Seventy bowl game bids, 72 bowl-eligible teams. It's not quite the crowd that got left out last year, but two teams will still be home for the holidays despite meeting postseason requirements. This is where we point out the 6-7 UCLA Bruins, who don't even have a head coach, are going to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, where they'll play the 6-6 Illinois Fighting Illini, who also don't have a head coach.
The 7-5 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, eligible for the first time in their history and coming off two wins over their past two years, didn't make it in, but 6-7 UCLA did. WKU has never gotten to go to a bowl and finished with a winning record, but they'll watch UCLA, which has been to dozens. And finished with a losing record. We'll keep saying it.
Ball State, at 6-6, doesn't earn quite the same sympathy, since their regular season mark matches UCLA's and, well, they would've gotten run over if they'd had to play Oregon in a 13th game too.
For more on each bowl game pairing, check out SB Nation's college football bowl game bids coverage.