The first SEC team eliminated from the bowl chase this year was Mississippi, which came into the season banned from postseason play.
The second team out is … Florida?
It’s hard to believe, but while teams like Vanderbilt (4-6) and Missouri (5-5) fight for bowl spots, Florida is now 3-6 after Saturday’s loss to South Carolina . The Gators have only two games left on their schedule – they had a game in September against Northern Colorado canceled because of Hurricane Irma, and it hasn’t been rescheduled.
It is possible for a five-win team to make a bowl if there aren’t enough .500 teams to fill all the slots, but don’t expect to see Florida – which is being led by an interim coach after the midseason firing of Jim McElwain – playing in the postseason.
One opportunity that could keep the Gators motivated is the chance to end rival Florida State’s bowl hopes. The Seminoles also are 3-6 after a loss to Clemson , but they did reschedule a game against Louisiana-Monroe for Dec. 2, giving themselves a chance to make it back to .500.
Florida hosts Florida State on Nov. 25.
There are 78 bowl spots available this season for FBS teams, and the following 59 teams already are eligible:
San Diego State
More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 .
Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister