College Football Bowl Participation Streaks


Eighty schools participated in 40 bowl games (plus a playoff bowl) at the end of the 2016 season.
78 of these schools had records of 6-6 or better, with the other two being
Mississippi State (ended 5-7 after defeating Mississippi in the Egg Bowl)
and North Texas, who, among all schools with 5-7 records, had achieved the
best Academic Progress (ranked number 26 in the nation by the NCAA).

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 four consecutive seasons:
Auburn, Colorado State, Houston, Iowa, Miami-Florida, North Carolina, Ohio State

The following schools have been to bowls in three consecutive seasons:
Air Force, Arkansas, Central Michigan, Florida, Louisiana Tech,
Memphis, N. C. State, Penn State, TCU, Tennessee, Toledo,
Utah, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan

The following schools went to bowls after the 2015 and 2016 seasons, but not 2014:
Appalachian State, Indiana, Michigan, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico, Northwestern,
Ohio, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Temple, Tulsa, Washington State

That takes care of the 59 schools who sent teams to bowl games in both 2015 and 2016.
Listed below are the other 21 schools who were in a 2016 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 80 schools participating in the 2016 bowl season, leaving only 48 schools who did not.
The following 21 schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2015 season, but not 2016:
Oregon (ended 11-year bowl attendance streak),
Michigan State (9 years),
Northern Illinois (8 years),
Notre Dame (7 years),
Arizona State, Cincinnati, UCLA, Utah State (5 years),
Arizona, Bowling Green, Duke, Mississippi (4 years),
Marshall (3 years), Nevada (2 years),
Akron, California, Connecticut, Georgia Southern,
Georgia State, San Jose State, Texas Tech.

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

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

The following schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2012 season, but not since then:
Iowa State, Kent State, Louisiana-Monroe, Purdue, SMU.

The following schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2011 season, but not since then:
Florida International, Virginia.

The following schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2008 season, but not since then:
Florida Atlantic, Kansas.

That leaves 4 schools who have yet to go bowling in the 21st century:
New Mexico State (1960 Sun Bowl)
Charlotte, Massachusetts, Texas State
The Media Guide for UMass gives its last bowl appearance as the 1972 Boardwalk Bowl.


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