Jim Mora’s UConn Huskies are eligible to play the 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 head coach Jim Mora, won their sixth game with the Huskies Heart of 19th-ranked Liberty last week. Six wins guarantee a score of . 500, the minimum requirement to be considered for the bowl.

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

As an independent program without 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 seats are conference bound. There are so-called “large” spots and bowls can consider alternatives if the conference does not have enough six-win teams.

So, with UConn finishing its season, there’s a lot on the school’s hands. But one thing is for sure: UConn can boost its resume with a seventh win on Saturday.

“I think 7-5 vs. 6-6 is a big difference from an optics standpoint, from a perception standpoint and from a momentum standpoint,” said Cheshire resident Nick Carparelli, head of an organization that oversees and helps bowlers. 6-6 is a record that barely qualifies as a bowl game, and while that’s a massive accomplishment for UConn given its predictions, 7-5 looks and feels a little different. On top of the fact that winning your last game by heading into a game Pot makes everyone more excited.”

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