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Once Again, There Will Be Teams With 5 Wins Getting Bowl Bids This Year

For the second consecutive year, there will be college football teams playing in bowl games that only won five games during the season.

It no longer appears to be a requirement to win six games in a season to become bowl eligible - not with 40 bowl games, at least. This year, it looks like we're going to have at least two 5-7 squads playing some extra football in December.

Let's go over the situation - in short, there are currently 74 teams bowl-eligible and 80 spots. Here are the teams that have clinched bowl eligibility heading into the final week of the year:

Teams In:

Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, UNC, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Houston, Memphis, Navy, Temple, Tulsa, UCF, USF, Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, West Virginia, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, Southern Miss, UT San Antonio, Western Kentucky, BYU, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH), Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan, Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, Wyoming, Colorado, Stanford, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Idaho and Troy.

Teams That Can Still Qualify:

UL-Lafayette can become bowl eligible with a win over UL-Monroe.

Army, if it beats Navy, can get in with a 7-5 record, regardless of the fact that two of its wins are against FCS teams. But the Black Knights, even with a loss, will still get a bid with a 6-6 record over teams with 5-7 records. So they're basically going to get a bid.

South Alabama can get to 6-6 with a win over New Mexico State. But two of its wins are against FCS teams. That'd likely be enough though.

Hawaii can get to 6-7 with a win over UMass. They'd get priority over the 5-7 teams too, even though they wouldn't technically be bowl eligible.

Teams That Are 5-7 That Could Get Bids:

According to Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, the six teams with the best APR scores are:

North Texas (984)

Mississippi State (971)

Texas (971)

Northern Illinois (970)

Arizona State (960)

California (960)

So if all four teams on the fence won their games, only two of these schools would be needed. As a reminder - those teams would have to accept bowl bids - they wouldn't be forced to play.

It remains to be seen whether Texas or Mississippi State would get first look in the event that only one spot is available.