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Kentucky In, Florida Left To Play Spoiler In Bowl Chase

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The first SEC team eliminated from the bowl chase this year was Mississippi, which came into the season banned from postseason play.
    
The second team out is ... Florida?
    
It's hard to believe, but while teams like Vanderbilt (4-6) and Missouri (5-5) fight for bowl spots, Florida is now 3-6 after Saturday's loss to South Carolina . The Gators have only two games left on their schedule - they had a game in September against Northern Colorado canceled because of Hurricane Irma, and it hasn't been rescheduled.
    
It is possible for a five-win team to make a bowl if there aren't enough .500 teams to fill all the slots, but don't expect to see Florida - which is being led by an interim coach after the midseason firing of Jim McElwain - playing in the postseason.
    
One opportunity that could keep the Gators motivated is the chance to end rival Florida State's bowl hopes. The Seminoles also are 3-6 after a loss to Clemson , but they did reschedule a game against Louisiana-Monroe for Dec. 2, giving themselves a chance to make it back to .500.
    
Florida hosts Florida State on Nov. 25.
    
There are 78 bowl spots available this season for FBS teams, and the following 59 teams already are eligible:
    
Alabama
    
Alabama-Birmingham
    
Appalachian State
    
Arizona
    
Army
    
Auburn
    
Boise State
    
Central Florida
    
Central Michigan
    
Clemson
    
Colorado State
    
Florida Atlantic
    
Florida International
    
Fresno State
    
Georgia
    
Georgia State
    
Houston
    
Iowa
    
Iowa State
    
Kentucky
    
Louisville
    
LSU
    
Marshall
    
Memphis
    
Miami
    
Michigan
    
Michigan State
    
Mississippi State
    
Navy
    
N.C. State
    
North Texas
    
Northern Illinois
    
Northwestern
    
Notre Dame
    
Ohio
    
Ohio State
    
Oklahoma
    
Oklahoma State
    
Penn State
    
San Diego State
    
SMU
    
South Carolina
    
South Florida
    
Southern California
    
Southern Mississippi
    
Stanford
    
TCU
    
Texas A&M
    
Toledo
    
Troy
    
Virginia
    
Virginia Tech
    
Wake Forest
    
Washington
    
Washington State
    
West Virginia
    
Western Michigan
    
Wisconsin
    
Wyoming
    
 

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