVID=14

Please note: We color code our schedules (Red = Conference game; Yellow = Power five opponent; Green = Group of 5 team; & Blue = an FCS team!

The Colonial has scheduled 12 FBS opponents for the 2022 season (7 vs P5 & 5 vs G5). Here is their 2022 line-up!

https://sullyscollegefootballpage.com/Football_Stats/Conference_Listings.cfm?MCID=3&DVID=16

Finally, here is the MVFC schedule of the 2022 season. It includes 10 games vs P5’s (B-10 on 6 dates) and only one (1) game vs a G5 team (Northern Iowa travels to Colorado, to take on the U.S. Air Force Academy!

https://sullyscollegefootballpage.com/Football_Stats/Conference_Listings.cfm?MCID=3&DVID=18

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Conference USA Revised Schedule for the 2022 Season

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You may not know that there was a legal battle being waged in C-USA these past several months, re: three teams: Southern Miss, Marshall, & Old Dominion. The teams stated their intent to leave C-USA & join the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) for the upcoming season (2022)! According to Conference-USA by-laws & contractual obligations, a team wishing to leave the league must give 14 months notice, all 3 universities failed to announce their departures in the agreed upon time frame.

As a result, believing they had the high legal ground, C-USA scheduled their 2022 football season with all three (3) teams playing in their conference! However, when the litigation dust settled, Southern Miss, Old Dominion, & Marshall were gone goslings!

Sully in his infinite legal wisdom, agreed with C-USA interpretation and published their 1st edition of Conference USA’s 2022 league schedule on Sully’s College Football Page (SCFP). Seemed like a done deal … honor the contract!

However, as many of you suspected, my legal insights are better thoughts of as ‘extremely limited’ and my wisdom is associated with two words, ‘lack of’ to explain why I provided the schedule prior to the final determination of conference affiliation!

As you do know, this whole mess (Conference Realignment) began with Texas & Oklahoma announcement that they were leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference!

Here is the revised and final (hopefully), 2022 C-USA’s game slate!

https://sullyscollegefootballpage.com/Football_Stats/Conference_Listings.cfm?MCID=2&DVID=8

And as always, Enjoy the Games!

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Mid American Conference (MAC) 2022 Schedule

The MAC currently has 12 teams, divided into two (2) divisions, East & West! The East Division consists of: Ohio, Kent State, Akron, Miami of Ohio, Bowling Green, & Buffalo, while the West is made up of the following universities: Northern Illinois, Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan & Toledo.

The MAC plays eight (8) conference games and schedules four (4) Non-Conference (NC) dates. Like other Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams, they are limited to twelve (12) games in their regular season’s (unless they play Hawaii on the Islands, if so, they can add a thirteenth competition) As a result, the MAC plays 96 conference games (12 X 8 = 96) and schedules 48 NC engagements (4 X 12 = 48)!

If you have read earlier blogs that I have written, re: 2022 schedules, the information provided below will be redundant, I always place this data on/in the blog for 1st time readers!

On Sully’s College Football Page, we use a system of color coding to make the reading of a particular team’s strength of schedule, easily recognized and understood!

The color Red is used to identify conference games, Yellow, for Power Five (P5) opponents, Green, to signify Group of Five (G5) teams, and finally, we use Light Blue for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The FCS can offer up to 63 scholarship (not more than 63, yet can offer fewer), while the Football Bowl Subdivision ( P5 & G5) must provide 85 scholarships or lose their status as an FBS program!

In should be noted, the terms P5 & G5 are not NCAA language, but rather the constructs of five conferences (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC) and Notre Dame! No one is quiet sure of the origin of these terms, Power Five & Group of Five, they seem to have evolved over time, suffice to say, they are not NCAA Terms!

The link provided below will take you to Sully’s College Football Page (SCFP) featuring Mountain West Conference (MWC) 2022 schedule information!

https://sullyscollegefootballpage.com/Football_Stats/Conference_Listings.cfm?MCID=2&DVID=10&ScheduleYear=2022#Top

The MAC, as mentioned, plays 48 NC games in 2022! Here is the break down

VS P5: The MAC will line-it-up 21 times vs Power Five opponents: The Big Ten & the Southeastern Conference on seven (7) occasions apiece! They take on the Big 12, three (3), the PAC 12 three (3), & the Atlantic Coast Conference once. That said, of these twenty one (21) encounters with P5 programs, only two (2) are played in MAC stadiums ( NIU plays Vanderbilt {SEC} & Western Michigan battles Pitt {ACC} in MAC Arenas)!

In 2022 vs G5 conferences, they will kick-it-off 15 times: American Athletic Conference (AAC) twice (2) C-USA two (2), Mountain West Conference (MWC) a couple (2) of times, the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) in four (4) tilts, & Independents (U-Conn, U-Mass, & Liberty) on five (5) dates! Of these fifteen (15) NC games, vs Group of 5 Conferences, six (6) are played in MAC ‘Houses’ while 9 are settled on the road.

VS FCS (Football Championship Subdivision), as stated earlier, this subdivision can only award, up to, 63 full scholarships compared to the FBS’ 85 full rides.

That said, an FCS program could award 50 full athletic scholarships and then combine the remaining 13 scholarships as partial athletic dollars to/for students, who may have been awarded academic or economic (need) $’s, up to the equivalent of the FCS’ 63 full scholarships allotment. It should also be noted, an FCS program can provide this math combo (Athletic, Academic, Economic dollars) up to a total of 85 students (the # 85 is used to limit an FCS program to the FBS’ allotment of 85 full rides)! In other words, 85 student athletes playing on FCS teams can/could receive full or partial football dollars … not 86!!! … and the dollar amount, can not, exceed the cost of/for providing the 63 scholarships!

