Jim Mora's UConn Huskies are eligible for a bowl game

Jim Mora’s UConn Huskies are eligible for a bowl game

Seven years after appearing in its last postseason game, the UConn football team is back in the bowl conversation.

The Huskies, under first-year coach Jim Mora, won their sixth game with an upset of 19th-ranked Liberty last week. Six wins guarantees a .500 record, the minimum requirement for bowl consideration.

But it’s not that simple for UConn, which ends its regular season Saturday at Army.

As an independent program without a conference affiliation, UConn does not have a contractual path to a bowl invitation. There are 41 bowl games, not including the two games that make up the college football playoffs.

Most of the 82 slots are tied to conferences. There are so-called “at-large” spots and bowls could consider alternatives if a conference does not have enough six-win teams.

So as UConn ends its season, there is much of school’s hands. But one thing is certain: UConn can enhance its bowl resume with a seventh win Saturday.

“I think 7-5 versus 6-6 is a big difference from an optics standpoint, from a perception standpoint and a momentum standpoint,” said Cheshire native Nick Carparelli, head of an organization that oversees and assists bowl games. “6-6 is a record that barely qualifies for a bowl game, and while that is a tremendous accomplishment for UConn given its expectations, 7-5 just kind of looks different and feels different. On top of the fact that winning your last game headed into a bowl game makes everyone more excited.”

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