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Complete List of Teams Eligible for College Football Bowl Games by Conference

We are officially less than two weeks away from the start of college football bowl games! including the College Football Playoff Semifinals, the 2022-23 bowl season schedule consists of 41 games. As such, there are a whopping 82 spots available for teams to partake in the postseason! The criteria for teams to become bowl eligible is simple: win at least six games during the regular season.

Regardless of whether a school is a member of a powerful league like the SEC, a mid-major league such as Conference USA, or playing as an FBS Independent without a conference affiliation, the six-win threshold remains consistent when it comes to earning the chance to play in one of the college football bowl games. Of course, the more games a team wins, the more likely the chances of being invited to a high-profile bowl game.

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List of Bowl-Eligible College Football Teams by Conference

Below is a complete list of every team that earned the six wins needed to play in the college football postseason. The overall list is broken down by conference. Teams are listed in order of overall win-loss record within their respective conferences. In leagues that utilize a division format, the division winners are the top two teams listed regardless of overall win-loss records.

AAC

Conference Champion: TBD
Total Number of Bowl-Eligible Teams: 7

  • Tulane Green Wave (10-2)
  • UCF Knights (9-3)
  • Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3)
  • SMU Mustangs (7-5)
  • Houston Cougars (7-5)
  • East Carolina Pirates (7-5)
  • Memphis Tigers (6-6)

ACC

Conference Champion: TBD
Total Number of Bowl-Eligible Teams: 9

  • Clemson Tigers (10-2)
  • North Carolina Tar Heels (9-3)
  • Florida State Seminoles (9-3)
  • Pittsburgh Panthers (8-4)
  • Duke Blue Devils (8-4)
  • NC State Wolfpack (8-4)
  • Syracuse Orange (7-5)
  • Louisville Cardinals (7-5)
  • Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-5)

Big Ten

Conference Champion: TBD
Total Number of Bowl-Eligible Teams: 9

  • Michigan Wolverines (12-0)
  • Purdue Boilermakers (8-4)
  • Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)
  • Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2)
  • Illinois Fighting Illini (8-4)
  • Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-4)
  • Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5)
  • Maryland Terrapins (7-5)
  • Wisconsin Badgers (6-6)

Big 12

Conference Champion: Kansas State
Total Number of Bowl-Eligible Teams: 8

  • TCU Horned Frogs (12-0)
  • Kansas State Wildcats (9-3)
  • Texas Longhorns (8-4)
  • Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5)
  • Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-5)
  • Baylor Bears (6-6)
  • Oklahoma Sooners (6-6)
  • Kansas Jayhawks (6-6)

Conference USA

Conference Champion: UTSA
Total Number of Bowl-Eligible Teams: 5

  • UTSA Roadrunners (10-2)
  • North Texas Mean Green (7-5)
  • Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (8-5)
  • Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-5)
  • UAB Blazers (6-6)

FBS Independents

Conference Champion: N/A
Total Number of Bowl-Eligible Teams: 5 or 6

  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-4)
  • Liberty Flames (8-4)
  • BYU Cougars (7-5)
  • UConn Huskies (6-6)
  • New Mexico State Aggies (6-6)
  • Army Black Knights (5-6)*

* – Army can reach six wins by beating Navy in Week 15

MAC

Conference Champion: Toledo
Total Number of Bowl-Eligible Teams: 6

  • Ohio Bobcats (9-3)
  • Toledo Rockets (7-5)
  • Eastern Michigan Eagles (8-4)
  • Buffalo Bulls (6-6)
  • Bowling Green Falcons (6-6)
  • Miami (Ohio) Redhawks (6-6)

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Mountain West

Conference Champion: TBD
Total Number of Bowl-Eligible Teams: 7

  • Boise State Broncos (9-3)
  • Fresno State Bulldogs (8-4)
  • Air Force Falcons (9-3)
  • San Diego State Aztecs (7-5)
  • Wyoming Cowboys (7-5)
  • San Jose State Spartans (7-4)
  • Utah State Aggies (6-6)

Pac-12

Conference Champion: Utah
Total Number of Bowl-Eligible Teams: 7

  • USC Trojans (11-1)
  • Utah Utes (9-3)
  • Washington Huskies (10-2)
  • Oregon Ducks (9-3)
  • Oregon State (9-3)
  • UCLA (9-3)
  • Washington State (7-5)

SEC

Conference Champion: TBD
Total Number of Bowl-Eligible Teams: 11

  • Georgia (12-0)
  • LSU (9-3)
  • Tennessee (10-2)
  • Alabama (10-2)
  • South Carolina (8-4)
  • Mississippi State (8-4)
  • Ole Miss (8-4)
  • Kentucky (7-5)
  • Florida (6-6)
  • Arkansas (6-6)
  • Missouri (6-6)

Sun Belt

Conference Champion: TBD
Total Number of Bowl-Eligible Teams: 8

  • Troy (10-2)
  • Coastal Carolina (9-2)
  • South Alabama (10-2)
  • Marshall (8-4)
  • Southern Mississippi (6-6)
  • Louisiana (6-6)
  • Georgia Southern (6-6)
  • Appalachian State (6-6)

Note: Although James Madison met the criteria needed to be eligible for college football bowl games with an eight-win season, the Dukes are not eligible for postseason play as they transition to the FBS level from FCS.


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