FBS Programs: 112
Number of Conferences: 10
Number of Independents: 9
Here’s a quick look at how the FBS conferences looked the year before the BCS kicked off in 1998:
ACC (nine members): Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia and Wake Forest.
Big Ten (11 members): Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.
Big 12 (12 members): North Division: Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Nebraska. South Division: Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
Big East (eight members): Boston College, Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Big West (six members): Boise State, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Texas, Utah State.
Conference USA (seven members): Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Southern Miss, Tulane.
Independent (nine teams): Alabama-Birmingham, Arkansas State, Army, Central Florida, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Navy and Notre Dame.
MAC (12 teams): East Division: Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State, Marshall, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio. West Division: Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan.
Pac-10 (10 teams): Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.
SEC (12 teams): East Division: Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. West Division: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi and Mississippi State.
WAC (16 teams): Mountain Division: Air Force, Colorado State, Rice, SMU, TCU, Tulsa, UNLV and Wyoming. Pacific Division: BYU, Fresno State, Hawaii, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah and UTEP.