In its fifth season in the FBS, Charlotte is bowl eligible for the first time.
The 49ers secured that prize with a 24-13 win over Marshall on Saturday. They were one of two Conference USA teams that earned their sixth victories of the season in noteworthy fashion this weekend. Florida International did so as well with a 30-24 win over Miami.
Arizona State became bowl eligible with a 31-28 win over Oregon, and California did so as well by beating Stanford 24-20 in the Big Game, snapping a nine-game losing streak in that series.
There are 72 teams that are bowl eligible so far, and a handful of others are still on the bubble. There are 78 bowl slots to fill. Here are the games this coming week with bowl eligibility implications:
Ohio (5-6) at Akron
Mississippi State (5-6) vs. Mississippi
Kent State (5-6) at Eastern Michigan
Missouri (5-6) at Arkansas — Missouri received an NCAA postseason ban for academic violations but is appealing
Nebraska (5-6) vs. Iowa
TCU (5-6) vs. West Virginia
Troy (5-6) vs. Appalachian State
Army (5-6) at Hawaii — Army has two games remaining and needs seven wins to become bowl eligible because it beat two FCS teams
Boston College (5-6) at Pittsburgh
Colorado (5-6) at Utah
Liberty (6-5) vs. New Mexico State — Liberty needs seven wins to become bowl eligible because it beat two FCS teams
Louisiana-Monroe (5-6) at Louisiana-Lafayette
Michigan State (5-6) vs. Maryland
North Carolina (5-6) at North Carolina State
Oregon State (5-6) at Oregon
These are the 72 teams that are bowl eligible so far:
San Diego State
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