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Air Force bowl hopes still alive

Air Force's Tim McVey takes the opening kickoff 14 yards in the Navy-Air Force football game at Annapolis, Md., Oct. 7, 2017.

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By BRENT BRIGGEMAN | The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) | Published: November 22, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Tribune News Service) — If Air Force can defeat Utah State in the season finale at Falcon Stadium on Saturday, there is still a chance the Falcons (4-7) could play in a bowl game.

There are 70 teams that have gained bowl eligibility for 78 spots, with another 17 teams that can get there with a victory in their final game this week.

Of those seventeen, four pairs play each other – meaning four will get in (including the winner of Colorado and Utah).

Four spots are still up for grabs if these 5-6 teams prevail this week: Buffalo (vs. 8-3 Ohio), Duke (at 7-4 Wake Forest), Georgia Tech (vs. 10-1 Georgia), Louisiana Tech (vs. 6-4 UTSA), Minnesota (vs. 11-0 Wisconsin), Temple (at 2-9 Tulsa), Texas Tech (at 6-5 Texas), Tulane (at 6-5 SMU) and UNLV (at 2-9 Nevada).

Louisiana-Lafayette, at 5-5, has two games remaining to reach six wins. Florida State, Louisiana-Monroe and New Mexico State also have two games remaining but must win both.

If three or fewer of those teams become eligible, there wouldn’t be enough six-win teams to fill the games. At that point, if Air Force is at five wins it would be the first taken to fill that void because of its ranking in Academic Progress Rate.

“We’re going to do the best we can to win the next game,” Air Force cornerback Jeremy Fejedelem said. “That’s all we can do.”

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