These aren’t exactly the stakes Florida and Florida State had in mind for their end-of-the-season rivalry game.
The Gators and Seminoles both enter Saturday’s clash at 5-6, meaning the winner becomes bowl eligible. That’s one of four games next weekend pitting two five-win teams against each other. The others are Maryland-Rutgers, Charlotte-Old Dominion and Florida Atlantic-Middle Tennessee.
There’s enough space for 82 FBS teams to play in bowls this season. Right now 72 teams already have secured bowl eligibility. The winners of the four games listed above will bring the total to 76, and there are plenty of other teams that also are a victory away from bowl eligibility. In years when there haven’t been enough six-win teams to fill all the spots, teams with losing records have been allowed to play.
Here’s this week’s schedule for the teams on the bowl eligibility bubble:
Ball State (5-6) vs. Buffalo
San Jose State (5-6) vs. Fresno State
South Alabama (5-6) vs. Coastal Carolina
TCU (5-6) at Iowa State
California (4-6) at UCLA
Charlotte (5-6) at Old Dominion (5-6)
Florida Atlantic (5-6) vs. Middle Tennessee (5-6)
Florida State (5-6) at Florida (5-6)
LSU (5-6) vs. Texas A&M
Maryland (5-6) at Rutgers (5-6)
Memphis (5-6) vs. Tulane
North Texas (5-6) vs. Texas-San Antonio
Southern California (4-6) vs. BYU
Syracuse (5-6) vs. Pittsburgh
Troy (5-6) at Georgia State
Tulsa (5-6) at SMU
Virginia Tech (5-6) at Virginia
West Virginia (5-6) at Kansas
The following 72 teams are already bowl eligible:
North Carolina State
San Diego State
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