Nebraska, officially, will get a bowl invite after NCAA decision on 5-7 teams


Nebraska will be first in line among teams nationally with five wins to receive a bowl invitation, the NCAA announced Monday.

The NCAA Division I Council approved a one-time process that allows the football oversight committee to use Academic Progress Rate scores from the 2013-14 academic year to fill the remaining spots needed for 40 bowl games.

Currently, 75 teams have reached six wins, with Kansas State, Georgia State and South Alabama in position to meet the traditional threshold this weekend.

Nebraska's 985 APR leads all five-win programs, followed by K-State (976), Missouri (976), Minnesota (975), San Jose State (975), Illinois (973) and Rice (973).

Missouri announced Monday that it will not play in a bowl game, aiding a pair of Big Ten teams. The Golden Gophers also appear set to get an invite regardless of the results Saturday. The Illini will receive an invitation if Georgia State and South Alabama lose on Saturday.

The Cornhuskers, 5-7 in coach Mike Riley's first year, have missed a bowl game only twice since 1969.

Big Ten bowl-eligible teams include Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State and Indiana.

Bowl pairings will be set Sunday after the final College Football Playoff rankings are released at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The football oversight committee plans to form a task force in January to study bowl eligibility.