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Push for bowls could impact CFB situational spots

By Adam Burke  ( 

November 16, 2021 08:30 PM

It’s hard to believe we’ve already made it to Week 12. There are only two regular-season weeks left for 126 of the 130 FBS teams. That means that we’ll see senior day festivities this week and next. Those don’t seem to get as much run in college football as they do in college basketball, but they can make for emotional days for some teams.

Bowl eligibility is a major motivating factor in the next two weeks. Teams not destined for a bowl are bad teams that were already hard to wager on, but may not have much focus. Another angle with those teams is that coaches may play more underclassmen to get a look for next season.

Remember that these situational angles are not sole justifications for a play. They are just part of the handicapping process to go along with stats, coaches, trends, whatever you focus on.

Let’s check out some situational spots for Week 12.


You may pay a premium of a point or two on teams vying for that magic sixth win to become bowl-eligible.

Here are the teams with exactly five wins (excluding Tuesday MACtion): Memphis, Louisville, Syracuse, Miami (Fla.), Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland, Rutgers, Florida Atlantic, Charlotte, Middle Tennessee, Ball State, Wyoming, San Jose State, Washington State, Tennessee, Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia State, Troy and South Alabama.

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