This year the MAC plays 12 FCS opponents (every team in the league plays one (1) FCS team). The MAC plays all 12 of these games in their stadiums!

In 2022, the MAC plays 48 NC games, 20 at home, and 28 on the road!

And as always … Enjoy the Games!

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Mountain West Conference (MWC) 2022 schedule

If my humble opinion (Note: opinion) is ‘right on’ about the American Athletic being the Cadillac of the G5 Conference, then the Mountain West, is the best of the muscle cars, the 1966 Pontiac GTO Coupe, the coolest conference.

That said, back in the day, I always liked the 1968 Plymouth Road Runner better then the 1966 GTO, when ranking the 1960’s Muscle cars. However, that is not what the experts say. They always go with the 66′ GTO as being the coolest of these machines. So, for the purposes of this blog, the 1966 Pontiac GTO Coupe = the 2022 Mountain West Conference as the coolest of the Group of Five leagues!

The MW conference has great rivalries, here are some of the best; 1) Boise State vs Fresno State, they play for the ‘Milk Can Trophy, related to both States dairy industries’, 2) Wyoming vs Colorado State, the Border War, the teams play for the ‘Bronze Boot’ (an ROTC history); 3) Utah State vs Wyoming, these teams play in the ‘Bridger Battle’ the winner gets a .50 caliber Rocky Mountain Hawken rifle (American Mountain Man, Jim Bridger’s weapon of choice); And my favorite, UNLV vs Hawaii or Sin City vs Paradise Island (Evil doers & Temptation everywhere). I may be the only guy in Wisconsin, who never misses this this game, one of my favorites!

If you have read earlier blogs that I have written re: 2022 schedules, the information provided below will be redundant, I always place this data on/in the blog for 1st time readers!

On Sully’s College Football Page, we use a system of color coding to make the reading of a particular team’s strength of schedule, easily recognized and understood!

The color Red is used to identify conference games, Yellow, for Power Five (P5) opponents, Green, to signify Group of Five (G5) teams, and finally, we use Light Blue for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The FCS can offer up to 63 scholarship (not more than 63, yet can offer fewer), while the Football Bowl Subdivision ( P5 & G5) must provide 85 scholarships or lose their status as an FBS program!

In should be noted, the terms P5 & G5 are not NCAA language, but rather the constructs of five conferences (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC) and Notre Dame! No one is quiet sure of the origin of these terms, Power Five & Group of Five, they seem to have evolved over time, suffice to say, they are not NCAA Terms!

The link provided below will take you to Sully’s College Football Page (SCFP) featuring Mountain West Conference (MWC) 2022 schedule information!

https://www.sullyscollegefootballpage.com/Football_Stats/Conference_Listings.cfm?MCID=2&DVID=11&ScheduleYear=2022#Top

The MWC has twelve (12) teams and is divided into two (2) divisions of six (6) teams a side The Mountain Division (Utah State, New Mexico, Colorado State, Wyoming, Air Force, & Boise State) and the West Division six (6), (Hawaii, San Diego State, Fresno State, San Jose State, Nevada, & UNLV).

The conference plays eight (8) conference games annually, for a total of 96 conference dates (12 conference teams x 8 Games = 96 dates) and four (4) Non-Conference battles for a total of 48 games. Since Hawaii gets an extra game (to off-set travel costs), the MWC plays 49 NC games!

This year, the Mountain West takes on 21 Power Five (P5) opponents, here is the breakdown … they play the Pac 12 in seven (7) games, the Big Ten in four (4) tilts, the MWC has four (4) dates with the Southeastern Conference, One (1) game with the B-12, and five (5) meetings with independent playing programs. Of the 21 meetings, seven (7) of the games are being played in MWC Arenas, while fourteen (14) are scheduled in P5 stadiums.

The conferences that make up the Group of Five (G5), are the American Athletic Conference (AAC), Conference–USA (C-USA), Mid-American Conference (MAC), Sun Belt Conference (SBC), & of course the Mountain West Conference (MWC)!

On Sully’s College Football Page, we break up the 7 Independents in the following manner, Army, BYU, & ND are considered part of the power Five (P5) realm and we integrate, U-Conn, U-Mass, Liberty, & New Mexico State into a G5 designation for identification & scheduling purposes.

The MWC gets-it-on with sixteen (16) G5 programs in 2022! The breakdown goes as follows: they take on the AAC twice (2), they battle C-USA in five (5) games, the MAC on two (2) occasions, and the SBC once (1)! The Mountain also kicks-it off, on six (6) dates vs teams that play as Independents! in 2022, 10 of these games are scheduled to be played @ MWC sites, while six (6) will be played on the road.

Every team in the MWC will play an FCS (63 scholarship program) opponent in 2022. All twelve (12) of these games will be on MW fields, with the majority, seven (7) games being played against Big Sky opponents. They also will be taking on 5 other FCS teams, from five (5) different conference (Missouri Valley Football Conference {MVFC}, Ohio Valley Conference {OVC}, Northeastern Conference {NEC}, Southland Conference {SLC}, & Colonial Athletic Association {CAA}.

An important fact re: FCS programs, that is rarely discussed is that while Football Championship can only award up to 63 scholarship, they can offer partials up to the 85 scholarships that the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) can/must offer to maintain their good standing with-in that subdivision.

In other words, North Dakota State, an élite, FCS Program, could offer 50 full rides and then use the remaining 13 scholarships, to supplement academic & economic dollars. As a result, NDSU could field a team of 85 players, who pay zero tuition dollars out of pocket.

This explains why FCS (63 scholarship) teams, can and often do, beat FBS (85 scholarship) programs, while, on paper, having 22 fewer scholarships!

