Sunday, October 23, 2016

Bowl Eligibility Watch, Week 8: Six more teams become bowl eligible.

Bowl Eligibility Watch

Six more teams became bowl eligible in Week 8. Colorado, Louisville, North Carolina, San Diego State, Toledo, and West Virginia got the sixth win needed to qualify for a postseason bowl invite.



Fifty-one teams have either five or more wins this season. The NCAA's bowl primary threshold for bowl eligibility is six or more wins. Twenty-seven more teams have four wins, needing two more to guarantee a bowl invitation. That comes to 78 teams that baring a second half of the season collapse,  seem to be on their way to an invitation to one of the 41 bowl games this season.

Here is the updated list of teams that are bowl eligible, along with the teams that are either one or two games away from eligibility. Teams that became bowl eligible this week are marked with an "*." Teams that became "On the Brink" (five wins) or "Two Games Away (four wins) are marked by a "+."


Power Five Conferences 


ACC

Bowl Eligible 

Clemson (7-0)
*Louisville (6-1)
*North Carolina (6-2)

On the Brink

Florida State (5-2) (Week 9: vs Clemson 10/29)
Pitt (5-2) (Week 9: vs. Virginia Tech 10/27)
+Virginia Tech (5-2) (Week 9: @ Pitt 10/27)
Wake Forest (5-2) (Week 9: vs. Army 10/29)

Two Games Away

Georgia Tech (4-3)
Miami (4-3)
NC State (4-3)
+Syracuse (4-4)

Big 12

Bowl Eligible 

Baylor (6-0)
*West Virginia (6-0)

On the Brink

+Oklahoma (5-2) (Week 9: vs. Kansas 10/29)
+Oklahoma State (5-2) (Week 9: vs. West Virginia 10/29)

Two Games Away 

Kansas State (4-3)
TCU (4-3)

Big Ten


Bowl Eligible

Michigan (7-0)
Nebraska (7-0)
Ohio State (6-1)

On the Brink

+Penn State (5-2) (Week 9: @Purdue 10/29)
+Maryland (5-2) (Week 9 @Indiana 10/29)
+Minnesota (5-2) (Week 9 @Illinois 10/29)
Iowa (5-3) (Week 9: Bye, Week 10: @Penn St. 11/5)
+Wisconsin (5-3) vs. Nebraska 10/29)

Two Games Away 

+Northwestern (4-3) (@Ohio State 10/29)

Pac-12


Bowl Eligible

Washington (7-0)
Utah (7-1)
*Colorado (6-2)

On the Brink 

+Washington State (5-2) (Week 9: @Oregon State 10/29)
Arizona State (5-3) (Week 9: @Oregon 10/29)

Two Games Away

Cal (4-3)
Stanford (4-3)
USC (4-3)

SEC


Bowl Eligible 

Alabama (8-0)
Texas A&M (6-1)

On the Brink

Florida (5-1) (Week 9: vs. Georgia 10/29 in Jacksonville, Fl.)
+Auburn (5-2) (Week 9: @Ole Miss 10/29)
+LSU (5-2) (Week 9: Bye. Week 10: vs. Alabama, 11/5)
Tennessee (5-2) (Week 9: @South Carolina 10/29)
Arkansas (5-3) (Week 9: Bye. Week 10: vs. Florida (11/5)

Two Games Away

Georgia (4-3)
+Kentucky (4-3)
+Vanderbilt (4-4)

Power Five Conferences


American Athletic Conference


Bowl Eligible 

Houston (6-2)
South Florida (6-2)

On the Brink

+Navy (5-1) (Week 9: @South Florida 10/28)
Memphis (5-2) (Week 9: vs. Tulsa 10/29)
+Tulsa (5-2) (Week 9: @Memphis 10/29)
+Temple (5-3) Week 9: vs. Cincinnati 10/29)

Two Games Away

+Central Florida (4-3)
+Cincinnati (4-3)

Conference USA 


On the Brink

+Middle Tennessee (5-2)  (Week 9: @Florida International 10/29)
+Louisiana Tech (5-3) (Week 9: vs. Rice 10/29)
+Western Kentucky (5-3) (Week 9: @Florida Atlantic 10/29)

Two Games Away

+North Texas (4-3)
Old Dominion (4-3)
Southern Miss (4-3)

MAC


Bowl Eligible

Western Michigan (8-0)
*Toledo (6-1)

On the Brink

+Akron (5-3) (Week 9: @Buffalo 10/27)
Central Michigan (5-3) (Week 9: vs. Kent State 10/29)
Eastern Michigan (5-3) (Week 9: vs. Miami (Ohio) 10/29)
+Ohio (5-3) (Week 9: @Toledo 10/27)

Two Games Away

Ball State (4-4)

Mountain West


Bowl Eligible

Bosie State (7-0)
*San Diego State (6-1)

On the Brink

+Wyoming (5-2) (Week 9: vs. Boise State 10/29)

Two Games Away

Air Force (4-3)
+New Mexico (4-3)
+Colorado State (4-4)
+Hawai'i (4-4)

Sun Belt 


Bowl Eligible 

*Troy (6-1)

On the Brink

+Appalachian State (5-2) (Week 9: @ Georgia Southern 10/27)

Two Games Away

+Georgia Southern (4-3)
Idaho (4-4)

Independents


Two Games Away

Army (4-3)
BYU (4-4)












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