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College bowl game eligibility: Tracking which teams have clinched a shot at a 2021 bowl game

Here’s every team that’s eligible to play in the 2021 college football postseason, and the methods used to select which teams will be a part of the 42 bowl games this season.

Cincinnati Bearcats defensive lineman Jabari Taylor celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone in the fourth quarter during an NCAA football game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Update November 26th: Entering today’s play, 95 of the 130 college football teams playing in FBS can still qualify for a bowl as of today. 55 are all but guaranteed a spot with at least seven wins, because they will receive priority over the teams at 6-6 or 5-7 to fill the last available spots.

As November winds down and we enter the last quadrant of the 2021 college football season, we’ll take a look at which teams are eligible to play in the postseason so far.

There are 42 bowl games with 84 bowl spots available for 130 FBS teams in 2021, not including the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Teams with a 6-6 or better record are bowl-eligible, but teams that are 5-7 can be given consideration if there aren’t enough bowl-eligible teams after the season ends.

5-7 teams are chosen in order of their current Academic Progress Rate (APR Score). But all 6-6 teams must be given a postseason berth first before any team under .500 can be considered.

FBS teams are allowed to count one win against an FCS team. If that FCS opponent offers at least 90% of the FCS football scholarship limit (which is 63) during a rolling two-year period, that win is prioritized over a win against a team with an FCS win that doesn’t meet the 90% threshold. Teams from the Pioneer League, Ivy League, and Northeastern Conference of FCS by conference rule don’t meet the 90% requirement.

There are no FBS teams this year with a bowl or postseason ban for NCAA infractions this season.

Here is a list of teams eligible for a bowl game as of Friday, November 26th.

Bowl Game Tracker

Team Record Conference
Team Record Conference
TX-San Ant 11-0 C-USA
Georgia 11-0 SEC
Cincinnati 11-0 AAC
Mississippi 10-2 SEC
Oklahoma 10-1 Big 12
Oklahoma St 10-1 Big 12
Ohio State 10-1 Big Ten
Michigan 10-1 Big Ten
Notre Dame 10-1 Ind.
San Diego St 10-1 MWC
Alabama 10-1 SEC
LA Lafayette 10-1 Sun Belt
Houston 10-1 AAC
Fresno St 9-3 MWC
Wake Forest 9-2 ACC
Pittsburgh 9-2 ACC
Baylor 9-2 Big 12
Michigan St 9-2 Big Ten
Iowa 9-2 Big Ten
BYU 9-2 Ind.
Oregon 9-2 Pac-12
App State 9-2 Sun Belt
Coastal Car 9-2 Sun Belt
N Illinois 8-4 MAC
Clemson 8-3 ACC
NC State 8-3 ACC
Wisconsin 8-3 Big Ten
Air Force 8-3 MWC
Utah State 8-3 MWC
Utah 8-3 Pac-12
Kentucky 8-3 SEC
Texas A&M 8-3 SEC
S Methodist 8-3 AAC
W Michigan 7-5 MAC
Miss State 7-5 SES
Kansas St 7-4 Big 12
Penn State 7-4 Big Ten
Purdue 7-4 Big Ten
Minnesota 7-4 Big Ten
W Kentucky 7-4 C-USA
Marshall 7-4 C-USA
TX El Paso 7-4 C-USA
Liberty 7-4 Ind.
Central Mich 7-4 MAC
E Michigan 7-4 MAC
Boise State 7-4 MWC
Nevada 7-4 MWC
Oregon St 7-4 Pac-12
Arizona St 7-4 Pac-12
UCLA 7-4 Pac-12
Arkansas 7-4 SEC
E Carolina 7-4 AAC
Central FL 7-4 AAC
Army 7-3 Ind.
Ball State 6-6 MAC
Louisville 6-5 ACC
Boston Col 6-5 ACC
Miami (FL) 6-5 ACC
Virginia 6-5 ACC
N Carolina 6-5 ACC
Iowa State 6-5 Big 12
Texas Tech 6-5 Big 12
Kent State 6-5 MAC
Miami (OH) 6-5 MAC
Toledo 6-5 MAC
Wyoming 6-5 MWC
Wash State 6-5 Pac-12
Tennessee 6-5 SEC
Missouri 6-5 SEC
S Carolina 6-5 SEC
Auburn 6-5 SEC
Georgia State 6-5 Sun Belt
San Jose St 5-7 MWC
Hawaii 5-7 MWC
Florida St 5-6 ACC
Syracuse 5-6 ACC
VA Tech 5-6 ACC
W Virginia 5-6 Big 12
TX Christian 5-6 Big 12
Rutgers 5-6 Big Ten
Maryland 5-6 Big Ten
Old Dominion 5-6 C-USA
Middle Tenn 5-6 C-USA
Charlotte 5-6 C-USA
Fla Atlantic 5-6 C-USA
North Texas 5-6 C-USA
Florida 5-6 SEC
Troy 5-6 Sun Belt
S Alabama 5-6 Sun Belt
Tulsa 5-6 AAC
Memphis 5-6 AAC