And as Always … Enjoy the Games!

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American Athletic Conference 2022

The American Athletic Conference (AAC) is the Cadillac of the Group of Five (G5) leagues, at least, for one more year. In 2023, Cincinnati, Central Florida, & Houston (arguably the AAC’s three best programs) will be leaving the American for the Big 12! The B-12 will be a 16 team conference for one year, as Oklahoma & Texas will not be vacating from the B-12, for the Southeastern Conference, until the 2024 season.

BYU, an Independent, will be joining Cincy, UCF, & Houston bringing the B-12 back to twelve (12) teams for the 1st time since 2010.

The American will be welcoming six (6) new members in 2023, all from C-USA (UNC Charlotte, FAU, UAB, North Texas, Rice, & UTSA). While these programs field credible teams and take the AAC from am eleven (11) to a fourteen (14) team conference; they are not the quality of the three (3) teams that are leaving!

If you have read earlier blogs that I have written re: 2022 schedules, the information provided below will be redundant, I always place this data on/in the blog for 1st time readers!

On Sully’s College Football Page, we use a system of color coding to make the reading of a particular team’s strength of schedule, easily recognized and understood!

The color Red is used to identify conference games, Yellow, for Power Five (P5) opponents, Green, to signify Group of Five (G5) teams, and finally, we use Light Blue for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The FCS can offer up to 63 scholarship (not more than 63, yet can offer fewer), while the Football Bowl Subdivision ( P5 & G5) must provide 85 scholarships or lose their status as an FBS program!

In should be noted, the terms P5 & G5 are not NCAA language, but rather the constructs of five conferences (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC) and Notre Dame! No one is quiet sure of the origin of these terms, Power Five & Group of Five, they seem to have evolved over time, suffice to say, they are not NCAA Terms!

The link provided below will take you to Sully’s College Football Page (SCFP) featuring Conference-USA (C-USA) 2022 schedule information!

https://sullyscollegefootballpage.com/Football_Stats/Conference_Listings.cfm?MCID=2&DVID=32

The AAC currently has 11 teams and they play 8 conference for a total of 88 league tilts, (11 teams X 8 games = 88 contests). Like the B-12, the American is not currently organized into divisions. That said, one major distinction is that the B-12 play 9 conference games and having 10 teams in their league, they are able to play a round-robin (every team plays every other team in the league).

To play a round-robin the AAC would have to play 10 conference games not the 8 they currently play!

The American plays 44 Non-Conference (NC) games in 2022 (11 X 4 = 44), here is the breakdown for the 2022 season!

The AAC takes on 20 power Five (P5) opponents! The AAC plays ACC in 5 battles, the B-12 in 4 games, the Southeastern in 4, & Independents (Army, BYU or ND) 4 times. The also line-it-up vs B-10 on 3 occasions and do not play a PAC 12 team in 2022!

Of the 20 meetings the AAC has with P5 opponents, 8 are home games and 12 are played in Power Five stadiums. Compare this ratio of home games 8/20 = 40% to C-USA’s ratio of 2 @ home & 15 away, 2/17 = 12% @ home. It becomes clear, that the American Athletic Conference carries greater respect than any other G5 conference (this fact, will be shown as we continue to explore 2022 G5 schedules), in that P5’s are willing to travel to take on AAC teams!

In the 2022 season, the AAC will get-in-on with 14 teams from four (4) G5 conference and teams playing as independents (C-USA 7 games, four (4) games vs the Mid-American Conference & Mountain West Conference, 2 vs Independent teams, & 1 game vs Sun Belt Conference).

The AAC vs G5 opponents home/away breakdown is as follows; the American play 9 of the 14 games in AAC Arenas and hit the road for 5 of these games in the 2022!

Finally, the American Athletic plays 10 games against the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Houston is the only AAC team that does not play a 63 scholarship program (Please note: an FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) member must offer 85 scholarships or lose their FBS status. All ten (10) meetings will be decided in AAC stadiums!

And as always … enjoy the games!

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Conference-USA (C-USA) 2022 Football Season with an emphasis on Non-Conference Games!

C-USA has 14 teams in their league, with seven (7) teams in the East Division (UNC Charlotte, Old Dominion, Marshall, Florida Atlantic [FAU], Florida International [FIU], Middle Tennessee, & Western Kentucky) & seven (7) teams in the West Division (University of Alabama @ Birmingham [UAB], Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Rice, North Texas, University of Texas @ El Paso [UTEP] & University of Texas @ San Antonia {UTSA)

The Conference will/may have a different look for / in the 2022 season! Southern Miss, Marshall, & Old Dominion all announced, in November, that they would be leaving C-USA to join the the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) and doing so for the 2022 season. A legal battle is brewing because of the November timeline in sharing their intent to leave the conference.

C-USA’s Bi-Laws require schools’ to give conference officials, a fourteen month notice of their intent to leave the league. The November notification falls short of the fourteen (14) month requirement and as a result, C-USA has scheduled these three (3) universities into their 2022 schedule. The SBC schedule is set to be released on March 1 and according to some reports (Southern Miss, Old Dominion, & Marshall) have been integrated into the SBC schedule as well!

To make matter more complicated for C-USA, six (6) other league teams (North Texas, Rice, UTSA, UNC Charlotte, UAB, & FAU) will be leaving the league for the American Athletic Conference (AAC) at the start of the 2023-24 season. These departures are compliant with the fourteen month notification window.

The sad reality is that when the dust settles in 2023, these desertions will leave a conference that had 14 teams in the 2021, with five (5) teams (Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, FIU, Louisiana Tech, & UTEP) for the 2023 FB Season!

