Current #NCCFB Postseason Outlook

One team won a bowl game while another secured bowl eligibility for the first time ever after this week's North Carolina college football action. Three FBS teams will go bowling this year and another will need a win over an in-state opponent to join them.

Won a Bowl Game…
Brevard (8-2) – The Division III Tornados won the Scotty Whitelaw Bowl in Pittsburgh against Carnegie Mellon, 42-28.

Going Bowling…
Appalachian State (11-1) – will host Louisiana for the Sun Belt Conference Championship game, winner goes to the New Orleans Bowl (CUSA). Sun Belt bowl tie-ins: LendingTree Bowl (MAC), Camellia Bowl (MAC), Cure Bowl (AAC), Arizona Bowl (Mountain West). The top-ranked Group of Five team (AAC, CUSA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) goes to the Cotton Bowl. The Mountaineers are currently ranked 21st, fourth-highest among G5 teams behind Memphis (16th), Boise State (19th), and Cincinnati (20th).

Wake Forest (8-4) – finished the regular season in a three-way tie for third in the ACC Atlantic Division. Current ACC bowl tie-ins: Orange Bowl, Camping World Bowl (Big 12), Music City or Gator Bowl (SEC), Belk Bowl (SEC), Hyundai Sun (Pac-12, New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Big Ten), Military Bowl (AAC), Independence Bowl (SEC), Quick Lane Bowl (Big Ten)

Charlotte (7-5) – accepted a bid to the Bahamas Bowl and will face Buffalo (7-5) out of the MAC. Charlotte will be making their first appearance in a bowl game in program history.

North Carolina (6-6) – The Tar Heels became bowl eligible with a 42-10 win over NC State this past Saturday. Current ACC bowl tie-ins: Orange Bowl, Camping World Bowl (Big 12), Music City or Gator Bowl (SEC), Belk Bowl (SEC), Hyundai Sun (Pac-12, New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Big Ten), Military Bowl (AAC), Independence Bowl (SEC), Quick Lane Bowl (Big Ten)

North Carolina A&T (8-3) – the Aggies secured a berth in the Celebration Bowl for the third straight year and fourth time overall in the bowl’s five-year history. NC A&T won the Celebration bowl in 2015, 2017, and 2018.

In the Playoffs…
Lenoir Rhyne (13-0) – won against SAC rival Carson-Newman, 36-7, in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs and will host West Florida in the third round this Saturday.

Staying Home During Bowl Season…
Duke (5-7)
ECU (4-8)
NC State (4-8)

Season Over…
Wingate (10-2) – lost against West Florida, 38-17, in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Not in the Playoffs…
FCS – No North Carolina FCS teams qualified for the FCS playoffs this season for the first time since 2015.
Campbell (6-5)
Davidson (8-4)
Elon (5-6)
Gardner-Webb (3-9)
North Carolina Central (4-8)
Western Carolina (3-9)

Division II
Catawba (1-10)
Chowan (3-7)
Elizabeth City State (2-9)
Fayetteville State (8-2) – Broncos won the CIAA South and were defeated in the CIAA championship game.
Johnson C. Smith (4-6)
Livingstone (4-6)
Mars Hill (5-6)
St. Augustine’s (2-8)
Shaw (6-4)
Pembroke (4-7)
Winston-Salem State (4-6)

Division III
Greensboro (1-9)
Guilford (2-8)
Methodist (4-6)
NC Wesleyan (6-4)