College Football Bowl Participation Streaks


78 schools participated in 39 bowl games (plus a playoff bowl) at the end of the 2018 season.
All 78 of these schools had records of 6-6 or better, but there were five schools with similar records who
were left out, including Liberty, which went 6-6 during its first year at the FBS level. The other four schools
left out were Southern Mississippi (6-5), Miami-Ohio (6-6), Wyoming (6-6), and Louisiana-Monroe (6-6).

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:
Memphis, Louisiana Tech, N. C. State, Penn State, TCU, Toledo, Utah, West Virginia.

The following schools have been to bowls in four consecutive seasons:
Appalachian State, Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Northwestern, Ohio, South Florida, Temple, Washington State.

The following schools have been to bowls in three consecutive seasons:
Army, Boston College, Central Florida, Kentucky, North Texas, South Carolina, Troy, Wake Forest.

The following schools went to bowls after the 2017 and 2018 seasons, but not 2016:
Arizona State, Duke, Florida International, Fresno State, Iowa State, Marshall, Michigan State,
Missouri, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Oregon, Purdue, Texas, UAB, Utah State, Virginia.

That takes care of the 60 schools who sent teams to bowl games in both 2017 and 2018.
Listed below are the other 18 schools who were in a 2018 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 2018 bowl season, leaving 52 schools which did not.
The following 18 schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2017 season, but not 2018:
Florida State (ended a 36-year bowl attendance streak),
Kansas State, Louisville (8 years),
Navy, Southern California (6 years), Colorado State (5 years),
Central Michigan, Western Kentucky (4 years),
Southern Mississippi (3 years), Wyoming (2 years),
Akron, Arizona, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, New Mexico State, SMU, Texas Tech, UCLA.

The following schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2016 season, but not since then:
Air Force, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, Miami-Ohio, Nebraska, New Mexico,
North Carolina, Old Dominion, South Alabama, Tennessee, 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, Illinois, 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.

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

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

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


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