Thursday, November 10, 2016

Four Conference-USA teams are bowl eligible.

Bowl Eligibility Watch

Louisiana Tech @ North Texas Nov. 5. Image via Denton Record-Chronicle.

Conference USA only has four teams that are currently bowl eligible. It does have two teams with five wins, and two teams with 4-5 records.

Here's the complete rundown of which C-USA teams are bowl eligible or one or two games away.. Bowl projections are from SB*Nation's Jason Kirk.

Bowl Eligible (6+ wins)

Louisiana Tech (7-3)
Projected Bowl: New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, La.) vs. Troy (Dec 17)

Western Kentucky (7-3)
Projected Bowl: Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas, Tx.) vs. Utah State (Dec. 27)

The Heart of Dallas Bowl is supposed to be a Big Ten vs. C-USA matchup. However, there is the distinct possibility that the B1G won't have enough schools with at least a 6-6 record, so Jason Kirk has Utah State, which currently has a losing record, may fill it's spot in Dallas thanks to its Academic Progress Rate (APR) score.

Middle Tennessee (6-3)
Projected Bowl: Boca Raton Bowl (Boac Raton, Fl.) vs. Memphis (Dec. 20)

Old Dominion (6-3)
Projected Bowl: St Petersburg Bowl (St Petersburg, Fl.) vs. Temple (Dec. 26)

The St. Petersburg Bowl is another case where an affiliated conference (in this case The ACC and The American Athletic Conference) don't have enough eligible teams. To be honest, neither The ACC nor The American are projected to field a representative to the St. Pete Bowl. So Old Dominion and Temple get the dubious achievements of taking the game's needed opponents.

On the Brink (Five wins, one more win needed)

Southern Mississippi (5-4)
Week 11: @ Old Dominion (Nov. 12)

Southern Miss will have to get through the second-best team in the C-USA East Division if it wants to earn its coveted sixth win of the regular season. Failing that, the Golden Eagles face the North Texas Mean Green on Nov. 19, and close out the regular season with Louisiana Tech. Hint: Get a win in the next two weeks.

Texas-San Antonio (5-4)
Week 11: @ Louisiana Tech (Nov. 12)

If UTSA can't get a win here, it will probably have to wait until Week 13 and its final home game against Charlotte on Nov. 26. That's because Week 12 sees the Roadrunners facing Texas A&M. Yeah, I don't really see that happening either.

Running Out if Days (Four wins, needs two more)

Charlotte (4-5)
Week 11: vs. Rice (Nov. 12)

Rice is 1-8, so this can probably be chalked up as a win. It will need another win over either Middle Tennessee on Nov. 19, or over UTSA on Nov. 26.

North Texas (4-5)
Week 11: vs. Southern Miss (Nov. 12)

The Mean Green will have to start its late-season quest for a bowl bid against Southern Miss. Luckily, the road actually gets a little easier after the Golden Eagles games North Texas faces 2-7 Florida Atlantic on Nov. 19, and finish out the regular season against 3-7 Florida International on Nov. 26.


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