Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The American has seven bowl eligible teams.

Bowl Eligibility Watch
Navy vs. Tulsa, Nov. 12, 2016. Image via Eye on Annapolis. 

The American Athletic Conference has seven bowl eligible football teams following Week 11 of the 2016 college football season. That's one up from the week before thanks to Central Florida.

SMU and Cincinnati are the only two teams in The American that are not yet bowl eligible, but have a reasonable chance to get to six wins. If they want to be bowl eligible, they're going to have to go through at least one of the best teams in the conference to do so.

Here the rundown of Which teams in The American are bowl eligible, and which one could still make it. Bowl projections are via Jason Kirk of SB*Nation. Projected opponents not yet bowl eligible are indicated with an "*".

Bowl Eligible Teams (Six or more wins)

Houston (8-2)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Military Bowl vs. North Carolina State* (Dec. 27, Annapolis, Md.)

South Florida (8-2)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Birmingham Bowl vs. Kentucky* (Dec 29, 2016, Birmingham, Al.)

Navy (7-2)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Armed Forces Bowl vs. Baylor (Dec. 23, Ft. Worth, Tx.)
There's still an outside chance that Navy could go to a New Year's Six bowl, but it would need the Midshipmen to win out, and for a few other Group of Five conference schools to lose.

Temple (7-3)
Projected Bowl: 2016 St. Petersburg Bowl vs. Ole Miss* (Dec. 26, Shrevport, La.)

Tulsa (7-3)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Bahamas Bowl vs. Miami (Ohio)* (Dec. 23, Nassau, The Bahamas)

Central Florida (6-4)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Cure Bowl vs. Louisiana-Lafayette* (Dec. 17, Orlando, Fl.)

Memphis (6-4)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Boca Raton Bowl vs. Old Dominion* (Dec. 20, Boca Raton, Fl.)

On the Brink (Five wins, one win away from bowl eligibility)

SMU (5-5)
Week 12: vs. South Florida

Obviously, having to face one of the division leaders in your conference is never going to be an easy task, but one that SMU faces in Week 12. It doesn't get any better, as the Mustangs have to face Navy on Nov. 26. At least both games will be hosted by the Mustangs at home.

Running Out of Days (Four wins, two wins needed for bowl eligibility)

Cincinnati (4-6)
Week 12: vs. Memphis (Nov. 18)

Beating Memphis may be doable, but Cincinnati then has to finish out the regular season hosting Houston, which isn't as quite doable.

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