While everyone wants to get into the playoff, there are plenty of teams that will be perfectly happy getting to the postseason and having an extra game to play.
There are 38 bowl games outside the playoff that need to played.
So who clinched bowl eligibility this weekend? Here are the eight teams that reached the magic six-win mark this Saturday.
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Memphis Tigers (6-3)
Once one of the worst programs in major college football, the Tigers have earned their third straight trip to a bowl game for the first time in program history.
Memphis hit the coveted six-win mark with a 51-7 victory over SMU on Saturday.
Navy Midshipmen (6-2)
The Midshipmen earned bowl eligibility in style with a 28-27 victory over Notre Dame. The win was Navy’s first over the Irish since 2010.
If the Midshipmen win out, they will hit double-digit wins for the second straight season.
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Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-3)
It took a wild 10-point fourth quarter rally, but the Demon Deacons clinched bowl eligibility for the first time since 2011 with a win over Virginia on Saturday.
It’s a good thing Wake clinched their postseason fate this weekend, because their next two games are against Louisville and Clemson, meaning wins will be hard to come by in the coming weeks.
Florida State (6-3)
It hasn’t been the season many Seminoles’ fans had hoped for, but Florida State clinched bowl eligibility with a victory over NC State on Saturday.
But where will they realistically end up with at least Clemson and Louisville (maybe Virginia Tech and North Carolina as well) ahead of them in the ACC bowl pecking order?
Tennessee Volunteers (6-3)
Tennessee needed an emphatic win and got one Saturday, with a dominant 55-0 victory over hapless Tennessee Tech. The question now is can the Vols win next week, pray for a Florida loss, and sneak their way into the SEC title game as East champs?
Stanford Cardinal (6-3)
It’s been a pretty forgettable season for the Cardinals but on Saturday, Christian McCaffrey and Stanford turned back the clock for one day.
McCaffrey finished with 199 yards rushing to lead Stanford to the magic six-win plateau in a 26-15 win over Oregon State.
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USC Trojans (6-3)
After a 1-3 start many wondered if the Trojans would get bowl eligible at all. But after dominating Oregon for their fifth straight win on Saturday, we're now wondering “just how high in the pecking order can they get?” That will be answered next week when they travel to Washington.
New Mexico (6-3)
You had to be a masochist (or a New Mexico fan) to catch the Lobos clinch bowl eligibility on Saturday after their game – which kicked off at 10 p.m. ET – was delayed because of lightning at halftime. Either way, the Lobos are going to the postseason for the second straight year.
Who could have ever guessed back in August that New Mexico coach Bob Davie would go bowling this season, while his former school, Notre Dame probably wouldn’t be?