Bowl Eligibility Watch: Michigan State slips to new low

From the College Football Playoff to below .500: It's been a stunning fall in 2016 for Michigan State.

The Spartans lost to Illinois on Saturday, their seventh straight defeat, and they're now assured of a sub-.500 season. Michigan State almost certainly will miss the postseason for the first time since 2006, the season before Mark Dantonio took over as coach. The Spartans (2-7) can only make a bowl if there aren't enough six-win teams to fill the 80 slots.

There are 48 teams that are bowl eligible so far, and 19 that cannot become bowl eligible by reaching the .500 mark.

Michigan State, which played in the national semifinals last year, has been arguably the most disappointing team in college football this season. Oregon (3-6) and Notre Dame (3-6) may soon join the Spartans in the seven-losses-or-more club, but Michigan State reached that dubious level first.

Another big name fell into that group Saturday when Arizona (2-7) lost 69-7 to Washington State.

Here are the 19 teams that cannot reach the .500 mark, and thus won't go to a bowl unless sub-.500 teams are needed to fill open slots:

Arizona

Bowling Green

Buffalo

Connecticut

Florida Atlantic

Florida International

Fresno State

Georgia State

Iowa State

Kansas

Marshall

Massachusetts

Michigan State

Missouri

Oregon State

Rice

Rutgers

San Jose State

Virginia

Here are the 48 teams that have already clinched bowl eligibility:

Air Force

Alabama

Appalachian State

Arkansas

Auburn

Baylor

Boise State

Clemson

Colorado

Florida

Florida State

Houston

Louisiana Tech

Louisville

Memphis

Michigan

Middle Tennessee

Minnesota

Navy

Nebraska

New Mexico

North Carolina

Ohio

Ohio State

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State

Old Dominion

Penn State

San Diego State

South Florida

Southern California

Stanford

Temple

Tennessee

Texas A&M

Toledo

Troy

Tulsa

Utah

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest

Washington

Washington State

West Virginia

Western Kentucky

Western Michigan

Wisconsin

Wyoming

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