NCAA Football Facts
• There are 120 schools, in 41 of the 50 states, playing at the highest level of NCAA football, Division I-A. All but four schools -- Army, Navy, Notre Dame, and Temple -- play in conferences.
• The state of Texas has 10 Division I-A programs -- Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas Christian, Texas-El Paso, Baylor, Houston, North Texas, Rice, and Southern Methodist -- more than any other state in the USA. Ohio is second with eight: Ohio State, Ohio University, Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Kent State, Miami University, and Toledo.
• The University of Chicago was a founding member of the Big Ten Conference, but withdrew in 1946 when the school decided to de-emphasize college athletics. The first Heisman Trophy winner, Jay Berwanger, played for the University of Chicago. Michigan State joined in 1950, and Penn State became the 11th member in 1990.
• The powerful Southwest Conference disbanded in 1996, after Arkansas jumped to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 1991-92. Four teams -- Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech -- joined the Big Eight, which is now the Big 12. Houston became one of the founding members of Conference USA (C-USA). Rice, Southern Methodist, and Texas Christian have jumped between C-USA, the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), and Mountain West Conference (MWC).