C-USA will be adding: Liberty, New Mexico State and two (2) FCS programs, Sam Houston & Jacksonville State! This will leave with C-USA as a nine (9) team football conference for the 2023 season!

If you have read early blogs, the information provided below will be redundant, I always place this data on/in the blog for 1st time readers!

On Sully’s College Football Page, we use a system of color coding to make the reading of a particular team’s strength of schedule, easily recognized and understood!

The color Red is used to identify conference games, Yellow, for Power Five (P5) opponents, Green, to signify Group of Five (G5) teams, and finally, we use Light Blue for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The FCS can offer up to 63 scholarship (not more than 63, yet can offer fewer), while the Football Bowl Subdivision ( P5 & G5) must provide 85 scholarships or lose their status as an FBS program!

In should be noted, the terms P5 & G5 are not NCAA language, but rather the constructs of five conferences (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC) and Notre Dame! No one is quiet sure of the origin of these terms, Power Five & Group of Five, they seem to have evolved over time, suffice to say, they are not NCAA Terms!

The link provided below will take you to Sully’s College Football Page (SCFP) featuring Conference-USA (C-USA) 2022 schedule information!

https://sullyscollegefootballpage.com/Football_Stats/Conference_Listings.cfm?MCID=2&DVID=8

C-USA plays an eight (8) game conference schedule and each team schedules four (4) Non-Conference (NC) contests to reach the allowed 12 game ceiling. Please note, if a team travels to the Islands, to take on Hawaii, they are allowed to schedule a 13th game to off-set expenses.

This year, Western Kentucky flies out to Honolulu, to take on the Rainbow Warriors, and as a result, they are playing five (5) NC games!

As stated, C-USA has 14 teams (for now) and plays 8 conference games for a total of 112 games (14 X 8= 112) with-in the league. The Conference pays 4 NC games for a total of 56 tilts (14 X 4 = 56)! However, in 2022, because of Western Kentucky’s trip to Hawaii, C-USA will compete in 57 NC games!

The League takes on 17 Power 5 programs (ACC, 5 games, SEC 4, Big Ten 3, Big 12 two games, PAC 12 one game, & Independents 2). C-USA plays fifteen (15) of the seventeen (17) games on the road and only 2 @ Home! UNC Charlotte hosts Maryland & Old Dominion welcomes fellow Virginian, Virginia Tech to S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk!

C-USA lines-it-up 27 times vs Group of Five (G5) teams in 2022! They get-it-on against the American Athletic Conference (AAC) & Sun Belt Conference (SBC) in fourteen (14) games, seven (7) apiece! They take on Independents (IND) programs in six (6) battles and the Mountain West Conference (MWC) in five (5) engagements. Finally, they will kick-it-off vs the Mid-American Conference (MAC) twice (2) in 2022!

C-USA will play 13 games with 63 scholarship programs (FCS / Football Championship Subdivision) FCS programs are often confused with G5 programs, the true facts are that G5 programs (AAC, C-USA, MWC, MAC, & SBC) award 85 scholarships, the exact number that the Southeastern and Big Ten Conferences provide in their respective conferences! All of these games will be played in C-USA stadiums, except for one (1) … Middle Tennessee will travel to Virginia, to-take-on James Madison, currently playing in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)!

In 2022, C-USA will play 17 Power 5 programs, 27 Group of 5 teams, & 13 games with FCS opponents, 63 scholarship conferences! (17 + 27 + 13 = 57 NC games). Remember, for a FBS team to become Bowl Eligible they must win a minimum of six (6) games and only one vs an FCS team counts toward the six wins!

and as always … Enjoy the Games!

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ACC Non-Conference 2022 Schedule

In the 2021 season, the 14 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) programs played 28 Power Five (P5) teams during the regular & bowl seasons! They struggled against this/that level competition, going 7-21 vs P5 programs (5-16 in the regular season and 2-5 in the post-season). In the 2022 season, the ACC has scheduled 24 P5 teams. That said, the Big Ten, who like the ACC has 14 teams, play just 11 P5 opponents. The SEC also has 14 members and play only 16 P5! The B-10 & SEC together take on 27 P5’s squads, while the ACC, by themselves play just 3 fewer, twenty four (24)!

Our focus here has to be limited to the ACC’s Non-Conference (NC) games. The Atlantic Coast Conference is always the last of the Power Five (P5s) leagues to provide their conference schedule! At the time of the writing of this blog, the ACC has only provided their NC & helmet schedules (who conference teams are playing with-in the league, but do not provide the dates of the games. As a result, SCFP cannot publish the ACC Conference schedule! Please note; the ACC complete schedule is now available!

On Sully’s College Football Page, we use a system of color coding to make the reading of a particular team’s strength of schedule easily recognized and understood!

The color Red is used to identify conference games, Yellow, for Power Five (P5) opponents, Green, to signify Group of Five (G5) teams, and finally, we use Light Blue for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The FCS can offer up to 63 scholarship (not more than 63, yet can offer fewer), while the Football Bowl Subdivision ( P5 & G5) must provide 85 scholarships or lose their status as an FBS program!

The link provided below will take you to the ACC’s 2022 NC schedule! Note: the ACC plays eight (8) conference games, the same number as the Southeastern Conference (B-10, B-12, & PAC 12 play nine (9) conference games)! Further, the ACC like the Big Ten & the Southeastern Conference has 2 divisions, with seven (7) teams on each side, and finally, where the B-10 parts company from the ACC & SEC is in the number of conference games they play, the B-10, as mentioned, plays 9 conference games to the ACC & SEC’s 8 games. As a result, the ACC plays 56 NC Conference, fourteen (14) teams play 4 NC contests for a total of 56 games (14 X 4 = 56)

https://sullyscollegefootballpage.com/Football_Stats/Conference_Listings.cfm?MCID=1&DVID=1

It should be noted, the terms P5 & G5 are not NCAA language, but rather the constructs of five conferences (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC) and Notre Dame! No one is quiet sure of the origin of these terms? The use of, now common, Power Five & Group of Five, seem to have evolved over time! Suffice to say, they are not NCAA Terms!

