First-year Temple coach Geoff Collins has the Owls bowl eligible. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
For the first time since 2014 a five-win team will not be needed to fill spots for bowl games.
Temple's 43-22 win over Tulsa guaranteed that there will be 78 teams at six wins. The week started with 70 teams already bowl eligible with four games matching 5-6 teams. UCLA, Purdue and Middle Tennessee won what were essentially bowl play-in games. Colorado faces Utah Saturday night with a bowl spot up for grabs.
Temple, Duke, Texas Tech and Buffalo also won their games to reach six wins and qualify. Louisiana Tech and UNLV could also get to six wins if they win Saturday night.
The past two seasons teams with 5-7 records have received bowl bids because there were not enough teams eligible with six victories.The five-win teams with the highest Academic Progress Rating scores are first to be invited to fill open slots.
Florida State and New Mexico State are both 5-6 but have one final chance to get bowl eligible next Saturday. The Seminoles, who have not missed a bowl game since 1981, host Louisiana-Monroe. The game was originally scheduled for Sept. 9 but was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.
New Mexico State will face South Alabama.