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Promiment SEC Team Officially Eliminated From Bowl Game Contention

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With just a few more games remaining in the 2022 college football regular season, 79 FBS programs have already clinched bowl eligibility. 

One team that won't be making late-December plans, though, is the Auburn Tigers. 

A loss in their regular season finale against Alabama dropped the Tigers' record to 5-7, just one win short of an automatic bowl berth. 

Aiding in Auburn's dismissal from the postseason was a waiver received by the New Mexico State Aggies on Thursday. 

The Aggies, 5-6, became bowl eligible today after the NCAA's Football Oversight Committee agreed that extenuating circumstances prevented the team from playing their full 12-game schedule. 

"With New Mexico State getting bowl waiver, Auburn officially eliminated from bowl contention. New Mexico State & Rice guaranteed bowl bids. If Buffalo wins, Bulls get final spot. If Buffalo loses, UNLV gets final spot," McMurphy tweeted Thursday. 

New Mexico State's October 22nd matchup with San Jose State was postponed after SJSU running back Camden McWright was tragically killed in a bus accident just a day before the game. The game, ultimately cancelled following its postponement, was not rescheduled. 

The Aggies then attempted to set up a 12th game by reaching out to several teams with openings that aligned with New Mexico State's schedule. 

New Mexico State's athletic director, Mario Moccia, reportedly contacted Nevada, Wyoming, Virginia Tech, and James Madison to schedule a make-up game, but there apparently was no mutual interest. 

The Aggies will be one of two, or potentially three, five-win teams granted bowl eligibility this season. 

UNLV, 5-7, awaits the result of 5-6 Buffalo vs Akron tomorrow as the outcome of that matchup will decide their postseason fate. Buffalo controls their own destiny and will become bowl eligible with a win, if not, UNLV will get the final nod.