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.
There will be no teams playing as independents in 2012.
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
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