Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
With the litany of mediocre power conference teams and bowl ban pandemics, it seems that a 6-6 Chippewas team will get an invite from one of the 35 desperate bowls.
Make no mistake, the 6-6 team is not tremendous, but they did win enough games to get to that eligibility mark. And six wins is exactly as much as head coach Dan Enos won in his first two years. To put it another way, they're on a three-game winning streak, matching each of Enos's first two seasons. So hey! Progress!
I'm using ESPN's college football standings since they have a nifty guide of who's bowl eligible and who won't be going. It's a good starting point, at least, because there are two mistakes on there: I've Miami of Florida self-imposed a bowl ban this year and Texas-San Antonio is not eligible to play in a bowl until next year. Factoring those teams in, there are 63 bowl eligible teams and 48 ineligible teams, leaving 13 teams on the bubble. With 70 bowl bids on the horizon, simple math tells us that if eight of the below teams reach eligibility, CMU is most likely the odd team out:
BOWL TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE (and who they have left to play)
Wake Forest 5-6
vs. Vanderbilt (7-4)
vs. Texas Tech (7-4), vs. Oklahoma State (7-3)
Georgia Tech 6-5
at Georgia (10-1), vs. Florida State (10-1)
Virginia Tech 5-6
vs. Virginia (4-7)
at Louisville (9-1), vs. Cincinnati (8-3)
vs. Rutgers (9-1), at South Florida (3-8)
Michigan State 5-6
at Minnesota (6-5)
vs. Indiana (4-7)
vs. Tulsa (9-2)
at UTEP (3-8)
at Texas A&M (9-2)
Ole Miss 5-6
vs. Mississippi State (8-3)
at Middle Tennessee State (7-3)
Oh boy. I don't think eight of those teams get there. Central Michigan is probably going to a bowl. Giggle.