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2003: 61 Bowl eligibile teams -- 56 slots

Teams that did not make a bowl game:

Northern Illinois 10-2 (MAC)

Connecticut 9-3 (Ind)

Marshall 8-4 (MAC)

Toledo 8-4 (MAC)

Air Force 7-5 (MWC)

2004: 59 Bowl eligibile teams -- 56 slots

Teams that did not make a bowl game:

Clemson 6-5 (ACC)*

Akron 6-5 (MAC)

South Carolina 6-5 (SEC)*

* As noted by Greg, Clemson and South Carolina removed themselves from bowl consideration after an on-field fight towards the end of their game.


Note: The term "bowl eligible" is not defined in NCAA rules, and is only used by the media.  The official definition is as follows:

30.9.2 Contest Status. [i-A] A contest shall be certified only if it serves the purpose of providing a national contest between deserving winning teams. A “deserving winning team†shall be defined as one that has won a minimum of six games against Division I-A opponents and that has more wins than losses.  Tie games do not count in determining a team’s won-lost record. Further, when forfeiture of a regular-season football victory is required by the Committee on Infractions, a conference or self-imposed by an institution as a result of a violation of NCAA rules, neither of the competing institutions may count that contest in satisfying the definition of a “deserving winning team.†(Revised: 10/18/89, 10/12/93, 4/20/99)

30.9.2.1 Exceptionâ€â€Division I-AA Opponent. [i-A] Each year, a Division I-A institution may count one victory against a Division I-AA opponent toward the six-win minimum, provided the Division I-AA opponent has averaged 90 percent of the permissible maximum number of grants-in-aid per year in Division I-AA football over a rolling two-year period. (Adopted: 10/28/97 effective 8/1/98, Revised: 4/28/05)

b30.9.2.1.1 Waiver. [i-A] The Football Issues Committee may approve a waiver of the 90 percent requirement to permit a Division I-A institution to count a victory against a Division I-AA opponent in the sport of football toward meeting the six-victory requirement when a unique or catastrophic situation affects the Division I-AA institution’s ability to average 90 percent of the permissible maximum number of grants-in-aid per year in Division I-AA football over a rolling two-year period. (Adopted: 8/11/98, Revised: 4/28/05)

30.9.2.2 Waiver for Conference Champion. [i-A] The Management Council, by a two-thirds majority of its members present and voting, or a committee designated by the Management Council, may approve a waiver of the six-victory requirement to enable a conference champion to participate in a bowl game when the conference champion is scheduled contractually to participate in the game. (Adopted: 1/12/93, Revised: 10/28/97)

Source: http://www.ncaa.org/library/membership/division_i_manual/2005-06/2005-06_d1_manual.pdf

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A “deserving winning team†shall be defined as one that has won a minimum of six games against Division I-A opponents and that has more wins than losses.

Does that mean with the 12 game schedule, you must have 7 wins to be eligible.  If that is the case, I don't think there will be enough teams to fill all the slots next year.

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Does that mean with the 12 game schedule, you must have 7 wins to be eligible.  If that is the case, I don't think there will be enough teams to fill all the slots next year.

That is technically correct, based on reading that rule.

However, there used to be a rule that a bowl would have to take any I-A team with more wins than losses over a 6-6 I-A team, regardless of conference affiliation.  While I could not locate that rule, I believe this is still the case.

For 2005, there are already 15 bowl-eligible teams (i.e those with 6 wins), and another 22 with 5 wins.

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