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Tar Heels bowl eligible in 1st year of Brown’s return

Mack Brown and North Carolina are bowl eligible after routing a rival. The Tar Heels beat N.C. State 41-10 on Saturday night, reaching six victories in Brown’s first season of a second stint as North Carolina’s coach. There are 79 bowl-eligible teams, one more than needed to fill the 78 slots.

Kent State beat Eastern Michigan 34-26 on Friday. The Golden Flashes finished the regular season on a three-game winning streak and are bowl eligible for the first time since 2012. Oregon State fell short of ending its drought, losing to Oregon on Saturday. Oregon State hasn’t been to a bowl since 2013.

The states of Florida and Ohio have the most bowl-eligible teams with six each. Michigan is next with five. These 79 teams are bowl eligible. One will be left on the outside looking in: Air Force Alabama

Appalachian State Arkansas State Arizona State Auburn Baylor Boise State Boston College Buffalo BYU California Central Florida Central Michigan Charlotte Cincinnati Clemson Eastern Michigan Florida Florida Atlantic

Florida International Florida State Georgia Georgia Southern Georgia State Hawaii Illinois Indiana Iowa Iowa State Kansas State Kent State Kentucky Liberty Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana Tech Louisville

LSU Marshall Memphis Miami Miami (Ohio) Michigan Michigan State Minnesota Mississippi State Navy Nevada North Carolina Notre Dame Ohio Ohio State Oklahoma Oklahoma State Oregon Penn State Pittsburgh San Diego State

SMU Southern California Southern Mississippi Temple Tennessee Texas Texas A&M Toledo Tulane UAB Utah Utah State Virginia Virginia Tech Wake Forest Washington Washington State Western Kentucky Western Michigan

Wisconsin Wyoming

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