Division: The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Sports Type: NCAA Division I
Number of Member Schools and Organizations by 2020: seven
Subdivision Founding: 1978
Independents Football Commissioner: Mark Emmert
Regions Accommodated: Eastern US, Midwestern US, Southern US, Mountain States
Independents Football Tickets
Throughout the NCAA Division I, it’s a common practice for teams to join conferences where they face off against other collegiate teams. Not every team opts to join a conference, and this is where the NCAA Division I FBS Independent Schools come in. These seven schools are four-year institutions that aren’t part of any NCAA conference. In the past, many of the armed services were part of this grouping, and there were others like Arkansas State and Cal State Fullerton, but some teams opted to drop the sport, and others, like the Air Force, decided to join conferences. Independent schools are able to play in the College Football Playoff, and Independents football tickets continue to be a draw of revenue for each of the schools associated. Many of the schools that have independent status state that it’s their fan bases that keeps them from joining conferences. StubHub is the place to go to purchase some Independents football tickets today.