Another Bowl Season Approaches And Another Year With 5-7 Teams Playing In Bowl Games

We can all agree that 41 bowl games are probably way too many. That doesn't mean they are going away. As long as the games get viewers and sponsors - which they do - the number of bowl games is not going to decrease.

The fight for the Top 4 rages on, but it's not the top of the college football hierarchy we're worried about.

We have 76 teams with 6 or more wins as we head into the last full weekend of college football. That leaves 6 bowl spots up for grabs.

14 teams in the Division 1 football bowl subdivision (FBS) sit on 5 wins and need a win in the final game of the season to qualify for a bowl. Tuesday, the MAC added the latest 6-win team when 6-6 Miami (OH) beat 5-7 Ball State.

This is where it gets dicey. Of the remaining 14 teams, only 3 are favored.

Bowl Eligible Teams By Conference


The ACC has 9 teams qualified for bowl season. There are two more ACC teams that sit at 5-6 and both have difficult match-ups heading into their last game.

BIG 10

Michigan and Ohio State are most likely playing for a spot in the semifinals. 9 total Big 10 teams are qualified for bowl season.

Conference USA

4 Conference USA teams have qualified for bowl season. 4 more teams sit at 5-6 and hold out hopes for the postseason.

FBS Independents

Notre Dame, Liberty, UCONN and BYU have all qualified.


5 MAC teams are bowl eligible after Miami beat Ball State.


10 SEC teams are bowl eligible so far. 3 more teams can get to 6 wins. But the problem is, all will be underdogs in their remaining games.


6 Sunbelt teams are already heading to a bowl game. 3 others can join them if they can get their 6th win this weekend.

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