With just a few games to go, who’s still alive for a bowl game and who’ll get in?
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With just a few weeks left in the season, and the conference race cakes already baked, the goal for everyone else is to just get that extra game and all the rewards the come with it.
The nice trip, the chance to play more college football, the gift cards, the swag bag – for a whole lot of teams, it’s still still all there to get.
What four and five-win teams are still in the mix for a bowl? Who’s going to get one, and who’ll miss the cut?
Remembering that bowl eligibility doesn’t necessarily guarantee a spot, here’s what’s ahead for all the teams on the bowl bubble.
American Athletic Conference
The Mustangs aren’t just shooting for a bowl game; they’re deep in the hunt for the American Athletic West title. They get Memphis and a trip to Tulsa to close out, and they’ll win one of the two – likely against Tulsa.
Like SMU, the Green Wave are shooting for more than just a bowl game. On a three-game winning streak, they have to beat Houston and Navy – and hope for an SMU loss – to play for the AAC title. They’ll lose to the Cougars but beat the woeful Midshipmen.
Florida State (4-6)
On a three-game losing streak, the disastrous first season under Willie Taggart will only get worse, as FSU isn’t going bowling for the first time since 1981, breaking a 36-year streak. Making this worse, that 1981 team went 6-5.
You have to go all the way back to 1976 to the last time FSU won fewer than six games. The Noles might beat a wounded Boston College at home, but they’ll lose to Florida.
– Notre Dame 42, Florida State 13
For a team that came into the season with College Football Playoff dreams, a bowl will hardly be a consolation prize. On a four-game losing streak, the Canes won’t totally collapse. They’ll win either at Virginia Tech this week or against Pitt to follow to get to six wins.
– Georgia Tech 27, Miami 21
Virginia Tech (4-5)
With no defense whatsoever – and the two opponents needing to win – it’s been a disaster. The Hokies won’t beat both Miami and Virginia, missing out on a bowl for the first time since 1992, breaking a 25-year post-season streak.
– Pitt 52, Virginia Tech 22
Wake Forest (5-5)
The Demon Deacons might have saved their season with the shocking win over NC State. Now they need to beat either Pitt or win at Duke to get to a bowl. They won’t do it.
– Wake Forest 27, NC State 23