Which teams will go Bowling this Postseason
In: Wake Forest, Maryland, Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech
Chance: Florida State (5), Miami (5), and Virginia (4)
It is almost certain that Florida State and Miami will pick up the one game needed to become bowl eligible. Floirda State still has Western Michigan to play while Miami has Virginia left. The Cavs need to win their final two games against Miami and Virginia Tech to become eligible and I do not see that happening.
In: Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech
Chance: Oklahoma State (5), Kansas (5), and Baylor (4)
The team with the best shot of making that 6 win plateau is Oklahoma State. They have to win one of their final 3 games against Baylor, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma. They should be favored against Baylor and could pull out a shootout win against the Red Raiders. The Jayhawks' best chance of getting in will be next week when they play Kansas State while Baylor has almost no shot needing 2 wins in 2 games against the Sooners and Cowboys. When it is all said and done I think Oklahoma State will be the lone team bowling from this chance group.
In: Rutgers, West Virginia, Louisville, Pittsburgh, and South Florida
Chance: Cincinnati (5)
Cincy has to win one of their 3 remaining games against WVU, Rutgers and UConn. With the way they have been playing I can definitely see them beating UConn and going bowling.
In: Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, and Iowa
Chance: Purdue (6)*, Indiana (5), Minnesota (4), and Michigan State (4)
The star next to Purdue means that even though they have 6 wins, they need a 7th because Hawaii is on their schedule and they play 13 games this year. That being said they should be able to win one of their last three and get in. The loser of the Minnesota and Michigan State game will be out of the bowl picture all together. Even if the Spartans win this week, I don't see them going to Penn State next week and pulling off a victory. Minnesota has an equally tough game if they get past the Spartans as they will play Iowa. Indiana needs one win in its remaining two games against Michigan and Purdue. Out of these three I think only Indiana goes bowling. The other two will be home for the holidays.
In: California, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington State
Chance: Arizona State (5), Arizona (4), UCLA (4), and Washington (4)
The Sun Devils have been really disappointing this year and one has to wonder if Carpenter was the right pick at QB. Their bowl chances will come down to the final game of the year against Arizona. As for the Wildcats, I don't see them getting two victories from Arizona State, Cal, and Oregon. One maybe at best. UCLA has a realistic chance in winning two of three from Oregon State, Arizona State, and USC. Well just the first two. Washington has Oregon, Stanford, and Washington State left needing two wins. For the Huskies, it will come down to the battle with the Cougars at the end of the year. It's really tough to pick who will make it but I am going to go with Arizona State and a surprise team in Washington.
In: Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, and Alabama
Chance: South Carolina (5), Kentucky (5), and Vanderbilt (4)
I think Kentucky is in. They have a game against La Monroe that they should win. Also they play Vanderbilt this weekend that could go either way. For Vanderbilt this week's game against Kentucky is their only chance because they won't beat Tennessee and therefore the won't get their two wins needed to go bowling. South Carolina has two tough games against Florida and Clemson remaining but lucky for them Middle Tennessee State is sandwiched in between. The Gamecocks and Wildcats go bowling from the SEC.
So my breakdown is as follows with the projected Bowl Eligible teams in parentheses: ACC (8), Big 12 (8), SEC (8), Big Ten (7), Pac 10 (7), and Big East (6).
With many teams only having 2 or 3 games left in their season, let's take a look at which teams are still in the hunt for Bowl eligibilty and which teams have secured the 6 wins needed to go bowling. I will breakdown each conference individually, noting who is IN and who still has a CHANCE. The number in parentheses next to the teams in CHANCE is the number of wins they have right now.