Virginia, Florida Atlantic reach bowl eligibility

Nov 5, 2017 - 9:36 PM Virginia is bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 after beating Georgia Tech this weekend. With the victory, the Cavaliers avoided what would have been a stressful stretch run. Virginia won five of its first six games this season, but a difficult November schedule put win No. 6 in question. The Cavaliers now have to play at Louisville and Miami before hosting Virginia Tech in the regular-season finale — but Virginia took a weight off its shoulders with a 40-36 win Saturday that improved its record to 6-3. Virginia is in its second season under Bronco Mendenhall. The Cavaliers went 2-10 in 2016. Elsewhere in the postseason chase: — Florida Atlantic is bowl eligible in its first season under Lane Kiffin. The Owls are undefeated in Conference USA play after beating Marshall 30-25 on Friday night. — Florida International beat Texas-San Antonio 14-7 on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2011. FIU has played in two bowls in program history. There are spots for 78 FBS teams in bowls this season, and the following 50 are already bowl eligible: Alabama Alabama-Birmingham Arizona Army Auburn Boise State Central Florida Clemson Colorado State Florida Atlantic Florida International Fresno State Georgia Houston Iowa Iowa State Kentucky LSU Marshall Memphis Miami Michigan Michigan State Mississippi State N.C. State North Texas Northern Illinois Northwestern Notre Dame Ohio Ohio State Oklahoma Oklahoma State Penn State San Diego State SMU South Carolina South Florida Southern California Stanford TCU Toledo Troy Virginia Virginia Tech West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Washington State Washington ___ More AP college football: and . ___ Follow Noah Trister at

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