College Football Bowl Participation Streaks
78 schools participated in 39 bowl games (plus a playoff bowl) at the end of the 2017 season.
(Gone this year are the Poinsettia Bowl and Miami Beach Bowl, new this year is the Frisco Bowl.)
All 78 of these schools had records of 6-6 or better, and there were 4 additional schools with similar
records who were left out, including Mississippi (went 6-6 upon winning the Egg Bowl), currently under
a ban on postseason play. The other three schools left out were SUNY-Buffalo (6-6), UT - San Antonio (6-5),
and Western Michigan (7-5).
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:
- Florida State (36)
- Virginia Tech (25)
- Georgia (21)
- Oklahoma (19)
- LSU (18)
- Boise State, Wisconsin (16)
- Alabama (14)
- Clemson (13)
- Oklahoma State (12)
- Stanford, Texas A&M (9)
- Kansas State, Louisville, Mississippi State, San Diego State, Washington (8)
- Arkansas State (7)
- Navy, Southern Cal (6)
- Auburn, Colorado State, Houston, Iowa, Miami-Florida, Ohio State (5)
Central Michigan, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, N. C. State, Penn State,
TCU. Toledo, Utah, West Virginia, Western Kentucky.
The following schools have been to bowls in three consecutive seasons:
Appalachian State, Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Northwestern, Ohio,
South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Temple, Washington State
The following schools went to bowls after the 2016 and 2017 seasons, but not 2015:
Army, Boston College, Central Florida, Kentucky, North Texas,
South Carolina, Troy, Wake Forest, Wyoming.
That takes care of the 54 schools who sent teams to bowl games in both 2016 and 2017.
Listed below are the other 24 schools who were in a 2017 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 N–1 seasons without a bowl appearance.)
Those are the 78 schools participating in the 2017 bowl season, leaving 52 schools which did not.
- Akron, Arizona, Arizona State, Duke, Georgia State, Marshall, Michigan State,
Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas Tech, UCLA, Utah State (1)
- Fresno State, Missouri, Texas (2)
- Iowa State, Purdue, SMU (4)
- Florida International, Virginia (5)
- Florida Atlantic (last played in 2008 Motot City Bowl)
- UAB (last played in 2004 Hawai'i Bowl)
- New Mexico State (last played in the 1960 Sun Bowl)
The following 26 schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2016 season, but not 2017:
Brigham Young (ended a 12-year bowl attendance streak),
Nebraska, Pittsburgh (9 years),
Baylor (7 years),
Minnesota (5 years),
North Carolina (4 years),
Air Force, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, Western Michigan (3 years),
Indiana, New Mexico, Tulsa (2 years),
Colorado, Eastern Michigan, Georgia Tech, Hawai'i, Idaho, Lousiana,
Maryland, Miami-Ohio, Old Dominion, South Alabama, UT - San Antonio, Vanderbilt.
The following schools went to a bowl at the end of the 2015 season, but not since then:
Bowling Green, California, Cincinnati, Connecticut,
Georgia Southern, Mississippi, Nevada, 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, Buffalo, Oregon State, Syracuse, Tulane, 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:
That leaves four schools who have yet to go bowling in the 21st century:
Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Massachusetts, Texas State
The Media Guide for UMass gives its last bowl appearance as the 1972 Boardwalk Bowl.
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