Tracking the EagleBank Bowl tie-ins

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Pretty simple rundown this week.

First up: Army, which lost 17-16 at home to Tulane.

Considering the Green Wave accounted for one of the Black Knights’ three victories a season ago, today did not exactly do wonders for Army’s chances of playing in the postseason for the first time since 1996.

2009 Opponent
Result2008 Equivalent
Result
at Eastern Michigan
W, 27-14
Eastern Michigan
W, 17-13
DukeL, 35-19
at Rice
L, 38-31
Ball State
W, 24-17
AkronL, 22-3
at Iowa State
L, 31-10
at Texas A&M
L, 21-17
TulaneL, 17-16
at Tulane
W, 44-13
Vanderbilt
at Buffalo
L, 27-24
at Temple

TempleL, 35-7
Rutgers
at Rutgers
L, 30-3
at Air Force

Air Force
L, 16-7
VMI New Hampshire
L, 28-10
at North Texas

Louisiana Tech
W, 14-3
vs. Navy

vs. Navy
L, 34-0

And onto the ACC, which will send its No. 8 selection to the Dec. 29 game at RFK Stadium.

After five weeks, five ACC teams have losing records. That means there’s a good old-fashioned ruh-roh, since that situation holding up through the end of the season would potentially send the EagleBank Bowl scurrying for an at-large team.

ACC teams with 2+ victories: 11
ACC teams with .500+ records: 7
Current projected teams on the board for the EagleBank Bowl: None

And as for the secondary tie-in, here’s a look at how Conference USA East is holding up through the first weekend of October:

Conference USA East teams with 2+ victories: 5 (Southern Mississippi, Marshall, Central Florida, East Carolina, UAB)
Conference USA East teams with .500+ records: 4 (Southern Mississippi, Marshall, Central Florida, East Carolina)

Patrick Stevens

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