Ten more teams get sixth victory to increase total to 60 bowl-eligible teams
There are now just 18 spots remaining for bowl games and the College Football Playoff semifinals after 10 more teams reached six wins.
Nineteen more teams are within one win of postseason eligibility, although only 17 of them can get there this week because five-win teams Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky play each other and five-win Colorado has a bye.
Two FBS teams, Coastal Carolina and Ole Miss, are not eligible for postseason play, while 24 other teams — Ball State, Baylor, Bowling Green, BYU, Charlotte, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Florida, Georgia Southern, Illinois, Kansas, Kent State, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon State, Rice, San Jose State, Texas State, Tulsa, UConn, UMass and UTEP — have been eliminated from bowl contention.
Twenty-two more teams — Air Force, Arkansas, Buffalo, Duke, Florida State, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, LA Tech, Maryland, Miami (OH), Nebraska, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, South Alabama, Syracuse, Tennessee, Tulane, UNLV and Vanderbilt — are one loss away from being eliminated from bowl contention.
RoadTripSports.com will break down which teams are bowl eligible and how many postseason spots are still open each week throughout the remainder of the regular season.
American Athletic Conference — The Navy Midshipmen qualified for a bowl for the 14th time the last 15 seasons with a thrilling 43-40 win over SMU. The win also snapped a three-game losing skid for Navy, which joins Houston, Memphis, SMU, UCF and USF as bowl-eligible teams from the American. Temple can reach six wins this week, but the Owls will have to find a way to upset unbeaten UCF to make that happen. The conference has seven bowl tie-ins.
Atlantic Coast Conference — Two out of three isn’t bad. Louisville and Wake Forest both cashed in on victory number six last week to join Clemson, Miami (FL), NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech in postseason eligibility. Boston College will have to try again this week at home against UConn, while Georgia Tech can also get to six wins at Duke on Saturday. The ACC has 11 bowl affiliations.
Big 12 Conference — There were no changes in bowl-eligible teams in the conference last week, as West Virginia took care of business against five-win Kansas State. Iowa State, TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia are all bowl eligible. Three teams — K-State, Texas and Texas Tech — could all reach win number six on Saturday, although all three have tough tests. The Wildcats are at Oklahoma State, while the Longhorns are at West Virginia and the Red Raiders host TCU. The Big 12 just needs one more team to fulfill its six bowl tie-ins.
Big Ten Conference — No teams in the Big 10 were playing for a sixth victory last week, but five-win Minnesota will try its luck at Northwestern this Saturday. Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, Ohio State and Wisconsin are already bowl eligible. The Big Ten has 10 bowl affiliations.
Conference USA — One out of three is not so great. Southern Miss came away with its sixth win last weekend by beating Rice 43-34, but UTSA and Western Kentucky both lost to remain at five. UTSA will try again against Marshall, while WKU will host five-win Middle Tennessee. FAU, FIU, Marshall, North Texas and UAB are also bowl-eligible. C-USA has six bowl affiliations.
Independents – No changes for the rest of the season for the four independents. Army West Point and Notre Dame are in, BYU and UMass are out.
Mid-American Conference — Two more MAC teams got to six wins to give the conference six bowl-eligible teams. Western Michigan beat Kent State, 48-20, last week, while Akron got to six wins by knocking off Ohio, 37-34, on Tuesday night. Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio and Toledo are bowl eligible. The MAC has four bowl commitments.
Mountain West Conference — Utah State should get its sixth win at home against Hawaii on Saturday. If so, the Aggies will join Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State and Wyoming in postseason eligibility. The conference has already met its five bowl tie-ins.
Pac-12 Conference — There were no new bowl-eligible teams this past week in the Pac-12, but that isn’t likely to be the case this week. Five teams — Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, UCLA and Utah — will aim for win number six this weekend. However, that means all but the Sun Devils are playing teams that have already reached six wins. ASU is at Oregon State, but Cal is at Stanford, Oregon hosts Arizona, UCLA is at USC and Utah is at Washington. The conference already has five of its six bowl affiliations.
Southeastern Conference — Texas A&M had no trouble disposing of New Mexico, 55-14, to reach six wins and join Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Kentucky, Mississippi State and South Carolina in postseason eligibility. Mizzou, which has won four straight, can get there with a win over Vanderbilt this weekend. The SEC has 10 bowl tie-ins.
Sun Belt Conference — Appalachian State and Georgia State achieved six wins last weekend, but Arkansas State fell short with a 24-19 loss to South Alabama. The Red Wolves will try again this week against Texas State. Troy is also bowl-eligible. The Sun Belt has five bowl tie-ins.
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