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12-19-2009, 09:37 AM
I'm a steelers fan from Ireland and as a football fan I would like to understand college football obivously would be a notre dame fan
Could someone explain it to me ?
Manly how the conferences work and how the bowl series works and how the champion is decided
Thanks in advance


12-21-2009, 03:10 PM
College football is my favorite. That's not a surprise since I'm from Alabama where college football is treated like a religion!

There are various forms of college football. There are two major governing bodies that control college football in the United States. One is the NCAA and the other is the NAIA. The NCAA is probably what you're no doubt most familiar with when it comes to college athletics.

The NCAA has four separate divisions of college football: The biggest programs are a part of what's called the Football Bowl Subdivision. Following the FBS, you have the Football Championship Subdivision, Division Two, and Division Three. Each of these divisions except Division Three awards athletic scholarships to many of their players to attend school and play football at their respective schools. Division Three does not award athletic scholarships - typically, Division Three schools are small liberal arts colleges.

Within each division there are conferences comprised of schools from various geographic regions throughout the country. For example, in the Football Bowl Subdivision, you have the Southeastern Conference, the Big Ten, the Big XII, the PAC 10, the Big East, the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, and the Western Athletic Conference.

Schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision participate in 34 bowl games in December and January each year. Only teams with at least 6-6 records are invited to play in bowl games - in other words, teams with losing records are not allowed to play in these games. The BCS stands for Bowl Championship Series. Five bowl games are a part of the BCS each season - the Orange Bowl in Miami, the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, the Rose Bowl out in Los Angeles, and the BCS Championship Game which rotates each season between those four previously mentioned locations. This season the BCS Champ Game is in Los Angeles (Pasadena to be exact). The BCS Champ Game features the #1 ranked team versus the #2 ranked team based on a computer ranking system that uses various forms of criteria. Whoever wins that game is crowned the BCS National Champions. Alabama and Texas are playing in the BCS Champ Game on January 7th.

The other BCS bowls feature other highly ranked teams from various conferences and their reward in winning the game is improving their ranking at the end of the season. The other 29 bowl games are nice rewards for teams that participate in those games, but they have no bearing on the national championship.

The Football Championship Subdivision has a true playoff system in place where 16 teams are chosen at the end of the regular season to play a single elimination tournament to decide the national champion for that particular division. Villanova just defeated Montana last Friday in the national title game that was played in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Division Two has a playoff system that is identical to the Football Championship Subdivision, except Division Two has a 24-team playoff. Northwest Missouri State University won the Division Two championship in Florence, Alabama, a couple of weekends ago.

Finally, Division Three schools also feature a playoff like the FCS and Division Two where the championship game is played in Salem, Virginia, each season. Wisconsin-Whitewater won the national championship this past weekend over Mount Union College.

NAIA is a different governing body that is split between two divisions: Division One and Division Two, with Division One being comprised of larger universities and Division Two being comprised of smaller colleges and universities. Both of these divisions also have a playoff format like NCAA does in FCS, Division Two, and Division Three.

A lot of the larger schools in the FBS have stadiums that are much larger than NFL stadiums. Schools like Alabama, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia, Louisiana State, USC, Tennessee, Texas, and Florida have stadiums that hold 90,000 to 107,000 fans. The largest NFL stadium holds around 75,000 to 80,000. College football is much older than NFL football and it dates back to the late 1860s. The first college football game in the United States was played between Rutgers and Princeton in 1869 and the oldest continuous rivalry to date is the current series between Lafayette and Lehigh.

That's enough typing for now! How did I do?

12-21-2009, 04:26 PM
Pretty Good. FBS is Division I A and FCS is Division I AA

Rules Differences

You only have to have 1 foot in bounds to constitute a catch

Replay can be challenged one time by each team, but they must give up a Timeout, and if they're right they get it back.