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Which teams are bowl eligible as of November 28th

We take a look at which teams are eligible to reach the postseason this year, and who still has work to do to be in a bowl game.

Florida Gators quarterback Emory Jones stretches the ball across the goal line for a touchdown in the first overtime during a game between the Florida Gators and the Missouri Tigers on November 20, 2021, at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, MO. Photo by Rick Ulreich/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Update 11:13 p.m. There are now 83 eligible teams for 82* bowl slots, plus Hawai’i is 6-7.

One eligible team could still be bumped from a bowl game if either Cal or USC wins tonight (Cal at UCLA, BYU at USC), and then wins again next week when Cal faces USC to make up a game canceled due to a Covid-19 outbreak a few weeks ago.


There are 41 bowl games with 82* 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. Hawai’i also has six wins with their 6-7 finish thanks to the Hawai’i Rule.

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 5-7 team can be considered. Also teams that get to 6-7 by losing their conference championship game are also prioritized, but that won’t happen in 2021.

Here is the list of potential 5-7 teams by APR score from College Football News.

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. Opponents from the Pioneer League, Ivy League, and Northeastern Conference of FCS by conference rule don’t meet the 90% requirement.

Here is the complete list of bowl eligible teams following for the 2021 college football regular season at 12:30 a.m. on November 28th.

