Final update: Miami packed it in and lost 42-16 to Pitt, eliminating them from bowl contention. Vanderbilt was also eliminated from bowl contention, getting scorched 56-0 by Tennessee. That leaves Army and New Mexico State vying for two of three bowl slots. This means that that Rice will become bowl eligible as the top APR team as 5-7.
9:40 p.m. ET update: Georgia Southern won a bonkers 51-48 overtime thriller against Appalachian State to become bowl eligible. There are now four teams that will be fighting for three bowl slots.
8:22 p.m. ET update: Southern Miss doubled up Louisiana-Monroe 20-10 to become bowl eligible. That now leaves five teams fighting for bowl eligibility with four bowl slots remaining.
8:10 p.m. ET update: Louisiana has defeated Texas State 43-13 to become bowl eligible. That now leaves six teams fighting for bowl eligibility with five bowl slots remaining.
7:47 p.m. ET update: Michigan State has now been eliminated from bowl contention in a 35-16 loss to Penn State. That now leaves seven teams fighting for bowl eligibility with six bowl slots remaining.
7:13 p.m. ET update: Auburn has been eliminated from bowl contention with a 49-27 loss to Alabama in the Iron. The Tiger brass can now turn their attention to hiring Hugh Freeze apparently. That now leaves eight teams fighting for bowl eligibility with six bowl slots remaining.
The final Saturday of the 2022 college football regular season is playing out before our very eyes and it’s crunch time for teams trying to become bowl eligible today. As of this writing (7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 26), 78 of 84 FBS bowl slots have been filled with nine teams currently fighting to get that critical sixth victory on their resume.
That begs the question if we’ll have enough bowl eligible teams when the smoke clears. Or, will there not be enough spots?
The current 5-6 programs on the chopping block are Army, Auburn, Georgia Southern, Louisiana, Miami, Michigan State, New Mexico State, Southern Miss, and Vanderbilt. UAB earned a bowl bid with a victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday while UTEP squandered an early 17-point lead to fall to UTSA on late field goal. Meanwhile, Auburn and Michigan State are in serious jeopardy while trailing their respective matchups. Army’s bowl fate will be decided in its rivalry game against Navy in two weeks while New Mexico State still has a postponed game against San Jose State that needs to be made up.
In the event that there’s not enough six-win teams to fill out the bowl slate, then the 5-7 team with the highest APR scores will become bowl eligible. That distinction would belong to Rice if it came down to it. If there ends up being too many bowl eligible teams, well, a team or two might be left out in the cold at the discretion of whom the bowls select.