Bowl-Eligible College Football Teams (After Week 11)

Fueled by the greatest comeback in school history, Illinois is bowl eligible for the first time since 2014

With just three weeks left in the college football regular season, the upcoming bowl season is coming into focus. More than 50 teams have earned bowl eligibility but there are still plenty of postseason berths available.


There are 39 bowl games scheduled between Dec. 20 and Jan. 6 with the College Football Playoff National Championship set for Jan. 13. That means 78 teams across the FBS will get a chance to play beyond the regular season.


Eleven more earned an opportunity to do that this past week with Illinois rallying from 21 down in the fourth quarter to shock Michigan State in East Lansing. The greatest comeback in school history means the Fighting Illini are bowl eligible for the first time since 2014.


The other programs that picked up their sixth win this past week are Miami, Nevada, Southern Miss, Temple, Texas, Toledo, USC, Washington, Western Kentucky, and Western Michigan.

Illinois' win also gives the Big Ten eight bowl-eligible teams, the most of any conference, followed by the AAC (seven), Conference USA and SEC (six each).


Bowl-Eligible Teams


Air Force (Mountain West)
Alabama (SEC)
Appalachian State (Sun Belt)
Auburn (SEC)
Baylor (Big 12)
Boise State (Mountain West)
Central Michigan (MAC)
Cincinnati (AAC)
Clemson (ACC)
Florida (SEC)
Florida Atlantic (Conference USA)  
Georgia (SEC)
Georgia State (Sun Belt)
Illinois (Big Ten)
Indiana (Big Ten)
Iowa (Big Ten)
Kansas State (Big 12)
Louisiana (Sun Belt)
Louisiana Tech (Conference USA)
Marshall (Conference USA)
Memphis (AAC)
Miami (ACC)
Michigan (Big Ten)
Minnesota (Big Ten)
Navy (AAC)
Nevada (Mountain West)
Notre Dame (Independent)
Ohio State (Big Ten)
Oklahoma (Big 12)
Oklahoma State (Big 12)
Oregon (Pac-12)
Penn State (Big Ten)
Pittsburgh (ACC)
San Diego State (Mountain West)
Southern Miss (Conference USA)
Temple (AAC)
Texas (Big 12)
Texas A&M (SEC)
Toledo (MAC)
Tulane (AAC)
UAB (Conference USA)
USC (Pac-12)
Utah (Pac-12)
Virginia (ACC)
Wake Forest (ACC)
Washington (Pac-12)
Western Kentucky (Conference USA)
Western Michigan (MAC)
Wisconsin (Big Ten)
Wyoming (Mountain West)


One Win From Bowl Eligibility


Arizona State (Pac-12)
Arkansas State (Sun Belt)
Boston College (ACC)
Buffalo (MAC)
BYU (Independent)
California (Pac-12)
Charlotte (Conference USA)
FIU (Conference USA)
Florida State (ACC)
Georgia Southern (Sun Belt)
Hawaii (Mountain West)
Iowa State (Big 12)
Liberty (Independent)
Louisville (ACC)
Miami (Ohio) (MAC)
Tennessee (SEC)
Utah State (Mountain West)
Virginia Tech (ACC)


(Top photo courtesy of @IlliniFootball)

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