There’s 120 major-college teams.
There are 35 bowls —- and therefore 70 slots for those major-college teams to fill.
Needless to say, odds are at some point, there won’t be enough eligible teams —- even those of the 6-6 variety —- to fill up every bowl.
What happens in that instance? Well, a reasonable guess is a 5-7 team secures a waiver to participate. But it would also cast some more dubious attention on the bloated bowl system.
Hence, the anticipation for a potential bowl-pocalypse.
And how’s it looking? Well, there’s only a handful of ineligible teams, and quite a few bowl-eligible outfits. That could change, though, in the coming weeks.
A look at four major categories of teams: Eligible, eligible with a win, ineligible and ineligible with a loss.
Alabama, Arkansas, Boise State, Brigham Young, Cincinnati, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State
UL Lafayette, Louisiana State, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina
Southern Mississippi, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin
ELIGIBLE WITH A WIN (19)
Arizona State, Arkansas State, Auburn, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Rutgers, Southern Methodist
Syracuse, Temple, Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Toledo, Wake Forest, Washington, West Virginia
Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, New Mexico, Southern California
INELIGIBLE WITH A LOSS (10)
Akron, Boston College, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Idaho, Kent State, Memphis, Minnesota, Tulane, UAB
—- Patrick Stevens