The following teams from BCS conferences would not currently be bowl eligible were it not for wins over FCS opponents (opponent in parantheses):
Tennessee (Western Kentucky)
South Carolina (South Carolina State)
Georgia (Tennessee Tech)
You will hear a lot of bragging about how the SEC has 10 bowl eligible teams this year. As you can see,
three two of them got there by the worst kind of schedule gerrymandering. You won’t hear much talk of this since the media’s main M.O. most days is to not upset the very excitable SEC fan base, which brooks no deviation from the party line.
Correction: Western Kentucky is in its second year as an FBS school. So my mistake. I think the point still stands about the level of competition.
Iowa State (North Dakota State)
Oklahoma (Idaho State)
Lost in Oklahoma’s disastrous season is the fact that it would likely be staying home this bowl season if not for that fortuitous scheduling of Idaho State.
Michigan State (Montana State)
Minnesota (South Dakota State)
The Spartans went 1-1 against Central and Eastern Michigan, so it’s a good thing Montana State was around.
Florida State (Jackson State)
Florida State’s 27-season bowl streak is saved thanks to Walter Payton’s alma mater.
Arizona (Northern Arizona)
The Wildcats take a page from the SEC formula.