College football 2016 bowl eligibility: 75 teams qualify, leaving five open spots

CBS Sports will update this page through the end of the regular season as an increasing number of teams become bowl eligible and we prepare for the College Football Playoff. For complete bowl game projections, check out Jerry Palm's prediction page.

At least six wins and a winning percentage of at least .500 are needed to officially be bowl-eligible, and 80 teams are needed to fill all of the bowls. Here's what will happen if there aren't enough eligible teams.

Bowl eligible teams: 75/80
Conference Count Teams
ACC 11
Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
American 7 Houston, Memphis, Navy, Temple, Tulsa, UCF, USF
Big 12 6
Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU West Virginia
Big Ten 10
Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin
C-USA 6
Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, Southern Miss, UT San Antonio, Western Kentucky
Independents 1 BYU
MAC 6
Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH), Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan
Mountain West 6 Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, Wyoming
Pac-12 6 Colorado, Stanford, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State
SEC 11 Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Sun Belt 5
Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Idaho, Troy, UL Lafayette

One win away (12)

Teams listed in APR order. APR Rating in parenthesis. Remaining opponent listed for each team.

North Texas (984) -- season complete
Mississippi State (971) -- season complete


Teams below this line have APRs too low to qualify for a bowl unless one of the teams above turns down the opportunity to play.

Arizona State (960) -- season complete
Texas (971) -- season complete (decided to turn down bowl bid)
Northern Illinois (970) -- season complete
California (960) -- season complete
Ole Miss (958) -- season complete
Nevada (949) -- season complete
Akron (947) -- season complete
SMU (941) -- season complete
Georgia Southern (940) -- season complete
Texas Tech (940) -- season complete

Better Luck Next Year (38)

Arizona, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duke, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Fresno State, Georgia State, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kent State, Marshall, Massachusetts, Michigan State, Missouri, New Mexico State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, Rice, Rutgers, San Jose State, Syracuse, Texas State, Tulane, UCLA, UL Monroe, UNLV, Utah State, UTEP, Virginia

Note: Army has six wins, but two of them have come against FCS schools. Army will be fully bowl eligible if it beats Navy, but that game will not take place until after the bowl pairings are set. Army will still be the first team able to fill an open spot if there are not enough bowl eligible teams for all the games because teams with six wins, but two against FCS schools, get priority over 5-7 teams.

South Alabama also has six wins, but two over FCS schools, so the Jaguars will be in the same pool as Army.

Finally, Hawaii finished 6-7 in a 13-game regular season, which is still not bowl eligible, but the Warriors would have priority over 5-7 teams to fill bowl openings. Army and South Alabama have priority over Hawaii.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

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