2021 Bowl Eligible Teams

Total Team Wins Losses Conference
Total Team Wins Losses Conference
1 Cincinnati 12 0 American (East)
2 Georgia 12 0 SEC (East)
3 UTSA 11 1 CUSA (West)
4 San Diego State 11 1 MWC (West)
5 Houston 11 1 American (West)
6 Michigan 11 1 Big Ten (East)
7 Notre Dame 11 1 Ind
8 Alabama 11 1 SEC (West)
9 Louisiana 11 1 Sun Belt (West)
10 Oklahoma 10 1 Big 12
11 Oklahoma State 10 1 Big 12
12 Ohio State 10 2 Big Ten (East)
13 Iowa 10 2 Big Ten (West)
14 Ole Miss 10 2 SEC (West)
15 Coastal Carolina 10 2 Sun Belt (East)
16 Wake Forest 10 2 ACC (Atlantic)
17 Pitt 10 2 ACC (Coastal)
18 Baylor 10 2 Big 12
19 Michigan State 10 2 Big Ten (East)
20 Oregon 10 2 Pac-12 (North)
21 Appalachian State 10 2 Sun Belt (East)
22 North Carolina State 9 3 ACC (Atlantic)
23 BYU 9 2 Ind
24 Air Force 9 3 MWC (Mountain)
25 Utah State 9 3 MWC (Mountain)
26 Fresno State 9 3 MWC (West)
27 Utah 9 3 Pac-12 (South)
28 Clemson 8 3 ACC (Atlantic)
29 UCF 8 4 American (East)
30 SMU 8 4 American (West)
31 Wisconsin 8 4 Big Ten (West)
32 UAB 8 4 CUSA (West)
33 Central Michigan 8 4 MAC (West)
34 Northern Illinois 8 4 MAC (West)
35 Kentucky 8 3 SEC (East)
36 Texas A&M 8 3 SEC (West)
37 Arkansas 8 4 SEC (West)
38 Minnesota 8 4 Big Ten (West)
39 Purdue 8 4 Big Ten (West)
40 Western Kentucky 8 4 CUSA (East)
41 Army 8 3 Ind
42 Arizona State 8 4 Pac-12 (South)
43 East Carolina 7 5 American (East)
44 Iowa State 7 5 Big 12
45 Kansas State 7 5 Big 12
46 Penn State 7 5 Big Ten (East)
47 Marshall 7 5 CUSA (East)
48 UTEP 7 5 CUSA (West)
49 Liberty 7 5 Ind
50 Eastern Michigan 7 5 MAC (West)
51 Western Michigan 7 5 MAC (West)
52 Boise State 7 5 MWC (Mountain)
53 Nevada 7 4 MWC (West)
54 Oregon State 7 4 Pac-12 (North)
55 Washington State 7 5 Pac-12 (North)
56 UCLA 7 4 Pac-12 (South)
57 Mississippi State 7 5 SEC (West)
58 Miami (FL) 7 5 ACC (Coastal)
59 Kent State 7 5 MAC (East)
60 Toledo 7 5 MAC (West)
61 Tennessee 7 5 SEC (East)
62 Georgia State 7 5 Sun Belt (East)
63 Louisville 6 5 ACC (Atlantic)
64 Boston College 6 6 ACC (Atlantic)
65 Virginia 6 6 ACC (Coastal)
66 North Carolina 6 6 ACC (Coastal)
67 Texas Tech 6 6 Big 12
68 Miami (OH) 6 6 MAC (East)
69 Ball State 6 6 MAC (West)
70 Wyoming 6 6 MWC (Mountain)
71 Missouri 6 6 SEC (East)
72 South Carolina 6 5 SEC (East)
73 Auburn 6 6 SEC (West)
74 Virginia Tech 6 6 ACC (Coastal)
75 Tulsa 6 6 American (West)
76 Maryland 6 6 Big Ten (East)
77 Old Dominion 6 6 CUSA (East)
78 Florida 6 6 SEC (East)
79 North Texas 6 6 CUSA (West)
80 Hawai'i 6 7 MWC (West)
81 Florida State 5 7 ACC (Atlantic)
82 Syracuse 5 6 ACC (Atlantic)
83 Memphis 5 6 American (West)
84 Texas 5 7 Big 12
85 Texas Christian 5 7 Big 12
86 West Virginia 5 6 Big 12
87 Rutgers 5 7 Big Ten (East)
88 Charlotte 5 7 CUSA (East)
89 Florida Atlantic 5 6 CUSA (East)
90 Middle Tennessee State 5 6 CUSA (East)
91 San Jose State 5 7 MWC (West)
92 LSU 5 6 SEC (West)
93 Troy 5 7 Sun Belt (East)
94 South Alabama 5 7 Sun Belt (West)
95 Illinois 5 7 Big Ten (West)
96 Bowling Green State 4 8 MAC (East)
97 Buffalo 4 8 MAC (East)
98 California 4 6 Pac-12 (North)
99 Washington 4 8 Pac-12 (North)
100 USC 4 6 Pac-12 (South)
101 Colorado 4 8 Pac-12 (South)
102 Louisiana-Monroe 4 8 Sun Belt (West)
103 Rice 4 8 CUSA (West)
104 Texas State 4 8 Sun Belt (West)
105 Georgia Tech 3 9 ACC (Coastal)
106 Duke 3 9 ACC (Coastal)
107 Temple 3 9 American (East)
108 Nebraska 3 9 Big Ten (West)
109 Northwestern 3 9 Big Ten (West)
110 Louisiana Tech 3 9 CUSA (West)
111 Ohio 3 9 MAC (East)
112 Colorado State 3 8 MWC (Mountain)
113 New Mexico 3 9 MWC (Mountain)
114 Stanford 3 8 Pac-12 (North)
115 Georgia Southern 3 9 Sun Belt (East)
116 Navy 3 8 American (West)
117 Southern Mississippi 3 9 CUSA (West)
118 South Florida 2 10 American (East)
119 Tulane 2 9 American (West)
120 Kansas 2 9 Big 12
121 Indiana 2 10 Big Ten (East)
122 Akron 2 10 MAC (East)
123 Nevada-Las Vegas 2 10 MWC (West)
124 Vanderbilt 2 10 SEC (East)
125 Arkansas State 2 10 Sun Belt (West)
126 New Mexico State 2 10 Ind
127 Florida International 1 11 CUSA (East)
128 Massachusetts 1 11 Ind
129 Connecticut 1 11 Ind
130 Arizona 1 11 Pac-12 (South)

* Updated from 84 to 82 because we mistakenly counted the Celebration Bowl for HBCU’s from the FCS division.