In your face, purists! 5-7 bowl teams get last laugh, go 3-0

Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys gets dunked by his Golden Gophers following Monday’s bowl win that provided a perfect ending to the redemption story of the bowl teams with a losing record.

Rick Osentoski

Remember when all those college football purists screamed from the rooftops when a trio of 5-7 teams were extended — and accepted — bids to bowl games?

Well how you like them apples?

Yup. With its 21-14 victory over Central Michigan in Monday’s Quick Lane Bowl, Minnesota joined Nebraska (37-29 winner over UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl) and San Jose State (27-16 winner over Georgia State in the AutoNation Cure Bowl) as 5-7 teams to win their bowl game. The anomaly (we hope) happened when there were not enough bowl-eligible teams to fill the 80 bowl slots available, so the NCAA extended bids to 5-7 teams based on academic performance.

Granted, not exactly a Murderers Row of opponents these lovable losers took down, but an impressive 3-0 nonetheless, correct? Enough to silence the critics, right?

Yeah, what do you think?