Bowl-pocalypse officially averted

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There are now 69 bowl-eligible teams, which means a lot of lower-tier games will have someone to invite if their league tie-ins fall short (here’s looking at you, ACC).

It also means the EagleBank Bowl doesn’t have to worry about what happens if 5-6 Army doesn’t beat Navy on Dec. 12. Someone will be there for the D.C.-based bowl.

The only question now is how many options there could be. Nine programs’ postseason fate remains unsettled heading into the final few weeks of the regular season. All are listed below with remaining schedule, with bowl ineligible opponents in italics.

ONE WIN (8)

Army (5-6): vs. Navy
Connecticut (5-5): Syracuse, South Florida
Kansas (5-6): vs. Missouri
Kent State (5-6): Buffalo
Toledo (5-6): @Bowling Green
UAB (5-6): Central Florida
Western Michigan (5-6): Ball State
Wyoming (5-6): @Colorado State

TWO WINS (1)

Hawaii (5-6): Navy, Wisconsin

ELIGIBLE (69)

Air Force, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Boise State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Brigham Young, California

Central Florida, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Clemson, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Fresno State, Georgia, Georgia Tech,

Houston, Idaho, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana State, Marshall, Miami (Fla.)

Michigan State, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Navy, Nebraska, Nevada, Northern Illinois, Northwestern

North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Pittsburgh

Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Southern California, Southern Methodist, Southern Mississippi, Stanford, Temple, Tennessee, Texas

Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Troy, UCLA, Utah, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Patrick Stevens

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