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Can San Jose State make a bowl game at 5-7?

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Hey, 5-7 is the new 7-5 anyway, right?

The San Jose State Spartans find themselves in a very interesting place right now. They currently sit at 5-7, but the Spartans could find themselves playing in a bowl game. (Start celebrating) In my latest projection, they were even picked to make a bowl game from every site. (ESPN, CBS Sports, and SB Nation).

The only problem is that the Spartans aren't the only team sitting at 5-7 and teams like Kansas State still have one more game. Kansas State is guaranteed a bowl bid however because if they were to drop their last game this Wednesday and drop to 5-7, they will have the highest APR of any 5-7 team.

The Spartans currently sit fourth in APR behind Nebraska, Missouri, and Minnesota; however the Tigers have already stated they would not accept a bowl bid. Watching San Jose State play this year I was very impressed. Powered behind quarterback back Kenny Potter who is currently third in the conference in passing yards and Tyler Ervin who sits second in total rushing yards for running backs, the Spartans sit fourth in total offense in the conferecne and know how to score points.

Here are the current scenarios that could get the Spartans into the Bowl season according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy:

" KSU, Georgia State and South Alabama all win: KSU bowl-eligible with six wins; Nebraska is in and either Minnesota or San Jose State would be selected.

" KSU wins, Georgia State and South Alabama go 1-1: KSU bowl-eligible; Nebraska, Minnesota and San Jose State go to a bowl.

" KSU wins, Georgia State and South Alabama go 0-2: KSU bowl-eligible; Nebraska, Minnesota and San Jose State go to a bowl, and either Illinois or Rice would be selected.

" KSU loses, Georgia State and South Alabama go 2-0: Nebraska and Kansas State go to a bowl, and either Minnesota or San Jose State would be selected.

" KSU loses, Georgia State and South Alabama go 1-1: Nebraska, Kansas State, Minnesota and San Jose State go to a bowl.

" KSU, Georgia State and South Alabama all lose: Nebraska, Kansas State, Minnesota and San Jose State go to a bowl, and either Illinois or Rice would be selected.

So as you can see, it looks extremely good if you are a Spartan fan. The chances San Jose plays a really good opponent is slim, but it's also irrelevant. The extra practices, recruiting opportunities, and benefits you get from any bowl game outweigh any kind of negatives, even if it means finishing the season below .500.

If the Spartans do in fact receive a bowl bid, they would be the eighth Mountain West team to get in. In a year where all we heard about was the American Athletic Conference, we could see a bowl season covered with Mountain West teams, even if some may be 5-7.