This bowl-pocalypse idea isn’t looking so far-fetched now.
While the ranks of bowl-eligible teams swelled to 44 this week (from 31 at this time a week ago), there are now only 71 teams with .500 or better records in major-college football.
Which is to say, the margin of error for the 68 teams needed to fill up all 34 bowls is fast dwindling.
The look of this chart will change in the next couple weeks, with the teams with undetermined eligibility getting listed with their remaining schedules and the ineligible teams dropping off the list based on their irrelevance for this postseason.
But for now, here’s the rundown of who’s in and who’s not —- with the acknowledgment that it’s the other 59 schools that will really determine whether or not the bloated bowl system winds up with egg on its face in another month.
—- Patrick Stevens