Being one of the premiere sports programs in the nation, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has a whole plethora of schedules for those who enjoy college football. There are all kinds of different formats and levels for every game to suit the level of competition that they provide. Their schedule is set up by state, by conference and by division. Most of these divisions have what is known as a rotating round robin schedule, and you will find that each team’s schedule is the same for that given season, with the only difference being the number of games they play.
In addition to the conference and division system, each of the NCAA has their own rules for each of the teams that belong to that division. They are as follows:
Division I – All teams play each other once per season. The one-game or round robin format is used for the entire season.
Division II – All teams play each other once per season. Round robin is used for the entire season. Division III – Each team plays each other once per season. A two-week league season is used.
Division IV – All teams play each other once per season. A two-week conference season is used.
Division V – All teams play each other once per season. A two-week conference season is used.
Divisions VI and VII – Each team plays each other once per season. There is also a division that is called the Pac-12 and it is run by a conference rather than the NCAA.
The number of teams in each division varies for the different divisions. This is because there are more teams in each division, so each has to have a better level of competition to keep its championship games. This has also led to the scheduling that we see today.
When it comes to the fact that there are more teams in each division for the Division I football game, there are many teams in the Division I football championship game that do not play each other during the season. The conferences have a playoff system in place, in which the best teams in the conference qualify for the championship game.
Of course, even though the format for all of the conferences has been changed to fit the needs of the newer television rights, the one that is still played by the majority of the schools is the six-week college football conference schedule. This is the format that all the states within the NCAA have agreed to use, and all programs are required to play at least three conference games each year. When it comes to the college football national championship game, that format was altered and now there are only four regular season games that will be played by the winner.