Bowl-Eligible College Football Teams (After Week 11)

Herm Edwards has led Arizona State to a bowl game in his first season as a college head coach

There are just two full weeks left in the regular season and part of the college football bowl picture is starting to come into focus. We are still a few weeks away from finding out who will be in the College Football Playoff and what the specific matchups for all of the games will be, but plenty of teams have already punched their postseason ticket by earning their sixth win.


There are 39 bowl games scheduled between Dec. 15 and New Year's Day with the College Football Playoff National Championship to put a bow on the season on Jan. 7. While college football fans are no doubt looking forward to the latest edition of the Las Vegas Bowl or the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl or certainly the New Year's Six offerings, there also are some "new" bowl games on this year's schedule.


By "new," what has happened is some bowl games have changed their names. For example, the Cactus Bowl is now the Cheez-It Bowl, the Heart of Dallas Bowl has been re-named the First Responder Bowl and say farewell to the Foster Farms Bowl and be sure to check out the Redbox Bowl. There's also one bowl game that's turning back the clock a bit, and I think it's a change long-time college football fans will approve of. The Gator Bowl or rather the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl is back, after a four-year absence.


Regardless of what the bowl is named or who sponsors it, teams across FBS are fighting for one of the 78 spots available. Some of these spots are more coveted than others, but once teams get to six wins (with a few exceptions) they know that they will be playing at least one more game once the regular season is over.


A whopping 16 teams earned bowl eligibility in Week 11, bringing the total number to 64. That means a little more than a dozen spots remain. The SEC and ACC lead the way with nine and eight teams in, respectively, followed by the Big Ten and Pac-12 with seven each. The American Athletic Conference (AAC) and Conference USA have the most among the Group of 5 with six teams each.


The latest bowl-eligible teams are (in alphabetical order): Arizona State, Arkansas State, California, Eastern Michigan, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Marshall, Memphis, Missouri, Nevada, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Temple, Texas A&M, and ULM. There also are 22 teams just one win away so it's possible a team with six wins may end up getting left out.


Bowl-Eligible Teams

(Week 11 additions in bold)


Alabama (SEC)
Appalachian State (Sun Belt)
Arizona State (Pac-12)
Arkansas State (Sun Belt)
Army (Independent)
Auburn (SEC)
Boise State (Mountain West)
Boston College (ACC)
Buffalo (MAC)
California (Pac-12)
Cincinnati (AAC)
Clemson (ACC)
Duke (ACC)
Eastern Michigan (MAC)
FIU (Conference USA)
Fresno State (Mountain West)
Florida (SEC)
Georgia (SEC)
Georgia Southern (Sun Belt)
Georgia Tech (ACC)
Houston (AAC)
Iowa (Big Ten)
Iowa State (Big 12)
Kentucky (SEC)
Louisiana Tech (Conference USA)
Marshall (Conference USA)
Memphis (AAC)
Michigan (Big Ten)
Michigan State (Big Ten)
Middle Tennessee (Conference USA)
Mississippi State (SEC)
Missouri (SEC)
NC State (ACC)
Nevada (Mountain West)
North Texas (Conference USA)
Northern Illinois (MAC)
Northwestern (Big Ten)
Notre Dame (Independent)
Ohio (MAC)
Ohio State (Big Ten)
Oklahoma (Big 12)
Oregon (Pac-12)
Penn State (Big Ten)
Pittsburgh (ACC)
San Diego State (Mountain West)
South Florida (AAC)
Stanford (Pac-12)
Syracuse (ACC)
Temple (AAC)
Texas (Big 12)
Texas A&M (SEC)
Troy (Sun Belt)
UAB (Conference USA)
ULM (Sun Belt)
Utah (Pac-12)
Utah State (Mountain West)
Virginia (ACC)
Washington (Pac-12)
Washington State (Pac-12)
West Virginia (Big 12)
Western Michigan (MAC)
Wisconsin (Big Ten)

One Win From Bowl Eligibility


Arizona (Pac-12)
Baylor (Big 12)
BYU (Independent)
Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt)
Colorado (Pac-12)
Florida Atlantic (Conference USA)
Hawaii (Mountain West)*
Indiana (Big Ten)
Louisiana (Sun Belt)
Maryland (Big Ten)
Miami (ACC)
Minnesota (Big Ten)
Oklahoma State (Big 12)
Purdue (Big Ten)
South Carolina (SEC)
Tennessee (SEC)
Texas Tech (Big 12)
Toledo (MAC)
Tulane (AAC)
USC (Pac-12)
Wake Forest (ACC)

*Hawaii has six wins but needs a seventh to become bowl eligible due to a 13-game schedule this season.


(Top photo courtesy of @ArmyWP_Football)

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