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Morning/Afternoon Open Thread

Vanderbilt could be bowl eligible before tonight’s game kicks off.

NCAA Football: Northwestern at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt could make a bowl game win or lose, as the Commodores might benefit from an arcane NCAA rule concerning what happens when there aren’t enough 6-6 teams to fill all the bowl bids.

As of this morning, 69 (nice!) teams have at least six wins. There are a total of 80 bowl slots. Here are the games to watch today:

Purdue at Indiana (5-6)

Rutgers at Maryland (5-6)

Arkansas State at UL Lafayette (4-6)

Illinois at Northwestern (5-6) — but Northwestern has a higher APR score than us soooo...

Boston College (5-6) at Wake Forest

Duke (4-7) at Miami: Duke has a higher APR score than us so if we’re both 5-7...

Mississippi State at Ole Miss (5-6)

Navy at SMU (5-6)

South Alabama (5-5) at Idaho

North Texas (5-6) at UTEP

Charlotte at UTSA (5-6)

UMass at Hawaii (5-7)

So it looks like we need one of the five-win teams and Duke to lose. Consider this your open thread for the morning and afternoon games.