On Saturday, two more five-win teams – Duke and Temple – filled the 78-team slate with wins.
Tech had the possibility of applying to the NCAA for a waiver on the grounds that it was 5-6 and couldn’t find a 12th game. The Jackets’ Sept. 16 game against Central Florida was canceled because of Hurricane Irma, and the school made efforts to find a replacement game, but was unable.
However, the waiver would have been considered only if there were a shortage of bowl-eligible teams, according to Football Bowl Association executive director Wright Waters. In that case, a waiver would have placed Tech ahead of 5-7 teams in the NCAA’s order of teams to be selected in case of a shortage. (For instance, teams that are 6-6 with two wins over FCS teams and teams that finish 6-7 are considered ahead of 5-7 teams.)
Tech will miss bowl play for the second time in three seasons after going to 18 consecutive bowls before that.
“I don’t think there’s any uncertainty about a bowl game,” coach Paul Johnson said. “The message to the team was, just disappointed. And we’ve got to do better. I’ve got to help them more and we’ve got to play better. Bottom line.”