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Arkansas bowl eligible, one of 49 teams with at least 6 wins

November 8, 2021 GMT
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman looks on from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman looks on from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman looks on from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Sam Pittman and Arkansas became bowl eligible the old-fashioned way — by earning their sixth win of the season.

The Razorbacks went 3-7 last season but were still set to play in the Texas Bowl during a postseason significantly impacted by the pandemic. That game ended up being canceled because of positive COVID-19 tests within TCU’s program.

That was Pittman’s first year at the helm at Arkansas. His second began with four straight wins, including victories over Texas and Texas A&M, but a three-game losing streak meant bowl eligibility wasn’t guaranteed, given how tough the team’s SEC schedule is.

The Razorbacks wrapped up win No. 6 by beating Mississippi State 31-28 on Saturday.

Arkansas went to three bowls under Bret Bielema, but after Chad Morris took over they went 2-10 in back-to-back seasons. Reaching six wins is a nice benchmark in Pittman’s second year.

There are now 49 teams that are bowl eligible:

Air Force

Alabama

Alabama-Birmingham

Appalachian State

Arizona State

Arkansas

Auburn

Baylor

BYU

Central Florida

Cincinnati

Clemson

Coastal Carolina

Eastern Michigan

Fresno State

Georgia

Houston

Iowa

Iowa State

Kansas State

Kentucky

Liberty

Louisiana-Lafayette

Marshall

Michigan

Michigan State

Minnesota

Mississippi

N.C. State

Nevada

Northern Illinois

Notre Dame

Ohio State

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State

Oregon

Penn State

Pittsburgh

Purdue

San Diego State

SMU

Texas A&M

Texas-El Paso

Texas-San Antonio

Utah

Utah State

Virginia

Wake Forest

Wisconsin

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