Achieving bowl eligibility is likely to be the most commonly shared goal of the 123 FBS college football teams that will lace it up for the 2012 season.
And in the modern era of college football, this means going .500 (6-6) if you’re a BCS team and posting at least a winning record if you’re not (unless, of course, you get lucky and there is an extra slot available).
Based on last year’s offering of 35 bowl games, a whopping 70 squads (or 57 percent of the field) will make the postseason in 2012.
So, which teams are most likely to go bowling this season based on their record of achieving a bowl bid year in and year out?
The following slideshow answers this burning question by ranking the top 10 longest bowl streaks in college football.
The teams highlighted here have not just gotten themselves bowl eligible (a target that has widened over the years), but they have actually received a bid and competed in a bowl game for a number of consecutive years that puts them in the top tier nationally.
As a disclaimer, if any of the teams in question were later forced to forfeit or “vacate” the result of bowl games due to an NCAA sanction, those contests still technically count for our list.
This is about getting to the game and actually playing it, not the result or the withdrawal thereof.