There are more bowl eligible teams than needed this year.

Utah became the 79th bowl eligible team when it beat Colorado on Saturday night. Louisiana Tech, Temple, Duke, Middle Tennessee and Purdue also became bowl eligible earlier in the day.

There are spots for 78 FBS teams in bowls this season. In the past couple seasons, five-win teams have had to play in bowls because there weren’t enough .500 teams. That’s not necessary now.

In fact, Florida State (5-6), New Mexico State (5-6) and Louisiana-Lafayette (5-6) can also become bowl eligible with victories next week, so there could be a handful of eligible teams that don’t get to play on.


More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 .


Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister

Author photo
NOAH TRISTER
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.