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The 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season, play of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level, is scheduled to begin on August 29, 2013, and, not including all-star games, is scheduled to conclude on January 6, 2014 with the 2014 BCS National Championship Game.

This will be the final season of FBS football with the current BCS system in place, before a new system with a four-team playoff takes effect for the 2014 season.

Rule changesEdit

The following rule changes were made by the NCAA Football Rules Committee for the 2013 season:[1]

  • Players who intentionally deliver a blow above the shoulders of a defenseless player (targeting) will now be automatically ejected from the game in addition to the 15-yard penalty assessed. If the ejection occurs in the first half, it is for the remainder of the game. If the ejection occurs in the second half or in overtime, it is for the remainder of the game plus the first half of the next scheduled game. The ejection penalty is eligible for instant replay review to determine if the hit was intentional, however the yardage penalty is not reviewable.
  • Blocking below the waist is now legal if done from the front side of the defender anywhere on the field, while blocks below the waist delievered from the side or back are fouls, simplifying rule changes from the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
  • In the final minute of each half, if the clock is stopped solely for an injured player, 10 seconds will be run off the game clock before the ball is put in play to cut down on teams faking injuries to stop the clock.
  • Establishing three seconds as the minimum time required to be on the game clock to spike the ball to stop the clock. If one or two seconds remain on the game clock, the offense can only run one play.
  • Permitting the use of electronic equipment (such as wireless headsets) for game officials to communicate with each other.
  • Two players at the same position on the same team may not wear the same uniform number (example, two quarterbacks on the same team cannot wear #12).
  • Players that change numbers during a game must report to the referee, who will announce it via wireless microphone.
  • Instant replay will be permitted to adjust the game clock at the end of each quarter. Previously, instant replay could only adjust the game clock at the end of each half.
  • Permitting the Big 12 Conference to experiment with an eighth official during conference games, positioned in the offensive backfield opposite the Referee (similar to the positioning of the umpire in the NFL) to assist in detecting infractions (such as holding, chop blocks, blindside hits on the quarterback, etc.) on the offensive line.

A rule that would have required the colors of uniform jerseys and pants to contrast to the field was recommended by the Rules Committee but was denied by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. This rule was proposed to prevent teams (such as Boise State University) from wearing uniforms that matched the color of their field. Another recommended rule would have switched the side of the field on which the line-to-gain and down markers are displayed in each half but was also denied.[2]

Conference realignmentEdit

On April 3, 2013, the schools remaining in the original Big East Conference, which had sold the "Big East" name to the seven Catholic schools that will leave the league to form their own conference in July 2013, announced that they would operate as the American Athletic Conference.[3]

This will also be the first season since its founding that the Western Athletic Conference will not sponsor football, as most of its football-playing members are departing for other conferences, and the 2 staying for 2013-14 will become football independents.

Membership changesEdit

School Former Conference New Conference
Florida Atlantic Owls Sun Belt C-USA
FIU Panthers Sun Belt C-USA
Georgia State Panthers CAA Sun Belt
Houston Cougars C-USA The American
Idaho Vandals WAC FBS Independent
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs WAC C-USA
Memphis Tigers C-USA The American
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Sun Belt C-USA
New Mexico State Aggies WAC FBS Independent
North Texas Mean Green Sun Belt C-USA
Pittsburgh Panthers Big East ACC
San Jose State Spartans WAC Mountain West
SMU Mustangs C-USA The American
Syracuse Orange Big East ACC
Texas State Bobcats WAC Sun Belt
UCF Knights C-USA The American
Utah State Aggies WAC Mountain West
UTSA Roadrunners WAC C-USA

Teams transitioning to FBSEdit

Between four and five teams will be transitioning from the FCS level of college football to the FBS level for the 2013 college football season. The Georgia State Panthers are in their second year of transition and will begin play in the Sun Belt Conference this season. The Old Dominion Monarchs begin their transition this season from Colonial Athletic Association to Conference USA, playing as an FCS independent in 2013 before beginning C-USA play in 2014.

