The bowl-eligibility plateau has already been achieved by six FBS teams. Some of them have much loftier goals in mind, of course, but getting there in the minimum time required is an accomplishment in itself.
The six-win club could potentially gain 10 more members in Week 7. The key word there, naturally, is potentially, as some of them will be considerable underdogs. Here they are in order of their likelihood of becoming bowl-eligible in their next outing.
The Bears host Kansas, and while the Jayhawks are playing considerably better this season than they did while going winless in 2015, they aren’t likely to challenge Baylor on the road.
The Broncos are also quite likely to reach 6-0 on their home blue turf against Colorado State.
Even in their lone loss to Florida State, the Bulls have shown a lot of flash. They go for 6-1 at home against Connecticut.
The Cougars were hoping to get here a week earlier, of course. They now look to rebound at home from their setback at Navy, but their opponent, Tulsa, is off to a 4-1 start in its own right.
OK, the Buckeyes will probably get to 6-0 with their considerable talent. But nothing is ever guaranteed on the road, and Wisconsin can be a tough place to win any time. So we place them below those other four squads that will have home-field advantage.
The Utes and their usually stingy defense travel to Oregon State. While the Beavers are still in something of a rebuilding phase, they picked up a nice win in Week 6 against California.
The Cornhuskers will also be favored to reach 6-0 on the road, but Indiana has shown some pop in its passing game and was able to hang with Ohio State for a time last week.
The Sun Devils pay a visit to Colorado, a huge early clash in the wide-open Pac-12 South that could certainly go either way.
The fact that the Demon Deacons are 5-1 is a significant accomplishment already. They’ll likely have to wait at least another week to reach six, however, as their next adventure takes them to Florida State.
Yes, the Vols are at home. But even still they face the toughest challenge among the five-win club members with Alabama coming to Knoxville.