FCS Versus FBS: Conference Records

Since the Division I split into I-A and I-AA (now called FBS and FCS), there have been 3,445 games played between FBS and FCS teams through the 2022 season. During that time, a few conferences have come and gone at both the FBS and FCS levels.

Below is a list of all the records for each conference from 1978 through the 2022 season. The records below are based on this spreadsheet that we cultivated from historical records. A list of all FCS over FBS victories can be found here.

Keep in mind this is a snapshot of each conference at the time the game took place. For example, Memphis spent several seasons as an FBS independent but has changed conferences twice since 1995. Memphis’ records are included in FBS independents from 1978 through 1995, Conference USA from 1996 through 2012, and the American Conference since 2013.

The below tables are current through games as of September 16, 2023 and separate how FBS conferences have performed and FCS conferences have performed.

* Denotes that a conference has either disbanded or no longer sponsors football.

** The WAC began sponsoring football again in the fall of 2021 as an FCS conference. The WAC had been an FBS conference until 2012 and its records are reflected in the FBS table and future results as an FCS conference will be shown in the FCS table.

** The AQ7 records between FCS and FBS teams for the 2021 season have been recorded as WAC games.

*** The ASUN and WAC football teams combined in 2023 to form the United Athletic Conference. Starting in 2023, all ASUN and WAC teams will now be shown in the United Athletic row.

FBS Conference Records

ConferenceWinsLossesTiesWin %
American Athletic9410090%
Big 101469094%
Big 12 (Includes Big 8 Seasons)22320092%
Big East*935095%
Big West (Includes Pacific Coast Seasons)*11260065%
FBS Independents455129977%
Ivy League (FBS from 1978 - 1981)1420140%
Missouri Valley (FBS)*3915072%
Mountain West16020089%
Pac-12 (Includes Pac-10 Seasons)15313092%
Southern Conference (FBS from 1978-1981)2610268%
Southland Conference (FBS from 1978-1981)178068%
Southwest Conference*445090%
Sun Belt14434081%
WAC (FBS until 2012)*12711092%

FCS Conference Records

ConferenceWinsLossesTiesWin %
American West*12033%
Atlantic 10 (Includes Yankee Conference Seasons)*38108226%
Big Sky83413017%
Big South612904%
FCS Independents95261626%
Great West*932022%
Gulf Star*33050%
Ivy League (FCS since 1982)325011%
Missouri Valley (FCS)*1545025%
MVFC (Includes Gateway Conference Seasons)51290015%
Northeast Conference14302%
Ohio Valley42288313%
Patriot League (Includes Colonial League Seasons)1277013%
Pioneer Football League0500%
Southern Conference (FCS since 1982)3535529%
Southland Conference (FCS since 1982)62340315%
United Athletic0800%
WAC (FCS since 2021)***11200%

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