Lets begin in the Atlantic Coast’s Conference, Atlantic Division by identifying their P5 opponents and putting a number to the G5 & FCS teams they will play in 2022.

The Atlantic Division vs Power Five’s (P5), Boston College welcomes Rutgers to Chestnut Hill and then travels to Indiana to take on Notre Dame, (BC & ND are the only two (2) Catholic Universities playing football at the FBS level)) Clemson plays ND in South Bend and hosts in-state rival, South Carolina while Florida State battles LSU, at a Neutral site (New Orleans) on Sept. 4th & Florida in the ‘Chomp & Chop’ Game, Louisville closes out its season against the Kentucky Wildcats, while NC State has invited the Red Raiders of Texas Tech to Raleigh, NC, to do battle @ Carter-Finley Stadium, and finally, Syracuse has challenged the whole State of Indiana (almost) as it takes on Purdue & Notre Dame. Wake Forest takes on two P5s, Vanderbilt, in the Music City & West Point, @ home, on Truist Field! The Atlantic Division has seven (7) members, and will kick-it-off against 12 P5 opponents! Impressive!!

The Atlantic Division plays a G5 opponent on nine (9) occasions and have scheduled FCS teams on six (6) dates (please note: Clemson has one (1) more NC opponent to schedule) for a total of 17 scheduled, with one (1) to go, when complete, 18 games (based on playing 10 P5s)! The Atlantic Division has to schedule 28 NC games, as does the Coastal Division, to reach their NC contests allowed, 56 would be the magic number!

The Atlantic Division’s schedule breakdown is 28 NC games; 12 vs P5, 9 against G5s, 6 with FCS squads, & one (1) TBD!

The Coastal Division vs P5: Duke plays @ Northwestern & at Kansas, Georgia Tech hosts Ole Miss and travels to Athens, GA, to take on in-state rival & defending national Champs, UGA, while Miami travels to the Great State of Texas to battle Texas A&M. North Carolina is desperate to improve its 2-20 showings against, God’s Team, Notre Dame, Pitt stays in the great city of Pittsburgh, welcoming West Virginia, & Tennessee. Virginia engages the Big Ten, Illinois, in Charlottesville @ Scott Stadium, and finally, Virginia Tech, Battles its neighbors from the “Mountain State’ West Virginia! The Coastal Division plays ten (10) P5 teams, with every member of the division playing, @ least, one Power Five program and Duke, GT, & Pitt playing 2 each!

The Coastal Division’s schedule breakdown is 28 NC games, with 10 dates vs P5, eleven (11) against G5s, six (6) with FCS squads, and Duke has an NC game to schedule!

The ACC, as a whole, play 22 P5 opponents; twelve (12) of the twenty two (12) will be played in ACC stadiums, Nine (9) as true road games, and one (1) at a Neutral Site!


The 2022 ACC Non-Conference Season looks like this, 56 NC games, 34 are home contests, while 19 are road battles, one (1) at a neutral site, and 2 games TBD!

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Big 12 Conference 2022 Schedule

4th Conference up, is the often ignored and regularly disrespected, Big 12!

There are ten (10) Football Bowl Subdivision Conferences (AAC, ACC, Big12, Big Ten, C-USA, MAC, MWC, PAC 12, SBC, & SEC) and only two have organized themselves without divisions, the AAC (American Athletic Conference) the the Big 12 (B-12)

In 2010, here is a list of the teams that comprised the B-12: Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, & Texas Tech. One year later (2011), the B-12 had gone from 12 members to 10 universities, as Nebraska left for the B-10 & Colorado headed west to begin play in what would become the PAC 12 (Utah from the Mountain West Conference also joined what was then known as the PAC 10)! The B-12 kept their marketing name (even though they had 10 not 12 conference programs) and did away with divisions, organizing themselves as one conference, where they played a round robin schedule (every team in the league played every other team!

Then in 2012, Texas A&M & Missouri left the Big 12 conference and joined the Southeastern Conference. The B-12 did not want to be left with eight (8) teams, so they invited Texas Christian University (TCU) and West Virginia to join their ranks. TCU & West Virginia began playing in the B-12 in 2012, both teams finished that season with identical records, 4-5 in conference play and 7-6 overall!

In 2021, came the shocker, Texas & Oklahoma, the bluebloods of the conference, announced they would be leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference beginning July 1 of 2025! The Big 12 response was quick, they offered Cincinnati, Houston, Central Florida (all from the AAC) and the nations 2nd best Independent, BYU, an opportunity for membership in the Big 12. All four (4) accepted the offer and will begin playing in the conference no later than the 2024-25 academic year!

The Big 12 will be returning to divisional play in 2024 and once again, have 12 members, for the 1st time since 2010!

On Sully’s College Football Page, we use a system of color coding to make the reading of a particular team’s, strength of schedule, easily recognized and understood!

The color Red is used to identify conference games, Yellow, for Power Five (P5) opponents, Green, to signify Group of Five (G5) teams, and finally, we use Light Blue for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The FCS can offer up to 63 scholarship (not more than 63, yet can offer fewer), while the Football Bowl Subdivision ( P5 & G5) must provide 85 scholarships or lose their status as an FBS program!

