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November 26, 2008
Rivals.com bowl bubble watch
Clemson earned its sixth victory of the season last week by beating Virginia 13-3, but the Tigers can't make postseason plans just yet.
Because two of Clemson's victories came against Football Championship Subdivision (i.e., Division I-AA) programs, the Tigers must win seven games to become bowl eligible. That means Clemson will have to stay home for the holidays unless the Tigers beat South Carolina this week.
Clemson isn't the only team that can't reach a bowl unless it wins at least seven games. Hawaii (6-5) plays a 13-game schedule and therefore must have at least seven wins to earn a postseason bid. Hawaii can become bowl eligible by beating Washington State on Saturday or Cincinnati on Dec. 6.
Clemson and Hawaii are the exceptions to the rule, as most teams need only six wins to become eligible for bowl bids. Here's an alphabetical list of teams with five wins. We also have listed all the bowl-eligible teams at the bottom of the story.
Here's an alphabetical list of teams with five wins this season. We'll update the list each week.
Bowl-eligible teams: Air Force, Alabama Arizona, Ball State, Boise State, Boston College, BYU, Buffalo, California, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Connecticut, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Fresno State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Houston, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Navy, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rice, Rutgers, San Jose State, South Carolina, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Troy, Tulsa, USC, USF, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Western Michigan, Wisconsin.
Steve Megargee is a national college football writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.