Bowl eligibility tracker: Which college football teams could clinch in Week 7?

Mitchell Leff

Fourteen schools could clinch bowl berths this weekend, while another could be knocked out of postseason play.

Many, many college football teams will make bowl games. In fact, more FBS teams will than won't! Let's keep track of who's in, who's out, and who's on the edge in our eligibility tracker.

A reminder: you need six wins to make it to a bowl game, with no more than one coming against lower-level competition. Only one team has clinched a spot so far, but 15 different schools could see their fates decided in Week 7.


Ohio State (6-0)

Almost there (with odds for each):

Alabama (5-0) favored by -27.5 at Kentucky (1-4). If Alabama lost this game, it would be an absolute stunner.

Clemson (5-0) -24.5 vs. Boston College (3-2). The Tigers have established themselves as a legitimate national title contender and should ease to victory at home against a mediocre Eagles squad.

Northern Illinois (5-0) -22 vs. Akron (1-5). The Huskies have dominated all competition so far and should ease to victory here.

Louisville (5-0) -17 vs. Rutgers (4-1). The Cardinals are heavily favored in this one at home, and should be the second team guaranteed a bowl slot. This game is Thursday night, so the Cards could be second behind Ohio State.

Ball State (5-1) -16 vs. Kent State (2-4). Virginia does not quite yet count as an FCS team, so Pete Lembo's squad will be looking to clinch their second-straight bowl berth (unless selection shenanigans leave them left out).

Texas Tech (5-0) -14.5 vs. Iowa State (1-3). The Cyclones are one of the worst power-conference teams in all of football, and the Red Raiders should continue their surprising early season with an early bowl berth.

Oregon (5-0) -14 at Washington (4-1). Another big-time matchup, this one sees two high-powered offenses go at it. The Ducks have looked unbeatable so far, however, and should win this one.

Oklahoma (5-0) -13 vs. Texas (3-2). The Longhorns have an awful defense and will be without their starting quarterback, so it will be a shock if Oklahoma does not get their sixth win this weekend.

Virginia Tech (5-1) -9 vs. Pittsburgh (3-1). The Hokies have struggled offensively, but have one of the toughest defensive units in the country and will be expected to defeat Pitt handily.

Stanford (5-0) -8.5 at Utah (3-2). The Pac-12 is arguably the deepest conference in the country, so all road games will be tough, but the Cardinal are extremely good and should win this one.

LSU (5-1) -7 vs. Florida (4-1). One of the marquee matchups of the weekend, the Tigers' strong passing game has a lot to contend with in a fierce Florida secondary.

Michigan (5-0) -3 at Penn State (3-2). If there is a way to limp to a 5-0 start, Michigan has done it, winning close games against the likes of Akron and UConn. The Wolverines have a tough contest here on the road against a resilient Nittany Lion squad, but should win this one.

Missouri (5-0) +10 at Georgia (4-1). The Bulldogs are the heavy favorites here, and Missouri may have to wait until November 2 against Tennessee before they punch their bowl ticket.

Bowling Green (5-1) +11 at Mississippi State (2-3). Mississippi State has the home-field advantage, but the Falcons are a very good team. If they lose this one, expect them to get win No. 6 either October 26 vs. Toledo or November 5 at Miami (OH).


Nobody, yet.

Almost there:

Western Michigan +10 (0-6) vs. Buffalo (3-2). Buffalo's had quite the year, blowing out Connecticut and Eastern Michigan, and should increase their winning streak to four games here, knocking the Broncos out.

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