As detailed in the explanation of college conferences, Flip the Field will really only follow the college football teams in the classification of Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly called Division I-A. You could also call this group of teams, the ones that really matter.
List of College Conferences:
Then there is a list of independent teams that don’t play in a specific conference. Notre Dame is one of those teams. Some say it is because they think too highly of themselves and others say it is because their fan base is too large to just be in a single conference. I say it is because they are the GDI’s of football, the non-joiners.
List of College Teams in FBS Conferences:
Here are the teams within each of these conferences. You’ll notice that several conferences have 2 divisions within them and that most conferences are now up to 12 teams in them (even though their name may not reflect the more recent change):
North Carolina State
Southern Miss (Moved from East)
San Diego State
San Jose State
New Mexico State
Navy (last year)
You’ll notice that for each of the conferences, they generally follow some type of geographical location where the teams are relatively close to each other or make sense based on the conference name. However, then you’ll find one or two teams that make no sense at all! For example, how did West Virginia get in with the teams in the Big 12 which are all ‘plains’ states kind of places.
Generally, you can count on that team being a late addition to the conference having moved from a different conference at some point. This kind of thing happens all the time. Why? Family feuds, trying to be noticed more, or more money!! Isn’t that the answer to almost anything?!