College Football Bowl Participation Streaks


78 schools participated in 39 bowl games (plus a playoff bowl) at the end of the 2019 season.
All 78 of these schools had records of 6-6 or better, with two 6-6 teams being left out.
Those two were Missouri and Toledo, each of whom lost 5 of their last 7 games.

Following is a list of participating schools, with the number of consecutive bowl game appearances given in parentheses:

The following schools have been to bowls in five consecutive seasons:
Appalachian State, Michigan, Ohio, Temple, Washington State.

The following schools have been to bowls in four consecutive seasons:
Boston College, Central Florida, Kentucky, Wake Forest.

The following schools have been to bowls in three consecutive seasons:
Arizona State, Florida International, Iowa State, Marshall, Michigan State,
Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas, UAB, Utah State, Virginia.

The following schools went to bowls after the 2018 and 2019 seasons, but not 2017:
Baylor, Brigham Young, Buffalo, California, Cincinnati,
Eastern Michigan, Florida, Georgia Southern, Hawai'i, Louisiana,
Minnesota, Nevada, Pittsburgh, Tulane, Western Michigan.

That takes care of the 57 schools who sent teams to bowl games in both 2018 and 2019.
Listed below are the other 21 schools who were in a 2019 bowl, but who did not go bowling the year before,
with the number of years missing a bowl appearance in parentheses. (Note: If a school's last bowl appearance
was N years ago, then that school has played N1 seasons without a bowl appearance.)

Those are the 78 schools participating in the 2019 bowl season, leaving 52 schools which did not.
The following 18 schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2018 season, but not 2019:
Stanford (ended a 10-year bowl attendance streak), Houston (6 years),
N.C. State, TCU, Toledo, West Virginia (5 years),
Middle Tennessee, Northwestern, South Florida (4 years),
Army, North Texas, South Carolina, Troy (3 years),
Duke, Fresno State, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Purdue (2 years),
Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Vanderbilt.

The following schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2017 season, but not since then:
Akron, Arizona, Colorado State, New Mexico State, Texas Tech, UCLA.

The following schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2016 season, but not since then:
Arkansas, Colorado, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico,
Old Dominion, South Alabama, Tulsa, UT - San Antonio.

The following schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2015 season, but not since then:
Bowling Green, Connecticut, Mississippi, San Jose State.

The following schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2014 season, but not since then:
East Carolina, Rice, Rutgers, UTEP.

The following schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2013 season, but not since then:
Ball State, Oregon State, UNLV.

Louisiana-Monroe last went to a bowl game in 2012.
Kansas last went to a bowl game in 2008.

That leaves three FBS schools who have yet to go bowling in the 21st century: Coastal Carolina, Massachusetts, Texas State.
The Media Guide for UMass gives its last bowl appearance as the 1972 Boardwalk Bowl.


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