In should be noted, the terms P5 & G5 are not NCAA language, but rather the constructs of five conferences (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC) and Notre Dame! No one is quiet sure of the origin of these terms, Power Five & Group of Five, they seem to have evolved over time, suffice to say, they are not NCAA Terms!

The link provided below will take you to Sully’s College Football Page (SCFP) featuring the Big 12’s 2022 schedule information!

https://sullyscollegefootballpage.com/Football_Stats/Conference_Listings.cfm?MCID=1&DVID=4

All that said: the Big 12 (the current B-12) plays 30 Non-Conference games and in 2022, 11 of the tilts are vs Power Five program, 11 vs G5s & 7 vs FCS teams for a total of 29 NC games. Baylor has yet to schedule a 3rd NC Game, since they play BYU on the road, look for them to schedule a weak G5 program or an FCS opponent. When they do so, the B-12 will have reached its allotted 30 game NC total!

Big 12 vs Power Five (P5) opponents, Baylor heads to Provo to take on BYU, Iowa State meanders east to Iowa City to do battle with in-state rival, Iowa, while Kansas hosts’ Duke on Sept. 24th. Kansas State resumes its border war, in Little Manhattan, vs Missouri, Oklahoma kicks it off vs an old Big Eight rival, Nebraska, at Husker’s Memorial Stadium, Oklahoma State, welcomes a PAC 12 opponent, Arizona State to Stillwater, OK, TCU lines in up against Colorado in Boulder, CO @ Folsom Field. Texas plays host to mighty Alabama, on Sept 10th, Texas Tech heads east to battle an ACC program, NC State, @ Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC and finally, West Virginia takes on two (2) Power 5’s (ACC teams), both on the road, Pitt, in the ‘Backyard Brawl’ and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg VA, @ Lane Stadium.¬†

The Big 12 Conference plays a G5 opponent on eleven (11) dates and have schedule seven (7) FCS teams! Baylor has one game, yet, to schedule, a G5 or FCS program are far and away the most likely Candidate!

The Big 12’s schedule breakdown is 30 NC games, 11 vs P5, 11 against G5s and 7 games vs an FCS squad! Every team in the League plays, at least, one (1) P5, one (1) G5, and seven teams in the conference have schedule an FCS opponent. OU & Texas do not play an FCS program in 2022 and Baylor has one game to schedule for the coming season.

The Big 12 Conference plays 9 conference games and 3 Non-Conference (NC) games to reach their allotted regular season 12 game total. As a result, the conference has to schedules 30 NC games (10 teams X 3 NC Games = 30) to reach their conference total of 120 games (90 conference games + 30 NC tilts = 120 total games in the B-12).

The Big 12 plays 11 P5 opponents; none of these games will be played at a neutral site, four (4) will be contested in B-12 Arenas, & seven (7) of these games will be played as true road games! Of the seven (7) road games (three (3) will be contested on ACC fields, one (1) in an Independent Stadium (BYU’s Lavell Edwards Stadium), two (2) in Big Ten Houses, & One (1) in PAC 12 territory)!

The League plays 11 G5 and 7 FCS all @ home, except for TCU, who plays @ SMU, some likely hurt feelings with the Mustangs, in that, the B-12 did not offer an invite to the Dallas-based team, an old Southwest Conference member, during the latest realignment? While Kansas travels to Houston to take on a future B-12 opponent!

The 2022 B-12 Non-Conference season looks like this, 30 NC games, 20 are home contests, 9 are road battles, & one (1) team & site to be determined!

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PAC 12 Conference 2022 Schedule

The PAC 12 had two (2) teams reach the ten (10) win threshold in 2021, Oregon (10-4) in the North Division and in the South Division, Utah, also went 10-4! Of the twelve (12) teams playing in the League, half (six {6} squads) of them qualified for the bowl season (Arizona State, UCLA & Utah from the South and Oregon, Oregon State, & Washington State out of the North)! That said, their bowl results can best be described as a ‘Train Wreck‘. The P-12 went 0-5 in the post season; (Oregon State lost to Utah State, 24-13, Oregon was outscored by Oklahoma, 47-32, Arizona State was stopped by Wisconsin, 20-13, Washington State fell to Central Michigan, 24-21, Utah’s defense missed the bus, losing to Ohio State, 48-45, and mercifully, UCLA canceled their date with NC State, due to Covid)! Their regular season performance vs Power Five (P5) opponents was better, but not by much, the conference took on 16 P5 opponents and managed only three (3) wins, an anemic 3-13 result! The PAC 12 lost seven (7) games to two (2) teams, BYU beat them 5 times (Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Utah, & Washington State), & Notre Dame played them twice (2), USC & Stanford fell to the Irish! They lined it up 9 times vs the 2nd best Group of Five (G5) Conference (the American is widely regarded as the best G5 league), the Mountain West and managed just 4 wins (4-5), a losing record to a G5 Conference. Further, they play, in the majority, the Big Sky Conference, when engaging FCS programs! PAC 12 played eight games vs the B-Sky and finished with 2 losses, completely unacceptable for a P5 Conference!

Our focus here is the PAC 12’s Non-Conference (NC) games!

On Sully’s College Football Page, we use a system of color coding to make the reading of a particular team’s strength of schedule easily recognized and understood!

The color Red is used to identify conference games, Yellow, for Power Five (P5) opponents, Green, to signify Group of Five (G5) teams, and finally, we use Light Blue for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The FCS can offer up to 63 scholarship (not more than 63, yet can offer fewer), while the Football Bowl Subdivision ( P5 & G5) must provide 85 scholarships or lose their status as an FBS program!

