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Are the Bulls bowl bound?

The Hawaii Bowl

USF vs. Hawaii
Dec. 25, 8 p.m.
C-USA No. 5 vs. WAC No. 2

The Rainbows have already accepted a bid to stay on the island to play. Could the Bulls join them? C-USA only has four eligible teams at the moment. It would take a convoluted scenario to land USF in Honolulu, but C-USA could be a benefactor in the Bulls’ favor should the conference fall short of its bowl allotments.

The C-USA picture looks like this: UAB is 5-6 and needs a win against Cincinnati Saturday to be bowl-eligible. East Carolina is 4-6, but can become the conference’s fifth team with wins vs. Southern Miss Saturday and Cincinnati Dec. 6. The Bearcats (5-6) can also become bowl-eligible with wins against UAB and ECU. The best scenario for USF is for Cincinnati to beat UAB Saturday, then lose to ECU. Southern Miss would have to knock off the Pirates Saturday to keep all three teams from filling C-USA’s spot in Hawaii.

Less likely scenarios

Motor City Bowl
Dec. 26, 5 p.m.

All the talk has been centered around the Motor City Bowl, but that could end quickly if Northern Illinois becomes the MAC champion or Iowa doesn’t go to a BCS bowl. A rematch of September’s 37-6 USF triumph wouldn’t be the most appealing choice for any bowl. A Toledo win Saturday against Bowling Green sends the Rockets to the MAC title game, giving USF hope.

Independence Bowl
USF vs. Nebraska
Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m.

Nebraska will land as the Big XII representative and Ole Miss can fill the slot as the SEC’s seventh team with a win Thursday vs. Mississippi State. However, the Rebels (5-6) have lost five straight. USF would make an intriguing match against the storied Cornhuskers.