Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer
California's bowl hopes are still not dead, but it's not looking good for the Golden Bears. After Saturday's results, there are 76 bowl-eligible teams for 80 spots and two five-wins teams, Louisiana Lafayette and South Alabama, play again next week. Because there will not be enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all the bowls, like last year, the vacancies will be filled by 5-7 teams prioritized by their multi-year APR scores. Currently, Cal (APR 960) ranks No. 5 behind North Texas (984), Texas (971), Mississippi State (971) and Northern Illinois (970). Texas isn't expected to accept an invitation, but Cal will also be behind whoever wins the game between Louisiana Lafayette (would become bowl eligible) and Louisiana Monroe (would be 5-7, APR 967). Even if South Alabama is upset by New Mexico State next week, Cal would still two teams, including Texas, to decline their invitation.