The link provided below will take you to the PAC 12’s 2022 schedule! Note; the P-12 plays nine (9) conference games as does the B-10! Further, the PAC 12, like the B-10 & Southeastern Conference has 2 divisions (North & South), with six (6) teams on each side of the conference. Finally, where the PAC 12 parts company from the B-10 & SEC is in the number of conference teams, the B-10 and the Southeastern Conferences have 14 teams to the PAC 12’s twelve (12) teams. This difference in the # of conference members reduces the PAC 12’s NC encounters from the SEC’s 56 & B-10’s 42 NC games to 36 Non-Conference tilts for the PAC 12. In other words, The PAC 12’s, twelve (12) programs, play 3 NC contests for a total of 36 games (12 X 3 = 36)

https://sullyscollegefootballpage.com/Football_Stats/Conference_Listings.cfm?MCID=1&DVID=5&ScheduleYear=2022

In should be noted, the terms P5 & G5 are not NCAA language, but rather the constructs of five conferences (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC) and Notre Dame! No one is quiet sure of the origin of these terms? The use of, now common, Power Five & Group of Five, seem to have evolved over time! Suffice to say, they are not NCAA speak!

The PAC 12 Conference plays 36 Non-Conference games in 2022!

Lets begin in the P-12’s North Division by identifying their P5 opponents and putting a number to the G5 & FCS teams they will play in 2022.From the North Division, California Travels to Indiana to take on Notre Dame, (ND is a founding member of the CFP system and is universally recognized as a P5 program) Oregon plays two (2) P5s in 2022, Georgia, at a neutral site (Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA) & BYU @ home, while Oregon State does not play a P5 in 2022, they do travel to Idaho, to take on Boise State! Stanford heads east, to the Great State of Indiana, to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and battles BYU @ home, Washington welcomes Michigan State, to Husky Stadium, while WSU travels to the Great State of Wisconsin to do battle with Bucky @ Camp Randall. The North Division six (6) members, with the exception of OSU, each play, at least, one (1) game vs a P5. Oregon & Stanford play two (2) P5 opponents, bringing the North Division’s total to seven (7) games vs P5 in 2022 regular season!

The North Division plays five (5) Group of Five opponents and six (6) FCS teams!

The North Division’s schedule breakdown is 18 NC games, seven (7) games vs P5, five (5) against G5s and six (6) with FCS squads! You like to see each member of a P5 Conference (or in this case, division) play at, least, one (1) P5 program in their NC schedule. The North, as a whole, meets that standard by playing 7 P5s in 22′!

The South Division vs P5: Arizona welcomes Mississippi State to Arizona Stadium, Arizona State travels to Stillwater, OK, to take on Oklahoma State, while Colorado kicks it off vs two (2) P5 teams, @ home against TCU and then, gets it on, in the great state of Minnesota, vs The Golden Gophers. UCLA’s schedule may be the weakest of any P5 program in the country in 2022, not only do they not play a P5, the fact is, the G5 teams they play, Bowling Green & South Alabama are among the weakest in their respective G5 conferences (MAC & Sun Belt) and their FCS opponent, Alabama State, is not a particular strong program in that subdivision! USC takes on ND, in college football’s greatest intersectional rival, & Utah travels cross country, to Gainesville, Florida, to get it on with Gators in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The South plays six (6) P5 teams, with every member playing one Power Five program, save UCLA who plays none (0) while Colorado lines it up vs two (2)!  

The South Division plays eight (8) Group of Five opponents and four (4) FCS teams!

The South Division’s schedule breakdown is 18 NC games, six (6) games vs P5, eight (8) against G5s, and four (4) with FCS squads!

The PAC 12, as a whole, will play 13 P5 opponents; six (6) of the thirteen (13) will be played in PAC 12 Stadiums, six (6) will be played as true road games, & one at a neutral site. PAC 12 teams will appear in one (1) Southeastern Conference Arena (Florida), in one B-12 Stadium (TCU’s Amon G Carter Stadium), on two (2) B-10 fields, Wisconsin’s & Minnesota’s, & twice (2) at the House that Rockne built (Notre Dame)! The thirteenth P5 opponent will be Georgia, played @ a neutral site, Atlanta, GA’s Mercedes Benz Stadium!

The PAC 12 Conference plays 9 league games and 3 Non-Conference (NC) games to reach their allotted regular season 12 game total. As a result, the conference has to schedules 36 NC games (12 teams X 3 = 36) to reach their their conference total of 144 games (108 conference games; 12 X 9 = 108 + 36 NC tilts = 144 total battles in the PAC 12 Conference).

The PAC 12 plays 13 G5 and 10 FCS, all @ home, except for games played @ San Diego State (Arizona), @ Air Force (Colorado) & @ Fresno State (Oregon State) are P-12 teams, who travel to the above mentioned sites! Please note; all ten (10) FCS games are played in PAC 12 Arenas!

The 2022 PAC 12 Non-Conference Season looks like this: 36 NC games, 26 are home contests, 9 are true road battles, and one (1) is at a Neutral site!

And as always … enjoy the games!

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Big Ten Conference 2022 Schedule

The Big Ten East Division made a comeback in in 2021 with 3 (MSU 11-2, OSU 11-2, & Michigan 12-2) of its seven members winning 11 or more games. Of the ten FBS Conferences, eight of them have divisions (American Athletic Conference {AAC} & the Big 12 are not organized into divisions). That said, the Big Ten’s East was the only division that that had three (3) teams to win 10 plus games. Now before you say the rest of the division was weak, two (2) other teams from the East had winning records (Penn State & Maryland)! The Big Ten East was (is) the 2nd best division in all of college football, behind only the Southeastern’s West Division. With Iowa (B-10’s West Division) winning ten (10) games, the Big Ten was tied with the Southeastern & Mountain West Conferences to have four (4) teams win ten or more games!

