Of the 59 Division I-A football teams with winning records, 56 were invited to the various bowl games. This season, bowl officials had more difficulty than usual filling their slots. Because the regular season was only 11 games, teams had to finish at least 6-5 to qualify. Teams that were allowed under NCAA rules to play a 12th regular-season game in return for playing at Hawaiʻi had to finish at least 7-5.
Four conferences - the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, and SEC - all failed to produce enough bowl-eligible teams to fill their contracted bowl slots. In addition, a massive brawl between Clemson and South Carolina players during their November 20 game, less than 24 hours following the Pacers–Pistons brawl during a National Basketball Association game, led both schools to announce that they would not go to any bowl game as a self-imposed punishment. Both schools were otherwise bowl-eligible, thus forcing bowl organizers to scramble even more to fill their slots. In addition, Utah's unexpected entry into the BCS caused further shuffling of normal bowl tie-ins.
The main beneficiary of this unexpected chaos was the Mid-American Conference, which received five bowl bids instead of its contracted two. The only bowl-eligible team willing to accept an invitation that was left out of this season's bowl games was another MAC school, Akron. The Zips would make their first bowl appearance the next season.
Many of these teams, including almost all of the teams from minor conferences, participated in bowls in December. Three schools made their first-ever bowl appearance this season: UAB (Hawaiʻi Bowl), UConn (2004 Motor City Bowl), and Troy (Silicon Valley Football Classic, the school was known as "Troy State" at that time). Of these three, only UConn won its game.
Read more about this topic: 2004–05 NCAA Football Bowl Games
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