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The 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level, will begin on August 30, 2012 and will conclude with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on January 5, 2013 at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Conference changesEdit

Several teams changed conferences from the 2011 season. Texas State of the Southland Conference (but technically played as an independent in 2011), Massachusetts of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and independents South Alabama and UTSA are transitioning to the Football Bowl Subdivision and will be transitional FBS members (without bowl eligibility) in 2012; all four will become full FBS members in 2013.

The Great West Conference dropped football after all of its five football members in the 2011 season joined other conferences. Cal Poly, North Dakota, Southern Utah and UC Davis all joined the Big Sky Conference. South Dakota joined the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

In their third year as a program, Georgia State, already a full member of the CAA, joined the football conference after two years as an independent. However, this will be the Panthers' only season as a CAA football member, as the school has announced that it will begin an FBS transition in 2012 in advance of its July 2013 move to the Sun Belt Conference.[1]

There will be no teams playing as independents in 2012.

School 2011 Conference 2012 Conference
Cal Poly Great West Big Sky
Georgia State Independent CAA
Massachusetts CAA MAC (FBS)
North Dakota Great West Big Sky
South Alabama Independent Sun Belt (FBS)
South Dakota Great West MVFC
Southern Utah Great West Big Sky
Texas State Independent WAC (FBS)
UC Davis Great West Big Sky
UTSA Independent WAC (FBS)

FCS team wins over FBS teamsEdit

Conference standingsEdit

2012 Big Sky football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Eastern Washington §^   7 1         10 2  
#2 Montana State §^   7 1         11 2  
#12 Cal Poly §^   7 1         9 3  
#20 Northern Arizona   6 2         8 3  
Sacramento State   4 4         6 5  
Northern Colorado   4 4         5 6  
Southern Utah   4 4         5 6  
North Dakota   3 5         5 6  
Montana   3 5         5 6  
UC Davis   3 5         4 7  
Portland State   2 6         3 8  
Weber State   2 6         2 9  
Idaho State   0 8         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
As of November 18, 2012
 • Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2012 Big South football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#10 Stony Brook §^   5 1         10 3  
Coastal Carolina §^   5 1         8 4  
Liberty §   5 1         6 5  
Charleston Southern   3 3         5 6  
Gardner–Webb   2 4         3 8  
VMI   1 5         2 9  
Presbyterian   0 6         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2012 CAA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Old Dominion ^   7 1         11 2  
#18 Richmond §   6 2         8 3  
#13 New Hampshire §^   6 2         8 4  
#15 Villanova §^   6 2         8 4  
#17 Towson §   6 2         7 4  
#19 James Madison   5 3         7 4  
Maine   4 4         5 6  
Delaware   2 6         5 6  
William & Mary   1 7         2 9  
Rhode Island   0 8         0 11  
Georgia State   0 0         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Georgia State's official conference record was 0-0, and it did not occupy a spot in the overall standings. Old Dominion was ineligible for the conference championship because of its announced departure for Conference USA in 2013; under CAA bylaws, a departing school is ineligible for conference championships.
    As of January 7, 2013 • Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2012 Ivy League football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Penn   6 1         6 4  
Harvard   5 2         8 2  
Brown   4 3         7 3  
Dartmouth   4 3         6 4  
Princeton   4 3         5 5  
Cornell   2 5         4 6  
Columbia   2 5         3 7  
Yale   1 6         2 8  
† – Conference champion
2012 MEAC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#25 Bethune-Cookman ^   8 0         9 3  
Howard   6 2         7 4  
North Carolina A&T   5 3         7 4  
North Carolina Central   5 3         6 5  
Delaware State   5 3         6 5  
South Carolina State   4 4         5 6  
Florida A&M   4 4         4 7  
Hampton   3 5         3 7  
Norfolk State   2 6         4 7  
Morgan State   2 6         3 8  
Savannah State   0 8         1 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2012 MVFC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 North Dakota State ^   7 1         14 1  
#19 South Dakota State ^   6 2         9 4  
#16 Illinois State ^   5 3         9 4  
#23 Indiana State   5 3         7 4  
Southern Illinois   5 3         6 5  
Youngstown State   4 4         7 4  
Northern Iowa   4 4         5 6  
Missouri State   3 5         3 8  
Western Illinois   1 7         3 8  
South Dakota   0 8         1 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2012 NEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Wagner §^   7 1         9 4  
Albany §   7 1         9 2  
Monmouth   4 3         5 5  
Saint Francis (PA)   4 4         5 6  
Bryant   4 4         4 7  
Robert Morris   3 5         4 7  
Duquesne   3 5         5 6  
Central Connecticut   2 5         2 8  
Sacred Heart   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2012 OVC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#25 Eastern Illinois ^   6 1         7 5  
#21 Eastern Kentucky   6 2         8 3  
Tennessee–Martin   6 2         8 3  
Jacksonville State   5 3         6 5  
Tennessee State   4 3         8 3  
Murray State   4 4         5 6  
Southeast Missouri State   2 6         3 8  
Tennessee Tech   1 7         3 8  
Austin Peay   1 7         2 9  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2012 Patriot League football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#24 Colgate ^   6 0         8 4  
#13 Lehigh   5 1         10 1  
Georgetown   2 4         5 6  
Lafayette   2 4         5 6  
Holy Cross   2 4         2 9  
Bucknell   1 5         3 8  
Fordham   0 0         6 5  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Fordham ineligible for conference title because they offer football scholarships while other Patriot League members do not; Fordham's official conference record will be 0-0 and won't occupy a spot in the conference standings
    Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
Template:2012 Pioneer Football League standings
2012 Southern Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Georgia Southern §^   6 2         10 4  
#9 Wofford §^   6 2         9 4  
#7 Appalachian State §^   6 2         8 4  
The Citadel   5 3         7 4  
Samford   5 3         7 4  
Chattanooga   5 3         6 5  
Furman   2 6         3 8  
Elon   1 7         3 8  
Western Carolina   0 8         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2012 Southland Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Sam Houston State §^   6 1         11 3  
#8 Central Arkansas §^   6 1         9 3  
Southeastern Louisiana   5 2         5 6  
McNeese State   4 3         7 4  
Stephen F. Austin   4 3         5 6  
Northwestern State   2 5         4 7  
Lamar   1 6         4 8  
Nicholls State   0 7         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
As of December 15, 2012 • Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
Template:2012 SWAC football standings

Playoff qualifiersEdit

Automatic berths for conference championsEdit

At large qualifiersEdit

Ten teams will receive at-large bids.

The champions of the Pioneer Football League do not receive an automatic bid.

AbstainsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. McMurphy, Brett (April 7, 2012). "Sun Belt adding Georgia State". College Football Insider (CBSSports.com). http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/brett-mcmurphy/18373785/georgia-state-to-sun-belt-announcement-monday. Retrieved April 9, 2012.

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