At least two other schools are in year one of their transition: the Appalachian State Mountaineers and Georgia Southern Eagles will transition from the Southern Conference to the Sun Belt. The Sun Belt is likely to add another current FCS school to replace the WKU Hilltoppers which will join C-USA in 2014.

RecordsEdit

New, expanded, renovated, and temporary stadiumsEdit

Expanded stadiumsEdit

Renovated stadiumsEdit

  • Bill Snyder Family Stadium at Kansas State will be renovated during 2013. The old Dev Nelson press box was imploded in December 2012 and construction of a new West Stadium Center began, expected to finish by the start of the 2013 season.

Temporary stadiumsEdit

Conference standingsEdit

Template:2013 American Athletic Conference football standings
2013 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
Boston College   0 0         0 0  
Clemson   0 0         0 0  
Florida State   0 0         0 0  
Maryland   0 0         0 0  
NC State   0 0         0 0  
Syracuse   0 0         0 0  
Wake Forest   0 0         0 0  
Coastal
Duke   0 0         0 0  
Georgia Tech   0 0         0 0  
Miami   0 0         0 0  
North Carolina   0 0         0 0  
Pittsburgh   0 0         0 0  
Virginia   0 0         0 0  
Virginia Tech   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 7, 2013
As of December 12, 2012 • Rankings from AP Poll
2013 Big 12 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Baylor   0 0         0 0  
Iowa State   0 0         0 0  
Kansas   0 0         0 0  
Kansas State   0 0         0 0  
Oklahoma   0 0         0 0  
Oklahoma State   0 0         0 0  
Texas   0 0         0 0  
Texas Tech   0 0         0 0  
TCU   0 0         0 0  
West Virginia   0 0         0 0  
As of December 4, 2012 • Rankings from Coaches Poll
2013 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends
Iowa   0 0         0 0  
Michigan   0 0         0 0  
Michigan State   0 0         0 0  
Minnesota   0 0         0 0  
Nebraska   0 0         0 0  
Northwestern   0 0         0 0  
Leaders
Illinois   0 0         0 0  
Indiana   0 0         0 0  
Ohio State   0 0         0 0  
Penn State*   0 0         0 0  
Purdue   0 0         0 0  
Wisconsin   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 7, 2013
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Penn State ineligible for conference championship game and post-season bowl games due to NCAA sanctions
    As of December 7, 2012 • Rankings from AP Poll
Template:2013 Conference USA football standings
2013 Division I FBS independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Navy               9 4  
BYU               8 5  
Army               3 9  
New Mexico State               2 10  
Idaho               1 11  
No. 20 Notre Dame               0* 4  
**All wins for Notre Dame (9–4) in the 2013 season are vacated
Rankings from AP Poll
Template:2013 Mid-American Conference football standings
2013 Mountain West Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain
Air Force   0 0         0 0  
Boise State   0 0         0 0  
Colorado State   0 0         0 0  
New Mexico   0 0         0 0  
Utah State   0 0         0 0  
Wyoming   0 0         0 0  
West
Fresno State   0 0         0 0  
Hawaiʻi   0 0         0 0  
Nevada   0 0         0 0  
San Diego State   0 0         0 0  
San Jose State   0 0         0 0  
UNLV   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 7, 2013
As of December 31, 2012 • Rankings from AP Poll
Template:2013 Pacific-12 football standings
2013 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
Florida   0 0         0 0  
Georgia   0 0         0 0  
Kentucky   0 0         0 0  
Missouri   0 0         0 0  
South Carolina   0 0         0 0  
Tennessee   0 0         0 0  
Vanderbilt   0 0         0 0  
Western Division
Alabama   0 0         0 0  
Arkansas   0 0         0 0  
Auburn   0 0         0 0  
LSU   0 0         0 0  
Mississippi State   0 0         0 0  
Ole Miss   0 0         0 0  
Texas A&M   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 7, 2013
As of TBA, 2013 • Rankings from AP Poll
Template:2013 Sun Belt football standings

Coaching changesEdit

Preseason and in-seasonEdit

This is restricted to coaching changes that took place on or after May 1, 2013. For coaching changes that occurred earlier in 2013, see 2012 NCAA Division I FBS end-of-season coaching changes.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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