University at Buffalo football’s bowl chances took a hit with a pair of results Saturday.
Florida State and New Mexico State earned bowl eligibility with victories, increasing the total amount of eligible teams to 81. There are 78 bowl positions available.
Louisiana-Lafayette was the only other team with a chance to earn eligibility Saturday. The Ragin’ Cajuns lost to Appalachian State, 63-14.
There are two ways UB can get into a bowl: through one of the MAC’s bowl tie-ins or through another conference not getting enough eligible teams to fill its tie-in positions.
Earning a spot from the MAC seems unlikely. The MAC has locked in positions in four bowls and is an alternate for a fifth.
Including UB, seven MAC teams are bowl-eligible. UB and Western Michigan are at the bottom of the group with 6-6 records. Ohio has already claimed one of the MAC slots, accepting an invte to the Bahamas Bowl.
UB likely has to rely on an open position from another conference. The only conference with fewer eligible teams than spots is the Big Ten, which has eight teams for 10 spots.
UCF’s victory against Memphis in the American Conference Championship could push the Knights into an at-large bid in one of the New Year’s bowls. That would open up a spot from the American.
Bowls with open positions have the ability to invite a team from a pool of available elgible teams. UB expects to learn its fate this afternoon.