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2015-2016 College Bowl Breakdown

The 2015-2016 college football season sees a record 38 bowl games and the 4-team College Football Playoff starting December 31st in the Orange and Cotton Bowls. Thus, 80 teams will get to play postseason football as the 2015-2016 bowl schedule begins on December 19th and concludes on January 11th with the National Championship Game. Given 80 teams in the postseason and 128 teams playing in Division I-A/FBS, this leaves 48 schools staying at home for the holidays and watching on ESPN.

This page will be constantly updated until we have our 80 bowl teams for the 2015-2016 bowl season. Keep checking in for more!

December 1 Update: Several 5-win schools will be bowl eligible due to the lack of enough bowl eligible schools. The 5-win bowl eligible schools have been determined by the NCAA based on their Academic Progress Rate and include: Nebraska (985), Kansas State (976), Missouri (976), Minnesota (975), San Jose State (975), Illinois (973) and Rice (973). Missouri football has already publicly stated that they will not accept a bowl bid.

Overall, all 6-6 or better bowl eligible teams should get a bowl bid with the 5-7 schools on the bubble.

Updated 12.01.15 @ 10:08 am ET

Should be in...

The 75 teams that should be in bowl games at this point. Note this does not reflect conference bowl tie-ins, simply teams that should be a lock for bowl games to-date:

American - Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Memphis, Navy, South Florida, Temple, Tulsa (8) - 7 Bowl Bids

ACC - Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Miami (FL), NC State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech (9) - 9 Bowl Bids

Big 12 - Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, West Virginia (6) - 7 Bowl Bids

Big Ten - Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern, Penn State, Indiana (8) - 10 Bowl Bids

Conference USA - Marshall, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky (5) - 7 Bowl Bids

Independents - Notre Dame, BYU (2)

MAC - Akron, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan (7) - 5 Bowl Bids

Mountain West - Boise State, Air Force, Colorado State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, Utah State (7)  - 6 Bowl Bids

Pac-12 - Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State (10) - 7 Bowl Bids

SEC - Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee (10) - 10 Bowl Bids

Sun Belt - Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern (3) - 4 Bowl Bids


On the bubble...

9 schools remain "on the bubble" for the postseason. Note that outside of the Power 5, not every 6-win school will typically get a bowl bid, however with the expansion to 80 bowl teams in 2015-2016, all 6-win schools should indeed be bowling.

Big 12 - Kansas State 5-6 (1)

Big Ten - Illinois 5-7, Minnesota 5-7, Nebraska 5-7 (3)

Conference USA - Rice 5-7 (1)

Mountain West - San Jose State (1)

SEC - Missouri (1)

Sun Belt - South Alabama 5-6, Georgia State 5-6 (2)



Eliminated from Bowl Eligibility:

The 44 teams that have been eliminated from bowl eligibility.

American - East Carolina, Tulane, SMU, UCF (4)

ACC - Boston College, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest (5)

Big 12 - Iowa State, Kansas, Texas (3)

Big Ten - Maryland, Purdue, Rutgers (3)

Conference USA - Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, North Texas, Old Dominion, UTEP, UTSA (7)

Independents - Army (1)

MAC - Ball State, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Massachusetts, Miami (6)

Mountain West - Hawaii, Fresno State, UNLV, Wyoming (4)

Pac-12 - Colorado, Oregon State (2)

SEC - Kentucky, South Carolina, Vanderbilt (3)

Sun Belt - Idaho, Louisiana Lafayette, UL-Monroe, New Mexico State, Texas State, Troy (6)

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