Our focus here is the Big Ten’s Non-Conference (NC)!

On Sully’s College Football Page, we use a system of color coding to make the reading of a particular team’s strength of schedule easily recognized and understood!

The color Red is used to identify conference games, Yellow, for Power Five (P5) opponents, Green, to signify Group of Five (G5) teams, and finally, we use Light Blue for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The FCS can offer up to 63 scholarship (not more than 63, yet can offer fewer), while the Football Bowl Subdivision ( P5 & G5) must provide 85 scholarships or lose their status as an FBS program!

The link provided below will take you to the Big Ten’s 2022 schedule! Note the B-10 plays nine (9) conference games! Further, the Big Ten like the Southeaster Conference has 2 divisions, with seven (7) teams on each side, yet finally, where the B-10 & SEC part company is in the number of conference games they play, the B-10 plays 9 conference games to the SEC’s 8 games. This difference in conference games reduces the Big Ten’s NC encounters from the SEC’s 56, to their 42 NC games. The B-10’s fourteen (14) teams play 3 NC contests for a total of 42 games (14 X 3 = 42)

https://sullyscollegefootballpage.com/Football_Stats/Conference_Listings.cfm?MCID=1&DVID=3

It should be noted, the terms P5 & G5 are not NCAA language, but rather the constructs of five conferences (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC) and Notre Dame! No one is quiet sure of the origin of these terms? The use of, now common, Power Five & Group of Five, seem to have evolved over time! Suffice to say, they are not NCAA Terms!

The Big Ten Conference plays 42 Non-Conference games in 2022!

Lets begin in the B-10’s East Division by identifying their P5 opponents and putting a number to the G5 & FCS teams they will play in 2022.

From the East Division, Indiana Travels to Ohio to take on Cincinnati, (the B-10 recognizes Cincy as a P5 opponent for scheduling purposes, they were, once upon a time, in the Big East) Maryland does not play a P5 in 2022 while Michigan hosts’ UCLA on Sept. 10th. MSU heads west, to the Great State of Washington, to take on the Washington Huskies, OSU welcomes God’s Team, Notre Dame, to the Shoe, while PSU travels south to do battle, on the Plains, with Auburn, and finally, Rutgers journeys to the Baked Bean State to cook, boil, & bake Boston College. The East Division’s seven (7) members, with the exception of Maryland, each play one (1) game against a P5 opponent!

The East Division plays a G5 opponent on thirteen (13) occasions and have scheduled FCS teams on two (2) dates. For the limited purpose of this blog, we are counting Cincinnati as a P5, although, please note; they are identified as G5 (AAC member / green dot on the B-10 conference schedule page) on the conference schedule!

The East Division’s schedule breakdown is 28 NC games, 6 vs P5, 13 against G5s and 2 with FCS squads! Maryland is the only team from the East that is not playing a P5 while IU & Rutgers are the only 2 clubs that have scheduled FCS opponents!

The West Division vs P5: Wisconsin welcomes Washington State to Mad-Town, Purdue enters the Great State of New York and lines it up against “Running Back U” (Jimmy Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, Larry Zunker to name a few) the Syracuse Orange , Northwestern stays home and gets it on in the Academic Bowl vs Duke. Nebraska entertains long-tine Big Eight & Big 12 rival, Oklahoma, Minnesota stays in the North Star State and kicks it off vs a PAC 12 representative, Colorado, Iowa engages in its annual battle, with in-state rival, Iowa State, in Iowa City (it’s all about Iowa), and finally, Illinois, welcomes the descendants Jamestown (UVA) to the Land of Lincoln! The West plays seven (7) P5 teams, with every member playing one Power Five program!

The West Division plays seven (7) Group of Five opponents and seven (7) FCS teams!

The West Division’s schedule breakdown is 21 NC games, and has perfect symmetry, seven (7) games vs P5, seven (7) against G5s and seven (7) with FCS squads! I do not remember seeing an NC schedule breakdown with this type on balance in the years (2009 to present) that I have entered games!

The Big Ten, as a whole, play 13 P5 opponents; eight (8) of the thirteen (13) will be played in B-10 stadiums. the remaining Five (5) will be played as true road games; one (1) in an AAC Arena (Remember, the B-10 & SEC will count some teams that are housed in G5 Conferences … as P5 opponents for scheduling purposes), one (1) in an Southeastern Conference, one (1) in a PAC 12 House, & two (2) in ACC realms)!

The Big Ten Conference plays 9 league games and 3 Non-Conference (NC) games to reach their allotted regular season 12 game total. As a result, the conference has to schedules 42 NC games (14 teams X 3 = 42) to reach their their conference total of 168 games (126 conference games + 42 NC tilts = 168 total battles in the Big Ten Conference).

The B-10 plays 20 G5 and 9 FCS all @ home, except for Maryland, who plays @ UNC Charlotte, in North Carolina, on Sept. 10! Please note; if you go to SCFP site, the B-10 page will show 21 green dots (signifying a Group of Five opponent) while the B-10 counts Cincinnati as a Power Five (P5) for scheduling purposes only, we do not count Cincy as a P5! On SCFP , we count only BYU & Army as P5 equivalents (ND has always been part of the P5 numbers). So, on SCFP page, you will see 12 yellow dots (signifying a P5 opponent) on the Big Ten Conference Page (not 13 as reported here) and 21 green dots (signifying G5 opposition) not 20! Sorry for the confusion!!

The 2022 Big Ten Non-Conference season looks like this, 42 NC games, 36 are home contests while 6 are road battles!

And as always … enjoy the games!

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