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Bowl-Eligible College Football Teams (After Week 12)

Author:
Shane Beamer, South Carolina Gamecocks Football

South Carolina is going bowling under first-year head coach Shane Beamer thanks to the Gamecocks' 21-17 win over Auburn on Nov. 20

It's Thanksgiving week, which means the college football regular season is just about over with and it will soon be bowl season. There's plenty on the line this week, including just 10 bowl spots available with twice as many teams still in the running.

Related: College Football Bowl Projections for 2021-22

There are 41 bowl games scheduled between Dec. 17 and Jan. 4, including the two College Football Playoff Semifinals (Cotton Bowl Classic, Orange Bowl) with the national championship game set for Jan. 10. That means 82 teams across the FBS will get a chance to play beyond the regular season.

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There are now 72 bowl-eligible teams with a dozen new ones picking up that all-important sixth win this past weekend. The latest to punch their postseason ticket are: Georgia State, Kent State, Louisville, Miami, Miami (Ohio), Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Toledo, Washington State, and Wyoming.

So with one full week left in the regular season, there are currently 20 teams just one win away from bowl eligibility but only 10 spots remaining. So it's almost a given that some teams are going to finish 6-6 and not go bowling. There are four "win and you're in" games on the schedule — Florida State at Florida, Maryland at Rutgers, Charlotte at Old Dominion, and Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic. So for these teams, their season really does come down to what happens on Saturday.

Bowl-Eligible Teams (72)

  • Air Force (Mountain West)
  • Alabama (SEC)
  • Appalachian State (Sun Belt)
  • Arizona State (Pac-12)
  • Arkansas (SEC)
  • Army West Point (Independent)
  • Auburn (SEC)
  • Baylor (Big 12)
  • Boise State (Mountain West)
  • Boston College (ACC)
  • BYU (Independent)
  • Central Michigan (MAC)
  • Cincinnati (AAC)
  • Clemson (ACC)
  • Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt)
  • East Carolina (AAC)
  • Eastern Michigan (MAC)
  • Fresno State (Mountain West)
  • Georgia (SEC)
  • Georgia State (Sun Belt)
  • Houston (AAC)
  • Iowa (Big Ten)
  • Iowa State (Big 12)
  • Kansas State (Big 12)
  • Kent State (MAC)
  • Kentucky (SEC)
  • Liberty (Independent)
  • Louisiana (Sun Belt)
  • Louisville (ACC)
  • Marshall (Conference USA)
  • Miami (ACC)
  • Miami (Ohio) (MAC)
  • Michigan (Big Ten)
  • Michigan State (Big Ten)
  • Minnesota (Big Ten)
  • Mississippi State (SEC)
  • Missouri (SEC)
  • NC State (ACC)
  • Nevada (Mountain West)
  • North Carolina (ACC)
  • Northern Illinois (MAC)
  • Notre Dame (Independent)
  • Ohio State (Big Ten)
  • Oklahoma (Big 12)
  • Oklahoma State (Big 12)
  • Ole Miss (SEC)
  • Oregon (Pac-12)
  • Oregon State (Pac-12)
  • Penn State (Big Ten)
  • Pittsburgh (ACC)
  • Purdue (Big Ten)
  • San Diego State (Mountain West)
  • SMU (AAC)
  • South Carolina (SEC)
  • Tennessee (SEC)
  • Texas A&M (SEC)
  • Texas Tech (Big 12)
  • Toledo (MAC)
  • UAB (Conference USA)
  • UCF (AAC)
  • UCLA (Pac-12)
  • Utah (Pac-12)
  • Utah State (Mountain West)
  • UTEP (Conference USA)
  • UTSA (Conference USA)
  • Virginia (ACC)
  • Wake Forest (ACC)
  • Washington State (Pac-12)
  • Western Michigan (MAC)
  • WKU (Conference USA)
  • Wisconsin (Big Ten)
  • Wyoming (Mountain West)

One Win From Bowl Eligibility (20)

  • Ball State (MAC)
  • Charlotte (Conference USA)
  • Florida (SEC)
  • Florida Atlantic (Conference USA)
  • Florida State (ACC)
  • LSU (SEC)
  • Maryland (Big Ten)
  • Memphis (AAC)
  • Middle Tennessee (Conference USA)
  • North Texas (Conference USA)
  • Old Dominion (Conference USA)
  • Rutgers (Big Ten)
  • San Jose State (Mountain West)
  • South Alabama (Sun Belt)
  • Syracuse (ACC)
  • TCU (Big 12)
  • Tulsa (AAC)
  • Troy (Sun Belt)
  • Virginia Tech (ACC)
  • West Virginia (Big 12)