Conference USA could see as many as nine teams gain bowl eligibility this season, and with the league having only six bowl game tie-ins and no secondary tie-in agreements, that could be a problem.
With four weeks remaining in the season, there's still a tremendous amount to be sorted out, but a Conference USA spokesman said Wednesday that the league has already reached out to bowl games regarding the league's possible overage, and that it feels comfortable that C-USA will achieve its goal of placing all bowl-eligible teams in a game this postseason.
The Big 12, Big 10, Mountain West and even the mighty SEC might not be able to fill their bowl game tie-ins this season, which could create spots for Conference USA teams.
As it stands, FAU needs to win its remaining three games this season to reach six wins and bowl eligibility. C-USA has four teams that are already bowl eligible (ECU, North Texas, Rice, Tulane) and two more that look poised to join that group soon (5-3 Marshall, 5-4 MTSU). But with four other teams still floating in the realm of possibility, C-USA needed to go on the offensive in seeking out berths.
FAU and Tulsa are in a must-win-out situation, with both teams having six loss. Louisiana Tech, with five losses, can afford to finish the season 3-1. Tulsa and Louisiana Tech play Nov. 23.
UTSA provides an additional conundrum for Conference USA. The Roadrunners, who are in their second year of FBS transition, are only eligible for a bowl if there are not 70 eligible teams for the 35 bowl games this postseason. Four weeks out from the end of the season, it's premature to speculate if that will happen, but Larry Coker's team is still in the hunt for six wins at 4-5.
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