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Upsets by North Texas, others push bowl-eligible teams to 83

November 28, 2021 GMT
North Texas defensive back Jordan Rucker, left, celebrates with teammates after recovering a fumble during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UTSA in Denton, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Jacobsohn)
North Texas defensive back Jordan Rucker, left, celebrates with teammates after recovering a fumble during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UTSA in Denton, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Jacobsohn)
North Texas defensive back Jordan Rucker, left, celebrates with teammates after recovering a fumble during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UTSA in Denton, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Jacobsohn)

North Texas needed to win its final five regular-season games to become bowl eligible. The Mean Green did it — and the last victory was the most noteworthy of the bunch.

North Texas knocked No. 15 UTSA from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 45-23 blowout Saturday. The Mean Green improved their own record to 6-6, becoming one of 83 teams to reach bowl eligibility this season. Old Dominion also reached six victories by closing with a five-game winning streak. The Monarchs beat Charlotte 56-34.

With enough slots for 82 bowl teams, one eligible team will be left out. For a while, it looked like there might not be enough six-win teams to fill the spots, but the victory by North Texas, along with upset wins by Virginia Tech, Tulsa and LSU, pushed the number higher.

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The following teams are bowl eligible:

Air Force

Alabama

Alabama-Birmingham

Appalachian State

Arizona State

Arkansas

Army

Auburn

Ball State

Baylor

Boise State

Boston College

BYU

Central Florida

Central Michigan

Cincinnati

Clemson

Coastal Carolina

East Carolina

Eastern Michigan

Florida

Fresno State

Georgia

Georgia State

Houston

Iowa

Iowa State

Kansas State

Kent State

Kentucky

Liberty

Louisiana-Lafayette

Louisville

LSU

Marshall

Maryland

Memphis

Miami

Miami, Ohio

Michigan

Michigan State

Middle Tennessee

Minnesota

Mississippi

Mississippi State

Missouri

North Carolina State

North Texas

Nevada

North Carolina

Northern Illinois

Notre Dame

Ohio State

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State

Old Dominion

Oregon

Oregon State

Penn State

Pittsburgh

Purdue

San Diego State

SMU

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas A&M

Texas-El Paso

Texas Tech

Toledo

Tulsa

UCLA

Utah

Utah State

UTSA

Virginia

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest

Washington State

Western Kentucky

Western Michigan

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

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